HARTFORD, Ark. â€” After more than a week off due to weather problems, the Leflore High School basketball teams return to action victorious on Thursday night with a road sweep over Hartford. The Lady Savages beat Hartford 48-20, while the Savages posted a 60-44 victory.
BATTIEST â€” The Whitesboro High School basketball teams returned to action after more than a week off due to weather issues, but did so with wins Thursday night.
The Bulldogs were too much for the homestanding Battiest Panthers 64-37, while the Lady Bulldogs beat the Lady Panthers 45-28.
TALIHINA â€” It was a rough evening of semifinal action for the Pocola High School basketball teams Thursday in the championship semifinals of the 2013 Choctaw Nation Tournament on Chris Gillespie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium. Both teams lost to Kiowa.
The Indians lost a heart-breaking 54-52 loss to the Cowboys, while the Cowgirls outlasted the Lady Indians 61-42.
Albeit 63 years after making their second state title appearance, the Poteau Pirates were hoping that the third time would be a charm in capturing the gold ball. It didn't happen.
Class 4A's top-ranked Anadarko Warriors showed why they're the No. 1 team in the state as they dominated the Pirates 40-0 to win the Class 4A state title game Saturday afternoon at Oklahoma State University's Boone Pickens Stadium.
See complete coverage of the game, including Sports Correspondent Jim Marsh's story, in Tuesday's edition.
The 2013-14 season got started in fine fashion for the Poteau Pirates wrestling team â€” an undermanned squad at that.
Still missing some matmen who are playing this afternoon in the Class 4A state title football game, the Pirates still were able to open their season on the mat with a 42-36 win over the Van Buren (Ark.) Pointers on Thursday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
BOKOSHE â€” There willl be some Lions to win the 2013 Green Valley Conference Tournament tonight at the Panama High School Gym. The only question will be the champions hail from Howe or Keota.
Both Lions teams won their championship semifinals Thursday night at Bokoshe Tigers Fieldhouse. Howe beat Arkoma 71-48, while Keota defeated Cameron 71-56.
Howe (8-0) and Keota will meet at 8:30 tonight at Panama for the championship, while the Mustangs (3-1) and the Yellowjackets (5-2) will play for third place at 3:30 this afternoon in Panama.
Although it's been 63 years between the Poteau Pirates football team's second and third appearances in the state title game, the Pirates are indeed hoping third time will be the charm.
For the first time since coming in state runner-up in 1950, the Pirates (12-1) will once again play for a gold ball this afternoon as they will meet the top-ranked Anadarko Warriors (13-0) for the Class 4A state title at 1 p.m. at Oklahoma State University's Boone Pickens Stadium. The game will be televised live on FoxSports Oklahoma.
DURANT â€” The Talihina Golden Tigers football team lost only once in 2013, but it came in the state semifinals to end their season.
Class A's top-ranked Ringling Blue Devils held off the Golden Tigers 26-18 in the state semifinals Friday night at Paul Laird Field on the campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
The Golden Tigers end their season at 13-1.
Talihina scored with 8:18 left to play in the game to cut the deficit to 26-18, but the Golden Tigers never got the ball back.
WILBURTON â€” There was LeFlore County representation in both title games of the Wilburton Tournament on Friday night.
Both the Poteau Lady Pirates and the Spiro Bulldogs won their championship semifinal contests rather easily to advance to Friday night's title games.
The Lady Pirates handled the host Lady Diggers 65-27, while the â€™Dogs did likewise to the Stigler Panthers by the score of 87-41.
Last weekend's icy storm caused moderate damage to the roof of the Talihina High School building, leaving a classroom ceiling caved in and unsafe conditions in two hallway restrooms.
"I'd been out over the weekend looking around, checking for damage," said Talihina Superintendent Jason Lockhart, "but the issues on the roof weren't visible from the ground. It wasn't until we went inside on Tuesday to check the heating and light systems that we discovered that the ceiling had caved in."