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Kowboys state runners-up

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 12:36 pm

OHS stops Oviedo in semifinals, falls to Ely in title game By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Less than 48 hours after the Osceola Kowboys boys basketball team placed second in Class 7A at The Lakeland Center, Coach Nate Alexander was watching 15 players in early-morning workouts Monday morning. “We’ll be back,” said Alexander, who Tuesday was named the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches Class 7A Coach of the Year. If

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  • Harmony and Osceola win district wrestling crowns

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Sean Stowers 
Gateway’s Justin Camacho (top) tries to turn St. Cloud’s Jack Zurewich during their 145-pound championship match at the 3A-5 district tournament at St. Cloud Friday. Camacho won the match, 10-3, and both wrestlers advanced to the 3A-2 regional tournament at Osceola High Friday and Saturday.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor District champions Osceola and Harmony lead the way into the wrestling regional tournaments Friday and Saturday. The Kowboys easily defended their 3A District 5 championship by winning nine weight classes last Friday at St. Cloud. The Kowboys (249.5) advanced 13 to the 3A-2 regional they will host starting Friday at noon at the Kowboys gym. Gateway (164.5), St. Cloud (153.5), Viera (94), Ridge Community (65)

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  • FLW pro Casey Martin on scouting

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber “We’re not talking about a game, we are talking about practice.  How silly is that?  We’re not talking about the game, we’re talking about practice.” Almost 13 years ago, former NBA superstar Allen Iverson’s rant about practice and its overall importance to the big picture went viral.   And while Iverson did concede practice was necessary, he downplayed its importance. Few, if any, of the

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  • OHS rally falls short in state title game loss to Ely, 72-60

    Posted on February 28, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor For the second time in two months the Osceola Kowboys are a Class 7A state runner-up, this time in boys basketball. The Kowboys (26-6) spotted No. 1-ranked Pompano Beach Ely a 13-2 first quarter lead, fought back to go ahead in the third quarter, but ran out of gas in the fourth period as the Tigers (28-0)  pulled away for a 72-60 win at The

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  • Kowboys stomp Oviedo in 7A state semifinal

    Posted on February 28, 2015 at 12:37 am

    By Rick Pedone Staff Writer Osceola is one victory away from its second boys basketball state championship. The Kowboys (26-5) displayed their usual mix of defensive tenacity and clutch offense Friday to dispatch defending Class 7A  champion Oviedo from the state tournament at The Lakeland Center, 67-55. Cortez Edwards scored 20 points and had 13 rebounds, and point guard Edtwain Black exploded for 16 points, including four 3-pointers, to propel

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  • Storm team to beat in OBC

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    News-Gazette File Photo 
Dante Cruz plays No. 1 singles for Celebration and was a state qualifier in doubles last season.

    Celebration boasts talent and depth By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Celebration is the team to beat in Osceola County after sweeping the Orange Belt Conference boys and girls titles last year. Celebration With plenty of returning talent plus several promising newcomers, the Storm are set for success this season. Girls Coach Cat Thames said her team is ready for the challenge. “They’ve been working really hard, but they have a

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  • Osceola baseball, St. Cloud softball win OBC showdowns

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery 
Osceola’s Herwin Diaz slides safely  home in the first inning as Gateway catcher Luis Cabrea takes the throw during the Kowboys’ 6-0 victory Tuesday at the Ridenour Athletic Complex.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Osceola Kowboys baseball team and the St. Cloud Lady Bulldogs softball squad took big steps toward winning the Orange Belt Conference championships of their respective sports Tuesday. The Kowboys (3-2) blanked Gateway, 6-0, at the Ridenour Athletic Complex behind the pitching of senior Jake Grenus, who logged six scoreless innings, struck out nine and gave up only three hits. Pedro Rodriguez stuck out the

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  • FLW tour event hits Lake Toho

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson For the Gazette Bass fishing events – both on and off the water – will be at a frenzy pace during the next two weeks as two tournaments and a host of related activities are coming to Osceola County. The action starts today with the Florida High School Fishing Championship at Lake Toho.  The championship is a two-person team event for students in grades 9-12. Teams fish

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  • It’s Kowboys against Oviedo

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery Cortez Edwards leads the Kowboys into the Class 7A state tournament semfinals against Oviedo Friday at 8:30 p.m. at The Lakeland Center.

    OHS squares off against its former coach in semifinals By Rick Pedone Sports Editor It’s been 32 years since the Osceola Kowboys last set foot on the floor at the boys state basketball tournament. Welcome back. The Kowboys (25-5) will meet defending state champion Oviedo (25-5) in a Class 7A semifinal Friday at 8:30 p.m. at The Lakeland Center. Pompano Beach Ely (26-0), No. 1 in Class 7A and No.

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