- Mini Penny
After some good eatings Wednesday night at Western Sizzlin' in Poteau, the seeds are now set for both the junior high and high school LeFlore County Basketball Tournament.
In the high school boys, the Spiro Bulldogs got the top seed, with Poteau second and Heavener third. Wister is fourth, followed by Cameron, Pocola, Leflore, Howe, Panama, defending champion Talihina, Whitesboro, Arkoma and Bokoshe.
The Howe Lady Lions are the top seed in the high school girls. The Spiro Lady Bulldogs are the second seed, followed by Talihina, Bokoshe, defending champion Heavener, Wister, Poteau, Pocola, Panama, Whitesboro, Arkoma, Leflore and Cameron.
Bokoshe Public Schools Superintendent Dennis Shoup, whose school is the host for this season's event, announced that all players who are on the rosters submitted by county coaches will receive player passes for free entry into all games at all sites on a daily basis.
Last year, some of Howe's players were charged admittance when trying to attend games at the Spiro Gym. So, to avoid such problems, Shoup announced the issuances of player passes to all players, but the players must have them to be admitted. Otherwise, players with no player passes will have to pay to enter county tournament sites.
The LeFlore County Tournament will be Jan. 16-21, 2012.
The LeFlore County Junior High Tournament will be Jan. 2-7, 2012, with Poteau/Pansy Kidd Middle School acting as the tournament host.
The host Raiders were voted the top seed for this season's tournament, with Wister second and Spiro third. Heavener is fourth, followed by Howe, Cameron, defending champion Talihina, Panama, Hodgen, Pocola, Arkoma, Bokoshe, Leflore, Fanshawe, Whitesboro, Shady Point and Monroe.
Spiro was awarded the top seed in the girls Junior High LCT. Hodgen got the second seed, followed by Howe, Wister, Poteau/Pansy Kidd Middle School, Panama, Heavener, Bokoshe, Talihina, defending champion Arkoma, Pocola, Monroe, Whitesboro, Leflore, Fanshawe, Cameron and Shady Point.
The last two seeds in each bracket, Shady Point and Monroe on the boys' side and Cameron and Shady Point on the girls' side, will be in play-in games to get into the main tournament.
Cameron High School Athletic Director Roy Butler mentioned the fact that last year's play-in games took place before Christmas Break, thus the losing teams' players did not get to participate during the week of the Junior High LCT. Although nothing was decided at Wednesday night's meeting, efforts are trying to be made to have the play-in games on Jan. 2, although there is the possibility of the winner having to play twice in the same day.
Something else which was voted upon by the LeFlore County junior high school coaches was to not have an All-Tournament Team this year. A point mentioned in Wednesday's meeting by Pansy Kidd Middle School Coach Kyle Hardaway was the fact that such honors make certain individuals stand out in a sport in which the team concept is so strongly followed, thus making such philosophy hard to adhere.