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August 8th, 2015
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.
Perhaps with Tri-State Speedway pretty much in his backyard, Spiro's Kent [K.J.] Booze might have toyed with thoughts of getting involved with racing. So, he has.
Booze is participating in the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program, which is a 10-week, paid internship that exposes multicultural undergraduate and graduate students to employment opportunities within Americaâs top motorsport. He started June 8 and will end his internship Aug. 14.
The player who scores the most points is usually the one that gets the most attention in basketball, but thatâs not important to Red Oakâs Paige Campagna.
Campagna played in the All-State Small-School Girls Basketball Game Wednesday night at the Oral Roberts University Mabee Center in Tulsa. Defense is what matters most to her.
Campagna did not score but impacted the defense, making two steals, two assists and grabbing a rebound for the Small East in its 80-50 rout of the Small West.
Spiroâs Jason Hickman set two goals before embarking on his high school baseball career. One was met by earning a spot on the East team for the All-State Large School Baseball Game, which took place Tuesday night at Oral Roberts Universityâs R.L. Johnson Stadium in Tulsa. Hickman played center field Tuesday night.
âItâs been the biggest honor I have ever had in my life,â Hickman said. âIâve been looking forward to this since the first day of my freshman year. This was what I wanted throughout high school, that and a state championship.â