February 26th, 2013
KINGSTON â The good news for the Whitesboro Bulldogs is they were three wins from the Class B State Tournament when they took the court in the area tournament consolation quarterfinals Thursday night against the Bennington Bears.
The bad news was that was as close to state as they got as a strong fourth quarter propelled the Bears to a 36-31 win over the âDogs, who ended their season at 20-10.
TALIHINA â Momentum seemingly was on the side of the Oktaha Tigers when Devon Fry's 3-point basket with 1.5 seconds left in regulation tied the score at 45-all to force overtime in the Class 2A Regional Tournament title game Saturday night on Chris Gillespie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium.
However, in OT it was all Talihina as Alan Lockhart drained eight points, all from the free-throw line, as the Golden Tigers upset the Tigers 60-52 to claim the regional title in front of a frantic home crowd.
ANTLERS â The good news is the Spiro Bulldogs basketball team is still alive for a chance at a state title. The bad news is they cannot lose another playoff game if the âDogs hope to make state.
The Bulldogs lost 57-54 in overtime to the Hugo Buffaloes in Saturday nightâs Class 3A Regional Tournament title game.
SEMINOLE â Despite having three double-figure scorers against Seminole State College, it wasn't enough for the Carl Albert State College Vikings in their 68-47 loss to the Trojans on Saturday afternoon.
D. Brown's 18 points weren't enough for the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings in their 76-51 loss to the Seminole State College Lady Belles on Saturday afternoon.
Rick Adams, 51, of Poteau, formerly of Van Buren, Ark., died Saturday, Feb. 23, in a local nursing home.
He is survived by his wife, Zenda, of the home; three daughters, Carrie Keith of Muldrow, Amanda Ryan of Van Buren and Brittany Adams of Alma, Ark.; two sisters, Susan Means of Fort Smith, Ark., and Mary Burkhart of Rudy, Ark.; three brothers, Tommy Adams of Ozark, Ark., Glenn Adams of Fort Smith and Wally Adams of Van Buren; and five grandchildren.
John C. âJ.C.â Jones, 68, of Greenwood, Ark., died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was a retired truck driver.Â
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Greenhill Cemetery in Cameron under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.Â
He is survived by his wife, Mary; one son, J.R. Jones of Spiro; four daughters, Tammy Diedrich of Summerfield, Jennifer Turner of Oklahoma, Janet Taylor of Greenwood and Phyllis Hogan of Greenwood; one sister, Joyce Towler of Bokoshe, and 11 grandchildren.
Lois Hinds, 95, of Heavener died Saturday, Feb. 23, in Heavener.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at First Baptist Church in Heavener. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Poteau under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home.
Janice Maye Sanders, 72, of Wister died Saturday, feb. 23, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Gipson Cemetery in Bates, Ark., under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home, Heavener.
FORT GIBSON â Last season, the Poteau Lady Pirates were the Cinderella story of the postseason as they were able to get to the Class 4A Area Tournament â and three wins from the state tournament.
The Lady Pirates were hoping to reach the same level on Saturday afternoon in the Class 4A Regional Tournament consolation finals. However, a rough fourth quarter enabled the Muldrow Lady Bulldogs to get a 36-26 victory to end the Lady Pirates' season at 18-9.
OKLAHOMA CITY â Two Poteau Pirates placed at the Class 4A State Tournament, which took place Friday and Saturday at State Fair Arena.
Senior Tyler Tustin's bid for a three-peat as state champion just missed as he lost his 138-pound state title match 4-2 after winning his first two matches â a 15-0 technical fall quarterfinal victory and a 3-1 semifinal win. He placed second, and ended his career with two state titles, four times placing at state, three times a state finalist, four regional titles and a career record of 168-8.