Archive - 2014 - Sports Article
The Poteau Pirates wrestling team won its home-opening dual Monday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse, pinning a 66-16 loss on the visiting Quinton Savages.
The Pirates will be off until their own two-day tournament, which will be Friday and Saturday at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse. Action on Friday will begin at 5 p.m., with matches resuming at 11 a.m. Saturday.
CLEVELAND, Okla. â€” The Poteau junior high wrestling team finished fourth out of 20 teams in the season-opening Cleveland Tournament, which took place Friday and Saturday.
Six wrestlers placed individually, with four of them coming in runners-up.
HOWE â€” The Howe High School basketball teams, fresh off sweeping the titles at last week's Green Valley Conference Tournament, picked up right where they left off.
The Lady Lions and Lions swept Monday night's home games with Pocola at the Howe Gym. The Lady Lions prevailed 49-29 over the Lady Indians, while the Lions beat the Indians 60-44.
TALIHINA â€” At least one LeFlore County basketball team left Chris Gillespie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium with a trophy on the final day of the Choctaw Nation Invitation Tournament.
The Pocola Lady Indians outlasted the Kingston Lady Redskins 52-51 in overtime to win the consolation championship.
The other three local teams all lost their trophy games. The Pocola Indians lost 53-49 to the Antlers Bearcats in the consolation championship.
McALESTER â€” The Whitesboro Bulldogs had a rough ending to the first-ever First National Bank Classic at the Southeast Expo Center. The â€™Dogs lost 60-51 in the third-place game Saturday after losing 57-52 to eventual champion Calera in Friday night's championship semifinals.
The Lady Bulldogs suffered a 53-47 loss to Pittsburg in the consolation championship Saturday afternoon.
The Spiro Lady Bulldogs had a successful start to their basketball season as they won the Wilburton Tournament, downing the Stigler Lady Panthers 40-37 in Saturday nightâ€™s title game at the Wilburton Gym. The Lady Bulldogs reached the championship with a 40-36 victory over the host Wilburton Lady Diggers on Friday night.
The Poteau Lady Pirates and the Red Oak Eagles also claimed hardware on Saturday afternoon, each winning their consolation championship games. The Lady Pirates rallied to beat the Hartshorne Lady Miners 53-35, while the Eagles held off the Eufaula Ironheads 52-45.
CAMERON â€” Both Howe teams were seeded No. 1 coming into the third annual Green Valley Conference Tournament, and thatâ€™s exactly â€śHoweâ€ť they finished.
The Lions defeated the tournament-host Cameron Yellowjackets 54-36 in Saturday nightâ€™s finals after beating Wister 62-55 in Friday nightâ€™s championship semifinals. Cameron made the finals with a 67-54 victory over Arkoma in Fridayâ€™s other championship semifinal.
The Wildcats defeated the Mustangs 70-59 in Saturdayâ€™s third-place game.
The 2015 LeFlore County Tournament seeding meeting will be Wedmesday night at the Howe High School cafeteria. The Lions and Lady Lions are this season's host teams.
Yours truly will attend and will have a story for Friday's edition.
Junior High Basketball Team Photographs, Rosters Needed
The 2015 LeFlore County Junior High Basketball Tournament Guide will be published Jan. 3. The Tournament will be Jan. 5-10.
No one ever knows what tomorrow will bring, but Poteau High School cross country/track runner Sheridan Hoyer got very nice surprise one morning when Oklahoma City University wanted her services. The Poteau senior made official when she signed with OCU in a signing ceremony Friday afternoon inside the high school.
â€śIâ€™m extremely excited,â€ť Hoyer said. â€śI thought Iâ€™d never be running for a college team. To have this opportunity is just incredible. Iâ€™m looking forward to it.â€ť
Robert Swinford won his fourth Poteau Daily News Pigskin Picks Contest of the season last week. He went 6-4, but won the tie-breaker as he was closest to the Talihina-Cashion Class A state semifinal contest last weekend â€” which was won by Cashion 48-32. Swinford won $25 for his victory.
Swinford is in line for the grand prize at the end of this football season's contest, which will run until Super Bowl XLIX in February.