May 22nd, 2013
For 10 days, the Poteau Pirates football team has gone through spring drills. The Pirates will cap off the 10-day period with Thursday night's Red-White Spring Game at 6:30 p.m. at Costner Stadium.
â€śThings have gone well,â€ť said first-year Poteau coach Greg Werner. â€śWe scrimmaged Monday, and we kind of saw where we're at. [Tuesday] we didn't get to get outside because of the weather, but we were inside watching film. We got outside [Wednesday]. As with any year, we're behind where I thought we'd be behind, but we're ahead in other areas. So, it's all about getting things on the same page.â€ť
I have seen here lately on Facebook the Throw Back Thursday, where someone will post an old picture from the past. Well, I am doing it Wister style this week.
While picking up something to drink at Wister Food Market, I bumped into my high school history teacher, Richard Baldwin. We had a nice visit, and it brought back several memories, which gave me the idea for my column this week.
Emergency crews worked to free injured people from the wreckage of a five car accident Wednesday morning. Four people were injured, one critical. Tulsa Life Flight landed their helicopter on scene to take the driver of an SUV to a Tulsa hospital to be treated for multiple injuries. Traffic was diverted from the accident scene for about an hour as crews worked to clear the wreckage.
The accident was investigated by Oklahoma Highway Patrol. LeFlore County EMS, Poteau Fire and Rescue, Poteau Police and the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department responded to the accident.
Governor Mary Fallin today announced that a memorial and prayer service will be held this Sunday, May 26, at the First Baptist Church in Moore, Oklahoma. The service will honor and remember the victims of the May 20 tornado that killed 24 people in Moore and the May 19 tornado that killed 2 in Shawnee. It is open to the public.
â€śThe people of Oklahoma are resilient,â€ť said Governor Fallin. â€śThe grief we are experiencing right now is indescribable. But we have seen tragedy before, and we have recovered and emerged as stronger people and a stronger state.
At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, traffic on Oklahoma Highway 112 is being diverted as emergency workers respond to a five-vehicle accident with injuries.
The accident occurred on the Poteau River Bridge.
Both northbound and southbound vehicles are being stopped and rerouted.
Lifeflight and LeFlore County EMS crews are responding, along with local law enforcement and the Oklahoma Highway patrol.
The number of injured was not known immediately, but witnesses indicated the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
Mother Nature's wrath is being felt once more this spring.
Besides the devastating tornado which hit Moore on Monday, all the rain which came through Monday and Tuesday has totally washed out the 2013 Southeastern Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association North All-Star tryouts and subsequent all-star game slated for tonight at McAlester's Mike Deak Field.
The first annual Carl Albert State College/Poteau High School Softball Camp will be from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday and Friday at the Poteau High School softball field.
The camp was to have started today, but due to Monday and Tuesday rain showers, the field was unfit to have the camp begin today.
Cost is $40 per camper. If a family has more than one child, it will be $35 a child, and a group discount of $35 a child for teams that send at least five or more off a team.
Five lucky local high school baseball players received good news on Tuesday that they were named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-Region 6 Baseball Team.
Poteauâ€™s Jay Werner and Blake Johnson made the Large East Team, while Wister duo Tyler Gibson and Colby Turnipseed along with Talihinaâ€™s Trevor Crone made the Small East.
All five are in line to be selected to the 2013 All-State East teams, which will be made known at a later date.
Panama â€” Buddy Rothermel.
Sallisaw-Central â€” Caleb Callahan, Wyatt Dodd.
Muldrow â€” Dawson Floyd, Thaddeaus Jackson, Michael Victory.
Roland â€” Brooks Robertson.
Eufaula â€” Forrest Paden.
McAlester â€” Troy Meadows.
Oktaha â€” Caleb Shoemake.
Warner â€” Cody Coffman, Tim Smithson.
Coach â€” Jason Edwards, Warner.
Whitesboro â€” Quintin Ludlow.
Wister â€” Colby Turnipseed.
Red Oak â€” Devan Crose, Dylan Fazekas.
Smithville â€” Justin Kirt, Tanner Hudson.
Antlers â€” Caleb Smith.
Broken Bow â€” Quinton Maness, Hunter Neal.
Colbert â€” Cade Carter.