VIAN â€” The Talihina Golden Tigers traveled to Vian for their final preseason football scrimmage of the season, and came away one positive. They don't have to play the Wolverines in the district anymore.
The Wolverines returned a senior-dominated team of 40 players from last year's team which lost to eventual Class 2A state champion Hennessey in the state quarterfinals. Five of those seniors are being looked at by Division I colleges, and the Wolverines have a talented group of juniors and sophomores to go with them.
The final preseason tune-up scrimmage for the Poteau Pirates was a polar opposite in the styles of offense Thursday night at Costner Stadium. The Mena (Ark.) Bearcats are of the line and lineage of the Greenwood (Ark.) offensive attitude. Mena's coach was once the offensive coordinator there. On the other hand, the Pirates and their new offensive philosophy which is being slowly but surely infused is a hardcore, smashmouth football style, which is the way that Greg Werner, Poteau's new coach, likes it.
WHITESBORO â€” The Whitesboro Bulldogs baseball team is two wins away from winning its own tournament.
The Bulldogs had no problem with handling the Pittsburg Panthers in an 18-0 victory Thursday night in the opening round of the Whitesboro Tournament.
The â€™Dogs (4-6) played Eagletown, a 10-9 thrilling, last-at-bat victory over Clayton, in the championship semifinals Friday night with the winner advancing to the title game at 2 p.m. this afternoon.
The loser will be in the third-place game at noon today.
CLAREMORE â€” The Poteau Lady Pirates softball team likely had a fun bus trip back home Friday afternoon. The Lady Pirates, who played in the Rogers State Classic on Friday, ended the day by knocking off Class 6A's fourth-ranked Sand Springs Lady Sandites by a score of 2-0.
The win came after a tough 5-4 loss to Glenpool, which they defeated the week before at the Broken Arrow Tournament.
PANAMA â€” An unearned run in the sixth inning broke a scoreless deadlock as the Panama Lady Razorbacks edged the Spiro Lady Bulldogs 1-0 Thursday afternoon.
With the game scoreless, Panama's Stephanie Barcheers singled, and two Spiro errors allowed her to come around to score the game's only run in the sixth inning.
Cameron 13, Howe 3; Cameron 15, Howe 6: In Cameron, the Lady Yellowjackets rebounded from Tuesday's losses with a pair of Green Valley Conference victories.
Keota 10, Wister 9: In Keota, the Lady Lions scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to win it.
OKTAHA â€” It was a rough day for both the Heavener Lady Wolves and the Pocola Lady Indians at the Oktaha Festival, which took place Thursday. Both local teams suffered three losses on the day.
The Lady Wolves fell 8-0 to Cushing, 3-1 to Muldrow and 8-3 to Tahlequah, while the Lady Indians lost 6-4 to host Oktaha, 4-0 to Locust Grove and 5-0 to Cushing.
CALVIN â€” The Leflore Savages baseball team will have a shot at some hardware today. The Savages will be in the consolation championship game of the Calvin Tournament, which will take place at 11 a.m. this morning.
The Savages beat Wanette 13-9 and Paden 12-0 on Friday in consolation action after losing their tournament opener 3-2 to Mill Creek Thursday night.
The 2012 season for the Poteau Lady Pirates and Pirates cross country teams will begin at 4 p.m. Monday at the Haworth Invitational.
The Lady Pirates return five runners who ran at last fall's Class 4A State Meet. Deven Bond was 21st (13:18.03), Sheridan Hoyer was 41st (13:39.7), Colleen Peterson was 72nd (14:17.41), Tabitha Waldrop was 78th (14:25.42) and Shandee Stanton was 87th (14:50.72).