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The 3rd Annual LeFlore County Archery Tournament was hosted by Howe School on January 24th.
In the junior high division, Cameron was crowned county champion. Howe earned runner-up and Shady Point earned third place. Cameron won county champion in the high school division as well. Howe was runner-up and Arkoma earned third. This was the second year in a row that Cameron took 1st in both divisions and Howe took 2nd in both divisions.
Junior High Team Results: High School Team Results:
Cameron 3201 Cameron 3239
Howe 3157 Howe 3168
Shady Point 2882 Arkoma 3123
Arkoma 2874 Panama 3000
Panama 2860 Bokoshe 2693
Medals were awarded to the top five females and males in each division, as well as the overall archer in both divisions. Panama’s Mya Townley earned top overall archer in the junior high division with a score of 283 (a perfect score is 300) and Cameron’s Jordyn Rivera earned top overall archer in the high school division with a score of 289. This was also Rivera’s second year to be crowned the female county champ in the high school division. Those earning medals were…
1st Place Female – Mya Townley (Panama)
1st Place Male – Braxon Sapp (Spiro)
2nd Place Female – Leighton Dyer (Cameron)
2nd Place Male – Case Ladd (Cameron)
3rd Place Female – Raini Baskins (Howe)
3rd Place Male – Jason Watts (Cameron)
4th Place Female – Destany Howard (Howe)
4th Place Male – Cadyn Hilton (Shady Point)
5th Place Female – Paityn Beason (Cameron)
5th Place Male – Aiyden Horn (Howe)
1st Place Female – Jordyn Rivera (Cameron)
1st Place Male – Jake Cauthen (Cameron)
2nd Place Female – Ema Lenard (Arkoma)
2nd Place Male – Steven Butler (Cameron)
3rd Place Female – Brayli Beason (Cameron)
3rd Place Male – Carl Brake (Arkoma)
4th Place Female – Psalm Yandell (Howe)
4th Place Male – Johnathon Harrison (Panama)
5th Place Female – Amara Benson (Cameron)
5th Place Male – Phoenix Duncan (Howe)
Caneron Middle School Archery
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – On Tuesday, the Great American Conference announced the results of its 2023 women’s preseason coaches’ poll. Southeastern Oklahoma State collected three first-place votes to enter the season as the favorite.
The Savage Storm defeated Harding in the final of the 2022 GAC Championships to claim their third conference title. They return three All-GAC selections in Vanessa Nitu, Sara Gonzalez and Georgia Hosking. Nitu posted a 10-2 record in singles play to land on the First Team. Gonzalez and Hosking each placed on the Second Team.
Arkansas Tech edged out the Lady Bisons by one point for second place in the poll. Shaun Wiseman, a Tech alum, takes over for Abby Davis as head coach. He inherits a team that features three 2022 All-GAC First-Team honorees, headlined by Player of the Year Lea Grinberg. Grinberg posted an 18-6 singles record and a 13-6 doubles record with her partner, fellow First-Team performer Daniela Baez. Baez added a 15-7 singles record. Aastha Dargude backed up her 2021 Freshman of the Year campaign by making the First Team for the second-straight year.
In 2022, Harding won the GAC regular-season title for the second-straight year. The Lady Bisons earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Regionals. Like Arkansas Tech, Harding also returns three 2022 First-Teamers in Grace Dodd, Romane Britt and Lina Romero. Dodd, a unanimous selection, went 8-5 at the No. 1 doubles position and 7-10 at No. 1 singles. Britt produced a 15-7 singles record and Romero went 14-7 in singles.
Southern Arkansas placed fourth. Lena Milosevic claimed a spot on the All-GAC First-Team for the second-straight season. Henderson State and Ouachita Baptist rounded out the poll. The Reddies’ Mulan Kamoe, a 2022 unanimous First-Team selection, went 9-6 in singles play and 11-4 in doubles.
The regular season begins on Wednesday, February 1 when Harding faces Hendrix. Henderson State and Southeastern Oklahoma State open play two days later, followed by Ouachita and Southern Arkansas on Saturday the fourth. The Golden Suns take to the courts for the first time on Saturday the 11th in a non-conference contest with Ouachita. The 2023 GAC Championships return to Bentonville, Arkansas with all six teams competing from Thursday, April 20 through Saturday, April 22.
The Cameron Middle School and High School Archery teams were champs of the Arkoma Archery Tournament on Saturday, December 3rd.
The Cameron Elementary Archery team finished runner-up in their first ever tournament.
Sophomore Brayli Beason was the overall Arkoma tournament champion as well the high school female champ.
8th grader Leighton Dyer was the middle school female champ and the second overall tournament winner. 7th graders Tatum Hamptom and Jason Watts both placed 3rd female and 3rd male, respectively.
This was the first of four state qualifying tournaments the Yellowjackets will compete in this season, including hosting their own on January 6-7. They have a total of 8 regular season tournaments on their schedule. The first was in Altus, Arkansas where both the middle and high school teams also were tournament champs.
