September 30th, 2014
The postseason of the 2014 fast-pitch softball and fall baseball seasons is heating up. Poteau will begin its softball playoffs Wednesday in the Class 4A District Tournament at Broken Bow, while Heavener, Spiro, Panama, Pocola, Wister, Arkoma and Whitesboro will be in regional tournaments this week with the shot at making state â€” which will be next week.
The Cameron Yellowjackets will have two shots at making next week's Class A State Tournament at this week's regional tournament, in which both the champion and consolation champion make state.
LEFLORE â€” The Class B District Tournament went the full distance last week, but unfortunately the Leflore Savages baseball team did not take home the district championship.
After the Savages beat the Buffalo Valley Buffaloes 4-3 in Friday afternoonâ€™s first title game, the Buffs took the winner-take-all game 5-2.
The Buffaloes beat the Savages 5-2 on Thursday night after the Savages routed the Panola Bearcats 12-0.
The Savages end the season at 12-14.
STILLWATER â€” Three Heavener High School cross country runners placed, with two of them medaling, at Saturday's Oklahoma State University Jamboree.
Frank Cruz was the lone Wolf to run, placing 37th (20:17.12).
Two Lady Wolves ran the course. Barbara Johnson was 29th (14:17.08), while Brenda Macias was 118th (20:32.92).
Cruz and Johnson medaled since they finished in the top 50.
The Heavener runners, along with Poteau's runners, will return to action at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Chili Pepper Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
TALIHINA â€” It took all three games, but the Pocola Lady Indians were able to outlast the Talihina Lady Golden Tigers to win the Class 2A District Tournament on Friday afternoon by a score of 9-1.
The two teams split the first two games on Thursday, with Talihina wining the first game 9-2 but Pocola came back to win the second game 13-3 to force Fridayâ€™s winner-take-all game.
The combination of Hannah Gilliam and Hallie Harper were dominating on Friday afternoon as the Spiro Lady Bulldogs swept the Keys (Park Hill) Lady Cougars 4-0 and 8-0 to win the Class 3A District Tournament.
Gilliam threw a no-hitter with three strikeouts in seven innings in the opener, while Harper threw a four-hitter with eight strikeouts in six innings.
WISTER â€” The Class A District Tournament had to go to the if-game before a champion was crowned, but the Cameron Yellowjackets outlasted the host Wister Wildcats 2-1 in the winner-take-all game Friday night to win the championship.
The Wildcats, who lost 3-1 to the Yellowjackets on Thursday, forced the if-game on Friday by taking the first game of the day 8-1.
Jimmy Leon Albert, 69, of Poteau died Monday, September 29, 2014, in Poteau. Jimmy was born July 23, 1945, in Poteau to Anthony and Jessie (Midgley) Albert. He was a plastering subcontractor. Jimmy loved to deer hunt and he loved his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother; brother, Jerry Albert; and sister, Sandra McKown.
Gerald Thomas Billy, 62, of Poteau died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Dallas, Texas.
Gerald was born March 13, 1952, in Poteau to Thomas Coleman and Edna Marie (Borden) Billy. He was a media coordinator at KFSM-Channel 5 for 32 years. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Norma Jean Burden.
Ronald R. Fullen, 74, of Panama died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in Fort Smith, Ark.
Ron was born Nov. 19, 1939, in Summerfield to Dewey Ray and Ruth (Miller) Fullen. He served in the National Guard. Ron taught 26 years at Panama Schools. He loved to trotline and hunt; he raised fighting chickens. Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Fullen July 14, 2013; his parents; and brothers, Donald J. (twin) and Timothy Alexandra Fullen.
Donald Ray â€śDonnieâ€ť Payne, 62, of Heavener died Thursday, Sept 25, 2014, in Muskogee.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Summerfield Cemetery Pavilion under the direction of Dowden Roberts Funeral Home..