November 21st, 2013
The long-awaited deer gun season is finally here. Hunters all across the state â€” and especially here in LeFlore County â€” have been patiently waiting an entire year for this weekend to come around again. Our necks have been swelling up, and our trigger fingers have been itching. We all want to bring home the prize to feed our families.
I know the kids at school are ready for a week off, too. Many of them plan to do some hunting, probably not all of the days, but there will be plenty that make memories in the woods with their family and friends.
Have a great week!
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LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale visited the Poteau Primary School Thursday to have lunch with LCSO coloring contest winner 5-year-old Marshall Dacus. Dacus also received a bag of gifts from Seale that included a Superman costume and several educational toys.
LEFLORE â€” The Red Oak basketball teams made their first trip to play on the newly-christened Nadine Carpenter Court on Tuesday night and left victorious over the hosts from Leflore.
The Eagles were able to break open a close game in the third quarter to fly home with a 58-41 victory over the Savages.
The Lady Eagles soared above the Lady Savages for a 70-34 victory in the first game of Tuesday night's doubleheader.
HOWE â€” The Howe High School basketball teams will enter the Thanksgiving holiday break undefeated.
Both the Lady Lions and Lions handily swept the Panola teams Tuesday night at the Howe Gym. The Lady Lions defeated the Lady Bearcats 75-23, while the Lions routed the â€™Cats 65-22.
The Panama Lady Razoarbacks basketball team will get the 2013-14 season underway at 6:30 tonight at home against the Wilburton Lady Diggers.
The Lady â€™Backs were 16-8 last season, and return three starters from last year's team.
Editor's note: No preseason information has been received on the Razorbacks. As soon as such information on them and other county teams is received, and their season openers get closer, season preview stories on those teams will appear in later editions.
For the 14 senior players, they got to do something Friday night they had probably only dreamed of doing â€” play in a Class 4A playoff game. They did just that, beating Cleveland 48-7 in the opening round of the playoffs.
â€śIt was a great feeling,â€ť senior lineman Stephen Smith said. â€śWe worked really hard for the win. We played to the top of our game. It felt good coming out with a win.â€ť
In the past three high school golf seasons, Poteau senior Hannah Ward has won the last two Class 4A State Tournaments after being 4A state runner-up as a freshman, not to mention all the other junior golf honors that have come her way. So, it was really not a question of if Ward would sign to play college golf, but where.
Ward answered that question as she signed a golf letter of intent with the University of Arkansas-Little Rock on Wednesday morning in a signing ceremony at the high school.
â€śI'm very excited,â€ť Ward said. â€śI've always wanted to play Division I golf.â€ť
For hunting enthusiasts, gun season will begin this weekend â€” great news for those going to hunt bucks. Perhaps it's appropriate that there will be a local football team going hunting for some bucks.
The Talihina Golden Tigers (11-0) will entertain the Hominy Bucks (6-5) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Doc Robinson Stadium in the second round of the Class A playoffs.
In 1965, the Poteau Pirates were Class 2A district champs. The Pirates were lead by the late Dr. Mike Logan, who was injured early in the year. Chris Conn won most of the games in the middle of the year, but Logan came back in the last couple of games and led them into the state semifinals. The Pirates lost to Broken Bow, which then lost to Clinton in the state championship. That was the first time that I had ever heard of Clinton. It seems like every year since, either Ada or Clinton hoisted the gold ball. It was not until 1988-89 the Pirates started making deep runs into the playoffs.
ARKOMA â€” Nov. 15, 2013. That date will be forever etched into the record books at Arkoma High School. It's the date that the Mustangs won their first-ever playoff game when they mercy ruled the Timberlake Tigers 70-24 in the opening round of the Class C playoffs Friday night at Mustang Field. It was quite a special night.
â€śIt was really great just being part of the football team that got the [first playoff] win,â€ť junior running back Tyree Nolden said. â€śIt will be on the wall forever. It will never be washed away. It felt nice.â€ť