By Matt Goisman
McALESTER — Three local teams are still in the football playoffs, while most others have either started their basketball seasons or will start them this week. Find out what your school is up to below.
Canadian’s basketball season starts Thursday at Kinta. The Lady Cougars will play at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Warriors at 8 p.m.
Canadian will play at the Hartshorne Tournament from Dec. 2-7, then play its first home game against Achille at the Darrell James Shootout on Dec. 9.
The Cougars are the defending Pitt 8 Conference champions, though the Stuart Hornets are the defending Pitt 8 Tournament champions.
Crowder basketball hosted Indianola on Friday, sweeping both the boys’ and girls’ games. The Demonettes beat the Warriorettes, 42-38, then the Demons beat the Warriors, 89-53.
The Demonettes won their first game of the season, improving to 1-2, while the Demons improved to 2-1. Crowder played at Oktaha on Tuesday and next plays at Stuart on Friday.
Haileyville’s basketball season starts Thursday at home against Indianola. See today’s issue of the McAlester News-Capital for more information on the 2013-14 Warriors and Lady Warriors.
Following Thursday’s game, Haileyville next plays Panola at home Dec. 9.
Hartshorne’s football team will be in Commerce on Friday for a second-round playoff game against the seventh ranked-ranked Tigers. The game starts at 7:30 p.m.
If Hartshorne can beat the champions of District 2A-8, the Miners will face either Lindsay or Oklahoma Christian School in the 2A quarter-finals.
Hartshorne’s basketball season starts with the Hartshorne Tournament from Dec. 2-7. Hartshorne then plays at Savanna on Dec. 10.
Indianola faced Stuart and Crowder last week but came up winless against both teams. The Warriors lost to the Hornets on Nov. 12, 82-15, then to the Demons on Friday, 63-26.
The Warriorettes lost 83-59 to the Lady Hornets and 42-38 to the Demonettes.
Indianola heads into Thursday’s game at Haileyville with a 1-4 boys’ record and an 0-5 girls’ record. After Haileyville, Indianola hosts Whitesboro on Friday.
Kiowa’s basketball teams swept Pittsburg on Nov. 12, but then got swept by Red Oak on Friday. The Cowboys beat the Panthers, 61-38, then lost to the Eagles, 40-36, to go to 3-2 this season.
The Cowgirls beat the Lady Panthers, 78-58, then lost to the Lady Eagles, 60-47, to go to 3-2 this season as well. Kiowa next plays at Stringtown on Thursday, then at Rock Creek on Dec. 7.
McAlester’s football team hosts Carl Albert in the Class 5A quarter-finals Friday at Hook Eales Stadium at 7 p.m. The Daily Oklahoman has named this matchup of the second-ranked Titans and third-ranked Buffaloes this week’s top playoff game statewide.
A Buffs win would mean the school’s third consecutive trip to the state semifinals, which would be played at a neutral location. McAlester would face either Lawton MacArthur or Pryor in the semifinals.
McAlester senior Cheyenne Selman signed her Letter of Intent to play softball for the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond on Monday at McAlester High School.
The Lady Panthers rebounded from a 78-58 loss to Kiowa on Nov. 12 by beating LeFlore on Friday 69-47, improving to 4-2 this season. The Panthers lost to Kiowa, 61-38, then to LeFlore, 73-55, to fall to 1-5.
Pittsburg hosted Savanna on Tuesday and next plays at home against Clayton on Friday.
Quinton basketball starts Dec. 3 at Warner. Quinton will then be at the Southeast Shootout at the Southeast Expo Center in McAlester on Dec. 5-7.
Savanna’s football team will be in Afton on Friday to face the seventh-ranked Eagles at 7:30 p.m. A win against the District A-8 champions would mean a quarter-final against either Minco or Boone-Apache.
Savanna’s basketball season started Tuesday at Pittsburg. Savanna will then be at the Southeast Shootout at the Southeast Expo Center in McAlester on Dec. 5-7.
The Lady Bulldogs are the defending Pitt 8 Tournament and Conference champions.
The Hornets and Lady Hornets won all their games last week. The Hornets beat Indianola on Nov. 12, 82-15, then beat Tushka on Friday, 65-49, to improve to 4-1.
The Lady Hornets beat Indianola, 63-26, then beat Tushka, 43-33, to improve to 3-2. Stuart played at Stonewall on Tuesday and next hosts Crowder on Friday.
Wilburton’s basketball season starts Thursday at Panama. Wilburton will then be at the Hartshorne Tournament from Dec. 2-7, then host the Wilburton Tournament Dec. 12-14.
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