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Spiro boys handle Wilburton for 3A district championship; Lady Bulldogs fall to Lady Diggers

February 19, 2013

SPIRO — The Spiro Bulldogs had little problem with the Wilburton Diggers in Saturday night's Class 3A District Tournament title game at the Spiro High School Multi-Purpose Center. The ’Dogs clawed the Diggers 87-44.
The Bulldogs (17-7), winners of 11 of their last 13 games, will play Antlers at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Class 3A Regional Tournament in Wilburton. Thursday night's winner will not only advance to the regional title game at 8 p.m. Saturday in Antlers, but will automatically qualify for next week's area tournament at Byng High School's Bill Kohler Fieldhouse.

Howe girls win district title, but Lions fall in title game to Rattan; Wister girls also regional-tournament bound, but season ends for Wildcats

February 19, 2013

WISTER — The Howe Lady Lions basketball team may not have repeated as LeFlore County Tournament champions, but they did win the first what they hope are many postseason titles.
The Lady Lions once again had a tussle with the Wister Lady Wildcats in Saturday night’s Class 2A District Tournament title game, but were able to outlast the host team for a 50-43 victory.

Pocola boys rally to get win over Sallisaw-Central for district title; Lady Tigers claw way past Panama girls in district championship; Hogs, Lady Indians see seasons end

February 19, 2013

POCOLA — The two Class 2A District Tournament title games Saturday night at the Pocola High School gym were carbon copies of themselves. Each winner used a fourth-quarter rally to claim victory.
The host Indians, who trailed 43-35 after three periods, outscored the Sallisaw-Central Tigers 20-10 in the final quarter to post a 55-53 come-from-behind victory in the boys district title game.

Talihina teams sweep district title games

February 19, 2013

TALIHINA — “There’s no place like home” is one of the famous lines from the classic movie, “The Wizard of Oz.” The Talihina High School basketball teams would certainly concur.
The Lady Golden Tigers and Tigers each won their respective Class 2A District Tournament title games Saturday night on Chris Gillespie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium.
Talihina’s girls routed the Canadian Lady Cougars 50-27 in their championship game, while the Tigers — who made the championship game with a 72-39 rout of Canadian on Friday night — rallied to down the Tushka Tigers 42-40 to claim their district title.

The Fab Four; Pirates qualify four wrestlers for Class 4A State Tournament

February 18, 2013

GLENPOOL — For the first time since back-to-back seasons in 2004 and 2005, the Poteau Pirates wrestling team will send four matmen to state.
At this past weekend's Class 4A Regional Tournament, Tyler Tustin, the two-time defending state champion, won the regional title at 138 pounds.
Derek Francis (170 pounds) was regional runner-up, while Devin Anderson (120) and Gabe Sanchez (195) were third and also qualified for this weekend's Class 4A State Tournament at Oklahoma City's State Fair Arena.

Poteau girls win third straight district title; Pirates fall short, lose to Stilwell Indians

February 18, 2013

Saturday night's Class 4A District Tournament title game at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse was the third time the Poteau Lady Pirates and the Stilwell Lady Indians played this year. Even though the Lady Indians played Poteau closer in the second outing, the third time was not a charm for Stilwell.
The Lady Pirates jumped out to an early lead and never allowed their lead to dwindle to less than seven points as they won their third district championship in a row with a 49-40 victory.

Carl Albert softball team splits games in own festival Saturday afternoon

February 18, 2013

The Carl Albert State College softball team got its first win of the 2013 season Saturday afternoon with a 9-3 win over Allen, Texas, in the Carl Albert Festival at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex.
The Lady Vikings ended up splitting their two games on the day, losing 3-2 to Cowley County, Kan.
The Lady Vikings will return to action Tuesday afternoon with a 2 p.m. doubleheader on the road against Independence, Kan.

Cummings inducted to UAFS Sports Hall of Fame

February 16, 2013

Former University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (Westark College back then) player, and current Arkansas women’s assistant coach, Tari Cummings from Pocola was inducted earlier this month into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Sports Briefs

February 16, 2013

Lake Wister and Talimena state parks have joined together to promote a heart healthy hiking program this year. A hike will take place each month, alternating between the two state parks.
The next hike will take place at Lake Wister State Park's Wards Landing Campground on March 9.
All hikes will begin at 1 p.m. Bottled water will be provided at each month's hike.
For additional information, call (918) 567-2052 or e-mail them at
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Buzzer-beater lifts Whitesboro past Kinta boys into title game; Bulldogs to play Red Oak Eagles for regional championship Saturday night in Wilburton

February 16, 2013

LEFLORE — In postseason play, there's nothing like a buzzer beater to give a team momentum. Just ask the Whitesboro Bulldogs.
Quintin Ludlow's 3-point basket with a second left in regulation capped a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback for the Bulldogs as they pulled out a 33-31 victory over the Kinta Eagles in the Class B Regional Tournament on Thursday night at the Leflore High School gym.

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