February 7th, 2013
SPIRO â€” The Poteau Lady Pirates rebounded from Friday nightâ€™s tough home loss to the Roland Lady Rangers by posting a 41-33 road victory over the Spiro Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday night at the Spiro High School Multi-Purpose Center.
In a rematch of the last two LeFlore County Tournament boys title games, the host Bulldogs withstood a late charge by the Poteau Pirates to earn a 57-47 victory.
HOWE â€” After graduation hit the Howe Lady Lions hard, not many prognosticators were planning on much from them this season. The Lady Lions said not so fast.
While they may have been dethroned as county champions, they did win the regular-season title of the Green Valley Conference with a 71-26 rout of the McCurtain Lady Bulldogs.
Howeâ€™s win, coupled with Panamaâ€™s 61-50 loss to Arkoma, gave the outright conference title to the Lady Lions.
Howe jumped to a 24-9 lead after a period and never looked back.
WISTER â€” Friday night, the Wister Wildcats had to go overtime to nip the Howe Lions by a point. The â€™Cats did not need overtime Tuesday night, but still had another nailbiting win as they downed the Cameron Yellowjackets 57-53.
The Wildcats jumped to a 19-8 lead after a period en route to a 30-21 halftime advantage.
In the second half, the â€™Jackets outscored the â€™Cats 32-27, but the first-quarter deficit was too much to overcome.
Howe 54, McCurtain 46: In Howe, the Lions led 12-11 after a period, but built their advantage to 24-15 at halftime.
A strong effort on both ends of the floor in the second half proved to be the difference for the Murray State College Aggies in their 71-55 win over the Carl Albert State College Vikings in the second game of Monday night's action at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
It was much the same in the opening game as the Murray State Lady Aggies handled the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings 82-51.
With the resurgence of Poteau High School football last season, it should not come as a surprise that a couple of seniors from the winning campaign for the Pirates punched their tickets to the next level.
Tight end/deep snapper Jay Werner and lineman Trevor Shankle signed letters of intent on National Signing Day in a ceremony Wednesday morning at the high school. Werner signed with Northeastern Oklahoma State University in Tahlequah, while Shankle inked with Fort Hays State University, located in Hays, Kan.
HEAVENER â€” The Heavener Wolves enjoyed back-to-back, five-win seasons in 2011 and 2012. Two stalwarts of that football team, running back Blake Smittle and lineman Aaron Turner, will get the chance to showcase their talents on the next level.
The Heavener duo signed football letters of intent with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in a ceremony witnessed by the student body, coaches and administrators in the school cafeteria.
The 2013 softball season for the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday at home in a doubleheader against Paris, Texas.
In late January, David Holt, Carl Albert State College softball coach, signed Poteauâ€™s Brenna Vise to play for his Lady Vikings. Add four more local players to that fold.
Holt signed Viseâ€™s teammate, Kaylee Kingrey, and Wisterâ€™s Bryanna Warren on Tuesday morning. On the same day Vise signed, Holt signed Spiroâ€™s Kaylee Cox and Braylin Gray.
â€śIt shows how well LeFlore County softball is going,â€ť he said. â€śI think we got some quality players and quality kids. We thought we were going to get two more girls, but we didnâ€™t get them. So, there was even more than what we were expecting to get.â€ť