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Lake Nona wins a wild one over St. Cloud, 59-42

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 7:48 am

  By Dan Pearson For the News-Gazette Senior quarterback Tucker Israel completed 40 of 53 passes for 621 yards and eight touchdowns to give the Lake Nona Lions a 59-42 win over St. Cloud on Thursday night.  The win lifted Lake Nona to 6-2 on the season and 3-1 district play; St. Cloud fell to 2-2 in the district and 5-3 overall. The game was close before the Lions pulled

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  • Horns stay alive in 7A-6 playoff race

    Posted on October 17, 2014 at 12:04 am

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony’s coach, Jerrad Butler, was ailing and could not make the game, but the team sent him a big-time get well message with a come-from-behind victory, 7-6, at Liberty Thursday. Quarterback Jamison Munns tossed the game-winning touchdown pass, a 6-yard screen over the middle, to running back Brian Gembutis on fourth-and-goal with 1:48 to play. Andrew Barnard kicked the PAT. It was the Longhorns’ (3-5)

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  • County golfers advance to regionals

    Posted on October 16, 2014 at 10:36 am

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Harmony and Osceola girls and the Celebration boys golf teams have advanced to regional competition next week. The Lady Longhorns fired a 328 to place third at the 3A-16 district tournament at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links behind Viera (296) and Vero Beach (315). Harmony advances to the 3A-6 regional Tuesday at Madison Green Golf Club in West Palm Beach. Madison Wetzel (77) led

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  • Bulldogs take on Lake Nona in 7A-6

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Jarque Harper (7) returned a kickoff for a touchdown against South Lake last week.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor St. Cloud’s smooth football ride has turned bumpy over the past two weeks, and there’s more turbulence ahead Thursday at 7:30 p.m. when Lake Nona visits Gannarelli Field for a crucial 7A-6 district showdown. Both teams bring 2-1 district records. The winner, most likely, will become the district runner-up and earn a playoff spot. St. Cloud, which lost its second in a row to South

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  • Gateway boys, Harmony girls OBC swim champs

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 10:27 am

    By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette The Gateway boys and Harmony girls teams won the 2014 Orange Belt Conference swim titles Friday at the Makinson Aquatic Center. Gateway won the boys championship for a second consecutive year over Harmony, 188-142.  St. Cloud was a distant third with 84 points.  The Longhorn girls team also won fairly easily over St. Cloud 179-131.  Osceola, the 2013 girl’s champion, was third at

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  • Kowboys in command in 7A-6

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 10:26 am

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Osceola took a huge step toward defending its 7A-6 district championship after a come-from-behind 28-14 win over Lake Nona Friday, but there still is work to do. The Kowboys, 6-1 and 3-0, visit Celebration Thursday at 7 p.m. for another 7A-6 contest. The atmosphere at the field Thursday may not be as electric as it was at Kowboys field last week, but should OHS somehow

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  • Horns roll into Liberty

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 10:25 am

    By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette What a difference two weeks can make.  Harmony was winless and looking for answers in early October.  Now, following a huge upset win against St. Cloud and a 40-7 win over Celebration last week, the Longhorns, 2-5, sit 2-2 in the district and carry momentum into Thursday’s 7A-6 district game at Liberty. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. “I really love coaching these kids,” Harmony

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  • Kowboys take command of district race, 28-14

    Posted on October 11, 2014 at 12:18 am

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Osceola Kowboys defense was up to the challenge of slowing Lake Nona’s record-setting quarterback, Tucker Israel, Friday and the result was a 28-14 OHS victory that virtually locks up the Kowboys’ fourth consecutive 7A-6 district championship. Osceola, 6-1, is the only unbeaten team in the district at 3-0. Lake Nona slipped to 4-2 and 2-1. Safety Dominic Lee picked off Israel in the third

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  • Bulldogs drop another to South Lake, 56-24

    Posted on October 11, 2014 at 12:02 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer St. Cloud went into Friday’s game against unbeaten South Lake looking for answers after a head-scratching loss to rival Harmony the week before. There would be few. The Eagles scored four touchdowns in a 7:16 stretch of the second and third quarters that turned a close game into a blowout that South Lake (6-0) would win, 56-24. Eagles quarterback Nick Guidetti was 14-of-19 passing for

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