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Sports Cast 10/30

Sports Cast for October 30th:

Bethany Hardcastle of South Fork won the district cross country championship for the second time and Sam Geiman of Suncoast took the boys crown at the Okeechobee Ag Civic Center Wednesday.

Bethany Hardcastle on district crown

The Okeechobee boys’ squad finished second to qualify for regional again this year led by Daniel Shelley who took fifth place. Vernice Leon will represent the Lady Brahmans as she finished in seventh place. Hardcastle took control and ran going away in the girls’ race. She said conditions were pretty tough. Geiman was pushed hard by some of his teammates as he finished in less than 17 minutes. He said he liked the course and his second district crown in two years at Okeechobee.

Taylor Gibson rookie award for YMS basketball

Sam Geiman on district cross country title

The Brahman swim teams are working hard this week to compete at their regional swim meet Saturday in Miami.

Aubrie Reister is trying to become the first swimmer to make state from Okeechobee in a while as she is seeded 7th in the 2 hundred free styles. She says she is looking forward to the challenge Saturday.

On the sports schedule today, girls’ soccer visits Lincoln Park Academy at 4 pm. The girls fell to Labelle earlier this week, 7-1. Freshmen football players will play at Sebastian River at 6 pm.

Sports Cast 10/29

Sports Cast for October 29th:

Sixteen Okeechobee high school swimmers will compete in the regional meet at Ransom Everglades High school in Miami Saturday, a record number for the team. Coach Stephen Neafsey says the swim team continues to improve and really met their goals this year. The team also set some school records at districts to build momentum for Saturdays regional

Swimmers to attend include Aubrie Reister, Neresa McLaren, Payton Byrd, Christina Orender, Jacqueline Orender, Morgan Bolan, Hunter Bosworth, Alyssa Howard and Trisha Lara. Boys to compete include Erik Gaitan, Lucas Penido, Cameron Whitlock, Ryan Daniel, William Castillo, Nathanael Bean and Michael Muros.

The Lady Brahman volleyball team advanced to the regional semifinals in Class 6 A last night with a 3-0 sweep at Pembroke Pines Charter School, 25-11, 25-22 and 25-12. They will face Jensen Beach on November 4th at 7 pm.

On the sports schedule today, the cross country team competes in their district meet at the Ag Civic Center in Okeechobee starting at 4 pm.

Sports Cast 10/28

Sports Cast for October 28th:

Jessica Olney finished third at the district tournament barely missing out on a run to the state tournament. She bowled 578 in the three games including a high game of 223.

The team finished sixth overall in the districts. Ashley Byrd rolled 455 in three games. The boys ended up ninth of 11 teams. Brian Chapman finished 12th overall as he rolled 624 with a high game of 234, Austin Walker had a high game of 215.

Taylor Gibson won the rookie of the year award for Yearling girls’ basketball last year as a sixth grader. She said she was glad to come out for the team. Gibson said she was inspired by her family to play the sport. Her father Cedric Gibson played in Fort Pierce. Gibson says she’s optimistic the basketball team will be more competitive this year.

Taylor Gibson rookie award for YMS basketball

OHS volleyball competes in the regional quarterfinal match tonight at Pembroke Pines Charter School in Broward County in a rematch of last year’s playoff game.

Sports Cast 10/27

Sports Cast for October 27th:

Bayside put up 3 hundred and 69 yards in offense and easily handled Okeechobee 43-19 to drop the Brahmans to 2-5 on the season Friday. QB Austin Evarts completed 17 of 29 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns and also added a rushing touchdown for Bayside.

Jajuan Cherry scored on a 52 yard touchdown pass from Brandon Shockley, Juanyae Ford rushed for a 14 yard touchdown and Zeke Matthews returned an interception 15 yards for a score to account for Okeechobee’s scoring.

Bayside Coach Bobby Willcox says his team played well on special teams, with a kick return for a score by Chris Hill, an onside kick recovery in the first quarter, and with other big plays.

Brahman Coach Chris Branham said his team only had 23 players available due to injuries but praised his kids for fighting in this game.

QB Brandon Shockley threw for a career high 144 yards in the game with 12 completions for Okeechobee.

This week Okeechobee plays at Jensen Beach.

Sports Cast 10/24

Sports Cast for October 24th:

Okeechobee JV football overcame Clewiston last night 36-30. Janavious Futch scored on a 65 yard run, a 42 yard touchdown run, threw a 27 yard touchdown to Demetrius Clarke. Scoop Moreland scored on a 51 yard touchdown run, and Buster Mond recovered a fumble in the end zone for another Brahman score.

Jadan Thomas had a 40 yard touchdown reception and Jeremiah Boyd returned a fumble 88 yards for Clewiston.

JV players on win over Clewiston

Offensive linemen Nolan Campbell said Okeechobee wanted to avenge an early season loss at Clewiston and the line did their part with big plays. Mond said the defense played inspired football and used their instincts to make big plays. Adravious Stallworth forced a fumble and had an interception.   Jarrett Faulkner also had an interception for Okeechobee.

Jensen Beach pounded the Lady Brahmans 25-9, 25-8 and 25-8 for another district title last night. Okeechobee fell to (17-8) they still qualify for regional play next week.


OHS football at Palm Bay Bayside 7 pm

Labelle Cowboys at Moore Haven Terrier football 7:30 pm


OYFL cheerleading competition in Lakeland.

