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Ty Smith Named New Brahman Football Coach (Audio Included)

Ty Smith Named New Brahman Football Coach (Audio Included)

Ty Smith was officially named the 2018 OHS Varsity Football coach on Monday. Smith has been a teacher in the school system since 2002 and a coach for 15 years. For 10 seasons, Smith was the defensive coordinator for former coach Chris Branham.  In this interview, Smith talks about his decision to accept the position, his coaching philosophy, his plans for the upcoming season and more.

Ty Smith Interview Part 1 (run time 5:25)

Ty Smith Interview Part 2 (run time 6:51)


Branham Using Spring Practice To Evaluate Young Team (AUDIO INTERVIEW)

Branham Using Spring Practice To Evaluate Young Team (AUDIO INTERVIEW)

Okeechobee High School football is wrapping up spring practice in getting ready for the Purple and White game for Friday. 11th Year Head Coach Chris Branham spoke with WOKC about what he wanted to accomplish with spring practice, the quarterback race and other spring practice tidbits.

LISTEN TO CHRIS BRANHAM DISCUSS SPRING PRACTICE AND THE PURPLE AND WHITE GAME (RUN TIME 9:18)


Osceola Signs On To Play Baseball at Pasco-Hernando State College (Audio Included)

Osceola Signs On To Play Baseball at Pasco-Hernando State College

(Audio Included)

After pitching 5 shutout innings and hitting a home run to help Okeechobee advance to the baseball regional semifinals, the night became even more special for senior Sean Osceola when immediately after the game he signed on to play baseball at Pasco-Hernando State College.

Pasco-Hernando State College is a D-2 Junior College located north of the Tampa/St Pete area in Pasco County. The Bobcats baseball program has a long rich history of success on the diamond including making the regional tournament seven out of the last eight seasons and the World Series in 2014. This season, PHSC won 35 games which is the second most in school history.

Asscociate Head Coach and recruiting coordinator Lyndon Coleman  signed Osceola and says the program is excited to add a complete player like Sean. Click this link to listen to Lyndon Coleman on Sean Osceola as a baseball player.

Aside from getting a good player, Coleman also knows PHSC is getting a good student athlete.  Click this link to listen to Lyndon Coleman on Sean Osceola as a baseball student.

Osceola is excited for the opportunity to keep playing baseball. Click this link to listen to  Sean Osceola on signing with Pasco-Hernando State College

Sean isn’t the only Brahman going to PHSC next year, Kassie Weldon signed on to play softball there earlier in the season.

 Sean Osceola with his parents Reno and Kellie Osceola and PHSC Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Lyndon Coleman


OHS vs PSL Recap – September 22nd Game

OHS vs PSL Recap – September 22nd Game

By: Ken Keller

Okeechobee football went back to an old look in order to spark the offense Friday night as they took on Port Saint Lucie heard live on WOKC. Coach Chris Branham moved away from the spread offense and back to the power I offense in order to help feature senior running back Lamar Williams. It paid off early when Williams was able to cap off the opening drive with a 4 yard touchdown run.

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Port Saint Lucie also likes to run the ball and Jaguar tailback Montevious Yearby tied things up later in the 1st quarter with a 68 yard touchdown run.

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Yearby rushed for 159 yards and that touchdown. Still in the first quarter, Okeechobee pulled back ahead, again with Williams from 5 yards out.

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The extra point was no good but Okeechobee lead 13-7. That lead did not last long. On the ensuing kickoff, Emanual Noel took it all the way back for a 73 touchdown. The extra point gave Port Saint Lucie a 14-13 lead. Okeechobee took back the lead in the second quarter when Brahman quarterback Kysel Richardson found Malcom Chambers in the endzone from 26 yards out.

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The extra point gave Okeechobee a 20-14 lead at the half. Lamar Williams scored his third touchdown of the game in the third quarter to extend the Brahman lead to 26-14. The Jaguars made things very tense in the fourth quarter when running back Emanual Noel scored on a 12 yard touchdown run. The extra point cut the Okeechobee lead to 26-21. With 4 and a half minutes left in the game, Jaguar safety picked up a Williams fumble and raced 70 yards the other way for a Port Saint Lucie touchdown and took the lead 27-26. The Jaguars went for two but missed and the score stayed that way. Two minutes later, Jujuan Cherry ran for the go ahead score.

