February 6th, 2013
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.
HEAVENER â€” The Heavener Wolves enjoyed back-to-back, five-win seasons in 2011 and 2012. Two stalwarts of that football team, running back Blake Smittle and lineman Aaron Turner, will get the chance to showcase their talents on the next level.
The Heavener duo signed football letters of intent with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in a ceremony witnessed by the student body, coaches and administrators in the school cafeteria.
The 2013 softball season for the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday at home in a doubleheader against Paris, Texas.
In late January, David Holt, Carl Albert State College softball coach, signed Poteauâ€™s Brenna Vise to play for his Lady Vikings. Add four more local players to that fold.
Holt signed Viseâ€™s teammate, Kaylee Kingrey, and Wisterâ€™s Bryanna Warren on Tuesday morning. On the same day Vise signed, Holt signed Spiroâ€™s Kaylee Cox and Braylin Gray.
â€śIt shows how well LeFlore County softball is going,â€ť he said. â€śI think we got some quality players and quality kids. We thought we were going to get two more girls, but we didnâ€™t get them. So, there was even more than what we were expecting to get.â€ť
The 2013 baseball season will begin at 12:30 this afternoon for the Carl Albert State College Vikings with a doubleheader against the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark.
â€śWe like our team,â€ť said Mark Pollard, who is entering his 31st year as coach of the Vikings and who got his 900th coaching victory last season. â€śThis club wonâ€™t be intimidated because we have enough veterans, and better talent level, to compete. Weâ€™re excited. This club has a chance. The potential is there. We won 37 games last year. This club has a chance for more wins, and pitch better, than that club did.â€ť
QUINTON â€” The Leflore Savages basketball team will enter the Class B playoffs on a two-game winning streak.
Leflore defeated Quinton 49-33 Monday night in a battle of Savages to end the regular season.
RED OAK â€” It was a rough night for Howe High School basketball teams Monday night at C.C. Gillespie Fieldhouse as they both suffered losses to host Red Oak.
The Eagles soared over the Lions 58-35, while the Lady Eagles used a strong second half to fly past the Lady Lions 57-38.
There is a saying that the only time that a team needs to be ahead is when all the time has expired off the clock. That is just what the Roland Lady Rangers did against the Poteau Lady Pirates on Friday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
After trailing for all but two seconds of the game, Roland's Sydney Walters hit one of two free throws to give the Lady Rangers their only lead to escape with a 46-45 win to make their winning streak reach 16 games.
The top-ranked Rangers had little problems with the Pirates, winning 74-47.