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Sports Cast for December 29th:
Emily Rhodes was named the Most Valuable Player for the Lady Brahman golf team this year.
She just started to play golf this year and learned to love the sport.
She said she appreciated getting the MVP trophy. Rhodes was just three shots short of qualifying for the regional tournament this year.
She says the district tournament was a memorable day
There are no sports scheduled at Okeechobee High School through the holidays.
Sports Cast for December 28th:
Okeechobee girls’ soccer is enjoying one of the best seasons in school history. They even have a chance for a winning record at 7-6. Senior Alyssa Bessenbacher says she was optimistic about the team’s chances when the season began.
A key reason for the improvement is the ability to score goals and ball handling skills.
Ashton English, Alani Garcia, Ashley Snyder and Janel Aponte have added goal scoring to the team’s arsenal this year.
The Brahman’ girls weight lifting team finished fourth out of 8 teams at a meet at John Carroll High School.
Alexi Morgan finished second and Alyssa Howard third in their respective weight classes.
There are no sports events in Okeechobee through the holidays.
Sports Cast for December 27th:
Raylee Coleman was named the MVP for the Lady Brahman volleyball team for the second consecutive season.
Coleman was among the team leaders in kills, blocks, and serving percentage this past year. She said volleyball was a good experience. She also has made a college choice as she will continue her athletic career.
She signed with South Florida State college in Avon Park to play softball next year.
There are no sporting events scheduled in Okeechobee through the holidays.
Sports Cast for December 23rd:
Okeechobee Head Football Coach Chris Branham coached the Treasure Coast All-Stars to a 22 point victory, 30 to 8 over Brevard County All-Stars in the annual senior game this month.
No Okeechobee players participated in the game.
Long snapper Eli McMullen will represent Okeechobee in the Georgia Florida high school all-star game next week.
Wrestler Kallen Pinerio is among the Brahmans with a good chance to make it to regional and even state this year. He bulked up and has been wrestling at 1 hundred and 52 pounds early in the year. Pinerio says he dedicated himself to the sport all year long. He was one match away from state last year.
Pahokee Head Coach Orson Walkes was named Coach of the Year for Class 1A schools in Florida this week. He led the Blue Devils to a 14-0 record and a state championship this year.
Moore Haven boys basketball will play East Lee County at the Palmetto Ridge tournament at 3:30 this afternoon. The Terriers lost 72-55 to Palmetto Ridge last night. Marquis Fudge led the way with 14 points.
Sports Cast for December 22nd:
Mark Ward of Okeechobee was recently named the pitching coach for South Florida State College in Avon Park. He moved on from Indian River State College after Mitch Markham resigned last spring. He’ll be working with the pitchers primarily but also coach in other areas. Ward says the new Indian River coach wanted more time commitments than he could give to the job
Ward says he is excited about the opportunity. Coach Rick Hitt has been in charge there for 18 years and is well respected.
Ward says the way pitchers are handled have changed a lot in recent years.
Kevin Coleman of Okeechobee is on the roster at the school
On the sports schedule today, Moore Haven boys basketball takes part in a holiday tournament at Palmetto Ridge against the host, tonight at 8 pm and Friday afternoon against East Lee County. They are 6-3 on the season.
Sports Cast for December 21st:
The Yearling Lady Bulls basketball team entered the break on a two game losing streak after a tough 25-19 loss at home to West Glades.
Jenna Morrisey had 14 points, 12 rebounds and six steals to lead West Glades.
Coach Kimber Smith says her team came to play and executed
Point guard Dylan Walker provided five steals and four points. She said her teammates needed this win.
Jasmine Shanks had seven points, six steals and three rebounds, and Adryauna Baker added seven points and nine steals. Corneisha Wingfield pulled down 10 rebounds for Yearling.
Moore Haven middle school basketball visits LaBelle with girls at 6 pm and boys at 7:30 pm tonight.
Sports Cast for December 20th:
Stephen Thornton had 11 points , 10 rebounds and five blocks as Yearling defeated West Glades 26-19 in middle school boys basketball. Jorge Arias had five points, three steals and four assists for Yearling.
Thornton picked it up in the second half and said he played well when it counted.
Point guard Chris Lopez hit a key three points and also had five steals in the game. He said West Glades didn’t give up and neither did Yearling
Jason Branch led West Glades with eight points, five rebounds and four steals.
There are no sports events through the holidays at Okeechobee High School.
Sports Cast for December 19th:
Palm Bay Heritage rallied from a 10 point deficit in the second half to defeat Okeechobee, 64-57 on Friday night. Shaquoy Ferrol led Okeechobee with 18 points while Demetrius Clark added 14 points. Jared Mowry led the Panthers with 16 points.
Heritage Coach Stephen Link says his team didn’t’ get off to a great start but picked it up in the second half. The Brahmans are now 8-3 on the season.
Lady Brahman soccer wins at Sebring Friday 3-2. Ashton English had all three goals off assists from Janel Aponte, Alani Garcia and Ashley Snyder.
OHS boys soccer lost at home to Jensen Beach 2-0.
On the sports schedule today Pemayetv Emahakv basketball travels to Moore Haven Middle School with girls at 3 pm and boys to follow.
Sports Cast for December 16th:
Shaela French and Elle Thomas both had 10 points to lead Pemayetv Emahakv to a 35-14 victory in middle school basketball against Osceola this week. Anya Koivunen had six points to lead Osceola. Osceola Coach Eric Phillips says his team got a lot of good shots but again couldn’t connect.
Seminoles point guard Cadie Huff dealt out three assists in the game. She said it was an important win for her unbeaten team.
In girls soccer Forest Hill defeats Okeechobee 1-0. Goal keeper Jensy Matute made two big saves for the Falcons including one with less than a minute left. She said saves are where the goal keeper impacts the game.
On the sports schedule, OHS boys soccer hosts Jensen beach tonight, JV at 5 and varsity at 7. Boys basketball hosts Heritage with Jv at 5:30 and varsity at 7 pm. OHS girls soccer travels to Sebring with JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7 and OHS girls basketball visits Eau Gallie, with JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7 pm.
OHS also holds a JV wrestling tournament Saturday.
Sports Cast for December 13th:
Joe Suarez had two goals to lead Okeechobee to a 4-1 victory over Westwood at home last night. The senior has been slowed by injuries this year. He says it felt good to play well in this match. Suarez led the team with 25 goals last year.
Coach Lonnie Sears says he felt his team didn’t play hard enough.
Julia Smith had 16 points, all in the second half as Okeechobee pulled away from Clewiston last night 56-36 in high school girls basketaball. Nisha Ferrol added 12 points and eight rebounds.
Coach Joe Smith says the girls usually win when they score 50 points or more.
Caroline Sweat had nine points and Shytria Ash pulled down eight rebounds for Okeechobee.