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Sports Cast for August 28th:
Colt Root was named the Brahman Award winner for OHS boys tennis last season. He said it was an award he strived to get the award. Root had a strong junior year as he advanced to the district semifinals in singles and then won a doubles match at the regional in Melbourne. He said he played well in the post season especially in the district tournament.
The girls bowling team defeated Jensen Beach 4-3. Jessica Olney bowled a two game series of 389 and Ashley Byrd 374.
The boys’ squad fell to Jensen Beach 4-3. Brian Chapman rolled a 483 series in two games. Nik Iannotti led Jensen at 454.
On the sports schedule today, girls’ golf hosts John Carroll at the KOA golf course at 3:30 pm. OHS volleyball hosts Sebring at 6:30 pm. JV Football hosts Vero Beach at 7 pm.
Sports Cast for August 27th:
Okeechobee volleyball got off to a good start Tuesday night with a sweep of the Lincoln Park Lady Greyhounds, 25-11, 25-9 and 25-10.
The JV team also won 2-0. Okeechobee will host Sebring on Thursday. Moore Haven volleyball was swept by Canterbury, 25-11, 25-17 and 25-12.
OHS bowling coach Carole Olney is excited about the bowling team’s chances this year. They travel to bowl against Jensen Beach this afternoon. Olney has her daughter Jessica Olney to lead the girls and Brian Chapman and Austin Walker to lead the boys’ team.
Olney says the girls have the ability to make post season this year. Top teams in the district include Martin County and Jensen Beach.
The first home bowling match will be next Tuesday versus Fort Pierce Central.
Sports Cast for August 26th:
Lake Placid stunned the OYFL teams with a four game sweep at Brahman Stadium on Saturday.
The Green Dragon flag team won 21-0, the Mighty Mite won 26-0, the Pee Wee team, 25-12, and the Junior team 31-0. Juniors Coach Shawn Taylor said the program has dedicated itself to getting better through hard work and cooperation and it showed Saturday. Naquan Allen put an explanation point on the domination with a four touchdown game in the Juniors game, including a 66 yard interception return. He said he has played football for five years and is proud of the way his team played.
The only touchdowns for Okeechobee on the day came from Braison Crews and Leonides Castelanos in the Pee Wee contest.
Okeechobee travels to Lee County this Saturday.
Okeechobee bowling was swept by Martin County Monday, the girls 7-0 and the boys’ team lost 6-1. Megen Davis had the best day for the girls with a two game series of 3 hundred and 13 pins. She had the high game at 178. The boys got good performances from Austin Walker who rolled a 379. He had the high game at 193.
On the sports schedule today, OHS volleyball hosts Lincoln Park at 6:30 pm; Moore Haven volleyball hosts Evangelical Christian at 5 pm.
Sports Cast for August 25th:
Okeechobee blew out Lake Placid 47-0 in the exhibition kickoff classic Friday night. Jajuan Cherry caught a 53 yard swing pass for a touchdown in the first quarter and added a 13 yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Lamar Williams had an eight yard touchdown run in the first quarter and added a 47 yard run in the second quarter for Okeechobee.
Coach Chris Branham said he was impressed his team was enthusiastic throughout even though they had a big lead.
Jarrett Mills added two field goals of 28 and 36 yards while Devion Wigfall picked up a fumble and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown. Juan Yae Ford completed the scoring with a seven yard touchdown run. QB Brandon Shockley said he felt the offense executed well. Cherry said he wasn’t sure if his success in youth football would translate right away into high school football.
Okeechobee will host Glades Day School to kick off the regular season this Friday night.
Sports Cast for August 22nd:
Okeechobee Brahman football kicks off the 2014 season with their preseason classic tonight against the Lake Placid Green Dragons. The Brahmans feature a younger and inexperienced group with potential. They return only six starters from last year’s team due to graduation, transfers, and injuries.
The Brahmans will show off their new Pistol Wing T offense. They will be without top threat Antawyn Fludd who is nursing an injury.
