March 17th, 2012
FORT SMITH, Ark. â€” Two crucial non calls by the officiating crew turned a great game into a runaway by the Southside Rebels, who knocked off the Pirates 9-2.
Southside opened the soccer doubleheader with a 7-0 shutout of the Lady Pirates.
The Poteau soccer teams will take Spring Break off, then return to action on March 27 at Costner Stadium against Fort Smith Northside. The girls' contest will begin at 5 p.m., then the boys' game at 7 p.m.
Editor's note â€” Heavener's Tuesday soccer games against Tulsa NOAH have been canceled with no make-up date set.
It was a rough Thursday afternoon for the Carl Albert State College softball team as it dropped a doubleheader to the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Lady Norse.
NEO took the opener 3-0, then beat Carl Albert 5-1 in the nightcap.
Carl Albert's softball team will play today and Sunday in the Carthage (Mo.) Bash. Today, the Lady Vikings will play Iowa Western at 10 a.m. and Indian Hills Community College, Iowa, at 4 p.m.
On Sunday, Carl Albert will play Butler at 1 p.m. and Maple Woods Community College, Mo. at 3 p.m. before taking next week off for Spring Break.
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2012 Poteau High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Categories include: football, boys and girls basketball, baseball, fast-pitch and slow-pitch softball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls track, boys and girls golf, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls all-around athlete, wrestling, coaching and support and service.
The deadline to submit nominations is March 30. For additional information or to submit a nomination, call (918) 839-0394.
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Bonita Bell Walters, 90, of Howe died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at her home.
Services are planned for 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at Emerald Hill Park in Kennedale, Texas. Burial will be in Emerald Hill Memorial Park. Dowden Funeral, Heavener, is handling arrangements.
Colleen Roberts, 72, of Big Cedar died Thursday, March 15, 2012, in Poteau.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 19, at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener. Burial will be in Muse Cemetery.
According to a report from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Oklahoma's unemployment fell in January, shedding 0.2 percentage points over the month. Over the year, the state's unemployment rate dropped by 0.1 percent.
Out of an approximate labor force of 1,784,580 Oklahoma workers, 1,675,780 are reported as employed and only 109,060 are reported as unemployed, giving the state an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent.
While Wister High School, and most of LeFlore County's schools for that matter, will be on Spring Break next week, Preston High School is on Spring Break this week.
Thus, the two-day Preston Festival is taking place this week, and the today's final day involves the Lady Wildcats.
Wister, which was scheduled to play in a three-way Thursday at Pocola along with Sallisaw, will meet Henryetta at 12:30 p.m. this afternoon, then meet host Preston at 5 p.m. and Tecumseh at 6:30 p.m.
The Wister junior varsity will play Tecumseh's JV at 2 p.m.
Talihina Boys' Game Moved to Noon
TAHLEQUAH â€” The Poteau Pirates golf team started the season very strong as they were third among Class 5A and 6A golf teams Wednesday afternoon at the Tahlequah Invitational.
The Pirates were third with a score of 343, finishing behind champion Tulsa Bishop Kelley (326) and Tahlequah (340).
But the good news was the two teams ahead of the Pirates were Class 5A teams.
â€śIt was a great start for us,â€ť Poteau Boys Coach Mike Thomas said. â€śWe beat all the Class 4A golf teams in the field.â€ť
One Pirate was among the Top 10 medalists as freshman Cody Shore was ninth with an 83.
A few years ago, Jeff â€śJediâ€ť Dennis and Ed Sockey were working somewhere in Tennessee. They would call me every other day just to check in, and see how I was and what was happening back in good ol' Poteau. I could tell they were homesick â€” I knew they were going to be. I get all beside myself when I get out of LeFlore County!