LeFlore County Journal
Oct. 31, 2012
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Panama downs Pocola
The Journal’s LeFlore County Calendar is updated daily. This is a free service we offer so if you have an event coming up and would like it added to the calendar, please send an email about the event to email@example.com. Today Fall festival at Monroe, starting at 5 p.m. at the ballfield. In case of bad weather, the event will be held in the gymnasium. Thursday Poteau Kiwanis Club meets, noon at Western Sizzlin’ High school basketball: LeFlore at Red Oak, Whitesboro at Battiest, College basketball: CASC homecoming, women play St. Gregory’s at 6 p.m. with the men playing North Arkansas at 8 p.m. Friday High school football: Arkoma at Webbers Falls, Heavener at Eufaula, Vian at Panama, Pocola at Mountainburg; Rogers at Poteau, Checotah at Spiro, Gore at Talihina. High school basketball: Smithville at Howe; LeFlore at Wister.
Saturday Bokoshe Fellowship Breakfast Quilt festival at Peter Conser home. Haw Creek Fire Association fall festival. Food, carnival games, quilt raffle, bow shoot and horseshoe tournament. Starts at 4 p.m. Live Trivia Contest at Cameron, sponsored by Cameron Booster Club. Starts at 7 p.m.
On the cover Panama’s Trevor Bourne and Ryan Shirey go up for an interception in the Razorbacks’ 20-14 win over Pocola on Friday night. Shirey intercepted the pass to end a Pocola drive and returned the pick to near midfield. Panama clinched a playoff spot with the win while Pocola also grabbed the fourth playoff spot in District 2A-6
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Christmas Lights to shine again at Wister Lake WISTER--The popular Christmas season tradition will continue to light up the night on Wister Lake’s Quarry Island for the upcoming Holiday Season. Poteau Chamber of Commerce CEO Karen Wages met with State Park Superintendant Deb Reininger this week. The lights display is scheduled to begin on Dec. 1 and will run each night from 6 to 9 p.m. until Dec. 25. “This year is made possible because of the many organizations and individual volunteers that have come forth to help,” said Karen Wages of the Poteau Chamber of Commerce. “This will be a major undertaking with lots of hours involved, but we can do it as a community,”
Poteau Chamber of Commerce will begin work immediately on repairing wiring and replacing lights. There will be a meeting of volunteers on Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Poteau Chamber of Commerce Board Room. The display began in 2003 to help bring visitors to the park during the winter months when usage of the park is low, helping to draw people into the area to share the Christmas season. According to park officials cabin rentals will also be available during this time for those that want to come and stay on the grounds to celebrate the holidays. Last year’s display recorded over 6,000 guests during the three-week period. The tour of lights is free to the public, however
donations are accepted to help with displays for the next season. Area businesses have helped each year by sponsoring the displays and employees volunteering their time to help man the gates each night. Poteau Chamber will be working with Jim Hamilton Correctional Center, City of Wister, City of Poteau, LeFlore County Development Coalition, Masonic Lodge Poteau - Heavener, LeFlore County DAV, Bikers Making a Difference BMAD, Poteau High School Art Department and Wister WHSO Students. Any organization or group interested in helping with the displays can call the Chamber at (918) 647-9178.
Poteau business owner arrested POTEAU—Poteau businessman William Joseph LeRoux, Jr., was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Monday for 12 counts of sexual contact with a minor, along with three counts of public sexual indecency. LeRoux owns 701 Corp., a web and ecommerce solution company in Poteau.
The charges against LeRoux were brought by Arizona. He would have to sign an agreement to be extradited back to Arizona. If he does not sign the form, Arizona will have to issue a warrant. In a hearing Tuesday, LeRoux was released on a $25,000 fugitive surety bond.
Minutes from county commissioners’ meeting POTEAU--The board of county commissioners of LeFlore County met in a regular business meeting Monday with Chairman Lance Smith presiding. Also present were Vice-Chairman Derwin Gist, Member Cebern Scott and County Clerk Kelli Ford. The following action was taken by the board: (1.) Chairman Lance Smith called meeting to order. (2.) Motion was made by Lance Smith and seconded by Derwin Gist to approve the minutes of Oct. 22, 2012. Motion was approved all voting yes. (3.) Motion was made by Lance Smith and seconded by Derwin Gist to approve purchase orders as presented. Motion was approved all voting yes. (4.) Bonds. None presented.
