April 11th, 2014
Thursday night was filled with good and not-so-good news for the Heavener Lady Wolves softball team as the 2014 LeFlore County Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament ended at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex.
The not-so-good news was the Lady Wolves suffered their first loss of the 2014 slow-pitch season when the Pocola Lady Indians run ruled them 12-4 in five innings after losing to Heavener 10-2 in a run-ruled contest in the winner's-bracket final.
WISTER â€” Friday's championship semifinals of the Wister Tournament had an all-area flavor to them.
The host Wildcats along with the Panama Razorbacks, the Leflore Savages and the Red Oak Eagles all made the championship semifinals with Thursday victories.
The host â€™Cats handled the Whitesboro Bulldogs 13-3, while the Hogs did likewise against the Howe Lions by a score of 12-2 on one side of the bracket.
The Dakota McCoy Memorial Bass Tournament took place Saturday on Wards Landing at Wister Lake. There were 18 boats filled with anglers who caught 38 bass that collectively weighed 93.1 pounds. Each fish averaged 2.45 pounds, with four limits caught.
Jason Roberts and Bobby Denton won the event with 16.55 pounds to earn them $430.
Dennis Gullick and Danny Breashears were second to earn $250 thanks to hauling in 15.08 pounds of bass â€” 4.96 pounds of which was thanks to Danny's big bass winner â€” dubbed â€śThe Ram Beast of the Weekâ€ť â€” to earn him an additional $170.
Gene Ray Ward, 72, of Heavener died Thursday, April 10, in Heavener.
Gene was born Feb. 9, 1942, in Bates, Ark., to Clyde and Edna (Dedmon) Ward.
Gene was a graduate of Waldron High School and attended Arkansas Tech University. He was a cattleman and was in the livestock auction business since 1962. He was an owner of Poor Boy Livestock Auction for almost 30 years from 1980-2009. Gene was saved and baptized at Bates, Ark., and attended the First Baptist Church of Heavener.
Marshall Wayne Needham, 47, of Pocola died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Fort Smith, Ark. Marshall was born April 22, 1966, in Fort Smith to William David and Marilyn L. (Graham) Needham. Marshall was in the Air National Guard. He worked at Southern Steel and Wire. He was of the Southern Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his mother; grandparents, C.W. and Alice Needham; Andy and Vivian Graham.
Tri-State Speedway, Pocola
Pure Stock Race
1. Marshall Penson, Van Buren, Ark.; 2. Zane Hunter, Alma, Ark.; 3. Daniel Tarkington, Checotah; 4. Jim Richesin, Van Buren; 5. Chad Warren, Fort Smith, Ark.; 6. J.P. Harris, Bella Vista, Ark.; 7. Paul Dilbeck, Gentry, Ark.; 8. Fred Ross, Eufaula.
A Modified Race
CLAREMORE â€” The Poteau Pirates soccer team picked up a district road victory Tuesday night, beating the Sequoyah-Claremore Eagles 5-1.
The Lady Pirates did not officially play a game, but did meet in a scrimmage, with Allison Stone's goal tying the game at 1. The contest did not count toward the Lady Pirates' win-loss record.
POCOLA â€” Earlier this year, Pocola pitcher Connor Mangham signed a letter of intent with Connors State College. He had a teammate do the same thing Wednesday morning.
Pocola senior Tanner Francis signed a letter of intent with Carl Albert State College in a signing ceremony inside the lobby of the high school gym.
Pocola 12, Heavener 4, 5 inn.
Heavener 14, Pocola 12
Heavener 10, Pocola 2
Pocola 7, Poteau 6
Poteau 9, Wister 3
Poteau 12, Whitesboro 2
Wister 17, Cameron 3
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Most Valuable Player â€” Jodie Hill, Heavener
Heavener â€” Cheyanne Cranfield, Lexi Moody
Pocola â€” Taylor Farley, Madison Lomon
Poteau â€” RaeLynn Caldwell, Jordyn Gotes
Wister â€” Clara Brown, Kyla Brown
Cameron â€” Kacey McGee
TAHLEQUAH â€” The Poteau Lady Pirates golf team won the Cherry Springs Invitational on Wednesday at Cherokee Trails Golf Course.
The Lady Pirates dominated the field, winning with a team score of 366, with Coweta a distant second (382).
Two Lady Pirates, Hannah Ward, the two-time defending Class 4A state champion, and Dallas Terry, were among the top 10 medalists. Ward, who signed earlier this year with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, won the individual title with a 73, while Terry was the 10th-place medalist with a 95.