Watching the 2012 Leflore County Junior High Tournament unfold with the High School County Tournament Jan. 16-21, old terms such as, â€śblood is thicker than water,â€ť â€śthe acorn does not fall far from the treeâ€ť and â€śthe cream will always rise to the top" come to mind.
The Junior High Tournament is in its infancy compared to the granddaddy of all county Tournaments in Oklahoma.
There are many three generations of coaches and athletes in the Junior High Tournament as well as the High School County Tournament.
Well, the football season is finally over for the Oklahoma Sooners.
Thank goodness they beat a very good Iowa team. One thing that still bothers me is the fact that the Sooners' defense, especially the secondary. runs in cycles. The Sooners are either very good or they are very horrid. It looks more and more like the Secondary Coach Willie Martinez is going to be the sacrificial lamb, but I am beginning to listen to my son, Joey, who has questioned the defensive play calling of Brent Venable for at least five years now.
Consolation quarterfinals were in the spotlight on Day 3 of the 2012 LeFlore County Junior High Tournament, which is taking place at both Poteau High School's Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse and Pansy Kidd Middle School.
In boys consolation quarterfinal action Wednesday at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse, Arkoma got past Fanshawe 50-31, Pocola handled Whitesboro 43-27, Leflore beat Bokoshe 48-40 and Hodgen defeated Monroe 42-9.
LONE GROVE â€” The Talihina High School basketball teams got the new year off on the right foot at the Longhorn Invitational Tournament at the Gary Scott Center.
The Golden Tigers got their first win of the season, and in the process got their new coach, Darrick Farriell, his first win with his new team, as they handled the Marlow Outlaws 51-40 in the opening round Thursday afternoon.
It took two days, but the first upset of the 2012 LeFlore County Junior High Tournament took place Tuesday afternoon at Poteau High School's Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
The Cameron Yellowjackets, seeded sixth, upset the third-seeded Spiro Bulldogs 37-34.
However, the other top boys seeds and three of the top four girls seeds advanced to Friday's championship semifinals.
HOWE â€” The Howe boys were able to outlast Keota's 58-56 Tuesday night at the Howe Gym in a battle of Lions.
Heavener 63, Hartshorne 28: In Hartshorne, the Wolves (4-4) reached the .500 mark with the win. Trailing 10-9 at the end of the first quarter, Heavener outscored Hartshorne 54-18 the rest of the way.
HOWE â€” In a battle of Lady Lions, LeFlore County's felines ruled supreme as Howe handled Keota 57-27 Tuesday night at the Howe Gym.
Spiro 59, Haskell 47: At Muskogee Bedouin Shrine Classic, the win put the Lady Bulldogs (5-3) into Friday night's championship semifinals against Oktaha at 4:30 p.m., with the winner playing for the small school championship at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. A loss will drop them into the third-place game at 9 a.m. Saturday.
VIAN â€” The 2012 portion of the Poteau High School wrestling season did not get started the way the Pirates had hoped as they lost a 60-15 dual decision to the Vian Wolverines Tuesday night.
Sequoyah-Tahlequah was to have made it a triangular but did not show up.
The Pirates (9-5 in duals this season) got three wins, two of which were by pins coming from Tyler Tustin (126 pounds) and Daylon Brewton (heavyweight). Poteau's other win came on a decision by Chevy Galetka in his match at 170 pounds.
GLENPOOL â€” Several Poteau Youth Wrestling Club members competed at last weekend's Glenpool Tournament, with three of them claiming gold.
Grant Ford, Seth Ford and Allison Hartley all won their weight class titles in their respective division.
Dada Jones, Ethan Carey and Gavin Morgan were all runners-up, while Creed Smith, Brandon Hartley, James Moss and Connor Williams were third.
Blaze Emerson, Jackson Morris, Remington Reed and Zack Dotson competed but did not medal.
MUSKOGEE â€” Seven Poteau Youth Wrestling Club members participated in last weekend's Berryhill New Year's Tournament.
Jarrod Vineyard was runner-up, while Bryson Terry, Jarrett Lilley and Ross Johnson all were fourth.
Race Williams, Dauntay Warren and Caden Warren also participated, but did not medal.