It is just me, or does it seem like this spring seasons of baseball and slow-pitch softball flew by faster than the Concorde.
It just seems like yesterday I was preparing the 2013 Spring Sports Guide for publication over spring break, and now all the seasons are done.
However, the end to them was rather nice. You had the Poteau Pirates soccer team winning state, along with Poteau Lady Pirate golfer Hannah Ward for her second straight season.
The Poteau Pirates baseball team had quite a season this spring under first-year coach Andy Perdue. They won 29 games to set a school record, as well as setting team records in at-bats (1,000), runs scored (280), hits (341), runs batted in (215), doubles (77), sacrifice bunts/flies (47), walks (145) and stolen bases (149). The Pirates won the 32nd LeFlore County Tournament, won the Class 4A Regional Tournament and got to within a victory of the state tournament â€” losing 10-0 to Byng in the winner-take-all regional final on May 6 at Town Creek Park.
One lucky Poteau Lady Pirate softball player, she is going to get to play in two All-State Games next month.
After being named to the Oklahoma Fast-Pitch Coaches Association All-State Teams with teammate Brenna Vise and Panama's Taylor Eaves, Poteau's Shelby Standridge also made the Oklahoma Slow-Pitch Coaches Association All-State Team that was announced Monday afternoon.
Carl Albert State College Lady Viking basketball guard Ashala Watson punched her ticket to some more hoops in her collegiate career.
Watson signed to play her junior and senior seasons at Lyon College in Batesville, Ark., in a signing ceremony Monday afternoon at CASC.
â€śWhen I went and visited there, I saw that it was a good school,â€ť Watson said. â€śThe facilities and the coaches are great, and I just thought that it would be a good fit for me.â€ť
BARTLESVILLE â€” One of the big problems over the last month of the season for the Carl Albert State College baseball team was getting the big hit. It bit them big time Sunday afternoon.
The Vikings stranded eight runners on base, and could not get the big hit when needed, as they lost 2-1 to Redlands Community College in the consolation finals of the Region II Tournament at Doenges Ballpark.
The Vikings end the season at 23-31.
TULSA â€” Twelve years ago, the majority of players on the Poteau Pirates soccer team started their soccer careers. Their record was perfect. They did did not win a game. However over the years, these young Pirates learned how to play soccer. Then, too, their physical abilities and agilities began to develop, and they started to win games. For the past four years, the Pirates have improved their status one step at a time. This year the Pirates took the final step.
YUKON â€” Five Poteau High School track athletes won medals at the Class 5A State Meet, which took place Friday and Saturday at Yukon High Schoolâ€™s Miller Stadium.
Deven Bond won three medals, two individually. Bond was third in the 3,200-meter run (12:12.04) and fourth in the 1,600-meter run (5:33.3). She was part of the third-place 3,200-meter relay team of Colleen Peterson, Haley Griggs and Kandace Standridge that had a time of 9:56.88.
Standridge was a multiple-medal winner as well as she was fourth in the 800-meter run (2:24.73).
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” Poteau tennis player Skylar Abbott went 1-2 at the Class 4A State Tournament, which took place Friday and Saturday at the Will Rogers Tennis Center.
Abbott lost his first match 7-5, 6-2 to Byngâ€™s Neil Jorgenson, then beat Oklahoma City Classenâ€™s Jonathan Sergent 6-0, 6-2 in the consolation opening round.
However, Abbott lost to Chisholmâ€™s Tyler Harmon 6-2, 6-3 in the second round of consolation play.