Horns rule again
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Harmony’s boys soccer team gathers in front of the scoreboard after clinching Photo/Special to the News-Gazette the Orange Belt Conference title early this year.
Harmony wins for 6th time in 7 years
By Rick Pedone
Harmony High recently celebrated its sixth Orange Belt Conference All-Sports championship in
The Longhorns (136) scored the most points ever in easily outdistancing second place Osceola (118) for the championship. St. Cloud (103), Celebration (92), Gateway (78), Liberty (66) and Poinciana (40) completed the standings.
Harmony locked up the title after winning baseball, flag football, softball and boys weightlifting championships this spring. Harmony won nine conference titles in all and finished second 11 times. There are 23 contested OBC sports.
Harmony won winter sports championships in boys and girls soccer and girls basketball. It won the boys golf title in the fall.
“Like always, it’s a credit to our student-athletes and our coaching staff. They are the ones who go out there and put in the work to get it done,” Harmony Athletic Director Chuck Hitt said. “We try to put our coaches in a position to succeed and support them all we can, but then it’s up to them. They deserve all the credit.”
Osceola, which has won the All-Sports title or finished second for the past 27 years, won football, girls swimming, volleyball, wrestling, and competitive cheerleading titles.
St. Cloud placed third for the seventh year in a row after winning six consecutive all-OBC titles. It won girls cross country, girls weightlifting and girls track titles.
Celebration had its best All-Sports finish ever in fourth place after
winning boys golf, boys tennis and girls tennis championships.
Poinciana is handicapped by being the smallest school among the county’s large public schools and it does not field teams in several sports. It also does not receive points in football because the Eagles do not play a majority of the OBC teams.
Here are the All-OBC selections for the spring sports, as selected by the coaches:
Boys weightlifting: St. Cloud: Milan Anderson, Sheldon McInnis, Mike Fagan, Rafael Miranda, Derek Rivers. Harmony: Cory Olson, Giovanni Blyden, Brandon Woodring, Colton Keene. Osceola: Riley Nicholson, Derek Rivers.
Coach of the Year: Cory Aun (SCHS).
Girls tennis: St. Cloud: Juliette Andiarena, Kristina Wallace. Celebration: Caitlin Ayoub, Alex Tucker. Harmony: Olivia Porter, Stephanie Simandi. Liberty: Samantha Svirrdoff.
Honorable mention: Celebration: Hanna Wagner, Sydney Lowell. Harmony: Andrea Juran, Haili Pierson. Liberty: Ashley Montanez, Brittany Payne. St. Cloud: Claudiris Betances, Melanie Hawkins.
Coach of the Year: Catherine Thames (CHS).
Boys tennis: Harmony: Zach Barton, Dalton Blanchard, Scotty Sever, Emmanuel Zambrana. Celebration: Dante Cruz, Jacob Glodde. St. Cloud: Kin Le, Eddie Perez.
Honorable mention: Celebration: Nicholas Eynon. Harmony: Giovanni Mella. St. Cloud: Kyle Quarti, Nathan Robinson.
Coach of the Year: Ann Moss (HHS).
Softball: Harmony: Molly Baker, Brooke Harris, Jaden Kline, Lily Mann, Aleshia Ocasio, Maddie Urquiola. St. Cloud: Emily Blackmore, Sara Crawford, Kayla Jensen, KaDeisha McCowen. Osceola: Chantal Crockett, Haisette Escudero, Kali Jones. Liberty: Dalissa Rojas. Celebration: Maddie White.
Honorable mention: Celebration: Sara Stellwag. Gateway: Mary Acosta. Harmony: Savannah Austin, Taylor Soltys. Liberty: Taylor Bates, Courtney Benjamin, Ciara Ramos. Osceola: Justine Calderon, Trinity Gibbs, Brittany Gomez, Abigail Kendrick, Nicole Santaniello, Leila Santiago. St. Cloud: Paola Del Valle, Emily Henderson, Lindsay Markham, Paige Shantz, Cortney Wentzell, Skylar Whobrey.
Coach of the Year: Jeff Fiorelli (HHS).
Baseball: St. Cloud: Sean Anderson, Casey Coleman, Bailey Santamaria. Harmony: Josh Corredor, Kyle Covell, PJ Musselman. Gateway: Kevin Cotto, Andre Olmo, Sam Peralta. Liberty: Ezra Dominguez, Isaiah Marcial. Osceola: Jake Grenus, Frank Toro, Chris Vazquez.
Honorable mention: Celebration: Cameron McGuirk, Luis Rodriguez, Cooper White. Gateway: Robert Mejia, Chris Rodriguez, Leomar Vasquez. Harmony: Paul Benitez, Brock Howard, Charlie Reyes. Osceola: Justin DeGrandis, Gustavo Rios. Poinciana: Ricky Hildalgo, Franklin Mateo. St. Cloud: Sam Allen, Tanner Campbell, Chase Ritter.
Coach of the Year: Mike Fields (HHS).
Flag football: Harmony: Stephanie Baur, Rebekah Fitzpatrick, Julia Ingler, Sage Leffew, Lily Loutfi. Osceola: Alysha Barnes, Montana Bass. Celebration: Maddie Emerson, Katie Rohrer, Monica Weber. Poinciana: Alisha Grant, Heidi Guterriez. St. Cloud: Yairaliz Hernandez, Segail Nugent.
Honorable mention: Celebration: Rachel Barry. Harmony: Shaye Herman, Alyssa Keating, Abby Fitzpatrick. Liberty: Alexandra Arnoux. Osceola: Haylee Miller, Elexis Bodre, Stephanie Rosado. Poinciana: Yamilet Mercado. St. Cloud: Briana Kuzara, Shania Shelton.
