We're back! My favorite time of the year has arrived as the spring baseball and slow-pitch softball seasons will begin today for a few teams and most everyone else next week.
For those new to the area, this column runs usually every Tuesday morning with the ins and outs, ups and downs, what's upcoming, the weekly schedules in both sports and Pitchers and Hitters of the Week in each sport â€” by the way, coaches, you may nominate players for those honors is you wish.
It has been a while since I last wrote, and the sports world just keeps a rolling.
The Poteau boys and girls had a tough weeked in the Class 4A Regional Tournament in Fort Gibson as their seasons ended sooner than hoped.
The Poteau Pirates wrestling team finished ninth in the Class 4A State Tournament. Two-time defending state champion Tyler Tustin had a chance to three-peat, but he lost by two points in the finals.
The Carl Albert State College Vikings returned to the friendly confines of Ival Goodman Field on Wednesday afternoon and took a pair of games from the University of the Ozarks junior varsity.
The Vikings took the opener 8-1, then defeated the visitors 13-1 in a five-inning, run-rule contest.
The Vikings will return to action Saturday as they hit the road for 1 p.m. doubleheader against Seminole State College.
BARTLESVILLE â€” The Poteau Spirit Center had several gymnasts compete in Sunday's Superstar Invitational.
All four Silver Excel athletes placed in the top 15 in all-around. In the age 10-11 division, Michaela Wolf was eighth, Shyanne Hutchison was 10th and Keegan Hudlow was 14th. Cheyenne Wilbourn was third in all-around in the age 6-9 division.
In Level 4, Holly Bowman was fourth, Anniston Baker was seventh, Skylee Maynard was ninth and Allison Blagg was 11th in all all-around.
Level 1 and 3 gymnasts get ribbons for participating.
In 2005, Danny â€śThe Doctor ofâ€ť Love and Joe Gregory invited me to come to The Downtown Cafe in Heavener to have coffee with them at 5 a.m. I went and sat at a big, round table with Raymond â€śThe Mayor of Hodgenâ€ť Ellis, Dick Roberts, Donnie â€śKillerâ€ť Killion, Joey Yandell, Lonnie â€śLonzoâ€ť Renick and George â€śThe Senior Statesmanâ€ť Bailey.
Now, I was the youngest, and I talked way to much for the older Mr. Bailey. I also accidentally parked in his spot, and sat in his chair. I was quickly asked to move or he would do it for me.
A career-high 21 points from Myeisha Williams wasn't enough for the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings in their 72-64 loss to the Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa Lady Mavericks in the first game of Tuesday night's doubleheader at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
A strong 40-18 second half proved to be the difference for the 12th-ranked NOC-Tonkawa Mavericks in their 68-38 win over the Carl Albert State College Vikings in the second game.
The buggy drawing that took place a couple of weeks ago at Wister was a huge success. I did not get my hands on all the winners' names, but I do know that Brad McMillin won a gun from J.R.â€™s Pawn and Gun.
We also gave away a couple of guns provided by Wister Pawn and Gun and Poteau Pawn and Gun. I really appreciate all the people who made this possible for all the kids at Wister who will be helped by this fundraiser.
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Thursday's Carl Albert State College home softball doubleheader against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M has been canceled. No make-up date has been scheduled.
The Lady Vikings' next games are scheduled to be a road twinbill against Western Oklahoma State College beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday in Altus.
Last weekend was a rough one on LeFlore County high school basketball teams. When we woke up Thursday morning, there were 15 teams left. However, now weâ€™re down to three teams â€” the Talihina teams and the Spiro Bulldogs.
Only the Golden Tigers are still on the winnerâ€™s-bracket side. They will play for the Class 2A Area Tournament title, and a trip to state, Friday night in Wilburton against Preston â€” which was the team they beat in both the area finals and state finals in 2011 when they won the Class 2A State Tournament.