This year has been a tough one on our family, particularly my parents. They have lost a daughter, a mother/mother-in-law and a brother/brother-in-law.
A couple weeks ago, my mom wrote a tribute to my grandmother, Dorothy Midgley, and the Thursday it was printed her youngest brother V.J. Sampson passed away in Ardmore from complications from polio that he had when he was 6 years old.
I asked her if she would write one for him, too, and here it is:
What can I say about my little brother, V.J. Sampson? He was the last of nine kids and was never content to just sit back and watch.
GREENWOOD, Ark. â€” It was a rough Saturday of Bandit League football for the Poteau teams as they went 1-3 on the day against host Greenwood.
The only Poteau team that won was the fifth-grade squad, which posted a 38-0 victory.
The sixth-grade team suffered a 40-6 loss to Greenwood.
The fourth-grade Poteau team lost a heart-breaking 16-12 contest to Greenwood.
The third-grade squad lost 12-6 to Greenwood.
The Poteau teams will return home this Saturday against Van Buren (Ark.) White at Costner Stadium.
TALIHINA â€” The regular season ended on a high note for the Talihina Lady Golden Tigers as they edged the Hartshorne Lady Miners 2-1 Monday afternoon.
The Lady Golden Tigers broke a scoreless tie in the second inning on an RBI triple by Kelsey Transue, who later scored on a wild pitch, as Talihina led 2-0.
The Lady Miners scored once in the fourth inning, but they got no closer.
Whitesboro 18, Clayton 0: In Clayton, the Lady Bulldogs ended the regular season on a very high note. Whitesboro jumped out to an 8-0 lead after an inning and never looked back.
WHITESBORO â€” In a battle of Bulldogs, Whitesboro was able to get past Clayton 12-8 in a Class B District Tournament tune-up for the locals.
Whitesboro jumped out to a 12-0 lead after an inning, and had to hold off some late inning offense by Clayton â€” which scored eight runs over the final three innings.
Cameron 18, Crowder 1: In Crowder, the Yellowjackets jumped out to a 4-0 lead after an inning, which ballooned to 8-0 after two innings.
The â€™Jackets put the game away with a 10-run third inning to put the game into run-rule status.
The last time the Panama Razorbacks were home, they had a strong opening half against the Gore Pirates before losing in the season opener Aug. 30 at George Ollie Stadium. The Hogs are hoping for some of that same magic, this time for a full four quarters, on Friday night.
The Razorbacks will open District 2A-6 play at 7:30 p.m. Friday against the Wilburton Diggers at George Ollie Stadium.
The Arkoma Mustangs football team didn't get to open its home season last Friday night the way it had hoped. The Mustangs suffered a 56-6 loss to the Maud Tigers, but Mark Weatherton, Arkoma's coach, is quick to point out that his team may have played the best team in District C-4.
The Talihina Golden Tigers football team cannot do any better than it has to this point of the 2012 season, winning all three games â€” including Thursday night's 28-17 win over the Sallisaw Black Diamonds junior varsity at Sallisaw's Perry F. Lattimore Stadium.