By CRAIG HALL
It was cold and dreary last night when I went and watched the third and fourth grade Wolf Pups play Booneville for the Arkansas/Oklahoma River Valley league championship game.
It sprinkled a little bit in the third quarter, followed by some sleet and even a short ice storm.
The temperature was around 38 degrees, so nothing stuck. I have to hand it to the Wolf Pups and their coaches. In the last two games, Heavener played a pair of teams which won high school state championships last year in Charleston and Booneville.
The Wolf Pups defeated Charleston in the semifinals and came close against Booneville in the finals (see STORY). Plus, I have to complement the large crowd which made the long journey to Paris, along with the cheerleaders.
I am really looking forward to seeing the Heavener gymnasium once work is completed on the new bleachers. The picture above shows workers installing the bleachers on the stage, which will be brand new.
There will be chair-back seating on both sides so the viewing experience should be much improved. Along with the new floor a few years ago and addition of air conditioning, these are the major changes to the gymnasium, which opened in the 1980-81 school year.
That was my senior year at Heavener and it was such an improvement over our old gym which had been built back in the 1930s. Even though the gym is now some 34 years old, it is still nicer than most of the gyms in the county.
This will be a slow week for basketball as a majority of the schools are taking a break. Games this week involving LeFlore County teams are: Tuesday–Cameron at Whitesboro and LeFlore at Red Oak. On Thursday, Cameron is at Bokoshe while on Friday, Indianola is at Whitesboro; LeFlore hosts Haileyville; and Arkoma opens with a home game against Providence Academy.
When play resumes on Dec. 1, it will feature a lot of tournaments as Heavener is at the Hartford Tournament, Wister goes to the Hartshorne Tournament and Arkoma, Bokoshe, Howe, LeFlore and Whitesboro are in the Eastern Tournament at Wilburton.
The how to cook a turkey and what I am thankful sections will be in the Nov. 26 issue of the Ledger. We will publish on Wednesday of that week as we usually do.
Undefeated Talihina will start getting some tests over the next couple of weeks. The Golden Tigers host Morrison (9-2) on Friday and the winner will likely play Ringling the following week in the quarterfinals. Ringling was the only team to beat Talihina last year, in the semifinals.
Ringling was runner up last year and won the state title two years ago. Morrison has won 14 state championships over the year with the last coming in 2008 so this is a school with a great tradition in football.
Panama also will get an opportunity to score a big upset when the Razorbacks travel to take on Adair. Adair is 11-0 and Panama is 8-3. The winner will play the Davis/Christian Heritage winner in the quarterfinals. If Panama could pull off the upset, that game could be played on the Razorbacks’ home field.
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