Archive - 2014 - Sports Article
In 2013, the Talihina Golden Tigers won their first 13 games en route to a Class A state quarterfinal appearance against the Ringling Blue Devils at Southeastern Oklahoma State Universityâ€™s Paul Laird Field in Durant. The Blue Devils ended the Golden Tigersâ€™ perfect season with a 26-18 victory.
Fast forward to this year. The No. 2 Golden Tigers (11-0) will get another shot at the eighth-ranked Blue Devils (10-1) as the two teams meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ringlingâ€™s Blue Devil Stadium.
In 2013, two teams, the Poteau Pirates and the Talihina Golden Tigers, were still playing in the high school playoffs in their respective classes in the month of December. The Pirates played for the Class 4A state title, while the Golden Tigers played in the Class A state semifinals.
This year, one team, Class Aâ€™s second-ranked Talihina Golden Tigers, have a shot a punching a return trip to the Class A state semifinals with a road win Friday night over No. 8 Ringling.
Russ McDonald won the Poteau Daily News' Pigskin Picks Contest for the fourth time this season, and the third time outright, as he was last week's winner, being the only contestant to go 9-1. He earned $25 for his victory.
The Redlands Community College Lady Cougars held a 50-34 lead at halftime, which proved to be the difference for them in their 94-77 win over the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings on Monday afternoon in El Reno.
Behind 25 points from Ethan Telfair and Redlands going 43-of-55 [78.2 percent] from the free-throw line both proved to be the difference in their 79-64 win over the Vikings in Monday afternoon's second game.
I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, and I hope you're enjoying your week break â€” at least if you work for the public schools of LeFlore County. I know I am as this is a rare hoop-free week for me, not counting the Carl Albert State College teams playing in holiday weekend events.
After this week ends, basketball will indeed get hot and heavy in a big way with back-to-back tournament weeks, and the other six football schools â€” Poteau, Heavener, Panama, Pocola, Spiro and Talihina â€” beginning their basketball seasons either next week or the following week.
The Poteau Bandit fifth-grade football team will have a basketball tournament Dec. 6-7 at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
The tournament is open to boys and girls teams whose players are in grades three through eight. The cost is $120 per team.
For third-, fourth- and fifth-grade teams, call or text (918) 649-3217.
For sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade teams, call or text (479) 629-6087.
Text messages are preferred with the coachâ€™s name and phone number, teamâ€™s name and grade as well as the number of players. Each team may have a maximum of 10 players.
The announced crowd was 84,908 at Saturday's Kansas-Oklahoma game at Owen Field, but it was clear that was all paid, not actual number of bodies at the game.
Samje Perine was the story Saturday in OU's 44-7 win over KU. It wasn't the first time he had a big game. He was the highlight the previous week against Texas Tech and an early season win for the Sooners (8-3 overall, 5-3 in Big 12 play) against West Virginia, but it will go down as most memorable.
ARKOMA â€” The Arkoma High School basketball teams got the 2014-15 season underway Friday night by splitting their home openers with Providence Academy of Rogers, Ark. The Lady Mustangs stampeded past the visitors 90-47 in the opener, but the nightcap went the way of Providence Academy boys with a 55-34 win.