The good news was there was one softball team which made state for the second straight season â€” the Panama Lady Razorbacks. There was another softball team, the Poteau Lady Pirates, which made it for the second straight year to the Class 4A Regional Tournament championship round. The Wister Wildcats baseball team made state for the sixth straight season â€” dating back to the May 2010 spring season.
However, the bad news was the Lady â€™Backs and the â€™Cats both lost in the state quarterfinals Thursday afternoon, and the Lady Pirates lost in the regional finals.
Still, the Lady Pirates were 31-9 this fall. Most teams use 20 wins as the benchmark for success â€” let alone 31. So, it was quite a season for the Poteau girls. Their seniors â€” Shelby Standridge, Gabba Wilson, Kaylee Kingrey, Brenna Vise, Alayna Holdsworth and Kylie Brown â€” amassed 109 wins, four LeFlore County Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament titles and four district titles. Not bad at all, ladies.
While the Lady Razorbacks (27-12) didn't get to repeat as Class 2A state champions, they at least had the chance to defend their state title by returning to state. A job well done, girls.
When the graduating class of 2012 left Wister High School's halls last spring, not many prognosticators believe the Wildcats were going to be as good as their team which made its first five trips to state â€” May 2010, October 2010, May 2011 (in which the â€™Cats won the Class 2A State Tournament at Shawnee's Ed Skelton Field), October 2011 and May 2012. However, all the Wildcats did was keep the streak alive of making state and going 20-9 this fall. Gentlemen, you did all right.
To this humble sports writer, it makes me want to highly anticipate next spring's action on the diamond. How about you LeFlore County high school softball and baseball fans?