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Girls basketball preview

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 4:24 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony’s Lady Longhorns have dominated the county basketball scene for the past three years, but heavy losses to graduation have left Harmony vulnerable in the Orange Belt Conference and 7A-5 district races. St. Cloud is a prime contender to move to the top of the conference and district standings. Southland Christian School will defend its Florida Christian Conference state championship. St. Cloud Coach Chad Ansbaugh

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  • Liberty, St. Cloud teams finish x-country season

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Liberty’s very good boys cross country team had the misfortune to be placed in the most competitive classification in Florida, 3A. The Chargers, Orange Belt Conference and district champions, and regional runners-up, finished 12th among 24 teams at the Class 3A state meet at Appalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee Saturday. Liberty (347) was led by three-time OBC champ Rogelio Araiza, who was 35th in 16:18.

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  • Lady Bulldogs lifters are dominant in early meets

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The weightlifting season has gotten off to a good start for St. Cloud’s Lady Bulldogs. St. Cloud (60) won its season-opening girls weightlifting meet last week over Harmony (35) and Liberty (15). “It was actually a pretty happy for a first meet,” St. Cloud Coach Lonnie Beckel said. “We have so many young lifters, so many freshmen, that I wasn’t sure if we would be

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These games are getting to be a drag

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 10:56 am

Ken Jackson Staff Writer The last football game I attended was UCF-Temple a few weeks ago. When I left the house, my 6-year-old daughter was at the dining room table coloring a picture. When I got home, she was filling out college applications. The next week I watched from the comfy, tan recliner as the Knights inexplicably lost to UConn, which was not fielding its basketball team. It felt like

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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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This big one got away… honest

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 3:26 pm

J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber Odds and Ends from trolling around the lake…. The Big One That Got Away I know every fisherman has a similar story about the one that got away and like most of you, I take them with a grain a salt. Still, recently, I wanted to cry.  I have lived on Fish Lake (Emerald Lake on some maps) for more than 20 years and

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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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