August 14th, 2012
Although the area saw substantial rainfall last week, it was confirmed during the Monday morning LeFlore County Commissioner meeting that the burn ban would remain in effect in conjunction with the Governor's burn ban.
According to Michael Davidson, Director of LeFlore County Emergency Management, the Governor's burn ban is scheduled to expire in two weeks if it isn't reinstated. The commissioners agreed to maintain the local ban until it is determined if the upcoming significant weather changes would affect the state ban.
It became apparent right from the start of Saturday night's Poteau Piratesâ€™ Red-White Interteam Scrimmage at Costner Stadium that the defense was well ahead of the offense. That can be said about most teams' first scrimmage of the year, yet alone a team that has a polar opposite change in offensive philosophies. Last year, the Pirates were in a wide-open spread offense, while the coaching style chosen by the new Poteau Coach Greg Werner is more on the lines of a more physical offense play across the front offensive line for the Pirates. Their line will average more than 250 pounds per man.
When one looks at the end of today's column and sees the week's worth of games on both the fast-pitch and fall baseball diamonds, one can tell it will be a busy week.
First off, Panama's Lady â€™Back Classic will be Thursday through Saturday, and Cameron, Howe, Whitesboro and Wister will be in the Red Oak Tournament the latter half of this week.
Also, Poteau will be at the Broken Arrow Tournament Friday and Saturday, while Talihina will be in the Healdton Festival â€” put on by former Talihina All-Stater and Healdton Softball Coach Joel Bradberry.
For the first time this young season, the Poteau Lady Pirates softball team was staring a potential loss in the face. After the Broken Bow Lady Savages scored three runs in the first two innings, the Lady Pirates rallied to down them 5-3 to complete a home sweep Friday night.
BEGGS â€” The Panama Lady Razorbacks fast-pitch softball team split their four games over the weekend in the Beggs Festival.
The defending Class 2A state champions finished the weekend strong with two wins, beating Checotah 9-2 and host Beggs 6-4. Those came after Friday's setbacks as they lost 6-0 to Berryhill and 4-1 to Kellyville.
STIGLER â€” After the Talihina Lady Golden Tigers beat the Keota Lady Lions Saturday morning to reach the title game of the Stigler Tournament, the Lady Lions beat them twice by scores of 8-2 and 8-0 to land them as runners-up.
The Lady Golden Tigers (3-2) beat host Stigler to get to the winner's-bracket final.
The Pocola Lady Indians were third. They beat Stigler and got past Spiro 3-1 before losing to Keota in the loser's-bracket final.
The Lady Bulldogs fell 6-4 to Keota, then beat Cameron 11-1 before losing to Pocola.
CAMERON â€” The Cameron Yellowjackets baseball team ran its record to 3-0 with a doubleheader sweep Friday night over the McCurtain Bulldogs by scores of 11-3 and 9-1.
Buffalo Valley 10, Whitesboro 6: In Bufalo Valley, the Buffaloes rallied from a 4-3 deficit in the third inning with a seven-run third inning to take a 10-4 lead.
RED OAK â€” The Wister Wildcats baseball team got its first win of the fall season Friday afternoon with a 9-0 run-rule victory over the Rock Creek Mustangs. However, it ended up being their only win on the weekend as they lost 2-0 to Byng and 7-4 to host Red Oak on Saturday.
COLEMAN â€” The Leflore Savages baseball team suffered a pair of losses Friday in the Coleman Festival.
The Savages lost 9-1 to the Caney Cougars, then fell 10-0 to the host Coleman Wildcats. The Savages were to have played the Bennington Bears Saturday morning, but the Bears were a no-show.
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 will take place at 5:30 p.m. every Friday at Wolf Ridge Golf Course.
The entry fee is $15 per person for the nine-hole weekly event. For additional information, call (918) 647-2582.
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