March 5th, 2013
TALIHINA â€” Two years ago when the Talihina Golden Tigers basketball team won the Class 2A State Tournament, current seniors Clark Austin and Caleb Killingsworth were sophomores on that squad.
After not making state as juniors, Friday night they punched their tickets to the 2013 Class 2A State Tournament with a 62-50 win over the Preston Pirates to win the area tournament. The feeling Friday night was a little different than two years ago when the Golden Tigers beat the Pirates to make state.
For four straight years, 2008-11, the Talihina Golden Tigers basketball team ended each of those seasons at the Class 2A State Tournament, winning the gold ball in 2011.
Two years later, the Golden Tigers find themselves back at state. However, unlike the other four trips, the Golden Tigers are likely the least favorite team of the eight there to win the gold ball Saturday night at Oklahoma City's State Fair Arena.
BROKEN ARROW â€” The Poteau Lady Pirates golf team began defense of its Class 4A state title with a second-place finish in the Broken Arrow Invitational, which took place Monday at Emerald Falls Golf Course.
There were 12 teams in the tournament field, and Poteau was the only Class 4A team. The rest were teams from Classes 5A and 6A. Host Broken Arrow, a Class 6A team, won the tournament.
Audry Sampson, 91, of Poteau died Monday, March 4, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark.Â Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at First Baptist Church in Poteau. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home.
Ray Robert Stock, 87, of Talihina died Feb. 17, 2013, at his home in No Name Acres.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 8, at Fort Smith National Cemetery under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home. A memorial dinner will be served at 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Poteau.
Laura Burleigh of Poteau is among performers in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," a musical comedy to be presented March 28-30 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. Cast and crew are, front from left: Steven Doughty, Yukon; Monica Sallaway, Omaha NE; Sheri Flowers, Edmond; Emma Leffler, Arlington TX; Laura Burleigh, Poteau; Rhiannon Jensen, Woodward; Kierston Rodriquez, Arlington TX; and Winnie Chang, Taiwan.
The Oklahoma Child Support Services office in Poteau donated 160 books to the Kibois Head Start Program as part of Read Across America Day.
The office collected the books during a week-long community book drive ending on March 1, Read Across America Day.
Read Across America Day is the nationâ€™s largest celebration of reading, with more than 45 million participating to highlight the importance of developing a love of reading from an early age. Held each year on March 1, the day coincides with the birthday of beloved childrenâ€™s author, Dr. Seuss.
A house fire at 2407 Central St. in Poteau has been put out after a two hour battle by the Poteau Fire Department.
The home, owned by Mike Bynum, was destroyed in the blaze.
According to Poteau Fire Chief Jon Pickel, no one was home when the fire started and the cause is undetermined.
Pickel said the fire department received assistance from the Wister Fire Department in putting out the fire.
The Poteau Fire Department is battling a house fire in the 2800 block of Central Street.
The home was fully engulfed when crews arrived.
The homeowner was not at the home when the fire started but arrived as fire crews attempted to extinguish the blaze.
With the first full week of action on the diamond taking place this week, the majority of the LeFlore County baseball and slow-pitch softball teams will get their seasons started.
The next week's worth of games will be in the schedule at the end of this column.
Spring Sports Guide Coming Out March 23