OKLAHOMA CITY â€” In a rematch of last year's National Basketball Association Finals, the Miami Heat visited the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, already owning a win at home earlier in the season.
LeBron James set an NBA record with 30-plus points and 60-plus percent shooting over the past six games, and was looking to extend that streak.
PARIS, Texas â€” For the second time in a week, the Carl Albert State College softball team suffered a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Paris, Texas.
After Paris took the season-opening twinbill Feb. 7 in Poteau, Paris did the same thing to Carl Albert on Thursday afternoon by taking a doubleheader by scores of 7-5 and 4-0.
The Lady Vikings will have their own festival Saturday afternoon at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex.
2013 Carl Albert Festival Schedule
At Poteau Area Recreational Complex
Field No. 1
Noon â€” Cowley County, Kan. vs. Paris, Texas
TAHLEQUAH â€” The Poteau Youth Wrestling Club qualified 12 members for this weekend's state tournament at Oklahoma City's State Fair Arena.
At last weekend's regional tournament, 12 of the 20 members placed to punch their tickets to state.
In Divisions I and III action in last weekend's regional tournament, Dauntay Warren was runner-up, Mason Barcheers was fourth and Grant Ford and Kadin Repass were sixth. Other wrestlers who participated in these divisions but did not qualify were Remington Reed and Ethan Carey.
LEFLORE â€” It was 2-for-2 for LeFlore County basketball teams at the Class B Regional Tournament on Thursday afternoon at the Leflore High School gym.
The homestanding Savages got past the Eagletown Eagles 54-46 right after the Whitesboro Lady Bulldogs routed the Graham (Weleetka) Lady Chieftains 63-35.
KIOWA â€” The Class A playoff run for the Cameron High School basketball teams came to an end Thursday afternoon with losses to Smithville in the Class A Regional Tournament.
The Lady Braves handled the Lady Yellowjackets 49-37 to end their season at 2-23, while the Braves got past the â€™Jackets 49-39 to end their campaign at 9-17.
Just as LeFlore Countyâ€™s Class A and B high school basketball teams are in the middle of their second stage of postseason play, the countyâ€™s Class 4A, 3A and 2A teams will finally get to begin their â€śsecond seasonâ€ť tonight and Saturday night in district tournaments.
Class 4A District Tournament
Stilwell at Poteau, 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Class 3A District Tournament
Hartshorne at Heavener, 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Class 2A District Tournaments
Pocola girls vs. Sallisaw-Central, 6:30 p.m.
Panama boys vs. Pocola, 8 p.m.
Canadian girls vs. Tushka, 6:30 p.m.
The good news is the Poteau High School basketball teams were awarded being hosts for Friday nightâ€™s Class 4A District Tournament at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
The bad news is the Pirates will have to meet the Stilwell Indians, who have beaten them twice â€” 43-37 on Dec. 17 in Stilwell and 74-47 on Feb. 1 at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
If the third time is to be the charm when the Pirates play the Indians at 8 p.m. Friday after the girls contest at 6:30 p.m., three key things will need to happen â€” at least in one seniorâ€™s opinion.
On Thursday of last week, I left home to attend â€śUncleâ€ť Don Barnes' funeral service. Howard â€śRoy D. Mercerâ€ť Cagle had a sheet of plywood he was delivering to my shop. Now, here's where things get complicated.
Six Poteau High School wrestlers will have one last chance to make it to state before hanging up their singlets for good.
Will Longenbaugh (126 pounds), Tyler Tustin (138), Grant Wilson (152), Kyle Kingrey (160), Derek Francis (170) and Gabe Sanchez (195) will participate in the two-day Class 4A regional Tournament in Glenpool, which will begin Friday.
Talihina's wrestlers will be in the Class 3A Regional Tournament the same two days at Berryhill High School in Tulsa in hopes of making state.