McCURTAIN â€” The Cameron High School basketball teams opened their seasons Friday night by splitting against McCurtain.
The Yellowjackets rallied from a 25-8 deficit in the opening period to knock off the Bulldogs 70-64.
In the girls' game, the Lady â€™Jackets suffered a 53-26 in the first game for new coach Sheila Jones.
PRESTON â€” The seasons did not get started on the right foot for the Wister High School basketball teams last weekend at the Preston Festival.
The Wildcats suffered a 70-56 loss to the Haworth Lions on Saturday, while losing 91-46 to the host Preston Pirates on Friday night.
The same misfortunate came upon the Lady â€™Cats as they lost 66-40 to the Lady Lions on Saturday after falling 76-27 to the host Lady Pirates on Friday night.
The 2011 Poteau Pirate Football Banquet will be at 6 p.m. Friday at the Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center.
Tickets cost $20 per person and can be purchased at Sanders and Sullivan Law Office (323 Dewey Avenue), Warehouse Willy's (300 Dewey Avenue), J-N-B Tire and Lube (2201 North Broadway) and First National Bank in Poteau.
Remaining tickets will also be made available at the door Friday night. Seating is limited.
Former Oklahoma Sooner quarterback Paul Thompson will be the keynote speaker.
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The Poteau Chip-In Club will have a golf benefit at 11 a.m. Saturday at Choctaw Country Club.
STILLWATER â€” â€śObviously, that's enough excitement for one night,â€ť Oklahoma State Coach Mike Gundy said after Saturday night's game.
That was about as good a quote to describe Saturday night's Big 12 game at Boone Pickens Stadium, in which the OSU Cowboys outlasted the Kansas State Wildcats 52-45.
The win put OSU at 9-0 for the first time since the Oklahoma A&M days. More importantly, the Pokes are on a collision course with LSU for the BCS Championship Game Jan. 9, 2012, at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. â€” Has anyone ever noticed that a lot of times in football, if a team keeps its head up and keeps fighting that things have a way of evening out?
A classic example would be the South Carolina/Arkansas game Saturday night at Razorback Stadium. The Razorbacks missed on four scoring opportunities early in the game, but capitalized on some South Carolina miscues in the second half to come away with a 44-28 victory.
Just like last fall, the Poteau Lady Pirates softball team has an All-Stater.
One year after Shelby Culver made the Large East All-State Team, Briley Benson made the 2011-12 Large East team.
The Poteau senior will play in the Oklahoma Fast-Pitch Softball Coaches Association All-State Game next June at the University of Oklahoma Softball Complex in Norman.
HEAVENER â€” Famous author Charles Dickens wrote the novel, â€śA Tale of Two Cities.â€ť Had he been at Harvey Stadium Friday night, he might have penned a story entitled, â€śA Tale of Two Halves.â€ť
After the homestanding Heavener Wolves looked lifeless in the opening half, they got things going in the second half and downed the Pocola Indians 21-12 in a District 2A-6 contest.
MULDROW â€” What started out on the fields of Catoosa, Tahlequah, Poteau and Idabel gave the Poteau Pirate fans the sense that their new-found no huddle offense was going to bring the Pirates back to prominence in Class 4A.
But somewhere along the way, they ran up against teams that could also score points in bunches. Poteau's 2011 campaign ended on a field in Muldrow with their hopes and dreams being an afterthought.
CLAREMORE â€” Although the Arkoma Mustangs had a slow start to Friday night's District C-4 and regular-season finale against Claremore Christian, they ended up winning by mercy rule.
The Mustangs routed Claremore Christian 60-12 in the third quarter. Arkoma (9-1, 6-1 in district play) will entertain the third-place team from District C-3, Covington-Douglas (the only team to defeat District C-4 champion Webbers Falls this season) at 7:30 p.m. next Friday at Mustang Field.