August 30th, 2013
MENA, Ark. â€” In last week's Poteau Pirates' football scrimmage against the Heavener Wolves at Costner Stadium, the Pirates seemed bland and had a case of the blahs. Apparently, that got corrected this past week in practice.
SPIRO â€” The good news was that Spiro football coach Chris Bunch saw some improvement in his team from last week's home scrimmage with Okmulgee to Thursday night's scrimmage at McClain Stadium against the Stilwell Indians.
â€śI saw some improvement in certain spots,â€ť Spiro coach Chris Bunch said. â€śWe still have some kids who are banged up and didn't get to play as much as I was wanting them to. Hopefully, we'll get those guys back by next week, but I did see some improvement.â€ť
MULDROW â€” The Poteau Lady Pirates made this week a perfect one as they picked up a pair of wins in Thursday's three-way, beating host Muldrow 6-1 and blanking Stilwell 9-0.
Pocola 6, Heavener 5: In Heavener, the Lady Indians broke a scoreless tie with a four-run fourth inning and a single run in the fifth for a 5-0 lead.
The Lady Wolves had a four-run inning of their own in the fifth inning to cut the deficit to 5-4 after five innings, but they got no closer as Pocola scored a big insurance run in the sixth to make it 6-4.
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” Public Safety officials will be participating in a
nationwide campaign this Labor Day weekend in an effort to reduce highway
traffic deaths and injury collisions on Oklahoma highways. "Operation
C.A.R.E." (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) began at 6 p.m. Friday
and runs through midnight Monday.
A fragment of lace from Spiro Mounds has been placed on the list of Oklahoma's 10 most endangered artifacts.
The list of endangered items was created by a committee of the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust. The Spiro lace is on of two items on the list placed in the acre of the Sam Noble Museum of natural History at the University of Oklahoma.
The other item is a collection of 1920s era organ player rolls.
Tri-State Speedway, Pocola
Pure Stock Race
1. Marshall Penson, Van Buren, Ark.; 2. Charlie Brummett, Mountainburg, Ark.; 3. Glen Qualls, Muldrow; 4. David Church, Mountainburg; 5. Lowell Steward, Rudy, Ark.; 6. Jesse Garner, Alma, Ark.
Economy Modified Race
1. Eric Beshoner, Fort Smith, Ark.; 2. Billy Smith, Rogers, Ark.; 3. Ryan Williams, Fort Smith; 4. Lester Weese, Van Buren; 5. Brandon Hunter, Alma; 6. Wade Barnes, Uniontown, Ark.; 7. Duane Kilpatrick, Farmington, Ark.; 8. Todd Broyles, Farmington; 9. Corey Davis, Lowell, Ark.
Factory Stock Race
During the upcoming emergency preparedness expo to be held Sept. 21, runners will get a chance to take part in the first 5K run/walk held by organizers.
Participants of all ages are welcome to enter the "Race to Prepare" run that will begin at Carl Albert State College in Poteau. There will be special divisions for military personnel and first responders. Disabled American Veterans will be allowed free entry to participate in the event.
Early registration cost $20 per participant and ends on Sept 13. Registration is $25 the day of the race.
Hunting season is just around the corner, and hunters need to be on their toes. Wild animals can be very dangerous.
Earlier this week, a local man was attacked by a deer in the A.B.M. neighborhood, just down the road from our neighborhood. Johnny Baker was attacked by a 220-pound wild Russian hog. He got cut up, and stabbed by those sharp tusks. He told us how fast and strong that hog was, and it all happened so fast.
The Pocola Indians football team will get a final shot at fine tuning things when they welcome the Heavener Wolves to town for a 6 p.m. scrimmage tonight at John Carter Field.
The Indians want to improve upon what coach Rick Lang called â€śstupid football.â€ť
The Arkoma Mustangs football team will get one last preseason tune-up before next week's season opener against Keota when they welcome the Gans Grizzlies and the Watts Engineers for a three-way scrimmage beginning at 6 tonight at Mustang Field.
This week, the Mustangs have been working on the areas in which mistakes were made in last week's scrimmage with Porum.
â€śIt was good to have something on film to show them,â€ť Arkoma coach Mark Weatherton said. â€śHopefully, we can get those mistakes corrected [tonight's scrimmage].â€ť