January 30th, 2012
Thanks to her unique talent, Poteau teen Alyssa Kramer has become an internet celebrity.
Alyssa can repeat any word spoken to her backwards in under three seconds.
A video of Alyssa demonstrating her talent was posted to YouTube this summer and has since received nearly 400,000 views.
Sources close to Alyssa and her family say that Alyssa will appear on NBC's Today Show on Wednesday morning.
Alyssa's original video and a host of responses can be found on YouTube.
While the games were closer than in December when the Poteau High School basketball teams played McAlester at Brumley Gym, unfortunately for the Pirates and Lady Pirates the outcomes were the same Thursday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
The Pirates suffered a 60-58 loss to the Buffaloes, while the night began with the Lady Buffaloes beating the Lady Pirates 56-49.
LEFLORE â€” The Leflore Savages gave their coach, Todd Hackler, a nice birthday present Thursday night with a 49-12 win over the Bokoshe Tigers at the Leflore Gym.
Cameron 57, Gans 45: In Gans, in a game rescheduled from Nov. 18, 2011, due to the Grizzlies being in the Class B football playoffs, the Yellowjackets rallied from a 15-14 first-quarter deficit to get the come-from-behind win. The â€™Jackets outscored the Grizzlies 13-8 in the second quarter to take a 27-23 halftime lead. In the second half, Cameron outscored Gans 30-22 to preserve the road victory.
LEFLORE â€” Thanks to a strong third period, the Bokoshe Lady Tigers were able to keep the Leflore Lady Savages at bay to post a 40-30 win Thursday night at the Leflore Gym.
Arkoma 54, McCurtain 34: In McCurtain, the Lady Mustangs led pretty much from start to finish, jumping out to an 18-11 lead after one period.
Thanks to a four-point lead at halftime and clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch, the Northern Oklahoma College-Enid Jets pulled away from the Carl Albert State College Vikings for a 77-66 Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference win Thursday night at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
Behind 24 points each from Ashlyn Briegge and Marisha Wallace, the 10th-ranked NOC-Enid Lady Jets came away with the 72-54 OCAC win over the Carl Albert Lady Vikings in the first game of the night.
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2012 Poteau High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Categories include: football, boys and girls basketball, baseball, fast-pitch and slow-pitch softball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls track, boys and girls golf, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls all-around athlete, wrestling, coaching and support and service.
The deadline to submit nominations is March 30.
For additional information or to submit a nomination, call (918) 839-0394.
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Four LeFlore County high school football players were honored by being named to the Three Rivers Oklahoma Football Team by â€śVypeâ€ť magazine.
Spiro's K.J. Booze made the first team defense as a defensive back, while three Poteau Pirates â€” Wilson Klutts (punting), Jace Pitchford (wide receiver) and Jesse Woodson (defensive back) â€” made the second team.
Juanita â€śJipâ€ť Tormey, 80, of Pocola died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. Service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at Christian Grove Free Will Baptist Church in Pocola. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home, Pocola.
Eva Caldwell Kirk, 98, formerly of Poteau, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at Carolina House, Morehead City, N.C. Born on May 24, 1913, she was a daughter of the late John Edward and Fannie Bone Caldwell.