Before Thursday, team state championship history in Poteau consisted of the 1979 Class 2A girls track title, and that was it.
It's time to make some more room in the trophy case.
The Pirates won the Class 4A girls' golf state championship Thursday at Lake Hefner South, ejecting a 33-year old monkey from the school's back.
“It's heartwarming,” said senior Addie Guthrie. “Poteau's not known for state championships, but to bring this home ... it's going to wow people.
“I think it will get more kids in Poteau involved (in athletics).”
Poteau has won some individual state championships in various sports, and sophomore Hannah Ward added another name to that list Thursday as well.
Ward, who as a freshman was the 4A runner-up, became the school's second-ever individual golf champion, joining Kyle Cofer, who won the 3A boys title in 1996.
Ward entered the second round with a five-stroke lead and increased it to eight, finishing with a two-day score of 150.
Bristow's Kayla Schroeder, playing as an individual, finished second at 158.
“I practiced (Wednesday night) after we got done and worked on some shots,” Ward said.
The Poteau team lost just twice all season to fellow Class 4A teams — once to Hilldale and once to Fort Gibson. Thursday, Hilldale finished third and Fort Gibson sixth.
“We got a little bit of revenge on them today,” Poteau coach Randall Wheat said with a laugh. “It was a good, fun championship.”
The future looks bright for the Poteau girls' golf program — Guthrie, who plans to walk on at Rogers State, is the team's only senior.
“This is the start of a tradition for us,” said Wheat, who has taken the Poteau girls to state in seven of his eight seasons as coach.
“Hopefully we'll have a couple new players step in and help us out.”
“It's awesome,” Ward said of the team title. “We're only losing (Guthrie), so we should be good again next year.”