December 20th, 2013
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.
There's only five days left until Christmas and I haven't bought a cotton-picking present yet. I've got to get in gear. All guys wait until the last minute anyway ... that's how God wired us, but we always get it done.
The Poteau Men's Athletic Club [PMAC] didn't waste any time with its â€śOperation Christmas Bicycle Program.â€ť The organization got money donated and bought 20 bikes and put all of them together in just three days, and delivered them to the Poteau Upper Elementary for the LeFlore County Youth Services to give out this Christmas.
The Heavener Wolves and Lady Wolves garnered the top seeds in next month's LeFlore County Junior High Tournament at Wednesday night's seeding meeting at Western Sizzlin'.
On the boys side, Heavener is the top-seeded team, with Monroe second, Wister third, Talihina fourth and Howe fifth.
The next five seeds are Whitesboro sixth, Poteau/Pansy Kidd Middle School seventh, Pocola eighth, Spiro ninth and Arkoma 10th.
HARTFORD, Ark. â€” The Heavener Lady Wolves basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Wednesday night, losing 79-56 to Acorn, Ark., in the title game of the Gary Ford Invitational.
The Lady Wolves fell behind 27-14 after a period and could never get over the hump.
The Heavener teams will make up last weekend's road games at Idabel on Saturday afternoon. The girls' game will take place at 1 p.m., followed by the boys' contest at 2:30 p.m.
WILBURTON â€” A slow start doomed the Pocola Lady Indians in their 50-35 loss to the Wilburton Lady Diggers on Tuesday night.
The Lady Indians fell behind 14-3 after a period and could not overcome the deficit.
Twelve jurors recommended death Wednesday evening for Donnie Lee Harris Jr. for the murder by fire of 24-year-old Kristi Ferguson.
Harris was convicted Tuesday of Ferguson's murder after a two-hour deliberation period and the death penalty phase of the trial began immediately. After a day and a half of testimony from Ferguson's and Harris' family in regard to the impact of the murder on them, the jury deliberated for a few hours before returning a recommendation of death for Harris.
The Blackhawk helicopter that crashed in Afghanistan killing six U.S. soldiers Tuesday was piloted by a LeFlore County native.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings, 34, and five other soldiers died when their Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk crashed Tuesday in Now Bahar in southern Afghanistan while serving with NATO forces. The Pentagon said the crash remained under investigation.
Billings' Facebook page listed his hometown as Poteau and said he had attended high school in Heavener.
Billings was married and has family living in Heavener.
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” Poteau resident Danny Caldwell won his fourth consecutive title as leading owner at Remington Park and his fifth Ran Ricks, Jr. Memorial Award overall.
Caldwell runners are trained at Remington Park by Federico Villafranco, together they posted 29 wins to win the owner title by 15 victories. Poindexter Thoroughbreds of Springfield, Mo. and Black Hawk Stable of Elk City finished in a tie for second with 14 wins each.