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Poteau youth wrestler earns certificate for Academic All-State

January 14, 2012

Landon Thornburg, age 6, was awarded a certificate of Governor's Commendation for Oklahoma Youth Wrestling Academic All-State during last weekend's United States Junior Open Championships at Oklahoma City's Cox Convention Center.
Thornburg, the son of Jason and Ashley Thornburg and grandson of Kenny and Linda Newman, had to have a grade-point average of 3.8 or higher as well as have completed a community service project.

A look back at 2011 in LeFlore County athletics — and my JH County Tournament All-Tournament Team

January 13, 2012

As I look at 2011 in the rearview mirror, I, too, am proud of the exploits of champions of LeFlore County. Kudos to the Talihina Golden Tigers and their Class 2A state basketball championship. Most people don’t realize they were only four points away from being a three-time state champion.
Tyler Tustin gained the second state championship for the Pirates in wrestling, and he has two more years to wrestle.

Fourth-Place Boys Team

January 13, 2012

Sports Briefs

January 13, 2012

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.

Steelman, Wann win 2012 He-Man Tournament last weekend

January 13, 2012

The 2012 He-Man Women Haters Club Poteau Chapter had its second annual He-Man Polar Bear Bass Tournament Saturday at Grasshopper Landing on Broken Bow Lake. There were 12 boats in the tournament field, with the temperatures in the 60s — it was just a perfect day.
Gary “The Jig Master” Steelman and Judd “Van Damm” Wann took home first place with a haul of 13.15 pounds and pocketing $1,000.
Haskell “Hack Attack” Higgins and “The Boy Wonder” A.J. Higgins came in second (11.64 pounds), while Jason “Glitter” Wickware and “The” Chad Warner came in third (11.23).

He-Man Big Bass Winner

January 13, 2012

Poteau teams split home games with Sallisaw Tuesday night

January 12, 2012

The Poteau High School basketball teams split their home doubleheader with Sallisaw Tuesday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
The Pirates used their defense to polish off the Black Diamonds by a score of 61-43, but the Lady Pirates had problems with the Lady Black Diamonds' pressure defense and struggled over the final 15 minutes of the game in losing 65-39.

Tuesday's High School Boys Basketball Roundup

January 12, 2012

PANAMA — A strong second-half performance enabled the Panama Razorbacks to rally from a one-point halftime deficit to down the Arkoma Mustangs 47-38 Tuesday night at the Panama Gym.
Talihina 51, Pocola 49, OT: In Talihina, the Indians outscored the Golden Tigers 12-7 in the final period to knot the game at 42-all at the end of regulation, Talihina outscored Pocola 9-7 in the extra period.
Heavener 55, Wilburton 51: In Heavener, trailing 21-20 at halftime, the Wolves (5-5) outscored the Diggers 35-30 in the second half to get the win.

Tuesday's High School Girls Basketball Roundup

January 12, 2012

TALIHINA — The Talihina Lady Golden Tigers bounced back from Saturday night's title game loss in the Longhorn Invitational Tournament in Lone Grove by defeating the Pocola Lady Indians 49-35 Tuesday night at Ray Henson Gymnasium.
Panama 49, Arkoma 34: In Panama, the Lady Razorbacks used a strong second half to break a first-half deadlock.
With the game tied at 20-all at halftime, the Lady ’Backs outscored the Lady Mustangs 29-14 in the second half to win going away on a night the Panama softball players got awarded their state rings for winning last fall's Class 2A State Tournament title.

Poteau wrestlers get road dual win over Stilwell

January 12, 2012

STILWELL — The Poteau Pirates wrestling team posted a 37-29 road dual win over the Stilwell Indians Tuesday night.
The Pirates (11-5) won seven matches on the night, of which four were by pins by Devin Anderson (120 pounds), Tyler Tustin (132), Derek Francis (170) and Gabe Sanchez (195).
Will Longenbaugh got a decision win at 126 pounds, Khy Mote got a major decision at 160 and Tanner Sanders won by forfeit at 145.
It was the second time the Pirates beat the Indians. Poteau defeated Stilwell 54-15 during the Jay Border Wars last month. This time around, it was not quite the same.

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