February 29th, 2012
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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With only a hand full of the county teams still alive in the basketball playoffs, I thought it would be neat to reflect on this season.
I was impressed with the set of guards the Arkoma Lady Mustangs have in place with Shaylea Whisenhunt and Abby Gragg, and their future in appears to be set.
Benny Torpe, the Danish exchange student, was a force, but if she wants to play at a higher level she needs to have more than a left-handed drive to the bucket.
I was impressed with the Pansy Kidd Middle School eighth-grade Raiders and Lady Raiders basketball team.
TISHOMINGO â€” It was a rough four-game, two-day outing for the Carl Albert State College softball team at last weekend's Murray State College Festival, which took place Friday and Saturday at the Johnston County Sports Complex.
On Friday, the Lady Vikings lost 4-3 in eight innings to North Central Texas, then fell 13-5 to the host Lady Aggies.
On Saturday, the Lady Vikings lost 15-5 to Neosho, Kan., followed by an 8-3 defeat at the hands of Paris, Texas.
Robert Dwillis died recently in California. Robert was born Sept. 21, 1934, in Calhoun to Robert and Maimi Dwillis.Â He is survived by his loving wife, Linda Dwillis; brother and sister-in-law, John and Carol Dwillis, his sons, Bobby and Shawn Dwillis; daughters, Kathy Russell, Tanya Wilkerson, and Cheryl Hostetle; stepchildren, Lanette Jones, Dominico Galamay and Rachel Ann Weeks; and many grandchildren.
Irene Hodges, 77, of Lenexa, Kan., died peacefully Feb. 26, 2012.
Irene was born Nov. 27, 1934 in Williams to Arthur and Muriel (Floyd) Hanna.Â She graduated from Cameron High School. She received her masterâ€™s degree in education and taught for over 40 years at Washington Elementary in Olathe, Kan.Â She was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Shawnee, Kan., since 1956.Â
Debra Ann Hale Blake, 52, of Poteau died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark.
Debra was born Jan. 15, 1960, in Poteau to Willie Lee and Ada (Sharp) Hale. She was a housewife. She was a very active member of Trinity Baptist Church where she cooked often and taught Sunday School. She was preceded in death by her parents.
The annual banquet for the LeFlore County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be on March 8. Doors open at 5:30. The NWTF banquets is open to the public and it is an exciting event for all. The banquet allows people of all ages to get access to exclusive merchandise and help raise funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women and children. The NWTF is a national non-profit organization that works towards the conservation of the wild turkey.
The Carl Albert State College baseball team suffered its first losses of the season over the weekend on a two-city, three-game Texas trip.
The trip ended Sunday with a 9-2 loss to Northeast Texas in Mount Pleasant.
On Saturday, the Vikings split a doubleheader on the road against Tyler, Texas, winning the opener 4-1 but losing the nightcap in heartbreaking fashion 4-3.
The Vikings will return to action in a 1 p.m. doubleheader Wednesday afternoon in Clarskville, Ark., against the University of the Ozarks junior varsity. The twinbill will be the only action this week for the Vikings.
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” Up until last year, there was only one Poteau Pirate who had won a state wrestling title â€” Jerry Collins in 1998.
Then last year, then Poteau sophomore Tyler Tustin, who happens to be Collins' cousin, won state at 130 pounds. Now a junior, Tustin made some more history Saturday night in the Class 4A State Tournament at State Fair Arena.
Tustin repeated as state champion, winning the 132-pound state final match 2-1 over Newcastle's Steven Fernandez, to become Poteau's only two-time state champion
SALLISAW â€” The Cinderella playoff ride for the Poteau Lady Pirates continues.
The Lady Pirates won the Class 4A Regional Tournament consolation championship game with a 59-44 win over the Stilwell Lady Indians Saturday afternoon at Paul Post Fieldhouse.
The Lady Pirates will face the Jay Lady Bulldogs at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Muskogee Civic Center in the Class 4A Area Tournament. Three more wins will put them into next week's Class 4A State Tournament.