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Sports Cast for August 12th:
Dylan Walker was named the Yearling award winner at the middle school soccer banquet. Walker had not been able to make the active roster for two years but kept trying to make the squad, finally making it last year as an eighth grader. Walker said it hurt when he didn’t make the team in sixth or seventh grader, but he got over the disappointment and became more determined. He said he felt on top of the world when he made this year’s roster.
Sports Cast for August 11th:
The Okeechobee Wildcats held a successful jamboree on Saturday as teams from Pahokee, Belle Glade, Indiantown, and Ft Pierce visited for short games to start the Tri County Youth Athletic league football season.
The Okeechobee 9-10 year old team lost to Pahokee 12-0.
The 7 and 8 year old team tied Pahokee 6-6 in a competitive battle. The Wildcats will also field an 11 and 12 year old team this year.
Fernando Perez was named the most improved player for the Brahman boys’ soccer team this past season.
He made a name for himself in goal as he allowed just 1 point 04 goals per game this past year.
Perez said he appreciated the award. Perez said his first year in goal was tough and he learned from it, and that is what made him a better goal keeper this past season. Perez predicts another strong season for boys’ soccer at Okeechobee high school.
Sports Cast for August 8th:
Yearling soccer coach Erick Rios has put together one of the best middle school programs in soccer over the past 10 years.
He noted last year’s team lost their first match and then won nine straight and that was a testament to their composure and work ethic. The new season will be starting in a couple of weeks and Rios predicts the program should continue to be a success provided they get players who have some experience join the program. The Chobee Wildcat youth football team will host a jamboree tomorrow at the soccer fields across from North Elementary.
The OYFL teams travel to Vero Beach for five games tomorrow.
Lonnie Pryor and the Buccaneers are at Jacksonville tonight at 7:30 pm.
Sports Cast for August 7th:
Javier Hernandez took home the offensive MVP award for Yearling soccer this past season leading the Bulls attack.
He said the team really exceeded expectations last year. He urged the younger players to work hard and keep up the success at Yearling. He plans to play high school soccer for the Brahmans.
The OYFL junior squad is busy getting ready for the season. Last year the team went 8-2 and Asst. Coach Marcel Richardson said there is no reason the team can’t have another strong season this year. He noted the kids have been impressive at practice. The OYFL opens their regular season this Saturday with games at Vero Beach.
Sports Cast for August 6th:
Tyra Smith won the sportsmanship award for Yearling volleyball this past season. She said it was an honor to receive the award and that she enjoyed playing for the middle school. She noted she set a good example by listening to the coaches and having a good attitude. Smith said a lot of the girls love the sport and that helps in their performance.
Tori Garcia was the setter of the year as she was one of the team leaders in assists.
She said she always liked playing the sport in elementary school and decided to give team volleyball a try. The new season of Yearling volleyball is kicking off this month.
Sports Cast for August 5th:
OHS football coach Chris Branham is confident this is the year fortunes begin to change for his football team. The squad stumbled to a 1-9 record last year but bring in a strong class of freshmen, some of whom could start on varsity this year.
Branham praised the kids for their hard work this summer. Branham says the team doesn’t face an easy schedule this year. The first day of practice was Monday, and they have 16 more days to get the team ready.
His number one goal is to find a starting QB either Antawyn Fludd or Dee Shockley. On defense they want to find a leader who will physical and set a strong example for the other players. He wants his squad to be fine-tuned, with players that understand the system and their roles and who fly to the football.
Branham said he sees some young players who are stars in the making and should set the foundation of a strong program for the next few years.
Sports Cast for August 4th:
Brahman baseball coach Eric Kindell predicts his program will continue to progress and should be a perennial contender.
His first year as coach resulted in a district title and is happy he has 8 seniors and a lot of juniors coming back this year to compete for jobs. Kindell said his team didn’t quit after an 0-6 start to the season and his coaching staff brought in some professional baseball players to talk to them about how hard the game is and how important it is to work hard every day. Kindell said those speeches meant a lot to his kids.
About 90 players could hit the practice field this morning as Okeechobee high school football opens the 2014 season. They’ll stick to one a day practices this week in the mornings and begin afternoon practices next Monday.
The first game is the exhibition with Lake Placid on August 22nd at Brahman stadium.
Sports Cast for August 1st:
Artha Jonassaint took home the Yearling award for last year’s volleyball team. She was praised for her positive attitude and leadership skills on and off the court. She also is a scholar athlete.
Jonassaint said she considers this award a real honor. She noted the 2013 season went well for the Lady Bulls as they lost only one match. She intends to keep playing volleyball in high school. The OYFL opens youth football season this weekend with a jamboree in Sebring. Coach of the senior team Bruce Snell says they expect a good test on Saturday. The senior team is looking for kids 15 and under who are not playing high school ball to assist the program this year.
OYFL will have five teams including a flag team this year.
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Sports Cast for July 31st:
Katie McKay did well at the Junior high school rodeo finals in Des Moines, Iowa this summer
She competed in several events including barrel racing and pole bending.
She said she will never forget the experience. Her older sister Amanda and her cousin were in rodeo during high school and she has grown up around the sport and grown to love it. The rodeo schedule can be grueling as they visit different areas of the state throughout the year.
She said for her first time at nationals, she hung in against some talented stars. A highlight of the experience was talking to rodeo world champion in calf roping Tuf Cooper.
She thanked all of the support from Okeechobee.
Sports Cast for July 30th:
Lexi Ward was named the defensive most valuable player for Okeechobee high school softball this past year.
She was also honored for having a season long 11 game hit streak for the team. Ward said overall the team had a solid 2014. Ward wants to have a big senior year this coming season and wants the team to return to the post season. She said it was sad to see a great group of seniors leave. Ward batted third in the lineup for much of the season and felt she was protected well by cleanup hitter Danyelle Sheffield.
On defense she studies the game and positioning to be in the right place at the right time.
She continues to play travel ball tournaments throughout the summer and also will be a key player on the volleyball team this year.