The seeding pretty much held true Monday night as the 2013 LeFlore County Junior High Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament got under way at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex.
Spiro, Heavener and Wister â€” the three teams that got opening-round byes â€” all won, as did Poteau/Pansy Kidd Middle School.
The Lady Bulldogs downed Cameron, while Heavener beat Panama and Wister knocked off Talihina.
Pansy Kidd Middle School's team had to get two wins to make it to the semifinals, defeating Arkoma and Pocola.
It's almost here, LeFlore County Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament Week. The annual event will begin Monday at Panama, due to the Poteau Area Recreational Complex not being available.
The bracket of this year's tournament will be in Saturday's edition.
HENRYETTA â€” The Heavener High School cross country teams ran in their second meet of the season Saturday at the Henryetta Invitational.
The Wolves were 13th with 295 points. The host Golden Knights won the team title with 101 points.
Octavio Sanchez was Heavener's highest placer, running the 5k run in 22:11 to place 62nd. Frank Cruz was 94th (23:53), Estaban Martinez was 96th (24:08), James Cinocca was 129th (26:36), Jacob Robertson was 138th (27:18) and Devon Matthews was 153rd (29:30).
NORMAN â€” Let the quarterback controversy begin at the University of Oklahoma! Itâ€™s official â€” OU has a problem at quarterback. Red-shirt freshman Trevor Knight didnâ€™t play well once again, including a pair of third-quarter interceptions that led to coach Bob Stoops putting junior Blake Bell in early in the fourth quarter.
NORMAN â€” The Poteau Lady Pirates came away from the University of Oklahoma Invitational at Reaves Park with third place after holding on for a 3-2 victory over the Purcell Lady Dragons in nine innings Saturday afternoon.
RaeLynn Caldwell struck out six and hit a two-run single scoring the go-ahead and eventual winning runs to lead the Lady Pirates.
In an earlier Saturday game against Pauls Valley, Caldwell struck out nine as the Lady Pirates won 2-1.
HOWE â€” The Wister Wildcats baseball team went through undefeated as Saturday night's 8-2 win over the Smithville Braves at Lions Field brought them the championship plaque of the 2013 Howe Wood Bat Tournament.
The Cameron Yellowjackets edged the Leflore Savages 3-2 to win the third-place game.
Wister beat Leflore 5-1 the first championship semifinal of the day on Saturday afternoon, then Smithville nipped Cameron 2-1 in the second semifinal.
WHITESBORO â€” The week ended on a high note for the Howe Lady Lions softball team, which won both games played on Friday as they downed host Whitesboro 8-4 and routed Clayton 15-2.
The host Lady Bulldogs beat the visiting Lady Bulldogs from Pushmataha County 12-0.
Every year about this time, I find that I canâ€™t concentrate on much of anything other than the weather â€” hoping for cooler temps. It is less than a month until the opening of bow season, and that means I will be sitting for hours in a tree stand enjoying the quiet fall woods.
There is just something about being a bystander and watching nature unfold in front of you. It is not just about â€śshooting a deer,â€ť but enjoying the birds and other animals living their lives as if there are no people in the whole wide world.
Attention all crappie fisherman. Crappie USA will have a tournament Sept. 21 at Wister Lake. Pre-registration is preferred, and can be done by one of the members of the two-man team by going online to www.crappie.com.
The cost is $30 per angler.
According to the guys down at Tote-A-Poke Coffee Club, Jerry Beale is the favorite, but I think the winner will be Robbie Brassfield from Bokoshe. However, we can't forget about â€śUncleâ€ť Clay Bennett. He's always on the water crappie fishing at Wister Lake.
The majority of the 2013 freshmen Poteau Pirates have played together for six years now, and they have had their share of hard knocks. Thursday night's season opener at Costner Stadium was played in two phases.
The McAlester Buffaloes easily stampeded the Pirates by the score of 21-0 in the first half, but the Pirates must have been been watching old game film and reading the press clipping of previous freshmen teams. Even though they could only score eight points, the Pirates held the ball for all but four plays. The final score was McAlester 21, Poteau 8.