Another County Tournament in the books, and some rabbit hunting

Koby and I joined Lee and Josh Shipman on a rabbit hunt on Sunday. We hunted a half a day, and Lee’s beagles ran rabbits pretty much the whole time we were there. I just love to watch those little dogs work a rabbit track, and hear them bawling when they get one lined out.Lee was just like a sniper taking one shot and getting one kill, while Josh and I were saving our bullets for the next hunt (at least that is what I told Lee and Koby). Of course, it was Koby who shot the most, but he only connected with one just before we called it a day.I took the rabbits to our friend, Shelly Smedley, who loves to cook them. She has been after me for a while to bring her some, and I finally got to come through for her.— — —Last week, I spent several days watching the LeFlore County Tournament at Bokoshe and Spiro. Bokoshe was the host, and I would like to commend them for keeping the finals in LeFlore County. The businesses in our county benefitted greatly as there were many people out and about eating, traveling and stopping in at stores over the course of the week en route to games. I am happy to say all of the spending was done here in our county and state. These are the very businesses who support our schools all year long with their taxes, and this is one way we can pay them back.It goes without mention, but I will mention it anyway. I was very impressed with the Bokoshe’s hospitality rooms throughout the week. Dennis Shoup, Bokoshe’s superintendent, must have known that I was craving some barbeque on Saturday night, and had Wild Horse Mountain Barbecue catering which included all the fixings.Next year, Wister is the host team for the 2013 LeFlore County Tournament, and I talked to Wister Superintendent Jerry Carpenter Saturday night, and he told me we are planning on keeping it in LeFlore County once again. I know the businesses in Wister, and in that end of the county, are going to be happy to have the added traffic!I want to congratulate Wister’s All-Tournament selections for this year’s County Tournament. On the boys' side, Tyler Gibson was chosen, and Logan Warren got the Billy Brake Little Man Hustle Award. I was blessed with coaching these two fine young men in junior high, and I'm very proud of them.On the girls' side Clara Brown and Jayla Roath were chosen to the All-Tournament Team. I have not had the pleasure of coaching Brown, but did get to coach Roath back in third-fourth grade basketball. I am very proud of these young ladies and all their hard work this season.I want to take a moment to give props to the County Tournament Selection Committee. The members have a very thankless job because they spend all week sitting in the bleachers watching games, taking notes and then they having to get together and pick only 12 boys and 12 girls to be honored. It sounds easy, but I can assure you, it isn’t.After they complete the difficult task of choosing, undoubtedly there are parents who have different opinions. That makes it really tough to wear those shoes, and I want to thank the committee for their time and effort. It is appreciated.— — —The Wister baseball team is having a fundraiser. The Wildcats are selling tickets to a Redhawks game on June 23. It is a part of a deal that allows our baseball team to play in Bricktown Ballpark on March 9 against Elgin. If you want to help out the boys, and get tickets to the game, contact me or any of the high school baseball boys for more information.Our athletic department will also sell tickets on “The Beast,” which is an electric all-terrain vehicle to be given away soon. This is similar to our Bad Boy Buggy that we have done in the past. Both of these support our athletes and school, I hope you can help us out.Have a great week!— — —E-mail questions or comments to