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Harmony blanks Dogs for 7A-5 softball title

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 1:16 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony shut out St. Cloud, 7-0, Friday to clinch the 7A-5 district softball championship at Osceola High. Aleshia Ocasio pitched a two-hitter and drove in two runs, and Lily Mann added two hits and two RBIs, to boost the Longhorns to their fourth consecutive district title. Harmony, 24-2, will host Lakeland Jenkins Thursday at 7 p.m. in a 7A-2 regional quarterfinal. St. Cloud, 19-8, will

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  • Make it 7 for Longhorns

    Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan 
Harmony’s Colton Keene makes a lift at 199 pounds at the district competition April 9. Keene, who qualified for the Class 2A state meet, won the OBC championship Wednesday and helped the Longhorns take their seventh consecutive conference title.

    Harmony’s depth is the difference again By Dan Pearson For the News-Gazette After a solid performance in last week’s district competition, St. Cloud came into Wednesday’s Orange Belt Conference weightlifting tournament with high hopes of ending the dominance of the host Harmony Longhorns. Those hopes were dashed as the Longhorns used their superior depth to win their seventh straight OBC crown, 92-69. Harmony Coach John Wallauer said his athletes have

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  • Kowboys, Lady Dogs, Liberty win district track crowns

    Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Donald Lamb Trayquel Hazley won the 300 hurdles championship for Osceola Tuesday to help the Kowboys win the 4A-5 district crown at St. Cloud.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Osceola County track athletes will prepare for the regional meets next week after many turned in outstanding performances at the 4A-5 district meet at St. Cloud. A highlight at the 4A-5 meet Tuesday was Osceola’s boys district championship, its first of the new century. The Kowboys (161.5), under Coach Ray Hines, easily won over Celebration (95.5), Lakeland Jenkins (80.5), Lakeland (75), Gateway (66) and St.

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May the ‘Madness’ be with you

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Rick Pedone Sports Editor Putting the finishing touches on your NCAA mens basketball bracket sheet? Let me guess: You’re still agonizing about that West Regional matchup between No. 6 Baylor and No. 11 Nebraska, right? Or, you’ve switched your pick in the Midwest Regional between No. 10 Arizona State and No. 7 Texas for the fourth time. And you might do it again. Face it, for some of us, there

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  • What is happening to specs?

    Posted on February 28, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber When the weather turns cooler in Florida, fishing for specs (black crappie) gets hot.  Or does it? Relying on observational evidence, it appears that spec fisherman in Central Florida are not having near as much fun as they had a decade ago.  And for every fisherman complaining about the decline in spec fishing, there are just as many different explanations as to why it

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  • What a run for Lady Longhorns

    Posted on February 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor One of the most successful basketball eras in county history came to an end Saturday when Harmony played for the Class 7A girls basketball state championship at the Lakeland Center. Wekiva won, 59-48, over a Lady Longhorns squad filled with steely, hard-nosed battlers. Senior starters Julia Ingler, Rebekah Fitzpatrick, Regan Dotson and Stephanie Baur played for the last time Saturday and they left a legacy that

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Spanish Mackerel a tasty catch

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 10:23 am

J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber As coastal waters warm up, this is an excellent time to go after one of my favorite fighting game fish, the Spanish Mackerel. Similar in appearance to its much larger cousin, the King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel will grow to 10 pounds or so, with the state record being a 12-pound fish caught off of Fort Pierce in 1984.  This is a migratory fish that

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  • Sometimes, a long drive is worth it

    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber One of the great things about living in Central Florida is the fact that the fishing opportunities are almost endless.  While our bass fishing is world famous, our freshwater lakes, ponds and rivers provide a wide variety of other opportunities including catfish, specs, bluegill and shad. Inlets, small creeks, and the intercoastal waterways are awesome places to catch snook, red fish, sea bass, black

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  • Harmony fish team 2nd at state

    Posted on April 4, 2014 at 11:22 am

    For Harmony High School students Corbin Smith and Steven Soileau the Osceola Anglers High School Fishing Club was just another avenue to do what they really love to do – namely fish.  But the club has led them on to something bigger and better, an opportunity to represent Osceola County and the State of Florida next fall in Tennessee. The duo, as well as 16 other high school students in

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