BOKOSHE â€” On the last day of action at Bokoshe Tigers Fieldhouse in the 80th LeFlore County Tournament on Wednesday, Thursday's consolation championship games â€” which took place at the Spiro Gym â€” got set.
The Pocola Lady Indians and the Wister Lady Wildcats each won their consolation semfinals Wednesday afternoon. The Lady Indians defeated the Leflore Lady Savages 46-32, while the Lady â€™Cats edged the Whitesboro Lady Bulldogs 54-51.
In 1979, I was in Betty Nichols' eighth-grade science class. The LeFlore County Science Fair was coming up, and she asked us if anyone wanted to enter.
I kept thinking all day what I could come up with for an entry. I was walking home on South McKenna that afternoon, and I looked over into the ditch. I saw water running down the side of the hill because it had rained, and the water cut through the red dirt like a knife through hot butter. That showed the scientific property of erosion, and I thought to myself â€” erosion. I had finally come up with a plan and a project for the science fair.
BOKOSHE â€” Day 2 of the 80th LeFlore County Tournament saw two teams stay alive in the event, meaning the first two teams were eliminated during action Tuesday afternoon at Bokoshe Tigers Fieldhouse.
The Leflore Lady Savages held off the Cameron Lady Yellowjackets 42-31, while the Arkoma Mustangs handled LCT host Bokoshe 73-10.
Wednesday saw consolation semifinals take place with Pocola beating Leflore and Wister edging Whitesboro meeting in girls' games, while Panama handled Arkoma and Leflore got past Whitesboro in boys' contest.
SPIRO â€” Both Spiro High School basketball teams advanced to the semifinals of the 80th LeFlore County Tournament Tuesday night at the Spiro Gym. But needless to say, just barely.
The Bulldogs scored late to down the Howe Lions 50-48 in the final game of the night in quarterfinal action, which came after the Lady Bulldogs also scored in the waning seconds to down the Poteau Lady Pirates 45-44.
Two other county teams also made it to the semifinals. The Wister Wildcats beat the Cameron Yellowjackets 53-38, while the Bokoshe Lady Tigers defeated defending LCT champion Heavener 43-39.
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.