Sports Cast 10/23

Sports Cast for October 23rd:

Lori Harper-Kyle was named as the new girls’ soccer coach at Okeechobee High school. She is an English teacher at Okeechobee High School. Her husband Robert is a native of Scotland who has played soccer as an amateur and coached Pub teams in the past. He will assist her this season. She plans to have a disciplined that works hard and doesn’t make mistakes. She said interest is picking up for the sport

Lori Harper-Kyle on girls soccer

The team managed five wins and three ties last year as they were competitive in more matches.   Coach Kyle says she hopes to keep moving in that direction. Key players include Hannah Raulerson, Keirsten Bostwick, Jeri Sharpe and a transfer student from El Salvador Karina Diaz Argueta. There first match is next Monday at LaBelle. Their first home match will be on November 4th.

Girls bowling defeats Sebring 4-3 while the boys fell 6-1 at their senior day match Wednesday.

Jessica Olney had the high game, 190 for the Lady Brahmans and Adam Simmons, 199 for OHS.

JV football hosts Clewiston at 6 pm

Girls volleyball district championship match at Jensen Beach 7 pm.

Sports Cast 10/22

Sports Cast for October 22nd:

Clinesha Wingfield won the MVP award for the Junior Varsity flag football team this past season. Wingfield was trained in football by her father Clinton Williams and said she really took to the sport. The junior varsity had a 500 record this past year and Wingfield led the defense in stops

Clinesha Wingfield on flag football MVP

OYFL had just one team advance in the playoffs Saturday, the senior team, and the league will host five playoff games next Saturday, November 1st at Brahman Stadium. The Pee Wee team fell 26-16 to Sebring and the junior team lost to Vero Beach.

On the sports schedule for Wednesday, Swim team district meet at Sailfish Splash Water Park in Stuart today.

OHS bowling hosts Sebring 3:30 pm

Girls’ volleyball district tournament against South Fork tonight at 5 pm at Jensen Beach.

Sports Cast 10/21

Sports Cast for October 21st:

Manny Gaona is excited about the cross country team this year and their chances to reach regionals and the state finals. The team will host districts next week at the Okeechobee Agri Civic Center. Gaona says he’s been very impressed with the younger runners. Gaona has a younger brother on this year’s squad and has been very impressed with his interest in the sport and how it’s rubbed off on other runners. Zach Hudson led Okeechobee with a 79 at the regional in Plantation.

Daniel Fulleda shot 88, Kyle Mullins 89, and Eli Finney 91. Okeechobee finished 8th out of nine schools, the regional champion was American Heritage Plantation.

The girls’ team shot 445 which were good for sixth place out of seven teams.   The regional champion was Arch Bishop McCarthy

On the sports schedule for Tuesday 10/21:

Cross country at South Fork Invitational

Osceola soccer at Gifford 4:30 in a makeup match

OHS bowling at Fort Pierce Central 3:30 pm

Girls’ volleyball districts versus South Fork 6 pm at Jensen Beach

Sports Cast 10/20

Sports Cast for October 20th:

South Fork stunned Okeechobee by jumping out to a 33-0 lead in the first 15 minutes of the game and went on to rout the Brahmans 54-23 on Friday night. QB Stone Labanowitz completed 10 of 14 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns to Brandon Greis and Walter Thomas. He added a rushing touchdown. Junior Green returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown. Okeechobee was led by an 85 yard kick return for a touchdown by Bubba Fludd, a three yard touchdown by Lamar Williams and a four yard touchdown run by Juanyae Ford.   Jarrett Mills added a 32 yard field goal.

Brahman Coach Chris Branham maintained his team was a bit stunned by the early deficit. Branham says there was no one area of the game that the Brahmans were able to be successful Friday. South Fork had 334 rushing yards in the game.

Chris Branham post game vs South Fork

Lamar Williams led Okeechobee with 18 carries for 94 yards.

This week the Brahmans travel to Palm Bay Bayside for another district game.

Sports Cast 10/17

Sports Cast for October 17th:

Percint Wiggins won the most improved player award for Yearling girls basketball this year. She moves on to the high school and is a player to watch over the next four years.

Percint also played travel ball this summer and insists she has improved her game. Percint said she really wasn’t that interested in basketball until her sister started to play. She said that encouraged her to try the sport.

Percint Wiggins on Yearling basketball award

The Brahman boys golf team finished third at districts to Jensen Beach and Lincoln Park and will play in the regional tournament Monday in Plantation.

OHS volleyball swept Sebastian River last night to improve to 12-7 on the year, 25-19, 25-12 and 25-17.

The Junior Varsity squad also swept the Sharks 2-0. The junior girls lost Tuesday to Lake Placid 2-1.

The dean of Treasure Coast football coaches Dennis Lavelle will coach his last game in Okeechobee tonight as the Bulldogs meet the Brahmans in a key district game. Lavelle is retiring at the end of the season.   Okeechobee is 2-4 and South Fork 3-3 this year. It is senior night for the Brahmans and nine players and three girls will be honored.

Moore Haven hosts Doral Academy HS football 7:30 pm


OHS swimming at Heartland Invitational in Lake Placid (Fri-Sat)

OYFL teams in playoffs with games in Lake Placid.

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