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June 10th, 2015
Baseball is called â€śThe National Pastime,â€ť and thereâ€™s a chance former Heavener Wolf and current Oklahoma State pitcher Koda Glover will do that â€śNationalâ€ť-ly speaking.
The Washington Nationals drafted Glover in the eighth round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday.
The Spiro Lady Bulldogs and the Red Oak Lady Eagles each find themselves a win away from playing for tonightâ€™s championship of the 2015 Panama Summer Softball Tournament.
The Lady Bulldogs beat Alma, Ark., while the Lady Eagles defeated the Poteau Lady Pirates as they tied the game in the sixth and won the game in the seventh.
Spiro and Red Oak will play at 5:10 p.m. Thursday in the winnerâ€™s-bracket final, with the winner getting to play for the championship at 7:50 p.m. The if-game is slated for 9 p.m. if necessary.
Four local softball teams made it to Tuesday's winner's-bracket quarterfinals at the Panama Summer Tournament.
Tournament-host Panama beat Keota in the final game of the day Monday night, while Poteau defeated Ozark, Spiro beat Whitesboro and Red Oak got a bye into the quarterfinals.
The title game is set for 7:50 p.m. Thursday, with the if-game at 9 p.m.
When watching this month's LeFlore County Summer Basketball League games, fans will notice changes with the Talihina teams as each got new coaches â€” who both just happened to come from Leflore Public Schools.
Leflore basketball and girls softball coach Daniel Caldwell will take over the Golden Tigers from coach Darian Dickson, who left to take the coaching job with the Oktaha Tigers.
Caldwell's Leflore girls assistant coach and Savage baseball coach David Morris also headed south with him as Morris will be the new Lady Golden Tigers coach, replacing Cyndi James.
Blake Blagg-Tidwell, a 6-4 guard from Whitesboro, signed a basketball letter of intent with the Carl Albert State College Vikings in a signing ceremony Thursday morning at CASC.
The Whitesboro graduate is looking forward to playing close to home.
â€śI am really excited to keep playing basketball,â€ť Blagg-Tidwell said. â€śIt has always been a dream of mine to play college basketball. I am really happy to get the opportunity to come play at Carl Albert because it is close to home.â€ť
The saying â€śThird timeâ€™s the charmâ€™â€ť certainly held true for the final day of the 43rd annual Kiamichi All-Star Classic, featuring softball and baseball games.
After being rained out and/or canceled due to wet fields on May 24 and May 30, the games finally took place Wednesday afternoon at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton.
Several LeFlore County and area athletes participated in both games, both taken by the South.
Field No. 1
Howe vs. Quinton, 9 a.m.; Panama vs. Roland, 10:10 a.m.; Heavener vs. Keota, 11:20 a.m.; Pocola vs. Keota, 12:30 p.m.; Panama vs. Stigler, 1:40 p.m.; Panama vs. Spiro, 2:50 p.m.; Panama vs. Vian, 4 p.m.
Field No. 2
Panama vs. Heavener JV, 9 a.m.; Heavener JV vs. Quinton, 10:10 a.m.; Pocola vs. Wilburton, 11:20 a.m.; Heavener vs. Wilburton, 12:30 p.m.; Spiro vs. Talihina, 1:40 p.m.; Wister vs. Ozark, Ark., 2:50 p.m.; Cameron vs. Wister, 4 p.m.
Field No. 3
The LeFlore County Bass Clubâ€™s open tournament that was slated for Saturday at Wards Landing on Wister Lake has been canceled due to flooding.
It will be rescheduled at a later date.