• Demarcus Crawford had 25 points as the Clewiston Middle School boys basketball team ripped Osceola (Okeechobee) 53-12 on Thursday to improve to (3-0).
The Tigers had opened the season with a 43-12 victory at Yearling (Okeechobee) on November 29th, and a 62-18 victory at Glades Day on November 30th.
Coach Devon Scott said his team was looking for a little competition at this point in the season.
“I have very high hopes this year. We have a young team and nine of our eighth graders left for the high school last year,” he noted.
Crawford, Norris James, Michael Johnson, and other teammates completely dominated the Warriors from start to finish Thursday. The Tigers jumped out to a 25-3 lead after the first quarter and led 32-6 at the half.
Johnson had four points and five rebounds, while Crawford pulled down 11 rebounds, had five steals, dished out three assists and blocked three shots. James had five points, four steals, and three rebounds. Caleb White had six points and three rebounds and Jaheim Humphries had four steals. Hisham Ramadan added four points for the Tigers.
Braelon Pelt had seven points for Osceola while Jamari Corde had four rebounds for the Warriors.
Coach Scott said he is proud that his team includes some talented and well behaved young men.
“We are a humble yet very talented team from the starters to the bench. My coaches Johnny Jackson and Breon Cox work very hard to get the players prepared physically on the court, as I get them mentally prepared for the classroom”.
• The Lady Tigers middle school basketball team defeated Osceola 21-17 as they jumped out to a 16-4 halftime lead and held off a Warriors comeback. Zanaya Tallach had five points and 13 rebounds and Cornijah Odoms had seven points, four steals and four rebounds for the Tigers. Kaniriya Williams had five points, seven rebounds, seven steals and two blocks and Ali Cruz added four points, three rebounds and three steals.
Anya Koivunen had four points and 19 rebounds and Joy Whipple added eight points and five rebounds for Osceola.
Tigers Coach Patricia Weston said she was very proud of the effort.
“It could have been better, our girls still have things to work on. Overall we see a lot of improvement.”
Weston said she wants her girls to get more aggressive on defense and be quicker on offense. She said her team appeared to get tired in the second half.
“We are trying to rebuild the team and overall it was a victory,” she added.
Clewiston opened the season on Nov. 29 with a 25-9 loss at Yearling. Tallach had three points and 10 rebounds and Odoms added six points, and seven rebounds for the Tigers.
The Lady Tigers soccer team defeated the LaBelle Cowgirls 6-0 last week. The junior varsity team tied the Cowgirls 0-0. Ashley Roth and Courtney Blanset played one half in goal for the varsity squad.
Kelsey Allison had four goals to lead the offense. Blanset scored her first goal of the season and Nicole Roth scored her second goal of the year and added an assist. Carley Morrell, Alexis Rubio, and Ashley Roth added assists for Clewiston.
Coach Keri Alford said the two schools have been long-time rivals and the game can get a little physical.
“I think the girls were proud of their performance. We led 5-0 at halftime. That allowed us to give Ashley a chance to play forward and allow Blanset to get some practice in the net.”
Coach Alford said the girls enjoyed playing out of position and the victory.
Lady Tiger basketball won a tough road game, 39-38, at Immokalee on November 29th. Clewiston got off to a slow start and the Tigers trailed by 10 points in the fourth quarter before they were able to rally.
Coach Alicia Bradberry said she decided to go to a smaller and quicker lineup and that appeared to pay dividends in the end. Freshmen Alaysha Johnson and Alexis Perez hit key three pointers down the stretch for the Tigers.
Perez also helped on the defensive end with several key steals.
Bradberry had nothing but praise for her younger players, “Hats off to them for stepping up when the veterans were being smothered by the defense. Immokalee had to respect the two freshmen and that opened things up for our older players down the stretch.
• Clewiston High School boys basketball lost the junior varsity but won the varsity games on Nov. 30 against Pahokee. The Tiger JV lost 52-45 and the varsity won 61-59.
Alonzo Wargolet continued his strong play for the Tiger varsity while Javius Chavers led the JV squad.
Senior guard Dagan Holloway hit a key three point basket with less than a minute to play for the varsity.
Coach Tim Carter said Wargolet transferred in from a Broward County high school and has been a real boost to the team. Holloway was the leading returning scorer from last year. Jaden Thompson is the only other senior on the team. He was the team’s leading rebounder last year.
The Tigers finished (8-15) last year but were able to claim second place in the three team district behind Lincoln Park and ahead of Glades Central.
Coach Carter said the team can easily repeat that success this year, “Expect us to play hard and we hope to be in every game. We have some talented kids that play with heart, and hustle. If we play as a team we will be alright.”
Carter said the home crowd made the difference against Pahokee. He said the energy really gave his team a boost. “This was a big confidence boost for us. Pahokee didn’t have their complete team but it still was a very important victory for us.”
Wargolet hit two key free throws down the stretch for Clewiston. He led the Tigers with 25 points in a victory against Glades Day on Nov. 28.
• The soccer program lost a longtime fan, supporter and part time bus driver, Carlos Herring, who passed away last week. Coach Alford said his family is in her team’s thoughts and prayers and that Mr. Herring will be missed.
• The Lady Tiger soccer team improved to (8-2) with a 6-1 victory over St. Andrews on Dec. 1. Allison continued to fill the net as she scored four goals. Isabelle Perez added two goals. Carley Morrell and Selinda Puentes had one assist and Courtney Blanset added three assists. Ashley Roth stopped 10 shots in the Lady Tiger net.
The Lady Tigers rolled past Gateway Charter, 7-1, on December 2 at Cane Field. Allison had five goals, while Perez and Blanset scored once. Perez and Puentes had two assists. Roth had seven saves in net.
• The Lady Tigers girls basketball team lost at Avon Park on December 1 as they shot (7-52) from the field. Avon Park is (7-1) this year. Coach Bradberry said the team did some things well like bring the ball up the court effectively despite tough press defense. She said her team got some good shots but couldn’t hit the baskets.
“It just was not our night to have them fall. We were shooting well from the free throw line,” she noted.
Avon Park had a decided height advantage as all five of the Red Devil starters were 6’ tall or taller.
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