All the information on sports.
Sports Cast for July 7th:
Okeechobee girls basketball coach Joe Smith has been busy in the off season working with younger girls to build a base of talented players for the future. The basketball teams and Chobee Nation, a new program, recently held three weeks of various camps for different age groups.
Smith said he feels preaching the fundamentals and working with the girls will pay off.
He said he was satisfied with the progress made in the last year. Smith said the girls reacted positively to his messages this year with emphasize what he calls the 3 P program. Smith said he was pleased with the turnout of the camps and the group plans to hold future camps.
Okeechobee football players will take part in a 7 on 7 passing league on Tuesdays. Tonight Sebring high school will host the league which also includes Avon Park and Hardee High.
Sports Cast for July 6th:
Dalton Murray will follow up two years playing baseball at Indian River State College with two years at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Murray was one of the better college catchers at the junior college level last year, batting over 320 and handling the Pioneers pitching staff.
Murray said he was proud of how he performed at IRSC. He said it was very important to get the reps and the at bats at the junior college level.
Murray said he thinks he’ll be in the mix to get playing time at the Division I school in Fort Myers. Dalton plans to receive a four year degree in business once he graduates from Florida Gulf Coast.
Local News & Sports for June 22nd to July 3rd:
Charles Murphy is currently on vacation. Ken Keller will be filling in for him during the news broadcasts in the morning and afternoon.
I will try to post as much as I can from the Okeechobee News and surrounding areas websites and from what Ken Keller broadcasts.
We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause anyone.
Sports Cast for June 19th:
Hugo Torres was named the Brahman Award winner for boys’ soccer this year. The recent graduate also received a four year letter for soccer.
Torres said the award means a lot to him. Torres said he always tried 1 hundred percent and left it all on the field.
He said his senior year was disappointing as the team won only six matches. Hugo enlisted in the US Navy and ships out on October 6th. He will have two years of college in Chicago.
OCRA baseball will host the pitching machine and Tee-ball district tournaments this Saturday and Sunday at the sports complex.
Okeechobee will have two Tee ball teams in that tournament competing with Sebring for state.
Sports Cast for June 18th:
Josue Santibanez was named the defensive most valuable player of the Brahman boys’ soccer team this past year.
The graduation class of 2015 had 40 victories in soccer over the past four years. Santibanez said the team could have done better this year when they won just six of 15 decisions
Santibanez said the players were left with the thought of what might have been had they kept the group together for four years.
Two key players decided to play club ball in Orlando this past year to try and improve their chances for a college scholarship.
Santibanez said a good mid fielder should look to pass, not be selfish, and try to create plays for his team. Santibanez plans to attend college next year.
Sports Cast for June 17th:
Chobee National basketball is busy this week with the first of three free youth basketball camps at Okeechobee High school. 35 kids showed up Monday for the age 7-10 camp which runs through Friday. Next week kids 11-13 can take part in the camp. The week of June 29 thru July 3rd, high school age kids can take part.
Basketball Coach Demetri Riles said the kids are excited to learn, have a lot of energy and have embraced playing and learning basketball. Riles said good basketball teams play the game all year and that makes a difference when the high school season comes around.
Riles said it’s been a good turnout. The Okeechobee children services council, Chaka Stars and volunteers have helped to make the event a success.
Sports Cast for June 16th:
Lexi Ward was the Brahman Award winner for the OHS softball team this year. The 4 year letter winner plans to study to become a speech pathologist in college.
She’d like to continue to play softball in college and is looking at some offers in Florida.
Ward said she really enjoyed her senior year at OHS. Ward noted she worked hard and showed leadership skills that are synonymous with the Brahman Award. Ward said being a leader on the team was gratifying for her.
Sports Cast for June 15th:
Felipe Garcia was named Mr. Everything for Okeechobee high school boys’ soccer this year. Garcia said his senior year was very enjoyable despite the team’s 6-9 won loss record.
He said he was close to his teammates and that is what mattered most. Garcia was honored for his willingness to help on offense, mid field and defense this year.
He said it really surprised him to get the trophy. Garcia said as long as he was out on the field he was having fun.
Garcia was an energetic guy who was always playing hard. He said was to do his best and give his full effort.
He wants to study air conditioning and refrigeration at East Carolina University.
Sports Cast for June 12th:
Brayden Kasella was named the offensive player of the year for the Brahman soccer team this year. During his senior year Kassela got a lot more playing time and worked hard to become more of a threat to score.
He said he appreciated this award. Kassells showed up at every practice and put in extra work with handling the ball to make himself more of a threat. He played two years on the junior varsity and one year on the senior year.
His goal at districts against Westwood was the highlight of the year. He plans to study sports medicine and become a physical therapist.
Rodeo fans can enjoy the Florida High School rodeo finals in Okeechobee at the Ag Civic Center tonight and Saturday.
In the first go round last night, Baylee Paul of Arcadia took the goat tying in 8 point 67 seconds, Amery Bass of Kenneth City in 5 point 15 seconds, won the steer wrestling, Makayla Mack of Christmas won the breakaway calf roping in 2 point 9 seconds and Lane Bateman of Ocala won the tie down calf roping in 11 point 55 seconds. Other events include bareback bronc riding, saddlebronc, barrel racing, team roping, pole bending and bull riding.
Among the local contestants are Josh Keese, Z-man Zamora, and Shelby Kirton.
Rodeos continue at 7 pm tonight at 2 pm Saturday.
Sports Cast for June 11th:
Maria Ruiz was named the Brahman Award winner for girls soccer at OHS this year.
The senior said she really enjoyed the year and wasn’t expecting to get an award. Ruiz said she enjoyed the coaches this year and thought they did an excellent job giving the girls an opportunity to get better.
She said the team would have liked to win more matches, but still had life victories. Ruiz was a three year letter winner for the Brahmans. She plans to attend Mount Berry College in Georgia and study environmental engineering.
The winners in the 13 and 14 year old boys division at the Hershey track and field games included Thomas Garcia of Yearling in the 100 meters, Bracen Harvey of Yearling in the 200 meters, Antonio Pineda in the 8 hundred meters, Adrian Guerrero in the 16 hundred meters, the 4 by 100 meter relay team from Yearling paced by Thomas Garcia, Bracen Harvey, Devante Luellman, and Veyon Washington. Randy Simpson of Osceola won the softball throw and Lucas Osceola of Brighton won the standing long jump.