November 2nd, 2012
POCOLA â€” Last week's football game had to be a very frustrating one for the Pocola Indians. For starters, they lost to their archrivals, the Panama Razorbacks 20-14, then lost any chance of a possibility of a second-place finish â€” and a home playoff game â€” with the defeat. Adding to heartache is the fact that Rick Lang, Pocola's coach, believes his team actually outplayed Panama.
November 1 wasn't a great day to be in the newspaper business â€¦ in Poteau anyway.
Due to a variety of malfunctions the Nov. 2 newspaper didn't get printed until incredibly late. Quite a few of the papers have messed up page numbers due to a mechanical failure in the printing press. We ended up having to run some the papers in two sections and some of the pages got renumbered, or had the numbers removed in the process. All the news is there. The main problem is that the stories jumping from page one jump to page 8 instead of page 16 in many of the newspapers.
The Howe High School basketball teams will welcome the Smithville squads to the Howe Gym tonight for the season openers. The girls game will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys contest at approximately 8 p.m.
The Lady Lions were 27-3 last season, and lost in the Class 2A Area Tournament consolation finals to Amber-Pocasset to miss out on a trip to state.
The good news is they return many players from that team, but the not-so-good news is that all the starters from the 2011-12 team graduated. Thus, youth will be served, especially early on, for the Lady Lions.
The Poteau City League championship games, a.k.a. â€śThe Bandit Bowl,â€ť will take place beginning at noon at Costner Stadium. The third-fourth grade game will begin at noon, followed by the fifth-sixth grade contest at approximately 1:30 p.m.
The third-fourth grade Bandit Bowl will pit the Bombers against the Bears. The Bombers edged the Cowboys 6-0 in overtime last week, while the Bears outlasted the Panthers 26-19 as they broke a 19-all tie with a score with 44 seconds left.
Bobby Joe Oliver, 72, of Wister died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Wister. Bobby was born Oct. 7, 1940, in Victor to James Tillman and Lorene Mildred (Hicks) Oliver. He was a member of the community his entire life. He had a large family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Pat Green, Carolyn Akers, and Janice Nix; daughter, Phyllis Agee; and great-granddaughter, Rylee Mills.
Jeannette Lorene Woodruff, 66, of Wister died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Wister. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Wister Church of the Nazarene. Burial will be in Ellis Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home, Heavener.
Joan Marrow, 72, of Fanshawe, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Talihina. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Heart of the Hills Baptist Church in Summerfield. Burial will be in Fanshawe cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home, Heavener.
John Clifton Goines, 53, ofÂ McCurtain died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in McCurtain.Â No services are scheduled at this time.Â Arrangements are under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.
Neal Clark, 74, of Spiro, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Services will he held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Old Bokoshe Cemetery. Family will visit with friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday.
Last Friday night, the Poteau Pirates were trying to keep their football playoff hopes alive with a road win against the Broken Bow Savages. While that didn't happen, the Pirates likely got a moral victory despite losing 23-15 to the Savages, and had to do so with a back-up quarterback.
Poteau starting quarterback Jace Pitchford suffered a game-ending knee injury, so senior Blake Johnson had to take over running the offense.