April 12th, 2014
SALLISAW â€” The Pocola Indians and the Spiro Bulldogs each won their opening-round game in the 2014 Tiger Shootout on Thursday.
The Indians beat the Muldrow Bulldogs 8-3, while the â€™Dogs routed the Roland Rangers 15-0.
Pocola met Vian on Friday afternoon right before Spiro faced Westville in the championship semifinals. The winners will meet at 5 today for the title, while the losers will play at 2:30 this afternoon for third place.
McCURTAIN â€” The Arkoma Mustangs suffered a 10-2 road loss to the McCurtain Bulldogs on Thursday afternoon in a game called in the sixth inning due to the run rule.
Thanks to an RBI triple by Josh Marion in the first inning, the Mustangs took a 2-0 lead.
The Bulldogs tied the game in their half of the inning, then slowly pulled away. A sixth-inning run put the game into run-rule status.
The Poteau Pirates baseball team won its opening-round game in the Coal Mining Classic on Thursday night in Wilburton, doubling the Stigler Panthers 8-4.
The Pirates played in the championship semifinals Friday night in Wilburton, with a win putting them into this afternoon's title game at 3:30 p.m. in Hartshorne. A loss Friday night put them into the third-place game at 1:15 this afternoon.
TONKAWA â€” The Carl Albert State College baseball team split its road doubleheader Thursday afternoon against the Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa Mavericks. The Vikings held on to win the nightcap 9-8 after losing the opener 4-3 in eight innings.
The same two teams will go at it in a doubleheader beginning at 1:30 this afternoon at Ival Goodman Field.
MIAMI, Okla. â€” The Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings softball team suffered a pair of losses Thursday afternoon against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, which took both games by run-rule victories. After taking the opener 14-5 in five innings, the Lady Norse took the nightcap 10-1 in six innings.
The Lady Vikings will hit the road today to face their archrivals, the Eastern Oklahoma State College Lady Mountaineers, in a 2 p.m. doubleheader in Wilburton.
Thursday night was filled with good and not-so-good news for the Heavener Lady Wolves softball team as the 2014 LeFlore County Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament ended at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex.
The not-so-good news was the Lady Wolves suffered their first loss of the 2014 slow-pitch season when the Pocola Lady Indians run ruled them 12-4 in five innings after losing to Heavener 10-2 in a run-ruled contest in the winner's-bracket final.
WISTER â€” Friday's championship semifinals of the Wister Tournament had an all-area flavor to them.
The host Wildcats along with the Panama Razorbacks, the Leflore Savages and the Red Oak Eagles all made the championship semifinals with Thursday victories.
The host â€™Cats handled the Whitesboro Bulldogs 13-3, while the Hogs did likewise against the Howe Lions by a score of 12-2 on one side of the bracket.
The Dakota McCoy Memorial Bass Tournament took place Saturday on Wards Landing at Wister Lake. There were 18 boats filled with anglers who caught 38 bass that collectively weighed 93.1 pounds. Each fish averaged 2.45 pounds, with four limits caught.
Jason Roberts and Bobby Denton won the event with 16.55 pounds to earn them $430.
Dennis Gullick and Danny Breashears were second to earn $250 thanks to hauling in 15.08 pounds of bass â€” 4.96 pounds of which was thanks to Danny's big bass winner â€” dubbed â€śThe Ram Beast of the Weekâ€ť â€” to earn him an additional $170.
Gene Ray Ward, 72, of Heavener died Thursday, April 10, in Heavener.
Gene was born Feb. 9, 1942, in Bates, Ark., to Clyde and Edna (Dedmon) Ward.
Gene was a graduate of Waldron High School and attended Arkansas Tech University. He was a cattleman and was in the livestock auction business since 1962. He was an owner of Poor Boy Livestock Auction for almost 30 years from 1980-2009. Gene was saved and baptized at Bates, Ark., and attended the First Baptist Church of Heavener.
Marshall Wayne Needham, 47, of Pocola died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Fort Smith, Ark. Marshall was born April 22, 1966, in Fort Smith to William David and Marilyn L. (Graham) Needham. Marshall was in the Air National Guard. He worked at Southern Steel and Wire. He was of the Southern Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his mother; grandparents, C.W. and Alice Needham; Andy and Vivian Graham.