Ledger/LCJ newsletter 4-2-2021

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NEWS

Heavener School Board approves changes

By CRAIG HALL

In a special meeting Thursday, the Heavener School Board approved several adjustments.

Present were President Ralph Perdue Jr., along with board members Danny Yandell, Dylan Roberts and Tim Davis. Michael White was absent.

The Board approved suspending the school’s mask policy effective immediately.

They also approved changing the start and end time of the school day and reduced the time between classes from eight minutes to five minutes. School will now start at 7:55 a.m. and end at 3:10 p.m.

The final adjustment was moving up the end of school from May 19 to May 11, since the school will have met all the required time with the longer days.

Graduation remains on May 8. The eighth grade graduation is 2 p.m. while the senior graduation is 8 p.m.

SPORTS

LeFlore County sports scoreboard 4-1-2021

LeFlore County sports scoreboard for Thursday.

Baseball

Heavener 12, Soper 2

Silo 16, Heavener 1

Cameron 15, Buffalo Valley 1

Howe 13, Wewoka 1

Howe 17, Wewoka 4

Panama 11, Pocola 6

Poteau 14, NOAH 9

Glenpool 6, Poteau 2

Wister 11, Talihina 1

Whitesboro 12, Hugo JV 0

Slow pitch softball

Heavener 12, Checotah 1

Heavener 12, Sallisaw 0

Red Oak 19, LeFlore 5

LeFlore 14, Spiro 2

LeFlore 17, Poteau 15

Pocola 19, LeFlore 18

Pocola 15, Poteau 1

Pocola 15, Hulbert 0

Pocola 21, Spiro 0

Red Oak 25, Pocola 13

Red Oak 12, Poteau 11

Red Oak 30, Spiro 5

Hulbert 14, Spiro 5

Soccer

Boys

Heavener 7, Hugo 1

Hilldale 3, Poteau 1

Girls

Hilldale 7, Poteau 0

To submit scores or information about games involving LeFlore County teams, send an email to craig@heavenerledger.com or text (918) 649-4712.

Wolves split in Atoka Tournament

ATOKA – Heavener split two games at the Atoka Wood Bat Tournament Thursday.

The Wolves (8-15) opened with a 12-2 win over Soper before losing to Silo, 16-1.

Heavener visits Atoka in a district doubleheader Tuesday.

Hunter Edmondson went all four innings and gave up five hits and two runs, one earned, with four strikeouts and two walks.

Gunnar McAlester doubled and was 2-3 with three runs and Jackson Clubb tripled and went 1-2 with three RBI and two runs.

The Wolves kept the game close through three innings against Silo, one of the top teams in Class 2A, before Silo scored 10 runs in the top of the fourth.

Noah Ward doubled and was 1-2 with a run and Trevor Grubbs had a 1-2 game with a RBI.

Wister uses big innings to down Talihina

WISTER – Wister broke the game open in the third inning and went on to defeat Talihina, 11-1, in high school baseball play Thursday.

The Wildcats, ranked fourth in Class A, are 10-2 and visit McCurtain Friday. Talihina drops to 2-11 and goes to Central Sallisaw in district play Saturday.

Wister trailed 1-0 before scoring a run in the bottom of the second to tie the score. The Wildcats added five runs in the third and fourth innings to end the game.

Issac Carroll pitched the first two innings, allowing three hits and one run with four strikeouts. Landon Thornburg went the final two innings and gave up one hit with five strikeouts.

C.J. Halford had two doubles and went 3-4 with four RBI and a run and Matt Holzhammer doubled and finished 1-2 with a run.

Poteau goes 1-1 in tournament

TULSA – The Poteau baseball team went 1-1 on the opening day of the Victory Christian Tournament Thursday.

The Pirates used a big rally in the first game to down NOAH, 14-9, before coming up short against Glenpool in the second game, 6-2.

Poteau is 14-4 and continues play in the tournament Friday.

Against NOAH, the Pirates trailed 9-5 going into the seventh inning before scoring nine runs to get the win.

Poteau used four pitchers in the win. Colton Williamson went 3.2 innings and allowed three hits and seven runs, two earned, with three strikeouts and seven walks. Todd Mattos went 1.1 innings and allowed two hits and two runs, one earned, with two walks.

Wesley Garrett pitched one inning and had a strikeout before Jagger Dill also pitched one inning and gave up two hits with two strikeouts.

