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Reflection by Coach Erick Rios 5/20/15
The YMS soccer season was a total success as we finished undefeated once again. We have been the number one team during the last 5-6 years. Right before the season began, I wasn’t sure how we were going to do regarding scores and results. I knew it wasn’t going to be bad, but not having many of the skillful players that left from previous year, as they moved on to the freshman campus, made me wonder if we could have another great season.
That changed when the season started. I then realized my team was strong. Maybe the team was not as skillful as in previous years in general terms, but the players worked and played well as a team. Those first games built our confidence because we attained the victory.
I always build my team from the back to the front. That is, I stress the importance of a strong defense over a good offense. You only need one or two good forwards to have a good offense. But you need at least four good defenders and a great goal keeper to actually be a strong team. We had both.
One important factor for our successful season was the incredible role of our goal keeper. As I have mentioned in other occasions, Isidro “Bobby” Gomez is one to watch when he moves on to the High School since he has the potential to become one of the best. Together with our goal keeper, our defensive line with Christian Hernandez, Adolfo Ponce, Adrian Guerrero, Johnny Martinez and David Solorzano proved to be almost impossible to penetrate. Most of them were 8th graders who showed no fear and used their experience and knowledge of the game from previous seasons.
Our midfield line with Sebastian Chavez, Bryan Leal, Luis Colon, Antonio Vega, and Carlos Herrera contributed a great deal with many assists. Furthermore, our offensive line, led by Bryan Piñon, proved to be very effective because of his speed and always being at the right place at the right time to score.
Finally, Allen Gonzalez, Enrique Luviano, Gabriel Nuñez, and McKenzie Crum, Zamir Duran also contributed by giving back up to our defense and offense.
I will be losing 12 players to the Freshman Campus and will have only 5 players returning next year. So, for the next season our team will be one to build up almost from scratch. But there is plenty of talent among the YMS kids, and I am hopeful and pretty sure we will have many good players among the 6th and 7th graders who will show up for try outs. Regardless, the YMS Bulls will always be a very competitive team.
Sports Cast for May 21st:
Senior Otto Ramirez was named the Most Valuable Player for the OHS boy’s tennis team this year. He shared the award with fellow senior Lucas Penido. Ramirez was a four year lettermen.
He said he really grew to love and admire his teammates and that helped him on the tennis court. Ramirez decided to share his MVP with the entire team, which made regional for the second consecutive year. He said he wanted to reward all his teammates. Ramirez plans to study to become a mechanical engineer at the University of Florida
The Hershey’s Track and Field championships were hosted by Okeechobee high school earlier this month. In the boys ages 9 and 10 year division, Daron Powers of Seminole won the 50 meter dash, Aidan Garcia of Seminole won the 100 meter dash, Chase Ford of Central won the 200 meters, Bryce Baker of Pemayetv Emahakv won the 400 meter dash. North Elementary won the 4 by 100 meter relay behind Gavin Cracchiola, Gustavo Jaenz, Carson Watford and Conner Rucks. Bryce Ward of Pemayetv Emahakv won the softball throw and Aiden Garcia won the standing long jump.
Sports Cast for May 20th:
Demetrius Clark was named Co-MVP of the Brahman boys’ basketball team this year. Coach Demetre Riles said when Clarke as playing well the team was usually playing well.
Clark lives on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation and keeps active in the off season with tribal events and tournaments. Clark plans to work out a lot this summer and lift weights to get stronger.
He said high school ball has been fun but has taken some getting used to. Clark shared the award with point guard Antawyn Bubba Fludd. He will also play safety for the Brahman football team this fall.
The Hershey’s Track and Field games held this month. The 9-10 year old girls division 50 meter dash champion was Coriana Vines of Central Elementary, Sanye Washington of Seminole won the 100 meter dash. Khaileah Lovely of Seminole captured the 200 meter dash, and Vines won the 400 meters. Ysla Gopher of Brighton won the softball throw and Nena Youngblood of Brighton won the standing long jump.
Sports Cast for May 19th:
Hannah Raulerson capped off her senior year with an MVP trophy for girls soccer this year. Hannah was one of the stalwarts on the team over her four year career. She played wherever she was needed and always brought a spark to the team with her hustle and tenacity.
Raulerson said she enjoyed her senior year and the new coaches. Raulerson said the coaches were tougher on the girls but that made them better.
She admits receiving this award will be a great memory for her.
Raulerson also won the MVP for the girls’ golf team this year.
She plans to attend Florida State in the fall; she plans to study environmental science or engineering.