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OHS dumps Naughts in OT, 35-28

Posted on November 22, 2014 at 1:24 am

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor In a game that was befitting two of Florida’s best teams, Osceola’s Edtwain Black ran 7 yards for the winning touchdown in overtime to lift the Kowboys to a thrilling 35-28 overtime victory Friday over Lakeland before 2,500 fans at Kowboys field in a 7A-2 regional semifinal. The Kowboys needed further heroics from two of their standout senior linebackers, Riley Nicholson and Treyvon Simmons, who

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  • Girls basketball preview

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony’s Lady Longhorns have dominated the county basketball scene for the past three years, but heavy losses to graduation have left Harmony vulnerable in the Orange Belt Conference and 7A-5 district races. St. Cloud is a prime contender to move to the top of the conference and district standings. Southland Christian School will defend its Florida Christian Conference state championship. St. Cloud Coach Chad Ansbaugh

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  • Liberty, St. Cloud teams finish x-country season

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Liberty’s very good boys cross country team had the misfortune to be placed in the most competitive classification in Florida, 3A. The Chargers, Orange Belt Conference and district champions, and regional runners-up, finished 12th among 24 teams at the Class 3A state meet at Appalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee Saturday. Liberty (347) was led by three-time OBC champ Rogelio Araiza, who was 35th in 16:18.

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  • Lady Bulldogs lifters are dominant in early meets

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The weightlifting season has gotten off to a good start for St. Cloud’s Lady Bulldogs. St. Cloud (60) won its season-opening girls weightlifting meet last week over Harmony (35) and Liberty (15). “It was actually a pretty happy for a first meet,” St. Cloud Coach Lonnie Beckel said. “We have so many young lifters, so many freshmen, that I wasn’t sure if we would be

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  • Playoff plans always are controversial

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor The College Football Playoff committee, which has been hard at work the past month posting its weekly top 25, is attracting controversy. What? Controversy surrounding college football team rankings? Should we be surprised? One problem is that Alabama and Oregon, both with one loss, are ranked higher by the committee than unbeaten Florida State. Horrors! And Mississippi State, whose perfect season came unraveled at Bama last

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  • This big one got away… honest

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber Odds and Ends from trolling around the lake…. The Big One That Got Away I know every fisherman has a similar story about the one that got away and like most of you, I take them with a grain a salt. Still, recently, I wanted to cry.  I have lived on Fish Lake (Emerald Lake on some maps) for more than 20 years and

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  • Kowboy-Dreadnaughts rivalry continues?

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery Bartow receiver Tre Jordan leaps but can’t bring in this pass as Osceola’s Dominic Lee defends durihg the Kowboys 35-7 regional quarterfinal victory last week. Lakeland visits Kowboys field Friday at 7:30 p.m.

    Kowboys handled Bartow with ease By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Would it be an official Osceola Kowboys football season without the annual playoff tussle against The Big Orange L? The Big Orange L, of course, is Lakeland, the six-time Florida state champion. The Dreadnaughts, No. 3 in Class 7A at 11-0, visit Kowboys field Friday at 7:30 p.m. for a 7A-2 regional semifinal. Tickets are $8. The Dreadnaughts and Kowboys

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  • St. Cloud rallies for win at FCA Honor Bowl, 37-36

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery 
St. Cloud defenders Andrew Grabowski (44) and Mark Aristide (58), shown during the game at Gateway, each made key plays to help the Bulldogs win the FCA Honor Bowl championship in Lakeland.

      By Rick Pedone Sports Editor St. Cloud closed the 2014 football season the same way it opened it – by winning a thriller. The Bulldogs, down big early in the game, scrapped back to beat Frostproof, 37-36, at the FCA Honor Bowl Thursday at Lakeland’s Southeastern University. “It was crazy,” Bulldog Coach Bryan Smart said. “They ran eight plays and had 300 total yards and four scores. I thought

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  • COLCA football over

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    By Dan Pearson For the News-Gazette Quarterback Niko Eckley accounted for 579 yards of total offense and 10 touchdowns in leading Solid Rock Community School to a 78-58 upset win over Kissimmee’s City of Life Christian Academy in the quarterfinals of the Florida Christian Association of Private and Parochial Schools (FCAPPS) state football 8-man championships Friday at the Hickory Tree Elementary School football field. The loss ended City of Life’s

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