The good news is the Spiro Bulldogs are ready to get the 2012 season going.
â€śThey're anxious and getting fired up, more so than in the last few weeks,â€ť said Chris Bunch, Spiro's coach.
However, the â€™Dogs will have a tough opener as they will travel to meet Class 2A's top-ranked Vian Wolverines at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
â€śThey're rated No. 1 in their class and are picked to win state in their class,â€ť Bunch said. â€śWe're the underdogs, and our kids are going to have to step up to the challenge.â€ť
The Talihina Golden Tigers football team wants to put an end to a five-game losing streak, which covered Weeks 6 through 10 of last season. They will get that chance at 7:30 p.m. Friday as they travel to meet the Wilburton Diggers.
â€śWe're reloaded and we're ready to go,â€ť said Kelly Gravitt, Talihina's coach. â€śWe've had two pretty good practices, and we're just looking to round things out with a good practice (on Wednesday). The kids have a good feeling, and we're ready to go.â€ť
Donâ€™t forget about Oklahoma's annual Free Hunting Days this weekend, Saturday and Sunday. Resident hunters do not need to possess an annual hunting license or HIP permit while hunting on these days.
The free days fall on the first two days of dove season that runs Sept. 1-Oct. 31, statewide, followed by another nine-day period open from Dec. 22-30, statewide. In addition to dove hunting, squirrel season also is open on these days.
As I was approached by our sports editor, David Seeley, to write a feature story about the Poteau High School freshman team, I was at first not sure that I wanted to tackle the story. After all, the sports adages say that you do not talk to a pitcher when he has a no hitter going or you do not talk to a batter who has a hitting streak in process.
You see, this freshmen football class has been playing together since they were members of the Bandit, traveling team, seventh-eighth grade football teams, and to this point in time they have never lost a game when they have played together.
The Poteau Lady Pirates had to basically play two games, but they finally outlasted last year's Class 2A state champions in their home game on Tuesday.
Gabba Wilson's one-out, RBI single in the bottom of the 14th inning scored Shelby Standridge, who got a double with one out, to defeat the Panama Lady Razorbacks 1-0 in a game which lasted almost 3.5 hours.
For a brief moment, things were not looking good for the Poteau Lady Pirates softball team in its home game Monday afternoon against the Sallisaw Lady Black Diamonds. However, the key word was brief.
After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning, the Lady Pirates ended the game with a 14-0 run to end up run ruling the game by a score of 14-2 in three innings.
WISTER â€” Grant Ralls, Panama's softball coach, said this was going to be a tough week for his Class 2A defending state champion Lady Razorbacks. If the first game is any indication, he's right.
The Lady Razorbacks were able to rally past the Wister Lady Wildcats for a 4-3 victory Monday afternoon.
Heavener 8, Howe 0; Idabel 8, Heavener 6; Idabel 10, Howe 0: In Heavener, the Lady Wolves split their two games, while the Lady Lions fell twice.
CAMERON â€” Cameron's Alex Humphries threw a one-hit shutout as the Yellowjackets run ruled the Howe Lions 14-0 in three innings.
Alex Humphries only struck out two batters but only Howe's James Hill could scratch a hit of the Cameron starter.
The Yellowjackets jumped out to a 9-0 lead after an inning.
Leflore 8, Panola 0: In Panola, Leflore pitcher Caleb Smith pitched a two-hit shutout with eight strikeouts for the Savages.
The Arkoma Mustangs are anxiously awaiting the start of the 2012 season, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday with a road game against the Keota Lions.
â€śWe're very excited to get it started,â€ť said Mark Weatherton, Arkoma's coach. â€śWatching Keota on film, they look big and physical. But our kids are excited and ready to go. We're going to crank it up Friday night.â€ť
The Mustangs opened last season with a win over Keota at Mustang Field. Weatherton said that the Lions have a little bit of a new look.
IDABEL â€” The Poteau High School cross country teams started the season strong as both the Lady Pirates and Pirates placed third at Monday's Haworth Invitational.
The Lady Pirates scored 63 points to place behind champion and host Haworth (46 points), which beat Durant (47) by a point.
The Lady Pirates had four runners place in the Top 15. Deven Bond was fifth (8:46), Colleen Peterson was 10th (9:03), Sheridan Hoyer was 11th (9:07) and Jazmine Warren was 12th (9:18). Tabitha Waldrop was 25th (9:47), Shandee Staton was 26th (10:04) and Edys Ocampo was 31st (10:34).