(5.) Monthly fee reports. None presented. (6.) Motion was made by Lance Smith and seconded by Derwin Gist to approve transfer of appropriation for Summerfield Fire Department from FDSUM-2 (M&O) $2000.00 into FDSUM-3 (C.O.) and for County Highway T from T-2 (M&O) $50.00 into T-3. Motion was approved all voting yes. (7.) Blanket purchase orders were approved as on file in the office of the LeFlore County Clerk. (8.) Old business. None discussed. (9.) Current bridge and road projects. None discussed. (10.) Burn ban. No discussion. (11.) Motion was made by Lance Smith and seconded by Derwin Gist to approve lease/purchase documents between Le-
Flore County and The Community State Bank for new pumper/tanker to benefit Poteau Fire Department. Motion was approved all voting yes. (12.) Motion was made by Lance Smith and seconded by Derwin Gist to select the CED #3 to contract with LeFlore County for bridge inspection contracts for April 2013 through April 2016. Motion was approved all voting yes. (13.) Motion was made by Derwin Gist and seconded by Cebern Scott to accept lone bid from Chief Fire & Safety, choosing option with trade-in, for SCBA's with cylinders to benefit Bokoshe Fire Department. Motion was approved all voting yes. (14.) Motion was made by Lance Smith and seconded by Cebern Scott to approve resolution and bid notice advertising to accept sealed bids for Ballot Printing.
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Carl Albert homecoming planned for Thursday POTEAU--Homecoming at Carl Albert State College is Thursday. The Lady Vikings will play St. Gregory’s at 6 p.m. and the Vikings will host North Arkansas at 8 p.m. at the Thompson Fitness Center on the CASC Poteau campus. The coronation of this year’s king and queen will take place at the basketball games. Last year’s homecoming queen, Kelly Taylor, will be in attendance to help crown this year’s king and queen. Kelly is the daughter of Danny and Laura Taylor of Poteau. The organizations represented by each of the homecoming contestants and their hometowns are: Baseball and softball: Jacob
Mixon honored by CASC POTEAU--Darali Mixon is this year’s recipient of the Carl Albert State College Distinguished Alumni Association Award. CASC homecoming is Thursday, and a feature highlighting Mixon will be made available following homecoming festivities.
Carter of Silo and Hali Humphreys of Talihina. Basketball and women’s basketball: Josh Gracie of Asheville, North Carolina and Ashala Watson of Magnolia, Arkansas Cheer Squad: Terry Warren of Poteau and Haley Powell of Whitesboro Chi Alpha: Joshua Morris
of Red Oak and Linzy Blankenship of Spiro Native American Club: Brooks Deatherage of Red Oak and Talia Lattimore of Sallisaw Phi Theta Kappa: Garrett Langley of Sallisaw and Kyla Lewis of Heavener Rotaract Club: Isaiah Smith and Kendra Ledbetter, both of Spiro
Show Choir: Jody Hill of Howe and Linsey Merrill of Sallisaw SIFE: Douglas Jackson of Broken Bow and Regan Huff of Spiro. Student Government Association: Zack Harper of Cameron and Misty Wells of Stigler Student Support Services – Sallisaw campus: Jacob Lattimore and Shania Valdivia, both of Sallisaw Vikes Club: Connor Gilstrap of Poteau and Talia Branham of Gans Viking Ambassadors: Christian Mitligo of Poteau and Victoria Jones of Panama Visual Arts: Sean Rogers of Smithville and Jessica Barton of Arkoma
A difficult game to watch... By CLAY ROPER Sunday was a nervewracking day for me. My oldest daughter plays basketball at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. She had to medically redshirt last season due to knee surgery, so Sunday’s scrimmage against Carl Albert was the first day my wife and I had seen her play since 2010. She has been practicing for several months, and I know practice is most likely more strenuous than many games, but I don’t see practice. I really didn’t think I would have any apprehension about her playing before the game started. I know injuries are just something that goes along with athletics. My last year of playing baseball I was getting cortisone injections in my pitching shoulder regularly just to get
Boys and Girls Club happenings Clay Roper is the executive director of the Boys and Girls club of LeFlore County.
through the season. It’s just something players have to deal with. However, I had never had to deal with it as a parent. When we found out Chauntel had to have knee surgery, it seemed like a pretty minor procedure. She had torn her meniscus and would have arthroscopic surgery and probably be out two to four weeks. Well, after four weeks her knee still wasn’t right. She
went back to the doctor, and upon further examination she was told that she has a chronic knee issue (severely loose ligaments and unstable joint) which had caused her to re-tear the meniscus. My wife and I, Chauntel, and the UAFS coaching staff had some decisions to make, the obvious being to redshirt her for the year. Next came deciding what her basketball future would be.
