Archive - Sep 23, 2011
James William Ward, 86, of Leflore died
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, in Fort Smith,
Ark. Ward was born Jan. 3, 1925, in
Vantress to Hollie James William and Julia
Ann (French) Ward. He was a U.S. Army
veteran, serving in Third Battalion Co. K
115th Inf. Regiment, Fifth Army, 29th
Infantry Division. He was a WWII veteran
involved in the D-Day landings in Normandy. His military
honors include a Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation,
Combat Infantry Badge, Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct
Ribbon, Theater Ribbon and three Bronze Service Stars.
WISTER â€” The Wister Lady Wildcats softball team punched its ticket to next week's Class 2A Regional Tournament.
The Lady Wildcats swept the Talihina Lady Golden Tigers by scores of 13-9 and 3-0 in the Class 2A District Tournament on Wednesday.
The Lady â€™Cats (20-12) will find out early next week who, where and when they will play in the regional tournament.
The Lady Golden Tigers (13-12) saw their season come to an end.
Mother Nature was the winner at several high school softball district tournaments on Thursday.
Rain washed out several high school playoff games, making them rescheduled for today.
The Class 2A District Tournament with Pocola at Panama was rained out Thursday, and will be rescheduled for a doubleheader at 10 a.m. this morning. Panama Coach and Athletic Director Grant Ralls said that if a third game is needed it would be played on Saturday.
McCURTAIN â€” The Bokoshe Lady Tigers saw their softball season come to an end Wednesday afternoon at the Class B District Tournament.
Host McCurtain defeated Bokoshe 13-1 after the Lady Tigers lost to Panola.
No additional information was reported. The Lady Tigers end the season at 3-11.
SALLISAW â€” The Pocola Lady Indians ended the regular season in fine fashion with an 11-5 victory over the Sallisaw Lady Black Diamonds Tuesday afternoon.
The Poteau Pirates are trying to forget about last week's 31-16 loss to the Gravette (Ark.) Lions. In fact, Poteau Coach Jeff Broyles believes the defeat has acted as a wake-up call.
Yes, the Arkoma Mustangs are undefeated at 3-0, and ranked seventh in the Class C Poll. Yes, they won 26-18 over Southwest Christian Academy last week in Norman. But they may not have played their best football game in that win.
Thus, last week's game may have been a wake-up call of sorts for the Mustangs.
â€śI really think it was frustation at the way they played,â€ť Arkoma Coach Mark Weatherton said. â€śThey were disappointed with their effort and their execution on offense and defense.â€ť
A true-scrimmage like contest will take place for the Bokoshe Tigers tonight as they welcome Eagle Point Christian Academy to town for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff in a non-District C-4 contest.
The Tigers (0-3) are trying to get Tyler Massey his first win as their new coach.
The Heavener Wolves are 1-2 after three games, losing their last game 50-0 last Friday night on the road against Paris, Ark.
â€śThey were way too much for us,â€ť Heavener Coach John Thompson said. â€śIt was a non-district game. You want to win every game, but it's not something that counts (toward district standings). They were a very good ball club. They're ranked No. 1 in Class 3A in Arkansas. They were very good. Our kids knew that. The good thing was we came out of the game healthy.â€ť
The Panama Razorbacks will hope to end a 13-game losing streak, and in the process make it a Happy Homecoming for everybody, when they entertain the Wilburton Diggers in the District 2A-6 opener at 7:30 p.m. tonight at George Ollie Stadium.
â€śWe're excited,â€ť first-year Panama Coach Brandon Ellis said. â€śThe kids are excited. Being homecoming week, it's been a short week, anyway. I hope we overlook homecoming as a distraction, and start getting ready for Wilburton.â€ť