HEAVENER â€” All the top seeds were victorious in Tuesday night's championship quarterfinal games of the 80th LeFlore County Tournament played at the Heavener Gym.
On the boys' side, second-seeded Poteau used a strong second half to down Talihina 49-32, while third-seeded Heavener got past Pocola 57-46.
The postseason has arrived for the Poteau Pirates wrestling team. The Pirates will be in the Class 4A District Duals beginning at 5 p.m. today in Wagoner.
â€śWe're real anxious,â€ť second-year Poteau Coach Chris Barbee said. â€śThis is what we've been working toward all season. We've kind of had our ups and downs, but we're kind of coming into this on an upswing (two dual wins last Thursday against Fort Smith (Ark.) Southside and Talihina). We're looking for good things.â€ť
VIAN â€” The good news for the Talihina Golden Tigers wrestling team was it got its first dual win, beating Keys (Park Hill) 54-30 during the Class 2A District Duals on Tuesday.
The not-so-good news was the Golden Tigers suffered losses in their other three duals on the day, losing to host Vian 78-6, Sequoyah-Tahlequah 42-36 and Quinton 42-30. Just 24 hours before, the Golden Tigers posted a win over Sequoyah-Tahlequah
The Golden Tigers (1-6 in duals this season) will finish their district dual competition at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hulbert.
If you have a chance, come out and watch some of the Leflore County Tournament this weekend. It is a good chance to watch our area youth battling it out on the hardwood. Wisterâ€™s boys are in the semifinals for the first time since 1994 (at least that is when Jerry Carpenter and I decided). That is the year when some of my junior high playersâ€™ dads were playing.
Good luck boys!
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HEAVENER â€” There's finally a different number in the win column for the Poteau Lady Pirates.
The Lady Pirates got their first win of the season Monday afternoon as they opened play in the 2012 LeFlore County Tournament with a 47-25 victory over the Whitesboro Lady Bulldogs at the Heavener Gym.
BOKOSHE â€” The first upset on the girls' side of the 2012 LeFlore County Tournament belongs to the Arkoma Lady Mustangs.
The Lady Mustangs, seeded 11th, upset No. 6 Wister 59-45 Monday night at Bokoshe Tigers Fieldhouse.
In the other three games at this site, the top seeds prevailed. In the other girls' game, fourth-seeded Bokoshe handled 13th-seeded Cameron 49-32. On the boys' side, No. 5 Cameron defeated No. 12 Arkoma 78-45, while No. 4 Wister was too much for 13th-seed and tournament-host Bokoshe 57-14.
SPIRO â€” The Panama Lady Razorbacks and the Pocola Indians posted opening-night wins in the 2012 LeFlore County Tournament Monday night at the Spiro Gym.
The Lady â€™Backs handled archrival Pocola 45-28, while the Indians got past a pesky group of Whitesboro Bulldogs 66-53.
After four championship quarterfinals on Tuesday here, the contests today and tonight at the Spiro Gym will determine the match-ups for Friday's fifth-place games.
Free throws down the stretch proved to be the difference for the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Golden Norsemen in their 68-60 win over the Carl Albert State College Vikings in Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference action Monday night at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
Despite playing good defense and holding the NEO Lady Golden Norse to 57 points, it wasn't enough for the Lady Vikings in their 57-42 loss in the first game Monday night.
TAHLEQUAH â€” While it was more of a practice triangular when the Talihina Golden Tigers wrestling team visited Sequoyah-Tahlequah along with Checotah Monday night, several locals got at least one win on the night.
Three Talihina matmen got two wins as Andrew Young (160 pounds), Dylan Chancellor (195) and Bryan Young (220) each beat their opponent from Sequoyah-Tahlequah and Checotah, while Brian Collins (182) got a win over his Checotah opponent as Sequoyah-Tahlequah did not have a 182-pounder.
COWETA â€” Several members of the Talihina Youth Wrestling Club placed at last weekend's Coweta Tournament.
Derek Lester, Roederick Hornbuckle and Bryan Young all won their respective weight class titles.
Heath Humphreys and Rodney Killingsworth were second, Parker Judkins and Bryan Lester were third and Triston Blummel and Sawyer Blue were fourth.