May 24th, 2013
The Poteau Frontier Rodeo kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. at the Phil Gardenhire Arena at the LeFlore County Fairgrounds west of Poteau.
Saturday night events begin at 7 p.m.
For Poteau Pirates football fans, thereâ€™s some good news and some not-so-good news.
The not-so-good news is that the strength of last yearâ€™s team, the offensive line, only returns one starter, Stephen Smith. Gone is 1,500 pounds of people movers and lane creaters.
However, the good news is Roger Barcheers, who was the 2012 All-Arklahoma Football Teamâ€™s Freshmen of the Year, had more than 1,500 yards rushing in his freshman year, and will be back for his sophomore season in the fall, as will quarterback Jace Pitchford and wide receiver Jarrett Lowrimore to name just a few.
Spiro â€” Jermaine Jimmerson.
Kinta â€” Chase Smith (Fanshawe).
Sallisaw-Central â€” Matthew Callahan.
McCurtain â€” Blake Palmer.
Muldrow â€” Nate Hamilton.
Roland â€” Seth Youngblood.
Eufaula â€” Cody Faries.
McAlester â€” Zach Skimbo.
Moss â€” Cody Robinson.
Coach â€” Brett Thomas, Weleetka.
Talihina â€” Clark Austin.
Wister â€” Tyler Gibson.
Smithville â€” Justus Brown.
Achille â€” Austin Beene.
Antlers â€” Bryce Martin.
Boswell â€” David Markell Henderson.
Broken Bow â€” Chandler Rickey.
Haworth â€” Todd Eric Gambill.
Hugo â€” Nick Brown.
Moyers â€” Jake Dudley.
Three local high school golfers will participate in the 2013 Hudiburg Classic, which will take place Monday and Tuesday at John Conrad Golf Course in Midwest City.
Poteau's Hannah Ward and Cody Shore, along with Cameron's Kody Whitehead, will represent the area in the event.
Ward won her second straight Class 4A state title earlier this month, while Shore was fourth in the state tournament to be the highest Pirate finisher since Zac Poole was state runner-up in 2004.
Whitehead was 11th at the Class 2A State Tournament earlier this month.
Earlier this month, the Poteau Pirates soccer team brought home a state championship. However, before 2013 a local motorcycle racer brought home a national title.
Bart Winters, who works at Cargill's Yamaha in Poteau, won the Vintage National Championship Series.
â€śI raced in about 10 races last year,â€ť said Winters. â€śI worked pretty hard for it, so it felt pretty good.â€ť
However, it wasn't the only title Winters brought home. He also won a grand prix race at Hallett, located about 30 miles west ot Tulsa.
God gives us four seasons, all of which are special in their own way.
We have summer when outdoorsmen can pick blackberries, noodle for catfish or just catch fish the normal way by actually fishing for them â€” although I love grabbing those big flatheads with my hands.
We then have fall, which I look forward to each year with great anticipation. The squirrel and duck hunting, along with chasing after whitetail deer consumes me.
Winter has more duck hunting and chasing predators, but then comes spring.
The Leflore County Bass Club had its seventh tournament of 2013 Sunday at Potato Hills South on Sardis Lake. They had 30 boats that held 56 anglers who caught 61 bass that weighed 159 pounds. Average weight per fish was 2.61 pounds, and nine limits were caught.
Judd Wann and Josh Roberts took home the top prize of $700 for winning the tournament with 20.97 pounds.
Jody Adams and Bruce Vincent were second (17.41 pounds, $420), while Andy Nance and Rodney Faulkenberry (16.43, $280) were third. A.J. Higgins got the big bass winner, a 6.73-pound lunker to earn $280.