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Softball, baseball diamonds about ready to be filled with action; Panama Scrimmage Festival set to start Thursday, ends the following Saturday

August 2, 2013

Can you believe that the 2013 fast-pitch softball and fall baseball seasons are just about here — as is the start of football practice? It all starts Aug. 13 for most, with the exception of the teams playing in the inaugural Pocola Tournament — which will start Aug. 12, and its bracket will appear in next Saturday's edition.
To get warmed up for the softball action, the annual Panama Lady Back Scrimmage Festival will begin Thursday and end next Saturday, and I'll have the schedule listed at the end of this column.

Sports Briefs

August 2, 2013

Poteau High School students who will participate in extra-curricular activities this upcoming school year will have their drug testing take place next month inside the senior hall of the high school.
Drug testing will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 14.
Cost is $10 cash per student.
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Registration is open for the 2013 LeFlore County Express Fall Soccer League.
Registration can be done through the Internet at www.leflorecountysoccer.com.
Late registration cost per child is $40.
Payment method details are available at the website.
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15th Annual Super Stock Showdown/Updated Point Standings

August 2, 2013

July 27-28
Tri-State Speedway, Pocola

Pure Stock Race
1. David Church, Mountainburg, Ark., 2. Marshall Penson, Van Buren, Ark.; 3. Justin Burt, Lockesburg, Ark.; 4. Jimmy Wiley, Watts; 5. Eric Waterbury, Van Buren.
Economy Modified Race
1. Ryan Williams, Fort Smith, Ark.; 2. Rowdy Bonewell, Barling, Ark.; 3. Todd Broyles, Farmington, Ark.; 4. Lester Weese, Van Buren; 5. Corey Davis, Lowell, Ark.; 6. Brody Young, Alma, Ark.; 7. Wade Barnes, Uniontown, Ark.; 8. Gerry Vaughn, Greenwood, Ark.; 9. Tim Adams, Fort Smith.
Factory Stock Race

Poteau wrestlers split matches in All-State Small School Dual; Football game Friday night for Poteau TE, coach as well as Talihina defensive back

August 1, 2013

BIXBY — Two Poteau High School graduating wrestlers got one last prep match under their belts at the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Games Small School Wrestling Dual, which took place Wednesday night at Bixby High School.
Tyler Tustin, a two-time state champion and was state runner-up last February who will wrestle collegiately at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, won his match at 138 pounds with a 4-0 victory over Anadarko's Blake Trescott.

Sports Briefs

August 1, 2013

Poteau High School students who will participate in extra-curricular activities this upcoming school year will have their drug testing take place this month inside the senior hall of the high school.
Drug testing will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 14.
Cost is $10 cash per student.
• • •
Registration is open for the 2013 LeFlore County Express Fall Soccer League.
Registration can be done through the Internet at www.leflorecountysoccer.com.
Late registration cost per child is $40.
Payment method details are available at the website.
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A wonderful week spent in 'Titletown, USA'

August 1, 2013

On July 25, I, along with Richard, Mike, Jim and Matthew Reif, “borrowed” a GMC Acadia belonging to Richard's wife, Paula, and headed to Green Bay, Wis. — also known as “Titletown, USA” and home of my beloved Packers — to be present when the Packers started this season's training camp.

Wister pitcher closes game for Small East in All-State Game

July 31, 2013

TULSA — Tyler Gibson had his moments Tuesday night in the Small School All-State Baseball Game at J.L. Johnson Stadium on the campus of Oral Roberts University.
The 2013 Wister High School graduate came in relief of Caney Valley’s Kyle Knight in the sixth inning. In his two innings, he allowed a run on a hit, a walk and struck out a batter as the Small East beat the Small West 9-5.
“It was great,” Gibson said. “Coming out here and being able to close it, it was an honor to be able do it in the All-State Game."

Local youth has encounter with snake, wins the battle; Beast Feast in Muskogee coming up this month

July 31, 2013

How about this snake story? Eleven-year-old Gavin Garrett of Poteau was hanging out with his grandfather, Don Garrett, this week when they came across a five-foot, six-inch long rattlesnake in Don’s barn. The snake was nine inches around at its largest point, and had 13 rattles and a button.
When Gavin and Don found the big dude inside the door of his barn, Gavin shot it with a .22 pistol that he had with him only to realize that the pistol had rat shot in it.

Jubilant Jacob

July 31, 2013

Poteau golf coach enjoyed All-State coaching honor

July 30, 2013

CATOOSA — A coaching role at the All-State Golf Tournament was a once in a lifetime deal for Poteau boys golf coach Mike Thomas.
Coaches are only allowed to coach one sport one time at the annual event.
So Thomas, who coached both the East boys and the girls, made the best of memories Monday checking up on golfers throughout Monday's All-State Golf Tournament at Cherokee Hills Golf Course.

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