Basketball's back in session; seasons begin this week for five LeFlore County teams

Today marks the beginning of a new month. It also marks when high school basketball and college basketball begins in LeFlore County.Three of the five non-football schools — Leflore, Whitesboro and Wister — begin tonight, while Cameron and Howe will begin on Friday. Wister's teams will be in the Preston Festival Friday and Saturday, facing host teams Preston (Friday) and Haworth (Saturday).The Carl Albert State College teams will tip off their seasons at the end of the week, the Lady Vikings at the Panola (Texas) Classic Friday and Saturday, while the Vikings will be at the Oklahoma-Texas Shootout Saturday and Sunday at Southwestern Oklahoma State College in Weatherford.You readers noticed that the Whitesboro girls' basketball preview story was in today's edition. Since we do not have a preseason basketball special section like we do in fast-pitch softball/fall baseball and football, such stories will appear in the regular edition as the county teams' seasons begin — and I get those teams' respective preseason questionnaires from the coaches.So coaches, if you have not returned your questionnaires to me by fax (918-647-8198) or email ( or mail (P.O. Box 1237, Poteau, OK 74953), please do so ASAP — along with your schedules.