‘Carl Madison Field’ — School Board Approves Naming Tate Football Field For Legendary Coach

January 20, 2021

The Escambia County School Board officially voted Tuesday night to name the football field at Tate High School as the “Carl Madison Field” in honor of the legendary coach that led the Aggies to a 1980 state championship and is one of the all-time winningest high school coaches in the nation.

Madison, who celebrated his 90th birthday Saturday, sits at number two on Florida’s all-time football coaching victories list with a 326-129-7 record.

In addition to winning a state title at Tate, he took the Pine Forest Eagles to two state championships in 1987 and 1988. The 1988 Eagle team was named as national champions by USA Today, and Madison earned the title of the National High School Football Coach of the Year. All in all, he coached at five different Florida High Schools including Ernest Ward, plus three out of state schools.

“Coach Carl Madison taught his players about the game of life, how to compete successfully as a team, and ultimately, how to win,” stated a school board resolution approved Tuesday night. “His teams were successful in part because of the vision he cast for his players. The fruits of his labor cannot just be measured in the games won, football championships or the players fortunate to earn scholarships, but in the lives of the players, turned men, he coached over the years; men who have established and grown businesses, led corporations, developed into successful high school and college coaches, schoolteachers & administrators, lawyers, community difference makers, charitable leaders and professionals from all walks of life.”

The name of the of the Tate High School football field as “Carl Madison Field” took effect immediately. The stadium will continue to be known as the Pete Gindl Stadium in honor of the longtime educator who served a total of 24 years on the Escambia County School Board and 18 years in the classroom.

College Baseball Returns To Blue Wahoos Stadium On January 30

January 18, 2021

Blue Wahoos Stadium will host its first baseball games of the new year on Saturday, January 30 as Pensacola State College, nationally-ranked Northwest Florida State College, and Coastal Alabama Community College compete in a three-game day-long tournament.

“This is something special for each program, each team,” Pensacola State coach Brian Lewallyn said. “We’re all happy to be back on the field playing again. We’re so appreciative of this opportunity to play at Blue Wahoos Stadium. I know our players are super excited about it.”

The three-game slate will begin at 11 a.m. with Pensacola State facing Coastal Alabama. Game two will feature Northwest Florida State College against Coastal Alabama. The day of baseball will conclude with Pensacola State taking on Northwest Florida in game three.

Games two and three will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the preceding game. Each game will be seven innings.

Tickets are available now at BlueWahoos.com. General admission tickets are $10 and include admission to all three games. Active duty and veteran military members, seniors (65+), and children (5-12) receive discounted $7 admission. Admission for children under the age of five is free.

Face masks are required at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Guests may remove their face mask when seated to enjoy the games with proper physical distancing from other guests, but masks must remain on when moving about the stadium, when on the concourse, and when entering and exiting the facility.

Legendary Football Coach Carl Madison Honored On His 90th Birthday

January 17, 2021

Legendary high school football coach Carl Madison celebrated his 90th birthday Saturday surrounded by former players and colleagues, friends and guests at Hillcrest Baptist Church.

Madison led the Tate Aggies to a 1980 state championship and took the Pine Forest Eagles to two state championships in 1987 and 1988. He is one of the all-time winningest high school coaches in the nation.

“I’m just proud of it. I appreciate all of them coming and doing the things that they’ve done,” Madison said Saturday. “Hell, I never dreamed of this.”

Madison sits at number two on Florida’s all-time football coaching victories list with a 326-129-7 record.

“I can recall Coach Madison saying, ‘wanting to win is not good enough. You’ve got to hate to lose. It has to burn in your gut.’ That has stuck with me since,” remarked Steve Campbell, former head football coach at the University of South Alabama.

He led the Tate Aggies to a 1980 state championship, and took the Pine Forest Eagles to two state championships in 1987 and 1988. The 1988 Eagle team was named as national champions by USA Today, and Madison earned the title of the National High School Football Coach of the Year. All in all, he coached at five different Florida High Schools including Ernest Ward, plus three out of state schools.

“He was not only my high school football coach, or the head coach I ended up starting my educational career under, he is my friend,” said Keith Leonard, current assistant superintendent of Human Resource Services for the Escambia County School District. “He’s my mentor, someone I care very, very deeply about. I love him.”

His football days began early at Escambia County High School in Atmore where he played tailback under Coach Herbert Barnes from 1945 to 1947, making him one of Atmore’s semi-famous “Barnes Boys” with 30 straight wins. After a stint in the Army, from 1950 to 1952, Madison played college ball for Texas Tech and Troy State Teachers College in the mid-1950s.

Fresh out of college, Madison coached for four years beginning in 1957 at Ernest Ward High School in Walnut Hill. He moved to Milton High in 1961, coaching them to a state championship and 34 straight victories. He then took a coaching job at a Georgia High School, losing a state championship game in 1968.

Madison joined the coaching staff at Tate in 1971 on his way to winning that 1980 state championship. He left Tate in 1983, heading to Pensacola High for a couple of years. Then it was off to Pine Forest and those back-to-back state championships. He coached at an Albany, Georgia, school, another 10 years at Milton High and another short period at PHS during the period from 1989 until 2002.

“Coach Madison was like a father figure to many of us even though he may not have known it at the time,” said Mike Bennett, head football coach at Escambia High School. “As players, he treated us all the same; no favorites. He taught me about being punctual and accountable. We still talk from time to time. I treasure those conversations. He’s an amazing man.”

In 2002, he took the head coach job at the small Jackson Academy in Alabama. The then 71-year old took over a team that had gone 0-10 prior to his arrival. He lost his first two games at Jackson, but he went on to win the state championship. The following year, Jackson was undefeated and won another state championship.

In 2009, Madison briefly came out of retirement to once again take to the field at Tate, this time as an offensive consultant.

“Trust me, being his nephew and his quarterback was not very fun for me quite often,” said Scotti Madison, Vanderbilt University Hall of Fame inductee and All-American. “It wasn’t practice; it was perfect practice. Every day, over and over again. Other than my father however, he was the most important man in my life.”

The Escambia County School Board will consider a resolution at their January 19, 2021, meeting to name the Tate High football field as “Carl Madison Field.” The stadium will continue to be known as the Pete Gindl Stadium.

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Tate Aggie Cheerleaders Win Regional Championship

January 11, 2021

The Tate High School Aggie Cheerleaders won the FHSAA Region 1 Championship for the Medium Varsity All-Girl Division over the weekend, their fourth regional championship in a row.

The Aggie cheerleaders will advance to the state finals in two weeks. In December, the squad earned a bid to nationals.

The Tate varsity cheerleaders are:

  • Kyndell Ammons
  • Landry Bellard
  • Lanie Brown
  • Jaiden Bryant
  • Lauren Freeman (co-captain)
  • Hagyn Helton
  • Erin Johnson
  • Karigan Kowal
  • Paige McKinney
  • Emily McNair
  • Ashlyn NeSmith (Captain)
  • Lainey Patrick
  • Emma Romero
  • Alyssa Roye
  • Angelena Tamoria
  • Morgan Warrington (co-captain)

Last school year, the Tate Aggie cheerleaders won a state championship and placed fifth in the nation.

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Tate High’s Owen Jacobs Commits To Play Soccer At Belhaven University

January 10, 2021

Tate High School senior Owen Jacobs has committed to play soccer at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi.

Owen is the son of Brett and Merike Jacobs of Cantonment. Born in Pensacola, Owen has spent much of his life living abroad as an Air Force dependent. He competed in England with the Cambridge United and Norwich Soccer academies, the Gulf Coast Texans in Pensacola and Tate High School.

Owen, who was born completely deaf, is also on the roster with the U.S. Mens Deaf National Soccer Team.

He plans to study political science and Constitutional law with the goal of becoming a Constitutional lawyer. Owen will be joining his brother Brady, a 2018 Tate graduate, who also plays for the Belhaven men’s soccer team.

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Registration Underway For Molino Ballpark And Northwest Escambia Spring Seasons

December 29, 2020

Registration is underway at Northwest Escambia and Molino Ballpark for the spring 2021 seasons.

Northwest Escambia

Registration for Northwest Escambia is open until January 31 at NWEbaseball.com. Player assessments are February 1-2. Opening day is March 27 at Bradberry Park.

Molino Ballpark

Registration will continue for Molino Ballpark until January 31. The draft is February 4-5. Practices will being February 8, and opening day in March 6. To register, visit MolinoBallPark.com.

NorthEscambia.com photo.

West Beats East In All-Star Football Game; Northview’s Trevor Scott Is Defensive MVP

December 20, 2020

The West team bet the East 24-10 in the annual Pensacola Sports Association All-Star Football Game Friday night at Washington High School.

The best seniors from Escambia County played as the West team, while the top seniors from Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties were the East team.

Northview High School’s Trevor Scott received the West defensive MVP award with seven tackles. West Florida High School’s Jaheim Simmons was named the West’s offensive MVP.

The offensive MVP for East went to Pace High’s Brandon Miller, and Navarre’s Grady Kelly was East defensive MVP with three tackles and a sace.

Pictured are (above) Jaylen Cook, Jacori Simpkins and Devin Bryant  from Tate; and (below) Trevor Scott, Logan Bryan and Johnny Windham from Northview. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

‘Carl Madison Field’ – School Board Considers Renaming Tate Football Field For Legendary Coach

December 17, 2020

The Escambia County School Board will consider a proposal next month to name the football field at Tate High School as the “Carl Madison Field” in honor of the legendary coach that led the Aggies to a 1980 state championship and is one of the all-time winningest high school coaches in the nation.

