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August 10th, 2015
The Howe Lionsâ fall baseball season opener Monday afternoon at McCurtain was canceled. It has not been rescheduled, but Howe coach Jon Sockey said if an open date can be found it will be.
The Lions will open the season at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Smithville.
It's here â the 2015 high school fast-pitch softball and fall baseball seasons, which begin Monday for just about all LeFlore County teams. The schedules for next week as well as for Aug. 17 are listed below:
[Editor's note: Talihina's softball schedule was not received by the Poteau Daily News by press time]
Pocola at Poteau, 4 p.m.
Arkoma and Webbers Falls at Leflore, 4 p.m. (Webbers Falls vs. Leflore, 4 p.m.; Arkoma vs. Webbers Falls, 5:15 p.m.; Arkoma vs. Leflore, 6:30 p.m.)
Crowder at Cameron, DH, 4 p.m.
Hartshorne at Wister, 4 p.m.
This past spring, the area was trying to handle flooding issues and torrential rain. However, as football practice begins Monday, the same olâ culprit is back â heat.
Handling heat and the problems it causes is always on the minds of football coaches.
Just like Christmas morning, the anticipation of a big day at times is so great it cannot be put into words. For football players, Aug. 10 is that day â the first day of football practice.
âAnytime you come upon football season, itâs good,â first-year Poteau coach Forrest Mazey said. âIf you have passion for the game, like coaches do, you really donât work a day in your life. Itâs engrained in us.â
Along with Mazey, two other coaches, Panamaâs Jeff Broyles [a former Pirate coach] and Bokosheâs C.J. Burk, begin this season with new teams. That, too, makes for a lot of anticipation.
Since this week will be the first time since May football players will go through ordinary drills, most of our local coaches are just trying to make sure the players know the basics.
âWeâre tired of the weight room. Weâre ready to get out on the field and start learning,â Heavener coach Sam Hembree said. âWeâre going to work really hard and getting really good at a few things. Until we get good at a few things, weâre not going to elaborate [into more difficult stuff]. Weâre going to try to get better running it than they [the opposition] are at stopping it.â
Field No. 1
Heavener vs. Hartshorne, 3 p.m.; Heavener vs. Healdton, 4:10 p.m.; Red Oak vs. Healdton, 5:20 p.m.; Wister vs. Quinton, 6:30 p.m.; Poteau vs. Panama JV, 7:40 p.m.; McAlester vs. Stonewall, 8:50 p.m.
Field No. 2
Panama JV vs. Oklahoma Union, 3 p.m.; Panama JV vs. Keota, 4:10 p.m.; Smithville vs. Quinton, 5:20 p.m.; Healdton vs. Stigler, 6:30 p.m.; Quinton vs. Stonewall, 7:40 p.m.
Field No. 3
Red Oak vs. Stonewall, 3 p.m.; Poteau vs. Oklahoma Union, 4:10 p.m.; Wister vs. Stigler, 5:20 p.m.; Poteau vs. Smithville, 6:30 p.m.; McAlester vs. Smithville, 7:40 p.m.
The East team lost Fridayâs nightâs All-State football game to the West, but that didnât seem to matter to standouts from Poteau and Talihina, who played in the game at Union-Tuttle Stadium in Tulsa.
Neither did it to Kelly Gravitt, the Talihina coach, who coached the squad in its 27-14 loss.
Gravitt got to have a bonus as two of his players starred in the game. Quarterback Alan Lockhart and defensive end Tucker Trowbridge impacted the game with some big plays.
Poteau lineman Mark Garner also just happened to be playing on the line each time the East got a touchdown.
Whitesboroâs Blake Blagg-Tidwell recalls how hard it was to come up a game short of a Class B State Tournament appearance â not just oncee, but two consecutive years.
Blagg-Tidwell played as a member of the Small East team in Thursday nightâs Small-School All-State Boys Basketball Game at the Oral Roberts University Mabee Center in Tulsa. He contributed with a rebound in the Eastâs 70-68 loss to the West.
Making All-State and having the opportunity to play in the game was a nice consolation for Blagg-Tidwell.