KARATE

CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY

The 44th-annual Pearl of the Plains Karate Championships will be Saturday at Pawhuska High School, according to local martial arts instructor Earl Gilkey.

Competition in the tournament is set to begin at 10 a.m. in PHS’s Oren Terrill Fieldhouse

Martial artists ages five through 23 are eligible to compete, Gilkey said.

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HERREN WINS OSRC OPENER

It didn’t take Pawhuska’s Chet Herren long to lasso the top spot in the Osage Steer Roping Club’s A Division standings.

The two-time defending champion in the OSRC’s pro-level roping division, Herren won the club’s season-opening event — the Shane Hudson Memorial — for a third consecutive year. Pawhuska’s Bar K Arena hosted the roping on March 18-19.

Herren received the A Division’s first-prize buckle after winning Sunday’s average with a better overall score than the division’s Saturday average winner, Brad Prather of Skiatook.

The winner of the Hudson Memorial roping’s B Division was Marty Popino of Big Cabin, who won Sunday’s average and beat out Saturday leader Brad Mohan of Claremore for the buckle prize.

Bristow’s Carl Cantrell won the opening event’s first-prize buckle for the C Division. Josh Johnson of Hominy was Saturday’s winner, while Andy Matthews from Piedmont won Sunday’s C-level average.

Melanie Kyler, the club’s secretary-treasurer, said there were 65 ropers entered in the three-division event.

— Mike Erwin