Archive - Aug 2011 - Sports Article
The Pushmataha County Junior Bassmasters held their second state qualifying bass fishing tournament on Hugo Lake on Saturday, August 20. The tournament was sponsored by FirstBank of Atoka. FirstBank donated $300.00 to the club to be used for prizes for each angler that competed.
With temperatures forecasted to be around 108 degrees, tournament hours were shortened to start at safe light and end at 1:00 p.m.
The Southeastern Oklahoma FFA Rodeo Series will be making itâ€™s first stop in Hugo on August 25th through the 27th.
Some of the events that will be included in this rodeo are Sr. and Jr. Bulls, Barrels, Poles, Bronc Riding, Goat Tying, Steer Wrestling and many others. There will also be calf riding for the little ones 8 years of age and under.
This event is open for participants who are 19 and under. Saddles will be awarded to High Point. Boys and girls junior ages are 12 and under and 14 and under for bulls.
Parker Taylor, a 2011 Rattan High School Graduate, recently signed with Carl Albert Junior College to play baseball this year.
Members of the Pushmataha County Sportsman Club held a bass tournament on August 13, at Sardis Lake. The temperature during the clubâ€™s last four bass tournaments had reached well above the one hundred-degree mark, but only reached into the upper nineties for this one. A welcomed change. The cooler temps, however, did not seem to make the bass want to bite anymore than when it was extremely hot. Only four anglers were able to catch two or more keeper bass.
A lot of changes have been taking place at Antlers Public Schools. They have not only welcomed a new Superintendent of schools but also a new head football coach onto their staff.
Two local student-athletes received rather special awards at week long basketball camp that they attended in Oklahoma City July 10th through the 15th. While at the Oklahoma Christian Cage Camp the girls practiced and learned new skills, participated in scrimmages and took on other teams from all over the state in games. On the last day of camp an awards ceremony was held for the 250 plus attendees who participated throughout the week.
Although we have been hit with record breaking temperatures and no rain, fishing is apparently still going good for Faith and Asa Miller. They caught these large crappie on the Kiamichi River.
Antlers Springs Golf Course is closing.
I hate it but there is no other course of action. We barely make enough to mow, much less make improvements. Without local support we cannot continue.
There are few people coming into the game and many people giving it up for various reasons. I talk to people regularly who say that they havenâ€™t played in a couple of years or more. These people used to play avidly.
Push County lost Nashoba Valley Golf Course a few years ago due to the same reasons. I know how Lee Helmke felt and it is not a good feeling.
On July 30, members of the Pushmataha County Sportsman Club competed in a bass tournament on Hugo Lake. Once again, temperatures reached above one hundred degrees. The extended heat wave we have been experiencing has caused the surface temperature of the lake water to reach the mid-nineties. This excessive warm water has apparently caused the bass to become sluggish and slowed the bite down considerably.