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Champ OHS visits Bulldogs for No. 91

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 2:01 pm

By Rick Pedone For the News-Gazette Osceola and St. Cloud square off Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Gannarelli Field for 91st edition of Florida’s fifth-oldest high school football rivalry. Osceola, counting a forfeit in 2010, has won eight in a row and leads the series, 59-27-4. Wauchula Hardee and Arcadia DeSoto County make up the state’s oldest rivalry, started in 1921. Osceola-St. Cloud began in 1925. The Kowboys (8-1, 5-0)

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  • Horns go for playoff berth

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor It’s pretty simple. Either Harmony or Lake Nona will be the District 7A-6 football runner-up. They meet Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Lake Nona in the district finale for each team. The winner goes to the 7A-5 district champion, either Lakeland or Kathleen, for a regional quarterfinal Nov. 14. The loser is eliminated. “We’ve got a chance, and that’s all you can ask for,” Harmony

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  • Storm at Gateway; Eagles visit Hounds

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Celebration visits Gateway Friday at 7:30 p.m. for its final football game of the 2014 season. Poinciana travels to Auburndale Friday at 7:30 p.m. for a 5A-10 district contest. Celebration, 3-6 and 0-5, has won more than two games for only the second time in the school’s 11-year history. The Storm can equal their best record, 4-6, in 2010. The Storm, who lost 73-22 against

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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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