November 2nd, 2012
The 2012 regular season of high school football has ended, and for four LeFlore County teams â€” Spiro (Class 3A), Panama (Class 2A), Pocola (Class 2A) and Talihina (Class A) â€” they will now begin their postseason parade next week.
I'm planning on some special feature stories on some of these teams' players throughout the latter half of next week for something different and special from what I've been doing with these teams.
It was a happy homecoming for the Carl Albert State College basketball teams as they opened their seasons Thursday night at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
Behind Adrion Webber's 22 points and LaShawn Gallion's 20 points, the Vikings got a 92-78 come-from-behind victory over the North Arkansas Pioneers.
The came on the heels of the Lady Vikings' 102-27 rout of the St. Gregory's University junior varsity, thanks to 14 points off of the bench by former Heavener Lady Wolf Skylar Cooper.
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” After a stunning defeat Thursday night at San Antonio thanks to Tony Parker's shot at the buzzer, the Oklahoma City Thunder returned home for its home opener Friday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Portland knocked off the Los Angeles Lakers in its home opener Wednesday night.
It was a tough loss to the Spurs as the Thunder held the ball and a three-point lead with just less than a minute to play. However, the trip back home was a chance for the team to get their first win of the season â€” and that the Thunder did.
Paisley Simpson, 1, daughter of Brian and
Page Simpson of Panama was one of the costume contest winners at the Trail of Treats and Thrills held Saturday at Wister Lake State Park.
Three local high school softball players received the ultimate individual honor â€” making the 2012 All-State Fast-Pitch Softball Team.
Poteau's Shelby Standridge and Brenna Vise made the Middle East team, while Panama's Taylor Eaves made the Small East team.
Spiro's Braylin Gray is an alternate utility player on the Middle East, while several other locals â€” Poteau's Gabba Wilson, Alayna Holdsworth and Kaylee Kingrey, Spiro's Kaylee Cox and Panama's Kali Crase â€” are All-State honorable mention as they were on the All-Region 6 Team.
The Poteau Pirates football team will conclude its 2012 season at 7:30 tonight at Costner Stadium with a Senior Night game against the Tulsa Rogers Ropers.
Greg Werner, Poteau's first-year coach, wants to see fans come out to support a team that has made improvements by leaps and bounds.
POCOLA â€” Last week's football game had to be a very frustrating one for the Pocola Indians. For starters, they lost to their archrivals, the Panama Razorbacks 20-14, then lost any chance of a possibility of a second-place finish â€” and a home playoff game â€” with the defeat. Adding to heartache is the fact that Rick Lang, Pocola's coach, believes his team actually outplayed Panama.
November 1 wasn't a great day to be in the newspaper business â€¦ in Poteau anyway.
Due to a variety of malfunctions the Nov. 2 newspaper didn't get printed until incredibly late. Quite a few of the papers have messed up page numbers due to a mechanical failure in the printing press. We ended up having to run some the papers in two sections and some of the pages got renumbered, or had the numbers removed in the process. All the news is there. The main problem is that the stories jumping from page one jump to page 8 instead of page 16 in many of the newspapers.
The Howe High School basketball teams will welcome the Smithville squads to the Howe Gym tonight for the season openers. The girls game will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys contest at approximately 8 p.m.
The Lady Lions were 27-3 last season, and lost in the Class 2A Area Tournament consolation finals to Amber-Pocasset to miss out on a trip to state.
The good news is they return many players from that team, but the not-so-good news is that all the starters from the 2011-12 team graduated. Thus, youth will be served, especially early on, for the Lady Lions.