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Kowboys blank Gateway 39-0 to earn district crown

Posted on October 25, 2014 at 1:35 am

By John Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette The Osceola Kowboys overcame a slow start Friday to defeat the Gateway Panthers, 39-0, and clinch the 7A-6 district championship. Osceola (8-1, 5-0) concludes its 2014 regular season next week at St. Cloud.  Gateway (3-5, 2-3) was eliminated from the playoff race and plays Celebration next week. Although winning the district is pretty much old hat for the Kowboys (four in a row),

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  • Harmony 3A-5 boys district swim champs; Panthers 4A-2 runners-up

    Posted on October 24, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony’s boys emerged with the 3A-5 district swimming championship and Gateway’s boys were 4A-2 runners-up at the district meets Thursday. Harmony’s girls finished second in 3A-5. The top two individuals and the top relay team from each district receives an automatic bid to the regionals next week. At-large times decide the balance of the 16 qualifiers in each event (eight in the relays). The at-large

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  • Liberty, St. Cloud lead the way again

    Posted on October 24, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor St. Cloud’s girls and Liberty’s boys were near-perfect while extending their reigns as the Orange Belt Conference cross country champions Wednesday at St. Cloud. The Lady Bulldogs (18) took six of the top seven places to claim their fifth straight title under Coach Kevin Harkema. Next came Harmony (74), Gateway (85), Osceola (91), Celebration (116) and Poinciana (159). Liberty’s boys (17), were a touch better,

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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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