Archive - Nov 8, 2011 - Sports Article
Last week, LeFlore County saw the first of hundreds of basketball games get tipped off to begin the 2011-12 season. What caught my eyes?
The Leflore Savages took perennial Class B power Red Oak to the limit Thursday night before losing to the Eagles after the Savages won their season opener.
The Howe High School teams both had to overcome deficits against Smithville to each post road victories Friday night to get the season off on the right foot.
Shelby Trozzi had the hot hand with 35 points for the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings in their 82-74 win over Jacksonville, Texas, Saturday afternoon in the Panola (Texas) Classic.
The Lady Vikings lost their season opener 86-56 to host Panola on Friday night.
Howard, Texas, which is ranked No. 8 in the NJCAA Preseason Poll turned a six-point halftime lead into a 12-point lead with 16 minutes remaining in the second half as they downed the Carl Albert State College Vikings 70-57 in the Oklahoma-Texas Shootout Sunday afternoon at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.
The Vikings (0-2) went winless in the event as they lost their season opener on Saturday 79-75 to Clarendon, Texas, despite getting 20 points from Myron Williams.
SMITHVILLE â€” Although things didn't look good at times, there was a bunch of happy Howe hoopsters by the end of the night on Friday.
The Lions rallied from a third-quarter deficit to win 65-58 over the Smithville Braves, while the Lady Lions bounced back from a slow start in the opening period to end up handling the Lady Braves 54-34.
McCURTAIN â€” The Cameron High School basketball teams opened their seasons Friday night by splitting against McCurtain.
The Yellowjackets rallied from a 25-8 deficit in the opening period to knock off the Bulldogs 70-64.
In the girls' game, the Lady â€™Jackets suffered a 53-26 in the first game for new coach Sheila Jones.
PRESTON â€” The seasons did not get started on the right foot for the Wister High School basketball teams last weekend at the Preston Festival.
The Wildcats suffered a 70-56 loss to the Haworth Lions on Saturday, while losing 91-46 to the host Preston Pirates on Friday night.
The same misfortunate came upon the Lady â€™Cats as they lost 66-40 to the Lady Lions on Saturday after falling 76-27 to the host Lady Pirates on Friday night.
The 2011 Poteau Pirate Football Banquet will be at 6 p.m. Friday at the Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center.
Tickets cost $20 per person and can be purchased at Sanders and Sullivan Law Office (323 Dewey Avenue), Warehouse Willy's (300 Dewey Avenue), J-N-B Tire and Lube (2201 North Broadway) and First National Bank in Poteau.
Remaining tickets will also be made available at the door Friday night. Seating is limited.
Former Oklahoma Sooner quarterback Paul Thompson will be the keynote speaker.
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The Poteau Chip-In Club will have a golf benefit at 11 a.m. Saturday at Choctaw Country Club.
STILLWATER â€” â€śObviously, that's enough excitement for one night,â€ť Oklahoma State Coach Mike Gundy said after Saturday night's game.
That was about as good a quote to describe Saturday night's Big 12 game at Boone Pickens Stadium, in which the OSU Cowboys outlasted the Kansas State Wildcats 52-45.
The win put OSU at 9-0 for the first time since the Oklahoma A&M days. More importantly, the Pokes are on a collision course with LSU for the BCS Championship Game Jan. 9, 2012, at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. â€” Has anyone ever noticed that a lot of times in football, if a team keeps its head up and keeps fighting that things have a way of evening out?
A classic example would be the South Carolina/Arkansas game Saturday night at Razorback Stadium. The Razorbacks missed on four scoring opportunities early in the game, but capitalized on some South Carolina miscues in the second half to come away with a 44-28 victory.