The 2012 football season for the Poteau Pirates ended Friday night. Even though the Pirates did not make the playoffs, they made all the fans realize that something good is about to happen and the future is bright.
This year the Pirates scored 270 while giving up 205. Poteau rushed for 2,620 yards and passed the ball for 798 yards, for a total offense of 3,418 yards. The defense held other teams to 1,299 yards rushing, but gave up 1,294 yards through the air.
Due to space constraints in today's edition, I'm not going to get too wordy this week.
However, let me remind county basketball coaches that I need their preseason questionnaire along with their schedule. The preseason questionnaires provide me the information needed to write the season-preview stories of our county basketball teams â€” like the story on Whitesboro's team in Thursday's edition and Howe's in Friday's paper.
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” Not that it should come as any surprise, but newcomer Kevin Martin has been a welcome addition to the Oklahoma City Thunder team. He averaged more than 18 points a game with Houston and has already shown consistency on the court with his shooting and ball handling. After scoring 15 points, with three 3-point baskets and five assists in his first game and following that up with 19 points, three 3s, three rebounds and two assists against Portland in the Thunder's home opener Friday night, Martin really showed what he can do scoring Sunday night.
The Carl Albert State College men's basketball teams suffered their first losses of the season, both to nationally-ranked opponents, in this past weekend's Oklahoma-Texas Shootout in Weatherford.
The Vikings lost 74-48 to 14th-ranked Trinity Valley Community College on Sunday, which came on the heels of Saturday's 82-60 loss to third-ranked Howard College.
The next game for the Vikings will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 13 against Cowley County, Kan., at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. â€” The Arkansas Razorbacks finally came through with a win as they celebrated homecoming with a 19-15 victory over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Saturday at Frank Broyles Field at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
The Razorbacks (4-5) were challenged all day by a good Golden Hurricane team (7-2), which saw its seven-game winning streak snapped but is undefeated in Conference USA.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. â€” It's always frustrating on a losing team to know that it had a chance to win that respective contest. Just as the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.
Tulsa failed to capitalize on getting five more points â€” missing a field goal and an extra point, while having a second PAT blocked by Arkansas defender DeQuinta Jones) â€” and the end result was a 19-15 loss to the Razorbacks, who got to make it a happy homecoming for the 64, 451 in attendance on Saturday at Frank Broyles Field at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
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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The Spiro Youth Basketball League is taking sign-ups for kindergarten through fifth grade until Monday at any office at Spiro Public Schools.
There will be an overview meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Spiro Gym where any questions about the league or coaching a team will be dealt with. For additional information, call Dustin Gist at (918) 605-1840.
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PANAMA â€” The Panama Razorbacks football team wasn't quite in the playoffs with last week's home win over archrival Pocola. It took two Wilburton losses last week and Friday night to ensure a Hogs' trip to the postseason, since the Razorbacks lost their home finale 54-0 to No. 1 Vian on Friday night at George Ollie Stadium.
The Diggers lost last week to Hugo, then lost in their rivalry game with the Hartshorne Miners on Friday night to solidify Panama's trip to Okemah next week to begin the Class 2A playoffs.
POCOLA â€” The Pocola Indians were hoping to enter next week's Class 2A playoff game out Stroud with a win Friday night. It didn't happen as Mountainburg, Ark., came to John Carter Field and left 54-19 victors.
WEBBERS FALLS â€” For the last two seasons, the Arkoma Mustangs football team has ended the season with a playoff loss. In 2012, there was no playoff game, but the season still ended with a loss.
The Mustangs closed out the year with a 62-22 loss to the the Webbers Falls Warriors on Friday night.