SALLISAW â€” The Poteau Pirates capped a perfect opening week of the 2013 season by routing the Sallisaw Lady Black Diamonds 16-0 Friday afternoon.
The Lady Pirates put the game away with a 10-run first inning, thanks to a three-run home run by Shelby Standridge and a two-run homer by Sunnie McConnell. It was the first home run of the season for both players.
For the next two weeks, there will be a plenty of tournaments involving county baseball and softball teams.
Thursday through Saturday will be the Smithville Tournament, featuring Howe, Whitesboro and Wister.
The Spiro Bulldogs will play Vian and Sequoyah-Tahlequah in the Vian Festival on Saturday.
Next week will be the Poteau Wood Bat Festival and the Class 3A Showcase at Spiro.
Also next week, Wister will play in the Red Oak Festival on Monday and Tuesday before joining Whitesboro at the Union City Festival, which will take place March 21-22.
McLOUD â€” Panama High School powerlifter Ryan Farrar placed at last weekend's Class 2A State Powerlifting Meet. He lifted a total of 1,275 pounds to finish fifth at heavyweight.
Two other Razorbacks participated in the meet, but did not place. Gabe Harp lifted 960 total pounds in the 168-pound division, while Bobby Lotchleas lifted 1,160 pounds in the heavyweight division.
For five innings, Saturday afternoon's home opener for the Poteau Pirates baseball team at Town Creek Park was going just fine. Then came the sixth inning.
The Stilwell Indians sent 16 batters to the plate, scoring 11 of them, as they rallied to down the Pirates 14-7.
POCOLA â€” The Pocola Indians played their first baseball game of the 2013 season Friday afternoon against theÂ Charleston (Ark.) Tigers,Â and hung tough until the last out but they were outlasted 6-3.
PANAMA â€” The Panama Razorbacks baseball team bounced back from its tough road loss Thursday to Cameron to handle the Panola Bearcats 12-2.
The Razorbacks scored three runs in the opening inning for a 3-0 lead and never trailed.
Hartford, Ark., 13, Arkoma 1: Friday in Arkoma, the Mustangs fell behind 6-0 by the third inning before Josh Marion scored Arkoma's lone run on an error in the third inning.
Heavener 9, Buffalo Valley 4; Kiowa 16, Heavener 6: Friday in Kiowa, the Wolves split Friday's games.
The first 2013 high school track meet of the season in LeFlore County will take place today as the Heavener Invitational will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Harvey Stadium.
It will be the first track meet of the season for the host Wolves and Lady Wolves.
Other county teams expected to participate are Arkoma, Poteau and Spiro.
The Eastern Oklahoma State College Mountaineers baseball team took the first of its rivalry games from the Carl Albert State College Vikings on Saturday afternoon at Ival Goodman Field.
A three-run eighth inning broke a 4-all tie to enable the Mountaineers to beat the Vikings 8-5.
The Vikings will return to action this afternoon in a road doubleheader against Arkansas Baptist. Action in Little Rock is slated to begin at 2 p.m. The two teams split a twinbill Friday afternoon at Ival Goodman Field, with the Vikings winning the opener 9-0 but losing the nightcap 8-1.
Tuesday afternoon's Carl Albert State College softball doubleheader against Seminole State College in Shawnee has been canceled. The twinbill has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. April 2 in Shawnee.
The Lady Vikings will play Connors State College in a twinbill at 2 p.m. Thursday in Warner.
Well, it's hard to believe that the 2012-13 high school basketball season has come to an end, but it at least ended on a high note.
It was good to see the Talihina Golden Tigers return to state after a season off. Prior to 2012, the Tigers made state four straight seasons â€” winning the gold ball in 2011.
It just seemed that third time wasn't the charm for Talihina. The Golden Tigers upset Oktaha to win the regional title, then six nights later did likewise against Preston to win the area tournament and make state.