October 4th, 2012
Last year, the Poteau Pirates football team suffered a heartbreaking 59-56 shootout loss on the road against the Fort Gibson Tigers. That taste of defeat did not sit well with current senior lineman Trevor Shankle.
The Poteau Pirates freshmen football team had its stiffest test, or so it was appearing to be, Tuesday night at Costner Stadium when the Vian Wolverines came to town. While the Wolverines were trying to hand this bunch their first-ever loss, the Pirates had other ideas.
Even with freshman, and current varsity, running back Roger Barcheers in street clothes on the sideline, the Pirates did not miss a beat as they routed the Wolverines 41-6.
Although the high school football playoffs will not start until Nov. 9, for all intents and purposes they have now started for the Arkoma Mustangs (1-4, 1-3 in District C-4).
â€śThe playoffs have started for us,â€ť said Mark Weatherton, Arkoma's coach. â€śWe need to win or we're probably done.â€ť
The Mustangs lost their third straight district game last Friday night at Mustang Field, falling 53-8 to Southwest Covenant.
The Heavener Wolves football team was in perhaps the best game from a fan's perspective so far this season. The Wolves ended up being in a shootout last Friday night on the road against the Roland Rangers, who ended up prevailing 40-32.
â€śOffensively, we played pretty well,â€ť said Carl Lee, Heavener's first-year coach. â€śDefensively, we struggled a bit at times in our secondary. From a fan's standpoint, it was an pretty exciting game. From a coach's standpoint, it was a game in which I was trying to not get a heart attack.â€ť
If ever there was a golden opportunity to get a victory during this 2012 football season, Friday night may be the night for the Panama Razorbacks.
The Hogs (0-5, 0-2 in District 2A-6) will travel to meet the Antlers Bearcats (0-5, 0-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
â€śWe don't want to overlook things, but we like our chances as compared to other weeks,â€ť said Brandon Ellis, Panama's second-year coach. â€śIt's a winnable game for us, if we do things right.â€ť
It took two hunts and three shots, but I drew first blood on the second day of archery season. The deer was not a trophy one, but it was to me because I took it with a bow.
On day one, Dan Carter and I headed out to our little hunting spot in the evening time to try out luck. Dan bowhunts out of a lawn chair, and he always sees and shoots at deer which is amazing to me. He had an encounter with a fawn on the first evening just before dark but did not get a shot off after a-10-minute standoff due to lack of daylight.
A city worker discovered several buildings at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex had been burglarized Friday morning.
According to Chief of Police Stephen Fruen, someone cut the lock off the main gate and to three storage buildings on the complex to gain entry. The thief then took several power tools costing the city approximately $1,000 to replace.
If you have any information about the identity of the person(s) responsible for the theft contact the Poteau Police Department at (918) 647-8620.
This year's downtown trick-or-treat event will have a new twist â€“ a free movie in the Pocket Park, according to Keri Powers, Poteau Main Street executive director.
The Halloween treating will run from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, with the movie, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," showing at 4:30 p.m., Powers said.
Children and families are invited to visit downtown businesses for treats during the annual event.
In the 2011 fast-pitch softball season, the Poteau Lady Pirates were the host team for a Class 4A Regional Tournament. They ended up losing in the championship round to see their season end. For almost a year, that feeling has not been forgotten by the Lady Pirates.
â€śIt gave us drive and want-to to not have it end like it did last year,â€ť senior right fielder Gabba Wilson said. â€śWe had run ruled them, then they beat us (in the regional title game) and that upset us. We're determined that it's not going to happen this year.â€ť