The doctors had told us the risks of Chauntel continuing playing basketball. There was a chance she could do further damage, which could effect her later in life. If she decided to continue to play, she would have to adopt a regimented rehabilitation and training program to adhere to daily. Our family and the coaching staff discussed the options and asked her what she wanted to do. As I expected, Chauntel did not hesitate in deciding she wanted to try keep playing. The rehabilitation process hasn’t been easy for Chauntel. Being an 18-year-old kid, she simply didn’t realize how much time and effort would be required for her to be able to get healthy. After some setbacks, See ROPER, Page
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Obits NEAL CLARK SPIRO--Neal Clark, 74, of Spiro passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 in Fort Smith. He was born April 1, 1938 in Shady Point to Tony and Gertrude (Neal) Clark. Funeral services are Friday at 2 p.m. at Mallory-Martin Chapel in Spiro. Burial will follow in Old Bokoshe Cemetery, under the direction of the Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Wesley Clark; and one granddaughter, Mindy Clark. Surviving family members are his wife, Patricia, of the home; two sons, Roger Clark and wife Terri of Pocola, and Damon Clark and fiancĂŠ Jackie Courts of McAlester; four grandchildren, Cody Clark, Tisha Clark, Eric Clark and Heather Clark; one great grandchild, Kylynn Clark; a sister, Linda Scott of Tahlequah; and two brothers, Odell Clark and wife Jo Ella of Spiro, and Royce Clark and wife Fern of Portales, N.M. The family will visit with friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. You may view his online guestbook at www.mallorymartinfuenralhome.com. BOBBY S. MORGAN SHADY POINT--Bobby S. Morgan, 68 of Shady Point, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 in Cameron. He was retired from Whirlpool and was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church in Pocola. Services are Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church in Pocola with Rev. Tommy Parker and Rev. Richard Manis officiating. Interment will follow at the Shady Point Cemetery, under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol; son, Robbie; and his parents, Russell Morgan and Jewell Phelps. He is survived by his wife, Mary; two daughters, Ronda Hill and husband, Roscoe of Pocola, and Teresa Hensley and companion Tommy Miller of Cameron; stepsons, Eddie Hesslen of Paris, Ark., and Kevin Hesslen of Greenwood; brother,
Marvin Morgan and wife Rose of Pocola; grandsons, Waco Hill of Pocola, Keagan Hensley of Cameron, and Tyler Hill of Louisville, Ky.; step grandchildren, Edwin Hesslen of Fort Smith, Hope, Hannah and Hunter Hesslen of Greenwood; and great granddaughter, Audrey Hill of Louisville, Ky. Pallbearers are Tyler Hill, Waco Hill, Keagan Hensley, Edwin Hesslen, Ronnie Ward, Leon Laymon and Steve Doshier. Honorary pallbearers are Alan Butler, Danny Minor, Robert Miller and Dennis Main. Contributions may be made to a Humane Society or your choice or your favorite charity. You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com. RODNEY MARTINDALE HOWEâ€”Rodney Gene Martindale, 59, of Howe, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Fort Smith. He was born July 28, 1953 in Tulsa to Billy Ray and Mary Jean (Wood) Martindale, was a lifelong resident of the area and a veteran of the Vietnam War. Services are Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Howe. Interment will follow at the Howe Cemetery, under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home. He was preceded in death by his father; and a brother, Rick Martindale. Surviving family members are his mother, Mary Martindale of Howe; and two brothers, Randy Martindale of Howe and Russell Martindale of Roland. You may sign his online guest book at dowdenfb.com. BOBBIE DON SMITH SPIRO--Bobbie Don Smith, 65, of Spiro passed away on Oct. 25, 2012 in Spiro. He was born July 21, 1947 in Heavener to Earl Luther and Vera (Wilson) Smith and was a member of the Eagles #3860 and VFW 4484 of Spiro and served our country in the Vietnam War. Services were Monday at Mallory-Martin Chapel of Spiro. Burial was at the Monroe Cemetery, under the direction of the Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro. He was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years Charlotte Hol-
