May 7th, 2013
The public is invited to join the 2013 Trail of Tears Walk is scheduled for May 18 at Skullyville Cemetery outside the city limits of Spiro, according to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Participants are asked to come early and park at the Choctaw Community Center and ride a shuttle bus to the starting point of the walk.
Drivers will begin taking passengers to the cemetery at 9 a.m.â€¨The walk will begin at 10 a.m.
Lunch will be served to all who participate.
Walk T-shirts may be ordered online at www.choctawnation.com. For more information, call (800) 522-6170 Ext. 2162.
Heavener American Legion Post 188 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8403 will hosting the Kids Fishing Derby on 18 May 2013 at the City Park Pond.
The Derby will be a catch, weigh and release event to promote conservation.
Competition categories will be age 5 and under, 6 to 10 and 11 to 15.
First through third prizes will be awarded in each category by weight, with a grand prize for overall best weight. The derby will run from 9 a.m. through noon with free hotdogs and chips served from noon to 1 p.m. while results are tallied.
When the Poteau Pirates soccer team beat the Oologah Mustangs 6-2 in Friday nightâ€™s Class 4A state quarterfinals, it meant not only return to the state semifinals, but their state semifinal contest will take place at 7 tonight at Costner Stadium against the Bethany Bronchos.
OOLOGAH â€” The past two trips the Poteau Pirates soccer team made to Oologah, both resulted in victories â€” but both wins came by a single goal, and both victories came late in the second half.
In Friday nightâ€™s Class 4A state quarterfinal game, the Pirates came out with focus and resolve and bridled the Mustangs.
The Pirates scored eight minutes into the game and never pulled back on the reins as they won by the score of 6-2. to put the top-ranked Pirates (14-1) into the state semifinals against the Bethany Bronchos at 7 tonight at Costner Stadium.
The Poteau soccer teamâ€™s domination of Oologah in the Class 4A state quarterfinals has set the Pirates up for perhaps the biggest sporting event in Poteau High School sports history â€” playing a state semifinal game at Costner Stadium. I believe, that unless one of the 1950s football teams played a semifinal game in Poteau, that this will be a first.
In my tenure as statistician and writer in covering the Poteau Pirates football team, it played in semifinal games at Seminole, Putnam City, Tulsa Union and Choctaw twice.
The Pirates are going to the Class 4A State Tournament. Unfortunately, those Pirates hail from Pontotoc County.
Byng's Pirates used a pair of five-run innings to down Poteau 10-0 in a five-inning, mercy-rule game in the winner-take-all game of the Class 4A Regional Tournament on Monday afternoon at Town Creek Park.
Poteau ends the season at 29-9, but did set the record for wins in a season despite losing Monday's regional final.
SPIRO â€” The Bulldogs are back, back at state that is.
The Spiro Bulldogs earned their second straight trip to the Class 3A State Tournament by holding off the Stigler Panthers 5-4 to win the regional tournament on a chilly, rainy Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs (26-6) will play in the Class 3A State Tournament later this week.
CROWDER â€” The 2013 high school baseball season came to an end for the Talihina Golden Tigers on Friday night with a 5-0 loss to the Tushka Tigers in the Class 2A Regional Tournament finals.
The Golden Tigers, who won Friday's regional consolation finals 10-0 over host Crowder, end the season at 17-12.
Betty Gillson, 99, formerly of Poteau died Monday, April 27, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark.Â A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at First United Methodist Church in Poteau under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home.
The Poteau Lady Pirates just completed playing in the Class 4A State Tournament. Now, it's the boys' turn.
The Poteau Pirates will play in the Class 4A State Tournament on Monday and Tuesday at Lake Hefner South Golf Course in Oklahoma City. The Pirates will play two rounds on Monday for a total of 36 holes, then play the final 18 holes on Tuesday.
However, the Pirates won't be the only area boys hitting the state-tournament links next week.