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Okeechobee missed on the 2 point attempt and the score stayed 32-27. The defense held the final two minutes and Okeechobee earned their first win of the season. After the game, Jujuan Cherry said he felt the run dominated game plan felt like their old OYFL days.

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Lamar Williams was happy to go back to the I Formation OHS-PSL Recap CUT 7 and Coach Chris Branham said fresher legs for the defense helped in the end OHS-PSL Recap CUT 8.

Williams carried the ball 25 times for 171 yards and three touchdowns. Jujuan Cherry added 94 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.  Okeechobee is now 1-2 on the season and plays at Heritage this Friday. You can hear the game live on WOKC.


Sports Cast 8/15

 

Sports Cast for August 15th:

Okeechobee boy’s soccer is coming off a disappointing year. Coach Lonnie Sears says his team defense let the team down last year. He says he had two sophomores and one freshmen on defense last year so they should improve with experience.

He says the talent was there and the team had a lot of experience.  He says he had a good time with this group.

Sears says he thinks there is talent in the middle school level that should contribute.

Alberto Diaz was the lone senior to play college soccer.  He will play in New York State.


Sports Cast 8/14

Sports Cast for August 14th:

Raeley Matthews took home the Most Valuable player Award for Lady Brahman basketball as a sophomore. She led the team in scoring and rebounding. Matthews says she wishes she could put more time into basketball. Matthews says she is keeping her option open as to what college sport she plays. Matthews is also one of the best volleyball players on the Treasure Coast.

Okeechobee won’t have many football home games this year.

Complications with a re sod of the field have forced the change of venue for the first two varsity home games.  August 25th the Brahmans will play Treasure Coast at Lawnwood Stadium.  On September 1st, the Brahmans will play at Lake Wales.  The first home game is tentatively set for September 15th vs Sebastian River.  If the field is not ready , homecoming, October 13th, will be the first home game.

The junior varsity game scheduled for August 31st vs Martin County will be played away as well.


Sports Cast 8/11

Sports cast for August 11th:

Jill Crosby took home the MVP trophy for the Lady Brahman softball team this past year. She was also named second team All-State.

Crosby says the district title made it a successful year. She spent a lot of her summer playing travel ball with out of state tournaments against the best in the country.

Jill says she got good advice from graduated seniors Taylor Amadon and Raylee Coleman. Crosby also has high hopes of getting a college scholarship to play softball.


Sports Cast 8/10

 

Sports Cast for August 10th:

Peyton Hewitt was honored as one of the Brahman football players that made every session of off season workouts and weight lifting days. He says he had motivation to show up. The senior is in the mix for playing time on the defensive line.

The Brahmans are preparing for a kickoff classic next Friday at Jupiter.

Samantha Ruiz was the MVP for the Yearling volleyball team last year. She helped lead Yearling to 10 wins last year. She says she worked hard to get the award

Yearling volleyball returns in September.


Sports Cast 9/9

 

Sports Cast for August 9th:

Mason Adams won the Brahman Award for the Okeechobee baseball team this year. He pitched the Brahmans to a regional berth this year. He says the award was appreciated

Adams nearly doubled his batting average and became one of the lineups more productive players.

He thanked Coach Mitch Markham for his improvement. He has his senior year ahead.  He played American Legion ball in Port St. Lucie this summer.

He says he never takes the game of baseball for granted.


Sports Cast 8/8

Sports Cast for August 8th:

Brad Garrett was named head football coach for the Clewiston Tigers this summer. Pete Walker retired after a long career with Glades Day, Clewiston and other schools. Garrett is from the Glades as a former Glades Day Quarterback who played Division II College  ball at Quincy University in Illinois. He was an assistant coach for two state champion teams at Glades Day in 2009-2010.

This is his first head coaching job and he says he’s ready to run with it. He says his team will be a bunch of hard working guys who care.  The team won a district title during a 5-5 team last season.

Garrett says he has always enjoyed small town football

High school football games begin on August 18th.


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