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Nocona
The Nocona Indians had a good first tournament of the season at Dodd City last week.
The Indians went 3-1 over the two days of the tournament while picking up some big wins against tough teams.
Nocona first played Thorndale which is a similarly ranked 2A team as the Indians. Nocona was able to leverage a dominant first and fourth quarter in able to pull out the back and forth 53-45 win.
The Indians next played Martinsville which ended up being their easiest game of the tournament. Nocona beat up on the 1A team and won by more than 40 points 69-27 to finish out the first day of the tournament.
The Indians next game was the first one on Saturday and proved to be the closest game of the tournament. Nocona faced another 1A team, but Dodd City was ranked among the top 10 in the state in its classification.
The Indians did not beat up on the smaller school as it was the Hornets that carried a 10 point lead into the fourth quarter.
Nocona came back and dominated the final period, but only pulled ahead at the buzzer when Charlie Fuller, who scored a team high and season high 21 points, made a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. The Indians won 51-48 to pull off the comeback.
The championship game would be against another 1A team, but again it was not just any 1A team. Graford is the two-time defending state champion and features a tall and physical lineup not usually seen in 1A.
The first quarter was close, but Nocona had trouble scoring the final three quarters as the team failed to break double-digits. The Indians defense made sure the Rabbits had trouble as well, but Nocona was playing catchup for the whole game and was not gaining any ground.
In the end, Graford won the low-scoring game 38-27.

Forestburg
The Forestburg Longhorns faced some tough competition at their second tournament of the season last week at Chico.
The Longhorns went 2-2 overall playing against mostly bigger schools.
Forestburg first got matched up against tournament host Dragons and blew them out of the water. The Longhorns won 58-19 in their easiest game of the tournament.
Forestburg then went to play arguably the toughest game of the tournament against Windthorst. The Trojans won 64-34 against a Longhorn team that was overwhelmed.
The next game against private school Victory Christian was not much better. The Patriots won 46-27 against Forestburg.
The Longhorns ended the tournament against Valley View and played their most competitive game during the two days. It was close, but in the end Forestburg came out on top 45-37.

Gold-Burg
The Gold-Burg Bears got their first big test by playing in their first tournament at Saint Jo last week.
The Bears had a rough go of it playing against mostly bigger schools and went 1-4 overall, but ended with a big win.
Gold-Burg had a tough beginning to the tournament.
The Bears first played a good 2A Muenster team and lost 60-25. It was a similar story against private school Sacred Heart that won 75-42.
The game against 2A Lindsay was not as bad 49-31 as the team was starting to limit turnovers a bit more by playing more under control.
Gold-Burg would lose a close game to Texoma Christian 53-49 to then play a future district opponent.
Tournament host Saint Jo has dominated Gold-Burg during the two’s history, with the Bears winning only three games against the Panthers ever. The last time was in 2019 when Gold-Burg’s Tanner Parrish scored 57 points to help the Bears pull the upset.
On Saturday, it was the experience of the Gold-Burg’s team, which was playing better every game in the tournament, versus a still young Saint Jo team.
The Bears won the surprisingly one-sided game 45-27 to end their tournament on a great note.
Jayon Grace was named to the all-tournament team and Coach Christian Healer thought his team showed big improvement.

Prairie Valley
The Prairie Valley Bulldogs struggled at their second tournament of the season at Chico last week.
The young Bulldogs went 0-4 during the two days while also playing several bigger schools.
Prairie Valley first was paired with the similarly sized Electra to start the tournament. The Tigers won the one-sided game 51-19 against the Bulldogs.
Things did not get easier against private school Victory Christian. The Patriots won 54-23 to end the first day.
The beginning of day two was only a little better. Playing a tough 2A Windthorst program, Prairie Valley hung with the Trojans a bit more than it had in its previous two games. The game still was not close, but Windthorst won 52-34 as the Bulldogs scored the most points they would at the tournament.
It was not Prairie Valley’s best game though. That would be the Bulldogs final game against 1A Bryson. It was a back-and-forth, close and low-scoring match. In end the Cowboys won by one basket 31-28.

