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All the information on sports.
Sports Cast for May 24th:
Jenna Rath was named the Brahman Award winner for Girl’s tennis this year. The senior says the award shows something about her ability to be a good teammate. Rath says it’ll be hard to leave some longtime friends on the tennis team. She said one of the highlights this year was a win for her against Lincoln Park. Jenna earned a four year letter for tennis. Her advice to younger players is to practice as much as they can. She intends to attend the University of Florida and study history.
The boys’ ages 13 and 14 division in the Hersheys Track and Field competition this month included several impressive athletes. Juan Yae Ford won the 100 meters, Jose Rodriguez the 200 meters, Gage Ingram the 800 meters, Daniel Shelley the 16 hundred meters, Gabe Greseth won the softball throws and Michael Harvey the standing long jump. The Yearling 4 by 100 meter relay team was also victorious, led by Juan Yae Ford, Robert Futch, Gabe Greseth and Johnny Tijerino.
Sports Cast for May 23rd:
Phil Jones was named co-MVP of the Brahman boys’ basketball team at their annual awards banquet. He led the team in scoring with over 14 points per game and also in assists. He was also named to play in the senior all-star game at Indian River State College for Treasure Coast all-stars this year. He praised his teammates for helping him win this award for the 2nd time.
Jones was a four year player on the varsity team. He says the team played against tough teams this year but didn’t let that affect their effort. Jones said Okeechobee had the talent to compete this year and have a bright future with the returning cast of players. He intends to pursue college basketball, Aurora University in Illinois and perhaps Miami Dade Community College.
The Hersheys’ Track and Field 11 and 12 year old girls division winners this month included Taylor Gibson in the 100 meters, Angela Salmeron in the 200 meters, Mallore Thomas in the 400 meters and Lillian Henry in the 800 meters. Caroline Sweat won the softball throw and Salmeron took the standing long jump. Osceola middle school won the 4 by 100 relay race led by Saryna Boone, Angela Salmeron, Anyder Ashley and Ariel Girardi.
Sports Cast for May 22nd:
Dalton Murray was named the Most Valuable Player for the Brahman baseball team this year. It said it was a great ending to his high school career. Murray was praised for his defense this year. He also was a key batter in the middle of the lineup.
He said Okeechobee played a tough schedule but could have had more wins. Murray will play American Legion Ball this summer and plans to attend Indian River State College in the fall and play baseball. He was also invited to play in the Treasure Coast All-Star baseball classic for seniors on June 4th at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.
The Hersheys Track and Field boys ages 11 and 12 division winners this year included Jason Sampson in the 100 and 200 meter dash and the standing long jump, Jerry Stalans in the 400 meters and Adrian Guerrero in the 8 hundred meters. Alyke Baker won the softball throw and the North Elementary School 4 by 100 relay team was victorious. Members include Alex Raya, DeNitrick Whittaker, Jaret Jimenez and Diego Reyna.
Sports Cast for May 21st:
Jaryaca Baker won the Offensive Player of the Year Award at the Lady Brahman softball awards banquet this month. Baker led the team in batting average, hitting over 400 and led in homeruns with 10. Baker says she felt honored to be the recipient of this award. Baker says after a year off from the game, she was able to focus more at the plate and really swung the bat well all season. Baker is weighing a few college offers for softball from Stephens College in Missouri and Lake Sumter Community College in Orlando.
The Hershey’s Track and Field competition 9 and 10 year old girls division was competitive again this year. Jestice Mond won the 50 meters, Faith Vest the 1 hundred meters, and the 200 meters, Takiya Jones won the 400 meters, Madison Hargraves the softball throw and Alana Schlosser the standing long jump. The 4 by 100 meter team from Central Elementary was also victorious paced by Takiya Jones, Elizabeth Smith, Anja Koivunen and Lynndsy Johnson.
Sports Cast for May 20th:
Maci Thomas won the Brahman Award for the OHS Flag Football team this year. Thomas played four years for flag football and also four years for volleyball. She intends to study to become a dentist. Thomas says she was very close to her teammates, many of whom have played sports together for years. Thomas says the Brahman Award was a nice way to finish her senior year.
The Hershey’s Track and Field winners in the 9 and 10 year old boys division this year included Jamarian Kelly in the 50 meters, Jaquavious Thomas in the 1 hundred and the 2 hundred meters and the standing long jump, Landon Craig in the softball throw, Cobi Aguillon in the 400 meters, and the Central Elementary relay team in the 4 by 100, Cody Smith, Jerome Stewart, Leonidas Costellanos and Leon Edourd.
Sports Cast for May 17th:
Brahman baseball Coach Jeff Blackstone resigned his job after the season but still had high praise for his team at the awards banquet this week. The team went (5-20) this year and missed out on the post season for the fourth consecutive year.
Blackstone said he was proud of the fact the team did not quit this year. Blackstone said offense was the main problem this year as the team struggled to score runs. At times the pitching was strong and the defense was steady.
He said 16 of the 25 games they played were against teams that qualified for the state regional. The Brahmans have three players head to Indian River State College to play baseball, Alex Estremera, Tyler Barber and Dalton Murray. Murray, Estremera and Jack Radebaugh were named to play in the Treasure Coast All Star Classic on June 4th at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.
Sports Cast for May 16th:
Jose Loredo took home a hustle award for the Brahman Boys basketball team this year from their recent awards banquet. Jose came off the bench a lot this year and was a shot in the arm for the Brahmans at both ends of the floor. He says he’ll remember his senior year. Loredo said he tried to be a good example for his teammates and that starts with effort all the time. Jose said he worked hard over the summer with Assistant Coach Mariano Medrano. He said the practices paid off a lot. His advice to returning players is to work hard in the summer because the season comes fast and ends fast.
Loredo plans to attend to Valencia College and later the University of Florida and seek a Master’s in psychology.
He played three years on Junior varsity and one year on varsity.
Sports Cast for May 15th:
Thania Liberato won the Brahman Award for Lady Brahman soccer this year.
She said she was glad to get the award because it proves that the team accomplished some goals this year. Thania plans to attend the University of South Florida and wants to pursue a career in criminal justice. She said while the soccer team didn’t win a lot of matches this year, they did improve and actually were better than the year before. Her advice to the returners is to do their best, and try to accomplish your goals.
Liberato says she’ll always remember her days on the soccer team. She was a two year letter award winner.
Sports Cast for May 14th:
Brahman softball coach Heather Gillis honored her players at an awards banquet last week her final assignment before she leaves for California. Gillis said she felt the district title and the winning record this year represented a positive year for the program. Gillis is moving to California to be with her family. She intends to coach junior college softball. She said she will always remember her time in Okeechobee. Gillis said with only four seniors graduating, the team appears poised to make a long and successful run in future years.
Sports Cast for May 13th:
Ryan Hagan was named the Co MVP for the Brahman wrestling team this year. He had a stellar senior year with a district championship, a regional berth and a berth in the state finals in his weight class. Hagan says all in all it was a great senior year and he will enjoy the award. Hagan says his goal had been to get to Lakeland and the state finals. He said he won’t ever forget what he experienced there.
Hagan said the event had intense matches with huge crowds. He placed in ninth place in the state. He said it took a lot of hard work and sacrifice to earn results in sports. Hagan is considering the US Coast Guard or become a Game Warden.