Ben Brooks doubled and was 3-4 with three RBI and three runs, Dill was 3-5 with three runs and two RBI, Caden Fox had a 2-4 game with a pair of RBI, Williamson went 2-5 with two RBI and a run and Dax Collins had a 2-4 game with a RBI.

In the second game, Glenpool took the lead with four runs in the bottom of the fourth and held on for the win.

Fox pitched four innings, allowing six hits and five runs, four earned, with three strikeouts and three walks before Garrett went two innings, allowing a hit and run with five strikeouts and three walks.

Dill doubled and was 1-3 with a RBI and Fox also doubled while going 1-3 with a run.

Lady Wolves win two at Checotah

CHECOTAH – Heavener cruised to a pair of wins here Thursday over the host Wildcats and Sallisaw.

The Lady Wolves, ranked third in 5A, improved to 17-2 with the 12-0 win over Sallisaw and a 12-1 victory over Checotah.

Against Sallisaw, Heavener jumped ahead 6-0 in the first inning and ended the game after three innings by run-rule.

Destiny McGee homered and was 2-3 with two RBI and a run, Haley Dean went 2-2 with a run, Paisley Stacy had a 2-2 game with three RBI, Lainey Dyer finished 2-2 with a RBI and run, McKinley Alexander also went 2-2 with two RBI and a run and Rayannah Ward homered while going 1-3 with three RBI and a run.

Heavener and Checotah were tied at 1 before the Lady Wolves took the lead with three runs in the top of the fourth. Heavener added four more in the sixth and seventh innings.

Destiny McGee was 3-5 with a RBI, Dyer went 3-4 with three runs and a RBI, Ward finished 2-5 with two RBI and a run, Cayleigh McGee finished 2-5 with a RBI, Paige Crase was 2-5 with a RBI, Stacy was 2-4 with two runs and McKinley Alexander doubled and went 1-3 with a run and RBI.

OTHER STORIES

Covenant Church to perform Easter production

POTEAU - This year's Easter production at Covenant Church marries classical and sobering scenes of the cross and resurrection with an original musical/comedic script dealing with modern-day, "real-life" situations.

In the latter parts of the play, theatre-goers are reminded of why Jesus came and died and of the reality of a final judgment for all mankind.

This nontraditional Easter production is written, directed, and produced by Aaron Williams--the actor/writer/director/producer of the popular "Our Family Christmas" series. As with all of Williams' productions, this play will make you laugh and cry, and leave thinking about all those things in our lives that really matter.

Eternity: Moments II, will be performed Sunday at 6 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday, at 7 p.m., at Covenant Church, 2101 South Broadway in Poteau.

Admission is free and open to the public. Childcare is provided. For directions or information regarding performances, call (918) 647-3040.

March weather more lamb than lion

By GARY McMANUS, OCS Mesonet

The first month of spring greeted Oklahoma with warmer and more tranquil weather than the historic cold and snowy February that preceded it.

While March offered up momentary glances of nearly every weather hazard in Oklahoma’s arsenal, the month was most often quiet. By coincidence—although state lore will say it’s the norm—the most active weather occurred during Oklahoma’s collectively shared spring break.

On March 16-17, local National Weather Service offices issued a blizzard warning in the Panhandle, and severe thunderstorm and tornado watches in the main body of the state. That storm system started with severe weather across western Oklahoma the evening of the 16th, and transitioned to snow the morning of the 17th. Snowfall of 3-4 inches was being driven by 40 mph winds to create white-out conditions across far northwestern Oklahoma throughout the day on the 17th while the severe weather was pushed east. The additional 3-4 inches of snow across the northwest brought seasonal totals to more than 40 inches in that region, with Arnett leading at 42.3 inches.

Oklahoma City’s seasonal total of 22.5 inches through March was just 2.7 inches behind its record tally of 25.2 inches from 1947-1948, and ranked sixth highest on record. Tulsa’s seasonal total was 15.8 inches, its 17th highest on record and well behind 2010-2011’s 26.1 inches.

The statewide average precipitation total was 3.07 inches according to preliminary data from the Oklahoma Mesonet, 0.03 inches above normal, to rank as the 36th wettest March since records began in 1895. The northwestern half of the state saw surpluses of 1-3 inches, while the southeast fell 1-2 inches below normal.

The moisture abundance was profound across parts of Oklahoma, with the Panhandle, north central and west central sections each experiencing one of their top 10 wettest Marches on record. The more robust totals came in Osage County, where Foraker and Burbank tallied 8.06 inches and 7.59 inches, respectively. Twenty-five of the 120 Oklahoma Mesonet sites recorded at least 4 inches of rain for the month. Thirty stations saw less than 2 inches, with Fort Cobb seeing the least at 0.64 inches. The first three months of the year ended as the 51st wettest since 1895 with a statewide average of 6.2 inches, 0.23 inches below normal. The January-March moisture distribution was similar to March’s pattern, with surpluses to the northwest and deficits to the southeast.

