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Sports Cast for June 22nd:
Sarah Davis of Okeechobee qualified to represent the United States at the World Powerlifting championships in Poland this August. Davis won the USA Powerlifting National championships junior division in Colorado this spring.
She said she really has trained hard and been determined to excel in power lifting. Davis also finished second at the USA Powerlifting Collegiate championships in Rhode Island in April.
She said representing her country will be a great moment in her life. Davis attends Texas A&M University and is an honors student in biological and agriculture engineering.
Sports Cast for June 21st:
Okeechobee basketball players have had a busy off season with several AAU and other basketball tournaments.
Okeechobee itself hosted two tournaments that brought in teams from across Florida to our area.
Jhovani Torres coached an incoming ninth grade team over the summer. He said these tournaments not only benefit the Chobee Nation program but the community as a whole.
Torres said the players also benefit as they have won several games against quality opposition.
The Chobee Nation program is hosting youth basketball camps throughout the month at the Okeechobee High School gymnasium.
Sports Cast for June 20th:
Jacob Myers was named the rookie of the year for the Okeechobee Brahman wrestling team this year.
The incoming sophomore said a lot of the kids deserved the award but he was glad he stuck with the sport. Myers said he was kidded for his loud noises and grunts during matches but said it may have distracted his opponents.
He said his best match of the year was at Port St. Lucie. Myers wrestled at 106 pounds this year. He is working out in the off season with weight lifting. He said the team has the talent to be a factor again next year.
Sports Cast for June 17th:
Bubba Fludd was named defensive player of the year for Brahman boys’ basketball, he set a new school record for steals, 96 this year. He broke the school record held by his father in the early 1990s. Fludd said he liked the trophy and his role on the team
Fludd has gotten several offers as well to play college football and has been busy visiting college campuses this summer. Fludd expects to get even more offers during his senior season and is in no rush to make a college choice.
Sports Cast for July 16th:
Yearling middle school volleyball returned to glory this year with a 9-3 record after a few down years.
The school held camps last Thursday and Friday and again today and Friday for various age groups.
Coach Kellyann Campbell said she was very excited about the camps. She said while the team lost some solid 8th graders this year, the core of the team should have some experience next year.
Unlike basketball, volleyball will continue to compete with Indian River County schools in the fall.
Sports Cast for June 15th:
Brahman cross country coach A.J Mayernik was very pleased with how the teams improved this year. The boys made it to the state finals, and the girls showed steady improvement. He said the runners are willing to put in the time, are willing to listen, and want to take the program to the next level.
He said the boys met all of their goals. Mayernik said as a former high school state champion, it helps when he coaches and encourages the runners to do better.
He said he is fortunate to have the talent available.
Mayernik said kids want to join a winning program and enjoy the sport of cross country.
Sports Cast for June 14th:
Shaquoy Ferrol was named All State for Class 6A basketball by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association.
The 6’5 incoming senior averaged a double-double, points and rebounds, with over 18 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Ferrol said he’s glad he came to America to play basketball. Ferrol has been busy playing AAU ball throughout the summer.
Coach Demetre Riles was proud to have a Brahman make all state in the sport.
Chobee Nation basketball is holding basketball camps throughout the next three weeks for various age groups at Okeechobee High school.
The OCRA T-ball all stars won the district 8 tournament and have qualified for state in Bristol, Florida next month.
The team swept Sebring 29-20 and 24-23 in the tournament over the weekend.
They will be trying to raise 5 thousand dollars to make the trip to the Panhandle through a variety of fund raisers.
Sports Cast for June 13th:
Osceola middle school named Eric Phillips as their new girls basketball coach. Phillips is a local pastor whose son Daniel, is a rising youth basketball player. Phillips said he’s looking forward to making Osceola a good basketball team.
Osceola Principal Sean Downing said he felt Phillips would be a good mentor and role model for the kids.
Osceola and Yearling both will shift schedules next year and will not play four Indian River county schools in basketball. Instead they plan to schedule, Clewiston, LaBelle, and Moore Haven instead.
Both teams have struggled to compete with Indian River on a consistent basis in recent years.
Sports Cast for June 10th:
Cheyenne Nunez was the Most valuable player for the girls’ basketball team in 2016. She said she was very satisfied with the improvement of the basketball team this year.
Nunez earned several MVP trophies as she played three sports softball, volleyball and basketball. Her basketball season was cut short by a knee injury this year.
She said the returning team has potential to take the program further.
Nunez recently signed a college scholarship to play at Division I Florida Gulf Coast University.
Sports Cast for June 9th:
Marissa Fennell was the Brahman Award winner for flag football this year. She was a key defender on the team for her senior year. She said she appreciated getting the honor
Fennell said she was sad to end her flag football career because she made a lot of friends and great memories. Fennell said she wanted to be a leader and a good role model this season.
The team won three games to start the season but slumped and didn’t qualify for districts.
A punt return for a touchdown was her highlight of the year.
She plans to study pharmacy at Indian River State College.