Richard Stroud

Grove Sun

Thomas finishes sixth at cross-country regionals

Blair Thomas was the high finisher for the GHS cross country team at Saturday’s 5A regional meet at Tulsa’s O’Brien Park. Thomas finished sixth with a time of 13:13.7. Tahlequah’s Jessica Hembree won with a time of 12:05.6. The Lady Red finished seventh as a team. Coweta finished first in the team standings.

On the boys’ side Ryan Wheatley finished 22nd to lead the Ridgerunners to a tenth place finish. Wheatley finished the 5k course in a time of 18:27.5.

Jay’s Talisa Budder finished eighth in Class 4A with a time of 13:40.2. Kelsey McKee of Metro Christian won with a time of 12:31.8.

On the boys’s side in 4A Checotah Gorcher and Luke Smith led the Bulldogs with finishes in 16th and 18th place, respectively.

The state championship for Class 4A-6A will be held on Saturday in Shawnee.

The state championship for classes A-3A was held at Shawnee last Saturday. Kansas’ Brittany Nipps was the only local participant, finishing 21st with a time of 13:15.6.

Grand Lake YMCA pre-season basketball meeting scheduled

The Grand Lake Y will be having a meeting on November 1 at 6 p.m. at the Y to discuss rules, scheduling and formatting for the upcoming youth basketball season. Anyone interested in youth basketball is encouraged to attend. For more information contact program coordinator Lee Bluejacket at

Grove Take Down Club sign ups

Will be having sign- ups for this year’s upcoming wrestling season.

Date: Saturday October 30

Time: 10 a.m. till 3 p.m.

Place: Grove Varsity Football field during the peewee football games.

Any questions you may call any of the following:

Threase Crittenden: 918-801-2196

Christina Messimore: 918-284-5305

Breah Howerton: 918-801-3383

Corey Crittenden: 918-801-2194

Practice will begin on October 25 5:30-7:30, for anyone in football, practices will begin after football season

Grand Lake Chamber to host golf tournament

The Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Corporate Challenge Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, October 25 at Grove’s Patricia Island Golf Club. The four-person scramble will get underway with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. A sack lunch sponsored by First National Bank of Vinita will be included.

The entry fee is $75 per player or $300 for a team sponsorship. The fees include green fees, carts and range balls. Prizes of $400, $200 and $100 will go to the winners, as well as prizes for holes in one, longest drives, and others.

Various sponsorship levels from tournament to individual holes are also available. The entry deadline for the tournament is October 20. Contact Lora Jackson or Jim Sellers for more details. Phone: 918-782-3214. Email: Fax: 918-782-3215. Mail: PO Box 215 Langley, Ok 74350.

The Grand Lake Y introducing pickleball

The Grand Lake Y along with the Independent Baptist Church is excited to offer free lessons on the exciting sport of Pickleball, or if you already play pickleball you can come and play and meet new players.  The Independent Baptist Gymnasium will be open for lessons or play from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Saturdays.  The gymnasium is located at 11th and Grand.  For a great time, exercise and to learn a fun new sport that the whole family can participate in please join us on one of those days.  You only need to dress in athletic clothing and wear tennis shoes we have all of the equipment, if you already have Pickleball equipment feel free to bring yours to use.  The great thing about Pickleball is that it can be played by all ages and is a great family activity, and is one of the fastest growing sports in the USA.  The Y hopes to develop enough players to start a competitive league and offer tournaments in the future, but we really want to give people a different activity to maintain or get into shape.

What is Pickleball:

Pickleball is a paddle sport played on a scaled down size tennis court, utilizing wooden paddles and a plastic wiffleball, and is played in either singles or doubles format.  The sport has been around since the early 1960’s but has really taken off in the last 10 years, and has been included in many schools PE curriculum. 

Last year over 700 people participated in Pickleball at the Oklahoma Sooner State games.

You can check out the sport by going to this Internet address:

For more information please contact Butch Christy at 918-786-5774.