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Lady Dogs win district weightlifting

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 1:35 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor St. Cloud edged host Timber Creek, 39-38, for the District 7 girls weightlifting championship Wednesday. In the process, six Lady Bulldogs qualified for the state tournament Feb. 7 at the Kissimmee Civic Center. The qualifiers are 119-pound district champion Melissa Cuervo (135-160-295), district runners-up Kayla Jensen (135-125-260) at 119, Summer Carlson (160-130-290) at 154, Lauren O’Neill (145-130-275) at 169, Haley Weber (180-170-350) at 199 and

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  • St. Cloud, Osceola and Harmony will challenge Lions

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The girls 5A-9 district basketball tournament begins Tuesday, but none of the six Osceola County participants are favored. Tournament host Lake Nona (20-3, 12-0), ranked No. 8 in Class 7A, holds the No. 1 seed and took the first round bye. But, the Lions aren’t overwhelming favorites to win the district championship, according to several local coaches. St. Cloud, Osceola and Harmony, a state finalist

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  • Heritage Christian coach honored after No. 250

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Heritage Christian School’s Homecoming basketball game Jan. 16 against Real Life Christian turned into a tribute to Coach Jim Estrella when the school’s administration, staff and students honored the long-time Eagles coach with a plaque commemorating his 250th victory at the high school. Estrella, who began coaching at HCS in 1995 and became the varsity boys head coach in 2001, was surprised when Administrator Karla

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Winning bass pro liked Toho

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 12:43 pm

J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber The Bassmaster Open Series kicked off on Lake Toho last weekend with the 2015 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open.  The event featured both an exciting finish as well as a few fireworks among a couple of competitors. Chad Morgenthaler came storming back from ninth place on the final day of competition to win the event with a three-day total of 52-7 to capture the

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  • Replays are ruining a good sport

    Posted on January 16, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor I come here not to praise replays, but to bury them. I don’t know about all of you, but I’ve about had it with the interminable delays and atrocious decisions foisted upon us by the officials’ use of replays both at the college and NFL levels. What should be a great and indispensible tool has become an awkward and overused implement that is altering the outcome

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  • Getting top pick right is a challenge

    Posted on January 9, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor The college football grand finale and the NFL’s Elite 8 make this the last big weekend of the season. All that remains afterward is the AFC and NFC title games Jan. 18 and the Super Bowl Feb. 1. Oh, and the Pro Bowl is in there, somewhere, but does that really count as a football game anymore? We’ll diagnose the matchups below, but for now, let’s

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News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery 
Bass pros return to the Kissimmee lakefront for weigh-in during the Southern Open last week.

Illinois angler wins Bass Open

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 12:29 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Chad Morganthaler from Coulterville, Ill., caught 22 pounds, 3 ounces Saturday to win the Bass Southern Open tournament championship held on the Kissimmee chain. Morganthaler’s three-day total was 52 pounds, 7 ounces. He moved up from ninth place to claim the championship. The field was narrowed to the top 12 anglers for Saturday’s final round. Bobby Lane Jr. of Kissimmee had the second-biggest catch Saturday

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  • Fishing pros competing at BASS Southern Open No. 1

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    News-Gazette File Photo 
The goal is to get five fish in the boat for the BASS pro fishermen competing today through Saturday at the Southern Open No. 1.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Many of the nation’s premier bass fishermen go on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes Thursday for the Bassmaster Southern Open No. 1. The event is the first of nine Bassmaster Opens for 2015 that gives competitors an opportunity to qualify for the Bassmaster Elite Series as well as the Bassmaster Classic, the Super Bowl of bass fishing. The competitors launch from Big Toho Marina at

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  • Bass tourneys scheduled on Lake Toho

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Kissimmee’s Lake Toho will be a busy place over the next two weeks as tournaments featuring dozens of pro and amateur anglers are scheduled. On Saturday, the American Bass Anglers tournament offers a guarantee payback for the Florida Division of the Weekend Bass Series tournament trail. The all-new format for the Series guarantees $3,000 for first place with a 50 boat field; $40,00 for 75 boats and $5,000 for 100

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