Archive - Nov 2013 - Sports Article
McALESTER â If the Poteau Pirates football team was going to advance to the Class 4A state championship game, senior quarterback Jace Pitchford would be in the middle of it somewhere â and he was.
Although the Trojan War was centuries ago, the Poteau Pirates football team will be in one this afternoon in the Class 4A state semifinals.
The Pirates (11-1) will face the Oklahoma City Douglass Trojans (11-1) at 1:30 this afternoon at McAlester's Hook Eales Stadium. The winner will meet the victor of this weekend's other state semifinal between Anadarko and Wagoner in the state championship game on Friday at Oklahoma State University's Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.
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There will be a send off for the Pirates beginning at approximately 9 this morning.
CASHION â Revenge is sweet, even if it took a year to get it. Just ask the Talihina Golden Tigers football team.
After losing last year to the Cashion Wildcats 43-24 in the Class A state quarterfinals at Doc Robinson Stadium, the same two teams met a year later in the same spot of the postseason. This time, the Golden Tigers visited the âCats and returned the favor by posting a 22-20 victory Friday night.
When the Thanksgiving holiday break ends this week, the season will get going for the Heavener Wolves basketball team. The Wolves, who were 18-8 last season, will meet Western Yell County, Ark., at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Gary Ford Invitational in Hartford, Ark.
The Wolves return four starters from last season's team.
Editor's note: No preseason information has been received on the Lady Wolves. As soon as their preseason information, and other teams' preseason information, and their season openers approach, there will be more season preview stories in future editions.
What Poteau sophomore runinng back Roger Barcheers has done his first two years has been rather awesome, especially since he was the Freshman of the Year on the 2012 All-Arklahoma Football Team.
However, Barcheers was in the spotlight, somewhat that is, for his ability to hold the ball for Poteau senior place-kicker Jace Pitchford. Thanks to the right hold, Pitchford kicked the game-winning field goal with four seconds left to lift the Pirates to a 10-7 Class 4A state quarterfinal victory over defending state champion Clinton at Costner Stadium.
Last year at this time, the Talihina Golden Tigers football team was preparing to meet the Cashion Wildcats in the Class A state quarterfinals at Doc Robinson Stadium. The âCats came to âThe Pitâ and left 43-24 victors to make the state semifinals.
A year later, in the same spot of the Class A playoffs, the same two teams will do battle as the Golden Tigers (12-0) will travel to meet the Wildcats (10-2) at 7:30 tonight in Cashion.
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WARNER â Connors State menâs basketball coach Bill Muse will have his 2013 Winter Cowboys shooting and offensive skills camp at Connors State College for boys and girls Dec. 14-15.
The camp is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 14 and 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 15.
Register by Sunday and receive a free basketball.
For information call Muse at (918) 463-6231.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I hope you all are getting to be with family and friends as well as having some good food.
Come Watch the Pirates Thursday Morning
The Poteau Pirates will have an open practice to the public at 8 a.m. Thursday at Costner Stadium as they prepare for Saturday afternoon's Class 4A state semifinal against the Oklahoma City Douglass Trojans at McAlester's Hook Eales Stadium. Kickoff will be at 1:30 p.m.
The online deer check station has been a hotspot this year. The numbers are looking good â a lot of venison on the table all across the state.
Hereâs what has been checked as of Wednesday morning: 56,471 deer, 176 turkey and 42 elk. This year, my family has actually contributed to that number early. My wife, Paula, kept telling me that I sure went out a bunch and never brought home a deer. This year Iâve gotten one, and so has Cash and Koby.
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I think Friday night's Class 4A state quarterfinal game the Poteau Pirates played against the defending state champion Clinton Red Tornadoes had to be among the best defensive games the Pirates have ever played. The Pirates held the Red Tornadoes to only three first downs in the game, and two of those came on long hail Mary passes. The defending state champs, who are considered to be an outstanding rushing offense, made only 60 yards rushing.