August 12th, 2014
POCOLA â€” The Heavener Lady Wolves got their 2014 fast-pitch softball season off and running with an 8-0 win over the Cameron Lady Yellowjackets in the Pocola Tournament on Monday.
The Lady Wolves met Wister, which blanked the Keota Lady Lions by the same 8-0 score on Monday, in the wininer's-bracket semifinals on Tuesday, with the winner playing in the winner's-bracket final at 7 p.m. Thursday.
LEFLORE â€” The 2014 fast-pitch softball season got underway Monday for the Leflore Lady Savages in fine fashion as they swept the Clayton Lady Bulldogs by scores of 12-0 and 6-0.
CAMERON â€” The 2014 fall baseball season got started on a down note for the Cameron Yellowjackets as they were swept by the Oktaha Tigers by scores of 15-12 and 9-7.
The Whitesboro Bulldogs also were to have opened their season in what was to have been a three-way but did not participate. The â€™Dogs opened the season Tuesday afternoon at home against Clayton in a battle of Bulldogs.
Editor's note: Nothing was reported on Howe's baseball game against Buffalo Valley by press time.
RonaldÂ Butler Gates, 67, ofÂ Poteau diedÂ Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at home.
Ronald was born June 3, 1947, in Miami, Okla., the son of Daniel John and Billie Leah Engleman Gates. He graduated from Savanna High School in the class of 1965.
He worked for the state of Oklahoma as an appeals judge for the employment office before transferring to Poteau where he worked as the office manager until his retirement in 2007.
Ronald married Nan Stanton Corder on May 20, 1980, in McAlester.
Joyce E. Mitchell, 66, of Poteau died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Fort Smith, Ark.
Joyce was born Nov. 16, 1947, in McCroy, Ark. to William Tobe Sr. and Georgia (Hoots) Holt. She was a postal clerk. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; sister-in-law, Vicki Holt; brothers, William Jr., Ed and James Holt. She was a longtime postal employee in Poteau. She was loved by many in the community for going above and beyond. She loved her children and grandchildren, traveling and the ocean. Joyce was a member of Hosanna Fellowship.
When your team doesn't score, it's going to be hard to win. That ill fate led to spoiling the 2014 fast-pitch softball season opener for the Poteau Lady Pirates on Monday afternoon.
Wister pitcher Hunter Gibson struck out 10 batters and retired 14 of the final 15 batters to end the game as the Lady Wildcats blanked the Lady Pirates 2-0 to get the 2014 season started for both teams.
Tickets still remain for the Poteau Piratesâ€™ football season opener in the Hootenâ€™s Kickoff Classic against Alma, Ark., at Fort Smith [Ark.] Northside High School at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4.
Tickets for adults and students cost $7 per person, while pre-schoolers will be admitted for free.
For those wishing to purchase tickets, call Poteau coach Greg Werner at (918) 839-4572 or come by the high school or football fieldhouse.
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2014 Poteau Bandit Football League and cheerleading registration is currently underway.
Forms may be picked up at Poteau City Hall. Cost is $35 per participant.