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Nate has OHS playing G-R-E-A-T

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Rick Pedone Sports Editor Nate Alexander and Ed Kershner talk frequently during the basketball season, so there are few professional secrets between the coaches who will square off Friday in Lakeland at the Class 7A basketball state tournament. “I talk to him and (former OHS coach) Larry Brown all the time, to pick their brains, not only about basketball but about life,” Alexander, the fifth-year OHS coach, said. “When you

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    Posted on February 6, 2015 at 12:42 pm

     J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber After a hosting an extremely successful Southern Bass Open in January, Lake Toho will see quite a bit of tournament action in first half of this year.  The FLW series will host a high school tournament Feb. 28-March 1 as a prelude to a regular FLW Tour stop March 4-8.  Details on both events can be found at The American Bass Anglers are

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  • Super Bowl of cheaters coming up

    Posted on January 30, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor Like it or not, the theme of Super Bowl XLIX is cheating. The Patriots don’t put enough oxygen in their footballs and they spy on other teams. The Seahawks have a coach who won two BCS national championships at Southern Cal with players who were paid. The thing that is surprising about this is that anyone is surprised. Tell me about a time when there wasn’t

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  • Winning bass pro liked Toho

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber The Bassmaster Open Series kicked off on Lake Toho last weekend with the 2015 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open.  The event featured both an exciting finish as well as a few fireworks among a couple of competitors. Chad Morgenthaler came storming back from ninth place on the final day of competition to win the event with a three-day total of 52-7 to capture the

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  • Replays are ruining a good sport

    Posted on January 16, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor I come here not to praise replays, but to bury them. I don’t know about all of you, but I’ve about had it with the interminable delays and atrocious decisions foisted upon us by the officials’ use of replays both at the college and NFL levels. What should be a great and indispensible tool has become an awkward and overused implement that is altering the outcome

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  • Getting top pick right is a challenge

    Posted on January 9, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor The college football grand finale and the NFL’s Elite 8 make this the last big weekend of the season. All that remains afterward is the AFC and NFC title games Jan. 18 and the Super Bowl Feb. 1. Oh, and the Pro Bowl is in there, somewhere, but does that really count as a football game anymore? We’ll diagnose the matchups below, but for now, let’s

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  • To the NFL playoffs we go

    Posted on January 2, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor The NFL playoffs begin today, which means that an enormous chunk of the 2014 college and pro football seasons are vanishing in the rear view mirror. We do have today’s East Carolina-Florida Birmingham Bowl shootout to remind us, again, about why Florida axed Coach Will Muschamp, but most of the college season’s drama is over. We’ve got nine days to twiddle our thumbs waiting for the

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  • Will Bucs blow No. 1 draft pick?

    Posted on December 26, 2014 at 1:18 pm

     Rick Pedone Sports Editor After blindly crashing through the NFL season with no apparent purpose, the Tampa Bay Bucs finally have an achievable goal: attaining the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft. All the Bucs have to do Sunday at Ray-Jay is to be themselves; in other words, take one more pratfall. If Tennessee, the other competitor at 2-13, cooperates and beats a playoff-bound Indianapolis team that will be

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  • Playoff field should be 16 teams

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 1:26 pm

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