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Poteau basketball seniors ready for final postseason; Lady Pirates, Pirates play Friday night at Muldrow in Class 4A District Tournament

February 19, 2015

The Class 4A playoffs will begin Friday night for the Poteau High School basketball teams. The seniors are ready.
“I’m excited that we’ve made it to this point,” said senior Tabitha Waldrop, whose Lady Pirates will face the homestanding Muldrow Lady Bulldogs at 6:30 p.m. “I’m not going to play basketball in college, but I can’t wait to see what we can do in the playoffs — and I can’t wait to see what the girls are going to do next year.”

Howe player enjoying second chance at hoops; Lady Lions, Lions seek district titles Saturday night, but other Class 4A, 3A, 2A teams begin postseason Friday night

February 19, 2015

A little more than a year ago, Howe basketball player LuAnn Davis went through some of the most adversity any human being could. During her senior season, she kept collapsing on the court — including during the 82nd LeFlore County Tournament.
Davis ended up having open-heart surgery to repair the problem, which if it not had been surgically corrected possibly could have claimed her life.

Sports Briefs

February 19, 2015

The second annual Hungry Like the Wolf 5k/10k fun run/walk and two-mile walk will take place beginning at noon Saturday at Blues Park in Heavener. Race-day registration and packet pick-up will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Packets may also be picked up from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday at Heavener High School.
The entry fee is $25 per runner.
All proceeds will benefit the Heavener High School track and cross country programs. The course will begin at Blues Park and end at Daylight Donuts at 710 North Highway 59.
For additional information, call Kristen Andrews at (918) 653-4307.
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Poteau senior heavyweight hopes to make state in his final opportunity; Pirates will be in regional tournament this weekend at Catoosa

February 19, 2015

All it takes it one chance. However, for Poteau senior heavyweight Hank Galetka, this will be his last chance to make the Class 4A State Tournament.
“It would mean the world to me,” said Galetka, who along with his Pirates teammates will try to seek a state berth at the Class 4A Regional Tournament on Friday and Saturday in Catoosa. “Wrestling all the time and not going for state, but finally getting to go my senior year, would make it mean a lot more to me. I'm looking forward to this weekend.”
To make state, wrestlers will have to finish in the top four in their respective weight classes.

Carl Albert basketballers lose to Murray State College; Lady Vikings, Vikings entertain NOC-Enid tonight

February 19, 2015

A free throw late proved to be the difference for the Murray State College Lady Aggies in their 65-63 win in overtime over the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings on Tuesday night at Beames Fieldhouse in Tishomingo.
Getting 12 points from Devin Spann wasn’t enough for the Vikings in their 70-45 loss to the Aggies in Tuesday night’s nightcap.
The CASC teams will return home tonight for contests against Northern Oklahoma College-Enid at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse. The women’s game will be at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 8 p.m.

Former Lady Viking boasts balanced weekly stats for Lyon College; Watson leads Scots to unblemished week, earns POW honor

February 19, 2015

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Lyon College senior guard Ashala Watson was the American Midwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2013-14, but has shown she has so much more to her game. Her balanced scoring, rebounding and assists helped her to receive the AMC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor, the league office announced Monday.
Watson, a 5-2 guard from Magnolia, Ark., and a transfer to Lyon last season from Carl Albert State College, led Lyon to its 10th and 11th consecutive wins from Feb. 9-15 as the Scots posted a 2-0 mark.

Panama teams fall to Wilburton

February 18, 2015

The Panama High School basketball teams were hoping to end the regular season on a high note Tuesday night at the Panama Gym, but it didn’t happen that way — but it almost did for one of them.
The Panama Razorbacks made a frantic comeback in the final period, only to fall short in a 51-48 loss to the visiting Wilburton Diggers.
The Lady Diggers got things started on the night with a 51-29 victory over the Lady Razorbacks.

Talihina teams split games at Antlers

February 18, 2015

ANTLERS — The Talihina High School basketball teams split their regular-season finale road games Tuesday night against Antlers. The Golden Tigers ended up clawing the Bearcats 67-25, but the Lady Bearcats did likewise to the Lady Golden Tigers in a 63-30 victory.
Editor’s note: Talihina Correspondent Calvin McClain contributed to this story.

ORES State Tournaments begin for Hodgen teams, Shady Point girls

February 18, 2015

While the high school state basketball tournaments will not begin until next month for LeFlore County teams, they’re here for three other county teams.
Both Hodgen teams and the Shady Point Lady Warriors will be in the Organization of Rural Elementary Schools [ORES] State Tournament beginning Thursday in the Shawnee area.
In Division II, the ’Dogs will get a chance at some revenge in a quarterfinal contest against Liberty at noon Thursday at North Rock Creek School. Liberty beat Hodgen to end the Bulldogs’ season in 2014.

Several PYWC members qualify for state; Thornburg duo do likewise

February 18, 2015

TAHLEQUAH — There will be 15 Poteau wrestlers at this weekend's Oklahoma Kids Wrestling Association State Tournament at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City.
The Poteau Youth Wrestling Club qualified 13 of its 20 members who wrestled at the OKWA Regional Tournament last weekend.
Two other Poteau wrestlers, Landon and Colby Thornburg, also qualified for state.

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