January 19th, 2012
LeFlore County citizens may soon be able to opt for membership in the largest independently owned and operated air-ambulance company in the United States. At the regular monthly meeting of the LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services Board meeting members heard from Judy Dyke, a regional director of base operations for Air Evac Lifeteam, an air-ambulance company which operates the world's largest fleet of more than 100 medically-equipped helicopters.
A team from AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) began a two month project with the U.S. Forest last week. The 10 member team will receive Type 2 Wild Land Firefighter Certification from the U.S. Forest Service and will use the training to assist with numerous precribed burns. In addition to the fire services, the team will work to complete fence removal, trail building and maintenance projects. The team will also return for another two months during the summer, from mid-May through mid-July, to assist with fire and other related tasks.
Liala Dunigan has received a new heart. According to sources close to the family, Liala Dunigan received a heart transplant at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Sources say that the Dunigan family received a call Monday evening that a heart had been located for baby Liala. Liala has been on the heart transplant list since December when doctors discovered an undiagnosed heart defect after she became ill. She was only three months old when she was life flighted to Arkansas Children's Hospital and underwent open-heart surgery.
BOKOSHE â€” Day 2 of the 80th LeFlore County Tournament saw two teams stay alive in the event, meaning the first two teams were eliminated during action Tuesday afternoon at Bokoshe Tigers Fieldhouse.
The Leflore Lady Savages held off the Cameron Lady Yellowjackets 42-31, while the Arkoma Mustangs handled LCT host Bokoshe 73-10.
Wednesday saw consolation semifinals take place with Pocola beating Leflore and Wister edging Whitesboro meeting in girls' games, while Panama handled Arkoma and Leflore got past Whitesboro in boys' contest.
SPIRO â€” Both Spiro High School basketball teams advanced to the semifinals of the 80th LeFlore County Tournament Tuesday night at the Spiro Gym. But needless to say, just barely.
The Bulldogs scored late to down the Howe Lions 50-48 in the final game of the night in quarterfinal action, which came after the Lady Bulldogs also scored in the waning seconds to down the Poteau Lady Pirates 45-44.
Two other county teams also made it to the semifinals. The Wister Wildcats beat the Cameron Yellowjackets 53-38, while the Bokoshe Lady Tigers defeated defending LCT champion Heavener 43-39.
HEAVENER â€” All the top seeds were victorious in Tuesday night's championship quarterfinal games of the 80th LeFlore County Tournament played at the Heavener Gym.
On the boys' side, second-seeded Poteau used a strong second half to down Talihina 49-32, while third-seeded Heavener got past Pocola 57-46.
The postseason has arrived for the Poteau Pirates wrestling team. The Pirates will be in the Class 4A District Duals beginning at 5 p.m. today in Wagoner.
â€śWe're real anxious,â€ť second-year Poteau Coach Chris Barbee said. â€śThis is what we've been working toward all season. We've kind of had our ups and downs, but we're kind of coming into this on an upswing (two dual wins last Thursday against Fort Smith (Ark.) Southside and Talihina). We're looking for good things.â€ť
VIAN â€” The good news for the Talihina Golden Tigers wrestling team was it got its first dual win, beating Keys (Park Hill) 54-30 during the Class 2A District Duals on Tuesday.
The not-so-good news was the Golden Tigers suffered losses in their other three duals on the day, losing to host Vian 78-6, Sequoyah-Tahlequah 42-36 and Quinton 42-30. Just 24 hours before, the Golden Tigers posted a win over Sequoyah-Tahlequah
The Golden Tigers (1-6 in duals this season) will finish their district dual competition at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hulbert.
If you have a chance, come out and watch some of the Leflore County Tournament this weekend. It is a good chance to watch our area youth battling it out on the hardwood. Wisterâ€™s boys are in the semifinals for the first time since 1994 (at least that is when Jerry Carpenter and I decided). That is the year when some of my junior high playersâ€™ dads were playing.
Good luck boys!
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HEAVENER â€” There's finally a different number in the win column for the Poteau Lady Pirates.
The Lady Pirates got their first win of the season Monday afternoon as they opened play in the 2012 LeFlore County Tournament with a 47-25 victory over the Whitesboro Lady Bulldogs at the Heavener Gym.