Archive - May 2014 - Sports Article
No matter the outcome of tonight's 7:30 p.m. Class 4A state quarterfinal contest against the Verdigris Cardinals at Costner Stadium, five Poteau Pirate seniors â€” Kendrick Hardaway, Dylan Fox, Noah Martin, Arturo Medina and Edwin Espinoza â€” will play their final home game of their careers. Thus, winning tonight is not only important to advance to Tuesday's state semifinal, but also important to end their home careers with a win.
SPIRO â€” To beat Thursday's rain, the Spiro Bulldogs began their Class 3A Regional Tournament at home Wednesday, and made it to the regional finals and a win from returning to the state tournament for the third straight season. The Bulldogs pounded Valliant 20-0, then downed Stigler 5-1. They will play Eufaula at 4 this afternoon for the regional title. A second title game, if needed, will be at 6 tonight.
Class 4A State Meet
At Moore High School's Lions Stadium
100 â€” Kendrick Hardaway, Mason Jones.
400 â€” Kanaan Hardaway.
400 Relay â€” Poteau (Mason Jones, Jace Pitchford, Kanaan Hardaway, Kendrick Hardaway).
800 Relay â€” Poteau (Mason Jones, Jace Pitchford, Kanaan Hardaway, Kendrick Hardaway).
100 â€” Marissa Smith.
200 â€” Marissa Smith.
400 â€” Maddison Williamson, Kandace Standridge.
800 â€” Kandace Standridge, Sheridan Hoyer, Deven Bond.
1,600 â€” Deven Bond.
3,200 â€” Deven Bond.
100 Hurdles â€” Skyler Webster.
Discus â€” Jordan Lowrimore.
SHAWNEE â€” The Wister Lady Wildcats softball team's stay in the Class 3A State Tournament was a short one as they lost 5-0 to the Barnsdall Lady Panthers in the quarterfinals Wednesday afternoon at the Ballfields at Firelake. The Lady Panthers broke a scoreless tie with a single run in the first inning, then added three runs in the third and a run in the seventh.
HEAVENER â€” This weekend won't be Heavener High School senior discus thrower Joseph Walker's first Class 3A State Meet. This weekend's state meet will be his second, but he's entering the best way possible. He was the regional champion in the discus at Saturday's meet in Prague.
There's an old adage that says that people make choices that â€ś ... are the lesser of two evils.â€ť Talihina High School senior high and long jumper Keisha Brown had to make such a decision.
Brown's choice was to one of two things, either attend graduation ceremonies and miss out on last Saturday's Class 2A Regional Meet in Luther with a shot at making state in either or both event, or miss graduation and jump at the regional meet. Brown did the latter, and made state in both events â€” being the regional champion in the high jump and the regional runner-up in the long jump.
The 2013 Poteau Pirates baseball season ended on a very disappointing note last spring, falling 10-0 to the Byng Pirates in the winner-take-all Class 4A Regional Tournament title game at Town Creek Park. It made the Poteau baseball team even more ready for the 2014 season, which will continue Friday afternoo in the Class 4A Regional Tournament with a 1 p.m. meeting the same Byng Pirates on their home field, Stokes Field, in Byng. Today's opening-round games were rained out.
The Poteau Lady Pirates track team has had one of its best seasons ever. They have won six meets with two runner-up finishes, including last weekend's Class 4A Regional Meet in Oologah.
If the Lady Pirates can end up with their seventh meet win this season that is this weekend's Class 4A State Meet at Moore's Lions Stadium, it will mean a state championship is coming home â€” which is exciting the senior state qualifiers, Kaitlan Standridge, Haley Griggs, Deven Bond and Sidnee Ward.
Editor's note: Look for the complete list of LeFlore County state track qualifiers in Friday's edition.
The Spiro Bulldogs baseball team split its final two games of the regular season, beating Fort Gibson 5-4 on Senior Night after losing a road game 9-3 to the Silo Rebels.
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” The Poteau Lady Pirates and senior golfer Hannah Ward were both in third place in the standings after the opening round of the Class 4A State Tournament on Wednesday at Lake Hefner South Golf Course.
The Lady Pirates had a team score of 350, nine team shots behind team-leading Clinton (341) and second-place Hilldale (347).
The University of Arkansas-Little Rock signee Ward, who is the two-time defending state champion, was also in third place after the opening 18 holes after shooting a 76. She is two shots behind individual leader Paige Neidy of Clinton, who shot a 74.