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June 4th, 2015
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.
Itâ€™s taken a while, but Wolf Ridge Country Club is ready to have tournament action take place, which will happen Saturday and Sunday with the first annual Wolf Ridge Invitational. However, it hasnâ€™t been easy getting the course ready â€” namely repairing the greens.
â€śGetting the greens back healthy was the biggest issue we had,â€ť said Steve Scowden, the tournamentâ€™s director. â€śThere were a handful [of greens] better than others, but overall the health of the greens was a real struggle.â€ť
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Field No. 1
Vian vs. Muldrow, 11 a.m.; Heavener vs. Muldrow, 12:10 p.m.; Cameron vs. Ozark, Ark, 1:20 p.m.; Cameron vs. Keota, 2:30 p.m.; Poteau vs. Alma, Ark., 3:40 p.m.; Panama vs. Pocola, 4:50 p.m.; Red Oak vs. Alma, 6 p.m.; Panama vs. Alma, 7:10 p.m.; Panama vs. Spiro, 8:20 p.m.
Field No. 2
Leflore vs. Wilburton, 11 a.m.; Vian vs. Wilburton, 12:10 p.m.; Wister vs. Quinton, 1:20 p.m.; Wister vs. Ozark, 2:30 p.m.; Howe vs. Talihina, 3:40 p.m.; Howe vs. Stigler, 4:50 p.m.; Talihina vs. Stigler, 6 p.m.; Howe vs. Heavener JV, 7:10 p.m.; Heavener JV vs. Alma, 8:20 p.m.
Three years ago, then-Panama boys basketball coach Greg Nichols decided to retire, and take advantage of the opportunity to still coach â€” being the Greenwood [Ark.] Bulldogs basketball team's assistant coach.
Earlier this spring, Greenwood coach Brian Martin surprisingly took another job, and everyone convinced Nichols to apply for it â€” and he got it.
One LeFlore County softball player will get a chance to play with the best of the best this summer in "The Sunshine State."
Wister's Sage Anson, who will be a seventh-grader this next school year, was named to the Age 11-and-Younger USA Elite Midwest Regional Softball Team. Her team will play in the USA Elite Softball Tournament on July 13-16 in Kissimmee, Fla.
"I was speechless," Anson said about making the team after trying out March 14 in Tulsa. "I couldn't believe it. I didn't know what to think. I'm excited that I was going to get to go."
Two LeFlore County slow-pitch softball players got the ultimate honor of being named an All-Stater.
Heavener's Makayla Cheek and Pocola's Madison Hudkins were named All-Staters.
Cheek will be on the Large East, while Hudkins will be on the Middle East.
Cheek's teammate, Lexi Moody, is an alternate for the Large East team.
The Slow-Pitch All-State Games will take place June 20 at the University of Oklahoma.
While spring football practice began last week for the Poteau Pirates, new coach Forrest Mazey could not be present as he was putting the final touches on his departure from Mangum and the birth of his third son.
However, the new coach was present this week, and he liked what he saw in spring practice, which ended Friday afternoon.
This week, Mazey basically tried to mesh his concepts with the current Piratesâ€™ system of doing things, which he said was a success.