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News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery St. Cloud’s Kayla Jensen breaks for first base after hitting the ball during the 7A-2 regional softball game against Lakeland Jenkins Wednesday at the Mike Clark softball complex. Jensen had two of the Bulldogs’ three hits in a 1-0 victory. St. Cloud travels to Bartow Tuesday for the regional semifinal.

Bang-bang win for Bulldogs

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Key double play preserves victory against Jenkins By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette On a night when base hits were few and far between, the hardest hit ball of the evening turned into a game-ending double play as the St. Cloud Lady Bulldogs held on to beat Lakeland’s George Jenkins, 1-0, in a 7A-2 regional quarterfinal Wednesday at the Mike Clark complex. The win sets up a regional semifinal

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  • Kowboys edge Panthers for 7A-5 baseball title

    Posted on April 24, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery Gateway’s Andre Olmo struck out 11 and pitched a four-hitter in a 4-0 district semifinal win over St. Cloud Wednesday that boosted the Panthers into the regional playoffs.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Osceola outlasted Gateway, 7-6, for the 7A-5 district baseball championship Friday at Osceola Stadium. The Kowboys, 22-3, host Ridge Community (16-13) Thursday at 7 p.m. in the 7A-2 regional quarterfinal. Gateway, 18-9, will travel to 7A-6 district champion Haines City (21-5) Thursday. Andre Olmo pitched Gateway into the championship game with a 4-0, four-hit shutout against host St. Cloud Wednesday at the  district tournament semifinals.

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  • Searching for ancient artifacts

    Posted on April 24, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber In addition to arrowheads discussed in last week’s column, Kissimmee’s Tyde Jones became interested in beads several years ago and noted that certain areas in Osceola County are prime searching areas.  “We were digging in Osceola County a couple of years ago and weren’t having much luck finding arrowheads,” Jones said.  “I was lamenting that fact to a fellow digger and he suggested going

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  • Chargers repeat as 3A-2 regional track champs

    Posted on April 24, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Athletes from Liberty and Harmony qualified for the Class 3A state track meet and those from Osceola, St. Cloud and Gateway advanced to the Class 4A state meet at the regionals Wednesday. The top four in each event advanced to states. Liberty (102) stampeded to the 3A-2 boys regional championship by nearly doubling the point total of runner up Gainesville (52) at Harmony High. Liberty’s

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  • Spring football practice starts next week

    Posted on April 24, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Can you believe that the footballs will be flying around high school practice fields next week? Because May 1, the traditional opening day for Florida spring football practice, falls late in the week, the Florida High School Athletic Association elected to begin practice Monday. “I think it’s a good idea, that way you get a full week in instead of starting on a Friday and

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  • OHS, Gateway win baseball semifinals; St. Cloud softball advances

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor In a busy day of baseball and softball activity at St. Cloud High, the Osceola and Gateway baseball teams won 7A-5 district semifinal games and the Lady Bulldogs edged Lakeland Jenkins, 1-0, in a softball 7A-2 regional quarterfinal. Osceola, 21-3, defeated Harmony, 6-0, in the first baseball semifinal as Javier Echevarria picked up the win. Harmony finished 10-15. In the baseball nightcap, Gateway, 18-8, got

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  • Dogs, Horns place at state

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 1:14 pm


     St. Cloud is ninth, Horns tie for 15th By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The St. Cloud Bulldogs and Harmony Longhorns each had two place-winners at the Class 2A state weightlifting tournament at the Kissimmee Civic Center Friday. The Bulldogs (8) tied Navarre for ninth-place in the team standings, while Harmony (6) tied for 15th place. St. Cloud’s Jacob Boomershine lifted a total of 725 pounds to claim the runner-up spot

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  • Small schools at region track today

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Donald Lamb 
New Dimensions’ Georges Chery is favored to win the high jump at today’s regional meet at The First Academy.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Osceola County’s small schools could make big noise at the regional track meets today. New Dimensions and City of Life both will send athletes to the A-2 regional at The First Academy, and several of those could advance to the state meet. New Dimensions high jumper Georges Chery (6-4), winner of three district championships and ranked No. 1 among the state’s high jumpers, leads a

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  • Harmony’s Lele Ocasio nominated for frosh honor

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 12:56 pm


    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Aleshia Ocasio, the University of Florida freshman softball standout, is one of 25 finalists for the 2015 Division I National Freshman of the Year award sponsored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). The NFCA introduced the award last year, and this season’s winner will be announced as part of the Women’s College World Series festivities. Ocasio is 14-3 and has a 1.53 ERA with

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