May 1st, 2013
When the Poteau Pirates baseball team had Senior Night on April 16 for its three seniors, outfielder Blake Johnson, infielder/pitcher Jay Werner and utility player Ryan Johnston, they knew that they would be home for last weekâs Class 4A District Tournament against Roland.
Although it was almost assured the Pirates would be home for this weekâs Class 4A Regional Tournament at Town Creek Park, it became official on Monday from the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association. That made the Pirates happy campers.
We're now down to four high school baseball teams left on the diamond â Poteau (Class 4A), Spiro (Class 3A), Talihina (Class 2A) and Wister (Class 2A), all of which are in regional tournaments this week for the right to qualify for the Elite 8 that is otherwise known as the state tournament.
Poteau and Spiro were named regional hosts, with the Class 4A Regional Tournament for Poteau beginning today at Town Creek Park. The Class 3A Regional will begin Thursday in Spiro.
As for Class 2A regional tournaments, Talihina will be in Crowder and Wister will be in Ketchum near Grand Lake.
SEMINOLE â The Poteau Pirates golf team is heading back to state. The Pirates were third at Mondayâs Class 4A Regional Tournament at Jimmie Austin Golf Course.
The Pirates had a first-round score of 323, then shaved eight strokes off over the second 18 holes to finish the 36-hole event with a 638.
Ada, the favorite to win state next week, had a 297-296â593 to win the regional title.
LUTHER â Two local high school track athletes won championships at the Class 2A Regional Meet, which took place Saturday.
Howeâs Savannah Smallwood won the shot put (35-8) and was regional runner-up in the discus (92-1.5), while Talihinaâs Keisha Brown won the long jump (14-9.25).
While Brown will be Talihinaâs lone representative at the next weekendâs state meet at Midwest City Carl Albert High Schoolâs Titan Stadium, the Lady Lions will have several state qualifiers performing at state.
STROUD â Spiroâs Philicea Mack, who was the lone Lady Bulldog participant at Saturdayâs Class 3A Regional Meet, qualified for next weekendâs state meet at Ardmore High Schoolâs Noble Stadium by winning the regional title in the shot put with a distance of 35-10.5.
Editor's note: To see the rest of the story and results, check out Tuesday's edition or Tuesday's e-edition.
MADILL â It was a banner day for the Heavener High School track teams at Saturdayâs Class 3A Regional Meet at Alumni Stadium.
Two Lady Wolves won regional titles to automatically qualify for next weekendâs state meet at Ardmore High Schoolâs Noble Stadium.
Jodie Hill won two regional titles â the 100-meter (12.65 seconds) and the 200-meter dash (26.61). She was also regional runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles (16.6).
Laura Jo Allen was regional champion in the discus (115-2) to automatically punch her ticket to state.
Congratulations to the Poteau Pirates baseball team for winning the Class 4A District Tournament against the Roland Rangers.
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Contrary to the individual who does the announcing for the Poteau High School soccer home games, the name of our stadium is Elbert Costner Stadium not Peter Conser Stadium.
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Class 4Aâs top-ranked Poteau Pirates soccer team will face the Verdigris Cardinals in the opening round of the state playoffs at 6 tonight at Costner Stadium, with the winner meeting the Stilwell-Oologah winner on Friday night.
Last spring was a magical one for the Poteau Lady Pirates golf team as it won the Class 4A State Tournament and Hannah Ward won the individual state championship.
âIt really sunk in about the time it happened,â said Poteau senior golfer Cathleen Manlove. âIt was just exciting and overwhelming. It was one of those experiences that you never forget.â
Ever since last spring, Manlove has tried to make herself even better than she was a season ago.
Half of the four LeFlore County high school baseball teams remaining were named regional hosts for this week's regional tournaments, which will begin Thursday.
The Poteau Pirates will have more home games at Town Creek Park as they were named the host team for the Class 4A Regional Tournament, welcoming Broken Bow, Byng and Muldrow.
The Poteau Pirates will face the Savages at 11 a.m. Wednesday, followed by the Bulldogs and the Byng Pirates at 1 p.m. The winners will play at 3 p.m. in the winner's-bracket final, while the losers will play in an elimination game at 5 p.m.
TUPELO â It was a quick stay for the Whitesboro Bulldogs baseball team at the Class B Regional Tournament on Thursday.
The Bulldogs lost 11-3 to eventual regional champion Moss, then fell 15-5 to see their season end at 14-13.
Editor's note: Look for a story about Leflore's Class B Regional Tournament in Red Oak in a later edition. Also, this week's Diamond Notes Column will appear in Wednesday's edition.