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Sports Cast 8/27

Sports Cast for August 27th:

The Brahman cross country teams start their season today with a home meet at the Ag Civic Center at 4 pm.

The school won’t be hosting districts there later this year and wanted to have a local meet. Daniel Shelley figures to be a strong runner for the boys team this year.   He said running locally is always fun because friends and family are there to support you. The two time team MVP’s goal is to reach the state finals this year and break 17 minutes.

Alexis Mueller is a senior this year. She said the home meet should be a way for the girls’ team to get some experience.

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Junior Varsity football hosts Clewiston tonight at 6 pm

Girls’ volleyball will travel to Sebring tonight. JV begins at 6 pm with varsity to follow.

Moore Haven volleyball will host Canterbury at 6 pm.

Sports Cast 8/25

Sports Cast for August 25th:

LeAnna Cotton was honored last week by city council after she was named an All-American for playing softball at a high level at Capital University in Ohio.

Cotton was All Ohio Athletic Conference this past year and won the university’s legacy scholarship award for academic achievement.

Cotton says she was left speechless by the All-American Award from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Cotton set Capital and conference records for RBI’s 72, and set college records for doubles in a season with 17. She also had career highs in hits 61, and run scored, while batting 459 with 10 homeruns.

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Cotton says she also received a nursing degree on time and it was difficult to juggle her activities.

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The Crusaders entered the Division III playoffs this year and earned their conference championship. Cotton also lettered in college volleyball at Capital.

Sports Cast 8/24

Sports Cast for August 24th:

Bubba Fludd had a hand in four touchdowns, with a 75 yard touchdown run, a 14 yard touchdown run, a 27 yard touchdown pass to Zeke Matthews and a 94 yard kick return as Okeechobee blasted LaBelle 38-7 in high school football action Friday.

Jarrett Mills added a 42 yard field goal for Okeechobee on the sloppy field. Marcellus Mitchell returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown for LaBelle.

Fludd said the team has been working on getting the offense in gear and he liked what he saw in the kickoff classic. Coach Chris Branham said he was pleased that all of his running backs and play makers were able to get some touches and produce in this game.

Brahman post game interviews

Okeechobee also got a touchdown pass from backup QB Logan Etherton to Angel Garcia in the fourth quarter.

This week Okeechobee opens the regular season when they visit Glades Day.

Sports Cast 8/21

Sports Cast for August 21st:

The 2015 high school football season starts tonight with a number of kickoff classics. Okeechobee visits LaBelle in a battle of two struggling programs.

Okeechobee has won three games in two seasons while LaBelle has won just four games in the last two years.

Brahman Coach Chris Branham said the main goal is to not have injuries, play well, and gain some momentum or the real thing next week.

Branham likes the fact his team has depth this year. He and his staff still have several decisions to decide who makes varsity and who gets sent down for more seasoning at JV.

He said the competition for jobs has helped the team. He said tonight’s game could greatly determine what players on the bubble make varsity.

Chris Branham at football practice

Video of Chris Branham’s interview is on our Facebook page. Tune in for the Coaches Show beginning at 6:30pm on WOKC!

Moore Haven’s kickoff classic is tonight at Jupiter High against Jupiter Christian.

Sports Cast 8/20

Sports Cast for August 20th:

Edrick Neal plans to make his senior year memorable for the Brahman football team. He has been named one of the team’s captains and has become a vocal leader on the field.

Neal said he likes how hard the team is trying in practice this month. Neal figures to start at center play some guard and defensive tackle.

He said he has a size and strength advantage over his teammates but he likes the fact that they fight him tooth and nail.

He and his younger brother Evan are both starting linemen and their combined weight is close to 7 hundred pounds.

August 17 Edrick Neal at practice

Okeechobee opens the season Friday in a preseason game at LaBelle.

Sports Cast 8/19

Sports Cast for August 19th:

Bubba Fludd is healthy and ready to lead the Brahmans as the starting QB this season. He said he doesn’t like to think of the injuries that cost him as a freshman and sophomore.

Fludd figures to be a dual threat again for the Brahmans, and will be moved around the offense at times. He also figures to start at corner back again.

Fludd had a busy summer competing in the Heartland 7 on 7 Summer league.

Fludd said the time he spent with his wide receivers and running backs was invaluable. Okeechobee lost about a week of practice this month due to afternoon thunderstorms.

Video is on our Facebook page.

They open the season this Friday at LaBelle.

August 17 Bubba Fludd at practice

Sports Cast 8/18

Sports Cast for August 18th:

Okeechobee softball ace pitcher Jordan Lawlis was the winner of the Will to Win Award for the softball team this past season.

She said she was very grateful to get the award. She has been busy this summer playing travel ball for the Martin County Cruisers Elite team.

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She said it has been a worthwhile endeavor. She continues to hone her pitching skills. She says works every day and feels she is improving for her final season of high school ball.

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Sports Cast 8/17

Sports Cast for August 17th:

Adolpho Ponce DeLeon was named Defensive Player of the Year for Yearling soccer last year. He enters the 8th grade this year and hopes to continue the Yearling tradition of perfect seasons.

He said playing defense was difficult but he appreciated the award. His older brother Jose was a standout on the varsity team in the past few years.

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Ponce DeLeon said Yearling should be good again because their coach Erick Rios always makes them work hard. Soccer practices at area middle schools begin this week with games in early September.

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The Okeechobee youth football league lost to the Rattlers of Haines City Saturday in the flag game 35-0, and the mighty mite game, 29-0.

Sports Cast 8/14

Sports Cast for August 14th:

Jarrod Morgan won the Gold Glove Award for the OHS baseball team this past season.

He worked hard to improve his agility and strength and was a solid contributor at second base.

Morgan said he felt good about the award. Morgan also had a productive off season playing travel ball at an elite program in Atlanta Georgia.

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He also worked with a new shortstop, Mason Adams, a freshman last year, which reminded him of what he had to do in the lower grades.

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Morgan will be a senior this season.

Sports Cast 8/13

Sports Cast for August 13th:

Brahman boys’ soccer coach Lonnie Sears hopes to rebuild the program up after the first losing season in his coaching career last year.

The Brahmans only won four matches last year. Defense wasn’t the problem but the team struggled to score goals.

They also lost two studs to travel ball that would have really helped. Sears is optimistic because his younger players gained a lot of experience and the team has another strong crop of players entering high school this year.

He said the team can be district contenders again.

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Although the team lost 10 seniors to graduation, not many of them played key roles last year.

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