Turkey season has come to a close, and I have a few more pictures and stories to put this season to rest.
First, Parker Cooper of Cameron killed his first gobbler this year. It was a 17-pound bird with 9Âœ-inch beard and ÂŸ-inch spurs. Parker was hunting with Jake French on this hunt.
Butch Parks, Brad Wells and Carl Milligan took birds off our lease near Clayton last week. Butchâs gobbler weighed 21 pounds and had a 9Âœ-inch paintbrush beard.
Even though the game was tight on the scoreboard as the Bethany Bronchos from leveled the score at 1 just five minutes into the second half, the Poteau Pirates wore down the Bronchos with wholesale line changes. Finally, the Poteau offensive unit staged an offensive explosion as the Pirates simply blew by the Bronchos with three goals within a five-minute span as Poteau won the game by the score of 4-1 in the Class 4A state semifinals Tuesday night before a festive full house of Poteau fans at Costner Stadium.
The Carl Albert State College Vikings baseball team is opening postseason play tonight when they meet the Western Oklahoma State College at 7 p.m. in the first round of the Region II Tournament at Bartlesvilleâs Doenges Ballpark.
This postseason parade is especially important to Poteauâs Connor Gilstrap, a sophomore outfielder.
SPIRO â Itâs quite an accomplishment when a high school athlete makes the state tournament, even better when it happens more than once. Thatâs the case for Spiro senior pitcher Kelby Fowler.
âIt was great,â said Fowler about Saturday afternoonâs 5-4 win over Stigler to win the Class 3A Regional Tournament and make state. âMaking it the first time [last year] was kind of overwhelming. This year, itâs kind of the same thing. Itâs a good feeling to get to go back to back to state. Iâm beyond excited. Iâm loving it.â
For the second straight spring, we will have at least one LeFlore County baseball team make the state tournament.
The Spiro Bulldogs won the Class 3A Regional Tournament on Saturday to make state for the second straight season.
The complete schedule of the state tournament is listed at the end of this column.
The Carl Albert State College baseball team went 1-3 in its four-game, two-site weekend series against Redlands Community College to end the regular season.
The Vikings split the two-game series Friday in El Reno, taking the opener 2-1 in nine innings but losing the nightcap 5-4.
In Saturday afternoon's twinbill at Ival Goodman Field, Redlands took both games by scores of 3-2 and 2-1.
The Vikings will begin postseason play at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Region II Tournanment against Western Oklahoma State College at Bartlesville's Doenges Ballpark.
TAHLEQUAH â There will be a good representation of Poteau Lady Pirates and Pirates at this weekend's Class 5A State Meet, which will take place Friday and Saturday at Yukon High School's Miller Stadium.
Two Lady Pirate relays were regional runners-up at the Class 5A Regional Meet, which took place Saturday â and was finished on Monday due to weather.
Colleen Peterson, Brittany Fox, Kandace Standridge and Latifah Harris were second in the 1,600-meter relay (4:13.29), while Peterson, Deven Bond, Haley Griggs and Standridge were runners-up in the 3,200-meter relay (10:15.12).
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â Former University of Oklahoma linebacker Rod Shoate has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced Tuesday the selection of 12 former players and two former coaches to the hall.
Shoate, a former Spiro Bulldog, was a two-time All-American at OU during the 1970s.
The Sooners went 10-0-1 and 11-0 during his final two seasons and he becomes the 20th former Sooner elected to the college hall.
OKLAHOMA CITY â Poteau golfer Cody Shore was fourth-place medalist at this yearâs Class 4A State Tournament, which took place Monday and Tuesday at Lake Hefner North Golf Course. He shot a 67-71-71â209. His finish was Poteauâs best since Zac Poole, who played collegiately at East Central University in Ada, was state runner-up in 2004.
TULSA â Thanks to one Poteau High School sophomore, thereâs now six sports going on this spring.
Poteau sophomore tennis player Skylar Abbott qualified for the Class 4A State Tournament, which will be Friday and Saturday at the Will Rogers Tennis Center in Oklahoma City.
Abbott placed fourth in the Class 4A Regional Tournament on Monday at the Health and Grand Racquet Club.
Abbott opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win to Nowata, and then lost to the top-seeded player, Riverfieldâs Zeke Clark, in the regional quarterfinals.
In the consolation semifinals, Abbott defeated Henryetta 6-0, 6-1.