HOWE â€” In a battle of Lady Lions, LeFlore County's felines ruled supreme as Howe handled Keota 57-27 Tuesday night at the Howe Gym.
Spiro 59, Haskell 47: At Muskogee Bedouin Shrine Classic, the win put the Lady Bulldogs (5-3) into Friday night's championship semifinals against Oktaha at 4:30 p.m., with the winner playing for the small school championship at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. A loss will drop them into the third-place game at 9 a.m. Saturday.
VIAN â€” The 2012 portion of the Poteau High School wrestling season did not get started the way the Pirates had hoped as they lost a 60-15 dual decision to the Vian Wolverines Tuesday night.
Sequoyah-Tahlequah was to have made it a triangular but did not show up.
The Pirates (9-5 in duals this season) got three wins, two of which were by pins coming from Tyler Tustin (126 pounds) and Daylon Brewton (heavyweight). Poteau's other win came on a decision by Chevy Galetka in his match at 170 pounds.
GLENPOOL â€” Several Poteau Youth Wrestling Club members competed at last weekend's Glenpool Tournament, with three of them claiming gold.
Grant Ford, Seth Ford and Allison Hartley all won their weight class titles in their respective division.
Dada Jones, Ethan Carey and Gavin Morgan were all runners-up, while Creed Smith, Brandon Hartley, James Moss and Connor Williams were third.
Blaze Emerson, Jackson Morris, Remington Reed and Zack Dotson competed but did not medal.
MUSKOGEE â€” Seven Poteau Youth Wrestling Club members participated in last weekend's Berryhill New Year's Tournament.
Jarrod Vineyard was runner-up, while Bryson Terry, Jarrett Lilley and Ross Johnson all were fourth.
Race Williams, Dauntay Warren and Caden Warren also participated, but did not medal.
Happy new year to everyone! I welcomed 2012 in the same way I have been spending New Yearâ€™s Day for the last several years, taking my boys to a ball tournament. My good friend, Gary Gibson, coached a seventh-grade team, and Dallas Ward and I coached a sixth-grade team for a little weekend action in Tulsa. We have lots of great parents from here who drive their sons all over the two-state area to get their kids all the playing time they can. I would like to thank them because it takes several kids to make a team. We couldnâ€™t do it without each other.
There were no upsets on Day 1 of the 2012 LeFlore County Junior High Tournament, which took place Monday at both Poteau High School's Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse and Pansy Kidd Middle School's Upper and Lower Gyms.
At Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse, boys opening-round games saw Pansy Kidd Middle School handle Monroe 64-13, Heavener edge Leflore 30-23 and Talihina nip Pocola 22-20.
As for girls games at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse, Wister held off Whitesboro 36-35, Howe defeated Leflore 58-10 and Heavener got past Arkoma 42-14.
Now that the Christmas Break is concluded, it's back to business on the hardwood â€” and I do mean business.
From now until late February and/or early March, it will be basketball pretty much non-stop.
This week is the 2012 LeFlore County Junior High Tournament as well as Spiro's teams playing in the Muskogee Bedouin Shrine Classic, while Thursday through Saturday will be the Rock Island Conference Tournament featuring Leflore and Whitesboro. Also, Talihina's teams will represent the county at Lone Grove's Longhorn Invitational Tournament in Carter County just west of Ardmore.
Here is my first prediction for the 2012 Leflore County Basketball Championship. On the girls' side, I a predicting that the Spiro Lady Bulldogs and the Howe Lady Lions will play for the championship, and I believe that Spiro will pull off the upset, although Howe won Thursday afternoon's close contest in the Panama Holiday Festival. Either one of the Lady Bulldog big girls should walk away with the Most Valuable Player Award.
PANAMA â€” Each of the three LeFlore County schools whose basketball teams took part in the 2011 Panama Holiday Festival got a victory on Thursday, which was the second, and final, day of the two-day event.
The Howe Lady Lions, the top seed in the 2012 LeFlore County Tournament, defeated the Spiro Lady Bulldogs, the â€™12 LCT's No. 2 seed, 40-37, but the Bulldogs handled the Lions 79-64.
The host Panama teams split their games with Acorn, Ark. The Hogs defeated the Tigers 77-70 in overtime, but the Lady Tigers tamed the Lady â€™Backs 63-48.