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Lady Dogs win district weightlifting

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 1:35 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor St. Cloud edged host Timber Creek, 39-38, for the District 7 girls weightlifting championship Wednesday. In the process, six Lady Bulldogs qualified for the state tournament Feb. 7 at the Kissimmee Civic Center. The qualifiers are 119-pound district champion Melissa Cuervo (135-160-295), district runners-up Kayla Jensen (135-125-260) at 119, Summer Carlson (160-130-290) at 154, Lauren O’Neill (145-130-275) at 169, Haley Weber (180-170-350) at 199 and

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  • St. Cloud, Osceola and Harmony will challenge Lions

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The girls 5A-9 district basketball tournament begins Tuesday, but none of the six Osceola County participants are favored. Tournament host Lake Nona (20-3, 12-0), ranked No. 8 in Class 7A, holds the No. 1 seed and took the first round bye. But, the Lions aren’t overwhelming favorites to win the district championship, according to several local coaches. St. Cloud, Osceola and Harmony, a state finalist

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  • Heritage Christian coach honored after No. 250

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Heritage Christian School’s Homecoming basketball game Jan. 16 against Real Life Christian turned into a tribute to Coach Jim Estrella when the school’s administration, staff and students honored the long-time Eagles coach with a plaque commemorating his 250th victory at the high school. Estrella, who began coaching at HCS in 1995 and became the varsity boys head coach in 2001, was surprised when Administrator Karla

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  • GHS 14th at Smith Duals; Kowboys win Invitational

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery 
Gateway’s Lucas Martinez (top) has the upper hand in this 120-pound match against Somerset at the Troy Smith Duals at the Panthers John Ramirez gym.

    Sports Editor Gateway’s Troy Smith Duals turned into a showdown among giants at the Panthers gym last week. Class 3A powerhouse and state champion Miami South Dade won the tournament championship, perennial Class A power Green Cove Springs Clay was runner-up and defending Class A champion Lake Highland Prep finished third. Twenty-four teams competed at the tournament. The host Panthers did well, said Coach Jon Smorin. “We did alright, 14th

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  • Soccer season ends for local boys

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 11:50 am

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Osceola County boys soccer season ended in sudden fashion Wednesday when Haines City edged Osceola, 1-0, and Ridge Community beat Celebration, 5-0, at the 5A-9 district tournament at Davenport. Haines City (15-4-1) scored in the final minute of the second overtime on Ralph Prenendieu’s goal off an assist from Marvelous Olubela. The Kowboys (13-6-2) had advanced to the semifinal round after beating Harmony (6-12-2)

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  • Jupiter rolls over SC in regional soccer

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 11:33 am

    By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette Alexa Moberly scored three goals to lead the Jupiter Warriors to an 8-0 win over St. Cloud (16-5-1) in a 5A-3 regional girls soccer quarterfinal game Thursday at Gannarelli Field. “Last week’s win over Harmony was a really emotional win for us,” St. Cloud Coach Shawn Beck said.  “We may have come out a little flat, but the fact remains we got beat

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  • Lady Bulldogs host regional

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    St. Cloud  upends Harmony for 5A-9 championship By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The St. Cloud Lady Bulldogs soccer team has accomplished two of its goals: to defeat rival Harmony and to win the 5A-9 district championship. They accomplished both Friday by upsetting top-seeded Harmony, 4-1, to win the 5A-9 title in a game that was moved to Gateway High. Madison Cloud scored two goals for the Lady Bulldogs and Brittney

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  • St. Cloud’s Grace Miller led the way to state meet

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Donald  Lamb St. Cloud’s Grace Miller (left) led the Lady Bulldogs to the Class 4A state cross country meet at Tallahassee.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor St. Cloud Lady Bulldogs’ senior Grace Miller emerged as Osceola County’s dominant female cross country runner this season, and it wasn’t close. After winning the OBC championship (19:53) by more than a minute over teammate Devin Montalvo, Miller ran a personal best 19:01 while placing second at the 4A-2 regional at North Port. The team qualified for the state meet by placing fifth. Miller followed

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  • Sports briefs for January 22, 2015

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Cobras hitting camp The St. Cloud Cobras travel baseball team is holding a baseball hitting camp featuring several pro- and college-level instructors Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the St. Cloud Little League complex on 17th Street. The fee is $50. Instructors include former pro pitcher Troy Girdner, Travis Johnson, Tampa Bay Rays coaches Jim Hickey and Stan Boroski, Jose Dore of the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs,

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