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Sports Cast for August 17th:
Adolpho Ponce DeLeon was named Defensive Player of the Year for Yearling soccer last year. He enters the 8th grade this year and hopes to continue the Yearling tradition of perfect seasons.
He said playing defense was difficult but he appreciated the award. His older brother Jose was a standout on the varsity team in the past few years.
Ponce DeLeon said Yearling should be good again because their coach Erick Rios always makes them work hard. Soccer practices at area middle schools begin this week with games in early September.
The Okeechobee youth football league lost to the Rattlers of Haines City Saturday in the flag game 35-0, and the mighty mite game, 29-0.
Sports Cast for August 14th:
Jarrod Morgan won the Gold Glove Award for the OHS baseball team this past season.
He worked hard to improve his agility and strength and was a solid contributor at second base.
Morgan said he felt good about the award. Morgan also had a productive off season playing travel ball at an elite program in Atlanta Georgia.
He also worked with a new shortstop, Mason Adams, a freshman last year, which reminded him of what he had to do in the lower grades.
Morgan will be a senior this season.
Sports Cast for August 13th:
Brahman boys’ soccer coach Lonnie Sears hopes to rebuild the program up after the first losing season in his coaching career last year.
The Brahmans only won four matches last year. Defense wasn’t the problem but the team struggled to score goals.
They also lost two studs to travel ball that would have really helped. Sears is optimistic because his younger players gained a lot of experience and the team has another strong crop of players entering high school this year.
He said the team can be district contenders again.
Although the team lost 10 seniors to graduation, not many of them played key roles last year.
Sports Cast for August 12th:
Jonathan Martinez won an All-Conference Award for Yearling boys’ soccer last year.
Yearling went 10-0 last year and have had several unbeaten seasons in recent years.
He said it just doesn’t happen and each year the team is challenged. Martinez said Coach Erick Rios is the main reason the team has perfect seasons because he demands all of his players work hard.
Martinez moves onto the ninth grade this year and hopes to make an impact for the high school soccer teams.
Sports Cast for August 11th:
The Okeechobee Youth Football league swept Vero Beach in their opening week of games on the Road Saturday.
The senior team won 19-0, The Pee Wee team prevailed 35-0, the juniors won 6-0 and the Flag team defeated Vero 34-7.
Flag team coach Erick McQueen said you would be surprised at the level of skill showed by kids four, five and six years old. He said keeping their attention is the key to coaching at that age.
McQueen was part of the last Brahman football team to make the post season.
He said youth football helped him a great deal. McQueen finished his career with two years at Webber International University.
Sports Cast for August 10th:
Devonte Luellman took home the defensive player of the year award for Yearling Middle School basketball last year.
Luellman played at point guard and was praised for his steady play and leadership.
He said he wished the team would have won more games. Leullman thanked the coaching staff for making him a better player. He also plays to play football in high school.
He said the Yearling team played better when they played team ball. Yearling finished 6-6 last season.
Sports Cast for August 7th:
Okeechobee’s youth football league holds their season opener tomorrow at Vero Beach.
League President Marvin Roberts says the league continues to make strides with more players and improvements in their cheerleading program. Video on our Facebook page.
He says he’s looking forward to a great year. The league will have five home games this year the first on August 15th.
Juniors Coach Marcel Richardson said the kids have a lot of fun, and get a lot more than just football out of the program. Video on our Facebook page.
The teams competed in a jamboree last weekend in Lake Placid.
Sports Cast for August 6th:
Okeechobee fall football practice began this week and coaches expect about 65 players to fill out the varsity and junior varsity rosters this year.
Assistant Head Coach Tyrone Smith said they feel like they have a quality group of kids who have some experience ready to line up this year. Jajuan Cherry, Bubba Fludd and Lamar Williams might be the only two way players for the team, at least at the start of the season.
Smith said they pretty much know who the team’s starters are after spring ball, summer workouts and camps. Smith also praised many of his linemen like Edrick Neal, Evan Neal and Joseph Benjamin for their performance at camps this summer.
Smith said the team should be ready for the August 21st preseason classic at LaBelle.
Sports Cast for August 5th:
Shyterria Ash was named Most Improved player for the Lady Brahman basketball team.
Ash didn’t shy away from contact and physical play as she led the team in rebounds despite being shorter than her opponents. Ash says the team has talent and has had a strong off season in travel ball tournaments. Ash said she was taught to play physically in the post while in middle school.
Sports Cast for August 4th:
Brahman basketball coach Demetri Riles said he wants kids in Okeechobee to know there has been a tradition of success with the basketball program. He posts a lot of newspaper articles in the locker room for the boys to see.
He said he also tells his players to never stop working and trying to improve.
The basketball team won only six games last winter but has had a strong off season with tournaments throughout South Florida. He said he thinks the team is headed in the right direction. The team also won the Battle of Okeechobee tournament in July.
51 players showed up for the first day of Brahman football fall practice. Clouds kept the temperatures down to make it more enjoyable. Coaches expect to have about 65 players to comprise the junior varsity and varsity teams this year.