August 30th, 2012
The Heavener Wolves will begin two new football eras when they open their 2012 season at 7 p.m. Friday against Union Christian Academy at Ramsey Junior High School in Fort Smith, Ark.
First, the Wolves will be a Class 3A team. Secondly, they will begin the Carl Lee era as he will coach his first regular-season game as the new coach.
With all that, plus the start of the season in general, the Wolves are ready for Friday night's opener.
The good news is the Spiro Bulldogs are ready to get the 2012 season going.
â€śThey're anxious and getting fired up, more so than in the last few weeks,â€ť said Chris Bunch, Spiro's coach.
However, the â€™Dogs will have a tough opener as they will travel to meet Class 2A's top-ranked Vian Wolverines at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
â€śThey're rated No. 1 in their class and are picked to win state in their class,â€ť Bunch said. â€śWe're the underdogs, and our kids are going to have to step up to the challenge.â€ť
The Talihina Golden Tigers football team wants to put an end to a five-game losing streak, which covered Weeks 6 through 10 of last season. They will get that chance at 7:30 p.m. Friday as they travel to meet the Wilburton Diggers.
â€śWe're reloaded and we're ready to go,â€ť said Kelly Gravitt, Talihina's coach. â€śWe've had two pretty good practices, and we're just looking to round things out with a good practice (on Wednesday). The kids have a good feeling, and we're ready to go.â€ť
Donâ€™t forget about Oklahoma's annual Free Hunting Days this weekend, Saturday and Sunday. Resident hunters do not need to possess an annual hunting license or HIP permit while hunting on these days.
The free days fall on the first two days of dove season that runs Sept. 1-Oct. 31, statewide, followed by another nine-day period open from Dec. 22-30, statewide. In addition to dove hunting, squirrel season also is open on these days.
Edgar Wood, 87, of Talihina died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Talihina. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Talihina Nazarene Church. Burial will be in Cupco Cemetery under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.
Helen Marie Falconer of Keota, 83, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, in Spiro.
She was born July 28, 1929, in McCurtain, to William and Florence (Brown) Hatley. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, William and Florence Hatley, and 12 siblings.Â
She is survived by her husband, Perry Falconer of the home, two sons, Donnie Joe Falconer and wife, Rose, of White Settlement, Texas, and Millard David and wife, Avis, of Hope, Ark.; one brother, Delbert Hatley of Sayer; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Rev. James Robert â€śBobâ€ť Bullock, 80, of Lawton, formerly of Poteau, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Lawton.
Vivian Lorene Duboise, 94, of Shady Point died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, in Shady Point.
As I was approached by our sports editor, David Seeley, to write a feature story about the Poteau High School freshman team, I was at first not sure that I wanted to tackle the story. After all, the sports adages say that you do not talk to a pitcher when he has a no hitter going or you do not talk to a batter who has a hitting streak in process.
You see, this freshmen football class has been playing together since they were members of the Bandit, traveling team, seventh-eighth grade football teams, and to this point in time they have never lost a game when they have played together.
The Poteau Lady Pirates had to basically play two games, but they finally outlasted last year's Class 2A state champions in their home game on Tuesday.
Gabba Wilson's one-out, RBI single in the bottom of the 14th inning scored Shelby Standridge, who got a double with one out, to defeat the Panama Lady Razorbacks 1-0 in a game which lasted almost 3.5 hours.