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Sports Cast for July 21st:
Bruce Jahner decided to come back full time as the Okeechobee wrestling coach next year. The school had gone through three coaches in the past two seasons and Jahner says he wanted to bring back some stability. Jahner said the squad had its share of highlights this past year with several regional qualifiers and two state qualifiers.
He said the team battled injuries but were still competitive. The team has continued with conditioning in the off season and many of the wrestlers compete at weekend tournaments with the Okeechobee wrestling club.
Sports Cast for July 18th:
Samiya Washington won the defensive player of the year award for the Yearling girls’ basketball this year.
She said she felt she played strong defense and had a lot of steals this year.
Mariah Spelts took home the most improved player award. The 7th grader said she was never afraid when she took the basketball court and was happy to earn an award. Spelts says she’s looking forward to being a team leader next year.
Lakeside basketball hosting a basketball tournament in Okeechobee on Saturday and Sunday with games at Yearling and Osceola Middle school and Okeechobee High School.
Sports Cast for July 17th:
Bailey Kirton was named the Brahman Award winner for Okeechobee high school baseball this year. Bailey was praised for his unselfishness and leadership skills by the coaching staff.
Kirton said he tried to stay positive and really enjoyed winning this award. Kirton’s squeeze bunt helped Okeechobee defeat Sebring and go on a late season run that propelled them to win the district championship this year.
He said it was difficult playing a reserve role but he wanted to be a positive role model and contribute in any way he could. Kirton said he saw a lot of players improve during the regular season especially on the offensive side.
The team only lost two seniors and Kirton expects the team to return to the regional playoffs again next year.
Wilson Barahona was named offensive MVP for the Brahman boys’ soccer team this past year. Barahona scored more goals in his sophomore year and also improved his defense and all around play. Barahona said he appreciated all the awards he received. Barahona said he was pleased with the teamwork on the team this year and said they played unselfish soccer and tried to get all the players involved. Barahona predicts the team will continue to be a winning program. He noted they will have to replace some talented defenders who graduated.
He said the disappointment in last year’s district tournament might help the team achieve more next year.
Sports Cast for July 15th:
American Legion Post 64 split four games at a tournament in Polk County this weekend. They defeated Zephyrhills 9-6 and Hernando 4-3 and fell to Spring Hill 10-8 and Florida Baseball Academy, 7-6. The Okeechobee Post is (9-9) on the season. Elijah Finney had two hits and three RBIS in Monday’s loss to Florida Baseball Academy.
Okeechobee Flag football coach Jimmy Mills is not disappointed about a 3-7 record this year. He noted the junior varsity had a strong season and the future looks bright. He said the varsity team also had some adversity this year. Mills said he’d like to see the girls take the sport more seriously. He noted many don’t play football again for another year. He said there are a lot of athletes that can contribute in the ninth grade including Clinesha Williams and Alaya Johnson.
The Dixie Youth softball tournament wrapped up Monday. Franklin County defeated Lake Placid to take the Belles Division while West Pasco shut out Franklin County to win the older girls, the Debs, Division.
Sports Cast for July 11th:
Yearling middle school enjoyed a four day volleyball camp this week for girls ages 6-14. 13 younger girls showed up for the first two days to work on basic skills. Coach Kellyann Campbell said the camp is a great start for some of these girls. The older girl’s camp wraps up today and that includes mostly fine tuning the girls skills and a refresher course in volleyball. 8 volunteers also took part.
Raylee Coleman is in 10th grade and she was impressed with the talent level of the younger kids
Artha Jonassaint said older girls helped her and inspired her to work on her skills when she was starting in the sport. She said volunteering at the camp was well worth her time.
33 teams go at it for state titles in softball in Okeechobee this weekend. OCRA and Okeechobee County host the Dixie Youth championships through Sunday at the sports complex, games begin this morning at 9 a.m.
Sports Cast for July 10th:
Daniel Rodriguez won the mid fielder of the year award for the Brahman boys’ soccer team this past year. Rodriguez will be a junior this year. He was praised for his steady play on both offense and defense.
Rodriguez said he enjoyed the season and the award he received. Rodriguez said he felt the team will continue a string of success again next year. The team won 13 matches and tied two other matches this year. Rodriguez said the team had good chemistry and worked hard. He is playing club soccer in the off season.
Sports Cast for July 9th:
Okeechobee American Legion baseball dropped a double header Sunday to the Martin Bucs, 10-1 and 4-2. Okeechobee has played .500 ball this summer. Alex Hernandez was named the most improved wrestler for the OHS wrestling team this past season. He will be a junior in the coming year. He wrestled at 145 pounds. He said the award made all his work pay off.
Alex says he plans to work hard to become the best wrestler he can be. He said he learned a lot on the mat from his opponents this year. He said a pin fall victory over Sebastian River will be one of his top moments of 2014.
Sports Cast for July 8th:
Crystal Castaneda won the Brahman Award for the OHS track team this year. Crystal specializes in the 16 hundred and the 32 hundred meters. She also runs cross country for the Lady Brahmans.
Crystal said she appreciated getting this award. Castaneda said she won’t rest on her laurels and expects to work hard to have a strong senior season this year. Crystal said her best race was the district tournament held in Okeechobee. She said she enjoyed the support from the crowd and her teammates that day.
Sports Cast for June 20th:
Tiffany Bowers took home the Brahman Award for Flag football at the awards banquet this year. She plans to attend the University of St. Petersburg and become a pediatric oncologist. Tiffany said she really enjoyed the award and the season.
The flag team struggled to a 3-7 record this year but Bowers is the only senior that graduated. Corey Coleman hit a walk off sacrifice fly to score Ethian Durfee and give Okeechobee a wild 9-8 win over Lake placid in the district tournament for 13 and 14 year old boys last night at the sports complex.
They score twice in the eighth and twice in the ninth to erase an 8-5 deficit. Okeechobee had jumped to an early 4-0 lead.
The two teams finish the tournament next weekend in Lake Placid. Okeechobee Coach Rick Durfee, Colton Leppert had an RBI double and Dillion Moris an RBI single for Okeechobee.
Kumari Brown had a two run triple and DJ Williams a two run double for Lake Placid. OCRA AAA all stars and Ozone All Stars play in their district tournament starting tonight in Sebring.