PANAMA â€” The Panama Lady Razorbacks softball team will get a chance to defend their Class 2A state title this weekend. However, it was a little harrowing if that chance was going to present itself.
After Wyandotte defeated Panama 6-0 in the first Class 2A Regional Tournament title game, the Lady â€™Backs found themselves against the wall â€” needing to win, or go home.
WISTER â€” Last Friday, things were not looking too promising for the Wister Wildcats baseball team to keep the streak alive of seasons at state. At that moment, the streak stood at five.
After the â€™Cats lost the Class A Regional Tournament title game 11-0 to host Rattan, they had to beat Tushka for a second time to make state as consolation champions.
With the game tied 2-2 in the seventh inning, senior Tyler Gibson hit a two-run home run to propel the Wildcats to a 4-2 victory â€” and make it six straight seasons at state, dating back to May 2010.
Last year, the Poteau Pirates football team suffered a heartbreaking 59-56 shootout loss on the road against the Fort Gibson Tigers. That taste of defeat did not sit well with current senior lineman Trevor Shankle.
The Poteau Pirates freshmen football team had its stiffest test, or so it was appearing to be, Tuesday night at Costner Stadium when the Vian Wolverines came to town. While the Wolverines were trying to hand this bunch their first-ever loss, the Pirates had other ideas.
Even with freshman, and current varsity, running back Roger Barcheers in street clothes on the sideline, the Pirates did not miss a beat as they routed the Wolverines 41-6.
Although the high school football playoffs will not start until Nov. 9, for all intents and purposes they have now started for the Arkoma Mustangs (1-4, 1-3 in District C-4).
â€śThe playoffs have started for us,â€ť said Mark Weatherton, Arkoma's coach. â€śWe need to win or we're probably done.â€ť
The Mustangs lost their third straight district game last Friday night at Mustang Field, falling 53-8 to Southwest Covenant.
The Heavener Wolves football team was in perhaps the best game from a fan's perspective so far this season. The Wolves ended up being in a shootout last Friday night on the road against the Roland Rangers, who ended up prevailing 40-32.
â€śOffensively, we played pretty well,â€ť said Carl Lee, Heavener's first-year coach. â€śDefensively, we struggled a bit at times in our secondary. From a fan's standpoint, it was an pretty exciting game. From a coach's standpoint, it was a game in which I was trying to not get a heart attack.â€ť
If ever there was a golden opportunity to get a victory during this 2012 football season, Friday night may be the night for the Panama Razorbacks.
The Hogs (0-5, 0-2 in District 2A-6) will travel to meet the Antlers Bearcats (0-5, 0-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
â€śWe don't want to overlook things, but we like our chances as compared to other weeks,â€ť said Brandon Ellis, Panama's second-year coach. â€śIt's a winnable game for us, if we do things right.â€ť