Archive - Sports Article
September 3rd, 2014
Although it's been basically 9.5 months since the Poteau Pirates played for the Class 4A state football title, the Pirates believe they're talking momentum from the 2013 season into the 2014 campaign.
â€śWe're pretty excited because of ending on that high from last season,â€ť Poteau senior linebacker Lane Robertson said. â€śWe're excited about starting a tradition here now. We're now hoping that every season will be a deep run into the playoffs and a state championship.â€ť
will kick off the 2014 season a day early as they will entertain the Gore Pirates at 7 p.m. Thursday at George Ollie Stadium.
The Hogs, who were a Class 2A playoff team for the second straight season under coach Brandon Ellis, are as ready as ever.
â€śI think we're anxious to get going,â€ť Ellis said. â€śWe may have first-game jitters, but everybody is ready to go. I think we have a good game plan going into it. Our workouts have been good. We're just chomping at the bits to get going.â€ť
NORMAN â€” The 2014 season pretty much started the way it was expected for the Oklahoma Sooners, who whalloped the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 48-16 Saturday night at Owen Field.
OU (1-0) had 26 first downs to 15 for La. Tech (0-1), and the Sooners almost doubled the Bulldogsâ€™ offensive output â€” 436 yards to 245.
SALLISAW â€” A four-run eighth inning doomed the Poteau Lady Pirates as they lost 7-4 to the Sallisaw Lady Black Diamonds.
The Lady Pirates (6-16) broke a 3-all tie in the top of the eighth inning on Bayli Soriano's RBI single, scoring Sunnie McConnell, to give Poteau a 4-3 lead.
PRAGUE â€” The Spiro Lady Bulldogs softball team bounced back from Thursday's rough road loss to county rival Poteau by ending the week with a championship.
The Lady Bulldogs won the Prague Tournament on Saturday, beating the host Lady Red Devils 11-4 in the second title game after taking the first championship game 6-1 over Prague.
After losing Friday to Okemah 4-3, the Lady Bulldogs won two straight games, 8-2 over Coalgate and 9-6 over Davenport, to reach the title round.
KIOWA â€” The Leflore Savages baseball team had a rally fall short in losing 6-5 to the Kiowa Cowboys on Aug. 26.
The Cowboys broke a 3-all tie with a three-run fifth inning, but the Savages did not go down without a fight.
Leflore scored twice in the seventh inning and had the game-tying run at third base, but he was stranded there at the end of the game.
Editor's note: Tuesday's Howe-Cameron game and Red Oak-Wister game were rained out, but the Wildcats played at Rattan to make up for Tuesday's originally scheduled game.
When two county football teams, the Pocola Indians and the Spiro Bulldogs, met in Friday nightâ€™s scrimmage at Spiroâ€™s McClain Stadium, each teamâ€™s strength came to the forefront.
Offensively, the Bulldogs will be counting upon senior quarterback McKinley Whitfield to lead the way, and he did just that.
In the final part of the scrimmage where it was a simulated half of football, Whitfield had a 38-yard touchdown pass to D.T. Neal, to go with two long pass plays to Chad Tye â€” covering 20 and 40 yards.
Panama coach Brandon Ellis was wanting one main objective from Friday nightâ€™s home scrimmage against the Heavener Wolves at George Ollie Stadium.
â€śWe just want to stay healthy and see how our younger players react to different color jerseys,â€ť he said.
Even though the Razorbacks have made the playoffs for the past two years, their numbers have dwindled to 22 players.
The Wolves, on the other hand, saw an increase in their numbers as they welcomed home Sam Hembree, who is beginning his first year as Heavenerâ€™s coach.
ARKOMA â€” Arkoma football coach Mark Weatherton was wanting to see improvement in two areas in Friday nightâ€™s home scrimmage against the Webbers Falls Warriors â€” his linemenâ€™s play and his teamâ€™s running game. He got both.
The Mustangsâ€™ only score was a 12-yard run by Dakotah Roam to cap a 20-play, 80-yard drive.
As is always the case, the weekend after Labor Day is the annual Howe Wood Bat Tournament, which will be Thursday through Saturday at Lions Field.
The bracket will appear in Thursdayâ€™s edition.
LeFlore County Teams Invading Tushka
The Panama, Pocola and Wister softball teams will represent LeFlore County in the Tushka Tournament, which will be Thursday through Saturday.
LCT Seeding Meeting Wednesday