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Harmony’s players display the award they received from MaxPreps for being one of the best softball teams in Florida. The Longhorns won their fourth consecutive district championship Friday.

Lady Horns host Jenkins

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm

St. Cloud travels to Bartow By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony continues its quest for the Class 7A state softball championship today at 7 p.m. when it hosts Lakeland George Jenkins in the 7A-2 regional quarterfinals. The Longhorns, 24-2, blanked St. Cloud, 7-0, Friday for the 7A-5 district title, its fourth in a row. Lily Mann and Aleshia Ocasio each had two RBIs, and Ocasio pitched a two-hit shutout to

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  • OHS reaches district baseball title contest Friday

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 3:14 pm

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Kyle Covell, who threw a one-hitter, delivers a pitch in the third inning of Harmony’s 2-0 victory over St. Cloud Monday at the 7A-5 district tournament at Osceola High.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Osceola pounded its way into the 7A-5 district baseball tournament finals with a 12-0 win over Harmony in the semifinal round Wednesday at Kowboys field. Jake Grenus threw a five-inning, one-hit shutout and Omar Colon hit a pinch-hit three-run homer in the fifth inning to end the game. “We’re swinging the bats well, and Jake was real strong. He threw a good game,” Osceola Coach

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  • Sports briefs for April 24, 2014

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Harmony physicals Harmony High’s physical day for 2014-15 student-athletes is today from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the gym. The fee is $10. St. Coud physicals St. Cloud High’s physical day for 2014-15 student-athletes is Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the gym. The fee is $10. Athlete Injury Awareness Night The St. Cloud High Honors Society of Sports Medicine will present information about sports injuries, skin infections and

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May the ‘Madness’ be with you

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Rick Pedone Sports Editor Putting the finishing touches on your NCAA mens basketball bracket sheet? Let me guess: You’re still agonizing about that West Regional matchup between No. 6 Baylor and No. 11 Nebraska, right? Or, you’ve switched your pick in the Midwest Regional between No. 10 Arizona State and No. 7 Texas for the fourth time. And you might do it again. Face it, for some of us, there

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  • What is happening to specs?

    Posted on February 28, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber When the weather turns cooler in Florida, fishing for specs (black crappie) gets hot.  Or does it? Relying on observational evidence, it appears that spec fisherman in Central Florida are not having near as much fun as they had a decade ago.  And for every fisherman complaining about the decline in spec fishing, there are just as many different explanations as to why it

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  • What a run for Lady Longhorns

    Posted on February 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor One of the most successful basketball eras in county history came to an end Saturday when Harmony played for the Class 7A girls basketball state championship at the Lakeland Center. Wekiva won, 59-48, over a Lady Longhorns squad filled with steely, hard-nosed battlers. Senior starters Julia Ingler, Rebekah Fitzpatrick, Regan Dotson and Stephanie Baur played for the last time Saturday and they left a legacy that

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Spanish Mackerel a tasty catch

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 10:23 am

J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber As coastal waters warm up, this is an excellent time to go after one of my favorite fighting game fish, the Spanish Mackerel. Similar in appearance to its much larger cousin, the King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel will grow to 10 pounds or so, with the state record being a 12-pound fish caught off of Fort Pierce in 1984.  This is a migratory fish that

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  • Sometimes, a long drive is worth it

    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber One of the great things about living in Central Florida is the fact that the fishing opportunities are almost endless.  While our bass fishing is world famous, our freshwater lakes, ponds and rivers provide a wide variety of other opportunities including catfish, specs, bluegill and shad. Inlets, small creeks, and the intercoastal waterways are awesome places to catch snook, red fish, sea bass, black

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  • Harmony fish team 2nd at state

    Posted on April 4, 2014 at 11:22 am

    For Harmony High School students Corbin Smith and Steven Soileau the Osceola Anglers High School Fishing Club was just another avenue to do what they really love to do – namely fish.  But the club has led them on to something bigger and better, an opportunity to represent Osceola County and the State of Florida next fall in Tennessee. The duo, as well as 16 other high school students in

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