Robert Swinford won his fourth Poteau Daily News Pigskin Picks Contest of the season last week. He went 6-4, but won the tie-breaker as he was closest to the Talihina-Cashion Class A state semifinal contest last weekend â which was won by Cashion 48-32. Swinford won $25 for his victory.
Swinford is in line for the grand prize at the end of this football season's contest, which will run until Super Bowl XLIX in February.
VAN BUREN, Ark. â The 2014-15 high school wrestling season could not have started off any better for the Poteau Pirates as they routed the Van Buren Pointers 64-18 with the youngest squad in school history that featured six freshmen in the starting line-up.
The Pirates won 11 of the 14 matches.
The Pirates will have their home opener at 7 p.m. Monday against the Quinton Savages at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse. The junior high team, which spent this weekend at the Cleveland Tournament, will have its dual with the Savages at 6 p.m.
McALESTER â The Whitesboro Bulldogs have a chance at bringing home a tournament championship trophy for the second straight weekend.
The âDogs edged the Coalgate Wildcats 47-45 in Thursdayâs opening-round game of the inaugural First National Bank Classic at the Southeast Expo Center.
The Bulldogs played Calera in Friday nightâs championship semifinals with the winner playing for the championship at 8 tonight. The loser will play for third place at 5 this afternoon.
LEFLORE â The week ended on a high note for the Leflore High School basketball teams Thursday night on Nadine Carpenter Court as they swept a pair of games from Indianola. The Lady Savages routed the Lady Warriors 59-19, while the Savages followed suit with an 80-34 romp.
The Spiro High School basketball teams will try to begin their first weekend of basketball season with championships Saturday night.
Both Spiro teams won their tournament openers, and in big ways. The Lady Bulldogs handled the Hartshorne Lady Miners 50-20, while the âDogs were too much for the Stigler Panthers as they prevailed 66-43.
CAMERON â The top two seeds, the Howe Lady Lions and the Arkoma Lady Mustangs, reached Saturday nightâs title game of the third annual Green Valley Conference Tournament with Thursday night semifinal victories at the Cameron Gym.
The Lady Lions clawed the Wister Lady Wildcats 75-30, while the Lady Mustangs stampeded past the Panama Lady Razorbacks 75-49. Howe and Arkoma will play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for the title, while Wister and Panama will battle for third place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
TALIHINA â It was a rough start for the LeFlore County teams that were in the 2014 Choctaw Nation Invitational Tournament, which is taking place on Chris Gillespie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium.
All of them lost on opening day Thursday, but all have a chance to win team plaques by the end of today.
Myrl Faye Christenberry, 82, of Bokoshe died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Spiro.
Myrl was born Nov. 24, 1932, in Shady Point to Elton and Ruth (Lloyd) Richardson. She was a homemaker. Myrl was a member of Victory Worship Center, Spiro. She was a loving grandma. She loved her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. She loved any sports the kids were in, especially Panama Razorbacks. She loved to crochet. Myrl was a member of a CB club and her handle was âSmokey.â
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Buck and Bill Richardson; and sister, Jackie Taylor.
John Newell Polzin, 53, of Panama, formerly of Eagle River, Alaska, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Fort Smith, Ark. Memorial services will be held at a later date in Alaska. Evans and Miller Funeral home in Poteau is handling arrangements.