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Nocona
Both Nocona teams won senior night on Friday against tough Windthorst teams.
The Lady Indians dominated with a 71-39 win to wrap up their sixth straight district title. The Indians won 65-50 to stay undefeated and in first place in the district.
The Nocona girls came into the game confident. The sixth ranked team in the state in 2A according to the latest Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll had outscored district opponents 590-187. The first game the Lady Indians beat the Lady Trojans 51-27.
Still, Windthorst was the second seeded team in the district with its only loss coming against Nocona. If anyone was going to challenge the Lady Indians it would be the Lady Trojans.
Nocona made sure there were no thoughts about upsets.
The Lady Indians came out firing, scoring 24 and 23 points in the first two quarters. Nocona’s press defense was creating transition scoring opportunities that allowed the team to score quickly while limiting Windthorst’s offense.
The Lady Indians led 47-16 at halftime.
Naturally there was a drag in the second half with Nocona up 30 or more points.
The Lady Trojans had their best offensive stretch in the third quarter, keeping up with the Lady Indians and only getting outscored 18-15.
Nocona then slowed the pace down to limit Windthorst’s opportunities in the fourth quarter. Despite the Lady Trojans actually outscoring the Lady Indians for the only stretch in the game, it was only by two points as neither team scored in double-figures.
Nocona won 71-39.
The Nocona boy’s were confident heading into the game with an undefeated district record, but had barely survived second place Seymour not once, but twice.
Still, the Indians had their full team again as the suspensions from the on-court altercation against Olney had been served.
Windthorst had a chance to possibly jump to second place ahead of Seymour if the Trojans could win.
Despite Nocona being ranked the 12th best team in the state in 2A in the same poll, the Indians margin of victory had not quite been as dominant as the girls team.
Still, the Indians came out in the first half and dominated.
Nocona outscored Windthorst 18-8 in the first quarter and 20-9 in the second quarter as the Indians were in control, up 38-17 at halftime.
The Trojans offense woke up in the third quarter and nearly doubled their first half total with 15 points. Thankfully, Nocona’s offense was still scoring at a scorching pace with 19 points as it led 57-32 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Indians did not have a good end to the game as Windthorst’s offense upped the antee in the final period. Nocona’s offense, no longer concerned with scoring, was limited to eight points while the Trojans scored a game high 18 points.
Still, the Indians won by a comfortable margin 65-50.

Gold-Burg vs Prairie Valley boys
The Gold-Burg Bears were able to pull ahead in the second half against Prairie Valley on Friday night.
The Bears won 50-39 in a game that was much closer than that final score for the first three quarters.
Gold-Burg came into the game hoping it could hold on to its fourth place in the district standings with a 3-5 record. Prairie Valley had a 2-7 record, but knew it could compete and beat almost any team in the district despite its largely youthful team.
It was a close first quarter as the Bears led only 13-12. The Bulldogs did a good job of playing defense in the second quarter, limiting Gold-Burg to only six points while not slowing down their offense at all.
Prairie Valley outscored the Bears 14-6 and led 26-19 at halftime.
Gold-Burg bounced back and the teams played a competitive third quarter. The Bears outscored the Bulldogs 12-9 as Prairie Valley’s lead was cut to 35-31 heading into the fourth quarter.
Gold-Burg’s defense then came alive, with its press creating costly turnovers it could convert into quick points in transition. The Bulldogs had 13 turnovers in the final period while also scoring only four points.
The Bears ran away with the game, scoring 19 points in the final period as they won with the double-digit margin 50-39.

Missing scores
Coaches from both Bellevue basketball teams did not return emails with information about Friday’s game against Midway.
The Gold-Burg Lady Bears basketball team had to cancel its season for having too few players.
Prairie Valley was originally scheduled to play them on Friday, but did not.

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

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Nocona, Saint Jo finish in top 25 of Lone Star Cup

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On the Thursday the final Lone Star Cup standings were released for the 2023-2024 school year.
Montague County had two schools that finished among the top 25 in their classification.
Nocona finished tied for 13th place in 2A while Saint Jo was tied for 24th place in 1A.
It is the highest finish for Nocona ever since the Lone Star Cup started up in the late 1990s. While it is associated with and measures the overall success of a school’s athletic program, it also takes into account the school’s success in academic and other programs like band, one-act-play, robotics, etc.
Nocona scored points in volleyball, football, cheerleading, girls and boys basketball and baseball. Unfortunately, its state appearance in film did not count towards the total. It all added up to 41 points, which is the most in program history
For Saint Jo, the success of its volleyball, football, softball, baseball, girl’s and boy’s basketball teams led to 32 points.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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UIL changes playoff format

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The University Interscholastic League announced on Tuesday changes for the upcoming school year when it comes to playoff formatting.
For 2A-5A schools, playoff formatting for volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball and soccer will now be split up into two divisions that will model itself like the 6A football playoffs. For 1A schools, this will only be applied for basketball. In all, there will be 12 state champions in those sports now.
This means there will be two playoff divisions within every classification. Districts will stay the same and not be affected. Four teams from every district will still make the playoffs, but now the two biggest schools of the four will play in the bracket with the other bigger schools while the two smaller schools will play in the other bracket.
This will not be like 1A-5A football, where divisions are hard cut by enrollment numbers and district alignments are set up with this in mind. Some districts that feature schools with low enrollment numbers within a classification will have to send two schools to compete in the big school bracket.
At lower levels, it might still set up a scenario where a team faces a school with twice the enrollment numbers. The thought process is it should happen less.
With fewer teams in the playoff bracket, certain parts of the playoffs like the area round and the regional tournament will not be featured as there will be less games to play on the way to the state tournament.
While the announcement was surprising to some, other coaches said they first heard about it at the basketball state tournament. UIL polled coaches, who were reportedly all for the change according to Nocona athletic director Blake Crutsinger.
For some schools, the changes will not mean much besides fewer games. Bowie is in that spot. With an enrollment number of 493, only Vernon and Iowa Park are the schools in its district that are bigger and would have to finish at the top two spots in the standings in order for Bowie teams to play in the smaller bracket.
For other schools, the change could be a big deal. Nocona’s enrollment of 234 is only 20 short of the 2A limit. The Indians will most likely play in the bigger bracket in every sport.
The Lady Indians basketball team finished as runners-up at state this year and will return four of their five starters. The teams that have beaten them the last two years, Martin’s Mill and Lipan along with several other 2A basketball powers have low enrollment numbers and would probably be in the smaller school bracket.
For 1A schools, the change is welcome but the fact volleyball was not included was sad to see for some coaches. From a numbers perspective, there are almost twice as many schools that offer basketball (213) than volleyball (123) in 1A.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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4H Horse Club winners announced

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These girls were all around winners at the June 8 Montague County 4H Horse Club show. High Point buckle winners were Emersyn Denoon and Laney Dyer, reserve all around halter winners were Kenzi McEwen and Audrey DeMore.

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