Archive - Sep 2, 2011 - Sports Article
When the Poteau Lady Pirates and the Spiro Lady Bulldogs met in last month's Lady â€™Back Classic in Panama, it was a hard-fought, 2-1 victory for Poteau.
When the two teams met again Thursday afternoon, it was another hard-fought game â€” this time with more runs, and more miscues for both teams.
The Lady Pirates held off the Lady Bulldogs 5-4 in a game in which the other team's defensive miscues led to more of the nine total runs scoring than base hits.
Although Panama and Spiro got their football seasons under way Thursday night, tonight's it's the Poteau Pirates' turn.
The Pirates will welcome the Checotah Wildcats to town for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff tonight at Costner Stadium.
Tonight's 7:30 p.m. kickoff to begin the season at home against the Keota Lions could not have gotten here any slower for the Arkoma Mustangs.
â€śIt's going pretty slow right now,â€ť Arkoma Coach Mark Weatherton said on Tuesday. â€śI keep waking up, thinking it's Friday â€” but it's not. It's something that we've been looking forward to. The kids are real excited. I'm just as excited to get it going. But it's dragging right now.â€ť
So far, the Bokoshe Tigers football team has not had as much time on the field as first-year Coach Tyler Massey would like.
First of all, school did not begin until Aug. 24, and until school began not all the players were at preseason practices. In fact, the Tigers did not even have a preseason scrimmage, where most, if not all, teams had two.
Tonight's season opener against Porum at 7:30 p.m. at home will be the first game-like situation in which the Tigers will have participated this season.
Last year, the Pocola Indians opened the 2010 football season on the road against Hulbert. This year, they'll open the 2011 campaign at 7:30 p.m. tonight at John Carter Field â€” not against Hulbert, however.
The Indians will welcome a new team to town, Tulsa Regent Prep â€” which is a very unknown opponent.
At this time last year, the Talihina Golden Tigers were one of the favorites to be successful in Class 2A. Now, with the group of the Class of 2011 graduating, it's time for the younger players to shine. They will get that chance for the first time in 2011 when they travel to meet the Haileyville Warriors at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
The Poteau Lady Pirates won last year's LeFlore County Fast-Pitch Tournament, and they have only lost once so far this fall season.
Based upon those facts, the Lady Pirates were named the top seed for this season's LeFlore County Tournament, which will be Sept. 12-15 at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex.
Four teams received byes into the winner's-bracket quarterfinals. Along with Poteau, getting byes were second-seed Spiro, third-seed Panama and fourth-seed Panama.
As last year, there will only be 12 teams in the field, instead of the usual 13 â€” but there is a change.
Football season is finally here! High schools and colleges across the country will be butting helmets tonight and Saturday. The Poteau Pirates will open their season at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Costner Stadium agains the Checotah Wildcats.
The Poteau Bandits (the third-fourth grade and fifth-sixth grade teams) will travel to play Sallisaw beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday. For a lot of these players, this will be their first football game, which is both exciting and frustrating.