combe Smith; brother-in-law, Gene Hamilton; nephews, Tim Langley and Wayne Hamilton; and niece Angela Holcombe Raines. Surviving family members are a son, David Earl Smith of Houston; a daughter, Cheryl Smith Spiers and husband Frank of Charleston, Ok.; grandsons Addison Kilgore and Tabe Spiers; three sisters, Jo Alice Smith Hamilton of Spiro, Jane Smith Holcombe and husband Charles of Splendora, Texas, and Linda Martin Weise and husband Buddy of Houston; nephews Greg Fairbanks, Jack Hamilton and Donnie Langley; nieces, Kelly Martin and Jody Hamilton; and loving companion, Dottie Nixon of Sallisaw. You may view his online guestbook at www.mallorymartinfuneralhome.com. SHERRY LYNN HORNBURGER POTEAU--Sherry Lynn Hornburger, 54, of Poteau, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 in Muskogee. She was born June 1, 1958 in Nowata to Bill and Shirley (Spencer) Hornburger. Services were Monday at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with Rev. Jim Cook officiating. Interment was at Oakland Cemetery in Poteau, under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home. She was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Smotherman; and daughter, Takela Hornburger. Survivors include her daughter, Brandy Hornburger of Poteau; father, Bill Hornburger of Stillwater; three brothers, Joe Hornburger of Valliant, Bill Hornburger of Poteau and Randy Hornburger of Norman; a sister, Shalle Marie Hornburger of Poteau; five grandchildren, Brian, Jeremy, Brandon, Alexa, Christopher; and an aunt, Alice Fix of Tulsa. You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com. LOLA SITTON SUMMERFIELD--Lola Leon Sitton, 87, of Summerfield, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 in Poteau. She was born Aug. 17, 1925 in Summerfield to Mathew and Anna (Honneycutt) Gibson and was a homemaker, a part See OBITS, page 8
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Obits...continued of a state championship basketball team and was one of the all-decade playersof the 1940s. The family will have a private burial, under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 50 years, Monroe Sitton; five sisters, Lydia, Thelma, Effie, Ruth and Hazel; son-in-law, Stephen Fischer; grandson, Paul Sitton; and great granddaughter, Grace Fischer. Survivors include her daughter, Linda Fischer of Heavener; son, Rick Sitton and wife Kathy of Kansas City; six grandchildren, Cynthia Sitton, Casey Fischer, Susan Sitton, Todd Fischer, Stacy Sitton and Matt Sitton; and 12 great grandchildren, Monica, Vanessa, Angelia, Madeline, Abigail, Belle, Ahmann, Paul, Tori, Laura, Hayden, and Myka. You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com
EVA BROWN SPIRO--Eva Jewel Brown, 93, of Spiro, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 in Spiro. She was born Sept. 28, 1919 in Hoyt, Ok. to David Vernon and Julia Lee â€œDollieâ€? (Newburn) Argo. Funeral services were Monday at Mallory-Martin Chapel of Spiro with Dr. Mike Shaw and Brian Avery officiating. Burial
was at Hoyt Cemetery, under the direction of the Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lillard Billy Brown after 58 years of marriage; her parents; step-dad Dewey Wood; sisters Lorraine Argo, Charlene Totty, Naomi Warren and Geneva Neely; step-sister Hazel Jane Cleveland; and her son-in-law George Shaw. Surviving family members are two daughters, Brenda Shaw of Spiro and Julia Avery and husband, Mack of Weatherford, Texas; five grandsons, Dr. Mike Shaw and wife Marla of Sapulpa, Steve Shaw and wife Kim of Spiro, Mack Avery and wife Jennifer of Anchorage, Ala., Brian Avery and wife Tammy of Weatherford, Texas and Jason Avery of Austin; 11 great grandchildren, Emily and Evan Shaw of Sapulpa, Matthew, Megan and Morgan Shaw of Spiro, Mack and John Avery of Anchorage, Ala., and Julia, Kyllie, Brian and Katie Avery of Weatherford, Texas; one sister, Dormilee Mullings of Broken Arrow; and special caretaker, Glenda Perez. Pallbearers are Steve Shaw, Mack Avery, Mack Avery II, Brian Avery, Jason
Avery, Jody Riggs and Leroy Skinner. You may view her online guestbook at www.mallorymartinfuneralhome.com.
