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OHS rally falls short in state title game loss to Ely, 72-60

Posted on February 28, 2015 at 9:42 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor For the second time in two months the Osceola Kowboys are a Class 7A state runner-up, this time in boys basketball. The Kowboys (26-6) spotted No. 1-ranked Pompano Beach Ely a 13-2 first quarter lead, fought back to go ahead in the third quarter, but ran out of gas in the fourth period as the Tigers (28-0)  pulled away for a 72-60 win at The

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  • Kowboys stomp Oviedo in 7A state semifinal

    Posted on February 28, 2015 at 12:37 am

    By Rick Pedone Staff Writer Osceola is one victory away from its second boys basketball state championship. The Kowboys (26-5) displayed their usual mix of defensive tenacity and clutch offense Friday to dispatch defending Class 7A  champion Oviedo from the state tournament at The Lakeland Center, 67-55. Cortez Edwards scored 20 points and had 13 rebounds, and point guard Edtwain Black exploded for 16 points, including four 3-pointers, to propel

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  • Storm team to beat in OBC

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    News-Gazette File Photo 
Dante Cruz plays No. 1 singles for Celebration and was a state qualifier in doubles last season.

    Celebration boasts talent and depth By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Celebration is the team to beat in Osceola County after sweeping the Orange Belt Conference boys and girls titles last year. Celebration With plenty of returning talent plus several promising newcomers, the Storm are set for success this season. Girls Coach Cat Thames said her team is ready for the challenge. “They’ve been working really hard, but they have a

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Nate has OHS playing G-R-E-A-T

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Rick Pedone Sports Editor Nate Alexander and Ed Kershner talk frequently during the basketball season, so there are few professional secrets between the coaches who will square off Friday in Lakeland at the Class 7A basketball state tournament. “I talk to him and (former OHS coach) Larry Brown all the time, to pick their brains, not only about basketball but about life,” Alexander, the fifth-year OHS coach, said. “When you

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  • Tournaments coming to local lakes

    Posted on February 6, 2015 at 12:42 pm

     J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber After a hosting an extremely successful Southern Bass Open in January, Lake Toho will see quite a bit of tournament action in first half of this year.  The FLW series will host a high school tournament Feb. 28-March 1 as a prelude to a regular FLW Tour stop March 4-8.  Details on both events can be found at flwoutdoors.com. The American Bass Anglers are

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  • Super Bowl of cheaters coming up

    Posted on January 30, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor Like it or not, the theme of Super Bowl XLIX is cheating. The Patriots don’t put enough oxygen in their footballs and they spy on other teams. The Seahawks have a coach who won two BCS national championships at Southern Cal with players who were paid. The thing that is surprising about this is that anyone is surprised. Tell me about a time when there wasn’t

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Fishing

FLW tour event hits Lake Toho

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm

J. Daniel Pearson For the Gazette Bass fishing events – both on and off the water – will be at a frenzy pace during the next two weeks as two tournaments and a host of related activities are coming to Osceola County. The action starts today with the Florida High School Fishing Championship at Lake Toho.  The championship is a two-person team event for students in grades 9-12. Teams fish

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  • Tournaments coming to local lakes

    Posted on February 6, 2015 at 12:42 pm

     J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber After a hosting an extremely successful Southern Bass Open in January, Lake Toho will see quite a bit of tournament action in first half of this year.  The FLW series will host a high school tournament Feb. 28-March 1 as a prelude to a regular FLW Tour stop March 4-8.  Details on both events can be found at flwoutdoors.com. The American Bass Anglers are

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  • Illinois angler wins Bass Open

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 12:29 pm

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

    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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