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After winning the Championship Game in the National USSSA 17 and Under tournament in Georgia early July, the County Commissioners honored Chobee Nation on Thursday July 28 by reading a proclamation.
Chobee Nation was made up of players from Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast, including Okeechobee, Lincoln Park Academy and Jensen Beach.
Chobee Nation was coached by OHS Brahman Boy’s Basketball coach Demetre Riles. Riles had four members from his Brahman squad including Shaquoy Ferrol, Demetrius Clark, Andrevious “Boo Boo” Stallworth and Kysell Richardson.
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Diamond Wiggins said she is determined to improve her basketball skills so she can be more of an asset to the girls’ basketball team. Wiggins has always been one of the better athletes on the team. She becomes a junior this year.
She said her improvement will have to come at the offensive end. Wiggins said the 16 win season last year was a testament to how hard the girls worked.
Wiggins says she thinks this team can break the long drought Okeechobee has experienced when it comes to no regional playoffs for girls’ basketball.
The OCRA Triple A all-stars compete this weekend in the Dixie Youth State tournament in Sebring. They finished second at the District 8 tournament last month in Lake Placid.
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Boys soccer coach Lonnie Sears said a 14-3 record was great this year but the team was still disappointed they were eliminated at districts.
Sears said high expectations will continue in his soccer program. He had nothing but praise for his team at their awards banquet. Sears said they should be in the running for a district title in 2 thousand 16-17.
The new freshman class also will have a lot of talent to groom.
The team lost 10 seniors including Wilson Barahona who earned a college scholarship.
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Bri Baker was named defensive player of the year for the Lady Brahman basketball team this past year. Baker was an aggressive and energetic defender at the guard and small forward positions.
Coach Joe Smith praised her for her effort this year. Baker said defense is something that comes naturally to her.
Baker said she feels the team can take the next step and continue to improve next season.
Okeechobee girls hoops had 16 wins last year the most of any team on campus.
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The Okeechobee Darlings softball team won the Florida state championship on Monday, 11-3 over Lake Placid as they went undefeated at the state tournament. Coach Preston Baker said his girls fielded well, pitched well and ran the bases well throughout the tournament. Baker said it was hot out there but that his team really wasn’t affected by it.
Okeechobee was the runner up in two other divisions, the Angels X and Ponytails. Belles finished third.
The Okeechobee t-ball all-stars defeated Bartow last night 27-26 but lost to West Volusia 28-17.
Okeechobee, West Volusia and Wesley Chapel American are still alive at the state tournament.
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The Dixie youth softball tournament is expected to wrap up today. Okeechobee’s Belles teams is still alive today, they swept a double header from Belleview 22-7 and West Pasco on Saturday to enter the semifinals. Coach Dallas Nunez said his girls came back strong from an opening game loss and have stayed ready. Nunez said the biggest issue is the heat. He said the girls have responded well.
The Darlings made it into the semifinals before they lost to Lake Placid 17-3 on Sunday. Games are being played at the OK softball field and the Okeechobee sports complex.
The Dixie boys lost in their opener in Spring Hill to West Volusia while the T-ball all-stars won their first game 30-9 over West Seminole at their state championships.
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32 softball teams from across Florida compete starting today in the Dixie Youth softball tournament in Okeechobee. As the host site, we will have teams in the various age brackets that range from 8 and under to 18 and under. Games will take place at the Okeechobee sports complex and the OK softball fields through at least Monday.
Z-Mann Zamora, made a name for himself as one of the top riders on the Florida high school rodeo circuit this past year.
He competes in team roping with Colton Pascual of Fort Pierce and also competes in calf roping. He will compete in the national high school rodeo finals in Wyoming that begins on July 17th. Zamora said he has gotten a lot of support from his family as he pursues a rodeo career. He was leading the points in the state in calf roping before falling short at the state finals in May. He said in rodeo you must be prepared for anything
It has his senior year ahead and still has a goal of being a Florida state champion.
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Luke Borcherding was named the coach in waiting for boys’ basketball at Yearling Middle School. Mike Wharin plans to retire from coaching after this coming season.
Yearling had an off season this year but Borcherding said it was still productive. Steven Thorton and Chad Williams return next year to lead the team.
Coach Borcherding said they form a nice nucleus for the team. They finished 1-8 last year. They plan to play more Big Lake area teams next winter like LaBelle, Clewiston and Moore Haven rather than Vero Beach schools.
He came to Okeechobee from Missouri.
By Charles M. Murphy
The t-ball all stars head to Liberty County and the Dixie Boys, ages 13-14, head off to Spring Hill for the Dixie Youth baseball Florida State Tournaments this weekend.
The T-ball squad was able to raise $4,500 from the community to pay for hotel rooms in Bristol. They will begin play with pool play on Saturday at 11:30 am against West Seminole. They will play four games Saturday and Sunday and if they are in the top two in their pool they will play a double elimination tournament that begins Monday.
The teams in the tournament include Fort Meade, Baker County, Wesley Chapel and Okeechobee in pool one. Pool two includes West Seminole, Shalimar, Wildwood, Marianna, and Bartow.
Okeechobee Coach Kyle Buckner said he thinks the team is prepared to compete, “We don’t know a lot about the teams but I’m excited, I feel we have a good shot.”
Buckner said last year’s champion was Sebring and Okeechobee eliminated them in the District 8 tournament last month. He said the 2014 champion, Wesley Chapel, could be the team to beat.
“The tournament goes from year to year and from what we here there are no standout teams and its wide open,” he added.
Buckner said he really appreciated the individuals and businesses that helped raise funds for the team to travel to the tournament. The created and sold t-shirts which included all the names of the sponsors of the team.
The Okeechobee roster includes Matthew Beville, Carson Buckner, David Busbin, Cody Clanton, Hunter Clark, Jesse Gabbard, Ruben Guerrero, Kylar Koedam, EJ McQueen, Juan Ramos, Nathan Santiago, and Kacyn Vaughn. The Okeechobee coaches include James Beville, Bobby Koedam and Leighia Murphy.
The Dixie Boys team also has high hopes as they travel to Hernando County this weekend. Coach Jeff Krall said the team squares off against the always tough West Volusia in the first game on Saturday which should give them a good indication on how they will fare.
Key players for the Okeechobee All-stars include James Ward, Ozzie Osceola, and Jay Krall. The tournament is double elimination. Krall said the team can score runs with six or seven kids capable of knocking out homerun balls. “They have been doing well in our three weeks of practice. We have good talent, great defense, and good pitching. I don’t think any team should take us lightly.”
Sebring figures to be a factor in the tournament as they combined players from Avon Park and Lake Placid.
The entire team raised funds outside of Publix supermarket this past weekend. Coach Krall said he was thrilled with the community support. The Home Depot donated a smoker that the team raffled off to raise revenue. “We had great support and the whole community was great,” he added.
Former OHS baseball Coach Dylan Tedders serves as Assistant Coach for the team.
The Dixie Boys earned a trip to the state tournament without a district tournament this year.
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Shelby Kirton will compete in barrel racing, goat tying and pole bending at the International Youth Rodeo in Shawnee, Oklahoma next week. She said she works hard to compete on the Florida high school rodeo circuit. She started to rodeo two years ago. Her father Dudley has been a calf roper throughout his life. Last year she was the national rodeo queen.
She said in timed events you must practice a lot to improve Her horses are Scott and Gracie. They also have to work hard. Scott is 23 years and has been barrel racing and pole bending for many years. She thanked her parents and her trainer Kristen Hanchey for pushing her to improve in rodeo.