TALIHINA â€” It was a rough end to the three-day stay for three LeFlore County basketball teams at the 2013 Choctaw Nation Tournament on Saturday on Chris Gillespie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium.
Both Pocola teams suffered third-place game losses as the Lady Indians lost 45-37 to Antlers, while the Indians suffered a 56-46 setback to the Kingston Redskins.
The host Talihina Lady Golden Tigers suffered a loss to the Sallisaw-Central Lady Tigers in the first game of the day for seventh place. No final score was available, and no more information was reported.
HOWE â€” Despite foul problems, the Howe Lions, thanks to a torrid fourth quarter, kept their unbeaten record intact as they beat the Pocola Indians 55-40 Monday night at the Howe Gym.
The Lady Lions handled the Lady Indians 65-34 in the first game of the night.
McCURTAIN â€” The Leflore Savages got their 10th win of the season Monday night, beating the homestanding McCurtain Bulldogs 61-54.
The Savages led 17-10 after a period and never lost the lead.
Leflore will be idle until 7:30 p.m. Saturday when they will play the winner of Thursday night's Howe-Cave Springs game for the Gold Bracket title of the Eastern Oklahoma State College Classic at EOSC's Claud C. Dunlap Fieldhouse.
McCURTAIN â€” Despite a slow start, the Leflore Lady Savages were able to hang on for a 53-50 road win over the McCurtain Lady Bulldogs on Monday night.
Trailing 13-4 after a period, the Lady Savages outscored the Lady Bulldogs 18-4 in the second quarter for a 22-17 halftime lead.
After McCurtain regained the lead at 34-33 at the end of the third quarter, Leflore outscored the hosts 20-16 in the final period to get the come-from-behind road win.
A LeFlore County jury today found Donnie L. Harris guilty of first-degree murder in the February 2012 death of 24-year-old Kristi Ferguson.
Harris was accused of splashing Ferguson with gasoline and setting her on fire. She died about a month later in a Tulsa hospital from her injuries.
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LeFlore County basketball did rather well last weekend in tournaments. The Howe Lions and the Arkoma Mustangs won the Green Valley Conference Tournament, while the Spiro Bulldogs claimed gold in the Wilburton Tournament. As of press time, it wasn't known if the Heavener Lady Wolves won the Gary Ford Invitational on Saturday afternoon in Hartford, Ark., to give the county a fourth champion.
Poteau's girls were second at Wilburton, while Panama's girls were runners-up in the GVC.
LEFLORE â€” The Leflore Savages won for the second straight night in a row as they handled the Porum Panthers 45-22 Friday night on Nadine Carpenter Court.
Leading 24-15 after three periods, the Savages outscored the Panthers 21-7 in trhe fourth quarter to win going away.
Whitesboro 60, Clayton 47: In Whitesboro, the Bulldogs led from start to finish, taking an 18-11 lead after a period which became a 32-21 halftime advantage. Whitesboro took a 49-31 lead into the final period.
Editor's note: Heavener's games at Idabel were canceled, and no make-up date has been set.
WHITESBORO â€” The Whitesboro Lady Bulldogs defeated fellow Lady Bulldogs from Clayton 49-31 Friday night.
Whitesboro only led by four points at 17-13 at halftime, but the LeFlore County Lady Bulldogs outscored the visiting Lady Bulldogs 17-5 in the third quarter to take a 34-18 lead into the final period.
Porum 58, Leflore 47: In Leflore, trailing 31-25 at halftime, the Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Savages 19-11 in the third quarter to take a 44-42 lead into the final period â€” in which Porum outscored Leflore 14-5 to seal the deal.
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. â€” Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests officials are assessing damage caused by an ice storm last week and the ongoing freezing temperatures in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
The broad band of ice caused damage stretching from northern and central parts of Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma.Â
Forest personnel are assessing roads, timber and recreation areas for damage. Assessing the damage will take time because ice-packed roads remain hazardous for travel.
I was not even born when the Poteau Pirates lost the Class B title game to Fairview in 1946. I was 2 years old when the Pirates were defeated by Sayre in 1950 Class B title game.
My mother was also a Pirate fan, and she told me everything she remembered about both games, and I have always wanted to see the Pirates play in the game for the gold ball. I had that chance Saturday afternoon at Oklahoma State University's Boone Pickens Stadium.
The Pirates played for their first state football title in 63 years Saturday at OSU against the top-ranked Anadarko Warriors.