Former Carl Albert State College Lady Viking Ashala â€śAceâ€ť Watson, a 5-3 junior point guard from Magnolia, Ark., and currently playing for the Lyon College Scots, which is a NAIA Division I school in Batesville, Ark., has been named the American Midwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
â€śAceâ€ť is excited about going to the national tournament for the first time as her Lady Scots (24-8) and seeded fourth will play fifth-seeded John Brown University (25-7) at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Women's NAIA Division I National Tournament in Frankfort, Ky.
GREENWOOD, Ark. â€” The Poteau Pirates soccer team came in runners-up at the Fort Smith Invitational last weekend.
After beating Mena, Ark., 7-0 and Van Buren, Ark., 3-0, the Pirates fell 1-0 in the title game to host Greenwood.
The Lady Pirates went 0-1-2 in their three games. After playing to scoreless ties against Mena and Van Buren, they lost 3-1 to Greenwood.
The Poteau teams will return to action next Tuesday afternoon at different venues as district play will begin. The Pirates will head to Hugo, while the Lady Pirates travel to Keys (Park Hill). Both contests will begin at 5 p.m.
SMITHVILLE â€” The Heavener Wolves beat the Leflore Savages 11-6 in Saturday morning's championship semifinals of the Smithville Tournament.
The Wolves still have to await their title game opponent as Wister was leading Rock Creek when rain suspended the game. No make-up date has been set to resume the tournament.
HEAVENER â€” The Heavener Lady Wolves won both games in their home three-way Friday, beating Sallisaw-Central 23-0 and Vian 12-2.
Muldrow 12, Pocola 3: In Pocola, the Lady Bulldogs hit six home runs in the game.
CARTHAGE, Mo. â€” The Carl Albert State College softball team went 1-2 on Saturday at the Carthage Bash, which had its Day 2 action rained out on Sunday.
The Lady Vikings beat East Central, Mo., 4-1 in the final of three games on Saturday after losing 14-6 to Jefferson County, Mo., and 18-2 to Southeastern Iowa.
The Lady Vikings will return to action next Tuesday afternoon in a road doubleheader against Seminole State College beginning at 2 p.m.
Editor's note: The three-day, six-game home baseball series with Southwestern, Iowa, was rained out. None of the games have been rescheduled yet.
BROKEN BOW â€” The Poteau Pirates split their games in Friday's three-way before heading to Florida. The Pirates run ruled the Idabel Warriors 10-2 in six innings, but lost to host Broken Bow 8-4.
In the win over Idabel, the Pirates used an eight-run first inning to blow the game open.
In the loss to Broken Bow, the Savages scored four runs in the first inning and three in the second for a 7-0 lead.
Kaydon Evans' grand-slam home run in the third inning cut Poteau's deficit to 7-4, but that was as close as the Pirates got.
WISTER â€” The Poteau Lady Pirates softball team entered spring break by getting a pair of wins in Friday's three-way. The Lady Pirates got past host Wister 7-5 after beating Arkoma 10-0.
The Lady Wildcats opened the three-way with a 10-0 win over the Lady Mustangs.
The 2014 Spring Sports Guide will be published in Saturday's edition, with the season-preview stories of all the high school spring teams and remaining schedules in all sports.
I'll spend all week working on it, and I want to thank everyone who helped get me team photographs and team preseason information for the special section.
Poteau vs. Van Meter, Iowa, 1 p.m.; vs. Faith Baptist, Fla., 4 p.m., at St. Petersburg, Fla.
Stuart and Roland at Heavener, 4 p.m. (Stuart vs. Heavener, 4 p.m.; Stuart vs. Roland, 6 p.m.; Roland vs. Heavener, 8 p.m.)