December 24th, 2013
I want to wish you a Merry Christmas to you all on this Christmas Eve. As you're reading this, I either am en route to have already arrived at my Christmas destination of Enid to spend Christmas with my mother, and will return Friday morning to be present to put out Saturday's sports pages â€” and cover the first day of the Panama Holiday Festival.
That leads me to mention that there will be some holiday hoops this week. The Panama Holiday Festival will be Saturday and Monday. The host Razorbacks and Lady â€™Backs will be joined by Spiro, Haileyville and Acorn, Ark.
WILBURTON â€” Six LeFlore County basketball teams came away with some hardware Friday and Saturday at the 2013 Eastern Oklahoma State College Classic when it finally ended this past weekend after it had its final three days rescheduled from earlier this month due to this month's wintry and icy weather.
STILWELL â€” The Poteau Pirates lost their season opener Friday night, falling 56-45 to the homestanding Stilwell Indians.
The Pirates fell behind 18-12 after a period, and they never could get over the hump. Stilwell led 32-18 at halftime and took a 48-24 lead into the final period.
Spiro 82, Muldrow 49: Friday night in Spiro, Spiro didn't break away from Muldrow until the third quarter in this battle of the Bulldogs. Spiro, leading 36-32 at halftime, outscored Muldrow 30-7 in the third period to take a 66-39 lead into the final quarter.
STILWELL â€” The Poteau Lady Pirates suffered an 87-85 overtime loss to the Stilwell Lady Indians on Friday night in a very physically played game in which sophomore post player Allison Stone suffered a dislocated finger in the second period and will be out until the Jan. 4 home game against Atoka.
The Lady Pirates led 42-41 at halftime after trailing 18-16 at the end of the opening period, but were outscored 16-15 by the Lady Indians in the third quarter to knot the game at 57. Each team scored 22 points in the final period to tie the score at 79 to force overtime.
The Poteau High School basketball program is having an alumni basketball game Dec. 30 at the Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse. The match-ups will have odd years vs. even years.
The girls game will start at 6:30 p.m. with boys game to follow.
The fee for alumni to play in the game is $3. To be considered alumni you must have played at least a year of Poteau High School basketball.
Admission is $3 for adults and kids are free.
For those interested, pre-registration is greatly appreciated.
For additional information, call Kim Hoffman-Wilson at (918) 385-1111.
I know that one week ago today, Poteau Pirates fans were lamenting a 40-0 loss to the No. 1 Anadarko Warriors in the Class 4A state title game, while the night before saw the Talihina Golden Tigers lose to No. 1 Ringling in the Class A state semifinals.
However, those two losses can't take away from the fact that 2013 will be one of the finest high school football seasons for LeFlore County.
McALESTER â€” What Poteau wrestling coach Jack Hornbuckle called a â€śfluke blood time forfeit,â€ť the Pirates suffered their first dual loss of the season in a 40-36 setback to the homestanding McAlester Buffaloes on Thursday night at Brumley Gym.
The Pirates will conclude their own two-day tournament Saturday at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse. Matches are slated to begin at approximately 10 a.m.
POCOLA â€” The Pocola High School basketball teams will enter the Christmas break with a home split with Quinton's teams Thursday night at the Pocola Gym.
The Indians rebounded from Monday night's 15-point loss to Howe by spanking the Savages 67-45, but the Lady Indians fell 56-37 to the Lady Savages.
WILBURTON â€” The Howe Lions made sure it will be an all-LeFlore County title game Saturday night for the Gold Bracket title at the Eastern Oklahoma College Classic.
The Lions routed the Cave Springs Hornets 80-53 Thursday night in the championship semifinals at EOSC's Claud C. Dunlap Fieldhouse.
The Lions (11-0) will meet the Leflore Savages (10-1) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at EOSC for the championship. The Savages got a bye into the championship game when Stuart did not return after the final three days of the EOSC Classic when it was canceled due to the wintry/icy weather earlier this month.
One week ago this afternoon, fans were sending off the Poteau Pirates football team on its way to play for the Class 4A state title. Tonight, the Pirates will get to begin their basketball season with an 8 p.m. contest at Stilwell. The Lady Pirates (2-1) will play the Lady Indians at 6:30 tonight.