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Heavener boys beat Oden, Ark., for first win of basketball season

December 4, 2014

HARTFORD, Ark. — The Heavener Wolves basketball team got its first win of the season Wednesday night, beating Oden, Ark., 67-28 in the Gary Ford Invitational. Unlike most tournaments that have a consolation championship game, this event does not have one. Thus, the Wolves have no more games in the tournament.

Pirates young, athletic this basketball season under new head coach

December 4, 2014

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series previewing the Poteau High School basketball teams. The Lady Pirates’ season preview story will be in Friday’s edition.

The Poteau Pirates basketball team made it to the Class 4A Area Tournament before its season ended at 12-14. They’re hoping for bigger and better things when the 2014-15 season gets started at 8 p.m. Friday with a road game against the McAlester Buffaloes at Brumley Gym.

NEO teams sweep Carl Albert

December 4, 2014

Getting 24 points from Alyssa Banks wasn’t enough for the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings in their 73-72 overtime loss to the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Golden Norse on Tuesday night in Miami, Okla.
Getting 18 points from Mairega Clark and 16 points from Chris Bates wasn’t enough for the Vikings in their 93-81 loss to NEO.
The CASC teams will return home tonight to entertain Seminole State at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse. The women’s game will be at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 8 p.m.

McDonald Pigskin Picks winner for second straight week, fifth time overall

December 4, 2014

Russ McDonald won the Poteau Daily News' Pigskin Picks Contest for the second straight week, for the fifth time this season and the fourth time outright. He was he only contestant to go 10-2 in last week's contest. He earned $25 for his victory.

Tuesday’s High School Girls Basketball Roundup

December 3, 2014

POCOLA — The Pocola Lady Indians won their season opener for new coach Eric Ladd as they held off the Stigler Lady Panthers 57-52 on Tuesday night at the Pocola Gym.
Trailing 15-13 after a period, the Lady Indians used a 11-1 run to end the first half to take a 31-23 lead at halftime.
Pocola’s lead got to as much as 15 points, 45-30, in the third quarter, only to see Stigler cut the deficit to 54-50 with about two minutes left to play. However, the Lady Panthers got no closer.

Tuesday’s High School Boys Basketball Roundup

December 3, 2014

POCOLA — The Stigler Panthers spoiled the debut of new Pocola boys coach, and Pocola alum, Scott Nelke as they beat the Indians 51-42 on Tuesday night at the Pocola Gym.
Leading 24-22 at halftime, a 6-0 run to begin the third quarter helped the Panthers outscore the Indians 16-6 in the period to take a 40-28 lead into the final quarter.
However, Pocola did not go down without a fight. Kaleb Verschage’s basket with about three minutes left to play cut the Stigler lead to 44-42, but the Indians got no closer.

Leflore teams, Arkoma girls win Gold Bracket openers at EOSC Classic, but Mustangs lose

December 3, 2014

WILBURTON — Both Leflore teams and the Arkoma Lady Mustangs posted opening-day victories in Gold Bracket play at the Eastern Oklahoma State College Classic, which took place Tuesday at both EOSC's Claud C. Dunlap Fieldhouse and the Wilburton High School Gym.
The Savages beat Panola 75-32, while the Lady Savages handled Battiest 58-20. Both Leflore teams will play Buffalo Valley in the championship semifinals Thursday night at the Wilburton Gym, with the girls playing at 7:10 p.m. and the boys at 8:30 p.m.

Howe teams, Bokoshe girls, Whitesboro teams get wins in EOSC Classic; Bokoshe boys fall

December 3, 2014

WILBURTON — Several LeFlore County teams posted wins to begin the 2014 Eastern Oklahoma State College Classic on Monday at two sites — EOSC's Claud C. Dunlap Fieldhouse and the Wilburton High School Gym — in Blue Bracket play.
Both Howe teams won big as the Lady Lions won 63-24 over Clayton, while the Lions clawed Indianola 61-13.
Bokoshe will be the Howe girls' next opponent as the Lady Tigers handled Indianola 59-42 and will face the Lady Lions at 7:10 tonight at the Wilburton Gym in the championship semifinals.

Tulsa fires Spiro native Blankenship after second losing season

December 3, 2014

TULSA (AP) — Tulsa fired coach Bill Blankenship on Monday, three days after the Golden Hurricane wrapped up a second consecutive losing season.
The Golden Hurricane finished 2-10, with a 49-32 home loss to East Carolina on Friday night. Blankenship took over at his alma mater in 2011 after Todd Graham left for Pittsburgh. He went 19-8 in his first two seasons, including a Conference USA championship in 2012.

Heavener Wolves begin season today against Hackett in Hartford Tournament

December 2, 2014

The Heavener Wolves basketball team will begin their season at 5:30 this afternoon in the Hartford [Ark.] Tournament against Hackett, Ark. The Lady Wolves will play right before them at 4 p.m.
The Wolves were 7-18 last season, and they return four starters from that team.

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