February 29th, 2012
LeFlore County now has six high school basketball teams still alive in the playoffs â€” Poteau's girls (Class 4A), Spiro's teams (Class 3A), Howe's girls (Class 2A), Talihina's girls (Class 2A) and Wister's boys (Class 2A).
As I stated in the headline of today's column, five of these schools have a shot at making next week's state tournaments.
You wonder why not all six? That is because if the Lady Lions and the Lady Golden Tigers win their playoff games on Thurdsay, they will meet each other Friday afternoon â€” and one will knock the other out of the postseason.
Despite having three players in double figures, it wasn't enough for the Carl Albert State College Vikings in their Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference game as they lost 73-59 to the Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa Mavericks in the home finale Monday night at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
Shelby Trozzi's 17 points weren't enough for the Lady Vikings in their 81-63 loss to NOC-Tonkawa in the first game of Monday night's. OCAC twinbill.
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.