September 29th, 2012
ROLAND â The Heavener Wolves lost a heartbreaker to the Roland Rangers by a score of 40-32 Friday night, despite Blake Smittle's 200-plus rushing yards and two-touchdown performance.
HARTSHORNE â The Panama Razorbacks will have to wait another week to try to get their first win of the 2012 football season.
The homestanding Harsthorne Miners handled the Hogs by a score of 41-7 Friday night in District 2A-6 action.
SALLISAW â The Poteau Pirates freshmen football team jumped on the Sallisaw Black Diamonds early, and appeared to be in cruise control. Sallisaw got to within two points of the Pirates, but then the Pirates got great plays on the defensive side of the ball to set up Austin Archey on a 70-yard romp for a touchdown as they posted a 21-12 win over the Black Diamonds Thursday night at Perry F. Lattimore Stadium.
While I'll get to the usual âmeat and potatoesâ of this weekly column in a bit, I need to share my thoughts about my fellow church member, brother Eddie Epstein.
I found out Wednesday night at prayer meeting at my church, Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, that brother Eddie was diagnosed with cancer.
Not even a rain shower on Thursday could keep the Poteau Lady Pirates softball team from winning another district championship.
After having Game 1 of the Class 4A District Tournament suspended by Thursday afternoon's rain showers, the contest resumed Friday afternoon. The Lady Pirates ended up not only getting one run-rule win, but two. Poteau took the opener 10-0 in four innings, followed by a 12-0 three-inning victory in Game 2 to win the district title.
The Lady Pirates (29-7) will find out on Monday who, where and when they will play in the Class 4A Regional Tournament.
KETCHUM â An old adage says that there's nothing like doing it the hard way. The Panama Lady Razorbacks softball team did just that Friday afternoon at the Class 2A Regional Tournament.
After losing their first playoff game of the 2012 fast-pitch season 6-0 to the Wyandotte Lady Bears in the first championship game, the Lady âBacks responded by capturing the winner-take-all game 3-1 over the Lady Bears to win the regional â and return to state with a chance to defend their state championship.
RATTAN â Things perhaps looked as gloomy as the cloudy Friday afternoon for the Wister Wildcats baseball team as it was trying to make it to its sixth straight state tournament, dating back to the spring of 2010.
The âCats lost the Class A Regional Tournament title game 11-0 to the host Rattan Rams Friday afternoon, and were staring a possible state-tournament streak ending when they faced the Tushka Tigers in the consolation championship for another berth in next week's Class A State Tournament. Lo and behold, a senior stepped up to make sure the streak stayed alive.
WESTVILLE â It was basically deja vu all over again for the Spiro Lady Bulldogs softball team at the Class 3A Regional Tournamen. For the second straight year, they got to the title game, but for the second straight season the Lady Bulldogs came in second to Sequoyah-Tahlequah.
The Lady Bulldogs, who reached Friday afternoon's title game by outlasting host Westville 12-8, lost to the Lady Indians 6-0 in the title game to see their season end.
TUSHKA â The 2012 fast-pitch softball season came to an end Friday afternoon for the Wister Lady Wildcats. The Lady âCats lost 7-4 to the Tushka Lady Tigers in a loser's-bracket contest.
The Lady âCats lost their regional opener 4-0 to the Colbert Lady Leopards on Thursday. They finished their season at 14-8.
KEOTA â The 2012 fast-pitch softball season came to an end for the Cameron Lady Yellowjackets Thursday afternoon at the Class A Regional Tournament.
The Lady âJackets lost 16-1 to Welch, then were doubled up 6-3 by Kiefer, to end their season at 13-19.