September 2nd, 2014
When two county football teams, the Pocola Indians and the Spiro Bulldogs, met in Friday nightâ€™s scrimmage at Spiroâ€™s McClain Stadium, each teamâ€™s strength came to the forefront.
Offensively, the Bulldogs will be counting upon senior quarterback McKinley Whitfield to lead the way, and he did just that.
In the final part of the scrimmage where it was a simulated half of football, Whitfield had a 38-yard touchdown pass to D.T. Neal, to go with two long pass plays to Chad Tye â€” covering 20 and 40 yards.
Panama coach Brandon Ellis was wanting one main objective from Friday nightâ€™s home scrimmage against the Heavener Wolves at George Ollie Stadium.
â€śWe just want to stay healthy and see how our younger players react to different color jerseys,â€ť he said.
Even though the Razorbacks have made the playoffs for the past two years, their numbers have dwindled to 22 players.
The Wolves, on the other hand, saw an increase in their numbers as they welcomed home Sam Hembree, who is beginning his first year as Heavenerâ€™s coach.
ARKOMA â€” Arkoma football coach Mark Weatherton was wanting to see improvement in two areas in Friday nightâ€™s home scrimmage against the Webbers Falls Warriors â€” his linemenâ€™s play and his teamâ€™s running game. He got both.
The Mustangsâ€™ only score was a 12-yard run by Dakotah Roam to cap a 20-play, 80-yard drive.
As is always the case, the weekend after Labor Day is the annual Howe Wood Bat Tournament, which will be Thursday through Saturday at Lions Field.
The bracket will appear in Thursdayâ€™s edition.
LeFlore County Teams Invading Tushka
The Panama, Pocola and Wister softball teams will represent LeFlore County in the Tushka Tournament, which will be Thursday through Saturday.
LCT Seeding Meeting Wednesday
Anna Mae â€śTootieâ€ť Alfred, 87, of Poteau died Aug. 29, 2014, in Tulsa. Tootie was preceded in death by her husband, James Alfred of Poteau; her parents, Steve Sr. and Letha Garrett of Poteau; sister, Alma Taylor of Wilburton and brother, Steve Garrett Jr. of Poteau. Tootie, a lifetime resident of Poteau, was a homemaker. She was known for her beautiful table settings, her apricot brandy cake and her dependability when a friend was sick. Tootie loved a cold beer on a hot day, a good tenor voice and the Oklahoma Sooners. Her family celebrates her long, independent life.
Gerald Dee Wilson, 77, of Poteau died Aug. 29, 2014, in Fort Smith, Ark. He was born Sept. 23, 1936 in Red Oak to James Howard and Bertha Lucille (Montgomery) Wilson. He was retired from Whirlpool Corp.
Gerald was preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Cleo Wilson; two daughters, Laura Wilson and Joyce Mirus; four brothers James Wilson, Leonard Wilson, Joe Wilson and Bob Wilson
Allen Lynn Kinsey, 57, of Howe, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Poteau. Allen was born Feb. 2, 1957, in Poteau to Abe and Billie Dean (Ladd) Kinsey. Allen was a beloved father, husband, brother and son; born and raised in Poteau. He worked most of his life as an oilfield driller and was an exceptional mechanic. He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, James â€śJimâ€ť Kinsey.
Mary Ellen Coomer, 70, of Cameron died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Fort Smith, Ark. She was born April 7, 1944, in Bonanza, Ark., to William Jennings and Lillian Fern (Stockdale) Jones. She was a homemaker.
She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jackie Jones and Paul Jones; a sister, Barbara King; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
Raymond Lyle Hopkins, 64, of Spiro died Sunday, August 31, 2014 in Spiro.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau.Â Burial will be in Howe Cemetery. Family visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Evans and Miller Funeral Home.
Oma Mae Crandell, 80, of Cameron died Aug. 30, 2014, in Cameron.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at Greenhill Cemetery Pavilion, Cameron, under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau.