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St. Cloud running back Bryan Johnson breaks free against Lake Nona,

Lake Nona wins a wild one over St. Cloud, 59-42

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 7:48 am

  By Dan Pearson For the News-Gazette Senior quarterback Tucker Israel completed 40 of 53 passes for 621 yards and eight touchdowns to give the Lake Nona Lions a 59-42 win over St. Cloud on Thursday night.  The win lifted Lake Nona to 6-2 on the season and 3-1 district play; St. Cloud fell to 2-2 in the district and 5-3 overall. The game was close before the Lions pulled

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  • Horns stay alive in 7A-6 playoff race

    Posted on October 17, 2014 at 12:04 am

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony’s coach, Jerrad Butler, was ailing and could not make the game, but the team sent him a big-time get well message with a come-from-behind victory, 7-6, at Liberty Thursday. Quarterback Jamison Munns tossed the game-winning touchdown pass, a 6-yard screen over the middle, to running back Brian Gembutis on fourth-and-goal with 1:48 to play. Andrew Barnard kicked the PAT. It was the Longhorns’ (3-5)

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  • County golfers advance to regionals

    Posted on October 16, 2014 at 10:36 am

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Harmony and Osceola girls and the Celebration boys golf teams have advanced to regional competition next week. The Lady Longhorns fired a 328 to place third at the 3A-16 district tournament at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links behind Viera (296) and Vero Beach (315). Harmony advances to the 3A-6 regional Tuesday at Madison Green Golf Club in West Palm Beach. Madison Wetzel (77) led

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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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