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.
For two local schools, their basketball teams received good news when the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association announced the Class A and B District Tournament assignments on Thursday.
In Class A, the Cameron teams will be host sqauds, with Panola and Kiowa coming to town. The Kiowa Cowgirls feature former Panama player Lauren Smith.
Sunday Couple Scrambles at Wolf Ridge Golf Course will take place at 2 p.m. Sundays.
The entry fee is $15 per person for the nine-hole weekly event.
For additional information, call (918) 647-2582.
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Choctaw Country Club is having a membership drive until April 1. Anyone signing up to become a member from now until March 30 will be able to use the country club for free, and play a round of golf for free.
Beginning on April 1, those individuals will then be required to pay their dues covering a calendar year. There is a $25 application fee.
Yet again, a Poteau softball player will stay at home to play her college ball. Third baseman/pitcher Brenna Vise signed a letter of intent to play for Carl Albert State College in a ceremony Friday afternoon at the high school.
Vise, who is one of two Poteau players to make the Middle East All-State softball team, joining Shelby Standridge in that honor, said getting to stay here as well as playing with former teammates made CASC the choice.
Despite Adrion Webber scoring 22 of his game high 25 points in the second half, it still wasnâ€™t enough for the Carl Albert State Vikings in their 63-61 loss to the Seminole State College Trojans on Thursday night at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
Ericka Edwardsâ€™ 16 points werenâ€™t enough for the Lady Vikings as they lost 57-44 to the Lady Belles.
The CASC teams will return to the court Monday night for a pair of road games against Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa. The womenâ€™s game will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the menâ€™s contest at 8 p.m.