MADGE RYBURN-DUNCAN POTEAU--Madge E. (Kelly) RyburnDuncan, 89, of Poteau, passed away Oct. 20, 2012, in Poteau. She was born April 29, 1923, in Wister to Jack and Bessie (McCartney) Kelly. A memorial service wwas held Sunday at the at the First Baptist Church in Heavener. Cremation under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home. She is preceded in death by her parents; the father of her children, Jesse W. Ryburn; oldest son Buddy Ryburn; daughter Shiela Guthrie; first grandson Tim Sholer; three brothers, Orby, Lloyd (Mike) and Raymond; and two sisters, Loraine Mecom and Vera Wigginton. Surviving family members are her son Jess Ryburn and wife, Wanda, of Poteau; youngest sister Margaret Eagan of Poteau; granddaughters, Sharon Sholer of Poteau, Lea Wells of Oklahoma City, Jonikka Ryburn Berglan of Newcastle and Jaymi Ryburn Reaves of Pocola; grandson Michael Sholer of Bethany; her adopted grandchildren Adam and Avo Wilson; several greatgrandchildren and great-great grandchildren. You may leave an on-line greeting to the family at www.gracemanorfh.com.
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Photo by CRAIG HALL Panama’s Ben Whiteaker picks up big yardage after catching a pass in the win over Pocola.
Panama clinches playoff spot with win over Pocola By CRAIG HALL PANAMA—Panama started the season and it looked like the Razorbacks would have to wait another year to make a playoff run. But the wait is over for the Razorbacks. Panama won its fourth straight game and likely clinched the third playoff spot in 2A-6 with a 20-14 win over LeFlore County rival Pocola on Friday night. The Razorbacks used a bend-but-notbreak defense and a couple of big plays on offense to down the Indians for the second straight year. Gabe Harp scored the clinching touchdown, intercepted two passes, the last coming with 59 seconds left to end Pocola’s last chance, and also forced a fum-
ble which Panama returned for the goahead touchdown late in the second quarter. Panama’s offense was dormant most of the night, especially during the second half, but used a 55-yard touchdown pass to Harp from quarterback Trevor Bourne to go ahead 20-7 midway through the third quarter. Pocola took advantage of a rare error by the Razorbacks to put a scare in Panama. After a bad snap on a punt, Pocola took over on the Razorbacks’ 19 and scored on a 5-yard run by Michael McBride with 5:51 left in the final quarter. After stopping Panama, Pocola got the ball back on its own 30 with 1:13 left. The Indians got a long run from quarterback
Preston Hobbs to move out to midfield. But the Razorbacks forced Hobbs to hurry and throw and Harp intercepted on Panama’s 27 with just under a minute remaining to clinch the win and what turned out to be a playoff spot after Hugo upset Wilburton, 35-22. Pocola got a big break on the opening kickoff, recovering a fumble on Panama’s 38. Two plays later, the Indians took the lead on a 42-yard pass from Hobbs. Panama answered late in the first quarter as Bourne kept the ball over the left side, got the corner and outran the Indians into the end zone for the tying touchdown. The game looked like it would be deadlocked at halftime, but Harp forced a See PANAMA, Page 13
Photo by CRAIG HALL Panama’s Trevor Bourne cuts up the field en route to a touchdown in the Razorbacks’ 20-14 win over Pocola on Friday. The win was the Razorbacks’ fourth straight and helped them clinch third place in District 2A-6.
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Pocolaâ€™s Beau Kerbow is wrapped up by a Panama defender.
Photos by CRAIG HALL Pocola quarterback Preston Hobbs looks for an open receiver in the first half.
Panamaâ€™s Todd Cross finds the going a little rough as Pocola defenders stop him for a short gain.
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Talihina, Spiro involved in big games of week As we head into Week 10 of the high school football season, four county teams have clinched playoff spots while the other four will close out the season on Friday. Panama and Pocola are both in for 2A6 after the Razorbacks’ 20-14 win over the Indians on Friday. Panama will enter the playoffs as the third seed while Pocola is No. 4 in the district. Panama hosts district champion and top -ranked Vian on Friday while Pocola closes out the regular season against Mountainburg, Ark., in a non-district game. Hartshorne will be the second seed out of the district. Vian has clinched the district after a 54 -7 win over Hartshorne on Friday. Wilburton was eliminated after a 35-22 loss to Hugo. Spiro has clinched a playoff spot in 3A -6, but fell out of a four-way tie for first place in the district with a 36-24 loss at Roland on Friday. Checotah, Stigler and Roland are tied for first place.
