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Sports Cast for August 18th:
Lonnie Pryor continues to battle to become a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, trying to earn a spot as a fullback on the 53 man roster. Pryor played on kick return teams, punt return teams and with the second team offense in the second half of the Bucs 20-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Saturday.
He blocked well on several plays and caught a short pass out of the backfield that was called back by a penalty. Pryor said he felt he held his own. Pryor admits it is a stressful time as you don’t have any guarantees in football and you have to impress the coaching staff every chance you get.
Tampa Bay Bucs Coach Lovie Smith hasn’t committed to how many full backs he will keep. He noted Lavorskie Lane had a strong night and appears to be the leading candidate to start. Pryor’s chances have improved due to several injuries to running backs on the Bucs including their third round draft choice Charles Sims.
Sports Cast for August 15th:
Yearling Middle School volleyball coach Kellyann Campbell said she will miss her first squad, as many 8th graders move on to play high school volleyball this year.
Yearling lost just one match last year and Campbell said it was a success. Campbell said she hopes a new class of volleyball players enters the school and keeps the tradition of success going this year. Campbell said they might lower the roster size because other schools often don’t have enough girls to play two matches. Yearling also held a camp in July and had a good turnout of girls of all ages.
They hope to make it an annual camp for 6 to 14 year olds.
OYFL football travels to Haines City to take on the Rattlers on Saturday.
Sports Cast for August 14th:
Lonnie Pryor continues to work for a job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He saw some game action versus Jacksonville last week with one carry for a first down on third down, and also saw action on special teams. Pryor is listed second on the depth chart at fullback but is taking nothing for granted in his battle for a roster spot. Pryor says he thought joining the Bucs was a good decision because he wanted to play and didn’t want to miss an opportunity.
He lives in Tampa full time buying a home off Dale Mabry last year less than five minutes away from the stadium.
Pryor says he was happy when Florida State won the national championship but admits he would have liked to have been still with the Noles. He still cherishes the teams ACC championship and all the bowl games he got to play in.
Sports Cast for August 13th:
Joe Turbush took home the Brahman Award for Okeechobee wrestling this year. Turbush wrestled at 160 pounds and was a regional qualifier. He said the award was a complete surprise. Turbush had just one win as freshmen but earned 157 points this past year. He said former wrestlers helped him improve and he worked hard.
He expects the team to be competitive again this year. More than 3 dozen cheerleaders have come out to assist the Okeechobee Youth Football league this season.
Cheer coordinator Jennifer Lafferty said they did more recruiting of coaches and cheer leaders.
She said the girls are important to the overall football program.
Ages 4 to 13 are represented on the cheer leading squad.
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.