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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.
Sports Cast for August 3rd:
Breanna Brockman won the Most Improved player for the Yearling middle school volleyball team last year.
The soon to be 8th grader said getting an award for her first year in volleyball was memorable. Brockman added that she enjoyed the sport and the players on the team. Practice for volleyball begins soon for the fall campaign.
The 1 hundred and 19th year of Florida high school football kicks off today with summer camps around the state.
Okeechobee hopes to improve from a two win campaign a year ago.
The coaches hope to have a strong turnout for practice this morning to build off the good numbers they had this spring.
Moore Haven has a new football coach Richard Roudybush holding his first camp with the kids.
Sports Cast for July 31st:
Okeechobee flag football coach Jeff Whitlock says his team has a lot to be proud of in their 8 win season last year.
He said the team won three upsets, won a lot of close games and were deserving of a lot of praise and community support.
Whitlock says he’d like to create a tradition of having a strong flag football team from year to year. He said the potential is there to be strong again next year.
Only the district champion makes it into the state tournament each year.
They also have an off season work out program with weekly weight lifting sessions, and speed training.
Sports Cast for July 30th:
Mariah Spelts was the Most Valuable Player and offensive MVP for the yearling girls basketball squad this past year.
Spelts actually scored over half of the teams points as she displayed a solid outside shot, and ever improving penetration skills. Spelts thanked her daddy, Bobby Spelts, for helping to have solid shooting fundamentals.
She admits she was surprised about how many points she score.
Unfortunately Yearling didn’t win any games last year mostly due to a lack of scoring.
Spelts say the returning players have athleticism and speed but need to improve in shooting the basketball. Spelt says she plans to play basketball in High School.
Sports Cast for July 29th:
Megan Hargraves was named rookie of the year and the top hitter in terms of batting average for the Lady Brahman softball team. Hargraves batted 370 this year as a freshman. She said the batting award was her goal.
Hargraves says another goal is to follow in the footsteps of four year Brahman shortstops like Kelley Smiley and Naomi Stephens who were able to earn college scholarships.
Hargraves said she always tries to make solid contact and put the ball in play.
She said the regional playoff game against Pembroke Pines was a memorable but stressful and intimidating experience. She said it should prepare her for the years to come.
The team lost only two seniors this year and figure to be a contender once again for the next several seasons.
Sports Cast for July 28th:
Abraham Baltazar was given one of the team leader awards for the boys’ soccer team this past season.
He didn’t get a lot of playing time but was always pushing his teammates and setting a good example.
He said the award came out of the blue. Baltazar said he always showed up to practice on time, gave his full effort and was always ready when called up.
Baltazar plans to attend college and pursue a degree in sports medicine and become a physical therapy.
He said he will always remember his teammates and his years of playing soccer.
Jonathon Crawford was shut down by the Reds due to ongoing right shoulder inflammation after two appearances in the Florida State league. He will be examined by team doctors.
Sports Cast for July 27th:
Jay Queha Jones was named the most improved player for the Lady Brahman girls basketball team this past season.
The freshman joined the junior varsity after the start of the year and moved up to varsity to see some time by the end of the schedule. She is one of the taller girls in school at 6 feet tall.
She said she thinks basketball can bring big things for her. Jones said her first taste of basketball was a positive experience
Jones is playing travel ball this summer with the Lakeside Basketball team.
Sports Cast for July 24th:
Baron Stuart was named the Most Valuable Player for the Brahman baseball team this year.
The right hander was the staff ace at the end of the year and was also a solid bat at first base in the middle of the Brahman batting order.
Stuart said he hopes this is a sign of things to come for him.
Stuart has high hopes that the team can take the next step next year. He said he planned to work hard in the off season to improve.
Stuart said his start in the district tournament helped him to mature and deal with the pressure. He thanked the coaches for the trust they had in him this year.
Stuart said he had something to prove and wanted to stand out to earn his varsity spot this year.
Sports Cast for July 23rd:
Lyn’d Lewis won the Most Valuable Player and Most Kills award for Yearling volleyball last year.
The 8th grader used her height and athleticism to be a key cog on the Lady Bulls squad last year.
She said she appreciated the awards she received. Lewis said good anticipation and instincts help at the net when you try to score points. Her advice to the younger players is to try hard and do the best they can do.
Lewis said she tried to show leadership this year to the other players to encourage them.
Lewis plans to play for Okeechobee high school volleyball this year.