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Sports Cast for July 30th:
Mariah Spelts was the Most Valuable Player and offensive MVP for the yearling girls basketball squad this past year.
Spelts actually scored over half of the teams points as she displayed a solid outside shot, and ever improving penetration skills. Spelts thanked her daddy, Bobby Spelts, for helping to have solid shooting fundamentals.
She admits she was surprised about how many points she score.
Unfortunately Yearling didn’t win any games last year mostly due to a lack of scoring.
Spelts say the returning players have athleticism and speed but need to improve in shooting the basketball. Spelt says she plans to play basketball in High School.
Sports Cast for July 29th:
Megan Hargraves was named rookie of the year and the top hitter in terms of batting average for the Lady Brahman softball team. Hargraves batted 370 this year as a freshman. She said the batting award was her goal.
Hargraves says another goal is to follow in the footsteps of four year Brahman shortstops like Kelley Smiley and Naomi Stephens who were able to earn college scholarships.
Hargraves said she always tries to make solid contact and put the ball in play.
She said the regional playoff game against Pembroke Pines was a memorable but stressful and intimidating experience. She said it should prepare her for the years to come.
The team lost only two seniors this year and figure to be a contender once again for the next several seasons.
Sports Cast for July 28th:
Abraham Baltazar was given one of the team leader awards for the boys’ soccer team this past season.
He didn’t get a lot of playing time but was always pushing his teammates and setting a good example.
He said the award came out of the blue. Baltazar said he always showed up to practice on time, gave his full effort and was always ready when called up.
Baltazar plans to attend college and pursue a degree in sports medicine and become a physical therapy.
He said he will always remember his teammates and his years of playing soccer.
Jonathon Crawford was shut down by the Reds due to ongoing right shoulder inflammation after two appearances in the Florida State league. He will be examined by team doctors.
Sports Cast for July 27th:
Jay Queha Jones was named the most improved player for the Lady Brahman girls basketball team this past season.
The freshman joined the junior varsity after the start of the year and moved up to varsity to see some time by the end of the schedule. She is one of the taller girls in school at 6 feet tall.
She said she thinks basketball can bring big things for her. Jones said her first taste of basketball was a positive experience
Jones is playing travel ball this summer with the Lakeside Basketball team.
Sports Cast for July 24th:
Baron Stuart was named the Most Valuable Player for the Brahman baseball team this year.
The right hander was the staff ace at the end of the year and was also a solid bat at first base in the middle of the Brahman batting order.
Stuart said he hopes this is a sign of things to come for him.
Stuart has high hopes that the team can take the next step next year. He said he planned to work hard in the off season to improve.
Stuart said his start in the district tournament helped him to mature and deal with the pressure. He thanked the coaches for the trust they had in him this year.
Stuart said he had something to prove and wanted to stand out to earn his varsity spot this year.
Sports Cast for July 23rd:
Lyn’d Lewis won the Most Valuable Player and Most Kills award for Yearling volleyball last year.
The 8th grader used her height and athleticism to be a key cog on the Lady Bulls squad last year.
She said she appreciated the awards she received. Lewis said good anticipation and instincts help at the net when you try to score points. Her advice to the younger players is to try hard and do the best they can do.
Lewis said she tried to show leadership this year to the other players to encourage them.
Lewis plans to play for Okeechobee high school volleyball this year.
Sports Cast for July 22nd:
Samantha Ruiz was named the defensive player of the year for Yearling middle school volleyball this past season.
Yearling had a tougher year last season with a .500 record after years of near perfect seasons.
Ruiz said despite some struggles she enjoyed herself. Ruiz admits it can be intimidating to play at Yearling matches because of the larger crowds and energy in the gym
Ruiz said she’ll keep the award as long as she possibly can because she didn’t expect an award. She enters the seventh grade this year.
Ruiz thanked her dad Leopoldo Ruiz for teaching her the game of volleyball. Her old sister is Stephanie Ruiz who plays volleyball at OHS.
Sports Cast for July 21st:
Baylee Farless was the Most Valuable Player for the record setting girls’ flag football team at Okeechobee high this past season. The team won 8 games, the most ever in a season, and finished as district runners up.
Farless said she worked hard to improve and the work paid off. Farless said nobody on campus never paid much attention to flag football. She said the successful year really changed their reputation.
Farless said it felt good to be a part of a successful program this year. Farless jokes her friends tell her to play on the boy’s team due to her strong arm.
Farless predicts the young team will have another strong season next year.
Sports Cast for July 20th:
Cheyenne Nunez took home the most valuable player trophy for girls’ softball this year.
She led the team in homeruns and runs batted in, batted third most of the year, and was the key hitter in their lineup.
She said she worked very hard to earn the award but didn’t do it alone. Nunez was also named the Brahman Award winner for girls’ volleyball this past year.
She thanked everyone who has helped her in her athletic career
Nunez said she was surprised a senior didn’t get the MVP award for softball this year.
Cheyenne will be a senior this coming year and plans to be a leader on the team.
Sports Cast for July 17th:
Kevin Coleman signed to play college baseball at South Florida State College.
Coleman said he liked the fact the college was close to home and his family and friends could watch him play some games.
Coleman said his senior year turned out pretty well. Coleman said he feels he’s capable of being a good college pitcher. His goal is to break the 90 mile per hour mark on his fastball and improve his breaking ball.
He said he liked the campus and the atmosphere around South Florida State College. Coleman plans to study to become an anesthesiologist.
Coleman was a four year letter winner for baseball.