POCOLA â€” In a three-way baseball festival that was all LeFlore County on Thursday, the Spiro Bulldogs were the big winner on the day.
The â€™Dogs defeated the host Pocola Indians 4-3 and handled the Howe Lions 13-5. The middle game went to the Indians as they rallied past the Lions for a 3-2 victory.
WHITESBORO â€” Wister pitcher Colby Turnipseed pitched a no-hitter as the Wildcats blanked the Leflore Savages 13-0 on Thursday. The â€™Cats then used a five-run fifth-inning to rally past the host Whitesboro Bulldogs 8-4.
The â€™Dogs got past the Savages 6-2 in the other game of the day.
Talihina 17, Coalgate 8: In Talihina, the Golden Tigers, leading 10-8 in the fifth inning, used a seven-run fifth inning to end the game by run rule, since Talihina's lead was at nine runs in the fifth inning.
BUFFALO VALLEY â€” The Howe Lady Lions softball team suffered two losses to begin the two-day Buffalo Valley Festival. The Lady Lions lost 10-8 to the Clayton Lady Bulldogs, while suffering a 10-0 shutout at the hands of the Kiowa Lady Cowgirls.
The Lady Lions did not get as chance to play their final two games in the two-day event as their contests with Buffalo Valley and Battiest were rained out on Friday with no make-up dates set.
Smithville 7, Whitesboro 2: In Smithville, the Lady Braves jumped to a 4-0 lead after an inning, and never trailed.
With the top spot in the Class 4A state soccer poll at stake, the second-ranked Poteau Pirates will likely be the new No. 1 next week after they knocked off No. 1 Fort Gibson 3-2 in a shoot out Thursday night at Costner Stadium.
The Lady Pirates also had a shot at an upset, facing No. 3 Fort Gibson. However, the Lady Tigers prevailed 4-1 in the first game.
Both Poteau soccer teams return to action on Tuesday with district road games. The Pirates will travel to face the Hugo Buffaloes, while the Lady Pirates head north to meet the Keys (Park Hill) Lady Cougars. Both games will begin at 5 p.m.
HEAVENER â€” The Poteau Pirates used three pitchers to shut out the Heavener Wolves 7-0 Thursday afternoon.
Michael Didway threw the first five innings with seven strikeouts. Roger Barcheers pitched a scoreless sixth and Mason Grimm did likewise in the seventh inning.
FORT SMITH, Ark. â€” Poteau golfer Cody Shore won his second tournament of the season, but he had to go a little extra to get the win.
Shore had to birdie the final hole to force a sudden-death playoff with Fort Gibsonâ€™s Wesley Jackson, tied at 73 â€” which the Pirate golfer won â€” to capture the top medalist honor at the Roland Invitational, which took place Thursday at Ben Geren Golf Course.
As a team, the Pirates were second with 328, as Jacksonâ€™s Tigers won the team title with a 315.
FOUNTAINHEAD RESORT â€” Poteau Lady Pirate golfer Hannah Ward, the Class 4A defending state champion, was runner-up medalist at Wednedayâ€™s Oktaha Invitational at Fountainhead Resort Golf Course. She shot a 75.
As a team, the Lady Pirates were fourth with a team score of 381.
Cathleen Manlove shot a 95 to be Poteauâ€™s second-best golfer on the day. Alyssa Vineyard carded a 103, followed by Skylynn Terry wth a 108 and Jenna Stites with a 118.
Heavener Wolves compete in Henryetta
WILBURTON â€” The Arkoma Mustangs were runners-up in Tuesdayâ€™s Wilburton Invitational.
Dakotah Roam won two events â€” the 100-meter (11.69 seconds) and the 200-meter dashes (24.95), while coming in second in the 110-meter hurdles (18.01).
Talon Woolsey took first in the 400-meter dash (57.98 seconds) and the long jump (16-7), and was runner-up in the 800-meter (2:21) and the 1,600-meter runs (5:28).
The 400-meter relay team of Roam, Woolsey, Nathan Willis and Ethann Gates won with a time of 49.96 seconds.
I went bowling Wednesday night at Strikes-a-Lot with the Double Branch Church. It was just like â€śThe Beverly Hillbilliesâ€ť came to town. I never laughed so hard in my life.
Brandon Wann and I teamed up against Johnny and Sara Baker, who creamed us 238 to 184. We really tried, but I knew the Bakers knew how to bowl because both of them bowled strikes on their first attempts. I still can't believe they beat us. We even had a bowling coach, â€śSuperstarâ€ť Larry Wann. Back in the 1980s, he was a bowling machine. I bet he still has his ball, and, at one time, thought about turning pro.
One of famous actor Gary Cooper's movies was entitled "High Noon." The Poteau baseball team will have its own high noon today.
The Poteau three-way baseball festival with Jay and Wister has been moved to a noon beginning today at Town Creek Park.
The Pirates and the Bulldogs will play at noon, followed by the Wildcats and the Bulldogs at 2 p.m. and the â€™Cats and the Pirates at 4 p.m.
The Wister and Poteau junior varsity teams will conclude the festival with a 6 p.m. contest.