August 25th, 2013
VALLIANT â€” The Talihina Golden Tigers football team traveled a long way to Valliant to still find it has some more work to do to get ready for next month's season opener.
The Golden Tigers were sluggish to start, and played good defense until the offense got started.
Overall, the coaches were pleased with the effort, but the scrimmage showed some things that they need to work on next week as they prepare for the Golden Tigers' next scrimmage against Vian on Friday night at Doc Robinson Stadium.
The Poteau High School cross country runners will begin their season at Monday's Haworth Invitational.
The Pirates return three state qualifiers from a season ago. Dylan Fox was 56th (18:36.5), Ashby Clark was 71st (19:04.53) and Bobby Graham was 94th (21:08.17) at last year's Class 4A State Meet, where they were 14th as a team.
The Lady Pirates return five of their state-meet runners from 2012, in which they were ninth.
Registration is open for the 2013 LeFlore County Express Fall Soccer League.
Registration can be done through the Internet at www.leflorecountysoccer.com.
Late registration cost per child is $40.
Payment method details are available at the website.
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There will be age 8-, 10- and 12-and-younger softball leagues at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex this fall.
The entry fee is $250 for 8- and 10-and-younger teams, while the entry fee is $300 for the 12-and-younger teams.
The Cameron Yellowjackets and the Wister Wildcats found themselves in the winner's-bracket finals of the 18th annual Carl Albert State College Classic on Friday.
The â€™Jackets blanked the Howe Lions 10-0 Thursday night at Cameron, while the â€™Cats also posted a shutout â€” 8-0 over the Kiowa Cowboys on Thursday afternoon at CASC's Ival Goodman Field.
WHITESBORO â€” The Whitesboro Bulldogs got their first win of the season Thursday night to open their own tournament, but they had to do it the hard way.
Down two runs, a 10-run sixth inning propeled them to a 19-11 come-from-behind slugfested win over the Panola Bearcats in the Whitesboro Tournament.
The Bulldogs (1-3), coached by Bryan Cartwright, faced Boswell, coached by his brother, Alan, in the semifinals, with the winner playing the Buffalo Valley-Battiest winner for the tournament title at 4 this afternoon. The losers will play for third place at 2 this afternoon.
CALVIN â€” Leflore pitcher Chance Long threw a one-hitter as the Savages routed the Mill Creek Bullfrogs 10-0 Thursday night in the opening round of the Calvin Tournament.
The Savages faced the Stuart Hornets in Friday afternoon's championship semifinals with the winner playing for the title at 3 this afternoon. Friday afternoon's loser will play for third place at noon today.
CLAREMORE â€” The Poteau Pirates ended the week on a high note as they won two games Friday in the Rogers State College Classic, blanking Adair 3-0 and doubling up Sand Springs 4-2.
SPIRO â€” The outstanding week of pitching for Poteau's senior ace RaeLynn Caldwell continues.
Caldwell, who struck out 14 Westville batters on Monday and 11 Tahlequah batters on Tuesday in a game where she was perfect for 6.1 innings, threw a no-hitter Thursday afternoon as the Lady Pirates blanked the Spiro Lady Bulldogs 8-0.
Caldwell struck out 11 batters in Thursday's win, and missed by one batter of a perfect game.
OKTAHA â€” The Heavener Lady Wolves stayed perfect on the young 2013 fast-pitch softball season as they posted two wins Thursday in the Oktaha Tournament, beating Cushing 5-4 and Porter 5-2.
The other local team in the field, the Panama Lady Razorbacks, split their two games, beating Stilwell 4-0 but losing 7-6 to Warner.
Both teams will wrap up play Saturday in the tournament, but their opponents were not known at press time.
The National Football League season will begin in a couple of weeks, and that means it's time to have draft parties for all the upcoming NFL Fantasy Football Leagues.
These are your fantasy football league draft dates: IBC League, 1 p.m. Saturday at Cross Community Church; CCC League, 5 p.m. Saturday at Cross Community Church; Possum League, 1 p.m. Sunday at Danny Caldwell's house; The Elite 12 League, 5 p.m. Sunday at Danny Caldwell's house.
I want to wish all you fantasy guys luck this year, and I hope you dominate your respective fantasy leagues â€” unless I'm in that league.