Billy â€śBillâ€ť Marion Jones, 74, of Poteau died Monday, Dec., 19, 2011 in Fort Smith, Ark. Bill was born Feb. 3, 1937, in Houston to Marion E. and Ruth (Spencer) Jones. Bill was a minister, pastor, missionary to Ivory Coast for 10 years, editor of â€śHeartbeatâ€ť missions magazine in Nashville, Tenn., President of Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in Moore for eight years, Director of Oklahoma Missions for two years, served on the Foreign Mission Board for 26 years, professor of Theology at the college and Senior Adult pastor Poteau FWB Church.
Silas Russell Bryant Jr., 79, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. He was born May 31, 1932, to Silas Russell, Sr. and Cleo (Stanley) Bryant in Tuskegee. Russell served in the U.S Navy during the Korean War.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Vicki Bryant, Kathleen McClain and Avious Benavidez; brothers, Dorford Bryant and Hershell Z. Bryant.
STILWELL â€” The Poteau High School basketball teams had a rough start to the weekend Friday night as they suffered losses to Stilwell.
The Pirates fell 47-41 to the Indians in overtime, while a late Lady Pirates saw the Lady Indians rally from being down double digits to claim a 64-45 come-from-behind victory.
WEATHERFORD â€” Poteau's Tyler Tustin won the 132-pound title at last weekend's Weatherford Tournament.
As a team, the Pirates were seventh.
Besides Tustin, five other Pirates placed in the two-day event. Devin Anderson was third at 113 pounds, Tanner Sanders (145 pounds) and Derek Francis (170) were fourth, Kyle Kingery was fifth at 160 pounds and Chevy Galetka was sixth at 182 pounds.
WILBURTON â€” Some hardware came home to Howe Saturday night.
The Howe Lady Lions handled the Hartshorne Lady Miners 51-30 to win the Wilburton Tournament Saturday night at the new Wilburton Gym after they got past the Wright City Lady Lumberjax 44-38 in Friday afternoon's championship semifinals.
The Lions also won a trophy as they defeated the host Wilburton Diggers 50-38 to win the third-place game to bounce back from Friday's 62-34 semifinal loss to the Okemah Panthers.
POCOLA â€” I guess it was only appropriate that fans of both the Heavener and Pocola high school basketball programs were left with something to cheer about to end the 2011 portion of their seasons.
The Lady Wolves rallied from a 12-point deficit to down the Lady Indians 54-52, but the Indians gained a split for Pocola in the doubleheader as they tamed the Wolves 66-40.
ARKOMA â€” The Arkoma Lady Mustangs entered Christmas Break in fine fashion as they routed the McCurtain Lady Bulldogs 66-42 Friday night at the Arkoma Gym.
The Arkoma Lady Mustangs junior high team also won, beating McCurtain 32-20.
Roland 63, Spiro 58: In Spiro, the Lady Rangers (5-1) jumped out to a 21-13 lead after one period, but the Lady Bulldogs (3-2) outscored them 32-25 over the next two quarters to cut the deficit to 46-45 going into the final period.
ARKOMA â€” The McCurtain Bulldogs spoiled the Arkoma Mustangs' hopes to win their second straight game to enter the Christmas Break as the â€™Dogs prevailed 53-40 Friday night at the Arkoma Gym.
Roland 77, Spiro 49: In Spiro, the Rangers (7-0) jumped out to a 27-13 lead after one period en route to a 48-20 halftime advantage.
Stigler 44, Talihina 42: In Stigler, the Golden Tigers (0-5) almost completed the comeback, but two chances to either tie or win the game in the final six seconds did not connect.
Former Carl Albert State College Vikings basketball player Jaron Jones, now playing at Eastern Kentucky University of the Ohio Valley Conference, will be coming pretty close to home tonight.
Jones and his Colonel teammates will play the Arkansas Razorbacks at 7 p.m. tonight at Barnhill Arena.
The Colonels are 7-5 overall, and Jones is a major reason why. He is leading his team in scoring, 13.3 points per game, is shooting 55.9 percent from the field, 42.1 percent from 3-point range and is hitting 74.5 percent of his free throws.
All of LeFlore County's spotlight will be centered on one location on this night.
For starters, the only games involving a county school take place tonight when the Talihina teams entertain Broken Bow at Ray Henson Gymnasium.
However, there will be more than just hoops taking place there tonight. In between games, former Talihina Boys Coach Chris Gillespie will be honored by having the court named in his honor.
When I went down a couple of weekends ago for the Choctaw Nation Tournament, I saw the ensignia on both sides of the court â€” it has his signature above the word â€śCourt.â€ť