Checotah travels to Spiro in the big game in the district this week. Stigler visits Idabel while Roland is at Valliant. Heavener will try to finish at .500 when the Wolves visit Eufaula. Spiro could still tie for first with a win and losses by Stigler and Roland, although that is not likely to happen as both Idabel and Valliant have one district win. The Bulldogs should finish third or fourth, depending on the outcome of Friday’s game. In 4A-4, Poteau was eliminated from the playoffs after the 23-15 loss at Broken Bow. Cascia Hall, Broken Bow, Fort Gibson and Sallisaw have clinched a playoff spot. Broken Bow visits Cascia Hall on Friday in a game which will decide the district champion. Fort Gibson also has a big game as the Tigers host Sallisaw, so the final standings will not be decided until after this week. There is now a four-way tie for first
place in A-6 after Talihina lost at Savanna this past week. Both those teams are 4-1 in district play along with Central and Gore. The top four teams meet each other in Week 10. Talihina hosts Gore while Savanna visits Central. Talihina could finish from the district champion to fourth place, depending on how the games unfold. If Talihina wins and Savanna loses to Central, the Tigers win the district. If the Tigers win and Savanna tops Central, Talihina will be second. A loss to Gore would knock Talihina down to at least the third spot and maybe even fourth if Central defeats Savanna. The county’s two eight-man teams, Arkoma and Bokoshe have been eliminated from the playoffs. Arkoma could still impact the final standings as the Mustangs visit Webbers Falls, currently the second-place team in the district. If Bokoshe can field a team this week, the Tigers are scheduled to host Southwest Covenant.
Burris takes lead in LCJ pick-em contest Ouch. The sun did indeed rise on Sunday, but for the LCJ pickers, it was probably a gloomy day. One week after our pickers rose to unprecedented heights, they dropped like a lead balloon in the LCJ Week 9 picks. The sun did shine a little brighter on Josh Burris, who won Week 9 with a 7-3 record, which also put him on top of the overall standings by two games over Russ McDonald and also gave him the Week 8 win as he won the tiebreaker over Ralph
Perdue Jr. after the two tied last week. Only four of our 17 pickers in Week 9 were above the .500 mark. Greg Nichols had a rough week and dropped out of the overall lead while two-time defending champion Michael White is now four games behind our leader. All our pickers missed the OU-Notre Dame game, along with Talihina at Savanna. Many also fell on the Ole Miss at Arkansas game and Florida vs. Georgia, so it was understandable that the records were not all that great this week.
We will continue the picks as long as a county team is in the playoffs. The LCJ pick-em contest is free and everybody is encouraged to play, even if they have not taken part in the contest. We pick games involving county teams along with OU, OSU, Tulsa, Arkansas and a national college game of the week. All picks must be returned by Friday at 5 p.m. They can be emailed to email@example.com, faxed to (866) 670-8784 or mailed to LCJ: 300 S. Earl, Poteau, Ok. 74953.
Journal picks LeFlore County high school games! This is the deal, folks. What goes up, must eventually come down. Something due to the laws of gravity. The football picks last week resembled the aftermath of an Oklahoma twister, I am sorry to report. I was 4-2 after the previous week’s perfect record, kind of a letdown. But there are excuses…lots of them. Let’s see, the losses were Poteau at Broken Bow, the Pirates’ quarterback Jace Pitchford was hurt and had to leave the game.
Journal picks! Then, there was Talihina at Savanna. Not really sure what happened there. Teams have an off-night, just like a certain person who tries to pick football games for LeFlore County teams. That drops our record to 50-13 overall, but hey, that’s 37 on the positive side! Eyah. I have been working on being positive
all week and not dwell on the negatives. No trick or treaters last night to the House of Trish! Watched our traditional Halloween supposed to be scary movie Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer! Pretty good flick. I didn’t realize Honest Abe was that handy with an axe, or that some of the Confederate soldiers at Gettysburg were vampires. Plus, we shouldn’t freeze at the games Friday night! Another positive. See JOURNAL, Page 13