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Sports Cast for July 15th:
American Legion Post 64 split four games at a tournament in Polk County this weekend. They defeated Zephyrhills 9-6 and Hernando 4-3 and fell to Spring Hill 10-8 and Florida Baseball Academy, 7-6. The Okeechobee Post is (9-9) on the season. Elijah Finney had two hits and three RBIS in Monday’s loss to Florida Baseball Academy.
Okeechobee Flag football coach Jimmy Mills is not disappointed about a 3-7 record this year. He noted the junior varsity had a strong season and the future looks bright. He said the varsity team also had some adversity this year. Mills said he’d like to see the girls take the sport more seriously. He noted many don’t play football again for another year. He said there are a lot of athletes that can contribute in the ninth grade including Clinesha Williams and Alaya Johnson.
The Dixie Youth softball tournament wrapped up Monday. Franklin County defeated Lake Placid to take the Belles Division while West Pasco shut out Franklin County to win the older girls, the Debs, Division.
Sports Cast for July 11th:
Yearling middle school enjoyed a four day volleyball camp this week for girls ages 6-14. 13 younger girls showed up for the first two days to work on basic skills. Coach Kellyann Campbell said the camp is a great start for some of these girls. The older girl’s camp wraps up today and that includes mostly fine tuning the girls skills and a refresher course in volleyball. 8 volunteers also took part.
Raylee Coleman is in 10th grade and she was impressed with the talent level of the younger kids
Artha Jonassaint said older girls helped her and inspired her to work on her skills when she was starting in the sport. She said volunteering at the camp was well worth her time.
33 teams go at it for state titles in softball in Okeechobee this weekend. OCRA and Okeechobee County host the Dixie Youth championships through Sunday at the sports complex, games begin this morning at 9 a.m.
Sports Cast for July 10th:
Daniel Rodriguez won the mid fielder of the year award for the Brahman boys’ soccer team this past year. Rodriguez will be a junior this year. He was praised for his steady play on both offense and defense.
Rodriguez said he enjoyed the season and the award he received. Rodriguez said he felt the team will continue a string of success again next year. The team won 13 matches and tied two other matches this year. Rodriguez said the team had good chemistry and worked hard. He is playing club soccer in the off season.
Sports Cast for July 9th:
Okeechobee American Legion baseball dropped a double header Sunday to the Martin Bucs, 10-1 and 4-2. Okeechobee has played .500 ball this summer. Alex Hernandez was named the most improved wrestler for the OHS wrestling team this past season. He will be a junior in the coming year. He wrestled at 145 pounds. He said the award made all his work pay off.
Alex says he plans to work hard to become the best wrestler he can be. He said he learned a lot on the mat from his opponents this year. He said a pin fall victory over Sebastian River will be one of his top moments of 2014.
Sports Cast for July 8th:
Crystal Castaneda won the Brahman Award for the OHS track team this year. Crystal specializes in the 16 hundred and the 32 hundred meters. She also runs cross country for the Lady Brahmans.
Crystal said she appreciated getting this award. Castaneda said she won’t rest on her laurels and expects to work hard to have a strong senior season this year. Crystal said her best race was the district tournament held in Okeechobee. She said she enjoyed the support from the crowd and her teammates that day.
Sports Cast for June 20th:
Tiffany Bowers took home the Brahman Award for Flag football at the awards banquet this year. She plans to attend the University of St. Petersburg and become a pediatric oncologist. Tiffany said she really enjoyed the award and the season.
The flag team struggled to a 3-7 record this year but Bowers is the only senior that graduated. Corey Coleman hit a walk off sacrifice fly to score Ethian Durfee and give Okeechobee a wild 9-8 win over Lake placid in the district tournament for 13 and 14 year old boys last night at the sports complex.
They score twice in the eighth and twice in the ninth to erase an 8-5 deficit. Okeechobee had jumped to an early 4-0 lead.
The two teams finish the tournament next weekend in Lake Placid. Okeechobee Coach Rick Durfee, Colton Leppert had an RBI double and Dillion Moris an RBI single for Okeechobee.
Kumari Brown had a two run triple and DJ Williams a two run double for Lake Placid. OCRA AAA all stars and Ozone All Stars play in their district tournament starting tonight in Sebring.
The Florida Athletic Coaches Association announces the Cary McDonald Award winners for the “Athletic Program of the Year” in each classification. A lot of hard work and dedication, by the athletes and the coaches have made this award possible.
Years ago we named this award after our second Executive Director, Cary McDonald. Each year we recognize the top athletic programs in each classification with this award. There are two criteria that we use in selecting the winner: Whole School Membership and the athletic program’s finish in the FHSAA Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup All Sports Award. Plaques will be presented to each school in August.
Winners for the 2013-2014 school year:
8A Winter Park
7A St. Thomas Aquinas
5A Plantation-American Heritage
4A Private The Bolles School
4A Public West Florida
3A Private Holy Trinity
3A/2A Public Moore Haven
2A Private Orlando Christian Prep
The FACA congratulates each school with this honor.
About the FACA
The Florida Athletic Coaches Association is comprised of over 5000 member coaches, both high school and college, in the state of Florida. The FACA sponsors ten High School All-Star Classics in nine sports, conducts four coaching clinics each year and recognizes coaches for their exemplary efforts supporting the youth of this state.
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Sports Cast for June 19th:
Julia Weldon was named the Co-Most Valuable athlete for the girls’ weight lifting team this year. She was asked what it felt like when they called her name at the recent awards banquet. Jessica Mond and Tamea Allen also represented Okeechobee at the state finals in Kissimmee this past year.
Weldon said she plans to be dedicated in the off season to improve her strength. Weldon says she enjoys the sports and encourages more girls to come out. She also plays volleyball and the strength training allows her to hit the ball harder.
Her top lift was 105 for clean and jerk and 1 hundred pounds for the bench press. Her goal for next year is to increase by 10 pounds in both events for next season.
Sports Cast for June 18th:
Yearling girls basketball coach Tammy Wright has resigned. She said family and other obligations led her to that decision but she kept the door open to coach again in the future.
Coach Wright told her players at the Yearling athletic banquet in May. Yearling had a poor season this year with few experienced players on the team.
Wright said she did like the fact all of the players improved as the season went on. She hopes that 8th graders moving onto the high school will continue their basketball careers. She said the athleticism is there they just need to learn more about the game. She also praised the Lakeside youth basketball program for offering a travel basketball team in the summer months.
Sports Cast for June 17th:
Former OHS boys’ basketball coach Shawn Hays admits his team under achieved this year. He said he had to make a tough call when he decided to resign as coach. Hays said it was an up and down season for his team. At times the team was competitive and at the end they went into a terrible slump. Hays praised his two seniors Jacob Stewart and Eddie Neal for their efforts this year. He predicted the program will be in good shape with the hire of Demetri Riles and he gives him his full support so they can win a district title.
Hays said he’d like to be a coach again in the future.