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News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery Osceola’s Nasir Alexander elevates for a shot against Celebration during a game earlier this season. The Kowboys play Riviera Beach Suncoast today at 8:30 p.m. in the opening round of the Great Florida Shootout.

Kowboys, Eagles seek crown

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Eight-team tournament gets underway with four games By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The 33rd edition of the Great Florida Shootout basketball tournament begins today at Osceola High. The host Kowboys and Osceola County’s second representative, Poinciana, are among te favorites to win the championship of the eight-team tourney. Poinciana (12-2) meets Apopka at 7:30 p.m., and the Kowboys (8-0) play Riviera Beach Suncoast at 8:30 p.m. The tournament begins at

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  • Florida gets another star from Horns softball team

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Rick Pedone 
Harmony’s Lily Mann, seated second from left, celebrated her softball scholarship to the University of Florida with her family and Horns Coach Jeff Fiorelli (standing) recently at the high school’s theater.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Lily Mann was born to be a Gator. Both parents, dad Kevin and mom Debbie, were UF graduates and Lily was raised Orange and Blue. Rooting for the Gators is one thing; playing for them is quite another. Very few high school athletes receive scholarship offers from the Southeastern Conference softball powerhouse and the 2014 national champion. But Mann, an integral part of Harmony High’s

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  • Harmony appeals football district

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Florida High School Athletic Association released its much-anticipated football classifications for the 2015-18 seasons Monday and Osceola County’s seven football programs are making rapid adjustments to the new districts. At least one county program, Harmony, isn’t happy with its new district at all, while the others accepted their new assignments. Harmony will appeal to move out of its new district, 6A-10, Athletic Director Chuck

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  • Kowboys valiant effort falls short

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    St. Thomas Aquinas wins 7A title By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Christian Bridgewater told his Osceola Kowboys teammates to keep their heads up. Actually, he demanded it. The Kowboys 13-2) saw their dreams of winning the Class 7A state football championship buried by St. Thomas Aquinas, 31-0, Friday at the Citrus Bowl, but Bridgewater saw no embarrassment in the loss. “Yes, we deserve respect,” the senior defensive lineman said. “We

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  • STA a bad matchup for OHS, and everyone

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor The post mortem of the Osceola-St. Thomas Aquinas Class 7A championship game last week brings to mind a scene from the classic comedy Spaceballs. Dark Helmet, the Rick Moranis character, is staring at a disaster and he has no clue about how to resolve the situation. All he can think to do is to turn to his second-in-command, Col. Sanders, and issue the worthless directive, “Do

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  • Kowboys should be playoff material in 2015

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Often, when a football team advances to the state championship game, it is depleted by graduation and must rebuild. Fortunately for Osceola High football fans, that won’t be the case for the 2015 Kowboys. While the defense will be hit relatively hard, the offense returns virtually intact. In other words, the Kowboys will be playoff contenders once again. The Kowboys got a dose of good

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  • Despite loss, OHS makes the best of night in the limelight

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    An Osceola Kowboys fan reacts after a Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas touchdown during the 7A-state football final at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando on Friday.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola High School football team has accomplished a lot in recent years. Undefeated in county and district play. District championships. Deep runs in the Class 7A state playoffs, all the way to the state semifinals the last three years. But a trip to the promised land of Florida high school football, the state championships at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, doesn’t happen all

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  • Harmony appealing its new football district placement

    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Florida High School Athletic Association released its much-awaited football classifications for the 2015-18 seasons Monday and Osceola County seems to have big winners and big losers, based on territorial and competitive considerations. Harmony, one of the perceived losers in district placement, plans to launch an appeal to the FHSAA, according to Athletic Director Chuck Hitt. The Longhorns were sent to 6A District 10 with

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  • Raiders defense too strong for Kowboys in state title game

    Posted on December 13, 2014 at 12:41 am

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Christian Bridgewater told his Osceola Kowboys teammates to keep their heads up. Actually, he demanded it. The Kowboys (13-2) saw their dreams of winning the Class 7A state football championship buried by St. Thomas Aquinas, 31-0, Friday at the Citrus Bowl, but Bridgewater saw no embarrassment in the loss. “Yes, we deserve respect,” the senior defensive lineman said. “We made it to the state tournament.”

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