HEAVENER â Two county schools' basketball teams opened their seasons against one another Friday night when the Talihina squads came calling on the Heavener teams at the Heavener Gym. Both schools can say they had one of their teams win on opening night.
The Wolves withstood a late rally by the Golden Tigers as Heavener beat Talihina 49-46.
The girls game was much the same as the Lady Golden Tigers got out to a double-digit lead in the second half, only to have to hold off a late charge by the Lady Wolves to hang on for a 42-36 victory.
We just got through with the Poteau Freshmen Tournament and the first-ever Green Valley Conference Junior High Tournament last week, and now there's even more tournaments this week.
This week will be the weeklong Eastern Oklahoma State Classic, featuring Arkoma, Bokoshe, Howe, Leflore and Whitesboro, at both EOSC's Claud C. Dunlap Fieldhouse and at the Wilburton High School Gym.
The 2012 Choctaw Nation Tournament, featuring host Talihina, Pocola and Wister, will be Thursday through Saturday on Chris Gillespie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium.
A total of 17 members of the Poteau Youth Wrestling Club placed in two weekend tournaments.
Of those 17, 15 of them were placers at the Fort Gibson Novice Tournament. Seven of those 15 members won their respective weight divisions.
JAY â The Poteau Pirates wrestling team placed eight of its matmen in last weekend's Jay Duals Tournament.
Senior Tyler Tustin won the 138-pound title and was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler.
Gabe Sanchez (195 pounds) and Daylon Brewton (heavyweight) were runners-up, Devin Anderson (120) and Derek Francis (170) were third and Sam Shore (132), Kyle Kingrey (160) and Khy Mote (182) were all fourth.
Editor's note â This is the second of a two-part series previewing the Poteau High School basketball teams.
Last season, the Poteau Lady Pirates basketball team was the Cinderella story of the 2012 LeFlore County high school basketball playoffs. After ending the regular season at 5-18 last season, the Lady Pirates won three of five playoff games, won the Class 4A District Tournament, were consolation champions at the regional tournament and got to within three wins of the state tournament.
The Spiro Bulldogs will begin clawing their way to basketball wins Tuesday night when they open their 2012-13 season at Eufaula for an 8 p.m. game.
The Bulldogs were 18-9 last season, and return two starters from last year â junior guard Knifeis Carter (16 points, four rebounds a game last season) and senior guard Jermaine Jimmerson (11 points, eight rebounds).
Carter is among the top 100 players to watch this high school season in the state of Oklahoma in the Vype Oklahoma Basketball Preview magazine.