With the first full week of action on the diamond taking place this week, the majority of the LeFlore County baseball and slow-pitch softball teams will get their seasons started.
The next week's worth of games will be in the schedule at the end of this column.
Spring Sports Guide Coming Out March 23
STIGLER â€” The 2013 spring baseball season did not get started the way the Cameron Yellowjackets would have liked Friday afternoon. They lost 9-1 to the Stigler Panthers in their season opener.
Editor's note â€” Whitesboro's softball season opener Friday afternoon against Battiest was canceled. If an open date can be found, Whitesboro coach Kristi Branscum said the game will be rescheduled.
ALTUS â€” It was a rough Saturday afternoon for the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings softball team, which dropped a road doubleheader against Western Oklahoma State College.
The Lady Pioneers got an 8-0 run-ruled victory in five innings in the opener, then rallied late to take a 3-2 eight-inning victory in the nightcap.
The Lady Vikings will return to action this afternoon in a road doubleheader against Rose State College in Midwest City. Action is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
WILBURTON â€” It's hard not to think about deja vu right now if you happen to be the Talihina Golden Tigers basketball team.
Two years ago, the Golden Tigers beat the Preston Pirates to win the Class 2A Area Tournament at the McAlester Expo Center en route to making state for the fourth straight year and eventually capturing the gold ball â€” by beating Preston again.
One of the players on that team had the last name of Lockhart â€” with the first name of Taggart, who is now playing at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.
HARTSHORNE â€” Heavener High School's powerlifting team competed Saturday at the Class 3A Regional Meet.
The team was named regional champions and will compete in the Class 3A State Meet, which will take place Friday in McLoud.
The Poteau Pirates soccer team came in second at the Sykes Invitational, which took place Saturday in three different locations in Arkansas â€” Van Buren, Fort Smith Northside High School and Greenwood.
The Pirates beat Van Buren 4-0, lost 2-0 to Northside and routed Mena, Ark., 10-0.
The news was not as good for the Lady Pirates, who lost all three of their games on the day. Poteau lost 3-0 to Van Buren, 2-1 to Northside and 3-0 to Mena.
Northern Oklahoma College-Enid hit 26 of 31 free throws helping the Lady Jets to a 68-60 win over the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings to spoil Sophomore Night on Thursday at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
Despite Adrian Webber's 14 points, it was not enough for the Vikings to win on Sophomore Night as they lost the nightcap 66-51 to the Jets.
It took until late Saturday, but the Carl Albert State College basketball teams finally found out who and where they will play their Monday night opening-round games in the Region II Tournament.
The Lady Vikings will entertain the Western Oklahoma State College Lady Pioneers at 7 p.m. Monday at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
The Vikings will hit the road to meet the Seminole State College Trojans at 7 p.m. Monday in Seminole.
The 2013 high school golf schedule will begin for the Poteau Pirates junior varsity and the Heavener Wolves teams on Monday.
The Pirates and the Wolves will participate at the Stigler Invitaional, which will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Brier Creek Golf Course in Stigler.
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.