TALIHINA â€” Two years ago when the Talihina Golden Tigers basketball team won the Class 2A State Tournament, current seniors Clark Austin and Caleb Killingsworth were sophomores on that squad.
After not making state as juniors, Friday night they punched their tickets to the 2013 Class 2A State Tournament with a 62-50 win over the Preston Pirates to win the area tournament. The feeling Friday night was a little different than two years ago when the Golden Tigers beat the Pirates to make state.
For four straight years, 2008-11, the Talihina Golden Tigers basketball team ended each of those seasons at the Class 2A State Tournament, winning the gold ball in 2011.
Two years later, the Golden Tigers find themselves back at state. However, unlike the other four trips, the Golden Tigers are likely the least favorite team of the eight there to win the gold ball Saturday night at Oklahoma City's State Fair Arena.
BROKEN ARROW â€” The Poteau Lady Pirates golf team began defense of its Class 4A state title with a second-place finish in the Broken Arrow Invitational, which took place Monday at Emerald Falls Golf Course.
There were 12 teams in the tournament field, and Poteau was the only Class 4A team. The rest were teams from Classes 5A and 6A. Host Broken Arrow, a Class 6A team, won the tournament.
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.