Cameron is the defending county champs in both the middle and high school divisions and home of last year’s 3D world champion. The Yellowjackets are off to a good start and looking forward to another successful season.
The Howe Baseball Program would like to advertise for your company by hanging a 3X5 banner at our Howe Baseball Facility. This sponsorship will be a yearly donation to help our program.
The money will help with facility upgrades, baseball trips, gear, and many other items for our 5th-12th grade teams.
The Howe Lion Baseball program is looking forward to partnering with you in this fundraiser. We want to thank each sponsor for what you do for our boys and our program.
A $300 donation will buy the first year sponsorship and the 3X5 banner that will be displayed at the field along the road and visible for passing traffic. The sponsorship will renew every July for $150 before the fall season begins.
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Poteau Chamber’s 25th Annual Golf Tournament Draw Largest Number this year.
Even though the heat was on the rise the entire day the teams took advantage of the water, gatoraide and drinks and found shade when possible
Prize Money was donated by The Choctaw Casino Poteau.
In photos Choctaw Casino Poteau Supervisor – Ashley Shipman
1st Place Team Photo: Left To Right – Trey Buchanan Allen Deen Connor Whitworth Ashley Shipman (Choctaw Casino) Not picture Marc Bovos.
Marc Bovos Attorney
- Marc Bovos
- Connor Whitworth
- Trey Buchanan
- Allan Deen
2nd Place Team Photo: Left To Right - Bryson Terry Jonathan Burgess Not Pictured Dennis Wright Robert Bunk, Ashley Shipman (Choctaw Casino)
- Jonathan Burgess
- Bryson Terry
Russell Cellular #2
- Dennis Wright
- Robert Bunk
3rd Place Team Photo: Dwain Caughern Not Pictured: Chase Blake, Brandon Matos, Scott Kuck
- Scott Kuck
- Brandon Matos
P&K Equipment #2
- Dwain Caughern
- Chase Blake
Longest Drive Men
Longest Drive Woman Jaycee Christenberry, also pictured are Rommie Tom, Amy Singleterry and John Mathis
Closest to the Pin
This weekend my family and I celebrated Memorial Day a little differently. We attended a team roping for a friend that lost a battle with cancer. This Memorial Day weekend we celebrated the first annual Mike Felder memorial team roping.
Kendall Stacy, coupled with his Integrity roping productions put the entire thing together. He bought prizes and furnished the cattle for the roping. Towards the end of the first day he spoke about why they were having the roping. He said, “we are honoring Mike Felder not because he was a great roper, but because he was a great man.”
Mike moved into our area about twenty years ago. He played college baseball and drove race cars. He didn’t start roping until he was fifty three years old. He really liked to team rope. He struggled for a good while. Kaleb Kirby really helped Mike get better.
Mike’s easy going disposition coupled with a big grin and ready handshake allowed him to make friends anywhere he went. He was liked by everyone. I hadn’t seen him in a couple of years and I bumped into him at a new church. The first thing Mike said was that boy of yours can really rope. He always had a compliment. He was so encouraging.
Mike ran a warehouse for a company in Poteau that made these little funny looking trucks. Several of his roping buddies would stop by to visit at his office and rope the dummy. Mike kept a dummy in the warehouse, it was a good conversation starter.
Mike always made time for everyone. He was one of those rare people who was at ease with corporate executives or the janitor. He made everyone feel important. He always listened intently when talking to someone.
I can remember a few times it was really, really hot when we practiced roping. Mike would be covered in dust and sweat. He would laugh and cut up even though he had enough dirt on him to stop up the shower drain. That’s how I remember him. Roping and having fun even it was over a hundred degrees in the shade.
The event was held at Kendall Stacy’s arena at his ranch on highway 270 between Wister and Heavener. Over three hundred teams competed in the two day event. They gave away three saddles, about a dozen belt buckles and over twenty thousand in prize money.
Kaleb Kirby was given a special award. A local artisan, Janna Mankin took one of Mike Felder’s head ropes and made it into a clock. Kaleb helped Mike until he took he last breath.
As they were doing the presentation I was reminded of the scene in Lonesome Dove where Gus died. Woodrow and Gus were close friends. Mike Felder was that close to several of us around here.
Memorial Day 2022 was special, it’s one I won’t ever forget. We honored a fine man who was a good friend to those who knew him. He rode a fine horse and lived a life worth remembering. Rest In Peace my good friend, Mike Felder. You won’t soon be forgotten.
James Lockhart lives near the Kiamichi mountains in southeast Oklahoma. He writes cowboy stories and fools with cows and horses.
The Cameron Middle School Archery team competed at the NASP Eastern National Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky on May 12-14. The team finished ranked 28th out of 205 middle school teams from across the nation.
7th graders Leighton Dyer and Hayle Parker qualified individually for the NASP World Championship. Dyer finished 45th out of 2,054 middle school girls and Parker finished 55th. Both girls scored a 284, with just three bullseyes separating the two. The girls will compete June 23-25 at the world championship in Louisville.
