October 25th, 2012
For five Poteau High School senior cross-country runners, Tyler White, Daniel Stacy, Nico Hall, Colleen Peterson and Shandee Staton, their careers will come to a close Saturday morning at the Class 4A State Meet. The girls race will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the boys race at 10:30 a.m.
In her father's eyes, Lauren Grace Ford of Hartford, Ark., has always been a star. Her father introduced Lauren to many sports from T-ball to basketball, which are just two ways Gary Ford found time to spend with his daughter.
Gary was always by her side, coaching her each step of the way, but the greens of the fairway and Lauren's love for golf brought this father-daughter duo even closer. As proud mom, Sharon Ford stood back and watched and cheered. Lauren ,with the help of her daddy, learned to dominate the course.
I would like to thank everyone who came out to the 2012 BalloonFest last weekend, and threw eggs at Alan Hensley and yours truly in our â€śegganatorâ€ť again this year. All the money raised went to the fourth-grade Poteau Bandit League football team. I would also like to thank Price Cutter for giving us a few eggs.
Nine-year-old Harley Jordan of Lequire and 50-year-old Cheryl Wineland of Panama were our top throwers this year. They both had strong arms with deadly accuracy. To say we got egg on our faces is an understatement.
When the Poteau Pirates snapped their two-game football losing streak last Thursday night at Costner Stadium with their 41-21 victory over former Poteau assistant coach Rob Johnson and his Muldrow Bulldogs, it kept the Pirates' postseason aspirations alive.
â€śIt was pretty big,â€ť senior defensive end Dylan Stone said about the victory. "We had lost over the previous couple of weeks. We needed that win real bad. It's gotten us up and ready for this week.â€ť
The Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings and Vikings basketball teams would like to invite everyone out to â€śVike Madnessâ€ť at 9 p.m. Thursday at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
This week's column will be dedicated to the youth hunters of our area. I will keep this very short so as many of the deer hunting photographs which I got can run, and everyone can get a chance to see many of the successful young hunters from the LeFlore County area. In fact, thanks to sports editor David Seeley, today's edition has two outdoor pages to help get as many deer hunt photographs in as possible, so be sure you get your hands on a copy.
So far, the Spiro Bulldogs football team continues its winning ways as Thursday night's 42-13 win over Valliant at McClain Stadium made its winning streak reach four games.
However, it's going to be a rough road for the Bulldogs (5-3 overall, 4-1 in District 3A-8) as they will travel to meet the Roland Rangers (6-2, 4-1) in a critical district football game at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The Talihina Golden Tigers football team has done everything in its power to get to the top of District A-6. However, the Golden Tigers (8-0 overall, 4-0 in district play) are getting ready to meet their two toughest district games of the season. The first of them is at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the road against the Savanna Bulldogs (7-1, 3-1).
The Arkoma Mustangs football team wants to end its home season on a positive note as the Mustangs will play their home finale against Southwest Christian Academy at 7 p.m. Friday at Mustang Field. The game time was moved up 30 minutes to help SCA get home faster since a lot of their athletes will take the ACT test Saturday morning at home in Norman.
The Mustangs (3-5) saw their two-game winning streak snapped Thursday night with a 64-18 loss to Thackerville, which is leading District C-4. The final score really did not indicate just how well offensively Arkoma played.