Jack Hornbuckle, Poteau's wrestling coach, knew his team was going to have its hands full facing the Sallisaw Black Diamonds and the Wagoner Bulldogs in the Class 4A District Duals, which took place Thursday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse. Unfortunately for the Pirates, Hornbuckle's concern came to pass.
The Pirates lost 42-36 to the Black Diamonds and 54-23 to the Bulldogs to end up 0-3 in this year's district duals, after losing to Fort Gibson 44-33 last month.
BOKOSHE â€” In a battle of girls teams with 10-plus wins, the Bokoshe Lady Tigers got past the Panama Lady Razorbacks 59-49 Thursday night at Bokoshe Tigers Fieldhouse.
Other than trailing 7-6 in the opening period, the Lady Tigers led the rest of the game.
Pocola 59, Cameron 40: In Pocola, the Lady Indians jumped out to a 10-3 lead after the first quarter.
However, after the Lady Yellowjackets cut the deficit to 22-16 at halftime, the Lady Indians snatched control of the game with a 25-14 third quarter to take a 47-30 lead into the final period.
POCOLA â€” After a sluggish start in their first game back from break against Heavener on Tuesday night, things got started a lot more favorably in the Pocola Indians' home game Thursday night against the Cameron Yellowjackets.
The Indians jumped out to a 19-8 lead on the â€™Jackets en route to an 81-40 victory.
Leading 43-24 at halftime, the Indians put the game away with a 21-7 third quarter to take a 64-31 lead into the final period.
PANAMA â€” In 1776, people like Thomas Jefferson were among those who have always been thought of as being the founding fathers of our country because of the work he did in helping to create our nation's Declaration of Independence.
About 237 years later, Northern Oklahoma College-Enid, formerly known as Phillips University, will begin a softball program in the spring semester of 2014. So, Jamie Roberts, NOC-Enid's coach, is recruiting players to be her founding fathers, or mothers, if you will, for her new program. One of those players is from right here in LeFlore County.
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” At the end of the 2011-12 National Basketball Association season, I imagined that the Oklahoma City Thunder would come back this year and use the experience gained throughout the playoffs â€” especially in the NBA Finals â€” to make another serious run for the title. If the regular season is any indication of how this team is going to fare in the playoffs, this could be the year that OKC brings home its first-ever NBA title since the franchise moved from Seattle. As the team approaches the midpoint of the season, the Thunder currently has the best record in the NBA (31-8).
You may not know this about me, but I used to be LeFlore Countyâ€™s best stunt man in the late 1970s. I got a phone call from my old event coordinator and team manager, Jeff â€śJediâ€ť Dennis. He wanted to promote one last big jump for me.
I was all set to get out the olâ€™ 1984 Kawasaki 125, grow back those killer pork-chop sidebars and jump the bull at the Black Angus Motel with all the proceeds raised going to local charities. I loved it.
So, I got to the motel to get some measurements for the ramp builders, Ed Sockey and Dr. Rodney Ford. To my surprise, the bull is gone! Holy cow?
Tuesday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse, fans got to witness strong fourth-quarter rallies for the winning teams. One of those rallies came from the homestanding Poteau Pirates, who came from behind to down the Muldrow Bulldogs 45-42.
The other fourth-quarter rally was produced by the visiting Muldrow Lady Bulldogs, who came back from a nine-point halftime deficit to down the Lady Pirates 48-47.
In Tuesdayâ€™s edition, two Poteau girls had their point total against Heavener listed incorrectly. Montana Roll scored 16 points and Kaitlan Standridge scored 15 points.
POCOLA â€” The Pocola Indians had not played since Dec. 20 at Hartshorne, and it may have shown in the first half of Tuesday night's game with the Heavener Wolves at the Pocola High School Gym. However, thanks to a strong second half, the Indians were able to prevail 58-56 in overtime.
The Indians trailed 30-18 at halftime, but outscored the Wolves in the second half 32-20 to tie the game at 50-all to force overtime.
In the extra four-minute period, the Indians outscored the Wolves 8-6 to cap the comeback.
HOWE â€” The Howe Lady Lions may have made an early statement for next week's LeFlore County Tournament, saying don't count the defending champions out just yet.
The Lady Lions, who are seeded seventh in next week's tournament, posted a 42-38 win over the Panama Lady Razorbacks Tuesday night at the Howe High School gym.
The Lady Lions led 10-9 after a period, 22-14 at halftime and 26-24 after three quarters.