Around Osceola: Playoff Time Donald Lamb Nov 04, 2014

This week marked the start of the state series as Osceola County teams competed in district competition. We take a look at how they fared as well as what else has been happening around Osceola in the recent weeks.

Around Osceola: The Calm Before The Storm Donald Lamb Oct 16, 2014

Just like that we are in the final month of XC 2014. A large round of invitationals await teams this week, before conference championships begin. The conference titles might not seem like a big deal in the scheme of things, but they can help build the momentum teams needs as they begin the playoff push toward the state series. I love playoffs in every sport. It pushes everybody to be at your best, or you might be watching your rivals take home season accolades that you so despearatley wanted yourself. The OBC schools were all over Florida this week, lets see how they fared.

Around Osceola: Statement Weekend Donald Lamb Oct 07, 2014

In all my years of watching sports, this was one of the most exciting weekends I can remember. Most of us spent the morning in Titusville at the FLRunners Invite and then hopefully found some time to watch some great college football afterwards. The Race of Champions set some teams apart, as some rose to the challenge and others couldn’t overcome the mud. It was a thrilling race to watch as Ryan Rodriguez joins the cast of Belen stars as the ROC champ. The ladies are watching a potenial dynasty in the making as Pine Crest takes the title and are led by a middle schooler in Tsion Yared. Now on to what happened here in Osceola County.

Around Osceola: The Effects Of Weather Donald Lamb Oct 01, 2014

All the area teams met up for Bulldog Palooza (St. Cloud Invitational) in St Cloud on a wet course. The ladies, except Grace Miller of St. Cloud who finished first,  got to see a top tier Timber Creek girls team dominate, while the boys watched an equally impressive Liberty team do virtually the same thing. Many Central Florida teams had to adjust practice due to the typical afternoon thunderstorms that seem to hit right about this time. Most coaches will claim they enjoy the sloppy conditions, feeling that it might give someone an edge.

Liberty Boys, Timber Creek Girls Dominate STC invitational Donald Lamb Sep 27, 2014

A total of 14 different teams traveled to St. Cloud Saturday morning for the annual St. Cloud Invitational. They were treated to comfortable fall weather, hometown winners, and a puddle riddled course. Rain altered practice for several teams this week, but it gave the course some added challenges. 

Around Osceola: The Season Has Begun Donald Lamb Sep 23, 2014

It’s back for year two! Runners across the state are now in full gear. However, many are still trying to find the groove of where their team stands. From the coaches standpoint, many runners are likely still out of shape and not quite ready for the next month that will determine who runs for a title and who stays home. Here is your school by school breakdown for our seven schools in the Orange Belt Conference.

Chomp Chomp: Celebration High Jumper Jhonny Victor's A Gator Donald Lamb May 12, 2014

The Gators stayed local for part of their newest class, picking up Jhonny Victor of Celebration High School in Kissimmee, Florida. Jhonny has been one of the top high jumpers in Florida the past few years, reaching his best jump of 6-10 this past March at the St Cloud Invitational. He went over 6-6 twelve different times in the past two years, winning every meet he competed in as a junior & senior except one; the state championships.

3A Region 2: Liberty Boys, Lake Nona Girls Claim First Ever Regional Crowns Donald Lamb Apr 24, 2014

Lake Minneola has hosted several postseason meets this season. The final edition for the track season was Wednesday when it played host to the 3A Region 2 championships. Sitting atop a scenic hilltop, the track action was just as awesome as athletes throughout central Florida attempted to punch their ticket to the state championships next weekend in Jacksonville.

Osceola County Owns 4A District 5, Kowboys & Lady Bulldogs Victorious Donald Lamb Apr 16, 2014

District competition has begun for the big schools throughout Florida. While the small schools begin the march toward Jacksonville with regional events being held this week, it’s merely the first step in that journey for the 3A & 4A schools. What strategies will the coaches pull to help advance their team to the next level? Athletes might wind up running a different program then they are used to, because even though we compete alone, the points count for our team. 

Inside Look: Liberty Boys Track Team Donald Lamb Mar 21, 2014

Every coach starts to analyze the upcoming season well before it even comes close to starting. The new season begins pretty much the day the previous one ends. You do some evaluating of why you are not standing on the podium in Jacksonville, or why you don’t have athletes competing at the state meet in the first place. The state meet might be a tall task for some, maybe regional champ or even district champ seems more feasible. 

Wharton Girls, Liberty Boys Clean House At Kowboy Invitational Donald Lamb Mar 09, 2014

Florida has some big meets. For those familiar with the track circuit, Bob Hayes Invitational, Louie Bing Classic, & Sam Burley HOF are some of the biggest meets around. The colleges step up and offer Steinbrenner (USF), Florida Relays & the FSU Relays to the mix as well. Go ahead and add the Kowboy Invite to the “big FLA meets” list too. Attracting some of the best Central Florida has to offer, in addition to the some west coast teams as well, this invitational is getting larger and more competitive each year.

Kowboy Invitational Featured Photos Donald Lamb Mar 09, 2014

The Great Lambino Donald Lamb strikes again as he visits my alma mater Osceola High School for the 2014 Kowboy Invitational. Check out over 1800 photos from one of the top meet's in Central Florida and across the state! 

Liberty & Kathleen Run Through Cloud, Victor Clears 6'10 Donald Lamb Mar 02, 2014

The season is full swing now, and most teams have a few meets under their belts (and some marks in the Milesplit database). Coach Kevin Harkema of St Cloud HS welcomed 25 teams to its friendly confines for the 2nd annual St Cloud Invitational. After hosting several championship meets, this event is already double what is was last year. March got started with gorgeous weather that made for a great day at the track.

Gateway Panthers Classic Recap: DP Dominates Boys, Turner & Lake Mary Win Close One Donald Lamb Feb 23, 2014

Central Florida track & field got started big time today at Gateway High School for the return of the Panthers Classic on their brand new track the looks a lot like Georgia clay. Coach Cliff Branch (seen right with future football HOF'er Ray Lewis) has been anxiously awaiting the day to showcase the new facilities. Twenty nine teams descended upon Kissimmee to open up with the first big invitational. The weather was in a cooperating mood early, but some rain cells delayed things a bit. The competition was good all the way through to the bitter end.

Around Osceola: Area Athletes Travel To Titusville To Take On Top Teams Donald Lamb Oct 01, 2013

The season is just over halfway done. Only a few more regular season weekends remain before the conference championships start.  Following that is the always exciting state series as teams make their march toward Tallahassee. A simple chance to run at the state meet is a goal for some schools, while others expect to be there and leave with a trophy. The final month lies before us all, stay healthy and enjoy the ride.

Around Osceola - Week #2 Donald Lamb Sep 10, 2013

This past weekend, five area teams traveled to Trotters Park for the Edgewater Invitational. In total there were more than 30 teams from all over Central Florida that made the trek to the greater downtown Orlando area for a Friday evening race in the second weekend of the cross country season.