May 8th, 2013
TULSA â€” Thanks to one Poteau High School sophomore, thereâ€™s now six sports going on this spring.
Poteau sophomore tennis player Skylar Abbott qualified for the Class 4A State Tournament, which will be Friday and Saturday at the Will Rogers Tennis Center in Oklahoma City.
Abbott placed fourth in the Class 4A Regional Tournament on Monday at the Health and Grand Racquet Club.
Abbott opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win to Nowata, and then lost to the top-seeded player, Riverfieldâ€™s Zeke Clark, in the regional quarterfinals.
In the consolation semifinals, Abbott defeated Henryetta 6-0, 6-1.
BROKEN ARROW â€” Cameron golfer Kody Whitehead placed 11th in this yearâ€™s Class 2A State Tournament, which took place Monday and Tuesday at Emerald Falls Golf Course.
Whitehead, a junior, shot a 77-80â€”157 on the first day, but closed out strong by shooting his best score of the three rounds â€” a 75 on Tuesday â€” to put him at 232 for the 36-hole tournament.
Whitehead will play in the Hudiburg Open, which will be May 26-27 in Midwest City.
ARDMORE â€” It was quite a weekend for Heavener Lady Wolf runner Jodie Hill at the Class 3A State Meet, which took place at Ardmore High School's Noble Stadium.
Hill was third in both the 100-meter dash (12.57 seconds) and the 100-meter hurdles (16.08), while placing fifth in the 200-meter dash (26.92) to win three medals.
In her final state meet, Heavener's Laura Jo Allen placed sixth in the discus (107-0) to earn a medal.
MIDWEST CITY â€” Howe Lady Lion shot putter and discus throw Savannah Smallwood earned two medals at the Class 2A State Meet, which took place Friday and Saturday at Carl Albert High School's Titan Stadium.
Smallwood was state runner-up in the shot put (35-8.5) and sixth in the discus (103-6). She missed out on a state title in the shot put by two inches as Hennessey's Shelby Crump took state in the event (35-10.5).
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” The college softball season came to an end for the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings on Friday at the Region II Tournament at Hall of Fame Stadium.
The Lady Vikings lost 7-3 to Western Oklahoma State College and 3-2 to Eastern Oklahoma State College to see their season end at 12-29.
The public is invited to join the 2013 Trail of Tears Walk is scheduled for May 18 at Skullyville Cemetery outside the city limits of Spiro, according to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Participants are asked to come early and park at the Choctaw Community Center and ride a shuttle bus to the starting point of the walk.
Drivers will begin taking passengers to the cemetery at 9 a.m.â€¨The walk will begin at 10 a.m.
Lunch will be served to all who participate.
Walk T-shirts may be ordered online at www.choctawnation.com. For more information, call (800) 522-6170 Ext. 2162.
Heavener American Legion Post 188 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8403 will hosting the Kids Fishing Derby on 18 May 2013 at the City Park Pond.
The Derby will be a catch, weigh and release event to promote conservation.
Competition categories will be age 5 and under, 6 to 10 and 11 to 15.
First through third prizes will be awarded in each category by weight, with a grand prize for overall best weight. The derby will run from 9 a.m. through noon with free hotdogs and chips served from noon to 1 p.m. while results are tallied.
When the Poteau Pirates soccer team beat the Oologah Mustangs 6-2 in Friday nightâ€™s Class 4A state quarterfinals, it meant not only return to the state semifinals, but their state semifinal contest will take place at 7 tonight at Costner Stadium against the Bethany Bronchos.
OOLOGAH â€” The past two trips the Poteau Pirates soccer team made to Oologah, both resulted in victories â€” but both wins came by a single goal, and both victories came late in the second half.
In Friday nightâ€™s Class 4A state quarterfinal game, the Pirates came out with focus and resolve and bridled the Mustangs.
The Pirates scored eight minutes into the game and never pulled back on the reins as they won by the score of 6-2. to put the top-ranked Pirates (14-1) into the state semifinals against the Bethany Bronchos at 7 tonight at Costner Stadium.
The Poteau soccer teamâ€™s domination of Oologah in the Class 4A state quarterfinals has set the Pirates up for perhaps the biggest sporting event in Poteau High School sports history â€” playing a state semifinal game at Costner Stadium. I believe, that unless one of the 1950s football teams played a semifinal game in Poteau, that this will be a first.
In my tenure as statistician and writer in covering the Poteau Pirates football team, it played in semifinal games at Seminole, Putnam City, Tulsa Union and Choctaw twice.