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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.

Heavener, Panama each score in Friday’s scrimmage

September 2, 2014

Panama coach Brandon Ellis was wanting one main objective from Friday night’s home scrimmage against the Heavener Wolves at George Ollie Stadium.
“We just want to stay healthy and see how our younger players react to different color jerseys,” he said.
Even though the Razorbacks have made the playoffs for the past two years, their numbers have dwindled to 22 players.
The Wolves, on the other hand, saw an increase in their numbers as they welcomed home Sam Hembree, who is beginning his first year as Heavener’s coach.

High School Football Scrimmage Roundup

September 2, 2014

ARKOMA — Arkoma football coach Mark Weatherton was wanting to see improvement in two areas in Friday night’s home scrimmage against the Webbers Falls Warriors — his linemen’s play and his team’s running game. He got both.
The Mustangs’ only score was a 12-yard run by Dakotah Roam to cap a 20-play, 80-yard drive.

It’s Howe Wood Bat Tournament Week

September 2, 2014

As is always the case, the weekend after Labor Day is the annual Howe Wood Bat Tournament, which will be Thursday through Saturday at Lions Field.
The bracket will appear in Thursday’s edition.
LeFlore County Teams Invading Tushka
The Panama, Pocola and Wister softball teams will represent LeFlore County in the Tushka Tournament, which will be Thursday through Saturday.
LCT Seeding Meeting Wednesday

High School Softball Roundup

August 30, 2014

CAMERON — The Arkoma Lady Mustangs doubled up the Cameron Lady Yellowjackets 4-2 Thursday afternoon, then the duo of Baylee White and Amber Cunningham combined on a one-hitter as the Lady Mustangs blanked the Cameron junior varsity 6-0.
In Arkoma’s first victory, the game was scoreless until the Lady Mustangs scored once in the fourth and sixth innings, then twice more in the seventh for a 4-0 lead.
In the second game, White struck out three batters in three innings while allowing a hit, while Cunningham allowed no hits in two innings. Faith Gotes had the hit for the Cameron JV.

Thursday’s High School Baseball Roundup

August 30, 2014

WISTER — The Wister Wildcats got a home victory over the Whitesboro Bulldogs by a score of 11-2 in a game ended by run rule after four innings.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 6-0 lead after an inning and never looked back.
Howe 9, Braggs 5; Okay 1, Howe 0: Thursday in Okay, the Lions (3-7) split their games in Thursday’s road three-way.
In the win over Braggs, the Lions broke a scoreless tie with a six-run second inning.

Sports Briefs

August 30, 2014

Tickets still remain for the Poteau Pirates’ football season opener in the Hooten’s Kickoff Classic against Alma, Ark., at Fort Smith [Ark.] Northside High School at 7:45 p.m. Thursday.
Tickets for adults and students cost $7 per person, while pre-schoolers will be admitted for free.
For those wishing to purchase tickets, call Poteau coach Greg Werner at (918) 839-4572 or come by the high school or football fieldhouse.
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The 2014 Poteau Fall Softball League and 2014 Poteau Fall Baseball League are ready to register teams for the upcoming season.

Poteau football team shines in Thursday’s four-way scrimmage

August 29, 2014

Third-year Poteau football coach Greg Werner was a pretty happy camper after how he saw his Pirates perform in Thursday night’s final preseason tune-up in a four-way scrimmage with host Tahlequah, Hilldale and Wagoner at Northeastern State University.
The Pirates scored seven times against the other three teams. Dalton Smith had a 6-yard touchdown run and Roger Barcheers a 5-yard TD against the host Tigers.
Smith had a 13-yard scoring run and Elijah Price a 12-yard TD run against the Hornets, while Austin Archey had a 3-yard touchdown run against the Bulldogs.

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