Madison, who will turn 90 next month, sits at number two on Florida’s all-time football coaching victories list with a 326-129-7 record.

In addition to winning a state title at Tate, he took the Pine Forest Eagles to two state championships in 1987 and 1988. The 1988 Eagle team was named as national champions by USA Today, and Madison earned the title of the National High School Football Coach of the Year. All in all, he coached at five different Florida High Schools including Ernest Ward, plus three out of state schools.

His football days began early at Escambia County High School in Atmore where he played tailback under Coach Herbert Barnes from 1945 to 1947, making him one of Atmore’s semi-famous “Barnes Boys” with 30 straight wins. After a stint in the Army, from 1950 to 1952, Madison  played college ball for Texas Tech and Troy State Teachers College in the mid-1950’s.

Fresh out of college, Madison coached for four years beginning in 1957 at Ernest Ward High School in Walnut Hill. He moved to Milton High in 1961, coaching them to a state championship and 34 straight victories. He then took a coaching job at a Georgia High School, losing a state championship game in 1968.

Madison joined the coaching staff at Tate in 1971 on his way to winning that 1980 state championship. He left Tate in 1983, heading to Pensacola High for a couple of years. Then it was off to Pine Forest and those back-to-back state championships. He coached at an Albany, Georgia, school, another 10 years at Milton High and another short period at PHS during the period from 1989 until 2002.

In 2002, he took the head coach job at the small Jackson Academy in Alabama. The then 71-year old took over a team that had gone 0-10 prior to his arrival. He lost his first two games at Jackson, but he went on to win the state championship. The following year, Jackson was undefeated and won another state championship.

In 2009, Madison briefly came out of retirement to once again take to the field at Tate, this time as an offensive consultant.

The Escambia County School Board will consider a resolution at their January 19, 2021, meeting to name the Tate High football field as “Carl Madison Field”. The stadium will continue to be known as the Pete Gindl Stadium.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos Invited To Become Miami Marlins Double-A Affiliate

December 9, 2020

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos received a formal invitation from Major League Baseball to become the Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins on Wednesday morning.

“We are very excited to be invited to partner with the Miami Marlins,” Blue Wahoos owner Quint Studer said. “The Marlins franchise, fresh off a trip to the playoffs in 2020, boasts one of the top five Minor League farm systems in baseball. We look forward to completing the process to officially become an affiliate of the Marlins and to put an extremely talented, winning team in front of our fans at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Off the field, the Marlins share our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and bettering the community, and we look forward to being great partners to them both at the ballpark and away from it.”

When the license applications processes are completed, the Marlins will have their two highest-level affiliates located within the state of Florida, with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp making the jump from Double-A to Triple-A.

“We are excited to invite Pensacola to be the Miami Marlins’ Double-A affiliate,” Gary Denbo, the Vice President of Player Development for the Marlins said. “Pensacola is widely recognized as one of the top franchises in minor league baseball and we are pleased that our outstanding young players and Player Development staff will have the opportunity to continue their ascension to the Major Leagues in front of the great fans at beautiful Blue Wahoos Stadium.”

The invitation to join the Marlins farm system continues an exciting fall for the Blue Wahoos franchise. The team was recently awarded Baseball America’s Bob Freitas Award, given to the organization of the year at each level of the Minor Leagues, completing an impressive and historic triple crown of major awards for the team in 2020. Earlier in the year, the team was the recipient of the Ballpark Digest Best Double-A Ballpark award and Minor League Baseball’s Best Overall Golden Bobblehead, making the Blue Wahoos the first team in history to receive each of the three most prestigious awards available to Minor League teams in a single year.

The Marlins will become the third affiliate for the Blue Wahoos franchise. The team was previously a member of the Cincinnati Reds organization (2012-2018) and the Minnesota Twins (2019-2020).

“Our entire organization would like to pass along our gratitude to the Minnesota Twins for their partnership with the Blue Wahoos over the past two years,” Studer said. “On the field, they provided a playoff-caliber team for us. Off the field, they were excellent business and community partners, recently making a generous donation to hurricane relief efforts in our city. We wish the Twins nothing but the best.”

In a subsequent announcement, the Beloit Snappers were invited to become the Advanced-A affiliate of the Marlins. The Snappers, located in Wisconsin, are also managed by the Studers.

Tate Aggie Cheerleaders Open Competition Season With A Bid To Nationals

December 6, 2020

The Tate High School Aggie competition cheerleading team opened their first weekend of competition at the UCA National Qualifier in Tampa. Their performance earned them a top three finish and a bid to nationals.

Last year, the Tate Aggie cheerleaders won a state championship and placed fifth in the nation.

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