October 17th, 2013
Two very talented teams met on the field Thursday night at Costner Stadium. The main difference in the two teams was the Tulsa Cascia Hall Commandos have won numerous state championships and only had their 56-game regular-season win streak broken two weeks ago. The Commandos know how to win. The Pirates are still trying to get all their ducks in a row and figure out how to win games in the same fashion.
Spiro controlled in-county rival Heavener on Thursday night 35-7 in a District 3A-8 contest at Harvey Stadium to spoil the Wolves' homecoming.
The Bulldogs (6-1 overall, 4-0 in district play), winners of five straight, mounted several long scoring drives, claiming a touchdown in each of the first three quarters and two in the final period.
Editor's note: The Spiro Graphic Editor John Clark contributed to this story.
The Pocola Indians football team snapped a three-game losing streak last week, beating the Wilburton Diggers 66-27 for its first District 2A-6 victory.
â€śI was so proud of our kids,â€ť Pocola coach Rick Lang said about last week's victory. â€śWe executed on a night when we needed a win. I challenged the kids. They came out and we had 483 yards of offense. They executed â€” and we got to play everybody. It was a great win for us.â€ť
The Arkoma Mustangs were looking to extend their winning streak to four games tonight with a home non-district game against the Boulevard Christian Patriots at Mustang Field. Instead, the locals will have an open date as the Patriots have canceled due to lack of players.
â€śIt kind of worried me when they called us and said that they only had nine players the game before they played Bokoshe [which beat the Patriots last week 54-6],â€ť Arkoma coach Mark Weatherton said. â€śI guess they got some banged up in that game, and the same thing happened last week against Bokoshe.â€ť
When you talk of sports trivia or sport rules, I usually grade out at about 98 percent, while the other two percent of the time I am wrong.
Alston Washburn took his first deer with a bow last week near Panama. He is a student at Wister and likes to crappie fish and deer hunt. Thatâ€™s my kind of guy. Shooting a deer with a bow and arrow is not an easy feat, and it definitely isnâ€™t for everyone. Iâ€™m really proud for him. Good job, Alston!
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The Poteau Pirates football team jumped over one more hurdle last week amid the journey of the 2013 season. The Pirates got a big road win over the Fort Gibson Tigers, winning 42-28 Friday night.
â€śFort Gibson is the big win,â€ť Poteau coach Greg Werner said. â€śThey were picked to win our district, and they've been ranked really high all year. That was a big one for us. It was a big hurdle. Those have been two big wins for us â€” Sallisaw and Fort Gibson. Those were really big wins for our program. We just want to keep things on a roll.â€ť
Two weeks ago, the Heavener Wolves played their first home football game of the season, getting past Roland 20-14 in overtime. The game was to have been their homecoming game, but since a lot of the ladies were trying to help the Lady Wolves softball team win the Class 3A Regional Tournament at Oktaha, homecoming festivities were moved to Thursday night's home game with the Spiro Bulldogs.
â€śWe're going to see if we can win our second homecoming game,â€ť Heavener coach Carl Lee said. â€śWe won the first game. If we do that, I think we'll call every game homecoming.â€ť
Two weeks ago, the Panama Razorbacks suffered a rough 34-0 loss to Hartshorne, but bounced back last week with a 40-22 homecoming win over Antlers at George Ollie Stadium.
â€śIt was a huge game for us,â€ť Panama coach Brandon Ellis said. â€śThe kids played really well. There's always distractions with homecoming, but the kids were focused. They knew what the task at hand was, and they handled things well.â€ť
The Razorbacks (4-2) will step out of District 2A-6 play to play a road game against the Quinton Savages (3-3) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Several events planned this weekend to benefit a local business owner Coopy White were muted somewhat by news of his death Tuesday, but will go on as planned in tribute to his legacy, organizers said Wednesday.
White, 62, died Tuesday at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where he had been since Oct 7. White was critically injured in a fall at his home two days earlier. Proceeds from the event will be used to help the family defray expenses.
He owned and operated Coopyâ€™s Body Shop in Poteau for 23 years. Before that he owned Poteau Paint and Body shop at Pleasant Valley and Broadway.