STILWELL â€” The Poteau Pirates could not overcome an early deficit as they lost a NOAA Conference game to the homestanding Stilwell Indians by the score of 43-37 on Monday night.
The Pirates fell behind 12-10 after a period to the Indians, who increased their lead to six points, 25-19, at halftime.
The Pirates outscored the Indians 10-6 in the third quarter to cut the deficit back to two points at 31-29 going into the final period.
However, the Indians outscored the Pirates 12-8 in the fourth quarter to hold on for the win.
Several Poteau High School football players were honored by District 4A-4. Now, a first-year Pirate has received the highest prep honor.
Poteau tight end Jay Werner was named to the East team of the All-State Football Team, which was announced last weekend by the Oklahoma Coaches Association. The All-State Game will be July 26 in Tulsa.
TALIHINA â€” Nothing like celebrating homecoming with a thrilling victory, and thatâ€™s just what the Talihina Lady Golden Tigers did Friday night on Chris Gillespie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium.
Down 18-7 after one period, the Lady Golden Tigers tied the game with a buzzer-beater to send the game into overtime. Then, the locals used a strong OT period to win, 51-43.
With seven seconds left, the Lady Savages led 39-36 and were getting ready to shoot the one-and-one. Jeff Oliver, Talihinaâ€™s coach, called timeout to ice the shooter â€” and it worked.
TALIHINA â€” The Talihina Golden Tigers basketball team made it a happy homecoming Friday night on Chris Gillispie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium. The Golden Tigers celebrated their big night with a 44-32 win over the Broken Bow Savages.
The Golden Tigers led from opening tip to final buzzer. Talihina led 14-12 after one period, 23-22 at halftime and 32-28 going into the fourth quarter.
For the second straight week, let me apologize for the space constraints in a Tuesday edition. I only was able to get two pages, thus I will have to hold the story on the Green Valley Conference Tournament until Wednesday's paper â€” since I do want to do it right because it is the inaugural one â€” and six LeFlore County teams left the Arkoma Gym with trophies.
Again, folks, I do apologize for you GVC fans having to wait one more day.
Junior High Basketball Team Photos, Numeric Rosters Needed for
County Tournament Guide
WILBURTON â€” This past weekend, things ended on a high note for the Poteau Pirates basketball team. The Pirates defeated the Eufaula Ironheads 46-34 to win the third-place game Saturday afternoon at the Wilburton Tournament.
Unfortunately, things didn't end on a high note for the Lady Pirates, who lost 49-46 in overtime to the Red Oak Lady Eagles in the third-place game Saturday afternoon.
Both teams suffered semifinal losses on Friday night. The Pirates lost 59-40 to the Red Oak Eagles, while the Lady Pirates fell to the host Wilburton Lady Diggers 48-37.
MIAMI, Okla. â€” Poteau High School wrestler Tyler Tustin won the title at 138 pounds at this past weekend's Miami Tournament. Tustin, the two-time Class 4A individual state champion at his weight class, beat Jay's two-time state qualifier 12-6, then defeated Jeff Bizzle of Bentonville, Ark., who was third in his respective state tournament last season, by a score of 3-2 and ended the tournament with a 2-0 victory over Miami's returning Class 5A state qualifier.
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” The Oklahoma City Thunder came into its Friday night contest against the Sacramento Kings at Chesapeake Energy Arena riding a nine-game winning streak. The streak continued to 10 games as the home team knocked off the Kings 103-93, and upped the NBAâ€™s best record to 19-4.
The win set up a showdown between two of the top teams in the Western Conference as the Thunder played the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The game marked the fifth straight at home for the Thunder.
The Poteau Pirates had a winning football season in 2012, and were in the playoff hunt until Week 9 â€” and were perhaps the surprise team of District 4A-4. All of that did not go unnoticed when the All-District 4A-4 Team was named.
Two Pirates got special individual honors, and a total of 12 players made the All-District Team.
Jay Werner was named the Special Teams Player of the Year, while Trevor Shankle was the Offensive Lineman of the Year.