Archive - Aug 6, 2011 - Sports Article
PANAMA â€” While a lot of high schoolers were enjoying a relaxing, albeit hot, July on their summer break, Panama Lady Razorback softball player Taylor Eaves did anything but relax. The Lady â€™Back junior played in two national tournaments â€” one in Denver and one in New York City.
The Sparkler Tournament was first up in Denver.
And there wasn't much rest for Eaves before her New York adventure.
â€śI went to Colorado for a week,â€ť the Panama Lady â€™Back softballer said. â€śThen, I came home for five days, then went to New York.â€ť
Three LeFlore County high school football teams, the Pocola Indians, the Talihina Golden Tigers and the Heavener Wolves will get their 2011 practices under way with â€śMidnight Madnessâ€ť practices â€” like they did a season ago.
However, Heavener's will be at 12:01 a.m. Friday â€” the first day in which players can put pads on after going three first three days of practice in just helmets and shorts.
If you're a high school football player or coach, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011 has been circled on the calendar for quite some time. That is the day which high school football teams can begin practicing for their 2011 seasons, which officially begin in September.
There's always some kind of heat issues high school football teams will deal with when practice begins every August. But this year, when practice begins Tuesday for the 2011 season, this summer's heatwave may be the worst ever. Thus, it's making the teams plan accordingly.
â€śI've never seen heat like this,â€ť Spiro Coach Chris Bunch said. â€śWe've got to be real careful because of it. We can't take a chance of the kids getting hurt. One thing, we're going to give them as much water as possible, and we probably won't go as long as we normally would.â€ť
While at Briggs Middle School in Tahlequah, Tyler Massey was only coaching football. When the chance presented itself to be able to coach even more, he took the opportunity by the horns.
Massey is the new Bokoshe football coach, and will also help out in basketball and baseball.