January 10th, 2012
CUSHING â€” Poteau Pirate wrestler Tyler Tustin placed third at 132 pounds at this past weekend's Cushing Tournament, in what second-year Poteau Coach Chris Barbee called â€śthe toughest tournament in the state.â€ť
â€śHere's how tough it was at this weight (132 pounds),â€ť Barbee said. â€śThere were three state champions, Tyler, one from Class 5A and one from Class 3A. There were nine state placers and four state qualifiers. He wrestled really well, but he had one bad match and lost in the semifinals to the kid from Comanche. As a whole, he wrestled pretty good.â€ť
LONE GROVE â€” The Talihina Lady Golden Tigers suffered through foul trouble and the loss of injured player Tara Hawkins as they lost 47-33 to the Washington Lady Warriors in the title game of the Longhorn Invitational Tournament Saturday night at the Gary Scott Center.
The Lady Golden Tigers (8-2) won their championship semifinal game 37-34 over the Healdton Lady Bulldogs Friday night.
McALESTER â€” Five Talihina Golden Tiger wrestlers placed in this past weekend's McAlester Tournament.
Derek Lester was fourth at 106 pounds, while Andrew Young (160), Brian Collins (182), Dylan Chancellor (195) and Jed Martin (heavyweight) all placed among the top six.
â€śI'm very pleased with their performance this weekend,â€ť Talihina Coach Jon Bradberry said.
As a team, the Golden Tigers scored 50 points.
Other competitors for Talihina were Jacob Balzanna, Triston Blemmel and Bryan Young â€” all of whom won matches over the weekend, but did not place.
As host teams of the 2012 LeFlore County Junior High Tournament, the Pansy Kidd Middle School basketball teams had the desire to sweep the titles â€” and they did just that.
The Raiders got past the Wister Wildcats 39-32 in the boys championship game Saturday night at Carl Albert State College's Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
That came on the heels of the Lady Raiders' 28-23 upset win over the Howe Lady Lions in the girls' title game.
It was a happy homecoming of sorts for the Poteau High School basketball teams Friday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse. The Pirates made the Wolves walk the plank as they won 55-28.
However, the visiting Lady Wolves spoiled homecoming for the Lady Pirates as they rallied for a 46-45 victory.
The first of two LeFlore County Basketball Tournaments ended its weeklong run Saturday night with the Pansy Kidd Middle School teams sweeping the titles. Congratulations to the Raiders and Lady Raiders.
After an â€śoffâ€ť week (if you want to call it that as it will be filled with high school and Carl Albert State College basketball as well as high school wrestling), the 2012 LeFlore County Tournament will begin Monday at three sites â€” host Bokoshe, Heavener and Spiro, with the latter site the host for the finals.
HOWE â€” The Pocola Indians withstood a third-quarter rally by the Howe junior varsity to post a 54-45 win Friday night at the Howe Gym.
Arkoma 56, Bokoshe 18: In Arkoma, the Mustangs (2-8) jumped out to a 12-3 lead after one period and never looked back.
Cameron 66, Keota 39: In Cameron, the Yellowjackets (10-2) jumped out to a 19-10 lead after the first quarter, then stretched the advantages to 34-18 at halftime and 56-29 entering the final period.
ARKOMA â€” The Arkoma Lady Mustangs got a season sweep of the Bokoshe Lady Tigers with a 65-42 victory Friday night at the Arkoma Gym.
Howe JV 34, Pocola 27: In Howe, the Lady Lion junior varsity, which played instead of the varsity due to the two games the Lady Lions played in the Panama Holiday Festival, rallied from a 9-6 deficit after one period to get the come-from-behind victory.
Panama 42, Haileyville 30: In Haileyville, the Lady Razorbacks (3-5) jumped out to a 16-0 lead after one period and never looked back as they had as much as a 22-point lead in the second quarter.
Two strong halves on the offensive end proved to be the difference for the Carl Albert State College Vikings in a 78-58 win over Whiteman Air Force Base Saturday night in the New Year's Classic in West Plains, Mo.
In the first game for the Vikings of the second semester, they lost 76-47 on Friday evening to the host West Plains.
Esta Alice â€śShortyâ€ť Pipkins, 95, of Pocola died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark. Shorty was born June 21, 1916, in Pocola to John Eric and Gaitha (Tucker) Gregory.Â She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.Â She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Andy; two sisters; two brothers; and two grandsons.Â