Clewiston Sports News in Brief

• The Clewiston High School boys’ soccer team defeated Oasis in a district match 2-1 on Dec. 12. Jessie Paniagua and Martin Parades scores goals to bring the Tigers record to (4-4) on the season.

Coach Terry Crawford said his team fought hard and was able to avenge an early season loss to Oasis, “The win was sweet having suffered two tough losses to LaBelle, 8-0 and Bishop Verot, 9-3. I think this very young squad continues to improve as we head toward the district playoffs.”

The Tigers also defeated Gateway Charter 5-2 in recent games.

• The Tigers boys’ basketball team defeated Clewiston High on Dec. 13, 57-52. They were down by 16 points at half time but battled all the way back to win.

Coach Tim Carter said the defense was much better in the second half and that fueled the comeback. Alonzo Wargolet had 22 points and five assists; Tyren Richardson had 11 points and five rebounds; and Dagon Holloway had 10 points, four rebounds and three assists for Clewiston.

• Clewiston girls’ basketball lost at Okeechobee on Dec. 12, 56-36.

Shakayla Hankins had 13 points, eight rebounds and five steals to lead the Tigers. Julia Smith had 18 points, all of them in the second half to lead Okeechobee. Nisha Ferrol had 12 points and 10 rebounds for OHS, (9-2).

Clewiston kept it close for the first half as they struggled to score but played good defense.

Okeechobee led 12-7 after the first quarter and 18-11 at halftime.

Kayman Robinson had a solid game with 14 points, five rebounds and two steals for Clewiston.

Coach Alicia Bradberry said the loss was a hard one to take because she knows Clewiston can be victorious against them.

“When we all buy into the game plan and make the right choices off the court, things fall into place for us. My job, as a high school coach, is to prepare these girls for the real world first, then to win games.”

Bradberry said she wants the girls to grab what is out there for them and know that they can be successful on the court.

“Some girls had to stay home because they have school work to do and school work comes first. We requested that some stay home permanently for the sake of maintain what it takes to be a team. Hard lessons are learned in athletics and there are some tough consequences for choices that are made.”

Two days later many of the girls returned to the floor and helped the team get a much needed victory against Cypress Lakes. Hankins and Robinson combined for 44 points in the game.

“We are realizing that to be successful in life and basketball we have to make the right choices on and off the court at all times. We all have to take ownership for our actions.”

• The Lady Tigers soccer team lost at Oasis 2-1 on Dec. 12. Kelsey Allison scored off an assist from Courtney Blanset. Ashley Roth had 12 saves in goal. Oasis is currently leading the district race.

Clewiston defeated LaBelle 4-1 on Dec. 13. Blanset had two goals and an assist. Nicole Roth and Allison scored one goal apiece. Roth had eight saves in the net. The JV team also defeated LaBelle 2-0. Guadalupe Ruiz and Lilibeth De La Cruz scored goals for the Tiger JV.

The Tiger varsity currently stands at (10-4-1) on the season.

• The boys basketball team won an important district game Thursday, Dec. 15, when they defeated the defending district champs Lincoln Park Academy (Fort Pierce) 69-59. Alonzo Wargolet had a season high 39 points.

Coach Tim Carter said he felt it was the best game the Tigers have played all season.

Jaden Thompson had six points and grabbed seven rebounds in the game. Dagon Holloway had five points and five assists for Clewiston.

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