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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.
Sports Cast for June 8th:
Jarred Morgan was named the most valuable player for the Brahman baseball team this year. Morgan finished the season with a .355 batting average and was among the team leaders in hits and runs scored.
Morgan also will play college baseball next year at Indian River State college. Morgan said he was blessed to win the award.
Morgan played second, short and third base this year. He said he felt he settled in when he played regular at second base. He set a school record with six hits in a game against South Fork. He said he will always remember that night.
Morgan said you never what will get thrown at you in the game of baseball and you have to be ready to perform.
Sports Cast for June 7th:
Tyler Selph took home the most improved award from the Okeechobee high school boys soccer banquet. The recent graduate was the team’s goal keeper and a key reason the team went 14-3 this past year. He said he is proud of the improvement he’s made.
Selph said the team was disappointed they didn’t reach the post season but that overall the season was a success.
Selph will study business management at Lynn University. He said he could continue his soccer career in high school and walk onto the soccer team.
Sports Cast for June 6th:
Hannah Collier won her second Brahman Award of the year at the OHS softball banquet. Collier had also won the award for girl’s weight lifting. Collier played a solid first base for the team and earned a scholarship to play softball at Indian River State college.
Collier said any athlete should want this award. Collier said the softball team battled through injuries and some adversity this year but in her opinion, had a successful year. Collier said she worked hard to get to this point. She wants to study physical therapy in college and already has joined Indian River for summer softball.
Sports Cast for June 3rd:
Heaven Feltenberger was named the Most Valuable Player for the Lady Brahman flag football team this year. She was a defensive leader for the team over the past two seasons as the pass rusher. She said she was shocked to receive this trophy. She thought an offensive player would win the award.
Feltenberger said defense is a key part of flag football.
The flag team won their first three games but slumped after that to a sub .500 mark this past year.
Okeechobee will host an AAU basketball tournament this weekend. Games begin tonight through Sunday with games at Okeechobee High school, Yearling Middle, Osceola Middle and the 1st Baptist Church recreation outreach center.
Sports Cast for June 2nd:
Mercedes Washington was named the Most Valuable player for the girl’s weight lifting team at OHS. She said she really worked hard to improve and appreciated this award. Washington was also a four-year letter winner in the sport.
Her father, the late Daron Washington, encouraged her to try the sport as she prepared for high school.
Washington also participated in girl’s track and flag football this year. She is one of the top students in her class. She wants to study pharmacy and athletic training in Florida.
Sports Cast for June 1st:
Former Dolphin Great Jason Taylor spoke to Treasure Coast athletes at the first TC Palm Best of Prep Zone held last week. Taylor told the kids about his career and how things didn’t turn out like he planned. He was home schooled and wanted to play pro basketball not football. Football earned him a scholarship to Akron University. He said it was one of the few avenues open to him.
Taylor told the kids to always work hard and stay away from nonsense like drugs. He said his biggest disappointment in sports was not winning a championship, and having to leave the Dolphins, first when he was traded to Washington, and then when he left via free agency. He now works with a foundation that encourages literacy and learning.
Each high school in the area had two athletes honored for academics, leadership and character. Mercedes Washington and Eli Finney represented Okeechobee. Shaquoy Ferrol was a finalist for boys’ basketball player of the year. Malik Clarke of Vero Beach was the winner this year.
Okeechobee had several athletes named honorable mention Treasure Coast this year including Lamar Williams, Edrick Neal and Bubba Fludd for football, Daniel Shelley for cross country and Brian Chapman for bowling.
Sports Cast for May 31st:
Jordan Lawlis earned the Most Valuable Player for the OHS softball team this year. The four-year letter winner was a key pitcher for the team during her career. She said her work ethic, dependability, and commitment to the team probably won her the award. Lawlis moves on to play for Eastern Florida State College in Brevard County next year.
Her advice to the returning players was to always take the sport serious. Lawlis has a busy summer ahead playing travel ball to get ready for her college career.
Sports Cast for May 27th:
Brahman spring football was complicated by bad weather in the final days and a cancelled Purple White game. Coach Chris Branham said he met some of the team’s goals this spring.
He said the team suffered too many injuries on the offensive line at the spring game with John Carroll to hold the inter squad scrimmage. He said he kept the playbook simple to give QB Bubba Fludd run and pass options.
Branham said the team continues to lack depth. A few players left the squad after they played sparingly in the spring game. Many of them were defensive players. On defense, he said the kids showed some effort and concentration.
The team has multiple camps to attend this summer starting in June.
Sports Cast for May 26th:
Ryan Daniel won the Brahman Award for the boy’s baseball team. The senior hurler said he really enjoyed his senior year.
Daniel said he tries to be the best he can at all his activities. He said he appreciated the Brahman Award.
He said he pitched well toward the end of the season and plans to keep working on his skills.
He intends to attend the University of Florida and study bio medical engineering and hopes to the medical field.