Six local players, two coaches participating in All-State Games next week
For six local graduating senior athletes, they will get one more chance to compete at the prep level next week as they, along with two local coaches, will participate in the 2013 Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Games that will take place in the Tulsa metropolitan area.The first sport up will be the All-State Golf Tournament, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Cherokee Hills Golf Club in Catoosa.While the tournament will not have any local golfers in the field, it will feature the first local individual as the East boys and girls teams will be coached by Poteau boys coach Mike Thomas, who will have the honor of doing so for the first time. Thomas was the Region 6 Boys Golf Coach of the Year, which made him a candidate for the All-State coaching honor.A late replacement from the area gave Wister High School its second straight All-Stater as Tyler Gibson was now a member of the Small East baseball team, which will play the Small West at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Oral Roberts University's J.L. Johnson Stadium.Gibson, who had signed in January to pitch for Seminole State College, got the chance to sign earlier this week with the University of Oklahoma.Poteau wrestlers Tyler Tustin, who will grapple collegiately at the University of Central Oklahoma, and Derek Francis will represent the county at the All-State Wrestling Dual for the East, which will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bixby High School.Tustin was a two-time state champion as a sophomore and a junior, while coming in second last winter as a senior, Francis was a state qualifier last February.There will be four individuals, three of them Poteau Pirates, who will participate in the All-State Football Game, which will be at 7 p.m. at Union-Tuttle Stadium at Tulsa Union High School.Poteau's Jay Werner, who will play collegiately at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah this fall, will be on the East offense as a tight end. Werner had 22 catches for 250 yards and three touchdowns.Werner not only will have the privilege of playing one more high school game, but will get the honor of his dad, Poteau coach Greg Werner, getting to coach him one last time as the second-year Poteau coach will be part of the East coaching staff.Werner will be joined by teammate Troy Barnett on the offensive line as he was a late replacement.Also on the East football team will be Talihina's Trevor Crone, who signed a baseball letter of intent earlier this year with Connors State College. Crone, who will be a defensive back, had 63 tackles, 24 of which were solo, at his cornerback position, with three interceptions and five pass break-ups.The Talihina senior was not too bad as a receiver, either. He caught 73 passes for 1,107 yards and 13 touchdowns.There are two local basketball players, Heavener's Trevor Smith, who signed earlier this year with Carl Albert State College, and Spiro's Jermaine Jimmerson, who are alternates to the East boys basketball team. Should one or two current roster players not be able to play, there's a chance one or both of the locals will get to play in the Small School All-State Basketball Game at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Oral Roberts University Mabee Center.