When this school year began, LeFlore County schools, coaches, athletic directors and administrators were going to be faced with a big challenge thanks to the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association. The OSSAA handed down two big rules. No. 1 â€” no games can take place on Wednesdays. No. 2 â€” no games can begin earlier than 4 p.m. and cannot start after 9 p.m.
For the Class A and B schools of the county, and state for that matter, it can pose a big problem.
WHITESBORO â€” The Whitesboro Bulldogs used late-inning offense to bounce back from Saturday night's loss to Wister in the title game of the Howe Wood Bat Classic.
Down 9-1 in the fifth inning, the Bulldogs came back to claim a 12-11 victory over the Leflore Savages Monday night.
Wister 12, McCurtain 10: In Wister, the Wildcats were able to outlast the Bulldogs to get the week off on the right foot.
The â€™Cats (12-6) scored five runs in the second inning to take a 7-3 lead after two innings. A pair of runs in each the third and fourth innings put Wister ahead 11-4 entering the fifth inning.
The four-player team of Hal Dowden, Doc Chitwood, Ray Luman and Mike Hahn won Monday's Carl Albert Coaches Golf Tournament at Wolf Ridge Golf Course. The foursome's score was 54.
The second-place team of Gabe Smith, Josh and Joe Tackett and Brandon Severe was just a shot behind at 55.
There was a stroke difference between second and third place as well as the quartet of Perry Reed, Alan McDaniel, Chad Knight and Chris Faust shot a 56.
There were two winning duos in Saturday's Couples Scramble, which took place at Wolf Ridge Golf Course.
In the first flight, Kay Chitwood and Jerry Bowers (68) edged Terry and Stacey Harrison (70) to win the title.
It was an even closer battle in second flight as Josh and Courtney Wiles (78) got past Derrick and Hailey Benson (79) by a stroke.
One local young golfer recently brought home a tournament championship to LeFlore County.
Poteau's Connor Whitworth won a Tulsa U.S. Kids Golf Tour event. It marked the Poteau youth's first win on the tour.
He played the first four holes at 2-under par, and then had an 8 on a par-three hole to go to 2-over par. He finished with a 6-over par, 42 which tied Brecken Franklin who has never been defeated in the 7-year old boys Tulsa U.S. Kids Golf Tour.
Whitworth, who is age 7, made a birdie on his first playoff hole to win his sudden death playoff match.
The good news is the Arkoma Mustangs football team will finally get a home game, after opening the season on the road for the first two weeks.
â€śWe're excited to be playing at home,â€ť said Mark Weatherton, Arkoma's coach. â€śWe're looking forward to Friday night, especially after the way we played against Bokoshe.â€ť
However, it's not the easiest of home openers â€” not at all, since it's against the Maud Tigers. Kickoff for the District C-4 game is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mustang Field.
The first two games for the Panama Razorbacks football team has been different. In their home opener Aug. 30 at George Ollie Stadium, they led for half before losing 35-19.
Last week, the homestanding Roland Rangers took to the Hogs in a 44-0 loss.
The Razorbacks (0-2) are hoping third time's the charm when they travel to meet the Warner Eagles at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
â€śWe're hungry for one,â€ť said Brandon Ellis, Panama's second-year coach. â€śI think that when they ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown, that broke our spirits and our will to win.â€ť'
I'm now in my third year to be a part of the LeFlore County Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament. My first two years were very enjoyable, and I'm looking forward to a third.
If the seeding holds true, it will be a Poteau-Panama final. If that happens, it will be the first time they have met since their Aug. 28 contest at Poteau in which the Lady Pirates prevailed 1-0 in 14 innings in a game which lasted nearly 3.5 hours.
However, another team coming in hot is the Talihina Lady Golden Tigers, fresh off winning last weekend's Kiowa Tournament.