February 24th, 2012
ROLAND â€” There will be at least one more game for the Poteau Pirates basketball team.
The Pirates staved off elimination with as 45-36 win over the Checotah Wildcats in the Class 4A Regional Tournament Thursday afternoon.
The Pirates (10-15) will play Broken Bow at 8 p.m. tonight in the consolation semifinals in Sallisaw. The winner of tonight's game will play for the consolation championship â€” and a trip to next week's Class 4A Area Tournament in Muskogee â€” at 3 p.m. Saturday, also in Sallisaw.
HEAVENER â€” The Class 3A basketball playoff runs for the Heavener High School teams ended Thursday afternoon on their home court.
The Atoka Lady Wampus Cats eliminated the Lady Wolves 47-44, while the Cats then beat the Wolves 56-52 to end their season in the Class 3A Regional Tournament at the Heavener Gym.
The Lady Wolves end the season at 8-17, while the Wolves finish the year at 9-15.
Carl Albert State Collegeâ€™s newly formed Viking Golf Club is preparing for their first match in March.
The club began last semester when a group of students approached Hank Austin about the possibility of a golf club at CASC. According to Austin, who is the sponsor of the club, he made a proposal to the college and then to Choctaw Country Clubâ€™s Board of Directors. Choctaw Country Club has agreed to be the home course, and has generously offered a deal for CASC student golfers to play at the course.
By Jody Adams
Today, I just want to take the time to remember a gentleman who is one of a kind.
James Houston â€śHootâ€ť Jackson was born July 1, 1940 and went on to be with the Lord on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012.
He was the last great cowboy of his generation, and he told his stories with such enthusiasm.
â€śHoot,â€ť you will be dearly missed, and I was proud to call you my friend.
Easy, easy partner â€” rest in peace, â€śHooterâ€ť!
Tonight is the 93rd annual Poteau Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet. In addition to the banquet, the chamber will also be celebrating it's 100th year of operation. With more than 650 guests attending, this year's banquet promises to be the grandest yet for the Poteau chamber.
The event is being held in the newly completed Don W. Reynolds Center in Poteau and will see the presentation of the Man and Woman of the Year awards. There will also be a silent and live auction and the highly anticipated Ms. Centennial pageant.
For the 17 LeFlore County high school basketball teams remaining in the postseason parade, their playoffs resume today and tonight in regional and area tournaments.
In the Class 4A Regional Tournament at Roland, the Poteau Pirates will play Checotah at 3 p.m., and must win three games in three days to advance to next week's area tournament at Muskogee. The Poteau-Checotah winner will face the Stilwell-Broken Bow loser at 8 p.m. Friday in Sallisaw, with that victor playing for the consolation championship â€” and a trip to the Class 4A Area Tournament â€” at 3 p.m. Saturday in Sallisaw.
Last season, the Class of 2012, who were then juniors, saw its high school basketball season end at the Class 4A Regional Tournament. Now as seniors, they want to make sure that doesn't happen again.
â€śHopefully, we can get a win,â€ť said senior forward Marshall Jones, whose Pirates will play Checotah at 3 p.m. this afternoon at the Class 4A Regional Tournament in Roland. â€śI don't want (this afternoon's) game to be my last game. I really want to get our of regionals. I'm looking forward to this weekend.â€ť
Last season as a sophomore, Poteau High School wrestler Tyler Tustin became only the second Pirate to win a state title â€” joining his cousin, Jerry Collins (husband of current Lady Pirate softball coach Misty Collins), as state champions on the mat.
Beginning Friday, Tustin will begin competing at the Class 4A State Tournament at Oklahoma City's State Fair Arena with a chance at repeating.