May 8th, 2012
HEAVENER â€” The Poteau Pirates soccer team finds itself somewhere it had hoped to be at this time last year â€” the Class 4A state semifinals.
The Pirates avenged a 3-2 double-overtime loss to Heavener by doubling the Wolves 4-2 in the state quarterfinals Friday night at Harvey Stadium.
The Pirates (10-5) will play in the Class 4A state semifinals at 6 p.m. tonight on the road against Oklahoma City Mount St. Mary, which defeated Oklahoma City Southeast 2-0 in another state quarterfinal game Friday night.
The perfect season aspirations for the Wolves (11-1) came to a halt with the loss.
WISTER â€” The Wister Wildcats baseball team is in a very familiar spot â€” playing once more for a regional championship, and a trip to next week's Class 2A State Tournament.
The â€™Cats, however, did not have an easy path to Friday's regional title game by any means. Wister had to stage two comebacks to get two victories in the opening day of the Class 2A Regional Tournament on Thursday.
Wister had to rally from a 1-1 tie to down the Hartshorne Miners 3-1 in the winner's-bracket final, which came on the heels of a 4-1 deficit rally to defeat the Haworth Lions 9-4.
EUFAULA â€” The Spiro Bulldogs are in the same place they were at this time one year ago â€” the Class 3A Regional Tournament title game.
However, unlike last year, the â€™Dogs are in the driver's seat.
The Bulldogs went 2-0 on opening-day games on Thursday, doubling the host Eufaula Ironheads 12-6 after beating the Morris Eagles 9-5.
The Eagles staved off elimination Thursday night by knocking off the Valliant Bulldogs.
EL RENO â€” The Carl Albert State College baseball team split a road doubleheader Thursday afternoon with Redlands Community College. The Vikings won the nightcap 10-8 after losing the opener 9-6.
The same two teams will play a 1 p.m. doubleheader this afternoon at Ival Goodman Field in the home regular-season finale for the Vikings.
The next couple of months are going to be special for Poteau Pirate senior golfer Trey Wells. First, he wants to do well in his final Class 4A State Tournament, which will take place Monday and Tuesday at Oklahoma City's Lake Hefner North Golf Course.
â€śI just want to play well,â€ť Wells said. â€śI want to help our golf team do really good. I'm looking forward to it.â€ť
This will mark the second straight spring in which Wells has played at state. He said that is going to be very helpful come next week.
Last spring, then Cameron High School freshman Kody Whitehead missed out on a trip to the Class 2A State Tournament. Now the Cameron sophomore will get his shot at a state title.
Whitehead was the third-place medalist at the Class 2A Regional Tournament Monday afternoon at Aarowhead Resort Golf Course to earn a spot in next week's state tournament, which will take place Monday and Tuesday at Sugar Creek Canyon Golf Course near Hinton.
The Yellowjacket golfer had a pretty good feeling he was going to knock the door down to state this spring.
HEAVENER â€” While the Heavener Lady Wolves soccer team did not make the playoffs, there were still a lot of positives from which to build in preparation for the 2013 season.
For starters, the win-loss record was better, 3-5 overall and 2-4 in District 4A-6.
â€śWe made a lot of progress,â€ť senior goaltender Courtney Smith said. â€śWe won more games than we did in the past three years I've been here. It was an honor to work with all these girls, and to come out with some wins â€” including a district win. We have really come far. I had a blast. I love soccer so much.â€ť