Archive - 2013
Each year students take to the stage for the annual Miss Poteau High School pageant. This year's event proceeds will help the PHS Silver Steppers dance team travel to the National Dance Team Competition in March.
The pageant will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. Doors open to the public at 6 p.m.
Twenty-two contestants will answer onstage questions, participate in a casual wear and evening gown competition. The opening act for the night will be a choreographed dance performed by the contestants.
The Area 10 Special Olympics Bowling Competition took place Wednesday at Strike-A-Lot Lanes.
There were teams from Poteau, Arkoma, Cameron, Heavener, Howe, Muskogee and Stilwell with bowlers competing in singles and unified events. The unified competition was a doubles team consisting of a Special Olympian and a non-disabled partner.
There were 80 Special Olympians who competed in Wednesday's event as well as 28 unified teams.
All athletes had to compete in an area competition to be able to compete at the Oklahoma State Winter Games, which will take place in January in Norman.
The 2013-14 season will begin for the Howe Lady Lions and Lions tonight at Smithville. The girls game will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys at approximately 8 p.m.
The Lady Lions were 19-9 last season and return two starters from that team â€” seniors LuAnn Davis (14 points, 2.1 rebounds per game last season) and Savannah Smallwood (2.8 points, 3.2 rebounds).
Rounding out the roster are Kerstein Hall, Tori Johnson, Jentry Brown, Kealy Brandin, Jaiden Griffith, Alice Stephens, Kelsee Williams, Macee Williams, Allison Beames and Shala Brown.
Hard to believe it's time for action on the hardwood.
High school basketball will begin for the five non-football county schools by Tuesday. Howe, Leflore and Wister begin tonight, while Cameron and Whitesboro will get started on Tuesday night.
About This Column
This column will ordinarily run in Tuesday editions, with the schedule for the next week listed at the bottom as well Boys and Girls Players of the Week, for which coaches may nominate for either or both. It will also have the ups and downs, ins and outs and what's coming up on the hardwood for LeFlore County.
I spent all day last Friday cleaning out the front of my shop for â€śJacquestoberfest 2013.â€ť We had a big Halloween party for Jacques and his friends. I made chili cheese dogs and Frito chili pies for all the kids to eat.
Melissa Urichson made a whole bunch of Halloweeen cupcakes as well as cookies and cream popcorn. I know â€” what? Cookies and cream popcorn? However, I have to say it was awesome.
The party kids played ping pong, air hockey and pool.
The home finale for the Poteau Pirates will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Costner Stadium against the Broken Bow Savages. That's the regular-season home finale, that is.
â€śIt's going to be a great night for our seniors,â€ť Poteau coach Greg Werner said. â€śWe have a great group we want to honor this week. So, we just need to go out and get a win. Of course, we're talking in terms of this isn't our last home game, it's our last regular-season home game.â€ť
There may not be a bigger game than the one that will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at John Carter Field when the visiting Panama Razorbacks renew their rivalry with the homestanding Pocola Indians.
â€śIt's a huge game,â€ť Panama coach Brandon Ellis said. â€śIt doesn't matter what the records are. You can throw all those out the window. We're going to get the best they will offer, and they'll get the best that we'll offer.â€ť
The Spiro Bulldogs football team continues to roll along, now on a seven-game winning streak since losing the season opener to Vian.
The Bulldogs (7-1 overall, 5-0 in District 3A-8) will look to make the winning streak reach eight games as they entertain the Roland Rangers (5-3, 2-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at McClain Stadium.
There are several teams I could never cheer for â€” Russia, Oklahoma State, the Dallas Cowboys, Spiro and Sallisaw. However, wait for a minute. For the next two weeks, I am going on a crash course on the lyrics for the Black Diamonds' fight song.
For these next two weeks, I am going to be a Black Diamond fan. The only way for the Pirates to finish with the top seed in District 4A-4 is a three-way tie for the top spot in the district with Poteau, Tulsa Cascia Hall and Sallisaw.
The Stars Basketball Tournament will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Spiro High School Multipurpose Gym.
Entry fee is $125 per team, and there is a three-game guarantee.
The tournament is for boys and girls in grades three through eight. For additional information, call Tiera Cartwright at (479)-252-1810.
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The Poteau Literacy Council is having a drawing at 4 p.m. Friday for two tickets to the Oklahoma City Thunder's game Nov. 10 against the Washington Wizards at Chesapeake Energy Arena.