May 3rd, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” With the loss of Russell Westbrook after Game 2, the Oklahoma City Thunder has struggled in the past two games, especially in key moments.
In Game 5 Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, the Thunder was looking for more consistency from its defense, and a chance to close the series up. Houston's 3-point percentage has steadily gone up through the first four games, and was at 44 percent in Game 4 on Monday night in Houston.
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” Mother Nature's wrath was felt big time at Lake Hefner South Golf Course, the site of the Class 4A State Girls Golf Tournament.
Due to inclement weather, which featured sleet, the final round of the tournament was postponed on Thursday, thus turning the tournament into a one-day event that took place Wednesday afternoon.
The Lady Pirates, who were the defending state champions, ended up as state runners-up with a score of 360, finishing one shot behind state champion Hilldale (359).
HEAVENER â€” Heavener High School senior track athletes Laura Jo Allen and Aaron Turner will graduate later this month, but before they do they will have one more athletic event.
The Heavener senior track duo qualified for the Class 3A State Meet, which will take place Friday and Saturday at Ardmore High Schoolâ€™s Noble Stadium.
Both athletes are glad to get one more shot at performing at the state meet.
Class 3A State Meet
Discus â€” Aaron Turner, Heavener.
Shot Put â€” Aaron Turner, Heavener.
100 â€” Jodie Hill, Heavener.
200 â€” Jodie Hill, Heavener.
100 Hurdles â€” Jodie Hill, Heavener.
Discus â€” Laura Jo Allen, Heavener; Lexi Moody, Heavener.
Shot Put â€” Lexi Moody, Heavener; Philicea Mack, Spiro.
High Jump â€” Malory Lynch, Heavener.
Class 2A State Meet
At MWC Carl Albert High School
Discus â€” Savannah Smallwood, Howe.
Shot Put â€” Savannah Smallwood, Howe.
Long Jump â€” Keisha Brown, Talihina.
Three former LeFlore County high school softball players, Poteauâ€™s Katie Pierce, Whitesboroâ€™s Kelsey Branscum and Talihinaâ€™s Hali Humphreys, have been blessed that they have had two seasons to play at home, so to speak, in their two years as Carl Albert Lady Vikings.
The Lady Vikings will begin postseason play Friday afternoon in the Region II Tournament at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City with a 1 p.m. contest against Western Oklahoma State College.
Well, turkey season is in full swing, and I have a few more pictures of some successful hunters. I hope a few more will send me pictures and stories soon.
I fought off an illness all last week which even caused me to miss work one day, but I got to feeling a bit better by Saturday. Dan and Danny Carter joined me at my lease in Clayton for a camping trip to do some hunting.
Also joining the fun were Butch Parks, Carl Milligan and Brad Wells from up around Oklahoma City. My wife has been hounding me for several years to get her another turkey, and I finally got on the scoreboard.
At least for baseball in Poteau, the winner was Mother Nature.
Thursday's rain canceled the Class 4A Regional Tournament at Town Creek Park as well as the Carl Albert State College Vikings home regular-season finale against Redlands Community College at Ival Goodman Field.
The regional tournament will resume Friday, with the host Pirates meeting Broken Bow in the loser's bracket final at 2 p.m., with the winner meeting Byng at 4 p.m. for the regional title. If a second title game is needed, it will be at 1 p.m. Saturday.
If you look at the two teams in Tuesday nightâ€™s Class 4A playoff game at Costner Stadium between the Poteau Pirates and the Verdigris Cardinals, it would be a classic mismatch. Coming into the game, the Pirates had scored 86 goals and have only allowed six goals. Verdigris scored 42 goals and allowed 15 goals.
However, the Cardinals were running on adrenaline until midway through the second half. Class 4Aâ€™s top-ranked Pirates scored 10 minutes into the final half, and then held off the Cardinals for a 3-2 win.
RED OAK â€” The Leflore Savages baseball team got to within a win of playing for a regional championship on Friday at the Class B Regional Tournament, but it was not to be.
The Savages lost 13-3 to the Stuart Hornets in the loserâ€™s bracket finals on Friday. Leflore split its two games last Thursday on the opening day of the regional â€” losing 14-0 to Red Oak but defeating Webbers Falls 12-5.
The Savages ended the season at 12-10.
WARNER â€” The adage that says, â€śClose only counts in horseshoes,â€ť was so true for the Carl Albert State College baseball team in Tuesday night's road game against Connors State College.
The Vikings cut the deficit to a single run in the eighth inning of the nine-inning contest, only to see the Cowboys score three runs in the eighth to prevail 10-7.
The Vikings will play their final home doubleheader this season at 1 this afternoon at Ival Goodman Field against Redlands Community College before the two play another twinbill at 1 p.m. Saturday in El Reno.