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Sports Cast for August 22nd:
Okeechobee Brahman football kicks off the 2014 season with their preseason classic tonight against the Lake Placid Green Dragons. The Brahmans feature a younger and inexperienced group with potential. They return only six starters from last year’s team due to graduation, transfers, and injuries.
The Brahmans will show off their new Pistol Wing T offense. They will be without top threat Antawyn Fludd who is nursing an injury.
Brahman Coach Chris Branham says he’s also at a disadvantage because he knows almost nothing about Lake Placid. Branham said he hasn’t been able to watch any game tape on the Green Dragons who went 2-7 last year and have a new coach, Jason Robinson. Coach Branham said he doesn’t expect the defensive battle the two teams played last year in Lake Placid which Okeechobee won 8-6.
Kickoff tonight is at 7 pm. The pregame shows begin at 6 pm tonight.
OYFL hosting Lake Placid tomorrow for youth football at Brahman Stadium starting at 9 am.
Sports Cast for August 21st:
Bruce Conrad is excited about the Lady Brahman golf team and their chances this year. The team made their first ever regional tournament last year at Plantation but did lose four seniors to graduation. Conrad said he still has some talent coming back.
Conrad said the team will also play four home matches at the KOA golf course to start the year. He predicted two Treasure Coast teams will be the girl’s top competition.
Leaders on the team will be seniors Hannah Raulerson and Cameron White. Other veterans include Meredith Hlliard, Fernanda Grisales and Natalee Trimble.
The first home match is August 28th at 3:30 pm against John Carroll
Sports Cast for August 20th:
Daniel Shelley won the MVP award for boys track for Okeechobee high school last spring. He was just a freshmen last year and he admitted he was surprised to get the award but appreciative. Shelley hopes to have a repeat performance this year as he also runs cross country in the fall.
He admits it felt weird to stand in front of his peers to be honored. Shelley enjoyed the competition and he had a good time. He hopes to improve this season.
The Okeechobee Youth Football league opened play Saturday with two wins and three losses at the Haines City Rattlers. The junior team prevailed 19-13 and the Pee Wees won 13-7. The seniors lost a heart breaker 14-13, the Mitey Mites lost 24-6 and the Flag team fell 33-6.
OYFL will host Lake Placid this Saturday at Brahman Stadium.
Sports Cast for August 19th:
OHS volleyball should field another strong team this year with a strong group of veterans and two freshmen that should contribute right away.
Coach Taylor Pritchard said they have also gotten deeper into volleyball instruction and strategies this year after a full season under their belt. Pritchard also plans to have a more wide open attack than last year on offense. She noted in the first year they focused on the defensive side of the game. Jensen Beach will once again be the main competition in the district this year.
Key players for Okeechobee include Lexi Ward, Baylee Farless, Makayla Root, Cheyenne Nunez and freshmen Rachel Bryan.
Tonight the team will hold a purple white scrimmage at 7 pm.
OHS alumnus will be in action in fundraiser volleyball game tonight at 6 pm. Donations will be accepted.
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.