November 21st, 2014
I took my sixth-grade Bi-State Bandit League football team Saturday to Tulsa for its â€śend-of-the-year party.â€ť Iâ€™ve had some of these kids for four years, and I really wanted to do something special for them.
We left Poteau at 9 a.m. and went to Muldrow, since half of them were playing Stilwell for the Pansy Middle School Raiders in the Muldrow Tournament at 10 a.m. that morning.
After the game, we headed out for Tulsa and got there by 1 p.m. The first stop was Sky Zone indoor trampoline park on 61st Street.
At this time last year, the Poteau Pirates football team was in the midst of a playoff run that would end up at the Class 4A state title game â€” and ultimately a silver ball as state runners-up.
Although the 2014 season did not get to the same point as last year, the Pirates still made the playoffs and had a winning season â€” their third in as many seasons under coach Greg Werner.
The Arkoma Lady Mustangs went to the Class A State Tournament last year for the first time since 1992. Theyâ€™re hoping to return this season.
The Lady Mustangs, who were 25-5 last season, will begin their 2014-15 campaign at 6:30 p.m. Friday against Providence Academy from Rogers, Ark. at the Arkoma Gym.
Editorâ€™s note: No preseason information has been received on the Arkoma Mustangs. Once it has, as well as preseason information on other LeFlore County teams AND their season openers get closer, season preview stories on those teams will be published.
Last season, the Talihina Golden Tigers football team got to the Class A state semifinals before losing its only game of 2013 to Ringling to miss out by a win of playing for the gold ball.
This year, Talihina senior quarterback Alan Lockhart and senior linebacker Logan Hillebrand are doing their part to help the Golden Tigers make another deep playoff run this season.
Even though the Morrison Wildcats defeated Okeene by the score of 36-7 in their Class A opening-round playoff game last week, they seemed to have lost favor with the pollsters as they dropped out of the Top 10 in Oklahoma Class A. The Oklahoma State Associated Press Class A Poll had the â€™Cats 10th, but once the regular season ends, the weekly poll does as well.
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WHITESBORO â€” A strong second quarter helped the Whitesboro Bulldogs pull away from the Cameron Yellowjackets for a 59-44 victory Tuesday night at Steve Linker Gymnasium.
Trailing 8-7 after one period, the â€™Dogs outscored the â€™Jackets 23-9 in the second quarter to take a 30-17 halftime lead.
Red Oak 64, Leflore 48: At C.C. Gillespie Fieldhouse in Red Oak, the Eagles handed the Savages their first loss of the season.
The Eagles jumped out to a 13-5 lead after a period and never lost their advantage.
WHITESBORO â€” The Whitesboro Lady Bulldogs took advantage of the Cameron Lady Yellowjackets only having five players as the hosts proved to be too much on this night, posting a 56-24 win Tuesday night at Steve Linker Gymnasium.
A free throw by Cameronâ€™s Destiny Dunigan cut her teamâ€™s deficit to 9-8 with 30 seconds left in the opening period.
However, from there, the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady â€™Jackets 23-7 to end the first half as Whitesboro took a 32-15 halftime lead.
Sweet Escape Winery in Poteau will hold a Cork and Canvas Event Thursday at 6 p.m. The event will feature artist Julio Vargas who will give step-by-step instructions in creating original fall and wine themed artwork. Those interested must be 21 year and over to drink but younger can participate in the painting. Tickets are $40 per person at the door and include canvas, paint, brushes and a glass of wine as long as tickets last. For more information call (918) 647-9463, visit them on Facebook at Sweet Escape Winery or email at email@example.com.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) â€” The Oklahoma Department of Human Services must review plans to develop new foster homes, prepare weekly caseload reports and develop a remediation plan to reduce a Child Protective Services backlog, a new report released Monday states.
Those are among the improvements ordered by neutral monitors charged with supervising Oklahoma's settlement of a class-action lawsuit.