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Pocola football team looks to bounce back from Panama loss with home win over Mountainburg on Senior Night

November 2, 2012

POCOLA — Last week's football game had to be a very frustrating one for the Pocola Indians. For starters, they lost to their archrivals, the Panama Razorbacks 20-14, then lost any chance of a possibility of a second-place finish — and a home playoff game — with the defeat. Adding to heartache is the fact that Rick Lang, Pocola's coach, believes his team actually outplayed Panama.

Howe basketball teams entertain Smithville Friday night to begin season

November 1, 2012

The Howe High School basketball teams will welcome the Smithville squads to the Howe Gym tonight for the season openers. The girls game will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys contest at approximately 8 p.m.
The Lady Lions were 27-3 last season, and lost in the Class 2A Area Tournament consolation finals to Amber-Pocasset to miss out on a trip to state.
The good news is they return many players from that team, but the not-so-good news is that all the starters from the 2011-12 team graduated. Thus, youth will be served, especially early on, for the Lady Lions.

Bandit Bowl IX slated Saturday afternoon at Costner Stadium

November 1, 2012

The Poteau City League championship games, a.k.a. “The Bandit Bowl,” will take place beginning at noon at Costner Stadium. The third-fourth grade game will begin at noon, followed by the fifth-sixth grade contest at approximately 1:30 p.m.
The third-fourth grade Bandit Bowl will pit the Bombers against the Bears. The Bombers edged the Cowboys 6-0 in overtime last week, while the Bears outlasted the Panthers 26-19 as they broke a 19-all tie with a score with 44 seconds left.

Senior knew he had to step up for injured teammate

November 1, 2012

Last Friday night, the Poteau Pirates were trying to keep their football playoff hopes alive with a road win against the Broken Bow Savages. While that didn't happen, the Pirates likely got a moral victory despite losing 23-15 to the Savages, and had to do so with a back-up quarterback.
Poteau starting quarterback Jace Pitchford suffered a game-ending knee injury, so senior Blake Johnson had to take over running the offense.

Biggest game for Talihina set Friday night at home against Gore; Golden Tigers can finish anywhere from first to fourth in District A-6

November 1, 2012

When the District A-6 football coaches got together in the off-season to prepare all seven teams' 2012 schedule, little did they know just how unique the Week 10 slate of games were going to be.
After six weeks of district play, four teams find themselves atop the district standings at 4-1 — Talihina, Gore, Savanna and Sallisaw-Central.

Arkoma football team seeks .500 record with Friday night win over Webbers Falls

November 1, 2012

After the Arkoma Mustangs football team lost its District C-4 contest to district-leading Thackerville on Oct. 18 at Mustang Field, any playoff hopes were dashed. However, there was still a shot at a .500 record for the 2012 season.
After the Mustangs (4-5 overall, 2-4 in district play) won last week on Senior Night 54-8 over Southwest Christian, they can achieve that goal with a win Friday night in the regular-season finale at Webbers Falls. Kickoff for the District C-4 game is 7:30 p.m.

Hoops have arrived in LeFlore County

November 1, 2012

Say hi to November, folks. For sports fans, that can mean only one thing — the start of basketball.
Hoops in LeFlore County will begin tonight as the Leflore High School, Whitesboro High School and Carl Albert State College teams will begin their seasons, then Howe and Wister teams will open their 2012-13 season Friday night. Cameron's season will begin Tuesday night.
The football schools will start their seasons later this month or early December.

Vikings ready to face North Arkansas Thursday night on homecoming to begin season

October 31, 2012

Editor's note — This is the second in a two-part series previewing the Carl Albert State College basketball teams.

The Carl Albert State College Vikings will open their 2012-13 basketball season at 8 p.m. Thursday against North Arkansas for homecoming at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
The Vikings will face a pretty solid opponent in North Arkansas.
"Last season, North Arkansas was 21-9 overall,” said Mike St. John, Carl Albert men's coach. “They have their second- and third-leading scorers returning. Offensively, they are pretty patient, while defensively they will play man-to-man defense.”

Whitesboro basketball teams open season Thursday night at Battiest; Bulldogs have new coach to begin 2012-13 campaign

October 31, 2012

The high school basketball season has arrived for the Whitesboro High School teams as they will hit the road to meet Battiest Thursday night. The girls game will tip off at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys contest at 8 p.m.
The Bulldogs will be guided by a new coach as Billy Karr comes over from Wilburton. He replaces the late Wayne Tucker, who was killed in an automobile accident at the end of last season near Muse.

Primitive arms season in full swing

October 31, 2012

I hope everyone enjoyed all the youth pictures last week, and my column on Thursday will have more. More will be in Saturday's edition. There is nothing I like more than seeing the smile of a young boy or girl who has taken a deer. Anyone who has pictures of kids with deer send them to me, and I will get them in as soon as I can.
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