McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

November 26, 2013

Midweek Update: Playoffs continue for Buffs and Miners

By Matt Goisman
Sports Writer

McALESTER — Two teams remain in their respective football playoffs, while everyone else has transitioned to basketball. Find out about all 12 local schools below.

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Canadian split Thursday’s basketball-opener at Kinta. The Cougars won, 70-46, but the Lady Cougars lost, 38-28.

Canadian next plays at the Hartshorne Tournament, which starts Monday


Crowder basketball got swept in both of its games last week. The Demons lost at Oktaha on Nov. 19, 103-56, and the Demonettes lost, 75-32.

The Demons then lost at Stuart on Friday, 83-41, and the Demonettes lost, 64-43.

Crowder next plays at the Hartshorne Tournament, which starts Monday.


Haileyville’s basketball season got off to a fast start Thursday, when it swept Indianola. Haileyville’s boys won, 79-27, and its girls won, 63-39.

Haileyville next plays at the Eastern Invitational Tournament, which starts Monday at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton.


The Hartshorne Miners will be at Oklahoma Christian School in Edmond on Friday for the Class 2A quarter-finals. The game starts at 7:30 p.m., the winner moving on to face either Meeker or Millwood in the semifinals.

Hartshorne’s basketball season starts Monday with the Hartshorne Tournament.


Indianola lost both of Thursday’s games at Haileyville, the boys losing, 79-27, and the girls losing, 63-39. Indianola also lost both of Friday’s games at Whitesboro, the boys losing, 57-16, and the girls losing, 50-12.

The Warriors are 1-6 this season, while the Warriorettes are 0-7. Indianola next plays at the Darrell James Shootout starting Dec. 9 in Canadian.


Kiowa played just one game last week, heading to Stringtown on Thursday and getting wins from both the Cowboys and Cowgirls. The Cowboys won, 53-32, to improve to 4-2 this season, while the Cowgirls won, 85-34, to also improve to 4-2.

The Cowboys are currently ranked 10th in Class A, the Cowgirls fourth. Kiowa next plays at Rock Creek on Dec. 7.


The McAlester Buffaloes will face the fourth-ranked Lawton MacArthur Highlanders in the 5A semifinals Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Choctaw High School. The winner will face either Guthrie or Collinsville in the state championship at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater the following week.

McAlester will also host a 4A semifinal between Poteau and OKC-Douglass at Hook Eales Stadium on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The game will feature Douglass defensive end and Louisiana State University recruit Deondre Clark, considered among the top recruits in any class statewide.

McAlester’s high school wrestling team competed in the Tulsa Open this past weekend, getting first-place finishes from Donald Cannon and JC Cook and 11 top-four finishes overall. McAlester’s junior-high team took four first-place and 13 top-four finishes at the Durant Open, and its youth team took four top-four finishes at the Keys Takedown Tournament in Park Hill.

McAlester’s boys’ basketball team will hold the Bob Brumley Thanksgiving Scrimmage on Saturday at Bob Brumley Gymnasium. Six teams including the Buffs will be there, with games starting every hour from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

McAlester’s basketball season starts Tuesday at home against Hugo. See upcoming editions of the McAlester News-Capital for more information about the coming winter season.


Pittsburg didn’t play its Nov. 19 game against Savanna, then split Friday’s games against Clayton. The Lady Panthers won, 62-21, but the Panthers lost, 58-39

Pittsburg, whose girls are ranked 20th in Class B, next plays at the Eastern Invitational Tournament, which starts Monday at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton.


Quinton basketball starts Tuesday at Warner. Quinton will then play in the Southeast Shootout at the Southeast Expo Center in McAlester starting Thursday.


Savanna’s Nov. 19 basketball-opener at Pittsburg was rescheduled. Instead, Savanna’s season will start Tuesday at Henryetta.


Stuart’s basketball teams swept their two games last week. The Hornets beat Stonewall on Nov. 19, 58-53, then beat Crowder on Friday, 83-41, to improve to 6-1.

The Lady Hornets beat Stonewall, 60-52, then beat Crowder, 64-43, to improve to 5-2. The Hornets are currently ranked fifth in Class A, the Lady Hornets 20th.

Stuart next plays Tuesday at the Eastern Invitational Tournament at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton.


Wilburton won both of Thursday’s basketball-openers at Panama. The Diggers won, 54-36, and the Lady Diggers won, 49-39.

Wilburton next plays at the Hartshorne Tournament, which starts Monday.

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