The good news was the Poteau Pirates soccer team celebrated homecoming Friday night with a 5-0 win over the Stilwell Indians at Costner Stadium.
The not-so-good news was the Lady Pirates came close to making it a homecoming sweep, but the Lady Indians prevailed 3-2 in the opener.
The Poteau teams will play their regular-season finales today at Costner Stadium against their district foes, and local rivals, from Heavener. The girls game will be at 5 p.m., followed by the boys contest at 7 p.m. If the Pirates win, they will be district champions.
TONKAWA â€” The weekend was a good one for the Carl Albert State College softball team, which swept a road doubleheader Friday afternoon from the Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa Lady Mavericks by scores of 10-3 and 2-1.
The Lady Vikings will make up their home twinbill against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, which was rained out on Feb. 28, at 2 this afternoon.
How time flies when you're having fun. Can you believe the playoffs have arrived? It just seems like the baseball and slow-pitch softball seasons started.
However, for several diamond teams, the second season will begin this week. The complete playoff schedule is at the bottom of this column. Some of the district tournaments in softball will be played tomorrow to beat the threat of rain.
One More Tournament This Week
The Poteau Pirates will be in the Fort Gibson Tournament, which will be Thursday through Saturday.
Sallisaw-Central at Poteau, 5:45 p.m.
WILBURTON â€” The Poteau Pirates made it 2-for-2 in winning tournaments on the weekend.
After winning the 32nd LeFlore County Tournament on April 7 in Cameron, the Pirates won the Coal Miners Classic 3-1 over the Muldrow Bulldogs in Saturdayâ€™s title game.
The Pirates reached the title game with an 8-0 shutout of the co-host Hartshorne Miners on Friday in Hartshorne.
WISTER â€” The Red Oak Eagles flew 20 miles east to Wister and departed with a championship plaque Saturday afternoon after beating the host Wildcats 1-0 in the finals of the Wister Invitational Tournament.
The Eagles made the finals by getting past the Talihina Golden Tigers 6-4, while the â€™Cats clawed the Whitesboro Bulldogs 14-0 in Friday nightâ€™s semifinals.
Two other LeFlore County teams claimed hardware on Saturday. The Panama Razorbacks handled the Howe Lions 12-0 in three innings to win the consolation championship.
SALLISAW â€” Three LeFlore County baseball teams began play Thursday with chances to take home plaques at the 2013 Tiger Shootout at Sallisaw-Central High School. However, in the end, only one team got that honor.
The Spiro Bulldogs came in second in the tournament, losing the title game 12-8 in eight innings to the Vian Wolverines on Saturday. The Bulldogs reached the title game with an 8-1 win over the Keys (Park Hill) Cougars on Friday, followed by an 8-7 victory over Pocola in the semifinals on Friday.
MUSKOGEE â€” The Poteau Lady Pirates softball team made a statement in Fridayâ€™s action in the Muskogee Festival.
Class 6Aâ€™s 10th-ranked Lady Pirates stunned Class 6Aâ€™s top-ranked Moore Lady Lions 9-6 in their second game of the day.
In Poteauâ€™s other game, Southmoore used middle-inning offense to down the Lady Pirates 15-6.
HULBERT â€” The Poteau High School boys golf team grabbed all the second-place honors at Friday's Fort Gibson Invitational, which took place at Western Hills Golf Course.
The Pirates had a team score of 321, finishing two team strokes behind champion Sallisaw (319), but ahead of third-place and host Fort Gibson (327) â€” which beat Poteau and Sallisaw in Monday's Poteau Boys Invitational at Choctaw Country Club.
â€śA Bike for Daylonâ€ť will happen May 18. Daylon is a 13-year-old with cerebral palsy who wants a bike to ride with his family.
Funds are being raised to help his parents purchase an adaptive bike for him.
For more information, call Rachel Pickerel at (918) 649-4028.
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The second annual Brittney Cox Memorial Golf Tournament 2-Man Scramble will take place at 8 a.m. and approximately 1 p.m. April 27 at Choctaw Country Club.
The entry fee is $135 per team, but for teams that have golf carts their fee will be $120.
The Poteau Pirates had to wait a day to begin the Coal Miners Classic due to wet fields on Thursday, but did not let that bother them at all.
Poteau routed the McAlester junior varsity 10-1 in five innings in Hartshorne. The Pirates played co-host Hartshorne, which beat Eufaula 6-4, later Friday night for the right to get to todayâ€™s championship game at 4 p.m. in Wilburton. The Poteau-Hartshorne loser will play for third place at 2 this afternoon in Wilburton.
The Heavener Wolves faced elimination from the tournament late Friday after losing 16-6 to the Stigler Panthers in Wilburton.