Alumni football is coming to Poteau. Gridiron Alumni is planning several full contact alumni football games.
Gridiron Alumni travels the nation pitting old football rivals against each other one more time.
Players are needed to sign up, and the first 40 players on each team get to play. The team that gets 30 people registered first gets home-field advantage.
Last year, hundreds of players and thousands of fans swarmed stadiums to watch their home town heroes strap it on one more time.
This year, Gridiron Alumni would like to bring alumni football to the whole state of Oklahoma.
COLLINSVILLE â€” Four members of the Poteau Youth Wrestling Club competed at Saturday's Cardinal Christmas Classic.
Bryson Terry was runner-up, Ross Johnson and Jarrett Lilley were third and Doncurian Jones was fourth.
Race Williams competed, but did not medal.
So, you thought that you were going to have to wait until next week for basketball â€” both when high schools will resume their current season as well as the 2012 LeFlore County Junior High Tournament. Not so.
Today and Thursday will be the first-ever Panama Holiday Festival, which will not only feature the host Hogs and Lady â€™Backs, but Howeâ€™s teams, Spiroâ€™s squads and teams from Acorn, Ark.
For starters, this event was created to avoid some busy weeks which would have happened otherwise for the Panama teams.
Last year, the Spiro Bulldogs had two players make All-State â€” quarterback Clayton Mitchem and Elliott Hawkins. This year, another Bulldog got the same honor.
Spiro wide receiver/cornerback K.J. Booze made the All-State East Team.
For the season, Booze caught 35 passes for 407 yards and five touchdowns. He rushed for 533 yards on 115 carries and scored five more TDs. Defensively, he had 34 tackles, two interceptions and three pass knockdowns.
Spiro girls vs. Acorn, Ark., 4 p.m.
Spiro boys vs. Acorn, Ark., 5:30 p.m.
Howe girls vs. Panama, 7 p.m.
Howe boys vs. Panama, 8:30 p.m.
Howe girls vs. Spiro, 4 p.m.
Howe boys vs. Spiro, 5:30 p.m.
Panama girls vs. Acorn, Ark., 7 p.m.
Panama boys vs. Acorn, Ark., 8:30 p.m.
The Satchel Paige Travel Baseball Team is looking for youth baseball players between the ages of 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 and 17-19 years old that would like to be a part of our Phoenix Christmas Baseball Tournament Team Monday through next Saturday and/or the 2012 Summer Travel Baseball Team that will include trips to Cincinnati, Omaha, Neb., Orlando, Fla., and Puerto Rico.
All interested players can call (773) 744-1040 or go online to www.whsn.org.
With this being my last column for 2011, I thought we'd take a look back at the season that was on the lakes.
The first LeFlore County Bass Club tournament took place March 5 at Broken Bow Lake. Steve â€śHardâ€ť Core and â€śGood Luckâ€ť Chuck Restine won first place with a haul of 18.81 pounds of bass â€” which included Steve big bass winner of 7.33 pounds which was good for $230 â€” which earned them $575 for the win. Jason â€śWickâ€ť Wickware and Russ â€śPopâ€ť Warner were second (14.12 pounds, $345), while Robbie â€śThe Bruiserâ€ť Brassfield and Keith â€śStoneâ€ť Jones were third (9.22 pounds, $230).
In Tuesday's edition, the Cage Notes Column had the wrong date for when the 2012 LeFlore County Junior High Tournament Guide will be published.
It will be published on Dec. 31, the Saturday edition prior to the tournament beginning Jan. 2, 2012.
The tournament will run Jan. 2-7, 2012.
The Poteau Daily News regrets the error.
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TALIHINA â€” The Christmas Break for the Talihina High School basketball teams began with a split of their home games against Broken Bow Tuesday night on Chris Gillespie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium.
The Lady Golden Tigers bounced back from Friday night's tough loss at Stigler to claw the Lady Savages 47-30, but the Savages earned a split of the night for the visitors as they posted a 52-32 victory.
TALIHINA â€” When one looks at all the Talihina High School basketball success, both boys and girls, one name is pretty much cemented there â€” Chris Gillespie.
Last season, his final at the coach of the Golden Tigers, Gillespie guided them to the Class 2A state title in the fourth of four straight trips to state â€” after a quarterfinal finish and two state runner-up finishes in the previous three trips. He also had success with the Lady Golden Tigers program.