February 16th, 2012
James â€śJockâ€ť Faulkenberry, 81, of Howe died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Garland Cemetery, Stigler, under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home, Heavener.
Wanda Ritchey, 94, of Talihina died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at OSU Medical Center in Tulsa.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at Faith Pentecostal Church, Talihina. Burial will be at the Old Talihina Cemetery under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.
Jimmie Maxine Morris, 74, of Wister died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Summerfield Church of Christ. Burial will be in Summerfield Cemetery under the direction of Evans and Miler Funeral Home, Poteau.
Last week a local educator beloved by many lost his three-year battle with cancer. His family, students, friends and colleagues are now preparing for a memorial service this weekend to bid farewell to this beloved man.
James Daniel "Danny" Falkner was born on the last day of the year in 1949 and was raised in the community of Poker Bend near Panama. Although as a youngster he moved with his family to California several times, LeFlore County was most definitely home. It was also where he met his future wife, Janice Sue Gollihare.
The next stage of the Class A and B playoffs begin today with regional tournament action.
The Arkoma Lady Mustangs and the Cameron Yellowjackets will play Wright City's teams tonight at 6:30 and 8 p.m. respectively in the Clas A Regional Tournament at the new Wilburton High School Gym.
The winners will play at 6:30 and 8 p.m., respectively, on Saturday for regional championships. But tonight's winners are guaranteed to do no worse than be regional runners-up, and advance to next week's Class A Area Tournament at the McAlester Expo Center.
HEAVENER â€” The regular season could not have ended any better for the Poteau High School basketball teams Tuesday night at the Heavener Gym.
The Lady Pirates led wire to wire en route to a 55-30 victory over the Lady Wolves. Then, the Pirates followed suit with a come-from-behind 71-41 win over the Wolves, winning by 30 points after being down 11-2 early.
PANAMA â€” The Panama High School basketball teams ended the regular season in fine fashion Tuesday night at the Panama Gym by sweeping the Porum teams.
The Lady Razorbacks defeated the Lady Panthers 52-40, while the Razorbacks downed the Panthers 61-52.
It was the second win in as many games for the Hogs, who defeated the Haileyville Warriors 57-31 Friday night at the Panama Gym.
In the Lady â€™Backs' victory on Tuesday night, Panama only led 20-19 at halftime, but the Lady Razorbacks outscored the Lady Panthers 32-21 in the second half to get the win.
TALIHINA â€” Not only did the Talihina High School teams do their best to â€śPink Outâ€ť cancer in their cancer awareness games, but they also â€śpinked outâ€ť the Antlers teams as well.
The Golden Tigers withstood a late rally to defeat the Bearcats 52-51, but the Lady Golden Tigers handled the Lady Bearcats 56-32. Tuesday night on Chris Gillespie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium.
In the boys' contest, the Golden Tigers trailed 13-7 after one period, but outscored the â€™Cats 45-38 the rest of the game.
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2012 Poteau High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Categories include: football, boys and girls basketball, baseball, fast-pitch and slow-pitch softball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls track, boys and girls golf, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls all-around athlete, wrestling, coaching and support and service.
The deadline to submit nominations is March 30.
For additional information or to submit a nomination, call (918) 839-0394.
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OKLAHOMA CITY â€” The Oklahoma City Thunder have the best record in the National Basketball Association at 22-6 after their seventh consecutive victory at home Tuesday night.
The Thunder hadnâ€™t played a game since Friday night, while Tuesday night's opponent, the Utah Jazz, were on the final of back-to-back-to-back road games. The end result was an easy guess.
The Thunder ran away for a 111-85 victory Tuesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Jazz missed on 15 of their first 16 shots as the Thunder got off to a 16-4 lead midway through the first quarter.