I hope everyone enjoyed all the youth pictures last week, and my column on Thursday will have more. More will be in Saturday's edition. There is nothing I like more than seeing the smile of a young boy or girl who has taken a deer. Anyone who has pictures of kids with deer send them to me, and I will get them in as soon as I can.
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Half of the Poteau Bandit League football teams are still alive in the postseason. The third-grade team defeated Greenwood (Ark.) Gray 18-12 in overtime Saturday in Greenwood. The next playoff game is a road contest against Van Buren (Ark.) White at 3:15 p.m. next Saturday.
The fifth-grade team got a bye into the second round of the playoffs, and will play its first postseason game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday against Van Buren Green at Costner Stadium right after the 2012 Bandit Bowl contest, which will begin at noon.
The good news is the Spiro Bulldogs are in the Class 3A playoffs, no matter what they do in Friday's home finale against the Checotah Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. at McClain Stadium. However, they want to end the regular season on a high note, and not just to win their home finale or make Senior Night memorable for the Class of 2013.
â€śYou don't want to go into the playoffs with a loss,â€ť said Chris Bunch, Spiro's coach. â€śIt's a very important game for us to win. Checotah is a good team, and I think it's going to be a tough game.â€ť
If ever there seemed to be a David vs. Goliath match-up in high school football, that match-up would appear to be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at George Ollie Stadium when the Panama Razorbacks entertain Class 2A's top-ranked Vian Wolverines in a District 2A-6 contest.
The Heavener Wolves football team cannot make the Class 3A playoffs this year, but the Wolves can get their second five-win season and finish at .500 for the year. They were 5-6 and made the Class 2A playoffs last year.
The Wolves (4-5 overall, 2-4 in District 3A-8) will hit the road for their season finale at 7:30 p.m. Friday against the Eufaula Ironheads (1-8, 1-5).
Editor's note â€” This is the first of a two-part series previewing the Carl Albert State College basketball teams, whose seasons will begin Thursday night. The Vikings season preview will be in Thursday's edition.
The Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings will open their 2012-13 basketball season at 6 p.m. Thursday against St. Gregory's University junior varsity team at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
Jeff Tadtman, CASC women's coach, will look for improvement from the Lady Vikings in the season opener.
EDMOND â€” The Poteau High School cross-country teams were able to keep their streaks intact with seasons with their full teams making state.
The Lady Pirates made state for the sixth straight time, and were rewarded with a top 10 finish as they came in ninth with 233 points in Saturday's Class 4A State Meet at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
Oklahoma City Mount St. Mary won the team state championship with 45 points, followed by Oklahoma City Heritage Hall (70 points), Vinita (105), Madill (143), Newcastle (187), Cache (188), Anadarko (191) and Tulsa Cascia Hall (194).
BROKEN ARROW â€” Four Poteau Lady Pirates softball players, Shelby Standridge, Gabba Wilson, RaeLynn Caldwell and Sidnee Ward, helped the Oklahoma Bedlam Black softball team to a pair of victories Friday night. Oklahoma Bedlam Black doubled up Tuff E Nuff 4-2 and handled the Tulsa Shootout Gold 9-2.
In the win over Tuff E Nuff, Oklahoma Bedlam Black broke a 1-1 first-inning tie with a single run in the third inning.
After the opposition tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth inning, Oklahoma Bedlam Black scored twice in the fifth inning to get the win.
The Poteau Pirates will have their Senior Night at 7:30 p.m. Friday against the Tulsa Rogers Ropers.
The Ropers were at one time one of the better schools in the state, and I understand that they won several state championships along the way. However, somewhere along the way something happened, and they completely stopped playing football.