It's been quite a season on the hardwood

With only a hand full of the county teams still alive in the basketball playoffs, I thought it would be neat to reflect on this season.I was impressed with the set of guards the Arkoma Lady Mustangs have in place with Shaylea Whisenhunt and Abby Gragg, and their future in appears to be set. Benny Torpe, the Danish exchange student, was a force, but if she wants to play at a higher level she needs to have more than a left-handed drive to the bucket.I was impressed with the Pansy Kidd Middle School eighth-grade Raiders and Lady Raiders basketball team.In the LeFlore County Tournament, the Howe Lady Lions won the girls' championship simply because they were a better team. I think the Talihina Lady Golden Tigers have the better athletes, but the Lady Lions won the championship because Howe Girls Coach Chris Brown has instilled a strong team concept in the way they play basketball.Here is an interesting fact about the LeFlore County Tournament. The team that won the Sportsmanship Award in the girls division is the one which was assessed a flagrant foul.Several players, in my opinion who were worthy to be members of the All-Tournament Team were snubbed in the selection process. If you want to know who I think was snubbed, just asked me.— — —I am looking forward to a new program that our church, The Church of the Nazarene, is implementing on Spring Break. It is called “Upward Basketball.”This program's soul purpose is to help children from age 4 up through the sixth grade learn and appreciate basketball, and give them a positive influence in sports.For more information, give me a call at (918) 839-0394.— — —The Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be the Friday before Memorial Day (May 25), and it will be right before the All-School Reunion.At the present time the number of nominations is low. We need you to submit you person or persons whom you deem worthy of induction into the Sports Hall of Fame.For more information or to nominte, give me a call at (918) 839-0394.