February 27th, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. â€“ Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state under President George W. Bush, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in Barnhill Arena. The lecture is free, open to the public, and no tickets are needed to attend. The event is part of the student-funded Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of Arkansas.
The Poteau Pirates basketball team won its final home game of the regular season on Feb. 18 over Heavener. Now, the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association has blessed the Pirates with one last home game, a 3 p.m. Class 4A Regional Tournament consolation quarterfinal game against the Hilldale Hornets Thursday afternoon at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse. The Lady Pirates will play the Lady Hornets in the championship semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
CAMERON â€” Earlier this year, Carl Albert State College softball coach David Holt signed Poteau's RaeLynn Caldwell and Panama's Stephanie Barcheers. Holt made it 3-for-3 in LeFlore County on Monday afternoon when he signed Cameron senior Kacey McGee in a ceremony inside the high school.
Lori Lea Hopcraft, 48, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa.
Lori was born March 29, 1965, in Olney, Ill., to Calvin Phillip Hopcraft and Patsy Ruth Coggins Hopcraft. She graduated with the Class of 1983 from Pearland High School, Pearland, Texas, and was a librarian for many years, in Pearland.
Lori was preceded in death by her parents, Calvin and Patsy Hopcraft, and one brother, Barton Hopcraft. She is survived by her brother, Calvin Phillip Hopcraft II and his family of Jenks.
Right now, LeFlore County has 18 high school teams left in the basketball playoffs. Two of those teams, the Leflore Savages and the Whitesboro Bulldogs, can be state qualifiers by the end of Friday night.
The Savages will play Red Oak at 8 p.m. Friday in Sand Springs in the area tournament, with the winner making the Class B State Tournament. The loser will still have a shot at state the next night by winning the consolation championship.
Nyla Vern Smittle, 88, of Heavener died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Heavener.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home.
TALIHINA â€” It was a super Saturday night on Chris Gillespie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium for the Talihina High School basketball teams as they swept the titles in the Class 2A District Tournament.
The Golden Tigers routed the Rattan Rams 52-31, while the Lady Golden Tigers got past the Savanna Lady Bulldogs 50-39.
SPIRO â€” The postseason parade started off just fine for the Spiro High School basketball teams as they swept Westville to win the Class 3A District Tournament on Friday night at the Spiro Multipurpose Gym.
The Lady Bulldogs handled the Lady Yellowjackets 66-42 in the opener, then the â€™Dogs stung the â€™Jackets 78-42 in the nightcap.
HEAVENER â€” The Heavener Lady Wolves basketball team won the Class 3A District Tournament on Friday night at the Heavener Gym, clawing the Idabel Lady Warriors 68-47.
However, the Warriors returned the favor in the boys' title game, holding off the Wolves 47-44.