September 13th, 2012
The LeFlore County Tournament, no matter what sport, can bring both joy and heartache. On Day 2 of the 2012 LeFlore County Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament Tuesday at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex, there was definitely some of both.
For instance, the Talihina Lady Golden Tigers were within a hit of knocking off the top seed, the Poteau Lady Pirates, in one of the winner's-bracket semifinals. Instead, that hit did not come, and an extra inning was needed â€” since the game went past its alloted time limit.
The last time the Poteau Pirates football team was home, it was its final preseason scrimmage against Mena, Ark., Aug. 23 at Costner Stadium.
Now, the Pirates will finally get to play a meaningful game at their friendly confines at 7:30 p.m. Friday as they play their home opener against Tulsa Webster. No one is more glad of that than senior receiver and defensive back Tyler Tustin.
â€śIt feels great getting to play in front of our home crowd,â€ť Tustin said. â€śAfter having two away games, maybe we can have a good showing in front of our home fans â€” and come away with another win.â€ť
After a disappointing end to the 2011 football season, the beginning to the 2012 season has been anything but for the Talihina Golden Tigers.
The Golden Tigers (2-0) have pitched two shutouts, 27-0 over Wilburton in the season opener and 41-0 over Antlers in last week's home opener at Doc Robinson Stadium.
â€śAfter these two games, we've only given up five first downs and the kids are showing good technique on defense,â€ť said Kelly Gravitt, Talihina's coach. â€śWe're executing on offense.â€ť
Alan Callahan was the Week 2 winner of the Poteau Daily Newsâ€™ Pigskin Picks contest.
Callahan successfully picked eight out of 12 winners to win the $25 prize.
The contest ballot runs every Saturday during the contest period. Winners will be announced weekly.
This week's picks are due by 5 p.m. today since Talihina's road game against the Sallisaw junior varsity takes place tonight.
The form was in Saturday's edition of The Poteau Daily News.
Now that I have the important stuff out of the way, it is time to talk bow hunting. There are many men (and women) who are anxiously awaiting the opening of archery season.
My neighbor, Dan Carter, and his son, Danny, are getting ready for opening day. My boys and I have been shooting our bows and hanging stands with them for the last couple of weeks. Danny is getting a new bow, and I am going to do my best to get him a shot at a deer with it this year.
Eunice Farrell Underwood, 85, of Spiro died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel, Spiro, with burial in Fairview Cemetery, Panama. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday.
Jewell Earls, 84, of Wister died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, in Wister.Â Jewell was born June 2, 1928, in Glendale Bottoms to James and Alice (Ollar) Luman.Â She was a homemaker, a loving mother to her family, a kind and gracious aunt to her nieces and nephews and a kind person to friends and loved ones.
Jewell was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Virgil A. Earls; four brothers, Cleo Luman, Hack Luman, Hershel Luman and Harland Luman; two sisters, Dean Pilgrim and Elsie Heflin.
For the past 39 years, LeFlore County Youth Services, Inc. has gathered donations and money from fundraisers in hopes of building a debt free facility that houses the emergency shelter along with administrative offices.
They raised $368,026 and began construction but fell short of the total cost for completion. The organization is now in need of raising the additional $469,024 to avoid paying on the facility for the next 20 years.
For the most part, things went as planned on Day 1 of the 2012 LeFlore County Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament, which took place Monday at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex.
Three of the top four seeds, Poteau, Panama and Talihina, reached Tuesday night's winner's-bracket semifinals, but the other top seed, Wister, lost.
The Lady Pirates blanked Cameron 8-0, the Lady Razorbacks handled Heavener 8-1 and the Lady Golden Tigers beat Spiro 3-2 in a thriller. However, the Lady Wildcats fell 5-4 to the Pocola Lady Indians, who opened the day with a 10-0 win over the Bokoshe Lady Tigers.