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New rodeo, championship barbecue event coming to Kissimmee in 2015

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 5:22 pm

The RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo has a new home: the championship event will be held at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee for the first time on March 25-28, 2015. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)-sanctioned rodeo will feature eight heart-pounding events over four action-packed days, during which time 24 contestants will compete for more than $1 million in cash and prizes. Along with the big rodeo event will

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  • Kowboys make a statement, 28-14

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    News-Gazette Photos/Marc Clery 
Osceola running back Edtwain Black (6) follows offensive lineman Andres Osorio (54) during a 40-yard run on the first play from scrimmage against Fort Pierce Central at Kowboys field last week. Black scored two touchdowns in the Kowboys’ 28-14 victory over the No. 5 Class 8A Cobras.

    Liberty visits for district test Friday By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Osceola got its statement victory last week; now, it goes to work defending its 7A-6 district championship. Liberty, 1-2, visits Kowboys field Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the district opener for both schools. The Kowboys, 2-1, beat Class 8A No. 5 Fort Pierce Central, 28-14, before 2,000 fans at Kowboys field. The Chargers lost to Lakeland Christian, 40-21, last

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  • Bulldogs 3-0 for first time in a decade

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor For the first time since 2004, St. Cloud takes a 3-0 record into its 7A-6 district opener against Celebration at Gannarelli Field Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs blitzed Cypress Creek, 42-0, last week, as the defense posted its second straight shutout. Celebration, 2-1, saw its unbeaten streak end against Space Coast, 49-3. The Bulldogs offense, which has been hot and cold over the first

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  • Gateway, Harmony meet

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Both Gateway and Harmony have struggled the past two weeks, but none of that matters when they meet Friday at 7 p.m. at Longhorn field. It will be the 7A-6 district opener for both teams, and the winner will have an important leg up in the standings. Gateway, 1-2, nearly upended Eau Gallie last week before the Commodores held on for a 36-26 victory. Gateway

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  • Poinciana edged at Brooksville

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Poinciana takes a break this week after completing its first three games, but it is still searching for its initial win. The Eagles, 0-3, had opportunities to upend Brooksville Central Friday before falling, 20-13. After an open date Friday, the team returns Sept. 26 to host Lake Placid. Freshman quarterback Kobe Oldfield threw for 240 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown pass to Taron Mallard, and

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  • COL stops First Coast

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor City of Life Christian Academy extended its eight-man football record to 3-0 Friday over Jacksonville First Coast, 52-28. Khadarius Saunders carried nine times for 92 yards and tight end Kolin Funk (6-127) caught two of quarterback Patrick Knight’s four TD throws. “First Coast wasn’t going to let us get deep for long passes, so they dictated that we would have to run the ball and

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  • Kissimmee to host FHSAA state wrestling for next three years

    Posted on September 16, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Kissimmee’s Osceola Heritage Park and Silver Spurs Arena has been awarded the Florida High School Athletic Association’s wrestling finals for the next three years, beginning in March of 2015 and continuing through 2017. The finals will be March 13-14 next year to accommodate previous engagements at the Silver Spurs Arena. The state tournament has been held in February, but the FHSAA moved the season back

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  • Kowboys knock off No. 5 Fort Pierce Central

    Posted on September 12, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Osceola High  has displayed the elements of a top 10 football team all season, and Friday it played like one. The Kowboys jumped on visiting Class 8A No. 5 Fort Pierce Central early, building a 21-7 halftime lead, and they thwarted a Cobras comeback with an impressive 80-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter to clinch a 28-14 win before 2,000 fans at Kowboys field.

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  • Space Coast stops Storm

    Posted on September 12, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    By J. Daniel Pearson or the News-Gazette  Quarterback Alex Cavender fired four touchdown passes and ran for a fifth to lead the Space Coast Vipers to a 49-3 win over the Celebration Storm on Friday night. Cavender was outstanding, completing 12 of 16 passes for 171 yards and one interception.  He also ran for 25 yards in leading the Vipers to their second victory in three starts this season. The

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