December 4th, 2013
Both the Poteau Pirates and the Talihina Golden Tigers will have to wait a while longer before hitting the gridiron â€” at least in a game situation.
The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association announced Wednesday afternoon that all high school football playoff games scheduled for the end of this week are going to be canceled and rescheduled for the following week due to the incoming wintry weather â€” expected to hit Thursday night.
Editor's note â€” Due to the Poteau High School football team making it to the Class 4A state title game, and having some of its players going to play on the high school basketball team, the Pirates will wait to begin their basketball season in next week's Wilburton Tournament at this point. Their season-preview story is scheduled to appear next week.
The Poteau Lady Pirates basketball team is coming off an 18-9 season last year, including winning the 2013 LeFlore County Tournament and winning their third straight district title.
Several Poteau Youth Wrestling Club members placed in a pair of weekend tournaments.
At the Bixby Open, Seth Ford won his weight class title, Luke Brooks was runner-up, Natham Ulmer third and Dakota James were fourth in the afternoon session. Ulmer and Jarrett Lilley were third in Division V action in the morning session. Remington Reed participated but did not place.
Zack Broom was runner-up at 80 pounds in Division III in the Jenks Tournament, while sister, Ashley, participated at 58 pounds in Division III but did not place.
A 3-year-old boy wandered away from Poteau Primary Elementary School, causing several tense minutes for police and school employees Tuesday morning.
The child was found after about 25 minutes on Redbud Lane, Superintendent Don Sjoberg said.
The preschool pupil apparently slipped through a fence during recess about 9 a.m., Sjoberg said.
With temperatures expected to fall as low as 13 degrees this weekend, the National Weather Service in Norman has issued a Winter Storm Watch for LeFlore, Pushmataha and Choctaw counties. Sebastian county in Arkansas is also under watch.
The storm is expected to arrive Thursday, with more than a quarter inch of ice likely and a low temperature of 28 degrees. Friday nightâ€™s low temperature is projected at 13 degrees.
After one of the greatest wins in Poteau Pirates football history, I was surprised at all of the negativity that came from the game. You need to read the story about Saturday's Class 4A state semifinal contest between the Pirates and the Oklahoma City Douglass Trojans in the Sunday edition of The Oklahoman, and then read the comments at the end of the story.
The Douglass coach called we Poteau fans, â€śRednecks.â€ť
WILBURTON â€” LeFlore County did rather well on opening day of Blue Bracket play in the Eastern Oklahoma State College Classic on Monday.
At the Wilburton High School Gym, both Arkoma teams and the Whitesboro Lady Bulldogs posted victories, while the Bulldogs did so at EOSC's Claud C. Dunlap Fieldhouse.
The Mustangs handled the McCurtain Bulldogs 69-56, while the Lady Mustangs were too much for the Haileyville Lady Warriors in a 64-18 victory in both locals' season openers.
The â€™Dogs routed the Panola Bearcats 58-22, while the Lady Bulldogs handled the Pittsburg Lady Panthers 46-33.
Now that the Thanksgiving break is over, it's basketball hot and heavy for the next two weeks.
This week will be the Eastern Oklahoma State College Classic that will feature Arkoma, Howe, Leflore and Whitesboro.
Also, the Heavener teams will be in the Gary Ford Invitational in Hartford, Ark., all week, while the Wister squads will be in the Pick and Shovel Classic in Hartshorne.
At week's end, the Poteau High School basketball teams will get their seasons underway in the McAlester Tournament that will be Thursday through Saturday at the Southeast Expo Center on the west side of town.
The 2013-14 basketball seasons will begin for the Pocola Lady Indians and Indians tonight as they hit the road to face Stigler. The Lady Indians will play at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Indians at 8 p.m.
The Lady Indians were 8-15 a season ago and return four of their five starters from that team.
The Indians were 16-10 last year, and they return six players who saw lots of playing time on that team.
A Panama high school teen died late Sunday from injuries suffered when he was shot accidentally by a 14-year-old friend while returning from a hunting trip.
According to Panama Police Chief John Whiteaker, Ryan Self, 16, of Panama was walking along the road with his friend when the accidental shooting occurred about 2 p.m. Nov. 23.
According to police reports, Ryanâ€™s friend tripped and fell causing the .243-caliber rifle to discharge, striking Ryan in the neck.