Two LeFlore County basketball teams claimed hardware at the 2013 Rock Island Conference Shootout last weekend.
The Whitesboro Lady Bulldogs claimed third place after downing the Kinta Lady Eagles 44-30 Saturday afternoon in Wilburton. The Lady Bulldogs lost their championship semifinal 68-24 to the Red Oak Lady Eagles Friday night in Buffalo Valley.
Glenda Yvonne (Lowe) Collins, 67, of Heavener died Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at First Assembly of God in Heavener. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home.
Margaret Ann Hamner, 70, of Poteau died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Poteau. She was born Feb. 21, 1942, at Bengal to George and Dorothy (Cogburn) Cannon. She was a homemaker
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Delbert Cannon and Benny Cannon.
Jay P. Shelton, 89, of Shady Point died Dec. 23, 2012, in Pocola. Jay was born March 13, 1923, in Shady Point to Noah and Lula (Winters) Shelton. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Jay was a brick mason. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Ilene Shelton; thee sisters, Doris Marie Adams, Marvaline Duck, Rosa Lee Killion; and four brothers, L.B., Million â€śMitt,â€ť Donald and Jackie Dale Shelton.
Survivors include Ronald Dean and Doris Shelton of Shady Point; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.
American author Horace Greeley coined the phrase, â€śGo west, young man!â€ť as westward expansion was taking place in the 1860s in the United States. A Poteau senior softball right fielder will head west to play at the next level.
Poteauâ€™s Gabba Wilson signed a letter of intent to play at Western Oklahoma State College in Altus in a ceremony Tuesday morning at the high school.
WISTER â€” Wister Wildcats baseball pitcher Tyler Gibson has been part of one of the best high school baseball programs in the state. Now, heâ€™s hoping to be part of another one at the college level.
The Wister senior signed a letter of intent with Seminole State College on Tuesday afternoon at the high school gym.
I watched the LeFlore County Junior High Basketball Tournament last week. Sometimes it was boring, and sometimes it was exciting.
Looking at those puppies, one can see that within a couple of years they will mature both physically and athletically.
Overall, I think the biggest story of the tournament would be the rebirth of basketball at Monroe. I believe the key has to be that the Eagles and the Lady Eagles have bought into the Casey Hemphill way of doing things, and they are learning to fly all over again. The Lady Eagles played for third place, while the Eagles played for fifth place.
BROKEN BOW â€” The Poteau Lady Pirates made it a 2-0 weekend as they posted a come-from-behind 51-48 win over the Broken Bow Lady Savages on Saturday.
Trailing 27-16 at halftime, the Lady Pirates outscored the Lady Savages 25-5 in the third quarter to take a 41-32 lead into the final period.
Bokoshe 57, Wister 35: Friday night in Bokoshe, the Lady Tigers jumped out to a 12-4 lead after a period to take control of the game.
A two day trial ended Tuesday afternoon when the jury returned a guilty verdict against John Thomas Akin for robbery.
Akin was found guilty of entering the El Soliceto store in Heavener in April 2012 and robbing the clerk at gun point.
The jury deliberated for less than 30 minutes before returning it's verdict. The jury suggested a life sentence.
Assistant District Attorney Margaret Nicholson prosecuted the case. Akin was defended by Poteau attorney Doug Schmuck.
Akin will be sentenced at a later date.
BROKEN BOW â€” Just after getting a thrilling road win against the Heavener Wolves on Friday night, the road was unkind to the Poteau Pirates on Saturday as they lost 62-58 to the Broken Bow Savages.
The Pirates fell behind 17-16 after one period, and trailed 32-27 at halftime.
Trailing 44-34 after three periods, the Pirated did outscore the Savages 24-18 in the final quarter, but the rally fell short.
Panama 81, Cameron 75, 2 OT: Friday night in Panama, the Razorbacks got homecoming off on the right foot, and did so in dramatic fashion.