Archive - Jan 2013 - Sports Article
WISTER â€” The Howe Lady Lions took the first step in successfully defending their LeFlore County Tournament title Monday night at the Wister High School gym. However, it wasnâ€™t easy.
The Lady Lions were able to keep the pesky Wister Lady Wildcats at bay to hang on for a 48-43 victory in the opening round of the 81st LeFlore County Tournament.
The Lady Lions played Spiro Tuesday night at this site in the championship quarterfinals.
The other opening-round winners on the day and night at this site were the Arkoma Lady Mustangs, the Heavener Wolves and Talihina Golden Tigers.
On Jan. 11, the Panama Razorbacks and the Cameron Yellowjackets went into double overtime before the Hogs edged the â€™Jackets 81-75.
The same two teams met in the 81st LeFlore County Tournament opening-round game Monday night at Poteau High Schoolâ€™s Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse. While the contest was another close one, it didnâ€™t have to go into extra periods to be decided.
Fortunately for the Razorbacks, they were able to get past the Yellowjackets once more, prevailing 56-53.
SALLISAW â€” Several local wrestlers placed in the Paul Post Tournament, which took place Friday and Saturday.
Poteauâ€™s Tyler Tustin won the tournament for the third straight year, claiming the 138-pound title. He also was named the tournamentâ€™s Most Oustanding Wrestler.
Poteauâ€™s Devin Anderson (120 pounds) and Derek Francis (170) were runners-up, both losing in the finals.
Poteauâ€™s Gabe Sanchez (195 pounds) and Daylon Brewton (heavyweight) won consolation titles, both winning their consolation finals match by pin.
TAHLEQUAH â€” The Poteau Pirates junior high wrestling team won the Tahlequah Tournament, which took place last weekend. The Pirates edged the Muskogee Roughers by a point to win the team title.
Bryson Terry, Race Williams, Ross Johnson, Sam Shore and Roderick Hornbuckle all went undefeated. Rae Hendrix and Conner Williams placed second, while Landon Daily finished third.
The Poteau Pirates and Lady Pirates had a great homecoming celebration as they won both ends of the doubleheader against Sallisaw on Friday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
The Pirates opened the night with a 61-44 rout of the Black Diamonds, then the Lady Pirates capped the evening with a 58-38 victory over the Lady Black Diamonds.
While I was gearing up this past weekend for the 81st LeFlore County Tournament, the state's longest-running basketball tournament, being the baseball fan I am, it was a sorrowful one for me in that regard.
Three legendary baseball figures died over the weekend.
Leading this list was Stan Musial, one of the greatest St. Louis Cardinals players to ever don the red and white. â€śStan the Man,â€ť as he was known, was one of my late father's favorite players â€” and not just because he was a Cardinals fan.
PANOLA â€” Leflore's Caleb Smith hit the twine for 40 points as the Leflore Savages dominated the Panola Bearcats for a 67-35 win â€” and their fifth straight victory.
The â€™Cats only trailed 23-13 at halftime, but the Savages outscored them 34-2 in the third quarter to take a 57-15 lead into the final period.
Smith's 40 points came in only three periods.
â€śHe could have probably gotten 70 had he played the entire game,â€ť said Daniel Caldwell, Leflore's first-year coach.
BOKOSHE â€” A pair of Miranda McFarland free throws in the waning seconds helped the Bokoshe Lady Tigers to a 53-51 win over the Arkoma Lady Mustangs on Friday night at Bokoshe Tigers Fieldhouse.
With 12 seconds left, McFarland hit two charity tosses to give the Lady Tigers a 53-51 lead.
The Lady Mustangs had one last chance to tie or win the game, but did not get a good shot off.
I hope you all are as pumped for this week as I am. I think fans will see some very entertaining games, and will see some shockers.
I for one am glad that the entire county is getting in on the action this week. Most of the action will be here in the central part of the county â€” Wister, Carl Albert State College and Poteau High School. The semifinals will be Thursday and Friday nights at Talihina, while the finals will be in Spiro.