April 23rd, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” James Hardenâ€™s return to Chesapeake Energy Arena for his first playoff game since being traded at the beginning of the season was, of course, received with a chorus of boos as he was introduced. Then the Oklahoma City Thunder crushed Harden and the Houston Rockets 120-91 in a game that really wasnâ€™t that close at the end.Â
The series resumes Wednesday nightÂ at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Game 2.
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CAMERON â€” The good news was the Cameron Yellowjackets baseball team, the host for the Class A District Tournament, made it to the title game. The bad news was the Yellowjackets ran into the Smithville Braves.
The Braves beat the â€™Jackets in back-to-back games, winning the district title with a 16-6 mercy-rule win Saturday afternoon after edging them 2-1 on Friday night. The season ended for the Yellowjackets at 9-15.
The other local team in the field, the Howe Lions, went 0-2 on Friday, falling 13-8 to Cameron then 12-2 to Smithville to end their season at 6-10.
STUART â€” The Cameron Lady Yellowjackets softball teamâ€™s season came to an end on Friday at the Class 2A District Tournament.
After the Lady â€™Jackets beat the Kiowa Cowgirls and former Panama player Lauren Smith 13-9, Cameron lost twice to the Stuart Lady Hornets by scores of 12-0 and 16-8 to finish the season at 6-13.
The 2013 soccer season ended on a bright note for the Poteau girls soccer team with a 2-1 victory over Porter Consolidated in a battle of Lady Pirates on Friday night in Porter.
This week, we'll be in full-fledged playoffs in high school baseball and slow-pitch softball.
Last week was a rough one on LeFlore County's baseball and softball teams. All of the Class A baseball teams â€” Arkoma, Cameron and Howe â€” and seven of the nine softball teams all have been eliminated. Only Leflore and Whitesboro boys and Wister girls claimed district titles last week to advance to this week's regional tournaments.
Class 4A, 3A and 2A baseball district tournaments and the regional tournaments for the Poteau and Wister girls will be this week. The complete schedule is listed below.
The Carl Albert State College baseball team started its busy stretch of games by splitting a four-game series over the weekend against Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa. The two teams split Sunday's doubleheader in Tonkawa, with the Vikings taking the nightcap 8-6 after losing the opener 7-1.
On Saturday at Ival Goodman Field, the two split a pair in the same fashion. Carl Albert won the second game 8-3 after losing the first contest 3-0 in eight innings.
Raymond Eugene Thompson Sr., 61, of Poteau died Monday, April 22, 2013, in Poteau.Â Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Greenhill Cemetery Pavilion, Cameron. Family visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.
FORT GIBSON â€” The Poteau Pirates baseball team had a good Friday at the rain-shortened Fort Gibson Tournament, beating Tulsa Victory Christian 11-4 and Bristow 3-2 in eight innings.
SPIRO â€” Spiro baseball coach Paul Croft notched his 200th coaching win on Saturday as his Bulldogs swept a pair of games from Jacksonville, Ark., winning 10-0 and 6-5.
In the opener, the Bulldogs scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings, then broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning for a 9-0 lead.
In the nightcap, the Bulldogs broke a 5-all tie with a run in the fifth inning.
WILBURTON â€” The Carl Albert State College softball team suffered a pair of Saturday road losses against archrival Eastern Oklahoma State College by scores of 6-5 in nine innings and 5-3.
The Lady Vikings were rained out of today's road twinbill in Shawnee against Seminole State. It has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday.
Seminole State and Carl Albert will play a twinbill here at 2 p.m. Friday. The Lady Vikings will entertain Connors State in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday.