March 5th, 2013
The Poteau Fire Department is battling a house fire in the 2800 block of Central Street.
The home was fully engulfed when crews arrived.
The homeowner was not at the home when the fire started but arrived as fire crews attempted to extinguish the blaze.
With the first full week of action on the diamond taking place this week, the majority of the LeFlore County baseball and slow-pitch softball teams will get their seasons started.
The next week's worth of games will be in the schedule at the end of this column.
Spring Sports Guide Coming Out March 23
STIGLER â€” The 2013 spring baseball season did not get started the way the Cameron Yellowjackets would have liked Friday afternoon. They lost 9-1 to the Stigler Panthers in their season opener.
Editor's note â€” Whitesboro's softball season opener Friday afternoon against Battiest was canceled. If an open date can be found, Whitesboro coach Kristi Branscum said the game will be rescheduled.
ALTUS â€” It was a rough Saturday afternoon for the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings softball team, which dropped a road doubleheader against Western Oklahoma State College.
The Lady Pioneers got an 8-0 run-ruled victory in five innings in the opener, then rallied late to take a 3-2 eight-inning victory in the nightcap.
The Lady Vikings will return to action this afternoon in a road doubleheader against Rose State College in Midwest City. Action is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
WILBURTON â€” It's hard not to think about deja vu right now if you happen to be the Talihina Golden Tigers basketball team.
Two years ago, the Golden Tigers beat the Preston Pirates to win the Class 2A Area Tournament at the McAlester Expo Center en route to making state for the fourth straight year and eventually capturing the gold ball â€” by beating Preston again.
One of the players on that team had the last name of Lockhart â€” with the first name of Taggart, who is now playing at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.
HARTSHORNE â€” Heavener High School's powerlifting team competed Saturday at the Class 3A Regional Meet.
The team was named regional champions and will compete in the Class 3A State Meet, which will take place Friday in McLoud.
The Poteau Pirates soccer team came in second at the Sykes Invitational, which took place Saturday in three different locations in Arkansas â€” Van Buren, Fort Smith Northside High School and Greenwood.
The Pirates beat Van Buren 4-0, lost 2-0 to Northside and routed Mena, Ark., 10-0.
The news was not as good for the Lady Pirates, who lost all three of their games on the day. Poteau lost 3-0 to Van Buren, 2-1 to Northside and 3-0 to Mena.
Benjamin Lawrence Montoya, 92, of Poteau died Sunday, March 3, 2013 in Poteau. Ben was born Feb. 6, 1921 in Colorado Springs, Colo., the seventh son of Thomas Daniel and Mary Louisa (Gutierrez) Montoya. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers. As an infant Ben moved to Ventura, Calif., where he attended grade school, high school and college. During WWII he worked in the CCC and in an airplane factory in Los Angeles. There he met and married Wilma Gardenia Sparks in 1945. To this marriage was born two children, Mary Amelia and Benjamin Lawrence Jr.
Bonnie Sparks, 82, of Talihina died Saturday, March 2, 2013, in McAlester.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Damon Cemetery under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.
Ida Marie Reed, 76, of Poteau died Friday, March 1, 2013, in Spiro.Â Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau, under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home.