September 9th, 2013
Wanda â€śFayeâ€ť Rockman, 71, of Poteau died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in Ft. Smith, Ark. Faye was born Nov. 12, 1941, in Poteau to John and Edith (Green) Ford. She was a retired administrative assistant at Jim Hamilton VoTech. She was a member of the Church of God Seventh Day. She was a member of the 1913 Study Club, an artist and she was â€śMaâ€ť to many. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, William Denver Ford, Kenneth Ford and Don Ford.
Every year about this time, I find that I canâ€™t concentrate on much of anything other than the weather â€” hoping for cooler temps. It is less than a month until the opening of bow season, and that means I will be sitting for hours in a tree stand enjoying the quiet fall woods.
There is just something about being a bystander and watching nature unfold in front of you. It is not just about â€śshooting a deer,â€ť but enjoying the birds and other animals living their lives as if there are no people in the whole wide world.
Attention all crappie fisherman. Crappie USA will have a tournament Sept. 21 at Wister Lake. Pre-registration is preferred, and can be done by one of the members of the two-man team by going online to www.crappie.com.
The cost is $30 per angler.
According to the guys down at Tote-A-Poke Coffee Club, Jerry Beale is the favorite, but I think the winner will be Robbie Brassfield from Bokoshe. However, we can't forget about â€śUncleâ€ť Clay Bennett. He's always on the water crappie fishing at Wister Lake.
The majority of the 2013 freshmen Poteau Pirates have played together for six years now, and they have had their share of hard knocks. Thursday night's season opener at Costner Stadium was played in two phases.
The McAlester Buffaloes easily stampeded the Pirates by the score of 21-0 in the first half, but the Pirates must have been been watching old game film and reading the press clipping of previous freshmen teams. Even though they could only score eight points, the Pirates held the ball for all but four plays. The final score was McAlester 21, Poteau 8.
BROKEN BOW â€” The Pansy Kidd Middle School football teams and Broken Bow's split their season openers Thursday night at Memorial Stadium.
The seventh-grade game went in favor of the Raiders, who won 12-8. However, the Savages took the eighth-grade game with a late surge 24-22 over the Raiders.
The Arkoma Mustangs rang up several big strikes at Mustang Field on Friday night, but eventually fell to the visiting Keota Lions 62-38.
Despite several penalties and miscues, Arkoma coach Mark Weatherton said, "It's hard to be really displeased. It wasn't like we lost to a bad team.
"They're big, physical and they've got a good running back. They're going to win a lot of games.â€ť
After a good-looking first quarter, the wheels fell off for the Bokoshe Tigers in their season opener on the road against the Oaks Warriors.
The Tigers fell to the Oaks Warriors 52-6.
POCOLA â€” Last season, the Pocola Indians opened the 2012 season with a one-point road win over Tulsa Regent Prep. That wasn't the case in the 2013 season opener Friday night at John Carter Field.
The visitors from Broken Arrow left town with a 23-20 victory as the Indians (0-1) were their own worst enemy, committing nine turnovers.
SPIRO â€” The Spiro Bulldogs opened the 2013 football season at McClain Stadium on Friday night entertaining one of last year's Class 2A state semifinalists, the Vian Wolverines. Vian proved to be too much, cruising a 32-14 victory.
NORMAN â€” Just as on Thursday, the Poteau Lady Pirates split their two games in the University of Oklahoma Tournament at Reaves Park. Poteau blanked Berryhill 7-0, but a seventh-inning rally by the Jenks Lady Trojans lifted them to a 6-3 win over the Lady Pirates.
Wister 6, Pocola 0; Wister 2, Buffalo Valley 0; Buffalo Valley 8, Pocola 2: In Wister, it was a good day for the Lady Wildcats.
Both wins for Wister saw outstanding pitching from starter Hunter Gibson, who struck out seven batters and threw a three-hitter against the Lady Indians.