In the 2011 fast-pitch softball season, the Poteau Lady Pirates were the host team for a Class 4A Regional Tournament. They ended up losing in the championship round to see their season end. For almost a year, that feeling has not been forgotten by the Lady Pirates.
â€śIt gave us drive and want-to to not have it end like it did last year,â€ť senior right fielder Gabba Wilson said. â€śWe had run ruled them, then they beat us (in the regional title game) and that upset us. We're determined that it's not going to happen this year.â€ť
PANAMA â€” In the 1970s, one of the most popular situation comedies was â€śAll in the Family.â€ť
While there's no sit-com in this LeFlore County community, there is a family connection with the Panama Lady Razorbacks softball team.
Three players â€” senior pitcher Taylor Eaves, sophomore catcher Kendra Swindle and junior shortstop Stephanie Barcheers â€” get the honor of playing for their uncle, Panama's coach Grant Ralls.
It was a Saturday of Bandit League football at a rainy Costner Stadium in which both Poteau and Union Christian Academy, Ark., could be pleased as each side won a pair of games.
Poteau took the fifth-grade (22-6) and third-grade games (12-0), while UCA won the sixth-grade (40-0) and the fourth-grade contests (22-14).
The Poteau Bandit League teams will hit the road this Saturday to meet the Greenwood (Ark.) Blue teams. Games will begin at 10 a.m., with the third-grade contest. That will be followed by the fourth-grade game, the fifth-grade contest and the sixth-grade game.
Anyone who is interested in coaching a Buccaneer Basketball team for the upcoming season needs to contact Billy Bond at (918) 647-1939.
The first coaches meeting will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Poteau City Hall.
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Carl Albert State College Assistant Softball Coach Megan Young will give softball lessons at $25 per hour to girls up through age 18.
To schedule a session or for additional information, call (580) 704-4517.
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Sunday Couple Scrambles at Wolf Ridge Golf Course will take place at 2 p.m. Sundays.
The entry fee is $15 per person for the nine-hole weekly event.
Being in a district that is not an eight-team district, like seven-team District A-6 featuring the Talihina Golden Tigers, it means that there's a choice of two things. One choice is to have an open date, and the other is to find a non-district opponent to fill the void.
The Golden Tigers did not want to have an off week, so last Friday night they welcomed Union Christian Academy from Fort Smith, Ark., to Doc Robinson Stadium â€” and routed the visitors 55-6.
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” The 2012-13 season for the Oklahoma City Thunder is almost upon us. Each year, it seems, the Thunder have just a bit more of an expectation put on them by the fans â€” and by themselves â€” to take that step closer to an NBA Championship â€” probably none more than this year.
STILLWATER â€” There was an invasion of LeFlore County high school cross country runners on the campus of Oklahoma State University on Saturday as the Poteau and Heavener high school teams competed at the OSU Jamboree.
In the Class 4A girls' division, the Lady Pirates came in 20th with 499 points. Canyon, Texas, won the girls' team title with 64 points.
The season is half over for the Poteau Pirates, and they have posted a record of 4-1. They will have a very difficult game against the Fort Gibson Tigers at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Costner Stadium for homecoming.
LeFlore County is down to three teams on the diamond for the fall of 2012, with two of those at state tournaments this week.
The Panama Lady Razorbacks fast-pitch softball team will have a chance to defend its Class 2A state title, while the Wister Wildcats baseball team made state for the sixth straight season â€” dating back to the spring of 2010 â€” as they made it to the Class A Fall State Tournament for the third straight season.