March 1st, 2013
We're back! My favorite time of the year has arrived as the spring baseball and slow-pitch softball seasons will begin today for a few teams and most everyone else next week.
For those new to the area, this column runs usually every Tuesday morning with the ins and outs, ups and downs, what's upcoming, the weekly schedules in both sports and Pitchers and Hitters of the Week in each sport â€” by the way, coaches, you may nominate players for those honors is you wish.
It has been a while since I last wrote, and the sports world just keeps a rolling.
The Poteau boys and girls had a tough weeked in the Class 4A Regional Tournament in Fort Gibson as their seasons ended sooner than hoped.
The Poteau Pirates wrestling team finished ninth in the Class 4A State Tournament. Two-time defending state champion Tyler Tustin had a chance to three-peat, but he lost by two points in the finals.
The Carl Albert State College Vikings returned to the friendly confines of Ival Goodman Field on Wednesday afternoon and took a pair of games from the University of the Ozarks junior varsity.
The Vikings took the opener 8-1, then defeated the visitors 13-1 in a five-inning, run-rule contest.
The Vikings will return to action Saturday as they hit the road for 1 p.m. doubleheader against Seminole State College.
BARTLESVILLE â€” The Poteau Spirit Center had several gymnasts compete in Sunday's Superstar Invitational.
All four Silver Excel athletes placed in the top 15 in all-around. In the age 10-11 division, Michaela Wolf was eighth, Shyanne Hutchison was 10th and Keegan Hudlow was 14th. Cheyenne Wilbourn was third in all-around in the age 6-9 division.
In Level 4, Holly Bowman was fourth, Anniston Baker was seventh, Skylee Maynard was ninth and Allison Blagg was 11th in all all-around.
Level 1 and 3 gymnasts get ribbons for participating.
In 2005, Danny â€śThe Doctor ofâ€ť Love and Joe Gregory invited me to come to The Downtown Cafe in Heavener to have coffee with them at 5 a.m. I went and sat at a big, round table with Raymond â€śThe Mayor of Hodgenâ€ť Ellis, Dick Roberts, Donnie â€śKillerâ€ť Killion, Joey Yandell, Lonnie â€śLonzoâ€ť Renick and George â€śThe Senior Statesmanâ€ť Bailey.
Now, I was the youngest, and I talked way to much for the older Mr. Bailey. I also accidentally parked in his spot, and sat in his chair. I was quickly asked to move or he would do it for me.
Jan Adam Will, 72, of Poteau died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in Poteau. Jan was born April 12, 1940, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Gustive and Olive Loretta (Smith) Will. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Jan was a plastics engineer. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Poteau. Jan was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.
Louise Wann, 93, of Wister died Feb. 22, 2013, in Barling, Ark. Louise was born Feb. 22, 1920, in Jackson, Miss., to Ervin and Willie Sue (Cain) Woodall. She was a grocery clerk and also worked in child care. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Granville, Wann; granddaughter, JoAnn Metzger; brother, R.Q. Woodall; sisters, Ruby Seaborn and Helen Burt. She was the last charter member of the Bethel Baptist Church.
Erica Ladd Duke of Spiro was born Feb. 5, 1987, in Poteau to Eric and Debbie (Queener) Ladd. She died Feb. 25, 2013, in Spiro. She was 26.
More than half a year of investigation into drug trafficking has resulted in the arrest of Octavio Gutierrez, 25, of Poteau.
Gutierrez has been charged with multiple drug charges after agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, District 16 Drug Task Force and Poteau Police Department served a warrant for his arrest at 112 Teakwood.
Agents report that on multiple occasions, Gutierrez facilitated the sale of large quantities of methamphetamines to undercover agents.
If convicted, Gutierrez could face life in prison.
A career-high 21 points from Myeisha Williams wasn't enough for the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings in their 72-64 loss to the Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa Lady Mavericks in the first game of Tuesday night's doubleheader at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
A strong 40-18 second half proved to be the difference for the 12th-ranked NOC-Tonkawa Mavericks in their 68-38 win over the Carl Albert State College Vikings in the second game.