January 22nd, 2013
WISTER â€” The Howe Lady Lions took the first step in successfully defending their LeFlore County Tournament title Monday night at the Wister High School gym. However, it wasnâ€™t easy.
The Lady Lions were able to keep the pesky Wister Lady Wildcats at bay to hang on for a 48-43 victory in the opening round of the 81st LeFlore County Tournament.
The Lady Lions played Spiro Tuesday night at this site in the championship quarterfinals.
The other opening-round winners on the day and night at this site were the Arkoma Lady Mustangs, the Heavener Wolves and Talihina Golden Tigers.
On Jan. 11, the Panama Razorbacks and the Cameron Yellowjackets went into double overtime before the Hogs edged the â€™Jackets 81-75.
The same two teams met in the 81st LeFlore County Tournament opening-round game Monday night at Poteau High Schoolâ€™s Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse. While the contest was another close one, it didnâ€™t have to go into extra periods to be decided.
Fortunately for the Razorbacks, they were able to get past the Yellowjackets once more, prevailing 56-53.
Two people were flown by medical helicopter to a Tulsa hospital after a house fire Monday night.
According to the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department, the fire happened on Stewart Loop near Spiro at approximately 8:30 p.m. Two people were injured, a woman and a man who were found lying on the ground outside the home unconscious.
According to emergency crews on the scene, the woman was seriously burned and is in critical condition. The man suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation.
Blood drives are scheduled at three locations in the coming weeks, according to the Oklahoma Blood Institute.
Carl Albert State College are inviting Poteau-area residents 16 years or older* to donate blood from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, or 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 1507 S. McKenna.
Arkoma High School will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at 100 Blocker.
Blood donors will receive a free T-shirt, health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable for merchandise in OBIâ€™s online store.
SALLISAW â€” Several local wrestlers placed in the Paul Post Tournament, which took place Friday and Saturday.
Poteauâ€™s Tyler Tustin won the tournament for the third straight year, claiming the 138-pound title. He also was named the tournamentâ€™s Most Oustanding Wrestler.
Poteauâ€™s Devin Anderson (120 pounds) and Derek Francis (170) were runners-up, both losing in the finals.
Poteauâ€™s Gabe Sanchez (195 pounds) and Daylon Brewton (heavyweight) won consolation titles, both winning their consolation finals match by pin.
TAHLEQUAH â€” The Poteau Pirates junior high wrestling team won the Tahlequah Tournament, which took place last weekend. The Pirates edged the Muskogee Roughers by a point to win the team title.
Bryson Terry, Race Williams, Ross Johnson, Sam Shore and Roderick Hornbuckle all went undefeated. Rae Hendrix and Conner Williams placed second, while Landon Daily finished third.
The Poteau Pirates and Lady Pirates had a great homecoming celebration as they won both ends of the doubleheader against Sallisaw on Friday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
The Pirates opened the night with a 61-44 rout of the Black Diamonds, then the Lady Pirates capped the evening with a 58-38 victory over the Lady Black Diamonds.
While I was gearing up this past weekend for the 81st LeFlore County Tournament, the state's longest-running basketball tournament, being the baseball fan I am, it was a sorrowful one for me in that regard.
Three legendary baseball figures died over the weekend.
Leading this list was Stan Musial, one of the greatest St. Louis Cardinals players to ever don the red and white. â€śStan the Man,â€ť as he was known, was one of my late father's favorite players â€” and not just because he was a Cardinals fan.
Betty Jo Stricklin, 75, of Poteau died Saturday, Jan. 19, in Poteau. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Trinity Baptist Church, Heavener. Burial wil be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Heavener, under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home.