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Fall ball is fast approaching; Panama Preseason Festival scheduled for next week; 2014 Fall Diamond Tab publishing Aug. 16

August 1, 2014

With the arrival of August means the arrival of fall ball on the diamond with the 2014 fast-pitch softball and fall baseball seasons beginning Aug. 12.
That means the first sports special section of the 2014-15 season will come out soon — the 2014 Falll Diamond Tab, which will be published on Aug. 16. Therefore, I'll begin to work on that at the end of next week.
As always, the Panama Preseason Softball Festival will be Thursday through Saturday as a prelude to the season. The schedule will be listed below.

16th Annual Super Stock Showdown Results, Updated Point Standings

August 1, 2014

July 24-26
Tri-State Speedway
Pocola

Editor’s Note: Results and point standings include the top three finishers plus any other local racer.
Factory Story Race
1. Shannon Cox, Greenwood, Ark.; 2. Travis Vaughn, Pocola; 3. Darren Scott, Springdale, Ark.; 4. Wendell Vaughn, Pocola; 12. Jerrod Adams, Wister; 13. Caleb Speers, Talihina.
Pure Stock Race
1. Marshall Penson, Van Buren, Ark.; 2. Jim Richesin, Van Buren; 3. Jesse Garner, Alma, Ark.; 4. Junior Thornburg, Spiro.
Super Stock A Race

Former Poteau wrestling coach honored by OCA on Wednesday; Red Oak basketball player plays in All-State Small School Game

July 31, 2014

While there was no LeFlore County athlete or coach in the spotlight during Wednesday’s action in the 2014 Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Games in the Tulsa metropolitan area, there were two individuals who did stand out.
Former Poteau and current Stilwell wrestling coach Chris Barbee was awarded with the Outstanding Achievement Award by OCA for his 15 years of service during the All-State Wrestling Matches at Bixby High School. The East dominated the West 45-6.

Sports Briefs

July 31, 2014

Those interested in being a 2014 Poteau Bandit Football League football team or cheerleading coach are urged to attend an organization meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Poteau City Hall.
For additional information, call Billy Bond at (918) 647-1939.
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Arkoma High School athletics announces the 2014-15 parents/guardians meeting 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Arkoma Events Center to officially present all paperwork necessary to participate in sports.
All athletes going in to 7 through 12 grade must be represented at the meeting.

My vacation to Green Bay training camp, Packer 5k run

July 31, 2014

It all started July 23 when Richard Reif picked me up at 4 a.m. and drove to Tulsa to pick up Richard's brother, Jim, as we were on our way for the opening of the 2014 Green Bay Packers training camp as well as run in The Packer 5k at Lambeau Field.
We got to St. Louis by noon on July 23 so we could eat lunch at Cousin Hugo's, which is our traditional lunch stop on our annual trip to Green Bay so we can enjoy its wings and burgers.
After lunch, we arrived at Brad Kraemer's house in Prairie du Sac, Wisc., at about 8 p.m. It only took us 16 hours to get from here to there.

And The Winners Are ...

July 31, 2014

Dynamic Duo

July 31, 2014

Poteau youngsters win World Series

July 30, 2014

TULSA — The Poteau Pirates girls softball team went undefeated to win the Age 12-and-Younger Class B USSSA World Series last weekend at Savage Park.
The Pirates defeated Impact Gold from Frisco, Texas, 6-5 in the championship game.

Spiro Bulldog represents area in All-State Baseball Game; Red Oak Eagle pitches for Small East in first game

July 30, 2014

Spiro’s Hunter Wilson made his way to All-State as a utility player. The Bulldogs’ standout took advantage Tuesday night as he was used often in the East’s 3-0 win over the West in the annual Oklahoma Coaches Association Large School All-State Game at Oral Roberts University’s J.L. Johnson Stadium.

Sports Briefs

July 30, 2014

Drug testing for Poteau High School athletes will take place from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the high school. This is mandatory for all athletes.
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Wolf-Pup Football sign ups will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Heavener High School cafeteria.
Those signing up will need to bring a copy of birth certificate along with the $60 entry fee.
The league is open to those who will be in grades three through six, and those signing up can attend any school.
Forms can be found on our web site at www.heavenerballpark.com.
For additional information, call Tim Davis (918) 413-2308.

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