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Ahfachkee, PECS basketball teams face off

BIG CYPRESS — The basketball season is underway, and for the first time, the Ahfachkee Warriors and the PECS Seminoles met at center court. The Herman L. Osceola Gymnasium in Big Cypress was the site of the big games on Nov. 29 when the girls’ and boys’ teams each faced off. The atmosphere was vibrant with a crowd of vocal fans, family and friends of both schools’ teams.

“This is our first time seeing them,” said PECS eighth-grader Odessa King, 14. “We’re pretty confident.”

With a record of 3-0 for the season before this game, PECS girls had reason to be confident; Ahfachkee’s record was 0-2. They beat the Ahfachkee girls 55-45.

In front of crowded bleachers, the Ahfachkee Scream Team led fans in cheers and performed during halftime and timeouts.

“This is the first time we’ve played PECS,” said Cicero Osceola, coach of the Ahfachkee boys’ team, who had a 0-1 record before the game. “It’s just like any other game; we’re ready and are going to have some fun.”

PECS boys were also ready for the match up. Their record for the season was 2-1 before the game.

“The boys are looking forward to playing Ahfachkee,” said Ryan Tedders, PECS coach. “We’re pretty excited.”

The PECS boys’ team was victorious; they beat Ahfachkee 47-32.

Perhaps a new rivalry or Tribalwide camaraderie was forged during the event. Only time will tell.

Beverly Bidney
Beverly Bidney has been a reporter and photographer for The Seminole Tribune since 2012. During her career, she has worked at various newspapers around the country including the Muskogee Phoenix in Oklahoma, Miami Herald, Associated Press, USA Today and other publications nationwide. A NAJA award winning journalist, she has covered just about everything over the years and is an advocate for a strong press. Contact her at

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