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.