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Sports Cast 8/7


Sports Cast for August 7th:

Coach Rex Erwin says he’s seen a lot of improvement in the Okeechobee Lady Brahman track team in the past year. He had coached the team for the past three years. Eve Walker qualified for regional in the shot put this year.

Erwin also saw growth in the middle distance runners. Lillian Henry also qualified for regional this year in distance running.

Erwin and his brother Rafe were coaches on the football team.  They moved over the summer and this will be the first season without an Erwin coaching in more than 20 years.

Sports Cast 8/4

Sports Cast for August 4th:

Yearling boys soccer had another unbeaten season in 2 thousand 16. Jaimes Hernandez won the offensive MVP.  He says a key to good offense was team passing.

Nicolas Ramos was the defensive MVP for the Bulls.  He says he appreciated his coaches support. Gael Calzada took home the most improved player trophy. He says he played a lot of soccer and that improved his skills.

Yearling had a number of games rained out last year but was still able to win the five matches they played.

Sports Cast 8/3

Sports Cast for August 3rd:

Brighton Bauman won the breakaway calf roping national championship at the National High School Rodeo Finals in Gillette, Wyoming last month. The Okeechobee sophomore watched every performance of the rodeo and knew how to handle herself. She says she had confidence she could win

She finished near the top in all three rounds of the rodeo and won the average with a total of 7.49 seconds.  Bauman finished in 2.55 seconds in the first round, and 2.38 seconds in the second round.  She finished in 2.56 seconds in the finals.

Bauman beat out Jordi Evans of Gatesville, Texas for the average championship She says her uncles Clint and Elton Boney, grand father Boosty and coach Gene Fulford helped her to achieve in rodeo. Brighton is the daughter of Tory and Nye Bauman of Okeechobee.

Sports Cast 8/2

Sports Cast for August 2nd:

Brahman football kicked off fall camp Monday with 70 players for the varsity and junior varsity.

Coach Chris Branham says Building depth will be the biggest priority this year.  He says last year the team had some experienced players that could step in and contribute. Kysell Richardson is the favorite to start at QB, but there is some competition for the job. The team is also trying to find offensive and defensive linemen.

The team kicks off the season on August 18th with a kickoff classic against Jupiter.

Sports Cast 8/1

Sports Cast for August 1st:

Dylan Walker was named the Brahman Award winner for the OHS boys tennis team this past season. He was thrust into a leadership role after the majority of the team graduated.

With a young team, the Brahmans struggled to get victories but Walker says this award took some of the sting off the losing season. Walker says  he challenged himself to become a more vocal leader and also had to improve his game as he played tougher opponents.

Fall football practice began Monday around the Big Lake with mostly a get to know one another day. There are three new coaches at local high schools, Max Manin takes over at Moore Haven, Jessie Hester at Glades Central and Brad Garrett at Clewiston High School.

Sports Cast 7/31

Sports Cast for July 31st:

Alyssa Howard was the most valuable player for the Lady Brahman swim team this past year. Practices for the swim team for the new year are getting underway. Howard also qualified for regional in girls’ weight lifting this past year. Alyssa says she appreciated the MVP trophy. She says she had modest goals in weight lifting but was glad to joined the team.

The OCRA Darlings won one game but were eliminated last night at the Dixie Youth Softball World Series.

The Darlings, coached by Daniel Nunez, lost to Tennessee in the first round, rebounded to defeat Sumter South Carolina, but were eliminated by Mississippi last night.

The Angels All stars lost to Louisiana 6-5 in the first round, and defeated Texas 3-0 in the second round.

Sports Cast 7/28

Sports Cast for July 28th:

Z-Mann Zamora of Okeechobee won the National High School rodeo finals tie down roping championship in Gillette, Wyoming. Zamora won with consistency as he finished second in both of the first and second go rounds and won with an combined time of 30 point 88 seconds. Zamora says he was pleased with his times and how he roped. He says he couldn’t have won the title without cooperative calves.

Zamora earned a buckle, saddle and 2 thousand dollars in prizes and scholarships to help pay for his college at South Plains, Texas next year.

Sports Cast 7/27

Sports Cast for July 27th:

The Lady Brahman tennis team took a step forward this past year. Coach Rina Boswell says the girls took the sport seriously, were anxious to learn, and showed a lot of growth. All five players will return to the lineup this year.

She says her older girls Artha Jonassaint and Mariah Spelts had a tough time playing more talented and experienced players after having success down in the lineup in 2015.

Boswell said the girls supported each other on and off the court and the team has a bright future.

Sports Cast 7/26

Sports Cast for July 26th:

Callie Rucks won the Ace Award for Yearling volleyball last year with 75 aces. She had 25 aces in one match in a shutout victory.  She says she improved her skills a lot this past year. Rucks returns for her eighth grade year and hopes Yearling can improve on last year’s 10-3 record.

Haley Conrad won the Yearling Award.  She moves onto the high school this fall. She says the award made her happy

Yearling volleyball starts back up in September.

Sports Cast 7/25

Sports Cast for July 25th:

Justin Drawdy was the Brahman Award winner and District wresting champion at 2 hundred and 20 pounds this year. Drawdy says he appreciated getting the recognition. He still has his senior year ahead and high hopes of making it to the state tournament. He thanked former Brahman wrestlers Bobby Jablonski and Curtis Tyson for helping him to become a better wrestler. He wants to be in better shape this coming year.

He also volunteers to help with the youth wrestling club.

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