May 15th, 2012
Billy Jack Smith Jr., 50, Poteau, died Monday, May 14, 2012, in Poteau.
When Poteau High School athletic director Jerry Johnston really made known the opening for the head coaching job with the Poteau Pirates football team, he knew it was late in the game as far as trying to get someone hired and a chance to meet the players. The wait is now over.
Broken Bow's Greg Werner was hired to be the new Poteau football coach at Monday night's meeting of the Poteau Public Schools Board of Education.
Werner met Monday afternoon with the Pirate players, and met the Poteau Quarterback Club members and fans at the booster club's meeting that night.
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” When this run of five straight baseball state tournament appearances began in the spring of 2010 for the Wister Wildcats, that season's 2010 Class 2A State Tournament and the fall 2010 Class A State Tournament, the Wildcats suffered losses to the same team â€” the Silo Rebels. The same ill fate happened to the â€™Cats this past weekend.
The Rebels used a six-run fourth inning, then held off Wister potential rallies, to down the Wildcats 7-5 in the Class 2A State Tournament semifinals on a chilly, drizzly Friday night at Dolese Park.
LeFlore County had two baseball teams â€” the Wister Wildcats (Class 2A) and the Spiro Bulldogs (Class 3A) â€” represent us at this past weekend's state tournaments. The bad news was that either, or both, could not come home with the state championship trophy.
The â€™Cats got beat by Silo in Friday night's state semifinals, while the â€™Dogs suffered a state-quarterfinal loss to Verdigris Thursday night.
BARTLESVILLE â€” The Carl Albert State Vikings lost their second and final game Friday night at the NJCAA Region II Tournament. The Murray State College Aggies beat the Vikings 14-4 at Doenges Ballpark.
The season ended for the Vikings at 37-21.
The Eastern Oklahoma Riverdawgs Major American Legion baseball team will have tryouts at 5 p.m. this afternoon at Cameron.
Players who are between the ages of 16 and 19 are eligible to try out.
Players who are age 19 who try out cannot turn age 20 before Jan. 1, and all players must live within a 50-mile radius of Spiro.
For those who try out, there will be a fee to pay to play.
For additional information, call Dave Oliver at (918) 413-1667 or Robert Walden at (918) 649-5316.
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Anna Mae Smedley, 48, of Howe died Friday, May 12, 2012, in Tulsa. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m.. Saturday, May 17, at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, with Rev. Jim Cook officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.
Wendall L. Washington, 53, of Hodgen, died Saturday, May 12, 2012, in Poteau.
Wendall was born Sept. 18, 1958, in Lawton to Everett and Charlene Washington. A longtime area resident, he loved hunting and fishing and was a graduate of Heavener High School. He worked in the Parks Department for the City of Poteau. His father preceded him in death.
Elton Edward Thompson, 86, of Poteau died Saturday, May 12, 2012, in Poteau.