March 6th, 2014
It‚Äôs been a ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄėLong‚Äô ‚ÄĒ time coming for former Cameron High School baseball coach John Long to be recognized, elected, inducted and honored by the Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association.
Long, now an administrator and Superintendent of Schools at Leflore, was inducted into the elite group of baseball coaches and honored last month at the association‚Äôs annual awards banquet in Oklahoma City. This group of coaches that Longs joins in the OBCA Hall of Fame includes baseball coaches at all levels, including college and universities.
ARKOMA ‚ÄĒ For several members of the Arkoma Lady Mustangs basketball team, what they are about to do tonight has been a lifelong aspiration for them ‚ÄĒ get to play at ‚ÄúThe Big House,‚ÄĚ Oklahoma City's State Fair Arena. The Lady Mustangs will get that chance Thursday night when they meet Frontier in the Class A State Tourament quarterfinals at 8:30 p.m.
The Lady Mustangs got there with a 65-51 victory over the Kiowa Cowgirls in the Class A Area Tournament consolation finals Saturday night at Southeastern Oklahoma State University's Bloomer Sullivan Fieldhouse in Durant.
Getting 21 points from Breonna Johnson and 19 points each from former Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside Lady Bears Bria Caldwell and Kilah Cummings proved to be the difference for the sixth-seeded Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings in their 96-80 win over the 11th-seeded Arkansas Baptist in a NJCAA Region II Tournament play-in game Tuesday night at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
Getting 18 points from Katrell Henry in his last game as a Carl Albert State College player wasn't enough for the Vikings in their 70-62 loss to the Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa Mavericks in a NJCAA Region II Tournament play-in game Tuesday night in Tonkawa.
With the loss, the Vikings finished the 2013-14 season at 3-25.
Vicki Byrd, 48, of Arkoma died Tuesday, March 4, 2014. No public service is planned at this time.¬† Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau. You may leave an on-line greeting to the family at www.gracemanorfh.com.
The year was 1992. We were preparing for a presidential election, which would end up being won by then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton. In the month of March of that year, late disco singing legend Donna Summer got her star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame and Leona Helmsley was sentenced to four years in prison for tax evasion.
Also in that same month, the Arkoma Lady Mustangs made the state tournament. Now, 22 years later, they're back.
WILBURTON ‚ÄĒ The Heavener Lady Wolves saw their basketball season end with a 52-37 loss to the Wilburton Lady Diggers in the Class 3A Regional Tournament consolation semifinals Friday night at the Wilburton Gym.
TAHLEQUAH ‚ÄĒ The Howe Lions find themselves one win away from making next week's Class 2A State Tournament.
The Lions handled the Pocola Indians 75-56 in the regional tournament title game Saturday night in the third meeting between the two county schools
The Lions will meet the Preston Pirates at 8 p.m. Friday at the Muskogee Civic Center in the Class 2A Area Tournament for the right to make state. The loser will have a second shot at making state in the consolation finals at 8 p.m. Saturday.
ADA ‚ÄĒ The Whitesboro Bulldogs had already made school history by winning the school's first-ever regional championship, thus they were needing only one win at last weekend's Class B Area Tournament at Ada High School's Cougar Activity Center to make this week's state tournament. Unfortunately for them, it didn't happen.
The Bulldogs lost Friday night's area final 39-34 to Southwest Covenant, then fell in Saturday's consolation finals 40-31 to Lookeba-Sickles.