September 6th, 2012
When Broken Bow's Greg Werner was hired as the new Poteau Pirates' football coach, not only was there a transition for him, but also for his senior tight end son, Jay.
While there was skepticism at first, Jay has learned to embrace being a Poteau Pirate.
â€śAt first it was tough because I thought to myself, 'What in the world, going to one of our own rivals in our district,'â€ť Jay said. â€śAs time progressed, it's gone a lot smoother than I thought it would be. It's definitely been a bigger change. I've definitely enjoyed it â€” so far.â€ť
Things could not have started any better for the Heavener Wolves football team than what happened in Friday night's 35-0 season-opening win on the road over Union Christian Academy in Fort Smith, Ark.
â€śThe kids came out and played hard,â€ť said Carl Lee, Heavener's new coach. â€śWe have some areas in which we need to make corrections. It was a good confidence builder, and it was good to get things started on the right foot.â€ť
Now, the Wolves (1-0) will try to get their home season off the same way when they entertain the Hartshorne Miners at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Harvey Stadium.
The good news for the Panama Razorbacks in last week's season-opening game against the Gore Pirates at George Ollie Stadium was they were in a position they had rarely been in recently â€” ahead. However, the not-so-good news was that in the end they fell short in a 35-19 loss to the Pirates.
PANAMA â€” The Henryetta Lady Knights softball team made the 90-minute drive to LeFlore County Tuesday afternoon, and ended up having a good return trip home that night.
The Lady Knights, ranked second in the Class 3A Poll, took two wins from LeFlore County teams, beating Poteau 6-1 and host Panama 3-2.
SPIRO â€” The Spiro Lady Bulldogs defeated the Heavener Lady Wolves 8-3 on Senior Day Tuesday afternoon as three Spiro seniors â€” Kaylee Cox, Braylin Gray and Katie Gentry â€” played their last regular-season game on their home field.
Howe 17, Gans 9: In Howe, the Lady Lions got their first win of the season. Trailing 7-0 after two innings, the Lady Lions got the deficit cut to 9-8 after four innings.
Then, Howe took control with a five-run fifth inning and a four-run sixth inning to get the run-rule victory.
WHITESBORO â€” The Cameron Yellowjackets defeated the Whitesboro Bulldogs 7-4 in the first game of Tuesday's three-way. However, the â€™Jackets were defeated 9-4 by the Smithville Braves, who then run ruled the Bulldogs 18-4.
Leflore 15, Braggs 0: In Leflore, the Savages jumped out to a 2-0 lead after an inning and never looked back.
Howe 15, Kinta 4; Kiowa 10, Howe 2: In Kinta, the Lions split their games in Tuesday's three-way.
Last weekend was free hunting days in Oklahoma. I was hoping to have my email inbox full of pictures of some doves, but I didnâ€™t get any. If you were out in the field harvesting some of those birds, send me some pictures. My readers would love to see them.
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I got to do a little fishing last week with my son, Koby, and Scotty Gibson near Wister. We caught several bass with the biggest being about three pounds. Even though I reeled in the big one, Scotty Gibson had one hooked up that broke his line that may have topped mine.
The jury trial of James Haskin, 61, of Monroe, was rescheduled Wednesday morning following his attorney's argument they were unable to provide adequate defense without a complete trial transcript from previous proceedings.
District Judge Jon Sullivan ruled to continue the trial until October giving the defense team time to prepare after they receive the transcript.
Sullivan told Haskin's attorneys he was of the understanding the transcript had been completed and delivered.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health is reporting record cases of West Nile Virus in Oklahoma.
According to a press release from the OSDH, the total number of reported cases of WNV has jumped to 118, the highest number of cases ever recorded in a single year in Oklahoma. The OSDH also reports that at least seven deaths attributed to WNV have been recorded.