TALIHINA â€” When one looks at all the Talihina High School basketball success, both boys and girls, one name is pretty much cemented there â€” Chris Gillespie.
Last season, his final at the coach of the Golden Tigers, Gillespie guided them to the Class 2A state title in the fourth of four straight trips to state â€” after a quarterfinal finish and two state runner-up finishes in the previous three trips. He also had success with the Lady Golden Tigers program.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. â€” Mike Anderson won't complain about wins, but the Arkansas coach is ready to see improved shooting from the Razorbacks.
Mardracus Wade led a balanced attack with 13 points and BJ Young added 12 to lift Arkansas (7-3) to a 71-57 win over Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday night. The Razorbacks shot just 32 percent, but they connected on 29-of-35 free throws.
Arkansas scored 25 points off 19 turnovers by Eastern Kentucky, which had a four-game winning streak snapped. Former Carl Albert State College Viking Jaron Jones led the Colonels (7-6) with 16 points, 11 in the second half.
Robert Oliver, 78, of Howe died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, ay his home. A family memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Howe Cemetery. Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener is handling arrangements.
Robert Stephen Butler, 67, of Kansas City, M., formerly of Panama, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 at his home. Robert was a Vietnam veteran. He retired after 31 years as a maintenance man for Georgia Pacific Box Co. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lori Bell Butler; four brothers, Benton Butler, Reuben Butler, Charles Butler and Bobby Butler.
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OKLAHOMA CITY â€” The 76th Annual Ramada All-College Basketball Classic was Saturday night at the newly renovated Chesapeake Energy Arena. The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University teams participated in this yearâ€™s event.
OU is off to a great start under first-year Coach Lon Kruger, and they continued their winning ways with a hard-fought 79-74 victory over the Houston Cougars in the opening game.
The Sooners (8-1) are off to their best start since the 2008-09 season. Krugerâ€™s team is playing great defense and getting balanced scoring from several players this season.
McALESTER â€” The Christmas Break did not begin on a high note for the Poteau High School basketball teams Saturday at Brumley Gym.
The Lady Pirates fought valiantly, but fell short in a 57-49 loss to the McAlester Lady Buffaloes.
The Buffaloes made it a sweep for the locals as they defeated the Pirates 50-40.
ROGERS, Ark. â€” The Poteau Youth Wrestling Club had several participants and several placers at last weekend's Rumble in Rogers.
Wyatt Snapp took home first place, while Bryce Edwards was runner-up.
Several athletes came in third place in the tournament â€” Jarrett Lilley, Ross Johnson, Jarrod Vineyard, Remington Reed, Gavin Morgan, Charles Graham, Kadin Repass and Drexton Brown.
Dakota James and Dax Collins were fourth.
Parker Killion, Race Williams, Caden Warren, Ethan Carey, Dalton Edwards, Drayden Brown and Bryson Terry also competed, but did not medal.
Coach Jim Henderson was a man who loved football, and all kinds of sporting events. He knew that I love trivia, and he was always asking me some form of trivia. One question he asked me was, â€śWhat was the name of General Ulysses S. Grant's horse?â€ť Everyone said, Cincinnati.
Henderson was an expert on boxing trivia, also. But the area in which he thrived was football trivia.
He asked me the question I had in my column last week â€” Can you name the state that has at least three colleges which have won national championships besides Florida?