February 5th, 2015
As gifted athletically as Talihina High School senior Alan Lockhart is, it wasnâ€™t so much if he would get a chance to play collegiate athletics but in what sport. It truly wasnâ€™t as hard a decision as one might have thought.
Lockhart, who played quarterback and defensive back for the Golden Tigers Class A state semifinal team the past two seasons, signed a football letter of intent with Southeastern Oklahoma State University in a signing ceremony Thursday afternoon on Chris Gillespie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium.
In the second game of the season, Pocola slotback DeAundre Wilkins suffered a lower leg injury against the Poteau junior varsity Sept. 11 at Costner Stadium. Despite not having as much playing time as he would have liked his senior season, Wilkins, who also played safety on defense, saw his playing career get extended as he signed with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.
McALESTER â€” The Poteau Pirates wrestling team ended its regular season on a high note Tuesday night with a 48-32 win over the homestanding McAlester Buffaloes.
The Pirates will be off until the Class 4A Regional Tournament Feb. 20-21 at Catoosa.
The Stilwell High School basketball teams spoiled Senior Night for the Poteau squads Tuesday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
The Lady Indians survived a second-half rally by the Lady Pirates to post a 67-50 victory, then the Indians were too much for the Pirates as they left town 71-29 victors.
LEFLORE â€” The Whitesboro Bulldogs took advantage of an illness-ridden Leflore Savage team to earn a hard-fought 48-42 victory Tuesday night on Nadine Carpenter Court.
The Bulldogs led 14-11 after a period, which became a 24-17 halftime advantage.
The Savages used a 14-9 third quarter to cut the deficit to 33-31 going into the final period, but the â€™Dogs outscored them 15-11 in the fourth quarter to hang on for the win.
WISTER â€” The Wister Lady Wildcats got a home victory Tuesday night over the Cameron Lady Yellowjackets by the score of 38-30.
The Lady â€™Cats jumped out to a 12-4 lead after a quarter and never lost the lead.
Arkoma 64, Panama 29: In Arkoma, the Lady Mustangs jumped out to a 17-4 lead after a period and never looked back.
Leflore 46, Whitesboro 22: On Nadine Carpenter Court in Leflore, the Lady Savages jumped out to an 18-4 lead after a period and never were headed.
Just how far along the football road Poteau offensive lineman Mark Garner will travel will be up to him, but he's gone the next step.
Garner signed a letter of intent with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in a ceremony Wednesday morning inside the high school.
After receiving a plethora of football offers, Spiro quarterback/defensive back McKinley Whitfield decided to stay close to home.
Whitfield signed a football letter of intent with the University of Tulsa in a signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon inside the Spiro Multipurpose Gym.
However, Whitfield wasn't the only Bulldog to punch his ticket to the next level. Spiro receiver/defensive back D.T. Neal signed in a separate signing ceremony with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College just before Whitfield inked his letter with Tulsa.
Anna Lee Kopacka, 90, of Hodgen died Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Meeker.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at United Methodist Church in Hodgen. Burial will be in Heavener Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home, Heavener.