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Harmony’s Colton Keene makes a lift at 199 pounds at the district competition April 9. Keene, who qualified for the Class 2A state meet, won the OBC championship Wednesday and helped the Longhorns take their seventh consecutive conference title.

Make it 7 for Longhorns

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Harmony’s depth is the difference again By Dan Pearson For the News-Gazette After a solid performance in last week’s district competition, St. Cloud came into Wednesday’s Orange Belt Conference weightlifting tournament with high hopes of ending the dominance of the host Harmony Longhorns. Those hopes were dashed as the Longhorns used their superior depth to win their seventh straight OBC crown, 92-69. Harmony Coach John Wallauer said his athletes have

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  • Spanish Mackerel a tasty catch

    Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    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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  • Kowboys take district track title Lady Dogs outscore Jenkins for 4A-5 crown

    Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Donald Lamb Trayquel Hazley won the 300 hurdles championship for Osceola Tuesday to help the Kowboys win the 4A-5 district crown at St. Cloud.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Osceola County track athletes will prepare for the regional meets next week after many turned in outstanding performances at the 4A-5 district meet at St. Cloud. A highlight at the 4A-5 meet Tuesday was Osceola’s boys district championship, its first of the new century. The Kowboys (161.5), under Coach Ray Hines, easily won over Celebration (95.5), Lakeland Jenkins (80.5), Lakeland (75), Gateway (66) and St.

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  • Harmony and St. Cloud softball advance

    Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony and St. Cloud locked down regional playoff berths with victories at the 7A-5 district softball tournament semifinals Thursday at Osceola High. Harmony, 23-2, cruised past Lake Nona, 8-0, as LeLe Ocasio picked up the win and Molly Baker added four innings of scoreless relief pitching. St. Cloud improved to 19-7 by stopping the No. 2-seeded host Lady Kowboys as Lindsay Markham scattered four hits

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  • Horns capture OBC flag title

    Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    By Dan Pearson For the News-Gazette The Harmony Longhorns continued their domination of Osceola County’s flag football scene Thursday, wrapping up the Orange Belt Conference championship at Longhorn field with a 34-6 win over Osceola. The win lifted the Longhorns to 9-0 and concluded a perfect 6-0 mark against county competition.  Osceola fell to 5-1. “This was a special night for our seniors,” Harmony Coach Paul Strauch said. “This group

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  • Celebration lacrosse wraps up 1st season

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Photo/Special to the News-Gazette 
The first Lady Storm lacrosse team with the coaches and team managers.

    Storm is only local team to compete By Logan Martinez For the News-Gazette With Celebration’s first female lacrosse season now concluded, both coaches and players can contemplate historic firsts and lessons learned. For example, there was that nagging problem of making sure that all of the equipment arrived. One day at practice assistant coach Brendan Cunningham lugged a worn cardboard box out of the back of his car and dropped

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  • Harmony’s Chris Todd gives up wrestling post

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony wrestling coach Chris Todd, who built the Longhorns program from its inception 10 years ago, said that he is stepping down to pursue a postgraduate degree in education leadership. “I have genuinely enjoyed my time and successes as head coach and I will miss it, and the great coaches I have worked with at this school,” Todd said in his letter of resignation to

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  • Sports briefs for April 17, 2014

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Mike Fields retirement ceremony A celebration to honor the career of current Harmony and former St. Cloud baseball Coach Mike Fields will be 7 p.m. June 13 at the Royal St. Cloud Golf Links Royal Crest Room. Fields for the past 35 years has been a coach and athletic director in Osceola County after six years of similar experience in Indiana. He recently became the 13th coach in Florida high

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  • OHS and Liberty favored

    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Donald Lamb 
Osceola’s Akiel Hamilton is a favorite for the long jump and triple jump championships at the 4A-5 district track meet at St. Cloud Wednesday.

    New Dimensions boasts district high jump champ in A-8 By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The track postseason is underway as county athletes begin their quest for state meet berths. St. Cloud hosts the 4A-5 district meet Wednesday at noon at Gannarelli Field. Osceola, Celebration and Gateway, along with several Polk County teams, will compete. The top four athletes from each event will advance to the 4A-2 regional at Tampa Leto.

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