Bulldogs use huge spring season to keep the huge trophy
Orange Belt Conference
All-Sports Final Standings
St. Cloud, 161 points
The St. Cloud Bulldogs, for the third year in a row, are the Orange Belt Conference All-Sport champions, scoring the most points based on conference finishes among the eight public schools.
The race, like it always seems to be, was tight coming out of the winter, with St. Cloud (89 points) trailing leader Harmony (90), and Celebration (84) also in the conversation.
The Bulldogs won just three OBC championships among the 10 spring sports offered — the same number as Celebration — but they finished second in six other sports, with a third place its lowest finish.
Thanks to those championships in softball, boys track and fishing — a new addition to the OBC scoring with five schools fielding teams — the Bulldogs romped to 71 spring points to finish the year with 161 points, way out ahead of Harmony (145).
Celebration, which outscored Harmony in the spring (57-55) was third (140), followed by Osceola (121), Gateway (77.5), Tohopekaliga (67, sixth in its first year of competition), Liberty (63) and Poinciana (47.5).
St. Cloud and Athletic Director Eric Godfrey got to accept the All-Sports Trophy at the county athletic banquet on May 15, but he gave all the credit to a coaching staff very veteran in many of those spring spots.
“Bottom line, this honor goes out to our coaches and how they run their programs,” he said. “We kept ourselves in it through the fall and winter and we were right there, and I know those other schools have really strong programs. In the spring, in many cases we stayed more than one point ahead of Harmony to take, and then keep, the lead.
“We’ve been traditionally strong in spring, in softball, boys weightlifting and track. This year we were also strong in flag football with a coaching change after being beaten by (Harmony for a decade).”
Celebration won conference titles in both boys and girls tennis — and won regional matches for the first time in school history, and in boys volleyball en route to the Storm reaching the state tournament for the second straight year.
Osceola was OBC champ in baseball and girls track. Harmony won in boys weightlifting, and Gateway claimed its first-ever girls flag football OBC title.