February 21st, 2012
For the second straight season, there will be two Poteau Pirate wrestlers at the Class 4A State Tournament.
At Saturday's Class 4A Regional Tournament in Cleveland, Okla., Poteau's Tyler Tustin and Kaydon Evans qualified for this weekend's state tournament at Oklahoma City's State Fair Arena.
Tustin, who won state a season ago, won the regional title at 132 pounds, while Evans â€” who came out midseason â€” battled his way back to be third at 138 pounds.
The good news Saturday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse was that the Poteau Lady Pirates claimed their second straight Class 4A District Tournament title, but the not-so-good news was the Pirates suffered a loss.
The Lady Pirates won their second straight district title with a 59-45 win over the Hilldale Lady Hornets. However, in the nightcap, the Hornets were able to make it a split with the two schools as they defeated the Pirates 59-49.
WARNER â€” The Talihina Lady Golden Tigers took the first step in a four-game postseason winning streak to the Class 2A State Tournament in fine fashion Saturday night as they defeated the host Warner Lady Eagles 54-20 to win the district tournament.
The Lady Golden Tigers are now just three wins away from the Class 2A State Tournament. They will face Hulbert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Warner, with another win putting them into not only Saturday night's regional title game but automatically qualifying them for next week's Class 2A Area Tournament at the new Wilburton Gym.
STROUD â€” The Bokoshe Lady Tigers suffered their first Class B playoff loss of the season Saturday night as they lost the title game of the Class B Regional Tournament 52-34 to the Deer Creek-Lamont (DCLA) Lady Eagles.
The Lady Tigers still advanced to this week's Class B Area Tournament in Cleveland, Okla., since they are the regional runners-up. Bokoshe will play Burlington at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, with wins needed in that game as well as Friday and Saturday afternoon's consolation championship game to make next week's Class B State Tournament.
PANAMA â€” Two LeFlore County basketball teams won Class 2A District Tournament titles Saturday night at the Panama Gym.
The host Lady Razorbacks defeated archrival Pocola 58-49, while the Pocola Indians got past the Gore Pirates 63-42 to win in Saturday night's title games.
Both Pocola teams had to stave off elimination on Friday night. The Lady Indians defeated the Gore Lady Pirates 69-51, while the Indians got past their archrivals from Panama 69-51.
The Panama girls and the Pocola teams all advanced to this week's Class 2A Regional Tournament, which will begin Thursday at the Howe Gym.
KANSAS, Okla. â€” The postseason did not begin the way the Heavener High School basketball teams had hoped.
The Lady Wolves and Wolves were handled by the host Kansas teams in Friday night's Class 3A District Tournament. The Lady Comets defeated the Lady Wolves 69-27, while the Comets then beat the Wolves 52-36.
STROUD â€” The seasons came to an end for the Leflore High School teams Friday afternoon at the Class B Regional Tournament as they lost their consolation semifinal games.
The Lady Savages lost 52-36 to the Braggs Lady Wildcats, while the Savages fell 55-45 to the Mason Eagles.
In the girls' contest, the Lady Savages (6-21) only trailed 12-10 after one period, but the Lady â€™Cats slowly pulled away from there. Braggs led 32-23 at halftime and 45-27 after three periods.
A two day joint task force operation to ensure compliance of sex offenders located in LeFlore County came to a close Friday afternoon after 98 registered sex offenders were visited.
The United States Marshals Service, along with the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department, investigators with the District 16 District Attorney's Office, Poteau Police Department and the Department of Human Services met at the LeFlore County Courthouse Thursday morning to discuss the operation and the goals intended to be achieved.
Air Force Major Samuel Lucas Jobe is Chief of Air Operations at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and a LeFlore County native. Major Jobe is the son of Poteau City Councilman and retired Poteau High School football coach Earl Job and retired Pansy Kidd Middle School teacher Sara Jobe. Jobe entered the Air Force after graduating from the University of Arkansas in 1997. He has held positions at the squadron, group, and wing level.