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March 13th, 2013

DA files papers to seek death penalty in Johnathen Thacker case

March 13, 2013

LeFlore County District Attorney Jeff Smith filed a bill of particulars Wednesday morning stating that he will seek the death penalty in the case of Johnathen Don James Edward Thacker, 24, of Cedarville, Ark., who was scheduled to appear for his district court arraignment Wednesday afternoon on charges of first-degree murder and forcible sodomy in the September 2010 death of 22-year-old Brianna Ault of Pocola.
Thacker is being represented by Oklahoma Indigent Defense System attorneys Bobby Lewis and Gary Henry, both of Norman.

Monday's High School Softball Roundup

March 13, 2013

HEAVENER — The Heavener Lady Wolves softball team got a pair of wins on its home field on Monday, beating the Cameron Lady Yellowjackets 7-2 and the Whitesboro Lady Bulldogs 17-0.
The middle game went to the Lady ’Jackets, 8-1 over the Lady Bulldogs.
Wister 8, Buffalo Valley 2: In Buffalo Valley, having to move the game from Wister to Buffalo Valley did not bother the Lady Wildcats a bit.
Wister broke a scoreless tie with a three-run third inning for a 3-0 lead.

Poteau girls win Heavener Invitational track meet

March 13, 2013

HEAVENER — The 2013 LeFlore County track season got underway in fine fashion for the Poteau Lady Pirates as they won the Heavener Invitational on Tuesday afternoon at Harvey Stadium.
The Lady Pirates had 152 points, finishing ahead of runner-up Broken Bow (113 points), Vian (84), host Heavener (72), Quinton (55), Howe (39) and Spiro (26).
In the boys division, Quinton won the team title with 130 points, followed by Broken Bow (108 points), Poteau (93), Vian (88), Spiro (81), Valliant (34), Heavener (23), Savanna (19), Muldrow (17), Antlers (11) and Howe (nine).

Sports Briefs

March 13, 2013

Choctaw Country Club is having a membership drive until April 1. Anyone signing up to become a member from now until March 30 will be able to use the country club for free, and play a round of golf for free.
Beginning on April 1, those individuals will then be required to pay their dues covering a calendar year. There is a $25 application fee. For additional information, call (918) 647-3488.
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March 12th

Wesley V. Gibbs Sr.

March 12, 2013

Wesley V. Gibbs Sr., 65, of Sallisaw died Monday, March 11, 2013, in Sallisaw. No services are scheduled. You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com. Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau, is handling arrangements.

Monday's High School Baseball Roundup

March 12, 2013

MUSKOGEE — After losing its home opener Saturday afternoon, the Poteau Pirates baseball team bounced back with a road come-from-behind victory over the Hilldale Hornets by a score of 7-4.
Howe 24, Arkoma 0: In Arkoma, the Lions made it 2-for-2 to begin the season. Howe took control of the game by scoring 10 runs in the first inning, then added nine in the second inning and five in the third inning.
Whitesboro 10, Clayton 3: In Clayton, the Bulldogs opened the season in fine fashion, but had to come from behind to do so.

Spiro boys lose road game against Muldrow

March 12, 2013

MULDROW — The Spiro baseball team hit the road Monday afternoon to face Muldrow in a battle of Bulldogs. The game, which was moved to Muldrow from Spiro due to better field conditions, was a see-saw battle with a couple of ties and lead changes as Muldrow eventually prevailed 9-7.

Cameron teen youngest to win Xtreme Fighting championship belt; Maxwell gets third-round KO of Tahlequah opponent

March 12, 2013

Cameron's Cody Maxwell has a broken right knuckle, a broken nose and two broken toes, but he had the hardware.
Maxwell, 19, became the youngest competitor to win an Xtreme Fighting Inc. championship belt Saturday night at Phoenix Expo Center in Fort Smith, Ark. He got a third-round knockout of Tahlequah's Rikki Swicegood to win the 135-pound title. He also got a plaque, and his bout with Swicegood was dubbed “The Fight of the Night.”
“It was exciting,” Maxwell said about his win. “I've had no better feeling. I've never felt anything like it.”

Friday's High School Softball Roundup

March 12, 2013

SALLISAW — The Poteau Pirates capped a perfect opening week of the 2013 season by routing the Sallisaw Lady Black Diamonds 16-0 Friday afternoon.
The Lady Pirates put the game away with a 10-run first inning, thanks to a three-run home run by Shelby Standridge and a two-run homer by Sunnie McConnell. It was the first home run of the season for both players.

Tournaments taking place next two weeks

March 12, 2013

For the next two weeks, there will be a plenty of tournaments involving county baseball and softball teams.
Thursday through Saturday will be the Smithville Tournament, featuring Howe, Whitesboro and Wister.
The Spiro Bulldogs will play Vian and Sequoyah-Tahlequah in the Vian Festival on Saturday.
Next week will be the Poteau Wood Bat Festival and the Class 3A Showcase at Spiro.
Also next week, Wister will play in the Red Oak Festival on Monday and Tuesday before joining Whitesboro at the Union City Festival, which will take place March 21-22.

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