September 9th, 2011
A Pocola woman who
claimed to have been
injured while on school
property levied a lawsuit
against the Pocola School
District asking for
$125,000 in damages.
According to the petition
filed in the civil case,
Gena Hayes alleged that
on April 14, 2010 she was
at the Pocola Elementary
School to enroll her granddaughter
Kindergarten. While at
the school she was walking
on black mats that
Pocola School personnel
had used to form a sidewalk
when she stepped in ice
cream and fell. The petition
alleges that in the fall
Hayes suffered serious
Poteau High School Art Teacher Ms. Hopper and PHS Art Club members paint
storefront windows to decorate for this weekend's Sportsman Festival on Dewey
Avenue in downtown Poteau.
HOWE â€” Thursday afternoon's games in the fourth annual Howe Wood Bat Tournament at Lions Field saw one local team win and the host team lose.
The Whitesboro Bulldogs defeated the McCurtain Bulldogs 7-1 to advance to Saturday afternoon's winner's-bracket semifinal.
But the host team, the Howe Lions, fell 10-4 to the Clayton Bulldogs, which also advanced to Saturday afternoon's winner's-bracket semfinals.
Thursday night's late games had Cameron playing Smithville and Leflore meeting Wister.
HOWE â€” The Howe Lady Lions had no problems with the visiting Battiest Lady Panthers as they run ruled them 12-1 in four innings Tuesday afternoon.
Panola 15, Whitesboro 9; Panola 13, Whitesboro 1: Tuesday in Whitesboro, the Lady Bulldogs dropped to 1-8 on the season after losing both games of the doubleheader.
McCurtain 15, Howe 12; McCurtain 16, Howe 9: Friday in Howe, the Lady Bulldogs took a pair of games from the Lady Lions, whose game Thursday at home against Spiro was canceled due to water problems â€” and it will not be rescheduled.
The Poteau Pirates football team will get one last shot at the Idabel Warriors â€” as the two teams will not meet after this season â€” at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Idabel. Although the Pirates (1-0) can go to 2-0 with a win, just to end the series on a high note is important to Poteau Coach Jeff Broyles.
The Arkoma Mustangs are already ahead of their football pace of a season ago. Last Friday night, they avenged last season's opening loss to the Keota Lions, winning this season's opener 34-20.
â€śEveryone wants to get the season started with a win, and that's what we did,â€ť Arkoma Coach Mark Weatherton said.
The bad news is that the Mustangs (1-0) have only one non-district game to begin the season. Tonight, they will begin the District C-4 season with a 7:30 p.m. contest at home against the Prue Rockets.
The Heavener Wolves lost their season opener 34-6 to Savanna on the road last week.
Tonight, they will play their first 2011 home football game at Harvey Stadium as they welcome the Sallisaw-Central Tigers to town. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Wolves (0-1) hope the home-field advantage will be just the thing they need.
â€śWe're glad to be home,â€ť Heavener Coach John Thompson. â€śIt's good having the home crowd, and just more people here. We're looking forward to it.â€ť
The Brandon Ellis Era for Panama High School football did not start the way all Razorback fans would have liked, losing 44-6 to Spiro Sept. 1 at McClain Stadium.
Tonight, however, the Hogs (0-1) hope home-field advantage will help as they welcome the Roland Rangers to town for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at George Ollie Stadium.
â€śIt's always good to play at home,â€ť said Ellis, who is in his first season after coaching at Gore. â€śIt's going be a big home opener for us. We anticipate a big crowd. We had a great crowd at Spiro. Playing at home is a lot better atmosphere.â€ť
Pocola Football Coach Rick Lang was hoping to continue his Indians' winning streak, which started during Week 8 of last season. The Indians came through with a 43-14 rout of Tulsa Regent Prep last Friday night at John Carter Field to win their fourth straight game dating back to the final three weeks of the regular season in 2010.
â€śWe had a good outing,â€ť Lang said. â€śI love to start with a win. We didn't know what to expect. They're an upstart program. They'll be much improved next year. Our kids came out and did what we expected to do. We executed our plays.â€ť
The Bokoshe Tigers football team will try to get new coach Tyler Massey his first win tonight. If it happens, it will be at a very opportune time for the Tigers.
Bokoshe will open District C-4 play tonight against the Midway Chargers at 7:30 p.m. in Council Hill.
The winner of tonight's game will be in a multiple-team tie for first place, along with the winners of tonight's Prue-Arkoma game and Claremore Christian-Maud game â€” the other two District C-4 contests.