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Sports Cast for August 12th:
Jonathan Martinez won an All-Conference Award for Yearling boys’ soccer last year.
Yearling went 10-0 last year and have had several unbeaten seasons in recent years.
He said it just doesn’t happen and each year the team is challenged. Martinez said Coach Erick Rios is the main reason the team has perfect seasons because he demands all of his players work hard.
Martinez moves onto the ninth grade this year and hopes to make an impact for the high school soccer teams.
Sports Cast for August 11th:
The Okeechobee Youth Football league swept Vero Beach in their opening week of games on the Road Saturday.
The senior team won 19-0, The Pee Wee team prevailed 35-0, the juniors won 6-0 and the Flag team defeated Vero 34-7.
Flag team coach Erick McQueen said you would be surprised at the level of skill showed by kids four, five and six years old. He said keeping their attention is the key to coaching at that age.
McQueen was part of the last Brahman football team to make the post season.
He said youth football helped him a great deal. McQueen finished his career with two years at Webber International University.
Sports Cast for August 10th:
Devonte Luellman took home the defensive player of the year award for Yearling Middle School basketball last year.
Luellman played at point guard and was praised for his steady play and leadership.
He said he wished the team would have won more games. Leullman thanked the coaching staff for making him a better player. He also plays to play football in high school.
He said the Yearling team played better when they played team ball. Yearling finished 6-6 last season.
Sports Cast for August 7th:
Okeechobee’s youth football league holds their season opener tomorrow at Vero Beach.
League President Marvin Roberts says the league continues to make strides with more players and improvements in their cheerleading program. Video on our Facebook page.
He says he’s looking forward to a great year. The league will have five home games this year the first on August 15th.
Juniors Coach Marcel Richardson said the kids have a lot of fun, and get a lot more than just football out of the program. Video on our Facebook page.
The teams competed in a jamboree last weekend in Lake Placid.
Sports Cast for August 6th:
Okeechobee fall football practice began this week and coaches expect about 65 players to fill out the varsity and junior varsity rosters this year.
Assistant Head Coach Tyrone Smith said they feel like they have a quality group of kids who have some experience ready to line up this year. Jajuan Cherry, Bubba Fludd and Lamar Williams might be the only two way players for the team, at least at the start of the season.
Smith said they pretty much know who the team’s starters are after spring ball, summer workouts and camps. Smith also praised many of his linemen like Edrick Neal, Evan Neal and Joseph Benjamin for their performance at camps this summer.
Smith said the team should be ready for the August 21st preseason classic at LaBelle.
Sports Cast for August 5th:
Shyterria Ash was named Most Improved player for the Lady Brahman basketball team.
Ash didn’t shy away from contact and physical play as she led the team in rebounds despite being shorter than her opponents. Ash says the team has talent and has had a strong off season in travel ball tournaments. Ash said she was taught to play physically in the post while in middle school.
Sports Cast for August 4th:
Brahman basketball coach Demetri Riles said he wants kids in Okeechobee to know there has been a tradition of success with the basketball program. He posts a lot of newspaper articles in the locker room for the boys to see.
He said he also tells his players to never stop working and trying to improve.
The basketball team won only six games last winter but has had a strong off season with tournaments throughout South Florida. He said he thinks the team is headed in the right direction. The team also won the Battle of Okeechobee tournament in July.
51 players showed up for the first day of Brahman football fall practice. Clouds kept the temperatures down to make it more enjoyable. Coaches expect to have about 65 players to comprise the junior varsity and varsity teams this year.
Sports Cast for August 3rd:
Breanna Brockman won the Most Improved player for the Yearling middle school volleyball team last year.
The soon to be 8th grader said getting an award for her first year in volleyball was memorable. Brockman added that she enjoyed the sport and the players on the team. Practice for volleyball begins soon for the fall campaign.
The 1 hundred and 19th year of Florida high school football kicks off today with summer camps around the state.
Okeechobee hopes to improve from a two win campaign a year ago.
The coaches hope to have a strong turnout for practice this morning to build off the good numbers they had this spring.
Moore Haven has a new football coach Richard Roudybush holding his first camp with the kids.
Sports Cast for July 31st:
Okeechobee flag football coach Jeff Whitlock says his team has a lot to be proud of in their 8 win season last year.
He said the team won three upsets, won a lot of close games and were deserving of a lot of praise and community support.
Whitlock says he’d like to create a tradition of having a strong flag football team from year to year. He said the potential is there to be strong again next year.
Only the district champion makes it into the state tournament each year.
They also have an off season work out program with weekly weight lifting sessions, and speed training.
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.