October 26th, 2012
When the final three football games of the season were approaching, the Poteau Pirates knew that they had to go 3-0 to make the playoffs.
The Pirates took care of the first game, a 41-21 win over Muldrow on Oct. 18 at Costner Stadium.
â€śWe played real well,â€ť said Greg Werner, Poteau's first-year coach. â€śMuldrow is a team that's played a lot of people close. It felt good to get that one out of the way, and get back to our winning ways. Hopefully, we can get on a roll again. We're beat up, but we're ready to go.â€ť
If one visits the Pocola High School football fieldhouse, a clock is hanging on the wall which counts down the number of days, hours, minutes and seconds until the next Pocola-Panama football game. That clock will hit zero at 7:30 tonight when the two archrivals meet at Panama's George Ollie Stadium in a crucial District 2A-6 contest.
The Heavener Wolves football team is in the midst of a four-game losing streak since winning their District 3A-8 opener 47-17 over the Valliant Bulldogs on Sept. 21 at Harvey Stadium. Since then, the losing streak has seeemed to center around the oppposing teams making big plays against the Heavener defenesive unit.
With the Wolves (3-5 overall, 1-4 in district play) entertaining the Idabel Warriors (2-6, 1-4) at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Harvey Stadium for Senior Night, a win is just want the doctor ordered.
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.