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August 5th, 2015
The East team lost Fridayâ€™s nightâ€™s All-State football game to the West, but that didnâ€™t 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.
Whitesboroâ€™s 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 nightâ€™s Small-School All-State Boys Basketball Game at the Oral Roberts University Mabee Center in Tulsa. He contributed with a rebound in the Eastâ€™s 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 Americaâ€™s 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 thatâ€™s not important to Red Oakâ€™s 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.
Spiroâ€™s 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 Universityâ€™s R.L. Johnson Stadium in Tulsa. Hickman played center field Tuesday night.
â€śItâ€™s been the biggest honor I have ever had in my life,â€ť Hickman said. â€śIâ€™ve 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€ť
Several LeFlore County and area athletes, plus one local coach, will take part in the 2015 All-State Games that begin Monday and end Friday in the Tulsa metropolitan area.
Here's the complete list with their respective date, time and place:
Golf â€” Cody Shore, Poteau â€” 8:30 a.m. Monday, Cherokee Hills Golf Course, Catoosa
Baseball â€” Jason Hickman, Spiro â€” 7 p.m. Tuesday, J.L. Stadium at Oral Roberts University, Tulsa (Buffalo Valley's Brandon Fogerty is an alternate for the Small East team's game at 4:30 p.m.)
Girls Basketball â€” Paige Campagna, Red Oak â€” 7 p.m. Wednesday, ORU Mabee Center
Earlier this year, former Heavener Wolf and current Oklahoma State Cowboys pitcher Koda Glover was drafted by the Washington Nationals. The LeFlore County product started his professional career this summer.
Glover has spent time with two A League baseball teams â€” the Hagerstown [Md] Suns of the South Atlantic League and the Auburn [N.Y.] Doubledays of the New York-Penn League.