March was warm by any standard, but especially so following the historic cold weather of the previous month. The statewide average temperature for the month finished at 53.6 degrees, 3.2 degrees above normal, to rank as the 27th warmest March on record. High temperatures rose into the 70s and 80s quite often, with Beaver taking the top spot at 88 degrees on the 29th. Freezes were still common through the month, especially across far northwestern Oklahoma. Kenton recorded March’s lowest reading at 8 degrees on the month’s first day. The first three months of 2021 ended at 41.9 degrees, 1.6 degrees below normal and ranked as the 55th coolest January-March on record.

Drought continued to diminish in Oklahoma during March, dropping to an areal coverage of 10.71 percent on the month’s final U. S. Drought Monitor map. Drought was nearly eliminated across southwestern Oklahoma, although a newer area of drought was attempting to intensify and spread across south central Oklahoma. The April temperature and precipitation outlooks from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) indicated increased odds of above normal temperatures across the entire state, and below normal precipitation across the western half of Oklahoma. Given those outlooks, CPC’s April drought outlook considered drought development likely in southwestern and west central Oklahoma, with no changes considered likely over the rest of the state.

Partly cloudy skies and warmer Friday

Partly cloudy skies and slightly warmer temperatures are forecast for Friday in LeFlore County.

The high will be 65 degrees with a low of 44 degrees.

Sunrise is at 7:03 a.m. with sunset at 7:40 p.m.

Thursday’s high was 63 with a low of 36.

Average temperatures for April 2 are a high of 71 and low of 43. Records for the date were a high of 82 in 1981 and a low of 28 in 1985.

LeFlore County calendar of events

The LeFlore County calendar of events lists the upcoming events in the area. This is a free service so if you or your group have an event coming up and would like it added to the calendar, please send an email to craig@heavenerledger.com.

Friday

Funeral services for Clifton Wann

High school baseball: Heavener at Atoka Wood Bat Tournament; Poteau at Victory Christian Tournament; LeFlore at Spiro; Arkoma at Cameron; Central Sallisaw at Pocola

Slow pitch softball: Howe Tournament

High school soccer: Hilldale at Poteau

College softball: National Park College at CASC

Saturday

Poteau Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast 6-10 a.m. at 7th, 8th grade academic center

Easter egg hunt Heavener Runestone Park 11 a.m.

High school baseball: Heavener at Atoka Wood Bat Tournament; Poteau at Victory Christian Tournament; Vian at Spiro; Talihina at Central Sallisaw

Slow pitch softball: Howe Tournament

Golf: Poteau boys at Eufaula Tournament (Fountainhead)

College baseball: NOC (Enid) at CASC.

Monday

LeFlore County commissioners meet 9 a.m.

High school baseball: Heavener at Atoka; LeFlore County Tournament

High school softball: Howe, Battiest at Heavener; Wister at Smithville

Golf: Heavener, Poteau boys at Stigler Tournament (Brier Creek Golf Course)

Heavener Lions Club meet 5 p.m. Simple Simon’s

City of Poteau meetings 7 p.m.

Tuesday

Golf: Heavener, Poteau girls at Stigler Tournament (Brier Creek GC)

High school baseball: LeFlore County Tournament

High school softball: Spiro at Wister; Howe, Wilburton at Panama; Roland at Pocola

Soccer: Locust Grove at Heavener

Soccer: Metro Christian at Poteau

College softball: North Arkansas College at CASC

College baseball: Northeast Texas Community College at CASC

Poteau Evening Lions Club meet 6 p.m. CASC

Wednesday

Poteau Rotary Club meets noon at EOMC

High school baseball: LeFlore County Tournament

Golf: Heavener, Poteau boys at Canadian Tournament (Arrowhead)

Thursday

Kiwanis Club meets noon at Western Sizzlin’

High school baseball: LeFlore County Tournament; Bokoshe at Braggs

High school softball: Webbers Falls/Pittsburg at Wister

Golf: Poteau girls at Atoka Tournament (Atoka CC)

Track: Heavener at Waldron meet

College softball: CASC vs. Eastern at Sallisaw

College baseball: CASC at Murray State

Heavener VFW bingo 6 p.m. Highway 59 North