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Panama football team opens season Thursday night at home against Gore

September 3, 2014

will kick off the 2014 season a day early as they will entertain the Gore Pirates at 7 p.m. Thursday at George Ollie Stadium.
The Hogs, who were a Class 2A playoff team for the second straight season under coach Brandon Ellis, are as ready as ever.
“I think we're anxious to get going,” Ellis said. “We may have first-game jitters, but everybody is ready to go. I think we have a good game plan going into it. Our workouts have been good. We're just chomping at the bits to get going.”

OU coach pleased with how team played in season-opening win

September 3, 2014

NORMAN — The 2014 season pretty much started the way it was expected for the Oklahoma Sooners, who whalloped the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 48-16 Saturday night at Owen Field.
OU (1-0) had 26 first downs to 15 for La. Tech (0-1), and the Sooners almost doubled the Bulldogs’ offensive output — 436 yards to 245.

Sallisaw outlasts Poteau girls in eight innings Friday afternoon

September 2, 2014

SALLISAW — A four-run eighth inning doomed the Poteau Lady Pirates as they lost 7-4 to the Sallisaw Lady Black Diamonds.
The Lady Pirates (6-16) broke a 3-all tie in the top of the eighth inning on Bayli Soriano's RBI single, scoring Sunnie McConnell, to give Poteau a 4-3 lead.

Spiro girls win Prague Tournament; Lady Bulldogs beat host Lady Red Devils twice to claim title

September 2, 2014

PRAGUE — The Spiro Lady Bulldogs softball team bounced back from Thursday's rough road loss to county rival Poteau by ending the week with a championship.
The Lady Bulldogs won the Prague Tournament on Saturday, beating the host Lady Red Devils 11-4 in the second title game after taking the first championship game 6-1 over Prague.
After losing Friday to Okemah 4-3, the Lady Bulldogs won two straight games, 8-2 over Coalgate and 9-6 over Davenport, to reach the title round.

Leflore boys' late rally falls short against Kiowa

September 2, 2014

KIOWA — The Leflore Savages baseball team had a rally fall short in losing 6-5 to the Kiowa Cowboys on Aug. 26.
The Cowboys broke a 3-all tie with a three-run fifth inning, but the Savages did not go down without a fight.
Leflore scored twice in the seventh inning and had the game-tying run at third base, but he was stranded there at the end of the game.
Editor's note: Tuesday's Howe-Cameron game and Red Oak-Wister game were rained out, but the Wildcats played at Rattan to make up for Tuesday's originally scheduled game.

Spiro offense moves ball against Pocola, but Indians get defensive takeaways in Friday night’s scrimmage

September 2, 2014

When two county football teams, the Pocola Indians and the Spiro Bulldogs, met in Friday night’s scrimmage at Spiro’s McClain Stadium, each team’s strength came to the forefront.
Offensively, the Bulldogs will be counting upon senior quarterback McKinley Whitfield to lead the way, and he did just that.
In the final part of the scrimmage where it was a simulated half of football, Whitfield had a 38-yard touchdown pass to D.T. Neal, to go with two long pass plays to Chad Tye — covering 20 and 40 yards.

Heavener, Panama each score in Friday’s scrimmage

September 2, 2014

Panama coach Brandon Ellis was wanting one main objective from Friday night’s home scrimmage against the Heavener Wolves at George Ollie Stadium.
“We just want to stay healthy and see how our younger players react to different color jerseys,” he said.
Even though the Razorbacks have made the playoffs for the past two years, their numbers have dwindled to 22 players.
The Wolves, on the other hand, saw an increase in their numbers as they welcomed home Sam Hembree, who is beginning his first year as Heavener’s coach.

High School Football Scrimmage Roundup

September 2, 2014

ARKOMA — Arkoma football coach Mark Weatherton was wanting to see improvement in two areas in Friday night’s home scrimmage against the Webbers Falls Warriors — his linemen’s play and his team’s running game. He got both.
The Mustangs’ only score was a 12-yard run by Dakotah Roam to cap a 20-play, 80-yard drive.

It’s Howe Wood Bat Tournament Week

September 2, 2014

As is always the case, the weekend after Labor Day is the annual Howe Wood Bat Tournament, which will be Thursday through Saturday at Lions Field.
The bracket will appear in Thursday’s edition.
LeFlore County Teams Invading Tushka
The Panama, Pocola and Wister softball teams will represent LeFlore County in the Tushka Tournament, which will be Thursday through Saturday.
LCT Seeding Meeting Wednesday

High School Softball Roundup

August 30, 2014

CAMERON — The Arkoma Lady Mustangs doubled up the Cameron Lady Yellowjackets 4-2 Thursday afternoon, then the duo of Baylee White and Amber Cunningham combined on a one-hitter as the Lady Mustangs blanked the Cameron junior varsity 6-0.
In Arkoma’s first victory, the game was scoreless until the Lady Mustangs scored once in the fourth and sixth innings, then twice more in the seventh for a 4-0 lead.
In the second game, White struck out three batters in three innings while allowing a hit, while Cunningham allowed no hits in two innings. Faith Gotes had the hit for the Cameron JV.

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