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Poteau begins 2014 season Thursday night in Hooten’s Classic against Alma [Ark.] Airedales; tickets still available from PHS athletic department

September 3, 2014

The 2014 football season is finally here for the Poteau Pirates, who will begin the latest gridiron campaign at 7:45 p.m. Thursday against the Alma [Ark.] Airedales in the Hooten’s Classic at Mayo-Thompson Stadium at Fort Smith [Ark.] Northside High School. Two other Arkansas schools, Shiloh Christian and Charleston, will play at 5:30 p.m.
“We’re all tired of practicing,” Poteau third-year coach Greg Werner said. “We’re ready to play games. It’s always nice to come to practice when it’s game week. There’s a great feeling in the air, and we’re ready for it.”
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PKMS football teams start season with home sweep of Broken Bow

September 3, 2014

The 2014 seasons got underway in fine fashion for the Pansy Kidd Middle School football teams Tuesday at Costner Stadium as both teams beat Broken Bow.
The eighth-graders got a 6-0 win over the Savages, after the seventh-graders handled the Savages 34-8.
Both PKMS teams will face McAlester on Sept. 11 at Hook-Eales Stadium in McAlester. The seventh-grade game will begin at 5 p.m. and the eighth-grade contest at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Talihina opens season Thursday night against Wilburton Diggers

September 3, 2014

The Talihina Golden Tigers made it to the Class A state semifinals last season, and they want to begin such a run in 2014, which will begin with Thursday night’s season opener on the road against the Wilburton Diggers. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
“We had two great scrimmages,” Talihina coach Kelly Gravitt said. “The main thing is we came out of them healthy. Our last scrimmage we had great looks against one of the top teams in Class 2A in Vian. Now, it’s game week. The guys are ready to go against the Diggers.”
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Senior linebacker ready to keep 2013 momentum going; Poteau faces Alma, Ark., Thursday night in Hooten's Classic

September 3, 2014

Although it's been basically 9.5 months since the Poteau Pirates played for the Class 4A state football title, the Pirates believe they're talking momentum from the 2013 season into the 2014 campaign.
“We're pretty excited because of ending on that high from last season,” Poteau senior linebacker Lane Robertson said. “We're excited about starting a tradition here now. We're now hoping that every season will be a deep run into the playoffs and a state championship.”

Panama football team opens season Thursday night at home against Gore

September 3, 2014

will kick off the 2014 season a day early as they will entertain the Gore Pirates at 7 p.m. Thursday at George Ollie Stadium.
The Hogs, who were a Class 2A playoff team for the second straight season under coach Brandon Ellis, are as ready as ever.
“I think we're anxious to get going,” Ellis said. “We may have first-game jitters, but everybody is ready to go. I think we have a good game plan going into it. Our workouts have been good. We're just chomping at the bits to get going.”

OU coach pleased with how team played in season-opening win

September 3, 2014

NORMAN — The 2014 season pretty much started the way it was expected for the Oklahoma Sooners, who whalloped the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 48-16 Saturday night at Owen Field.
OU (1-0) had 26 first downs to 15 for La. Tech (0-1), and the Sooners almost doubled the Bulldogs’ offensive output — 436 yards to 245.

Sallisaw outlasts Poteau girls in eight innings Friday afternoon

September 2, 2014

SALLISAW — A four-run eighth inning doomed the Poteau Lady Pirates as they lost 7-4 to the Sallisaw Lady Black Diamonds.
The Lady Pirates (6-16) broke a 3-all tie in the top of the eighth inning on Bayli Soriano's RBI single, scoring Sunnie McConnell, to give Poteau a 4-3 lead.

Spiro girls win Prague Tournament; Lady Bulldogs beat host Lady Red Devils twice to claim title

September 2, 2014

PRAGUE — The Spiro Lady Bulldogs softball team bounced back from Thursday's rough road loss to county rival Poteau by ending the week with a championship.
The Lady Bulldogs won the Prague Tournament on Saturday, beating the host Lady Red Devils 11-4 in the second title game after taking the first championship game 6-1 over Prague.
After losing Friday to Okemah 4-3, the Lady Bulldogs won two straight games, 8-2 over Coalgate and 9-6 over Davenport, to reach the title round.

Leflore boys' late rally falls short against Kiowa

September 2, 2014

KIOWA — The Leflore Savages baseball team had a rally fall short in losing 6-5 to the Kiowa Cowboys on Aug. 26.
The Cowboys broke a 3-all tie with a three-run fifth inning, but the Savages did not go down without a fight.
Leflore scored twice in the seventh inning and had the game-tying run at third base, but he was stranded there at the end of the game.
Editor's note: Tuesday's Howe-Cameron game and Red Oak-Wister game were rained out, but the Wildcats played at Rattan to make up for Tuesday's originally scheduled game.

Spiro offense moves ball against Pocola, but Indians get defensive takeaways in Friday night’s scrimmage

September 2, 2014

When two county football teams, the Pocola Indians and the Spiro Bulldogs, met in Friday night’s scrimmage at Spiro’s McClain Stadium, each team’s strength came to the forefront.
Offensively, the Bulldogs will be counting upon senior quarterback McKinley Whitfield to lead the way, and he did just that.
In the final part of the scrimmage where it was a simulated half of football, Whitfield had a 38-yard touchdown pass to D.T. Neal, to go with two long pass plays to Chad Tye — covering 20 and 40 yards.

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