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Sports Cast 7/8

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 6/20

Sports Cast for June 20th:

Youth Basketball Camp photos

Youth Basketball Camp photos

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.

Tiffany Bowers on Brahman Award for flag football

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.

Rick Durfee on OCRA win over Lake Placid

Press Release on the Award winners for the Athletic Program of the Year


The Florida Athletic Coaches Association announces the Cary McDonald Award winners for the “Athletic Program of the Year” in each classification. A lot of hard work and dedication, by the athletes and the coaches have made this award possible.

Years ago we named this award after our second Executive Director, Cary McDonald. Each year we recognize the top athletic programs in each classification with this award. There are two criteria that we use in selecting the winner: Whole School Membership and the athletic program’s finish in the FHSAA Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup All Sports Award. Plaques will be presented to each school in August.

Winners for the 2013-2014 school year:

8A                           Winter Park

7A                           St. Thomas Aquinas

6A                           Creekside

5A                           Plantation-American Heritage

4A Private           The Bolles School

4A Public             West Florida

3A Private           Holy Trinity

3A/2A Public      Moore Haven

2A Private           Orlando Christian Prep

1A                           Trenton

The FACA congratulates each school with this honor.

About the FACA

The Florida Athletic Coaches Association is comprised of over 5000 member coaches, both high school and college, in the state of Florida. The FACA sponsors ten High School All-Star Classics in nine sports, conducts four coaching clinics each year and recognizes coaches for their exemplary efforts supporting the youth of this state.
For more information visit:

On Twitter @FACACoach

On Facebook @FloridaAthleticCoachesAssociation

Sports Cast 6/19

Sports Cast for June 19th:

Julia Weldon was named the Co-Most Valuable athlete for the girls’ weight lifting team this year. She was asked what it felt like when they called her name at the recent awards banquet. Jessica Mond and Tamea Allen also represented Okeechobee at the state finals in Kissimmee this past year.

Weldon said she plans to be dedicated in the off season to improve her strength. Weldon says she enjoys the sports and encourages more girls to come out. She also plays volleyball and the strength training allows her to hit the ball harder.

Her top lift was 105 for clean and jerk and 1 hundred pounds for the bench press. Her goal for next year is to increase by 10 pounds in both events for next season.

Julia Weldon on Co-MVP for weight lifting

Okeechobee Club Soccer 2014 U16 Champions! The talented group of young men who finished the season with 9 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss are: Javier Hernandez, Giovanni Garcia, Jose Jaimes ( also top goal scorer in division with 18
Okeechobee Club Soccer 2014 U16 Champions! The talented group of young men who finished the season with 9 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss are:
Javier Hernandez, Giovanni Garcia, Jose Jaimes ( also top goal scorer in division with 18

Sports Cast 6/18

Sports Cast for June 18th:

Yearling girls basketball coach Tammy Wright has resigned. She said family and other obligations led her to that decision but she kept the door open to coach again in the future.

Coach Wright told her players at the Yearling athletic banquet in May. Yearling had a poor season this year with few experienced players on the team.

Wright said she did like the fact all of the players improved as the season went on. She hopes that 8th graders moving onto the high school will continue their basketball careers. She said the athleticism is there they just need to learn more about the game. She also praised the Lakeside youth basketball program for offering a travel basketball team in the summer months.

Tammy Wright on resignation

Shawn Hays on resignation as basketball coach

Sports Cast 6/17

Sports Cast for June 17th:

Former OHS boys’ basketball coach Shawn Hays admits his team under achieved this year. He said he had to make a tough call when he decided to resign as coach. Hays said it was an up and down season for his team. At times the team was competitive and at the end they went into a terrible slump. Hays praised his two seniors Jacob Stewart and Eddie Neal for their efforts this year. He predicted the program will be in good shape with the hire of Demetri Riles and he gives him his full support so they can win a district title.

Hays said he’d like to be a coach again in the future.

Sports Cast 6/16

Sports Cast for June 16th:

Danyelle Sheffield was named the Brahman Award winner for girls softball this year.

She batted .411 for her senior season and was a huge part of the team’s success. She said the Awards banquet recently was an emotional night. Sheffield said she was locked in at the plate for much of the season and gave credit to the coaching staff for helping her swing. The team made three regional appearances during her career.

Sheffield intends to enroll at Florida Gulf Coast University and study pharmacy in the fall.

Her playing career is likely over.

Sports Cast 6/13

Sports Cast for June 13th:

Tabatha Henry won her 8th Most Valuable Player trophy at the OHS girls track banquet last week. Henry won four awards each in cross country and track during her career, a record for OHS athletics. She also won two districts cross country titles and reached the state finals on multiple occasions in both sports.

She said every award is special to her. Henry recently accepted a scholarship to run track and cross country for The University of Central Florida. She is expected to be busy this summer working to get faster and build up her endurance.

Henry says she is proud to have all these trophies. Henry responded from a back injury this spring to again reach the state finals in the 32 hundred meters. She said she has a lot of support and is goal oriented.

OCRA baseball hosting two Dixie Youth district tournaments this weekend. The t-ball and rookie league pitching machine games will be held Saturday and Sunday at the sports complex.

Sports Cast 6/12

Sports Cast for June 12th:

Carissa LiCata was named Co-Most Valuable Player for the Lady Brahman softball team this year. The senior is now headed to Florida gulf Coast University on a softball scholarship and plans to be busy this summer conditioning her and getting ready for that challenge. She said the Softball banquet was bitter sweet as she realized her high school career is over. Licata was one of the top academic students and ranked 14th in her class.

LiCata said she truly appreciated the MVP award which she shares with Stormy Stokes. Licata said her friends became closer because of softball. Her advice to the younger players is to cherish the moments they have with everyone. She wished them the best of luck next year.

The winners in the girls, ages 13 and 14 division in Hershey track and field this year included Ashley Snyder of Osceola in the 100 meters, Ashton English of Yearling in the 20 meters, Lillian Henry of Yearling in the 800 meters and the 16 hundred meters, and the yearling 4 by 800 meter relay squad of Taylor Gibson, Alexis Morgan, Ashley Boys and Shamyra Williams. Snyder won the girls long jmp and Raeley Matthews of Brighton won the softball throw.

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