February 7th, 2013
Welcome to a special playoff edition of Cage Notes. I decided to add an extra column in Friday's edition so I could share some of my thoughts about some of our Class A and B basketball teams that will begin their postseason parades Friday night in district tournaments. I have the complete postseason schedule for this weekend listed below.
Class A and B District Tournaments Schedule
Class A District Tournaments
Panola vs. Cameron, 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Arkoma girls vs. Keota, 6:30 p.m.
Arkoma boys vs. Gans, 8 p.m.
Class B District Tournaments
Last weekend was He-Man Punt, Pass and Kick Competition Weekend at the Jody Ray Sports Complex.
The seventh annual Junior He-Man PPK took place Saturday, with six lucky individuals placing. In the L'il He-Man Division for ages 6 to 8, Zayden â€śDowntownâ€ť Dennis won with 57 points and earned $100. Brett â€śThe Hitmanâ€ť Hoffman was second with 38 points and earned $75. Dallas â€śRomoâ€ť Roberts â€” this year's Most Improved Athlete winner â€” came in third with 24 points and pocketed $50. Caston â€śThe Dog Whispererâ€ť Qualls won the Got-a-Man Down Award.
We have got to that time of the year again. Wister athletes are selling buggy tickets again to raise money to buy shoes among other baseball items for the upcoming season.
This year, we are giving away a Massimo 500 4x4 gas-powered buggy from TCS in Sallisaw. We will give away lots of other prizes, including six guns, several meals and a night away from the kids.
SPIRO â€” The Poteau Lady Pirates rebounded from Friday nightâ€™s tough home loss to the Roland Lady Rangers by posting a 41-33 road victory over the Spiro Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday night at the Spiro High School Multi-Purpose Center.
In a rematch of the last two LeFlore County Tournament boys title games, the host Bulldogs withstood a late charge by the Poteau Pirates to earn a 57-47 victory.
HOWE â€” After graduation hit the Howe Lady Lions hard, not many prognosticators were planning on much from them this season. The Lady Lions said not so fast.
While they may have been dethroned as county champions, they did win the regular-season title of the Green Valley Conference with a 71-26 rout of the McCurtain Lady Bulldogs.
Howeâ€™s win, coupled with Panamaâ€™s 61-50 loss to Arkoma, gave the outright conference title to the Lady Lions.
Howe jumped to a 24-9 lead after a period and never looked back.
WISTER â€” Friday night, the Wister Wildcats had to go overtime to nip the Howe Lions by a point. The â€™Cats did not need overtime Tuesday night, but still had another nailbiting win as they downed the Cameron Yellowjackets 57-53.
The Wildcats jumped to a 19-8 lead after a period en route to a 30-21 halftime advantage.
In the second half, the â€™Jackets outscored the â€™Cats 32-27, but the first-quarter deficit was too much to overcome.
Howe 54, McCurtain 46: In Howe, the Lions led 12-11 after a period, but built their advantage to 24-15 at halftime.
A strong effort on both ends of the floor in the second half proved to be the difference for the Murray State College Aggies in their 71-55 win over the Carl Albert State College Vikings in the second game of Monday night's action at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
It was much the same in the opening game as the Murray State Lady Aggies handled the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings 82-51.
With the resurgence of Poteau High School football last season, it should not come as a surprise that a couple of seniors from the winning campaign for the Pirates punched their tickets to the next level.
Tight end/deep snapper Jay Werner and lineman Trevor Shankle signed letters of intent on National Signing Day in a ceremony Wednesday morning at the high school. Werner signed with Northeastern Oklahoma State University in Tahlequah, while Shankle inked with Fort Hays State University, located in Hays, Kan.