September 12th, 2012
One local young golfer recently brought home a tournament championship to LeFlore County.
Poteau's Connor Whitworth won a Tulsa U.S. Kids Golf Tour event. It marked the Poteau youth's first win on the tour.
He played the first four holes at 2-under par, and then had an 8 on a par-three hole to go to 2-over par. He finished with a 6-over par, 42 which tied Brecken Franklin who has never been defeated in the 7-year old boys Tulsa U.S. Kids Golf Tour.
Whitworth, who is age 7, made a birdie on his first playoff hole to win his sudden death playoff match.
The good news is the Arkoma Mustangs football team will finally get a home game, after opening the season on the road for the first two weeks.
â€śWe're excited to be playing at home,â€ť said Mark Weatherton, Arkoma's coach. â€śWe're looking forward to Friday night, especially after the way we played against Bokoshe.â€ť
However, it's not the easiest of home openers â€” not at all, since it's against the Maud Tigers. Kickoff for the District C-4 game is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mustang Field.
The first two games for the Panama Razorbacks football team has been different. In their home opener Aug. 30 at George Ollie Stadium, they led for half before losing 35-19.
Last week, the homestanding Roland Rangers took to the Hogs in a 44-0 loss.
The Razorbacks (0-2) are hoping third time's the charm when they travel to meet the Warner Eagles at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
â€śWe're hungry for one,â€ť said Brandon Ellis, Panama's second-year coach. â€śI think that when they ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown, that broke our spirits and our will to win.â€ť'
Glenda Ann Richardson, 58, of Spiro died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Murry Spur Free Will Baptist Church under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home, Spiro.
V.J. Sampson, 60, of Thackerville died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Ardmore.
Sampson was born June 29, 1952, in Edmond to O.C. and Mildred Ann (Scivally).
A resident of Love County most of his life, Sampson attended Thackerville High School. He and Judith Faye Wimberly were married Jan. 20, 1972, in Addington Bend. His hobbies included attending auctions, buying, selling, trading; however, his favorite pastime was spoiling the grandchildren. He was of the Christian faith.
The 2nd Annual Health and Emergency Expo will be held in a new location this year to accommodate more activities, vendors and demonstrations.
According to Dave Grovdahl, LeFlore County EMS director, the new location was needed as the expo grows. This year the event will be held at the LeFlore County Fairgrounds south of Poteau.
According to Grovdahl, there will be health and safety information booths and entertainment for children and adults.
Arts and crafts vendors will be on site and exhibits will be on display by fire, police and EMS.
The Joe Neff memorial run is set for Saturday, Sept. 15 with registration beginning at 10 a.m. at The Rock Bar on Dewey Avenue in Poteau. The ride begins at 11 a.m. Stops along the way will include Harvey's, End of Trails Eatery, Ed and Linda's, The Boxcar and The Longbranch for a group photo.
At the end of the ride organizers will offer a barbecue brisket dinner for $5 per person. Also available for purchase are Neff Memorial Run T-Shirts for $12. The cost to enter the memorial run is $20 per vehicle. Motorcycles, cars, trucks and jeeps are all welcome.
I'm now in my third year to be a part of the LeFlore County Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament. My first two years were very enjoyable, and I'm looking forward to a third.
If the seeding holds true, it will be a Poteau-Panama final. If that happens, it will be the first time they have met since their Aug. 28 contest at Poteau in which the Lady Pirates prevailed 1-0 in 14 innings in a game which lasted nearly 3.5 hours.
However, another team coming in hot is the Talihina Lady Golden Tigers, fresh off winning last weekend's Kiowa Tournament.
NORMAN â€” The Poteau Lady Pirates softball team had a rough end to its three-day stay at the University of Oklahoma Invitational on Saturday, losing 6-1 to the Jenks Lady Trojans and 6-2 to the Yukon Millerettes.
Still, the weekend was a good one for the Lady Pirates, who went 4-2 in the three-day event.
HOWE â€” The Wister Wildcats baseball team took home some hardware Saturday night as they defeated the Whitesboro Bulldogs 9-0 in the title game of the Howe Wood Bat Classic at Lions Field.
Wister reached the championship contest with a 1-0 victory over the Smithville Braves in championship semifinal, while Whitesboro got past the Cameron Yellowjackets 13-5 in the other semifinal.
All total, it was a good weekend for LeFlore County baseball as all four plaques from this year's event went to county teams.