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What an opening week it was

August 19, 2014

The 2014 high school fast-pitch softball and fall baseball seasons got under way last week, with some teams taking home some hardware.
The undefeated Wister Lady Wildcats started the season 5-0, including knocking off the last two county champions — last fall's champions, Poteau, in their season opener and last spring's champions, Heavener. The Lady ’Cats beat the Lady Wolves twice in the Pocola Tournament to win the title. Both Wister and Heavener took home plaques from the second annual Pocola Tournament.
In baseball, the Wister Wildcats came in runners-up at the Red Oak Eagle Classic.

Poteau Pirates get first taste of football for 2014 season

August 18, 2014

Before the Poteau Pirates took the field for their preseason Red White Scrimmage on Saturday night at Costner Stadium, Coach Greg Werner told the Pirates, “We have had a good off-season preparation in the weight room, and now it is time to earn a position.”
The scrimmage was broken down into 12-play series which featured the first line defense against the first offense and the second units facing off.

Poteau ends Broken Arrow Tournament on high note with win over Sapulpa

August 18, 2014

The Poteau Lady Pirates struggled though most of the Broken Arrow Tournament, but finished on a happy note as it beat Sapulpa 5-3 Saturday in its last game of the event.
The Lady Pirates (2-6), who lost their previous five games earlier in the day and Friday, scored two runs to break a 3-3 tie in the fifth inning. The game ended after 5½ due to the time limit.
Poteau lost 6-4 to Bixby and 13-3 to Chickasha on Saturday after losing to Westmoore 13-6, Inola 5-0 and Mustang 7-0 on Friday.

Wister girls beat Heavener to win Pocola Tournament

August 18, 2014

The Wister Lady Wildcats went through undefeated to win the 2014 Pocola Tournament on Friday night, beating the Heavener Lady Wolves for the second time in the weeklong event 4-2 in the title game.
The Lady Wolves, who were dropped into the loser’s bracket after Tuesday’s 7-2 loss to Wister, beat the Spiro Lady Bulldogs 11-3 in Friday afternoon’s loser’s-bracket final to get to the title game.

Poteau Red-White Scrimmage tonight at Costner Stadium; admission is bottles of Gatorade, Powerade

August 16, 2014

Football is back in Poteau, at least the preseason that is.
The 2014 Red-White Interteam Scrimmage will be at 6:30 tonight at Costner Stadium. Admission is bottles of Gatorade and/or Powerade.
Tonight will be the first game-like situation since the 2013 Class 4A state title game last December and the spring game in May.
“Anytime you turn the lights on and have a chance to get out there, it’s always a kind of a neat feeling,” Poteau coach Greg Werner said. “Hopefully, the folks will come out and watch, see what’s going on and get their first taste of football.”

Sports Briefs

August 16, 2014

Tickets still remain for the Poteau Pirates’ football season opener in the Hooten’s Kickoff Classic against Alma, Ark., at Fort Smith [Ark.] Northside High School at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4.
Tickets for adults and students cost $7 per person, while pre-schoolers will be admitted for free.
For those wishing to purchase tickets, call Poteau coach Greg Werner at (918) 839-4572 or come by the high school or football fieldhouse.
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Wister boys make Red Oak Eagle Classic championship semifinals; Whitesboro Bulldogs, Howe Lions eliminated

August 15, 2014

RED OAK — The Wister Wildcats won their opening-round game Thursday in the 2014 Red Oak Eagle Classic.
The ’Cats got their first victory of the season in what was their season opener, defeating the Buffalo Valley Buffaloes 7-3.
Wister played Crowder, which beat the Howe Lions 10-1 on Thursday, in one championship semifinal. The winner will play for the title at 3 p.m. Saturday, while the loser will play for third place at noon Saturday.

Wister girls beat Spiro to reach Pocola Tournament finals; championship game was scheduled Friday night

August 15, 2014

POCOLA — The Wister Lady Wildcats might have brought home a tournament championship Friday night. They were in line to do so.
The Lady Wildcats beat the Spiro Lady Bulldogs 4-3 in Thursday night’s winner’s-bracket finals.
Spiro played Heavener in Friday’s loser’s-bracket final with the winner meeting Wister. The if-game was slated for 8 p.m. Friday if needed.
The Lady Wolves won both of their consolation games, beating Stigler 9-2 and host Pocola 4-1. The Lady Indians, who took the place of the Keota Lady Lions who dropped out, beat Cameron 11-0.

Thursday/Late Tuesday High School Softball Roundup

August 15, 2014

WHITESBORO — The Whitesboro Lady Bulldogs bounced back from Tuesday’s season-opening shutout at the hands of Panama to down the Talihina Lady Golden Tigers 4-2 Thursday afternoon.
The Lady Bulldogs scored twice in the first and single runs in the next two innings for a 4-0 lead.
Panama 7, Whitesboro 0: Tuesday in Panama, Panama pitcher Hannah Goines pitched a two-hitter with nine strikeouts.
Editor’s note: Nothing was reported on Panama’s Thursday home game against Quinton by press time.

Final Summer Series Race this weekend at RaceDay Park Mx

August 14, 2014

The final motocross race of the 2014 Summer Series will take place this weekend at RaceDay Park Mx, located on Oklahoma Highway 112 between Poteau and Cameron.
There will be organized practices from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Gates will open at 8 a.m. On Sunday, gates will open at 6 a.m., with practicing beginning at 8 a.m. Races will begin at 10 a.m.
For each paying practice fee and race entry, patrons will receive one YZ85 drawing ticket sponsored by Cargill's Yamaha with the drawing taking place at intermission on Sunday. You must be present to win.
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