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Sports Cast for May 29th:
Sha ‘Dajia Williams was named the Brahman Award winner for Lady Brahman basketball this season. She was a three year letter winner for the Brahmans and was praised for her athleticism, positive attitude and energy on the court.
She said the Brahman Award means a lot to her. Williams was among the team leaders in rebounds over the past three years.
She noted it was an emotional night as she with her teammates for the last time. Williams will enter into the military after high school.
The annual purple white scrimmage game tonight at Okeechobee high school. There will also be a fundraiser dinner that begins at 5 pm. The upper classmen game is at 6:30 pm and the incoming ninth grade will scrimmage starting at 5:30 pm.
Sports Cast for May 28th:
Colt Root was named the Brahman Award winner for the boys’ tennis team this year. Root was part of the first team at OHS to make regional two years in a row.
He said he really enjoyed his senior year. Root won the Brahman Award for two years in a row. As a junior he reached the district finals in singles.
He said he really tried to be a good role model and player people could look up to. He intends to attend college in the fall and was pursuing a scholarship for cheerleading.
In the Hershey’s track and field games boys ages 11-12 division, C.J Kinder of Osceola Middle won the 100 meters, Jay Thomas of Seminole won the 200 meters, Justin Gopher of Pemayetv Emahakv the 400 meters, and Watt Friends of Central Elementary the 8 hundred meters. The Everglades relay team took the 4 by 800 behind Trystin Lamb, Caleb Reynolds, Shuan Martinez and Jessy Arriaga. Braison Crews of Seminole won the softball throw and Josiah Pacheco of Seminole won the standing long jump.
Sports Cast for May 27th:
The MVP trophy for boys soccer was handed to senior and four year letterman Daniel Rodriguez this year. Rodriguez also took home the Golden Boot trophy that signifies he led the team in scoring goals with seven.
Rodriguez said the awards banquet was a great night for him.
Rodriguez said he has a lot of great memories about playing soccer at Okeechobee high school that he will carry with him the rest of his life. Rodriguez said he knew he’d have to be more aggressive this year and score more goals for the team.
The boy’s team went 6 and 9 this past season. Rodriguez said there is talent in the younger grades and they should improve next season. Video interview on WOKC Facebook page.
Sports Cast for May 26th:
John Cox scored on an 89 yard touchdown run on a busted play and Demarcus Ware added a nine yard touchdown run in the first half.
Dwayne Terry caught a 77 yard touchdown pass for Dade Christian. Jordan Wilson added a 40 yard field goal just before halftime for the Crusaders.
Jonathon Wright had two touchdown runs in the second half for Dade Christian.
Coach Roudybush was glad his team played hard until the final buzzer. Roudybush said his team struggled after Cox left the game with an ankle injury. He said the team struggled without him but they have all summer to heal and prepare for next year.
Okeechobee’s spring game will be held this Friday night.
Sports Cast for May 22nd:
Jacob Dupree wrapped up his senior year as the Brahman Award winner for the Okeechobee high school wrestling team. He also qualified for the state tournament this year.
Dupree said he felt his senior year was very successful. Dupree said the Brahman Award really was a team award this year because the kids were self-motivated and didn’t need any great leaders. Dupree and Erik Gaitan represented OHS at the state tournament.
He’ll be leaving for the Marine Corps on September 21st and train at Paris Island.
The Hershey’s track and field games held at Okeechobee high school earlier this month. The girls 11 and 12 age division winners included Alexix Hernandez of Seminole in the 100 meters, Jasmine Shanks of Central in the 200 meters, Lauren Sills of Osceola in the 400 meters, Tammy Martinez of Pemayetv Emahakv in the 800 meters, Madison Hargraves of North Elementary in the softball throw and Bellara Schlosser of Everglades in the Standing long jump. The Osceola squad won the 4 by 100 meter relay behind Lauren Sills, Allana Nesby, Katelyen Shaw and Jakeria Stewart.
Reflection by Coach Erick Rios 5/20/15
The YMS soccer season was a total success as we finished undefeated once again. We have been the number one team during the last 5-6 years. Right before the season began, I wasn’t sure how we were going to do regarding scores and results. I knew it wasn’t going to be bad, but not having many of the skillful players that left from previous year, as they moved on to the freshman campus, made me wonder if we could have another great season.
That changed when the season started. I then realized my team was strong. Maybe the team was not as skillful as in previous years in general terms, but the players worked and played well as a team. Those first games built our confidence because we attained the victory.
