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Osceola goes for the clincher Friday

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:37 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Osceola is 48 minutes away from clinching its fourth consecutive 7A-6 football district championship. The Kowboys, No. 5 in Class 7A, travel to city rival Gateway Friday at 7:30 p.m. A victory at the Ridenour Athletic Complex guarantees OHS the championship. Osceola, 7-1 and 4-0, easily handled Celebration (3-5, 0-4), 50-6, last week as Laderrien Wilson (4-121, 2 TDs) ran 38 and 60 yards for

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  • Dogs at Chargers in 7A-6

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Storm host Lake Nona; Eagles in 5A-10 test By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Although their playoff prospects are dim, St. Cloud still has a mathematical chance of reaching the Class 7A playoffs despite last week’s 59-42 loss to Lake Nona. The Bulldogs, 5-3 and 2-2, travel to Liberty, 2-6 and 1-4, Friday at 7:30 p.m. for a 7A-6 district contest. The Bulldogs led the high-scoring Lions in the fourth quarter

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  • Harmony coach savored victory

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor To think a month ago that Harmony, then winless, would be in the football playoff conversation today would have been laughable. Chuckle away. The Longhorns, after reeling  off consecutive district wins against St. Cloud, Celebration and, last week, Liberty, are a contender. The Longhorns, 3-5 and 3-2, are idle this week to prepare for an Oct. 31 game at Lake Nona that should decide the

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Fans demand perfection from coaches

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 1:33 pm

J. Daniel Pearson For the Gazette  When did it change? Once upon a time in college football, when your team won seven games and went to a bowl, it was considered a good season.  Not anymore. Now 10-2 seasons in some circles are considered “failures,” if not outright “disasters.”  Hiding behind the anonymity of message boards, fans scream for the head of the coach after a couple of losses and

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  • Bulldogs await South Lake

    Posted on October 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor If St. Cloud has an emotional hangover after seeing its perfect record erased by rival Harmony, 14-2, last week, then it had better find the cure in a hurry. Unbeaten South Lake, 5-0, travels to Gannarelli Field Friday at 7:30 p.m. for a non-district contest. The Bulldogs, 5-1 and 2-1 in 7A District 6, saw their postseason chances take a hit because of the loss

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  • Picks of the Weak

    Posted on September 26, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Can Snook replace Redskins? Rick Pedone Sports Editor We’ll cut it short this week since Dan Pearson’s Under The Bobber  column is making an appearance. He’s talking about snook, a critter that doesn’t seem to infatuate institutions seeking an inspirational mascot. Somewhere, there’s probably an athletic team called the Fighting Snook, but there isn’t a lot of resonance there. It probably would be a safe moniker to use in Washington,

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Snook are thrilling to catch

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Under the Bobber J. Daniel Pearson For the Gazette Legendary outdoors writer Frank Sargeant once said, “There is nothing common about the common snook.  The snook is a backstreet fighter, without match. The linesider hits harder than any inshore gamefish, pulls like a bonito and jumps like a tarpon.” I share Sargeant’s admiration for the common snook.  Taking deep sea fishing out of the equation, you would be hard-pressed to

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  • Finding bass in hot water

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber It’s been hot lately. Guess that’s not exactly a news flash to you. And when it gets hot, a lot bass fisherman take a pass on pursuing Florida’s most famous freshwater game fish. For those who decide it’s just too uncomfortable this time of year, I get it.  But for those who say they don’t like fishing in the heat of the summer because

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  • This and that about fishing

    Posted on August 15, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber I have a hodgepodge of topics this week, so let’s take a quick spin around the lakes…. Invasive species: Reader Gerry Fawley sent me a note after the column on invasive species recently and made some great points. Gerry noted that it is a much bigger problem then I mentioned and I tend to agree with him. Fawley said he thought he actually caught

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