After coming in second in each of the last two LeFlore County Tournaments, Scott Nelke, Poteau boys coach, was hoping third time was going to be a charm come the 81st version of the state's longest-running basketball tournament.
Scott Gregory, Poteau's first-year girls coach, believed that his team had yet to play its best game this season.
Both coaches had to be rather pleased, if not ecstatic, about how their respective teams played in Tuesday night's championship quarterfinals at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
WISTER â€” If many LeFlore County high school basketball prognosticators were ready to make a prediction that there was going to be a new girls champion at the end of the 81st LeFlore County Tournament, the Howe Lady Lions are letting people know the defending champions aren't going away.
After trailing most of Tuesday night's championship quarterfinal game against the Spiro Lady Bulldogs, the Lady Lions found a way to scratch their way to a 50-48 victory to make it to Friday night's semifinals in Talihina.
Two county teams punched their tickets to the championship semifinals of the 81st LeFlore County Tournament on Tuesday at Carl Albert State College's Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
The Panama Lady Razorbacks defeated the Arkoma Lady Mustangs 46-33, while the defending champion Spiro Bulldogs were too much for the Panama Razorbacks in a 73-39 win.
Behind 18 points from D. Brown on 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point range, the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings won 58-53 over Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa in the first game Monday night in Tonkawa.
Despite the Carl Albert State College Vikings holding a 25-24 lead at halftime, the Vikings couldn't make the lead stand up. NOC-Tonkawa had a decisive run late in the second half to pull away for the 59-45 win Monday night.
Sunday Couple Scrambles at Wolf Ridge Golf Course will take place at 2 p.m. Sundays.
The entry fee is $15 per person for the nine-hole weekly event.
For additional information, call (918) 647-2582.
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Choctaw Country Club is having a membership drive until April 1. Anyone signing up to become a member from now until March 30 will be able to use the country club for free, and play a round of golf for free.
Beginning on April 1, those individuals will then be required to pay their dues covering a calendar year. There is a $25 application fee.
It only took one day before the 81st LeFlore County Tournament saw an upset.
The Pocola Lady Indians, seeded 11th, used their physicality to wear down the sixth-seeded Bokoshe Lady Tigers in posting a 46-38 upset Monday afternoon at Carl Albert State Collegeâ€™s Mick Thompson Fieldhouse. It marked the second straight season that a girls 11th seed knocked off a sixth seed. In 2012, Arkomaâ€™s 11th-seeded Lady Mustangs upset No. 6 Wister.
The Lady Indians played third-seeded Talihina in the championship quarterfinals Tuesday afternoon in Wister.
WISTER â€” The Howe Lady Lions took the first step in successfully defending their LeFlore County Tournament title Monday night at the Wister High School gym. However, it wasnâ€™t easy.
The Lady Lions were able to keep the pesky Wister Lady Wildcats at bay to hang on for a 48-43 victory in the opening round of the 81st LeFlore County Tournament.
The Lady Lions played Spiro Tuesday night at this site in the championship quarterfinals.
The other opening-round winners on the day and night at this site were the Arkoma Lady Mustangs, the Heavener Wolves and Talihina Golden Tigers.
On Jan. 11, the Panama Razorbacks and the Cameron Yellowjackets went into double overtime before the Hogs edged the â€™Jackets 81-75.
The same two teams met in the 81st LeFlore County Tournament opening-round game Monday night at Poteau High Schoolâ€™s Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse. While the contest was another close one, it didnâ€™t have to go into extra periods to be decided.
Fortunately for the Razorbacks, they were able to get past the Yellowjackets once more, prevailing 56-53.
SALLISAW â€” Several local wrestlers placed in the Paul Post Tournament, which took place Friday and Saturday.
Poteauâ€™s Tyler Tustin won the tournament for the third straight year, claiming the 138-pound title. He also was named the tournamentâ€™s Most Oustanding Wrestler.
Poteauâ€™s Devin Anderson (120 pounds) and Derek Francis (170) were runners-up, both losing in the finals.
Poteauâ€™s Gabe Sanchez (195 pounds) and Daylon Brewton (heavyweight) won consolation titles, both winning their consolation finals match by pin.