LEFLORE â€” Leflore Basketball Coach Todd Hackler said that Thursday night's home game with Red Oak was going to be a test for his Savages. While his team didn't get an A+, Hackler did give his team a passing grade.
The Savages never gave up, but in the end suffered a 60-51 defeat to the Eagles.
In the girls' game, the Lady Eagles were too much for the Lady Savages in a 64-22 victory.
LEFLORE â€” For Leflore Basketball Coach Todd Hackler, he will do something he has not done in quite a while â€” coach both boys and girls teams. But thanks to Assistant Coach Tony Marris, Leflore's baseball coach, Hackler believes that he can once again handle both duties.
From his Savage team's perspective, Hackler sees his team as a sleeping giant.
â€śI think we have a special group here,â€ť said Hackler, whose boys' team is 1-1 so far on the young season. â€śWe have a group that will be pretty solid.â€ť
The Whitesboro Bulldog basketball players will have a different coach for the first time in quite a while. After being coached in fall and spring baseball by Bryan Cartwright, Cartwright stepped away from the boys basketball coaching job to take the reins of the Lady Bulldogs this hoop season.
That allowed for a homecoming of sorts for Wayne Tucker, who is a Talihina High School graduate who had been living in Edmond, as he is now the boys basketball coach this season.
The Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings will open their 2011-12 basketball season in the Panola (Texas) Classic.
The Lady Vikings' first game will be at 7 p.m. Friday against host Panola College. Their second game will be at 2 p.m. Saturday against Jacksonville College.
Panola will look to speed things up against the Lady Vikings.
On Aug. 9, all high school football teams began practice with the hopes that they would make not only the postseason but win state. Two LeFlore County football teams are essentially playing a playoff game when the Pocola Indians (5-4, 1-4 in District 2A-6) visit the Heavener Wolves (4-5, 2-3) at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Harvey Stadium.
The bottom line is this â€” the winner will make the playoffs and the loser will have its season end.
Last week's 59-56 heartbreaking loss to Fort Gibson ended any postseason hopes for the Poteau Pirates. But the Pirates can still end the season strong by winning their final game of the season, which will be at 7:30 tonight on the road against the Muldrow Bulldogs, coached by former Poteau Assistant Coach Rob Johnson.
The Pirates (4-5, 2-4 in District 4A-4) were still hoping that even with last week's loss that the postseason was still attainable.
There's one thing which will happen when Maud (4-5, 3-3 in District C-4) visits Bokoshe (1-7, 0-6) at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the regular-season finale. The Tigers will win, since both teams' mascots are Tigers.
Maud was last year's District C-4 champions, but have already lost three district games after having close to eight seasons without a district defeat. So, first-year Bokoshe Coach Tyler Massey hopes that will help the local Tigers out tonight.
With this being the last night of the regular season of high school football, there are a couple of key match-ups tonight.
Without a doubt, the blockbuster game is Pocola at Heavener. The winner is in the postseason, and rewarded with a road playoff game against Class 2A's third-ranked Stroud Tigers.