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My encounter with little Razorbacks

May 17, 2013

On May 9, my mother, JoAnn Mattox, and I went to my daughter, Joni's, senior program at Union Christian Academy in Fort Smith, Ark.
Afterward, I took my mom to Lin's Garden Chinese Restaurant for her Mother's Day lunch. As we're walking in, two ladies run out of the door, saying, “We're leaving. Don't go in there, too many kids!”
I turn and look in the parking lot, and there's a Panama Public Schools bus.

Poteau basketball, softball, girls track athletes honored at sports banquet Wednesday night

May 16, 2013

Three sports and five teams of the Poteau High School athletic program had their athletes honored Wednesday night at the Poteau High School Sports Banquet at the Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center.

Poteau boys golf coach named Region 6 Coach of the Year; ‘Mud Duck’ Junior Golf Camp June 18-20

May 16, 2013

For Poteau Pirates golf coach Mike Thomas, it took nine years, but his Coach of the Year recognition finally came.
Thomas was named the 2013 Region 6 Boys Golf Coach of the Year as he helped guide the Pirates to a sixth-place finish at the Class 4A State Tournament earlier this month. Sophomore Cody Shore was fourth at state individually.

Good ol’ summertime has finally arrived

May 16, 2013

School is officially out, but I am not sure my life is going to slow down much. My boys are both playing summer baseball on two teams, and Koby will play some high school baseball and basketball in the month of June.
Cash is also playing on two summer teams and will be playing in junior high baseball and basketball leagues during June, too.
With all this going on, my boat may not get to see the water much this summer.
Have a great week!
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E-mail questions or comments to gmidgley_golf@yahoo.com.

Poteau wrestler signs to grapple for University of Central Oklahoma

May 15, 2013

After winning state as a sophomore and a junior, and being state runner-up as a senior, Poteau wrestler Tyler Tustin was pretty much destined to grapple at the collegiate level. He made it official Wednesday morning.
Tustin signed with the University of Central Oklahoma in a signing ceremony Wednesday morning at the high school.

Poteau soccer players honored at Tuesday night's banquet; several players make All-State, all-district teams; parade slated Thursday down South Broadway

May 15, 2013

Many lucky Poteau High School soccer players won awards and recognitions at Tuesday night's awards banquet at the First United Methodist Church.

Green Valley All-Stars

May 15, 2013

It’s hard to believe that spring seasons are over

May 15, 2013

It is just me, or does it seem like this spring seasons of baseball and slow-pitch softball flew by faster than the Concorde.
It just seems like yesterday I was preparing the 2013 Spring Sports Guide for publication over spring break, and now all the seasons are done.
However, the end to them was rather nice. You had the Poteau Pirates soccer team winning state, along with Poteau Lady Pirate golfer Hannah Ward for her second straight season.

Poteau coach named Coach of the Year by SE Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association; Perdue, Poteau players named to North Team for Wednesday night’s All-Star Game tryouts

May 14, 2013

The Poteau Pirates baseball team had quite a season this spring under first-year coach Andy Perdue. They won 29 games to set a school record, as well as setting team records in at-bats (1,000), runs scored (280), hits (341), runs batted in (215), doubles (77), sacrifice bunts/flies (47), walks (145) and stolen bases (149). The Pirates won the 32nd LeFlore County Tournament, won the Class 4A Regional Tournament and got to within a victory of the state tournament — losing 10-0 to Byng in the winner-take-all regional final on May 6 at Town Creek Park.

Poteau softball player makes All-State; coach named District 4 Coach of the Year

May 14, 2013

One lucky Poteau Lady Pirate softball player, she is going to get to play in two All-State Games next month.
After being named to the Oklahoma Fast-Pitch Coaches Association All-State Teams with teammate Brenna Vise and Panama's Taylor Eaves, Poteau's Shelby Standridge also made the Oklahoma Slow-Pitch Coaches Association All-State Team that was announced Monday afternoon.

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