September 28th, 2011
WESTVILLE â€” It was a happy trip up and down U.S. 59 on Saturday as the Poteau Bandit League football teams went 4-0 against the homestanding Westville squads.
The sixth-grade Poteau team handled Westville 24-8, which followed the fifth-grade team's 28-0 shutout of Westville, a thrilling come-from-behind 24-22 victory for the fourth-graders and a 25-7 win for the third-graders.
In the sixth-grade contest, Kale Barcheers had two rushing touchdowns, while Jamison Shackleford had another rushing TD. Seth Ryan kicked three two-point conversions for Poteau.
The Heavener Wolves looked all primed to win their District 2A-6 opener Friday night at Harvey Stadium against the Hartshorne Miners to celebrate Homecoming. However, a rough second half defensively left the Wolves with their second straight loss, 41-25 to the Miners.
It looked like a sixth-inning run was going to pull it out for the Poteau Lady Pirates in Monday afternoon's cancer game against Red Oak.
But a three-run rally by the Lady Eagles in the seventh inning rallied Red Oak to a 4-2 victory.
It was quite a good weekend for a lot of LeFlore County fast-pitch softball teams and fall baseall teams last week as several won district-tournament titles. As for baseball, Wister (Class A) and Whitesboro (Class B) also won their district tournaments.
Spiro at Poteau, 4 p.m.
Panama and Sequoyah-Tahlequah at Red Oak, 3:30 p.m. (Panama vs. Sequoyah-Tahlequah, 5 p.m.; Panama vs. Red Oak, 6:30 p.m.)
Class 3A Regional Tournaments
OKTAHA â€” Earlier this season, the Oktaha Tigers handled the Cameron Yellowjackets 12-0 in a run-rule game to begin the Eagle Classic on Aug. 17 in Red Oak. But when it counted, it was the â€™Jackets who stung the Tigers.
The Yellowjackets run ruled the Tigers 12-0 Friday night to win the Class A District Tournament.
Cameron (21-7) were sent to Wister for the Class A Regional Tournament along with Rattan and Wright City. The champion and the consolation champion will each qualify for next week's Class A State Tournament.
BUFFALO VALLEY â€” The Whitesboro Bulldogs baseball team took the first step in a repeat trip to the fall state tournament Friday afternoon.
The Bulldogs defeated the Leflore Savages 15-6 in Friday afternon's title game to win the Class B District Tournament.
The â€™Dogs (13-13) will be in the Class B Regional Tournament at Red Oak, along with host Eagles, Stuart and Coleman. The champion and consolation champion will advance to next week's Class B State Tournament.
The Savages end the season at 11-11.
BRAGGS â€” The Arkoma Lady Mustangs went 1-2 at the Class B District Tournament on Friday. After beating Cave Springs 9-1, Arkoma lost twice to Braggs by scores of 17-5 and 10-2 to see their season end.
The Lady Mustangs end their season at 8-17.
KEOTA â€” It was a quick postseason trip for the Howe Lady Lions softball team. The Lady Lions suffered a 10-6 loss to Porum and a 12-6 setback at the hands of the Keota Lady Lions to see their season end Friday afternoon at the Class A District Tournament.
Howe ends the season at 14-18.
The team of Scotty White and Jonathan Burgess won the â€śTeam Whitneyâ€ť Benefit Golf Tournament Saturday at Wolf Ridge Golf Course with a score of 10-under par.
The Panama softball coaching tandem of Grant Ralls and Jamie Hoffmann were second at 7-under.
Tying for third at 4-under were Cody Shore and Kale Holton as well as Josh and Joe Tackett.
There was also a tie for fifth place at 3-under between Hoss Delaplank and Kevin Traywick as well as Brian Free and Jose Chavez.
Robbie Ellis and Billy Hoffman were seventh (-2), while David White and Weylin Groom were eighth (+1).
Since this is the last in a long line of Poteau-Hilldale games, the Hornets were always known as a 3-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust kind of team. Poteau Coach Jeff Broyles commented earlier in the week how Hilldale quarterback Dalton Cunningham was similar to former Florida Gator QB Tim Tebow for his running prowess. Cunningham might well be, but without a doubt his strong right arm was what dismantled the Poteau Pirates in their District 4A-4 opener Friday night at Costner Stadium.
Cunningham threw four touchdown passes of 99, 80, 33 and 67 yards as the Hornets stung the Pirates 42-16.