April 17th, 2012
April is National Autism Awareness Month-an opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.â€¨
â€¨According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence in autism has risen to one in every 88 births in the US today. The Autism Society states that approximately 1.5 million Americans are currently living with the effects of the autism spectrum disorder.â€¨
LeFlore County isn't any different than any other part of the U.S. and there are a number of families who deal with the autism spectrum on a daily basis.
Editor's Note â€” Due to an error, next week's OK Kids Poteau League Schedule was not printed in today's physical edition. The Poteau Daily News regrets any inconvenience this caused.
Spiro L'il Giants vs. Spiro Dirtbags; Poteau Bombers vs. Heavener Hurricanes; Spiro Reds vs. Heavener Titans; Pocola Mudcats vs. Panama Sooners; Wister Wildcats vs. Spiro Diamondbacks; Heavener Thunder vs. Poteau Drillers.
Once again, the Poteau Lady Pirates claimed their fourth straight LeFlore County Slow-Pitch Tournament title, but it didn't come easy.
The Lady Pirates had to hold off a late rally by the Heavener Lady Wolves to win 8-6 in the championship contest Thursday night at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex.
It was the second win Poteau got on the final day as the Lady Pirates downed the Lady Wolves 9-5 in the winner's-bracket final.
Most Valuable Player â€” Natalee King, Poteau.
Poteau â€” Briley Benson, Shelby Standridge.
Heavener â€” Logan Hinds, Amber Holt.
Panama â€” Stephanie Barcheers.
Pocola â€” Erin Holderfield, Taylor Farley.
Spiro â€” Tiffany Woods.
Wister â€” Katelen Morgan, Kacie Raines.
Poteau â€” Meagan Ryburn.
Cameron â€” Cheyenne Adams.
Heavener â€” Lexi Moody, Jordan Kannady.
Howe â€” Kaylee Coffey.
Panama â€” Hannah Goines.
Pocola â€” Madison Lomon.
Spiro â€” Braylin Gray.
Talihina â€” Cortney Williams.
Wister â€” Kayla Newton.
MUSKOGEE â€” Although it may have been a slow start for the Poteau Lady Pirates after winning their fourth straight LeFlore County Slow-Pitch Tournament Thursday night, they finished strong as they rallied to down the Norman Lady Tigers 4-3 in the Muskogee Festival Friday afternoon.
But in their second game, the Moore Lady Lions were too much for the Lady Pirates, posting a 17-9 victory.
Down 3-1 to Norman, the Lady Pirates scored the last three runs of the game to get the victory.
The postseason is just around the corner, and all of the LeFlore County high school baseball and slow-pitch softball teams have now found out their postseason fates by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.
The Poteau Pirates were sent to Stilwell for the Class 4A District Tournament.
In Class 3A baseball, Spiro will entertain Heavener for a district tournament.
In Class 2A baseball, three county schools â€” Pocola, Talihina and Wister â€” were named district hosts. The â€™Cats will face county foe Panama for one Class 2A District Tournament.
SALLISAW â€” Last week in the LeFlore County Tournament, it took eight innings before the Spiro Bulldogs got past the Cameron Yellowjackets. While it only took seven innings, the same thing happened Thursday night.
A run in the third inning snapped a 1-1 tie to enable the â€™Dogs to get past the â€™Jackets 2-1 in the Sallisaw-Central Tiger Shootout.
The â€™Jackets then suffered a 6-0 loss to the host Sallisaw-Central Tigers on Friday to bump them into the consolation finals at 11 a.m. this morning.
Two archrivals met earlier on Thursday as the Pocola Indians got past the Panama Razorbacks 5-2.
HARTSHORNE â€” The Poteau Pirates baseball team did something that really has not been done much this season â€” win back-to-back games.
After run-ruling the Talihina Golden Tigers Tuesday afternoon at Town Creek Park, the Pirates opened play in this weekend's Coal Miner's Classic with a 5-2 win over the Stigler Panthers Thursday afternoon.
The Pirates were slated to meet Muldrow Friday night in the championship semifinals for the right to play for the championship this afternoon in Wilburton.
The other local team in the field, the Heavener Wolves, fell 9-1 to the Eufaula Ironheads.
The LeFlore County Youth Services Golf Tournament and Dinner will take place May 24. The tournament will begin at 10 a.m. at Choctaw Country Club, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. that morning and lunch will be provided.
The entry fee is $50 per person for the four-player scramble, which inlcudes one free mulligan. Extra mulligans will cost $5 each, with a limit of two per player. Entry forms can be picked up at the LCYS office or entry may be done prior to the start of the tournament.