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Melissa Cuervo is top lifter

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 1:22 pm

St. Cloud senior placed third at state tournament By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette Diminutive St. Cloud High School senior Melissa Cuervo says she is shy by nature.   You would never know it by watching her perform in the sport of weightlifting, where she is one of the top athletes in the state of Florida. Cuervo, who won both the Orange Belt Conference championship and then placed third in

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  • Flag football preview

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The District 19 flag football championship and the Orange Belt Conference title may go to the same team after the Florida High School Athletic Association revamped the districts and put all seven of the county’s OBC schools in the same district. Last year, Harmony and Celebration were in District 10, where the Longhorns won the district title and advanced to the state tournament in Tallahassee.

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  • Hot weather brings good fishing

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber EPA proposes hunting, fishing equipment bill Local sportsman may want to pay attention to a proposed federal law called the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Protection Act (S.1505).  Essentially, this proposed piece of legislation would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from making additional stringent rules regarding the use of lead in hunting and fishing equipment.    U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is one of

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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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  • Tournaments coming to local lakes

    Posted on February 6, 2015 at 12:42 pm

     J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber After a hosting an extremely successful Southern Bass Open in January, Lake Toho will see quite a bit of tournament action in first half of this year.  The FLW series will host a high school tournament Feb. 28-March 1 as a prelude to a regular FLW Tour stop March 4-8.  Details on both events can be found at flwoutdoors.com. The American Bass Anglers are

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Fishing

Hot weather brings good fishing

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 1:12 pm

J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber EPA proposes hunting, fishing equipment bill Local sportsman may want to pay attention to a proposed federal law called the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Protection Act (S.1505).  Essentially, this proposed piece of legislation would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from making additional stringent rules regarding the use of lead in hunting and fishing equipment.    U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is one of

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  • On Gators and fishing from banks

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber Alligator Redux Gerry Frawley, a loyal “Bobber” reader, dropped me a note about our alligator column from a few weeks ago and made some excellent points.   First, he correctly noted the column was not totally clear about how an alligator is designated as a “nuisance” gator. Simply calling the Florida Wildlife Commission does not result in a nuisance tag automatically being placed on an

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  • Professional anglers try to hook students with science and math

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Ken Jackson
FLW pro angler Pete Ponds of Madison, Miss., explains the features of his bass fishing boat and how they help him compete on the pro fishing circuit at a presentation March 10 at Reedy Creek Elementary School.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The stress for the fisherman competing in the Walmart FLW Tour’s inaugural 2015 event last week on Lake Tohopekaliga began on March 5, when the horn sounded to begin the event. They spent the earlier part of the week scouring the Kissimmee chain of lakes, renowned worldwide for its bass fishing, for the best spots. So a chance to de-stress and have some fun on

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