OKLAHOMA CITY â€” As the Oklahoma City Thunder begin their seventh season here in Oklahoma, there are many expectations on this yearâ€™s team. After reaching the National Basketball Association Finals in 2012, the past two years have ended earlier in the playoffs than was anticipated. Injuries have played a huge part in those failings in the postseason, but no one will remember those injuries, just that the Thunder failed to reach the Finals once again.
The Poteau Youth Wrestling practices have started.
Open wrestlers will practice from 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
The organizationâ€™s own tournament will be Nov. 8 at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
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The 2014-15 Poteau Buccaneer Basketball League will begin its season soon. Anyone wishing to coach a team needs to call Billy Bond at (918) 647-1939 or by e-mail at email@example.com for additional information.
For the first time, the NOAA Conference had an all-conference softball team, with many Poteau Lady Pirates and Spiro Lady Bulldogs, who were the conference runners-up to Sallisaw, on the team.
Poteau first baseman Lexie Wooten and Spiro pitcher Hannah Gilliam, catcher Morgan Shaw and second baseman Bailey Cox made the first team all-conference.
On the second team all-conference were Poteau second baseman Maci McMillin, shortstop Sunnie McConnell and outfielder Maddison Williamson and Spiro outfielder Hannah Tobler and first baseman Aubryelle Sebo.
The Carl Albert State College basketball teams each will have new assistant coaches. Kaylena Andersen will be CASC womenâ€™s coach Jeff Tadtmanâ€™s assistant, while Ronnie Williford Jr. will be CASC menâ€™s coach Mike St. Johnâ€™s assistant.
Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings Bernice Satterwhite and Kasuela Cooper have signed letters of intent to continue their basketball careers at four-year schools.
Satterwhite, a 5-6 sophomore point guard from Cincinnati, signed a NCAA Division II letter of intent with Minot State University in Minot, N.D.
Cooper, a 6-1post player from Charleston, Mo., signed a NCAA Division II letter of intent withÂ Virginia State University in Ettrick, Va.
The Vikings and Lady Vikings also signed three new players.
ARKOMA â€” The good news for the Arkoma Mustangs is they played one of their best games of the season since their season-opening win over county rival Bokoshe. Unfortunately, the losing streak did not end for the locals.
The Haileyville Warriors, who went the last two-plus seasons winless, notched a road win with a 62-36 victory over the Mustangs in a District B-4 contest Thursday night at Mustang Field.
The postseason has arrived for the Heavener High School cross country teams as they will run in the Class 3A Regional Meet beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday in Henryetta. The Lady Wolves will run first, followed by the Wolves.
The top five teams will automatically qualify all their runners to next weekendâ€™s Class 3A State Meet, which will take place at Shawneeâ€™s Gordon Cooper Vo-Tech Center. The top five individuals who are not on one of the top five state-qualifying teams also will make state as an individual.
The Poteau BalloonFest began at noon today. Some of the riders from RaceDay Park Mx will ride their dirt bikes in â€śThe Dirt Bike Rodeoâ€ť at Phil Gardenhire Arena. They'll be the entertainment in between Derek Cook's motocross jumps and flips. If you've never watched Derek and his crew flip motorcycles and jump through the air, you need to come and watch because it's truly amazing.
I got to stand right under the ramp last year and get up close, and I just can't believe what they can really do on a motorcycle.
Save the world, recycle.
God bless our troops and our veterans.