This was the first baseball game of the year for both the Poteau Pirates and the Muldrow Bulldogs, and it was what you would envision it to be. With the exception of Michael Didway's one inning of pitching, the pitchers on both sides struggled finding the strike zone in Friday afternoon's opener at Carl Albert State College's Ival Goodman Field.
BYNG â€” The 2012-13 basketball season came to an end for the Spiro Bulldogs on Thursday night as they lost 81-74 to the Lexington Bulldogs in the Class 3A Area Tournament consolation quarterfinals at Byng High School's Bill Kohler Fieldhouse. The local â€™Dogs end the season at 18-9.
Kiowa Girls Make Class A State Semifinals
The Kiowa Cowgirls, featuring former Panama Lady Razorback Lauren Smith, made it to Friday night's Class A State Tournament semifinals.
The Cowgirls used a fourth-quarter rally to down the Fort Cobb-Broxton Lady Mustangs 55-47 Thursday night at Oklahoma City University.
The Poteau Pirates and Lady Pirates soccer teams will open their 2013 seasons Saturday in the Sykes Invitational, which this year will be played at three different sites due to its normal site, Ben Geren Park, having its soccer field too wet on which to play.
Both teams will play back-to-back at the three sites being used this year â€” Van Buren (Ark.) High School, Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside and Greenwood (Ark.) high schools.
The Pirates will play Van Buren at 10 this morning, followed by the Lady Pirates facing Van Buren at 11 this morning. Both games will be at Van Buren.
The Mountain Gateway Sisterhood of Steel roller derby team will host Girls Rollinâ€™ In The South (GRITS) at 11 a.m. Saturday at SkateReation in Poteau. This will be the first meeting between the two leagues in Poteau since both teams were nothing but newbies, a.k.a, fresh meat.
WILBURTON â€” Last year, the Talihina Lady Golden Tigers saw their basketball season end at the Class 2A Area Tournament at the Wilburton High School gym. Unfortunately for them, the same thing happened Thursday afternoon.
A 3-point basket by Silo's Mary Grider with 15 seconds left lifted the Lady Rebels to a 38-37 win over the Lady Golden Tigers in the Class 2A Area Tournament consolation quarterfinals. The loss ended Talihina's season at 18-9.
We're back! My favorite time of the year has arrived as the spring baseball and slow-pitch softball seasons will begin today for a few teams and most everyone else next week.
For those new to the area, this column runs usually every Tuesday morning with the ins and outs, ups and downs, what's upcoming, the weekly schedules in both sports and Pitchers and Hitters of the Week in each sport â€” by the way, coaches, you may nominate players for those honors is you wish.
It has been a while since I last wrote, and the sports world just keeps a rolling.
The Poteau boys and girls had a tough weeked in the Class 4A Regional Tournament in Fort Gibson as their seasons ended sooner than hoped.
The Poteau Pirates wrestling team finished ninth in the Class 4A State Tournament. Two-time defending state champion Tyler Tustin had a chance to three-peat, but he lost by two points in the finals.
The Carl Albert State College Vikings returned to the friendly confines of Ival Goodman Field on Wednesday afternoon and took a pair of games from the University of the Ozarks junior varsity.
The Vikings took the opener 8-1, then defeated the visitors 13-1 in a five-inning, run-rule contest.
The Vikings will return to action Saturday as they hit the road for 1 p.m. doubleheader against Seminole State College.
BARTLESVILLE â€” The Poteau Spirit Center had several gymnasts compete in Sunday's Superstar Invitational.
All four Silver Excel athletes placed in the top 15 in all-around. In the age 10-11 division, Michaela Wolf was eighth, Shyanne Hutchison was 10th and Keegan Hudlow was 14th. Cheyenne Wilbourn was third in all-around in the age 6-9 division.
In Level 4, Holly Bowman was fourth, Anniston Baker was seventh, Skylee Maynard was ninth and Allison Blagg was 11th in all all-around.
Level 1 and 3 gymnasts get ribbons for participating.