The Poteau Pirates, ranked second in Class 4A, will enter tonight's home game with No. 1 Fort Gibson on a high note.
The Pirates beat the Van Buren (Ark.) Pointers 6-1 Tuesday night at Costner Stadium, and will meet the top-ranked Tigers at 7 tonight at Costner Stadium.
However, the Lady Pirates lost 3-0 to the Lady Pointers in the night's first contest. Poteau will try to rebound at 5 this afternoon when the Lady Pirates face Fort Gibson at Costner Stadium. The Lady Tigers are ranked third in Class 4A.
Tonight's soccer game between the top two boys soccer teams in Class 4A â€” No. 1 Fort Gibson and No. 2 Poteau â€” at 7 p.m. is perhaps the most important soccer match in Poteau Pirate history.
The Pirates lost last year's state semifinal game to eventual state champion Oklahoma City Mount St. Mary.
The Pirates lost three All-State players as Spencer Hall, Blake Williams and Jesse Woodson graduated. However, due to their expertise and returning most of their team intact, the Pirates are drawing favorable attention and affirmation.
TALIHINA â€” Despite a big inning, the Talihina Golden Tigers still had to hold off the Heavener Wolves for a 15-10 victory Tuesday afternoon.
Trailing 2-0, the Golden Tigers scored 10 runs in the second inning and two runs in the third inning for a 12-2 lead after three innings.
However, the Wolves would not go down without a fight. Heavener scored three runs in the fourth inning and five runs in the sixth inning to cut the deficit to 12-10, but the Golden Tigers scored three runs in their half of the sixth inning to preserve the win.
In a doubleheader featuring two slow-pitch heavyweights, the visiting Tahlequah Lady Tigers posted a doubleheader sweep of the Poteau Lady Pirates on Tuesday, winning 9-7 and 8-5.
Pocola 17, Heavener 13: In Heavener, down to their final three outs, the Lady Indians scored seven runs in the seventh inning to rally for the win.
Howe 14, Whitesboro 6: In Howe, the Lady Lions broke a 3-all tie with a three-run second inning and a four-run third inning for a 10-3 lead after three innings.
MIDWEST CITY â€” The Carl Albert State College baseball team suffered a road doubleheader loss at the hands of Rose State College on Tuesday afternoon, both by shutouts by scores of 2-0 and 7-0.
The Vikings, who played the Bacone College junior varsity Wednesday afternoon at Ival Goodman Field, will entertain Rose State at 1 p.m. Friday at Ival Goodman Field to make up Saturdayâ€™s rained out twinbill. Then, they will welcome Connors State College to town for a 1:30 p.m. Saturday single, nine-inning contest.
SEMINOLE â€” The Poteau Pirates golf team was fifth out of 20 teams at the Seminole Invitational on a chilly, windy Monday at Jimmie Austin Golf Course. The Pirates had a team score of 358.
One Pirates golfer, Cody Shore, medaled as he was sixth with an 81.
Connor Wheat and Jarrett Lowrimore each shot 89s, John Scott Sanders carded a 99 and John Buckles had a 114.
Heavener golfer medalist at Broken Bow
BROKEN BOW â€” Heavener golfer Jackson Long was 10th-place medalist at Tuesday's Broken Bow Invitational, which took place at Cedar Creek Golf Course. He shot an even 100.
PANOLA â€” The Leflore Savages baseball team got the second half of the season off on the right foot by handing the Panola Bearcats a 12-4 loss Monday afternoon.
The Savages scored six runs in the first inning to put the game away.
Stigler 4, Pocola 0: In Stigler, the Panthers broke a scoreless tie with a four-run fifth inning, with all runs unearned due to five errors by the Indians.
Gore 19, Arkoma 0: In Arkoma, the Pirates scored twice in the first inning, five runs in the second inning and 12 runs in the third.
It was a rough return to action off spring break for the Carl Albert State College softball team Tuesday afternoon.
The Lady Vikings suffered a home doubleheader sweep by archrival Eastern Oklahoma State College by scores of 7-1 and 16-6.
The Lady Vikings will return to action in a road doubleheader at 2 p.m. Thursday against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami.