As the Poteau Pirates of yesteryears began to assemble for the 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame, it was just amazing to hear how their yardage gained had swollen to new height, how their fastball had gained speed and how the sprintersâ€™ time would rival Usaine Bolt in his prime. One could just set back and revel in hearing the great stories of times past.
The All-School Reunion for Poteau High occurs every three years, and the Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies usually precedes the reunion.
There were 11 were inducted into the 2015 Poteau High School Hall of Fame. Those inducted were:
It may not look like much, but it truly was. Anyone who went to the Heavener gym to watch basketball this past season quickly noticed a new addition â€” new bleachers with seats, as opposed to the old wooden bleacher seats of the past.
SHAWNEE â€” The good news for the Pocola Lady Indians softball team was it finally got to play its Class 4A State Tournament at the Ballfields at Firelake, and even won its state quarterfinal game 14-2 over Stratford.
However, the Lady Indians' season came to an end with a 10-0 loss in the state semifinals to eventual state champion Washington. Pocola finished this spring at 23-15.
First it was the Poteau Pirates baseball team playing the waiting game on completing their Class 4A Regional Tournament, that started May 5 and was suspended by rain and saw the Pirates wait about a week before resuming.
Now, itâ€™s the Pocola Lady Inidansâ€™ turn.
With spring drills beginning Monday, the Poteau Pirates football team has a new leader.
Forrest Mazey was hired Friday at a special meeting of the Poteau Public Schools Board to replace Greg Werner, who left to take the coaching job with the Van Buren, Ark., Pointers.
The new football season wonâ€™t begin until September, but a head start will begin Monday when the Poteau Pirates football team will begin its two-week spring practice.
Not only are the Pirates preparing for a new season, theyâ€™ll get a new coach to help them as Mangum coach Forrest Mazey was hired Friday as the new Poteau football coach to replace Greg Werner, who went to coach the Van Buren [Ark.] Pointers.
The good news for the Wister Wildcats baseball team was it grabbed the early lead in the Class 2A State Tournament quarterfinal game with the Latta Panthers, which took place Thursday afternoon at Shawneeâ€™s Ed Skelton Field. The bad news was they ended up with a heartbreaking loss.
The Panthers scored a run in the eighth inning to win 3-2 to end the Wildcatsâ€™ season at 21-6.
MOORE â€” For two local relay teams and a Heavener hurdler, they returned to LeFlore County on Tuesday night from the Class 3A-4A State Meet, which took place Monday and Tuesday at Lions Stadium, as champions.
The Poteau Lady Pirates, 3,200-meter relay team of Kandace Standridge, Sheridan Hoyer, Madison Williamson and Bryce Vickers won the Class 4A state title with a time of 9:50.29.
It assured Standridge her second straight state gold medal in as many years. However, her shot at repeating as the 800-meter run state champ did not happen as she was sixth with a time of 2:23.52.
MIDWEST CITY â€” Talihina senior sprinter Bryar Humphreys came close to two state championships, but settled for second best each time.
Humphreys was the Class 2A state runner-up in the 100-meter (11.07 seconds) and the 200-meter dashes (22.78) at the state meet, which took place at Carl Albert High Schoolâ€™s Titan Stadium.
Howeâ€™s 800-meter relay team of Jentry Brown, Macee Williams, Morgan Turner and Kerstein Hall was third in Class 2A with a time of 1:51.17 to earn bronze medals.