SALLISAW â€” Several local wrestlers placed in the Paul Post Tournament, which took place Friday and Saturday.
Poteauâ€™s Tyler Tustin won the tournament for the third straight year, claiming the 138-pound title. He also was named the tournamentâ€™s Most Oustanding Wrestler.
Poteauâ€™s Devin Anderson (120 pounds) and Derek Francis (170) were runners-up, both losing in the finals.
Poteauâ€™s Gabe Sanchez (195 pounds) and Daylon Brewton (heavyweight) won consolation titles, both winning their consolation finals match by pin.
TAHLEQUAH â€” The Poteau Pirates junior high wrestling team won the Tahlequah Tournament, which took place last weekend. The Pirates edged the Muskogee Roughers by a point to win the team title.
Bryson Terry, Race Williams, Ross Johnson, Sam Shore and Roderick Hornbuckle all went undefeated. Rae Hendrix and Conner Williams placed second, while Landon Daily finished third.
The Poteau Pirates and Lady Pirates had a great homecoming celebration as they won both ends of the doubleheader against Sallisaw on Friday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
The Pirates opened the night with a 61-44 rout of the Black Diamonds, then the Lady Pirates capped the evening with a 58-38 victory over the Lady Black Diamonds.
While I was gearing up this past weekend for the 81st LeFlore County Tournament, the state's longest-running basketball tournament, being the baseball fan I am, it was a sorrowful one for me in that regard.
Three legendary baseball figures died over the weekend.
Leading this list was Stan Musial, one of the greatest St. Louis Cardinals players to ever don the red and white. â€śStan the Man,â€ť as he was known, was one of my late father's favorite players â€” and not just because he was a Cardinals fan.
PANOLA â€” Leflore's Caleb Smith hit the twine for 40 points as the Leflore Savages dominated the Panola Bearcats for a 67-35 win â€” and their fifth straight victory.
The â€™Cats only trailed 23-13 at halftime, but the Savages outscored them 34-2 in the third quarter to take a 57-15 lead into the final period.
Smith's 40 points came in only three periods.
â€śHe could have probably gotten 70 had he played the entire game,â€ť said Daniel Caldwell, Leflore's first-year coach.
BOKOSHE â€” A pair of Miranda McFarland free throws in the waning seconds helped the Bokoshe Lady Tigers to a 53-51 win over the Arkoma Lady Mustangs on Friday night at Bokoshe Tigers Fieldhouse.
With 12 seconds left, McFarland hit two charity tosses to give the Lady Tigers a 53-51 lead.
The Lady Mustangs had one last chance to tie or win the game, but did not get a good shot off.
I hope you all are as pumped for this week as I am. I think fans will see some very entertaining games, and will see some shockers.
I for one am glad that the entire county is getting in on the action this week. Most of the action will be here in the central part of the county â€” Wister, Carl Albert State College and Poteau High School. The semifinals will be Thursday and Friday nights at Talihina, while the finals will be in Spiro.
Mountain Gateway Sisterhood of Steel, Poteau's roller derby team, released its 2013 schedule. The SOS will play five home games this year starting on Jan. 26 against Red River Roller Derby out of Wichita Falls, Texas.
SOS is entering its third season of play at SkateReation in Poteau.
A new quirk to the schedule will see SOS play three games at the Fort Smith (Ark.) Convention Center in a series of doubleheaders with the River Valley Roller Girls.
Date Opponent Place
Jan. 26 Red River Roller Derby Poteau
Feb. 16 I Heart Derby Mini Boot Camp Fort Smith, Ark.
When the 81st LeFlore County Tournament bracket was drawn up, the Leflore Lady Savages and the Panama Lady Razorbacks were to have met in an opening-round game at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Poteau High School's Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
However, due to a Lady Savage suffering an injury earlier this month in the Rock Island Conference Shootout, the Leflore girls have ended up forfeiting all their games in the county tournament, thus denying two seniors, Allison Todd and Taylor Lloyd, one last county tournament. Needless to say, the Lady Savages are disappointed.