Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
An adage goes, âClose only counts in horseshoes.â However, close is the exact word to use in describing Tuesday's Poteau Lady Pirates home game against Class 5A's top-ranked Tahlequah Lady Tigers.
The Lady Pirates were one out away from not only back-to-back home wins, but knocking off the No. 1 team in Class 5A. Then, the blast.
Tahlequah's Kirsten Chase hit the first pitch she saw from Poteau's RaeLynn Caldwell in the seventh inning over the left-field fence for a two-run home run which ended up being the game winning hit in a 2-1 victory.
The Spiro Bulldogs football team will get a taste of game-night situations when they have a three-way home scrimmage against Okmulgee and Tulsa Webster at 6 tonight at McClain Stadium.
The biggest thing veteran Spiro coach Chris Bunch is looking for is finding No. 2s to spell his No. 1s.
âWe're mainly trying to find some depth,â he said. âWe don't have many kids out there to begin with, and we're going to have to find some players who can give our starters some rest.â
The Talihina Golden Tigers football team will get its first taste of competitive action tonight when they travel to meet the Valliant Bulldogs at 6 p.m.
Tonight's scrimmage will give Talihina coach Kelly Gravitt a chance to see how his new offensive style will look.
âWe've put in a no-huddle offense,â he said. âI know the scrimmage will be a slower pace, but I want to see how we respond. We started putting it in last spring, and we've had eight practices so I'm ready to see how we adapt to it.â
Growing up in eastern Oklahoma, and especially in LeFlore County, I was blessed to see great high school football teams. Spiro, Heavener, Poteau and Panama were all great, and I would see them all yearly. However, since Talihina is on the other side of the county, I had a hard time fully understanding and apperciating just how good the Golden Tigers were, also.
Over the years, the Razorbacks continued to be in the upper echelon in their classification, and they made numerous deep runs into the playoffs.
WISTER â Just 48 hours after meeting to decide the consolation championship of the Red Oak Eagle Classic, the Howe Lions and the Wister Wildcats met again, this time in a doubleheader on Monday.
By the time the late news aired, the Wildcats finally ended the twinbill with a sweep of the Lions.
After taking the first game 6-1, the âCats outlasted the Lions 12-11 in a marathon Game 2.
Cameron 12, McCurtain 0; Cameron 11, McCurtain 0: In Cameron, the Yellowjackets were too much for the Bulldogs.
BEGGS â The Panama Lady Razorbacks softball team went 3-1 last weekend in the Beggs Festival. Panama beat the defending state champion Davenport 4-3, Checotah 7-2 and Mounds 8-0. However, the Lady âBacks fell 11-3 to Mannford.
The home portion of the 2013 fast-pitch softball season began in a fine way for the Poteau Lady Pirates on Monday afternoon with a 9-1, six-inning, run-rule victory over the Westville Lady Yellowjackets.
Senior pitcher RaeLynn Caldwell was in complete control of Westville's hitters, striking out 14 batters.