April 17th, 2012
Can you believe that the 2012 spring postseason has arrived â€” at least for a lot of our baseball and slow-pitch softball teams?
It's district-tourament week for the Class A and B baseball teams as well as all of the slow-pitch softball teams with the exception of Poteau.
The complete district-tournament schedule is listed at the end of this column.
One Last Tournament
There is one last regular-season tournament in which there will be LeFlore County representation as the Poteau Pirates will be in the Fort Gibson Tournament Thursday through Saturday.
WILBURTON â€” The good news was the Poteau Pirates reached Saturday's title game of the Coal Miner's Classic, but the not-so-good news was they got to meet one of the best teams around in the Eufaula Ironheads who defeated the Pirates 10-2 in Saturday's title game.
The Pirates reached the title game with a 11-7 victory over the Muldrow Bulldogs Friday night.
The Heavener Wolves, the other LeFlore County team in the field, were eliminated in the consolation semifinals by the host Wilburton Diggers 4-3 in 11 innings on Friday.
SALLISAW â€” The Spiro Bulldogs tried to rally to win the 2012 Tiger Shootout title game on Saturday, but they came up a run short as they lost 5-4 to the Red Oak Eagles, who eliminated the Pocola Indians 8-0 in the quarterfinals on Friday.
The â€˜Dogs reached the title game with a 5-1 win over the Westville Yellowjackets earlier in the day after defeating the Keys (Park Hill) Cougars 4-3 in nine innings in the quarterfinals on Friday.
The Cameron Yellowjackets lost the consolation championship game on Saturday, falling 7-3 to the Vian Wolverines.
BATTIEST â€” The Heavener Lady Wolves split their final two games at the Battiest Spring Classic on Saturday, losing 2-0 to Broken Bow â€” which lost 10-9 to Heavener on Friday afternoon â€” after beating Buffalo Valley 15-7.
The Howe Lady Lions, the other LeFlore County team in the tournament field, lost 7-2 to the Hugo Lady Buffaloes to be eliminated from the event.
In Heavener's win over Buffalo Valley, the Lady Wolves, whose home game Monday with Hugo was canceled by the Lady Buffaloes, broke a 2-2 tie with a three-run second inning for a 5-2 lead â€” an advantage they never lost.
The Panama High School baseball program is sponsoring a fundraiser in connection with Dunn Ford in Stigler and Ford Motor Company.
From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in front of the Panama Elementary School, people can test drive up to six different vehicles, with $20 per car test driven being donated to the Panama High School baseball program.
There will be a free lunch prepared by Arvest Bank. For additional information, call Chris Gollihare at (918) 385-2842.
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STILWELL â€” The Poteau High School soccer teams split their district games against Stilwell here on Friday.
The Pirates routed the Indians 8-1, but the Lady Pirates fell 4-0 to the Lady Indians.
The Poteau teams will return to action today and tonight against county rival Heavener at Harvey Stadium. The girls' game will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the boys' contest at 7 p.m. The Wolves are atop the district standings going into tonight's game.
HEAVENER â€” The Heavener High School soccer teams split their district games with Westville Friday night at Harvey Stadium.
The Wolves shutout the Yellowjackets 9-0, but the Lady â€™Jackets stung the Lady Wolves 4-0.
The county rivals will do battle when Poteau will visit today at Harvey Stadium, with the girls' contest beginning at 5 p.m. and the boys' game at 7 p.m.
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.