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City of Life quarterback Patrick Knight looks for his receivers during practice last week. The Warriors will open their regular season today at Vero Beach Masters Academy while the county’s public schools will wait until Friday to play their Kickoff Classics.

Kickoff Classics Friday

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 1:12 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor While most Osceola County football teams are preparing for preseason Kickoff Classics Friday, City of Life Academy is getting right to business. The Warriors are traveling to Vero Beach Master’s Academy for their regular season opener Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The county’s seven public school teams take the field Friday night, and all are at home. Celebration will host Warner Christian and Poinciana welcomes Braden

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  • Football season is a toasty time

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor With the temperature touching the upper 90s this week it’s hard to get into a football frame of mind. The high schools play their Kickoff Classics Friday and the college season begins next week. Sorry, it feels more like fire-walking season. Not that there is anything unusual about the first half of the football season being a bit toasty here in Middle Florida. It’s only been

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  • Liberty ahead of the curve

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Mark Clery Liberty’s Kyle Sharman gets a pat on the helmet from asstant coach Corey Edwards during practice.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Kyle Sharman has the best award any high school athlete can receive – a state championship medal. He earned it running for the Liberty High 4×100 relay team in May, when the Chargers won the Class 3A state championship in Jacksonville. It’s football season now, and Sharman would like to see his Liberty teammates enjoy that same feeling of success. “I show it around. The

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Give all fall athletes some props

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

Rick Pedone Sports Editor “What About Bob?” is a forgettable 1991 movie that starred Bill Murray playing a psychotic patient of egomaniacal psychiatrist Richard Dreyfuss. This is not relevant in any shape or manner from this point on, except that the title of that movie reminds me of the status of high school fall sports other than football. For example: “What about volleyball?” Or, “What about cross country?” Or, swimming,

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  • Ex-Preds coach will be missed

    Posted on August 8, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber I received word last week that Coach Perry Moss was not doing well.  His son Les called to let me know. And now the old coach was dying and I knew that I both wanted and needed to go pay my respects. I met Perry in the summer of 1993 when I was hired as public relations director of the Orlando Predators of the

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  • 8 people you meet at the gym

    Posted on August 6, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson For the Gazette About four or five times a week for the last three years, I trudge to a gym in St. Cloud for a workout.  Has it done any good?  Well, I guess it depends on how you look at it.  I still eat way too much and drink way too much beer, so my 5-11, 230-pound frame is anything but impressive. On the other hand,

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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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  • Lobster hunting is a thrill

    Posted on August 1, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber When it comes to chasing Florida spiny lobster, former Osceola County resident Sean Cobb says it’s all about fun. Cobb has been hunting Florida lobster since he’s been a kid – a pursuit he thoroughly enjoys. “I have a long-time friend who lives in Islamorada, so it’s always been a relative easy trip for us,” Cobb said.  “It’s a unique sport that’s a lot

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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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