Cheering in the rain

Rain no more. Fans of the Buffaloes cheer Friday night while heavy rain fell from the skies, but a dry spell is now upon us. Expect dry weather for the remainder of the week.

The McAlester Buffaloes’ 27-26 loss to Skiatook on Friday cost the team its top spot in the Associated Press Class 5A rankings. McAlester fell from first to fourth in that poll and dropped from second to sixth in both the Tulsa World and Oklahoman polls.

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The Cougars look to end a four-game losing streak when they host Keota on Thursday. Weleetka beat Canadian 52-0 in Week 6 to drop the Cougars to 1-5 overall and 1-4 in district play.

Canadian basketball starts Nov. 20 at home against Kinta.


Crowder basketball starts Nov. 4 at Pittsburg.


The Warriors’ 22-8 loss to Gans in Week 6 extended their losing streak to 30 consecutive games. They go for their first win in three years when they play at Arkoma on Friday.

Haileyville basketball starts Nov. 20 at Indianola.


The Miners topped No. 3 Vian 20-12 in Week 6, catapulting them into the top 10 in Class 2A. Hartshorne was tied with Stroud for eighth in the latest Associated Press poll and is ranked 10th by The Oklahoman.

Hartshorne, now 5-1 overall and 3-0 in its district, plays at Wilburton on Thursday.

Hartshorne basketball starts with the Hartshorne Tournament from Dec. 1-6.


Indianola basketball starts Nov. 1 at home against Leflore.


Kiowa’s cross country team has been assigned to the Henryetta Class 2A regional race. Class 2A boys race Saturday at 12 p.m., followed by Class 2A girls at 12:45 p.m.

Kiowa will have one competitor in each race: Shay Calvert with the boys; and Addy Clift with the girls. The top five individuals from non-qualifying teams will advance to State.

Kiowa basketball starts Nov. 1 at home against Rock Creek.


The Buffs, 5-1 overall and 2-1 in district play following their loss to Skiatook, try to get back on track when they play at Noble on Thursday.

Buffs cross country finished 17th out of 18 teams Thursday at the Pre-State Challenge at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee. Jacob Rattan led the Buffs, finishing the 5K race 58th in 19 minutes and 11.04 seconds.

Sam Adams finished 75th in 19:44.28, and Matthew Rattan finished 100th in 21:53.34. Brayden McKelvey finished 115th in 21:39.99, and Parker Elliot finished 119th in 27:30.28

Two Lady Buffs also raced in Shawnee. Brittney Fabian finished 95th in 25:52.07, and Ashley Taylor finished 136th in 27:38.09.

Cross Country Regionals start Oct. 25. The top seven teams and seven runners from non-qualifying teams advance to State.

McAlester’s softball team was swept at Regionals on Oct. 6, losing 13-0 to Tahlequah in the first round and 10-1 to Tahlequah in the consolation final. Tahlequah also knocked McAlester out of its volleyball regional, beating the Lady Buffs 3-0 in the first round.


Pittsburg basketball starts Nov. 4 at home against Crowder.


The Savages beat Porter 48-26 in Week 6 to improve to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in district play. Quinton hosts Savanna on Thursday.

Quinton will have two runners at Saturday’s regional cross country race at Henryetta, according to coach TW Estes. Brad Davis will race with the boys at 12 p.m., and Courtney Taylor will race with the girls at 12:45 p.m.

The top five individuals from non-qualifying schools advance to State.

Quinton basketball starts Dec. 2 at home against Warner.

Red Oak

The Eagles finished runner-up at the Class B state baseball tournament. They beat Hammon 21-0 in Thursday’s quarter-final, beat Asher 12-9 in extra innings in Friday’s semifinal, then lost 10-6 to Leedey in the championship.

The Lady Eagles beat Fort Cobb-Broxton 6-2 in Thursday’s state quarter-final, but the rest of the tournament had to be postponed due to heavy rains. Red Oak plays Bowlegs in the state semifinals this Thursday at Dale.

Red Oak basketball starts Nov. 1 at home against Wister.


The Bulldogs go for their second district win Thursday at Quinton. Savanna beat Warner 33-8 in Week 6 to improve to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in district play.

Savanna basketball starts Nov. 18 at home against Pittsburg.


Stuart’s cross country team will be at Henryetta for Regionals on Saturday. The Hornets will field a full seven-runner team, most likely composed of Traynor Blasengame, Charlie Akin, Bricen Bolte, Derek Beck, Kaleb Wilson, Will West and James Bradley.

If any of those seven can’t run Saturday, alternates Josh Langley and Ty Hester could fill in.

Angel and Amber Stephens will run as individuals for the Lady Hornets. The top five teams and top five individuals from non-qualifying teams advance to State.

Stuart basketball starts Nov. 1 at home against Calvin.


The Diggers hope to end a 19-game losing streak when they host Hartshorne on Thursday. Antlers beat Wilburton 43-6 on Friday.

Wilburton basketball starts Dec. 1 at the Hartshorne Tournament.

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