Brahman Coach Chris Branham says he’s also at a disadvantage because he knows almost nothing about Lake Placid. Branham said he hasn’t been able to watch any game tape on the Green Dragons who went 2-7 last year and have a new coach, Jason Robinson. Coach Branham said he doesn’t expect the defensive battle the two teams played last year in Lake Placid which Okeechobee won 8-6.
Kickoff tonight is at 7 pm. The pregame shows begin at 6 pm tonight.
OYFL hosting Lake Placid tomorrow for youth football at Brahman Stadium starting at 9 am.
Sports Cast for August 21st:
Bruce Conrad is excited about the Lady Brahman golf team and their chances this year. The team made their first ever regional tournament last year at Plantation but did lose four seniors to graduation. Conrad said he still has some talent coming back.
Conrad said the team will also play four home matches at the KOA golf course to start the year. He predicted two Treasure Coast teams will be the girl’s top competition.
Leaders on the team will be seniors Hannah Raulerson and Cameron White. Other veterans include Meredith Hlliard, Fernanda Grisales and Natalee Trimble.
The first home match is August 28th at 3:30 pm against John Carroll
Sports Cast for August 20th:
Daniel Shelley won the MVP award for boys track for Okeechobee high school last spring. He was just a freshmen last year and he admitted he was surprised to get the award but appreciative. Shelley hopes to have a repeat performance this year as he also runs cross country in the fall.
He admits it felt weird to stand in front of his peers to be honored. Shelley enjoyed the competition and he had a good time. He hopes to improve this season.
The Okeechobee Youth Football league opened play Saturday with two wins and three losses at the Haines City Rattlers. The junior team prevailed 19-13 and the Pee Wees won 13-7. The seniors lost a heart breaker 14-13, the Mitey Mites lost 24-6 and the Flag team fell 33-6.
OYFL will host Lake Placid this Saturday at Brahman Stadium.
Sports Cast for August 19th:
OHS volleyball should field another strong team this year with a strong group of veterans and two freshmen that should contribute right away.
Coach Taylor Pritchard said they have also gotten deeper into volleyball instruction and strategies this year after a full season under their belt. Pritchard also plans to have a more wide open attack than last year on offense. She noted in the first year they focused on the defensive side of the game. Jensen Beach will once again be the main competition in the district this year.
Key players for Okeechobee include Lexi Ward, Baylee Farless, Makayla Root, Cheyenne Nunez and freshmen Rachel Bryan.
Tonight the team will hold a purple white scrimmage at 7 pm.
OHS alumnus will be in action in fundraiser volleyball game tonight at 6 pm. Donations will be accepted.
Sports Cast for August 18th:
Lonnie Pryor continues to battle to become a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, trying to earn a spot as a fullback on the 53 man roster. Pryor played on kick return teams, punt return teams and with the second team offense in the second half of the Bucs 20-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Saturday.
He blocked well on several plays and caught a short pass out of the backfield that was called back by a penalty. Pryor said he felt he held his own. Pryor admits it is a stressful time as you don’t have any guarantees in football and you have to impress the coaching staff every chance you get.
Tampa Bay Bucs Coach Lovie Smith hasn’t committed to how many full backs he will keep. He noted Lavorskie Lane had a strong night and appears to be the leading candidate to start. Pryor’s chances have improved due to several injuries to running backs on the Bucs including their third round draft choice Charles Sims.
Sports Cast for August 15th:
Yearling Middle School volleyball coach Kellyann Campbell said she will miss her first squad, as many 8th graders move on to play high school volleyball this year.
Yearling lost just one match last year and Campbell said it was a success. Campbell said she hopes a new class of volleyball players enters the school and keeps the tradition of success going this year. Campbell said they might lower the roster size because other schools often don’t have enough girls to play two matches. Yearling also held a camp in July and had a good turnout of girls of all ages.
They hope to make it an annual camp for 6 to 14 year olds.
OYFL football travels to Haines City to take on the Rattlers on Saturday.