September 26th, 2012
Vance E. Gildersleeve of Poteau departed this life on July 23, 2012, and transitioned into the arms of our Savior Jesus Christ.
He was born in Stewartsville, Minn., on May 22, 1919, to Leslie and Ethel (Proctor) Gildersleeve. He was baptized April 10, 1955, into the Christian faith at the First Baptist Church of Redwood City, Calif., by Pastor Rowland T. Edgeworth and later affirmed his baptismal faith in the Zion Lutheran Church of Santa Rosa, Calif., on April 30, 1967. He was an elder with Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fort Smith, Ark.
The Poteau Bandit League football teams went 2-2 on Saturday, but lost two of the three games played against Van Buren (Ark.) White at Costner Stadium.
The sixth-grade team defeated Van Buren White 24-6, but the fourth-grade team lost 26-0 and the third-grade team fell 19-6.
The Poteau fifth-grade team won its game, but against a different opponent â€” and at a different place. The Poteau fifth-graders blanked the Heavener Wolves 20-0 Saturday afternoon at Harvey Stadium because Van Buren White did not have a fifth-grade team.
About all that was lacking at Monday's â€śPink-Outâ€ť breast cancer awareness softball game as singing pop star Pink to sing the national anthem.
With players and umpires wearing pink for the occasion, the Poteau Lady Pirates defeated the Red Oak Lady Eagles 5-2.
After the game, about 15 players from both teams, and Poteau coaches Misty Collins and Laney Groom, took part in a home run derby. Poteau senior right fielder Gabba Wilson and Collins tied with five homers, but Collins conceded the title to Wilson â€” who was presented a pink bat for her win.
It's been a couple of rough weeks for the Arkoma Mustangs football team, which is coming off back-to-back District C-4 losses to Maud (56-6) and last week's road contest at Sasakwa (64-24).
Now, the Mustangs (1-3, 1-2 in district play) almost believe they're in playoff mode right now as they welcome Southwest Covenant from Yukon for a 7:30 p.m. Friday game at Mustang Field.
When the new District A-6 was set up by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association, it was an odd-football district in total team numbers â€” seven, as opposed to the customary eight.
So, this week was the odd week for the Talihina Golden Tigers, who aren't playing a District A-6 foe this week. So, the choices were two â€” either take a week off or play somebody. The Golden Tigers chose the latter.
The Golden Tigers will play at home for the first time in three weeks at they will entertain Union Christian Academy from Fort Smith, Ark., at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Doc Robinson Stadium.
BOKOSHE â€” The Bokoshe Tigers football team originally was slated to have had an off date last week. Instead, since both the Tigers and the Webbers Falls Warriors were open, they decided to meet last Friday night in Bokoshe.
With the fact that the Tigers are an injury-filled squad, the open date would have been welcomed. Instead, the visiting Warriors defeated the Tigers 69-0 in a game stopped at halftime by the mercy rule.
With the Tigers (0-4, 0-3 in District C-4) so injured, the week off may not have been as beneficial as hoped.
The Panama Razorbacks are still trying to seek that elusive first football win of the season. They had a shot at that last week for homecoming at George Ollie Stadium against the Wilburton Diggers. Due to falling behind early, it made the Hogs play catch-up football all night.
â€śDefensively, we stepped up in the second half,â€ť said Brandon Ellis, Panama's second-year coach. â€śWe just fell too far behind and tried to play catch up the whole games. Offensively, the low point was we had five turnovers, and that just killed our drives.â€ť
Carl Albert State College Assistant Softball Coach Megan Young will give softball lessons at $25 per hour to girls up through age 18.
To schedule a session or for additional information, call (580) 704-4517.
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Friday Couple Scrambles at Wolf Ridge Golf Course have been moved to 2 p.m. Sundays.
The entry fee is $15 per person for the nine-hole weekly event.
For additional information, call (918) 647-2582.
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Tryouts for the 2013 season for a 12-year-old Major USSSA baseball team will take place on four dates at the Spiro Little League Fields.