The Yellowjackets had a successful season. The team was county champion, finished 4th in Oklahoma, and left nationals as the third highest ranked team from Oklahoma. They competed in 13 tournaments, earning five tournament championships, two runners-up, and four 3rd place finishes. The team brought home 46 medals, including 16 individual championships.
“To say I am proud of these kids is an understatement. Their work ethic, attitude, integrity, and commitment to each other is unmatched,” said Hank Austin, Cameron archery coach. “We are looking forward to the next few years for both our middle and high school teams.”
The archery program will have its own practice facility opening in the early fall as part of the new buildings currently under construction at Cameron School. “Now is a great time to be a Yellowjacket,” Austin said.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Sheila Dills, R-Tulsa, and Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell on Tuesday celebrated the signing into law of legislation that will elevate the status of golf in Oklahoma.
Speaking at the Cedar Ridge County Club in Broken Arrow, the two talked about the passage of bills that establish Golf Day in Oklahoma and that create a commission to develop a list of golf courses to be designated as the Oklahoma Golf Trail.
"Oklahoma has a number of tremendous golf courses that deserve to be promoted," Dills said. "This legislation allows us to preview not only our incredible courses but the sport itself, which is an economic driver in our state and one that improves our quality of life."
House Bill 3646 designates the third Wednesday in June each year as Golf Day in the State of Oklahoma. The goal is to help the state golf industry promote the game and generate additional revenue.
House Bill 3647 creates the Oklahoma Golf Trail Commission that will be charged with developing a list of 15 to 25 golf courses to be listed as the official Oklahoma Golf Trail. The nine-member commission would be responsible for issuing requests for proposals for the marketing component of accepting courses to be located along the trail. They also would help solicit funding from public-private partnerships.
Both bills have been signed into law by the governor.
“Oklahoma has some of the best golf courses in the country," Pinnell said. "After seeing the economic impact of the Alabama and Louisiana golf trails, Representative Dills and I knew it was Oklahoma’s turn to highlight our Top Ten golf scene. I look forward to the growth this trail will bring to our state.”
Dills and Pinnell spoke Tuesday evening during a celebration of golf in Oklahoma benefiting the First Tee program. The youth development organization integrates the game of golf with a life skills curriculum to create active learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that youth can carry to everything they do.
The event came after the second day of practice rounds for the PGA Championship scheduled Thursday through Sunday at the Southern Hills Golf Course in Tulsa. The tournament is estimated to bring $143 million dollars into Oklahoma and will have global media coverage.
Dills herself has won multiple golf championships and attended Oklahoma State University on a golf scholarship. She later had a successful career on the course and in the classroom. She served seven years on the Board of Directors of the Women's Oklahoma Golf Association and as president of the organization for four years. She was instrumental in converting the 101-year-old organization from a social organization into a 501c3 public charity.
Dills also developed successful programs such as a scholarship program for high school seniors, a grants program for underfunded Oklahoma high schools and a grass roots program to introduce young girls to the game of golf. She also served on local, state and national boards of directors, including the First Tee and the Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame.
Sheila Dills, a Republican, serves District 69 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Her district includes Jenks, South Tulsa and Bixby in Tulsa County.
CARL ALBERT STATE COLLEGE ANNOUNCES HIRING OF NEW SOFTBALL COACH
Carl Albert State College is excited to announce the hiring of new head softball coach, Lexi Watson. From Smithville, Watson earned All-Conference honors in fast and slow-pitch and helped lead the team to a state runner-up finish. She received All-State accolades as a senior and was named Offensive Player of the year. During her time at Seminole State College, Watson garnered 19 home runs, drove in 59 runs and had a .405 average in her freshman year, earning AllRegion II honors and leading the team to the national tournament.
The following season she returned to hit .364 with16 doubles, 10 homers and 35 RBI as the Trojans finished that season 48-11. Watson transferred to UCO where sheearned first-team All-MIAA recognition and was also asecond-team All-Central Region pick by both the ConferenceCommissioners Association and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Watson ranked among the elite players in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and NCAA Division II. At UCO, she was known as the team’s mainclean-up hitter, batting .358 in the 2016 season.
Watson served her alma mater, Smithville, for two years as the high school/junior high head softball and head basketball coach; she was the first female to coach the Smithville high school girls’ basketball program. Most recently, Watson
furthered her coaching career at Crowder Public Schools, serving as the head softball coach for high school and junior high.
“I’m excited and thrilled for the opportunity to represent Carl Albert State College as the new head softball coach,” said Watson. “This job opportunity allows me to build a strong program and create a hardworking culture of sportsmanship
and camaraderie. The future is bright for our softball program and I’m looking forward to working with these young ladies.”
Watson earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology Exercise Science/Fitness Management from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2018 and will graduate with a Masters in Sports Administration from Southeastern Oklahoma State University the summer of 2022.