Sports Briefs

Tickets still remain for the Poteau Pirates’ football season opener in the Hooten’s Kickoff Classic against Alma, Ark., at Fort Smith [Ark.] Northside High School at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4.Tickets for adults and students cost $7 per person, while pre-schoolers will be admitted for free.For those wishing to purchase tickets, call Poteau coach Greg Werner at (918) 839-4572 or come by the high school or football fieldhouse.• • •2014 Poteau Bandit Football League and cheerleading registration is currently underway.Forms may be picked up at Poteau City Hall. Cost is $35 per participant. Deadline to enter is Friday.Age groups are third-fourth grade and fifth-sixth grade.Cheer coaches are needed as well as coaches for each of the two divisions of competition.For additional information, call Billy Bond at (918) 647-1939.• • •There will be a soccer referee course and a soccer referee re-certification course administered Saturday at the Patrick Lynch Public Library.The course for those wishing to become soccer referees for the first time will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The cost is $60.The course for referees wishing to get their re-certification will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. There will be no cost for those currently certified.For additional information and to print the courses booklets, go to older than age 18, a background check will need to be done.• • •There will be a soccer referees meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at The Coffee Cup. The main item on the agenda will be getting prepared for the fall season, which will take place from Sept. 6 through Nov. 8.• • •The Poteau Cross Country Booster Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse. Parents of all runners are encouraged to attend.• • •Registration for the fall season for the LeFlore County Youth Soccer Association will end Wednesday.For those who signed up to be coaches, there will be a coaches meeting Aug. 22 at the Patrick Lynch Public Library.Practices will begin Aug. 25 with the first games of league play beginning Sept. 6.• • •The 2014 Poteau Fall Softball League and 2014 Poteau Fall Baseball League are ready to register teams for the upcoming season.In softball the age groups will be ages 12-, 10- and 8-and-younger. The entry fee for the 12-and-younger division is $300 per team, while the entry fee for the other two divisions is $250 per team.In baseball the age group will be peewees and midget divisions. The entry fee is $300 per team.Each league will have a 12-game schedule.For additional information, call Billy Bond at (918) 647-1939.• • •There will be a fall coach-pitch baseball league at Heavener's Blues Park that will play games on Sundays during September.For additional information, call Bobby Pickle at (918) 721-3492.• • •There will be two softball tournaments taking place this fall at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex, one Sept. 13 and the other on Oct. 6.Each tournament will feature three age divisions of teams — ages 14-, 12- and 10-and-younger — and will all follow USSSA rules.Each tournament will have a four-game guarantee.For additional information, call Dale Lowrimore at (918) 839-7771 or go online to• • •The Howe Lady Lions basketball team is going to have a pair of alumni basketball games tentatively scheduled for Oct. 25 at the Howe Gym. The game times will be determined later, but the games will likely be afternoon and/or night contests.One game will be for those past players who played during the 6-on-6 era, while the second game will be the more modern 5-on-5 style. Each game will be alumni vs. alumni.The cost will be $10 per player. All proceeds will benefit the Lady Lions' basketball program For additional information, call Chris Brown at (918) 658-8256 or go to the Howe Lady Lions Basketball Page on Facebook.• • •The Poteau Youth Wrestling Club is having a drawing for a Ruger 243 rifle on Nov. 8. Tickets cost $5 each or a block of five for $20.All proceeds will help fund the organization’s attempt to bring Mike Krause to town for a wrestling camp, but a total of at least 600 tickets must be purchased in order to make it possible for Krause to come.For additional information, go to the oranization’s Facebook page.