TALIHINA â€” Two seasons ago, the Talihina Golden Tigers were one of the favorites to win the Class 2A state title on the gridiron, but that playoff run was abruptly halted by a heartbreaking loss to Colcord in the second round of the playoffs at Doc Robinson Stadium.
Last year, a five-game losing streak to end the season kept the Golden Tigers from being a playoff team.
Now, after a drop back into Class A and opening the season 8-0, the Golden Tigers find themselves back into the postseason parade.
PANAMA â€” When they were freshmen, sophomores and juniors, success was hard to come by for two Panama Razorback football players â€” quarterback Trevor Bourne and running back/defensive lineman Jacob Vick. During their sophomore season in 2010, the Hogs went 0-10. Finally, Panama's 17-game losing streak was snapped in a Week 8 victory over archrival Pocola in 2011.
POCOLA â€” It's been five years since the Pocola Indians have had a playoff game (2007). The current seniors were in middle school.
Now, those senior Indians will get the chance to end their high school football careers in the postseason.
The Indians will hit the road tonight to face the sixth-ranked Stroud Tigers for a 7:30 p.m. Class 2A playoff opener.
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To Get There â€” Take Oklahoma State Highway 9 west, past Sunset Corner, to U.S. Highway 59. Take U.S. 59 north to Sallisaw. Take Interstate 40 west to Exit 200 (Seminole-Prague exit). Take Oklahoma State Highway 99 north to Stroud.
SPIRO â€” Two years ago, the Spiro Bulldogs football team got to the Class 3A state quarterfinals before losing to Oklahoma City Heritage Hall. Unfortunately for senior Jermaine Jimmerson, he did not get to participate in that postseason due to breaking his leg in that season opener against Panama.
After the â€™Dogs failed to make the playoffs last year, they are returning to postseason play beginning tonight. No one is happier about that than Jimmerson.
On Halloween night, we all went trick-or-treating in the Woods Addition. At the Repass house, Kevin and Val had a fire going, and they were making and handing out fresh s'mores along with their other Halloween candy. It was awesome. By the way, guys, I did go into your house and got a bottle of water. All that walking and talking to all those people made me so thirsty. Thanks again, guys.
I don't know how many different families I walked with because I lost my family in the crowd.
HOWE â€” It was a rough beginning to the 2012-13 basketball season for the Cameron High School teams Tuesday night at the Howe Gym.
The host Lady Lions got things going with a 52-33 win over the Lady Yellowjackets, then the Lions clawed the â€™Jackets 69-20.
LEFLORE â€” The Leflore Savages got not only their first win of the 2012-13 season, but new coach Daniel Caldwell his first win with his new team Tuesday night as the Savages routed the Panola Bearcats 68-36 in their home opener at the Leflore Gym.
The Savages jumped out to a 14-0 lead after a period en route to a 34-5 halftime advantage.
Whitesboro 63, Smithville 57: In Smithville, the Bulldogs remained undefeated for new coach Billy Karr. The â€™Dogs doubled up the Braves 20-10 in the first quarter, but the hosts cut the deficit to 29-25 at halftime.
SMITHVILLE â€” The Whitesboro Lady Bulldogs made it 2-for-2 to begin the season as they got a 45-43 come-from-behind road win over the Smithville Lady Braves.
Trailing 15-11 after one period, the Lady Bulldogs outscored Smithville 13-9 in the second quarter to knot the game at 24 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Braves 9-6 to take a 33-30 lead into the final period.
Wister 56, McCurtain 38: In McCurtain, the Lady Wildcats jumped out to a 16-5 lead after one period to take control of the game.