October 16th, 2013
The Talihina Golden Tigers football team continues to claw its way to wins, with the latest one being a 47-14 win over Sallisaw-Central last week.
‚ÄúDefensively, we payed better than we played all year,‚ÄĚ Talihina coach Kelly Gravitt said. ‚ÄúThe kids were on cue and were fast to the ball. Everybody played assignment football. On offense, we were a bit sluggish on our first possession as [Sallisaw-Central] coach [Jeremy] Thompson was showing us a lot of defensive packages. But after that first drive, they got jacked up and were better.‚ÄĚ
Poteau second-year coach Greg Werner called last week's road game at Fort Gibson ‚Äú ... for every kid playing for us that this is biggest football game they will have ever played in.‚ÄĚ The Pirates played as such, pulling out a 42-28 victory over the Tigers.
‚ÄúIt was pretty big,‚ÄĚ senior tailback/linebacker Cord Lawrence said about the victory. ‚ÄúIt was really great that we won. It was a tough game. It has set us up for something big.‚ÄĚ
BROKEN BOW ‚ÄĒ The Poteau Pirates freshmen football team came up a bit short against the Broken Bow Savages, losing 14-12 Monday night at Memorial Stadium.
There was no junior varsity game, and Tuesday's Pansy Kidd Middle School games were canceled at Costner Stadium due to field conditions ‚ÄĒ namely to keep the field as playable as possible for Thursday night's District 4A-4 showdown with Tulsa Cascia Hall.
‚ÄúThis is the second time in 25 years that I've canceled junior high games,‚ÄĚ Poteau coach Greg Werner said.
CLAREMORE ‚ÄĒ Three Poteau High School cross country runners placed in the top 15 in their respective race at Thursday's Claremore Invitational.
In the girls race, Deven Bond was fifth (12:55), while Haley Griggs was 12th (13:18). Kayle Dryer was 34th (14:15), Kaitlan Standridge 38th (14:34), Brittany Fox 41st (14:37), Sheridan Hoyer 49th (15:04) and Bailee Bates 52nd (15:11).
As a team, the Lady Pirates were fourth with 130 points, finishing behind team champion Owasso (54 points), Collinsville (86) and host Claremore (124).
A local business owner who has been fighting for his life since Oct. 5 will be the recipient of the proceeds of an upcoming benefit.
Queen Courtney Boblett stands motionless while Dakota Fout places her crown upon her head during Friday night's Panama Football Homecoming ceremony.
PDN photo by Joe Milligan
What police are calling an accidental shooting has resulted in the death of a Milton woman.
According to LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale, deputies responded to the call of a woman shot in the abdomen Sunday night. The location of the home where the shooting occurred and the victim's name have not been released, only that the 59-year-old woman lived in the Milton area in northwest LeFlore County.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. ‚ÄĒ I'm sure there are some college football fans in LeFlore County who are fans of the Oklahoma Sooners who believe their team laid an egg Saturday at the Cotton Bowl against Texas.
This humble sports writer also saw an egg laid ‚ÄĒ a homecoming egg at that ‚ÄĒ Saturday at Frank Broyles Field at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
The Arkansas Razorbacks, except for the first half of the first quarter, did little right as they suffered a 52-7 homecoming loss to Steve Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks.
For the first time in my four falls here at sports editor, there is no state tournament on the fast-pitch softball or fall baseball diamonds for LeFlore County. The Poteau Lady Pirates had the last chance, but for the third straight fall they lost in the regional finals to see their season end.
However, the Poteau season was still a very good one, amassing a 28-10 record, the team's fifth straight county title and 11th straight district title. Senior ace RaeLynn Caldwell eclipsed the 300-strikeout plateau this season during last week's Class 4A Regional Tournament.