OKLAHOMA CITY â€” At the end of the 2011-12 National Basketball Association season, I imagined that the Oklahoma City Thunder would come back this year and use the experience gained throughout the playoffs â€” especially in the NBA Finals â€” to make another serious run for the title. If the regular season is any indication of how this team is going to fare in the playoffs, this could be the year that OKC brings home its first-ever NBA title since the franchise moved from Seattle. As the team approaches the midpoint of the season, the Thunder currently has the best record in the NBA (31-8).
You may not know this about me, but I used to be LeFlore Countyâ€™s best stunt man in the late 1970s. I got a phone call from my old event coordinator and team manager, Jeff â€śJediâ€ť Dennis. He wanted to promote one last big jump for me.
I was all set to get out the olâ€™ 1984 Kawasaki 125, grow back those killer pork-chop sidebars and jump the bull at the Black Angus Motel with all the proceeds raised going to local charities. I loved it.
So, I got to the motel to get some measurements for the ramp builders, Ed Sockey and Dr. Rodney Ford. To my surprise, the bull is gone! Holy cow?
Tuesday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse, fans got to witness strong fourth-quarter rallies for the winning teams. One of those rallies came from the homestanding Poteau Pirates, who came from behind to down the Muldrow Bulldogs 45-42.
The other fourth-quarter rally was produced by the visiting Muldrow Lady Bulldogs, who came back from a nine-point halftime deficit to down the Lady Pirates 48-47.
In Tuesdayâ€™s edition, two Poteau girls had their point total against Heavener listed incorrectly. Montana Roll scored 16 points and Kaitlan Standridge scored 15 points.
POCOLA â€” The Pocola Indians had not played since Dec. 20 at Hartshorne, and it may have shown in the first half of Tuesday night's game with the Heavener Wolves at the Pocola High School Gym. However, thanks to a strong second half, the Indians were able to prevail 58-56 in overtime.
The Indians trailed 30-18 at halftime, but outscored the Wolves in the second half 32-20 to tie the game at 50-all to force overtime.
In the extra four-minute period, the Indians outscored the Wolves 8-6 to cap the comeback.
HOWE â€” The Howe Lady Lions may have made an early statement for next week's LeFlore County Tournament, saying don't count the defending champions out just yet.
The Lady Lions, who are seeded seventh in next week's tournament, posted a 42-38 win over the Panama Lady Razorbacks Tuesday night at the Howe High School gym.
The Lady Lions led 10-9 after a period, 22-14 at halftime and 26-24 after three quarters.
The Poteau Pirates wrestling team will try to secure a bid to next month's Class 4A Dual State Tournament on Thursday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
The Pirates (11-4) will welcome the Sallisaw Black Diamonds and the Wagoner Bulldogs to town for three duals beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday. Sallisaw and Wagoner will go first, followed by Poteau against Sallisaw and Poteau against Wagoner.
Archery season is over for this year, so now it is time to hunt some different critters for a while. We still have a couple weeks left to do some squirrel hunting before the season closes, and predator hunting is good this time of year, also.
One type of hunting I love to do is crow hunting, and it is open for the next couple of months. It is a lot of fun for kids and grown-ups alike, and I plan on taking my boys on a few trips in the near future.
MIAMI, Okla. â€” Getting 29 points from Jaymere Hadden wasnâ€™t enough for the Carl Albert State College Vikings in their 82-64 loss to the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Golden Norsemen on Monday night.
D. Brownâ€™s 14 points werenâ€™t enough for the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings either, losing 70-48 to the NEO Lady Norse in the first game on Monday night.
The CASC teams will return to action Thursday night at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse against Seminole State College. The womenâ€™s game will be at 6 p.m., with the menâ€™s contest at 8 p.m.
BOKOSHE â€” For many seasons, Daniel Caldwell coached both the Bokoshe Tigers and Lady Tigers, but this school year he moved to Leflore High School. Monday night at Bokoshe Tigers Fieldhouse, Caldwell brought his new team to town in a homecoming of a sort for the veteran coach. His team didn't disappoint as the Savages handled the Tigers 55-21.
The Lady Tigers won by forfeit over the Lady Savages as a Leflore player's injury in Thursday's game against Red Oak in the 2013 Rock Island Conference Shootout in Buffalo Valley caused the Lady Savages to not have enough players.