August 23rd, 2011
EL RENO ‚ÄĒ Last May when the Wister Wildcats and Dale Pirates met, it was for the Class 2A State Tournament championship, which was won by the ‚ÄôCats 4-2. The same two teams met again Saturday for the finals of the Tournament of Champions at Redlands Community College, and the Pirates avenged the loss.
Dale scored twice in the eighth inning to break a 6-6 tie to win the game 8-6 in eight innings.
Wister (5-1) reached the title game as they outlasted Coleman 13-9 in Friday's semifinals in a battle of Wildcats.
CATOOSA ‚ÄĒ The Poteau Pirates hit the road Friday night to take part in a triangular-controlled football scrimmage against the Catoosa Indians, a Class 4A power that made it all the way into the state semifinal last year, and the Class 6A Tulsa Memorial Chargers.
The scrimmages were formatted where each team would face one of the other two teams in a 15-play series.
SPIRO ‚ÄĒ The one word Spiro Bulldogs Football Coach Chris Bunch said after Friday night's first scrimmage of the preseason against the Checotah Wildcats at McClain Stadium was ‚Äúdiscpline‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ and not in a positive way.
Bunch believes that his players were not as disciplined as needed to perform well on the gridiron. In Friday night's scrimmage, the ‚ÄėCats threw four touchdown passes and rushed for another TD.
POCOLA ‚ÄĒ The Pocola Indians had their first scrimmage of the preseason Friday night at John Carter Field facing the Gore Pirates.They did not dissappoint, finding the end zone three times to only the Pirates' one.
The Indian defense came out fired up, causing three turnovers in Gore's first 20 plays, highlighted by Dakota Highley's interception on the fifth play of the scrimmage. In fact, the Pirates only gained six yards in their first 10 plays.
ARKOMA ‚ÄĒ Last year, the Arkoma Mustangs' defense gave up 598 points last season. If Friday night's home scrimmage is any indication, things will be vastly different in 2011.
The Mustangs did not give up a score to the Canadian Cougars in Friday night's first scrimmage of the preseason.
The 2011 high school cross country season will begin for the Poteau Lady Pirates and Pirates at 4 p.m. Monday at the Haworth Lions Invitational.
‚ÄúMonday's meet will still be a preliminary meet,‚ÄĚ Poteau Coach Tim Hall said. ‚ÄúThe distances won't be quite what we'll run at the regional and state meets. But we're excited and ready to go.‚ÄĚ
The Lady Pirates were seventh at last year's state meet.
RED OAK ‚ÄĒ It was a rough Friday afternoon for two LeFlore County baseball teams at the Eagle Classic at Eagle Field.
The Howe Lions suffered a 12-6 loss to the Crowder Demons in the consolation semifinals Friday afternoon.
The Demons reached the consolation semifinal Friday afternoon with a 17-9 win over the Whitesboro Bulldogs earlier in the day.
The Bulldogs lost their first game of the tournament Thursday afternoon 10-0 to the Stuart Hornets.
WILBURTON ‚ÄĒ The Arkoma Lady Mustangs were the victims of strong opposing pitching in their final two games of pool play on Friday at the 2011 Robbers Cave Shootout.
Arkoma suffered a 6-0 loss to the Porum Lady Panthers, then lost 12-0 to the Crowder Demonettes.
The Lady Mustangs (2-7) were still waiting at 5:30 p.m. Friday as to who and when they would play today in the final day of action. Arkoma and Wilson tied in their pool, and tournament officials were having to go to earned runs given up as a tie-breaker. If the tie was not broken by that method, another method would be used.
PANAMA ‚ÄĒ The host Panama Lady Razorbacks and the Poteau Lady Pirates began Friday's action at the 2011 Lady ‚ÄôBack Classic in the winner's-bracket semifinals.
The Lady Razorbacks rallied to down the Wister Lady Wildcats 5-3, while the Lady Pirates escaped with a 2-1 win over the Spiro Lady Bulldogs in Thursday night's action.
The Lady ‚ÄôCats started the night with an 8-6 victory over the Vian Lady Wolverines, while the Lady Bulldogs won a forfeited game over Sallisaw as the Lady Black Diamonds did not show up.
HEAVENER ‚ÄĒ The game did not have the feel of a run-rule game Thursday afternoon when the Howe Lady Lions took the five-mile trip south down U.S. Highway 59 to meet the Heavener Lady Wolves.
But in the end, it ended up being just that as a four-run fifth inning got the Lady Wolves an 8-0, run-rule victory over the Lady Lions, who saw their five-game winning streak snapped.