Just as LeFlore Countyâ€™s Class A and B high school basketball teams are in the middle of their second stage of postseason play, the countyâ€™s Class 4A, 3A and 2A teams will finally get to begin their â€śsecond seasonâ€ť tonight and Saturday night in district tournaments.
Class 4A District Tournament
Stilwell at Poteau, 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Class 3A District Tournament
Hartshorne at Heavener, 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Class 2A District Tournaments
Pocola girls vs. Sallisaw-Central, 6:30 p.m.
Panama boys vs. Pocola, 8 p.m.
Canadian girls vs. Tushka, 6:30 p.m.
The good news is the Poteau High School basketball teams were awarded being hosts for Friday nightâ€™s Class 4A District Tournament at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
The bad news is the Pirates will have to meet the Stilwell Indians, who have beaten them twice â€” 43-37 on Dec. 17 in Stilwell and 74-47 on Feb. 1 at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
If the third time is to be the charm when the Pirates play the Indians at 8 p.m. Friday after the girls contest at 6:30 p.m., three key things will need to happen â€” at least in one seniorâ€™s opinion.
On Thursday of last week, I left home to attend â€śUncleâ€ť Don Barnes' funeral service. Howard â€śRoy D. Mercerâ€ť Cagle had a sheet of plywood he was delivering to my shop. Now, here's where things get complicated.
Six Poteau High School wrestlers will have one last chance to make it to state before hanging up their singlets for good.
Will Longenbaugh (126 pounds), Tyler Tustin (138), Grant Wilson (152), Kyle Kingrey (160), Derek Francis (170) and Gabe Sanchez (195) will participate in the two-day Class 4A regional Tournament in Glenpool, which will begin Friday.
Talihina's wrestlers will be in the Class 3A Regional Tournament the same two days at Berryhill High School in Tulsa in hopes of making state.
The Wister athletes are giving away a Massimo gas powered buggy along with many other prizes including several guns on Saturday. A $20 ticket will get you a chili dinner for you and your family, and a chance to win the many prizes.
The last ticket drawn will win the buggy, and they give away something every 25 or 50 tickets. It is a good time with good people for a good cause.
If you havenâ€™t got your ticket yet, go see a Wister athlete or head down to Wister Food and pick one up. However, you better hurry because they are going fast.
Have a great week!
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The Poteau Lady Pirates celebrated Senior Night on Tuesday at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse, and sent their three seniors â€” Shelby Standridge, Brenna Vise and Colleen Peterson â€” out in style. For the third time this season, the Lady Pirates dominated the Heavener Lady Wolves in posting a 65-49 victory.
However, the visiting Wolves spoiled Senior Night for the Pirates, who beat them 44-43 on a last-second, coast-to-coast drive for a layup by Jarrett Lowrimore on Jan. 11 in Heavener. The Wolves avenged that loss with a 59-46 win over the Pirates.
ANTLERS â€” The regular season ended on a sour note for the Talihina High School basketball teams Tuesday night as they were swept by host Antlers.
The Lady Bearcats took the rubber game of three games this season with the Lady Golden Tigers, posting a 36-30 win, which was followed by the â€™Cats' 10th straight victory in a 53-46 win over the Golden Tigers.
While Class 4A, 3A and 2A playoffs will not begin until Friday, Class A and B basketball teams which are still alive in postseason play will begin the second stage of playoff games today and tonight in regional tournaments.
Class A Regional Tournament
Cameron vs. Smithville, 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Class B Regional Tournaments
Whitesboro girls vs. Graham (Weleetka), 1:30 p.m.
Leflore boys vs. Eagletown, 3 p.m.
Whitesboro boys vs. Kinta, 8 p.m.
Bokoshe girls vs. Lomega, 6:30 p.m.
Class A Regional Tournament
Three LeFlore County junior high teams are a win away from making it to the Organization of Rural Elementary Schools (ORES) State Tournament next week in Shawnee.
In the Division II Area Tournament at McAlester's Frink-Chambers Middle School, the Hodgen Lady Bulldogs beat Broken Bow Holly Creek 47-14 last weekend and will play Brushy at 7 p.m. Friday at the same site for a trip to the state tournament. If the Lady Bulldogs lose, they can still go to state by winning the consolation championship at 5 p.m. Saturday against the winner of Friday's game between Holly Creek and Idabel Denison.