I always build my team from the back to the front. That is, I stress the importance of a strong defense over a good offense. You only need one or two good forwards to have a good offense. But you need at least four good defenders and a great goal keeper to actually be a strong team. We had both.
One important factor for our successful season was the incredible role of our goal keeper. As I have mentioned in other occasions, Isidro “Bobby” Gomez is one to watch when he moves on to the High School since he has the potential to become one of the best. Together with our goal keeper, our defensive line with Christian Hernandez, Adolfo Ponce, Adrian Guerrero, Johnny Martinez and David Solorzano proved to be almost impossible to penetrate. Most of them were 8th graders who showed no fear and used their experience and knowledge of the game from previous seasons.
Our midfield line with Sebastian Chavez, Bryan Leal, Luis Colon, Antonio Vega, and Carlos Herrera contributed a great deal with many assists. Furthermore, our offensive line, led by Bryan Piñon, proved to be very effective because of his speed and always being at the right place at the right time to score.
Finally, Allen Gonzalez, Enrique Luviano, Gabriel Nuñez, and McKenzie Crum, Zamir Duran also contributed by giving back up to our defense and offense.
I will be losing 12 players to the Freshman Campus and will have only 5 players returning next year. So, for the next season our team will be one to build up almost from scratch. But there is plenty of talent among the YMS kids, and I am hopeful and pretty sure we will have many good players among the 6th and 7th graders who will show up for try outs. Regardless, the YMS Bulls will always be a very competitive team.
Sports Cast for May 21st:
Senior Otto Ramirez was named the Most Valuable Player for the OHS boy’s tennis team this year. He shared the award with fellow senior Lucas Penido. Ramirez was a four year lettermen.
He said he really grew to love and admire his teammates and that helped him on the tennis court. Ramirez decided to share his MVP with the entire team, which made regional for the second consecutive year. He said he wanted to reward all his teammates. Ramirez plans to study to become a mechanical engineer at the University of Florida
The Hershey’s Track and Field championships were hosted by Okeechobee high school earlier this month. In the boys ages 9 and 10 year division, Daron Powers of Seminole won the 50 meter dash, Aidan Garcia of Seminole won the 100 meter dash, Chase Ford of Central won the 200 meters, Bryce Baker of Pemayetv Emahakv won the 400 meter dash. North Elementary won the 4 by 100 meter relay behind Gavin Cracchiola, Gustavo Jaenz, Carson Watford and Conner Rucks. Bryce Ward of Pemayetv Emahakv won the softball throw and Aiden Garcia won the standing long jump.
Sports Cast for May 20th:
Demetrius Clark was named Co-MVP of the Brahman boys’ basketball team this year. Coach Demetre Riles said when Clarke as playing well the team was usually playing well.
Clark lives on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation and keeps active in the off season with tribal events and tournaments. Clark plans to work out a lot this summer and lift weights to get stronger.
He said high school ball has been fun but has taken some getting used to. Clark shared the award with point guard Antawyn Bubba Fludd. He will also play safety for the Brahman football team this fall.
The Hershey’s Track and Field games held this month. The 9-10 year old girls division 50 meter dash champion was Coriana Vines of Central Elementary, Sanye Washington of Seminole won the 100 meter dash. Khaileah Lovely of Seminole captured the 200 meter dash, and Vines won the 400 meters. Ysla Gopher of Brighton won the softball throw and Nena Youngblood of Brighton won the standing long jump.
Sports Cast for May 19th:
Hannah Raulerson capped off her senior year with an MVP trophy for girls soccer this year. Hannah was one of the stalwarts on the team over her four year career. She played wherever she was needed and always brought a spark to the team with her hustle and tenacity.
Raulerson said she enjoyed her senior year and the new coaches. Raulerson said the coaches were tougher on the girls but that made them better.
She admits receiving this award will be a great memory for her.
Raulerson also won the MVP for the girls’ golf team this year.
She plans to attend Florida State in the fall; she plans to study environmental science or engineering.
Sports Cast for May 18th:
Jacob Emmick is one of 64 upper classmen competing daily at Okeechobee high school football spring football practice. He figures to be in the mix for playing time in the defensive backfield and also at wide receiver.
Emmick says he feels a sense of urgency this year. Coaches predict the defensive backfield might be the most talented and deepest group this year.
Emmick said he likes NFL player Julian Edelman and likes how he gets yards after the catch.
The team is working out 20 days this month with the annual spring game planned for Friday, May 29th at Brahman Stadium.