When the District A-6 football coaches got together in the off-season to prepare all seven teams' 2012 schedule, little did they know just how unique the Week 10 slate of games were going to be.
After six weeks of district play, four teams find themselves atop the district standings at 4-1 â€” Talihina, Gore, Savanna and Sallisaw-Central.
After the Arkoma Mustangs football team lost its District C-4 contest to district-leading Thackerville on Oct. 18 at Mustang Field, any playoff hopes were dashed. However, there was still a shot at a .500 record for the 2012 season.
After the Mustangs (4-5 overall, 2-4 in district play) won last week on Senior Night 54-8 over Southwest Christian, they can achieve that goal with a win Friday night in the regular-season finale at Webbers Falls. Kickoff for the District C-4 game is 7:30 p.m.
Say hi to November, folks. For sports fans, that can mean only one thing â€” the start of basketball.
Hoops in LeFlore County will begin tonight as the Leflore High School, Whitesboro High School and Carl Albert State College teams will begin their seasons, then Howe and Wister teams will open their 2012-13 season Friday night. Cameron's season will begin Tuesday night.
The football schools will start their seasons later this month or early December.
Editor's note â€” This is the second in a two-part series previewing the Carl Albert State College basketball teams.
The Carl Albert State College Vikings will open their 2012-13 basketball season at 8 p.m. Thursday against North Arkansas for homecoming at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
The Vikings will face a pretty solid opponent in North Arkansas.
"Last season, North Arkansas was 21-9 overall,â€ť said Mike St. John, Carl Albert men's coach. â€śThey have their second- and third-leading scorers returning. Offensively, they are pretty patient, while defensively they will play man-to-man defense.â€ť
The high school basketball season has arrived for the Whitesboro High School teams as they will hit the road to meet Battiest Thursday night. The girls game will tip off at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys contest at 8 p.m.
The Bulldogs will be guided by a new coach as Billy Karr comes over from Wilburton. He replaces the late Wayne Tucker, who was killed in an automobile accident at the end of last season near Muse.
I hope everyone enjoyed all the youth pictures last week, and my column on Thursday will have more. More will be in Saturday's edition. There is nothing I like more than seeing the smile of a young boy or girl who has taken a deer. Anyone who has pictures of kids with deer send them to me, and I will get them in as soon as I can.
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Half of the Poteau Bandit League football teams are still alive in the postseason. The third-grade team defeated Greenwood (Ark.) Gray 18-12 in overtime Saturday in Greenwood. The next playoff game is a road contest against Van Buren (Ark.) White at 3:15 p.m. next Saturday.
The fifth-grade team got a bye into the second round of the playoffs, and will play its first postseason game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday against Van Buren Green at Costner Stadium right after the 2012 Bandit Bowl contest, which will begin at noon.
The good news is the Spiro Bulldogs are in the Class 3A playoffs, no matter what they do in Friday's home finale against the Checotah Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. at McClain Stadium. However, they want to end the regular season on a high note, and not just to win their home finale or make Senior Night memorable for the Class of 2013.
â€śYou don't want to go into the playoffs with a loss,â€ť said Chris Bunch, Spiro's coach. â€śIt's a very important game for us to win. Checotah is a good team, and I think it's going to be a tough game.â€ť
If ever there seemed to be a David vs. Goliath match-up in high school football, that match-up would appear to be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at George Ollie Stadium when the Panama Razorbacks entertain Class 2A's top-ranked Vian Wolverines in a District 2A-6 contest.
The Heavener Wolves football team cannot make the Class 3A playoffs this year, but the Wolves can get their second five-win season and finish at .500 for the year. They were 5-6 and made the Class 2A playoffs last year.
The Wolves (4-5 overall, 2-4 in District 3A-8) will hit the road for their season finale at 7:30 p.m. Friday against the Eufaula Ironheads (1-8, 1-5).