Archive - Aug 2011 - Sports Article
WILBURTON â€” 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 â€” The host Panama Lady Razorbacks and the Poteau Lady Pirates began Friday's action at the 2011 Lady â€™Back 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 â€™Cats 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 â€” 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.
EL RENO â€” The Wister Wildcats got their appearance in the 2011 Tournament of Champions off to a good start Thursday afternoon, run ruling the host Union City Tigers 12-2 Thursday at Redlands Community College.
The Wildcats played Coleman on Friday with the winner meeting the Okarche-Dale winner at 4 p.m. this afternoon in Union City for the championship.
The Wister-Coleman loser and the Okarche-Dale loser will play for third place at 2 p.m. this afternoon in Union City.
Leflore 9, Panola 2; McCurtain 7, Leflore 4: In Panola, the Savages (2-3) split their games in Thursday's three-way.
TALIHINA â€” Two things were pretty visible to Talihina Golden Tigers Football Coach Kelly Gravitt.
One, his offensive unit may be pretty productive after all, considering a lot of his skilled players graduated from last season's 11-1 team â€” which won District 2A-6.
The Golden Tigers had two nice drives deep into Quinton red-zone territory, and probably would have scored had the 10-play scripted drive not stopped drives.
The Poteau Pirates will get their first taste of competition on the gridiron tonight when they will be in a three-way scrimmage at Catoosa with the host Indians and Tulsa Memorial beginning at 5 p.m.
With high optimism and most of his players back from last season's playoff campaign, Arkoma Mustangs Football Coach Mark Weatherton pretty much knows what to expect offensively.
â€śHaving as many players back as we have is big,â€ť said Weatherton, whose team will welcome the Canadian Colugars to town tonight for a 6 p.m. scrimmage. â€śThey already know what we do in practice. We don't have to go over it time and time again. They already know it. That puts us way ahead of the game. Bringing back seven to eight starters that we have, we know we can score â€” we averaged 50 points a game last season.â€ť
When the Panama Razorbacks football team travels to face the Okmulgee Bulldogs for their first scrimmage of the preseason at 6 p.m. tonight, there's one main thing first-year Panama Coach Brandon Ellis wants his players to accomplish.
â€śI think the biggest thing is seeing what they've learned, and see if they've put it all together and retained the knowledge given to them,â€ť Ellis said. â€śAnother big thing is to see how conditioned we are. I want to see how we stack up to another team.â€ť
When the Pocola Indians get their first chance to face a team in tonight's 7 p.m. scrimmage against the Gore Pirates at John Carter Field, one word can describe what Pocola Coach Rick Lang wants to see.
â€śConsistency, especially early,â€ť Lang said. â€śI want to see these kids hustle and be enthusiastic. With the number of kids we have back, I want to see consistency on both sides of the ball, especially on sustaining drives and not turning the ball over.â€ť
The Spiro Bulldogs football team will get its first chance to perform in a competitive atmosphere tonight when they entertain the Checotah Wildcats at 6:30 p.m. at McClain Stadium.
With a lot of youth on this season's team, Spiro Coach Chris Bunch said he wants to see a good rhythm from his team.