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Sports Cast for July 14th:
Okeechobee Dixie Boys were eliminated at the state tournament as they dropped a pair of games on Monday, 7-4 to Chipley and 9-7 to Spring Hill.
Ethan Durfee pitched four strong innings and Dustin Mansfield drove home two runs in the victory over Chipley. Chipley scored five times in the bottom of the sixth to erase a 4-1 deficit.
In the night cap, Corey Coleman had three hits including a double and Dustin Mansfield and Mark Holmes had two hits for Okeechobee. Spring Hill scored seven runs in the final three innings.
Moore Haven boys hoops was happy with a second place finish at the Battle of the Lake basketball tournament this weekend.
Transfer student Michael Lopez from LaBelle has given the team a shot in the arm as he had a strong tournament at the point guard position pushing the Terriers to two wins over Sebring.
Coach Chad Pio said the tournament was local and convenient, and a really good experience for his kids. Pio’s team was much more competitive last year. He said he feels the Terrier basketball program has come a long way and can be a factor in the future.
He notes the team puts in a lot of time to improve.
Jonathon Crawford has been activated by the Reds and assigned to their Florida State League Affiliate the Daytona Beach Tortugas. He had a rough first inning last night against the Bradenton Pirates allowing three runs but followed up with two scoreless innings. Daytona lost 5-2.
Sports Cast for July 13th:
Okeechobee’s Dixie Boys all –stars won their first two games at the State Dixie Youth Championships in Marianna.
Okeechobee defeated Wesley Chapel 11-2 and Brooksville on Sunday 5-1 in eight innings. Dustin Mansfield won the homerun derby competition on Friday night.
Lane Thomas had two hits to lead the offense. Eric Calderon picked up the save in the victory over Brooksville
Mansfield hit a grand slam and drove in five runs and Ethyn Johnson added a two run homerun in Okeechobee’s victory over Wesley Chapel.
Okeechobee plays against Chipley this morning at 9 am
Okeechobee won the Battle of the Lake basketball tournament with four consecutive wins Saturday and Sunday. They defeated Cornerstone, Interlachen, Sebring and Moore Haven in the finals.
Coach Demetri Riles said he was impressed with the team ball his team displayed. Center Fred Bradley says the off season tournaments the team has played in June and July have been a lot of help to the team.
Five teams were able to compete in the two day tournament.
Sports Cast for July 10th:
Jose Rodriguez was the MVP for Yearling boys’ basketball this season.
The under sized center was still one of the team’s leading scorers and rebounders. He did a lot of his good work with hustle and determination.
Rodriguez said he appreciated the award. He said while he knew every player was a challenge, he was never intimidated
The OCRA Double A all stars, ages 7-8 compete Saturday in the State Tournament in Sebring.
The OCRA Dixie Boys all stars, ages 13-14, will compete in the state Tournament in Marianna beginning Saturday.
Lakeside Basketball also holds the battle of the lake basketball tournament on Saturday and Sunday at Okeechobee High and Osceola Middle School.
Sports Cast for July 9th:
Brandon Leal was named the defensive most valuable player for the Brahman boys’ soccer team this past year. The incoming junior was praised for his tenacity and willingness to work with his teammates.
Leal said he appreciated this honor. Leal said the team didn’t meet expectations this year but still worked hard and have a solid group of players ready to contribute next year.
The OCRA Double A all-stars, children ages 7-8, in the pitching machine league, won the District 8 title in June in Okeechobee, beating Lake Placid and Avon Park.
The squad will compete this weekend in the State Tournament at Max Long Field in Sebring that begins on Saturday.
Sports Cast for July 8th:
Kallen Piniero was named the rookie of the year for the Brahman wrestling team this year.
The freshman said he worked hard in his freshman year and was glad to get an award. He was involved with the Okeechobee wrestling club since the third grade.
Piniero wrestled at 113 pounds this year.
He said his goal to be at the state tournament. Piniero also rides bull in off season rodeo. He is working on boxing, jujitsu, and conditioning in the off season.
Sports Cast for July 7th:
Okeechobee girls basketball coach Joe Smith has been busy in the off season working with younger girls to build a base of talented players for the future. The basketball teams and Chobee Nation, a new program, recently held three weeks of various camps for different age groups.
Smith said he feels preaching the fundamentals and working with the girls will pay off.
He said he was satisfied with the progress made in the last year. Smith said the girls reacted positively to his messages this year with emphasize what he calls the 3 P program. Smith said he was pleased with the turnout of the camps and the group plans to hold future camps.
Okeechobee football players will take part in a 7 on 7 passing league on Tuesdays. Tonight Sebring high school will host the league which also includes Avon Park and Hardee High.
Sports Cast for July 6th:
Dalton Murray will follow up two years playing baseball at Indian River State College with two years at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Murray was one of the better college catchers at the junior college level last year, batting over 320 and handling the Pioneers pitching staff.
Murray said he was proud of how he performed at IRSC. He said it was very important to get the reps and the at bats at the junior college level.
Murray said he thinks he’ll be in the mix to get playing time at the Division I school in Fort Myers. Dalton plans to receive a four year degree in business once he graduates from Florida Gulf Coast.
Local News & Sports for June 22nd to July 3rd:
Charles Murphy is currently on vacation. Ken Keller will be filling in for him during the news broadcasts in the morning and afternoon.
I will try to post as much as I can from the Okeechobee News and surrounding areas websites and from what Ken Keller broadcasts.
We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause anyone.
Sports Cast for June 19th:
Hugo Torres was named the Brahman Award winner for boys’ soccer this year. The recent graduate also received a four year letter for soccer.
Torres said the award means a lot to him. Torres said he always tried 1 hundred percent and left it all on the field.
He said his senior year was disappointing as the team won only six matches. Hugo enlisted in the US Navy and ships out on October 6th. He will have two years of college in Chicago.
OCRA baseball will host the pitching machine and Tee-ball district tournaments this Saturday and Sunday at the sports complex.
Okeechobee will have two Tee ball teams in that tournament competing with Sebring for state.
Sports Cast for June 18th:
Josue Santibanez was named the defensive most valuable player of the Brahman boys’ soccer team this past year.
The graduation class of 2015 had 40 victories in soccer over the past four years. Santibanez said the team could have done better this year when they won just six of 15 decisions
Santibanez said the players were left with the thought of what might have been had they kept the group together for four years.
Two key players decided to play club ball in Orlando this past year to try and improve their chances for a college scholarship.
Santibanez said a good mid fielder should look to pass, not be selfish, and try to create plays for his team. Santibanez plans to attend college next year.