Bellevue
The Bellevue Eagles had a positive first tournament at City View last week.
The Eagles went 3-1 overall during the two days of tournament play.
Bellevue first played the similarly sized Grandfield team from Oklahoma to start the tournament. The Eagles won by more than 20 points 57-36.
Bellevue was then presented with a tougher challenge playing 4A Hirschi. The Huskies won by double-digits, but the Eagles kept the margin respectable, losing 48-33.
Bellevue bounced back against 2A Olney. The Eagles won by a good margin against the Cubs 60-46 to start the second day of right.
Bellevue then ended the tournament on a great note by beating 2A Vernon. It was the closest game of the tournament for the Eagles, but Bellevue still won by double-digits as it won 51-40.

Missing scores
Missing scores from Saint Jo’s coach.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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Firecracker 5K welcomes 100 runners on July 4th

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Saint Jo’s Firecracker 5K welcomed 100 runners for its 16th year on July 4th.
According to runsignup.com, Old Jo’s Firecracker 5K saw 100 runners of all ages register to kick off in downtown Saint Jo.
Brayden Willett, 14, Nocona, was the top male finisher with a time of 19:02.6. Sarah Rainey, 35, Saint Jo, was the top female finisher with 21:47.1.
In the male nine and under division, I. Miller, nine, Muenster, repeated his first place win from 2023 with at time of 34:52.8. E. Thomas, eight, no town listed, also repeated her win with a time of 31:58.5.
Emry Raney-Cavnar, 14, Ardmore, OK, won the male 10-14 group and E. Christensen, 11, Decatur, took the female race. In the male 15-19 division Luke Gehrig, 17, Muenster, won, while Sophia Christensen, 15, Decatur, took the ladies’ title.

See all the results and more photos in the weekend Bowie News.

Special appreciation to Jennifer Gaston Panther Photography for use of her photos.

Brayden Willett, 14, Nocona, was the top male finisher in the Firecracker 5K.
Sarah Rainey, 35, Saint Jo, came in as the top female finisher in the Firecracker 5K.
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MLB All Star Week underway Metroplex

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Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers have planned a full week of activities for 2024 All-Star Week taking place in Arlington, Fort Worth and the North Texas region from July 12-16.
The 94th Midsummer Classic will be played at Globe Life Field on July 16, marking the second All-Star Game to be hosted by the Rangers following the 1995 All-Star Game at The Ballpark in Arlington.
HBCU Swingman Classic: July 12
All-Star Commissioner’s Cup: July 12- July 15
Jennie Finch Classic: July 12-15.
All-Star Village: July 13-16
All-Star Futures Game: July 13
All-Star Celebrity Softball: July 13
MLB Draft Opening Night: July 14
Home Run Derby: July 15
All-Star Red Carpet Show:July 16
MLB All-Star Game presented: July 16

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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Bullfighter starts early training for his future dream job

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By JORDAN NEAL
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When most young kids get into rodeo, the craziest ones might be lucky enough to ride small bucking horses and maybe bulls in their late teens.
Then there is 12-year-old Riggin Garrett, who is already pursuing what he hopes is his future career as a bullfighter. It is a dream he began trying out several years ago at rodeos in and around this county.
This is not the Spanish variation of bullfighting where they end up killing the bull, this is “freestyle bullfighting” which is more popular in America. Here bullfighters attempt to make the bull look a fool, using their athleticism to barely dodge them, put their hats on their heads, leap over them and sometimes use a barrel as a prop. They also work as protection for the cowboys during the bull riding to help save bucked off riders.
In competition, both the bullfighter and the bull are judged after a 60-70 second encounter with points scored due to the various maneuvers pulled off.
Garrett is the son of Keysha Avens and Shane Garrett, and will be going into seventh grade at Saint Jo. As long as he can remember, Garrett has always been interested in bullfighting.

Read the full feature in the mid-week Bowie News.

Top Photo by J. Kelley Photography.

CORRECTION – In the mid-week Bowie News, the photographer for the picture on the top of page 1B was misidentified. The photo came from J. Kelley Photography, not Andre Silva as stated. We apologize for this error.

Riggin Garrett with Bullfighter Cody Webster. (Courtesy photo)
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