October 2nd, 2013
In my last column I talked about grand slams. You can have a grand slam in baseball, bridge, tennis and golf.
I also talked about triple crowns and you can have a triple crown in baseball and horse racing.
Editor's note: Due to not receiving all the Poteau Bandit League games' information by press time, the story with their games Saturday at Greenwood, Ark., is not in today's edition. As soon as all the information is received, the story will be published.
The regular season ended on a high note for the Poteau Lady Pirates softball team as it blanked the Red Oak Lady Eagles 2-0 in Monday afternoon's â€śPink-Outâ€ť game for breast cancer awareness.
Poteau's three seniors, pitcher RaeLynn Caldwell, catcher Sidnee Ward and first baseman Chelsey Campbell were recognized as it was also Senior Night.
HEAVENER â€” The Heavener Lady Wolves softball team picked up right where it left off after Thursday's Class 3A District Tournament championship.
The Lady Wolves posted a 14-0 victory over the Howe Lady Lions on Monday afternoon.
The Lady Wolves scored four runs in the first inning, and five runs in each of the next two innings to win the game by run rule.
Pocola 8, Wilburton 2: In Pocola, the Lady Indians jumped out to a 3-0 lead after an inning en route to a 5-0 advantage at the end of two innings.
LEFLORE â€” The Leflore Savages baseball team made sure that neither the Buffalo Valley Buffaloes nor rain were going to keep the locals from securing another week's worth of baseball.
The Savages, who lost on Thursday to Buffalo Valley in the Class B District Tournament, staved off elimination and withstood Saturday afternoon's rain which suspended the winner-take-all district title game to run rule the Buffs 12-4 on Monday afternoon to win the district title.
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” Poteau golfer Hannah Ward placed fifth in the Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament, which took place this weekend at Lincoln Park Golf Course. She shot a 75-72â€”147 to finish three shots behind the winner.
Ward, who is the defending two-time Class 4A state champion, and her brother, Ryan, will compete in a tournament next weekend at Heritage Hills Golf Course in Claremore. Then, the Lady Pirate golfer will return to Lincoln Park Golf Course for the OJGT Tour Tournament the following weekend.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. â€” I got the privilege to see last year's Heisman Trophy winner, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Saturday night when his Aggies came to Frank Broyles Field at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium to meet the homestanding Arkansas Razorbacks.
Yes, â€śJohnny Footballâ€ť did talk a little trash, but he always seems to be able to back it up â€” kind of like a famous basketball player I've always liked, Larry Bird, who I thought was cocky but could always back it up.
Buccaneer Basketball registration has begun. Registration forms can be picked up at Poteau City Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Cost to register is $25 per player and deadline to enter is Oct. 25. Anyone interested in coaching a team needs to contact Billy Bond at (918) 647-1939. The first coaches meeting will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at Poteau City Hall. The draft will be Oct. 23.
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MUSKOGEE â€” It was a rough Saturday of softball for the Poteau Lady Pirates as they lost 8-0 to the Dale Lady Pirates.
Poteau's second game of the day against Pryor was rained out, and likely will not be rescheduled since the playoffs will begin for Poteau here at 4 p.m. Tuesday against Roland in the Class 4A District Tournament.
Dale erupted for eight runs in the first inning.
This week, the postseason parade on the softball and baseball diamonds heats up with regional tournaments for all the non-Poteau softball teams that won district titles last week â€” Heavener (Class 3A), Panama (Class 2A), Pocola (Class 2A), Wister (Class 2A) and Howe (Class A) â€” and Wister's baseball team in Class A.
STILLWATER â€” There was an invasion of LeFlore County cross country runners at Oklahoma State University on Saturday as the Poteau and Heavener high school cross country runners competed at the OSU Jamboree.
In the Class 4A-5A girls division, the Lady Pirates were ninth with 283 points, coming in behind team champion Canyon (Texas) Randall (31 points), Awty International of Houston (59), Plainview (68), Deer Creek-Edmond (113), Oklahoma City Heritage Hall (181), Fort Worth (Texas) Southwest Christian (181), Plainview, Texas (192) and Coweta (236).