November 5th, 2013
There may be no happier camper among the Poteau Pirate football team than senior lineman Jace Akins, who is recovering from an injury suffered a couple of weeks ago.
For starters, the Pirates have eight wins, going for No. 9 Thursday night in a road game against Tulsa Rogers to end the regular season. Plus, the Pirates are going to be a playoff team, regardless of the outcome of Thursday night's game.
The Poteau Bandit Football League had its Bandit Bowls on Saturday. In the third-fourth grade championship, the Panthers had a complete reversal of fortune from last year, which was loaded with third-grade players who did not win a single game. This year the Panthers went 7-0 as they were top heavy with second-year players.
The Panthers held off the Cowboys 19-12 to win the third-fourth grade championship.
A song by Meatloaf is entitled, â€śTwo Out of Three Ain't Bad.â€ť That song title could describe the Poteau Bandit Traveling League's success in the semifinals of the postseason on Saturday.
The sixth-graders blanked Van Buren (Ark.) Green 40-0 at Costner Stadium, while the third-graders posted a 34-14 win over Van Buren Green just before the sixth-graders victory.
The only blemish on the day happened in Van Buren, where the fourth-graders suffered a season-ending 30-12 loss in the semifinals against Van Buren Green.
Friday night, the Leflore High School basketball teams swept their first games played on Nadine Carpenter Court, getting wins over Indianola.
The weekend before, the legendary coach was honored by having her the court christened Nadine Carpenter Court during the alumni basketball games. Then, the Lady Savages and Savages posted wins on the first-ever true high school basketball games played on the â€śnewâ€ť court. Way to go, Lady Savages and Savages, and congratulations Nadine. I figure it had to be a neat night â€” maybe not the fanfare of the actual court christening, but close.
LEFLORE â€” The 2013-14 basketball seasons got underway in fine fashion Friday night for the Leflore High School basketball teams.
Both the Lady Savages and Savages won for the first time on the newly-christened Nadine Carpenter Court as they both defeated Indianola. The Lady Savages held off the Lady Warriors 34-31, while the Savages routed the Warriors 89-44.
The 2013-14 Cameron Yellowjackets basketball season will begin at 8 tonight at home against the Howe Lions after the Lady â€™Jackets open the season against the Lady Lions at 6:30 p.m.
However, it won't be the only thing new tonight. It will also begin a new era for the â€™Jackets as new coach Jeremy Williams will be on the sidelines tonight, replacing Dustin Hall, who is now coaching at Hodgen.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. â€” When looking at the final statistics from Saturday's Southeastern Conference game between the 11th-ranked Auburn Tigers and the Arkansas Razorbacks at Frank Broyles Field at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, the Hogs had more first downs than the Tigers â€” 25 to 18 â€” and had about the same amount of total offensive yards â€” 346 yards to Auburn's 366.
However, it's not about how many yards or first downs you get, but what you do with the football when you possess it. Unfortunately for the Razorbacks, they had too many miscues, which led to a 35-17 victory by the Tigers.
EDMOND â€” Poteau senior cross country runner Deven Bond was hoping to earn All-State status by finishing in the top 10 at Saturday's Class 4A State Meet at Edmond Santa Fe High School. She did.
Bond was eighth with a time of 12:33.91 to become an All-Stater.
As a team, the Lady Pirates were seventh with 187 points, finishing behind state champion Plainview (25 points), Tulsa Metro Christian (127), Sequoyah-Claremore (149), Elgin (153), Oklahoma City Heritage Hall (156) and Vinita (185).
Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside's Bria Caldwell's 19 points and game tying 3-point basket at the end of regulation proved to be the differenceÂ in the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings' 73-69 overtime win over Jefferson County, Mo., Â on Saturday afternoon in the final day of the State Fair Classic in Sedalia, Mo.
The next game for the Lady Vikings is the home opener and homecoming at 6 p.m. Thursday against the Bacone College junior varsity at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
With 3:30 left in the second half, the Carl Albert State College Vikings trailed by seven points, and that is when foul trouble with multiple players cost them in their 92-73 loss to ninth-ranked South Plains College in the second and final day of the Midwest Scouting Service Challenge on Sunday morning in Dallas.
Despite outscoring the 16th-ranked Howard, Texas by seven points in the second half, it wasn't enough for the Vikings in their 68-61Â season-opening loss on Saturday morning.