Sports Cast for May 15th:
64 upperclassmen and 47 eighth graders have been participating in Okeechobee spring football this year.
Coach Chris Branham said he likes the talent level of the group
He said there is a lot of competition going on. He says he’s very optimistic about the future.
He said the team has a bit of a chip on their shoulder and are working hard. The search for offensive linemen continues. Over 20 players are in the mix.
Cameron Morris and Jarred Morgan from the baseball team and Logan Etherton from the JV are among the players that have impressed the coaching staff. Buster Mond has competed well at linebacker and Arthur Woodruff and Andrew Wine have returned from leg injuries. Lamar Williams returned to practice for the first time from a broken finger on Thursday.
The Purple White game will be held on Friday, May 29th. A barbecue fund raiser will also be held.
Sports Cast for May 14th:
Erazo-Carvalho, Renata Rebecca, missing twin sisters
Antawyn Fludd was named Co Most Valuable Player for the Brahman boys basketball team this year. He was the team’s point guard and was among the squads leaders in points while leading in steals and assists.
Fludd battled back from an ankle injury sustained during football season but didn’t miss any regular season games.
He said he feels Coach Demetre Riles is doing a good job and leading the team in the right direction. The team holds shoot arounds and open gym two nights per week. There is also a travel ball league for the players to compete this summer.
Sports Cast for May 13th:
Sarah Davis was named All-American in the college power lifting championships in Atlanta Georgia this year. She finished third in her weight class.
She said she wanted to remain in good shape and do some athletics while at Texas A&M University. USA Power lifting sanctions the events during the year. She squatted 375 pounds. Bench pressed 270 pounds and dead lifted 413 pounds.
She said the national championships were an eye lifting experience. Texas A&M competes with LSU, the University of Texas.
She lifts weights three hours per day five days per week.
Sports Cast for May 12th:
The Lady Brahman golf team reached regional for the second year in a row this past year, but will not enter a rebuilding phase.
Five seniors graduated last year, and three will graduate next month off the team.
Coach Bruce Conrad said it was a successful season for the team. Conrad plans to visit the middle schools in the next couple of weeks and try and recruit players for next year’s girls golf team. Conrad said of all the sports, golf provides the most job opportunities after graduation.
He noted the KOA golf course was very cooperative as they helped the girls play home matches and also practice there this past fall.
Sports Cast for May 11th:
Daniel Shelley was named the Most Valuable Player for the Okeechobee high school boys cross country team this past season. Shelley has been really working hard to improve his running skills.
He said he really appreciated the award. Shelley finished in the top five at the district finals as a sophomore. He credits that to hard work and running extra miles in the off season
Sports Cast for May 8th:
Markeis Hallback of Moore Haven high school recently signed a letter of intent to play college football at Georgia Southern.
Hallback is praised not only as a good athlete, but a scholar athlete and good citizen. He says he’s proud of the work he’s done in Moore Haven. Colleges like Duke, North Carolina State and others showed interest in Hallback.
He said Statesboro, Georgia was a small town and that made the difference. Hallback will compete at safety for Georgia Southern. He was plagued by injuries during his senior year but rushed for over 1 thousand yards as a junior and was considered one of the best defensive backs in the area.
Hallback intends to study agriculture and business and would like to return to Glades County after graduation and own his own ranch and business.
The annual Hershey’s Track and Field competition for local elementary and middle school kids will be held today at Okeechobee high school starting at 9 am.
Sports Cast for May 7th:
Moore Haven’s run in the state softball championships was ended Wednesday as the Lady Terriers fell to Westminter Christian of Fort Lauderdale, 11-3. It is the second straight year that Westminster eliminated the Terriers.
Alexis Mueller won the Brahman Award for the Lady Brahman cross country team. She said her coach AJ Mayernik gave her confidence and that made all the difference. Alexis says she wanted to have good character, make sure all the girls work together, and that they all did their best.
Mueller is a junior this year. Her future goals are to continue to improve as a runner. She said former Brahman Tabatha Henry was a great mentor for her and she has tried to help her teammates and be a good role model.
Sports Cast for May 6th:
More players than expected showed up for spring football this year at Okeechobee high school. 55 upperclassmen and 40 eighth graders showed up to compete.
Incoming sophomore Jajuan Cherry said he wants all of the players to show commitment. Cherry said the kids are working hard and appear to be positive about the future.
He said the kids need to get in the mind set of competition
The Brahman goals for the spring include staying healthy, learning the schemes, and finding some offensive linemen.
The Brahman spring game will be held on Friday, May 29th.
Sports Cast for May 5th:
Lucas Penido was named the Co-Most Valuable Player for the boys’ tennis team this year. The senior played all four years and will share the MVP with fellow senior Otto Ramirez.
Penido said both players pushed each to be the best they could be. The duo also was the #1 doubles team for the past four years. Penido says his first match at regional ended in a singles victory for the team and he was glad to end his career on a good note.
Moore Haven softball reached the State Final 4 in Class 3A softball with a victory Friday over Admiral Farragut of St. Petersburg. Today they get an opportunity at revenge against Westminster Christian who defeated them in the state title game last year. Games begin at 1 pm this afternoon.
Sports Cast for May 4th:
Julia Weldon was named the Most Valuable Player for the girl’s weight lifting team. The senior was the first girl to qualify for the state tournament for two years in a row.
She said the state finals were nerve racking because she was the only girl from Okeechobee to compete. Weldon competed for four years in weight lifting and was the team Most Valuable player for the last two years.
She said good things come from those who stick with their sport. Her freshman year she only benched 85 pounds and this year it went up to 110 pounds.
Moore Haven continued their run in the state softball playoffs with a 1-0 victory on Friday over Admiral Farragut of St. Petersburg. They will play Westminster Christian in the State Final 4 on May 5th at Dodger Town in Vero Beach.