TULSA (AP) â€” 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.
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.
The 2014-15 basketball season will begin for Pocola High School tonight with home games against Stigler. The girls will play at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 8 p.m.
The Lady Indians, who will be led this season for the first time by longtime boys coach Eric Ladd, were 6-18 last season.
When the boys take the court after the Lady Indians play, the Indians will have a new coach, former Poteau Pirates coach and Pocola High School alum Scott Nelke.
Like I said in last weekâ€™s column, this olâ€™ man recharged his batteries since weâ€™re back into high school basketball hot and heavy now.
This week is the first of two tournament weeks for LeFlore County teams. This week is the Eastern Oklahoma State College Classic at both EOSCâ€™s Claud C. Dunlap Fieldhouse and the Wilburton High School Gym for Arkoma, Bokoshe, Howe, Leflore and Whitesboro. Also this week, Heavenerâ€™s teams will be in the Pick and Shovel Classic in Hartshorne beginning today, while the same can be said for Heavenerâ€™s teams at the Hartford [Ark.] Tournament.
Mairega Clarkâ€™s 15 points werenâ€™t enough for the Carl Albert State College Vikings in their 101-70 loss to third-ranked South Plains College, Texas, in the Thanksgiving Classic in Plano, Texas, on Saturday afternoon.
The Vikings will return to action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, OK.
For the second straight game, Kilah Cummings had a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds. However,Â it wasnâ€™t enough as the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings lost 86-82 to Livin the DreamÂ in the second and final day of the Penn Valley Classic in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Vikings will return to action at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, OK.
The Poteau Bandit fifth-grade football team will have a basketball tournament Saturday and Sunday at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
The tournament is open to boys and girls teams whose players are in grades three through eight. The cost is $120 per team.
For third-, fourth- and fifth-grade teams, call or text (918) 649-3217.
For sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade teams, call or text (479) 629-6087.
Text messages are preferred with the coachâ€™s name and phone number, teamâ€™s name and grade as well as the number of players. Each team may have a maximum of 10 players.