December 13th, 2013
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."
It probably seems like it was not going to ever happen, but it is â€” the Class A state semifinals in the high school football playoffs.
The Talihina Golden Tigers (13-0) will get a shot at the state's top-ranked team in Class A, the Ringling Blue Devils (11-1), at 7 tonight in the state semifinals at Paul Laird Field on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant.
The winner will meet the Apache-Hollis state semifinal next weekend at Oklahoma State University's Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. for the state championship.
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HARTFORD, Ark. â€” The Heavener Wolves basketball team won its first game of the season Wednesday night, beating host Hartford 55-51 in a consolation game of the Gary Ford Invitational. The game was to have been played the previous Dec. 5, but was canceled due to last week's wintry weather.
The Heavener Lady Wolves will play at noon Saturday for the championship of the tournament.
The championship game was to have been last Saturday, but it, too, was canceled due to inclement weather.
I hope you all made it through last week's ice storm. We watched a lot of football, and we went sledding every afternoon. Jarrett Lilley won the long-distance contest for 2013 this year, followed by Jon Pickel â€” but Jon did use special additives on his sled's bottom like Clark Griswold to aid his speed and distance. At Jon's age, you got to do everything you can to gain an advantage!
A â€śFreeâ€ť Story
If you hang out at Tote-A-Poke for just five minutes, you'll hear someone tell a Bob Free story, especially if Phillip Zearley is there.
BOKOSHE â€” The Cameron Yellowjackets, the Howe Lions and the Arkoma Mustangs all posted victories in opening-round action of the 2013 Green Valley Conference Tournament on Wednesday at Bokoshe Tigers Fieldhouse.
Cameron edged Panama 56-53, Arkoma rallied to down Wister 50-42 and Howe handled host Bokoshe 93-28. Keota routed McCurtain 64-30 in the other opening-round game.
TALIHINA â€” The Pocola High School basketball teams won their openers in the 2013 Choctaw Nation Tournament on Wednesday night on Chris Gillespie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium.
Both teams beat Sallisaw-Central, as the Lady Indians won 44-33 and the Indians routed the Tigers 72-46.
Both Pocola teams played in the championship semifinals on Thursday. The Indians (2-0) and the Lady Indians (1-1) faced Kiowa, with the winners playing for the title at 7 p.m. [girls] and 8:30 p.m. [boys] on Saturday. The losers will play for third place at 4:20 p.m. [girls] and 5:40 p.m. [boys] on Saturday.
WILBURTON â€” The Spiro Lady Bulldogs were hoping to make it to tonight's title game of the Wilburton Tournament. However, the Red Oak Lady Eagles had other ideas.
The Lady Eagles flew past the Lady Bulldogs 60-36 in the championship semifinals Thursday afternoon.
The Lady Bulldogs (1-1) will play for third place at 4 p.m. Friday against the loser of Thursday night's Poteau-Wilburton game. The Lady Eagles will play the Poteau-Wilburton winner for the championship at 7 p.m. Friday.
All Poteau Pirate fans who will be in town to see the high school football team head out for a state championship battle in Stillwater Saturday are encouraged gather for a grand send-off.
On Friday at about 12:45 fans are asked to line Broadway from Shockleyâ€™s Auto Sales to the Choctaw Travel Plaza, donning Pirate colors of red, white and black.