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‘Gimme the ball’

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Osceola’s Grenus was No.1 option By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Jake Grenus is the kind of guy a baseball coach loves to have in the dugout. His whole mentality can be summed up like this: “Gimme the ball!” Grenus (8-1, 0.95 ERA)completed one of the best seasons ever by an Osceola High pitcher by pitching eight scoreless innings at the Class 7A state tournament semifinals, where the Kowboys lost a

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  • A little of this and a little of that

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber This week, we’ll take a look at a little of this and a little of that from the outdoors world: Weeds The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a public meeting Thursday for the purpose of discussing the management of invasive plants on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.  The meeting is open to the public and will be held from 6

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  • Harmony’s Kyle Covell was a sure thing on the mound

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor After losing many senior playmakers from last year’s regional finalist, Harmony baseball Coach Mike Fields wondered in the preseason just how well his young team was going to compete. “As always, the success of our team this year is predicated on how well our pitchers throw strikes,” Fields said. A lack of depth on the pitching staff plagued the Longhorns most of the season, but

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There must be fans … right?

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Rick Pedone Sports Editor Fans. Sports teams can’t exist without them. (Well, unless you are the WNBA). Fortunately, most are civilized. Unfortunately, the fans that are, shall we say, overzealous, are a major problem. We need look no further than Orlando City soccer’s tumultuous fan base to see what a problem unruly patrons can be. Several were ejected from a match at Tampa last month and more than a dozen

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  • U.S. soccer fans have a lot to learn

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor One week removed from Team USA’s exit, soccer enthusiasts are upbeat about the sport’s future here. Why not? Fans around the nation are all over the World Cup. The TV ratings are gonzo. In Orlando, the USA-Belgium Round of 16 match July 1 produced a 10.6 rating. The World Cup ratings have exceeded those of the World Series and the NBA Finals. There’s no question that

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  • Five star spangled sizzlers

    Posted on July 3, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Rick Pedone Sports  Editor In the spirit of this Fourth of July weekend, let’s turn on the memory bank and choose five significant United States sports triumphs. This means victories with international impact, so we won’t be listing Joe Namath’s Super Bowl III win or the work of the 1927 Yankees. Here we go: No. 5: Team USA women’s soccer FIFA World Cup championship, 1999: This proved that the American

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Fishing

A little of this and a little of that

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 1:12 pm

J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber This week, we’ll take a look at a little of this and a little of that from the outdoors world: Weeds The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a public meeting Thursday for the purpose of discussing the management of invasive plants on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.  The meeting is open to the public and will be held from 6

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  • Birds offer good fishing lessons

    Posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber Like golfers, there are all kinds of fishermen and women.  You have your recreational fisherman, who might get out a couple of times a year.  Then you have the diehards, the ones who spend every available moment on the water.  And then you have the elite of the elite, the professionals – those who make their living on the water as either professional guides

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  • Alcohol and boats not a good mix

    Posted on July 3, 2014 at 12:52 pm

     J. Daniel Pearson Under the  Bobber It happened more than 20 years ago, but the memory still burns fresh in my mind. Back in 1993, when I working with the Kansas City Royals at spring training at Baseball City,  I was shocked to hear that Cleveland Indians pitchers Tim Crews and Steve Olin had died and teammate Bobby Ojeda was severely injured when the boat Crews was driving slammed into

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