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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 âDogs 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 nightâs 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 thatâs exactly âHoweâ they finished.
The Lions defeated the tournament-host Cameron Yellowjackets 54-36 in Saturday nightâs finals after beating Wister 62-55 in Friday nightâs championship semifinals. Cameron made the finals with a 67-54 victory over Arkoma in Fridayâs other championship semifinal.
The Wildcats defeated the Mustangs 70-59 in Saturdayâs 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.
âIâm extremely excited,â Hoyer said. âI thought Iâd never be running for a college team. To have this opportunity is just incredible. Iâm looking forward to it.â
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.
VAN BUREN, Ark. â The 2014-15 high school wrestling season could not have started off any better for the Poteau Pirates as they routed the Van Buren Pointers 64-18 with the youngest squad in school history that featured six freshmen in the starting line-up.
The Pirates won 11 of the 14 matches.
The Pirates will have their home opener at 7 p.m. Monday against the Quinton Savages at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse. The junior high team, which spent this weekend at the Cleveland Tournament, will have its dual with the Savages at 6 p.m.
McALESTER â The Whitesboro Bulldogs have a chance at bringing home a tournament championship trophy for the second straight weekend.
The âDogs edged the Coalgate Wildcats 47-45 in Thursdayâs opening-round game of the inaugural First National Bank Classic at the Southeast Expo Center.
The Bulldogs played Calera in Friday nightâs championship semifinals with the winner playing for the championship at 8 tonight. The loser will play for third place at 5 this afternoon.
LEFLORE â The week ended on a high note for the Leflore High School basketball teams Thursday night on Nadine Carpenter Court as they swept a pair of games from Indianola. The Lady Savages routed the Lady Warriors 59-19, while the Savages followed suit with an 80-34 romp.