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Gateway splits at jamboree

Posted on May 23, 2015 at 10:22 am

By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette Even after being shutout 15-0 by a tough Treasure Coast team in the second half of Friday’s spring football jamboree, Gateway coach Marlin Roberts was still all smiles after the game. “I learned this team has a lot more fight and is a lot more physical than I thought they were,” Roberts said.  “We really didn’t show a lot of that in our

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  • School District salutes top coaches, athletes at banquet

    Posted on May 22, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Rick Pedone 
Liberty track Coach Robert Pauley (left) accepts the M. Dean Cherry Memorial Coach of the Year award for 2015 from the 2014 recepient, Osceola High baseball Coach Scott Birchler, Wednesday at the Silver Spurs Arena.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The School District of Osceola County celebrated its top athletes and coaches at the annual athletic banquet Wednesday at the Silver Spurs Arena. The School District’s Coordinator of Athletics, Ryan Adams, hosted the event. A new Orange Belt Conference All-Sports champion was recognized. St. Cloud High won for the first time since 2006 by the slimmest of margins, one point, over Harmony. St. Cloud won

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  • Bulldogs roll over Freedom

    Posted on May 22, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor St. Cloud showed plenty of offense and just enough defense to zip past Freedom, 27-13, Thursday at the Spring Classic at Gannarelli Field. Bryan Johnson ran 6 yards for St. Cloud’s first touchdown early in the second period, making it 6-0, but a few minutes later a thunderstorm sent both teams from the field and delayed the game for an hour. When the teams returned

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Searching for ancient artifacts

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 12:35 pm

J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber In addition to arrowheads discussed in last week’s column, Kissimmee’s Tyde Jones became interested in beads several years ago and noted that certain areas in Osceola County are prime searching areas.  “We were digging in Osceola County a couple of years ago and weren’t having much luck finding arrowheads,” Jones said.  “I was lamenting that fact to a fellow digger and he suggested going

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  • Fox Baldwin is simply the best – ever

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor It’s always dangerous to declare such things in the immediacy of the moment, but I’m going to do it anyway: Osceola High wrestler Fox Baldwin just completed the greatest high school athletic career in the history of Osceola County. Baldwin won the Class 3A 170-pound title Saturday at the Silver Spurs Arena, his fifth. He is only the fourth prep wrestler to accomplish that in Florida.

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  • Nate has OHS playing G-R-E-A-T

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor Nate Alexander and Ed Kershner talk frequently during the basketball season, so there are few professional secrets between the coaches who will square off Friday in Lakeland at the Class 7A basketball state tournament. “I talk to him and (former OHS coach) Larry Brown all the time, to pick their brains, not only about basketball but about life,” Alexander, the fifth-year OHS coach, said. “When you

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Bass live long and feed a lot

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 1:40 pm

J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber While nothing beats the excitement of catching a large bass, did you ever wonder how old that trophy fish was and how it got so large? That question came to mind the other day, when I asked a young man fishing on a small pond whether he was catching anything and he proudly displayed a bass that easily topped 5 pounds. That prompted me

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  • Bad fishing but good stories

    Posted on May 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm

     J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber It may not be true for all the anglers out there, but I have found action to be incredibly slow on the bass front lately. And by slow, I mean non-existent.  Living on Fish Lake, I often go out in the back yard and flip a worm for 30 or 45 minutes after work. I went out every night for 10 consecutive days without

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  • Spring is a good time to land cobia

    Posted on May 1, 2015 at 12:49 pm

     J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber From early March to mid-May, a lot of Central Florida saltwater anglers turn their attention to cobia fishing. Cobia is a species of perciform marine fish.  It has an elongated spindle-shaped body and a broad, flattened head. The eyes are small and the lower jaw projects slightly past the upper. Fibrous villiform teeth line the jaws, the tongue, and the roof of the mouth.

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