Coach of the Year: Robert Mouchet (CHS).
Girls track: Osceola: Shantavia Huggins, Thalya Williams, Cayla William, Nydaiyah Brown, Josefina Casillas, Selia Robinson, Sahvani Staple. St. Cloud: Yairaliz Hernandez, Kianna Ruff, Karissa Solorzano, Jessica Martin, Octavia Gonzalez, Talyssa Gatlin, Grace Miller, Devin Montalvo. Celebration: Diana Gatlin.
Coach of the Year: Kevin Harkema (SCHS).
Boys track: Liberty: Markel Brown, Devarius Turner, Rogelio Araiza, Timothy Caceres, Janavous Dawkins, Gardy Joisil, Ryan Yarde. Harmony: Tristan Reaves. Celebration: Jhonny Victor, Alexis Escotto. St. Cloud: Jovane Parkinson, Kenny Aybar, Kendrick Calixte, Leo Nunez, Steven Overbay. Osceola: Carlos Becker, Nazayah Brown, Stephon Brown, Dashawn Glass, Trayquel Hazley.
Coach of the Year: Robert Pauley (LHS).
The All-OBC selections for the winter sports, as selected by the coaches:
Girls soccer: Harmony: Sarah Kingsbury, Sage Leffew, Miranda Lucas, Breana Plattner. St. Cloud: Juliet Andianera, Brittney Luther, Adrianna Salinas. Osceola: Courtney Ausherman. Gateway: Yanelisse Castro, Ana Lozano. Poinciana: Heidi Gutierrez. Liberty: Katlin Holborn, Nicole Holborn. Celebration: Sophia Graves, Courtney Morgan.
Honorable mention: Celebration: Rachel Barry, Megan Flores. Gateway: Francheska Olivio, Anabel Rodriguez. Harmony: Kaley Hyatt, Sarah White. Liberty: Serrena Cardoso, Tajaray Ballentine. Osceola: Emily Newsom, Britiny Ferrandez, Arisleydi Ramirez. Poinciana: Tiffany Laboy, Catarina Lima, Chassidy Mayhew. St. Cloud: Cadie Binns, Jordan Gines.
Coach of the Year: Stephanie Jones (HHS).
Boys soccer: Liberty: Abdulganiyu Aregbesola. Osceola: Jonatan Cruz, Alex Medina, Luis Medrano, Adalreziel Santos, Austin Richards. Celebration: Nabil Hawari. Harmony: Carlos Loch, Kevin Ortiz, Brandon Salgado, Diego Salgado. St. Cloud: Stephen Moise. Gateway: Juan Jose Ramirez, Osman Torro.
Honorable mention: Celebration: Juan Buitron, Christian Perez, Jonathan Price. Gateway: Stephen Barahona, Victor Restrepo, Carlos Rajas. Harmony: Juan Cevallos, Bradley Lopez, Nick Yma. Liberty: Rogelio Araiza. Osceola: Angelo Renella. Poinciana: Jose Araiza, Luis Quinones. St. Cloud: Madsen Senden.
Coach of the Year: Tom Bell (OHS).
Boys basketball: Gateway: Felix Gonzalez, Gio Guzman. Liberty: Rickenjee Bellevue, Dewan Williamson. Celebration: Chris Bowman, Kordell Johnson. Osceola: Cortez Edwards, Jamey Morris, Tre Perry. Poinciana: Marquise Strickland, Isaiah Moody.
Honorable mention: Celebration: Jhonny Victor. Harmony: George Brocato, Andrew Weathers. Liberty: D.J. Elleb, Rayshawn Palmer, Dee Turner. Osceola: Alain Allard. Poinciana: Anthony Gomes. St. Cloud: Stone Gomez.
Coach of the Year: Nate Alexander (OHS).
Girls basketball: Osceola: Montana Bass, Gabby Goiens, Shabreeka Lamar. Harmony: Stephanie Baur, Ragen Dotson, Rebekah Fitzpatrick, Julia Ingler. St. Cloud: Allysa Best, Gabby Costas, Kierra Crane. Celebration: Sarah Stellwag. Gateway: Breyuna Walker.
Honorable mention: Gateway: Daja Clayton, Brianna Webb. Harmony: Abby Fitzpatrick. Osceola: Elexis Borde, Andrea Robinson. St. Cloud: Yairiliz Hernandez.
Coach of the Year: Paul Strauch (HHS).
Wrestling: Osceola: Deven Acevedo, Jose Cuevas, John Locksmith, Cody Dana, Gio Bonilla, Fox Baldwin, Spencer Lacey, Brock Price, Ben Cruz, Franklyn Lantigua, Tyler Schultz. Harmony: Zac German, Sawyer Root, Silas Root. St. Cloud: Zantique Taylor. Gateway: Ismael Deltoro, Juaquan Loney, Miguel Vazquez.
Coach of the Year: Jim Bird (OHS).
Competitive cheer: Celebration: Julia Moreira, Sophia Perez. Gateway: Stephanie Snyder, Mariangy Cardona. Harmony: Madison Novak, Mackenzie Petersen, Taylor Smith. Liberty: Emily Batres, Ashja Bentley. Osceola: Trisha Davis, Annie Martin, Carlos Maxwell. Poinciana: Gianska Colon, Sabrina Escovar.
Coach of the Year: Coreen Flanegin (HHS).
Girls weightlifting: St. Cloud: Melissa Cuervo, Leeah Schroeder, Daniela Rincon, Mackenzie Woodard, Haley Weber. Harmony: Haley Middleton, Sarah Young. Poinciana: Shana Nelson, Michelle Chalas. Celebration: Diana Gatlin.
Coach of the Year: Lonnie Beckel (SCHS).