Northview Beats PCA; Jay Gets Four-Homer Win Over Holmes

April 1, 2015

BASEBALL

Northview 12, PCA 1

The varsity Northview Chiefs beat Pensacola Christian Academy in Pensacola Tuesday 12-1. The Chiefs will take a week break before their next game on April 7 as they host the Jay Royals in a district game.

SOFTBALL

Jay 7, Holmes County 5

Destiny Herring and Samantha Steadham each had a home run for the Royals, and Emily Dobson had two including a two-run homer for the win in the seventh. Herring pitched seven for Jay, striking out three. The Royals will travel to Baker on Thursday.

Pictured: Northview at Pensacola Christian Tuesday. NorthEscambia.com photos by Ramona Preston, click to enlarge.

Northview’s Newsome Signs In Football, Track With Iowa School

March 31, 2015

Cameron Newsome is set to continue his athletic career as a dual-sport athlete at Waldorf College in Forest City, IA.  Newsome, a senior at Northview High School, has signed a letter of intent play football and compete in track and field for the Warriors.

“He’s got a good future because of his athleticism and the skill set he has,” Waldorf football coach Kent Anderson said.

At Northview, Newsome was a four-year varsity letter winner in both sports.

A four-year starter on the gridiron, the 6-foot-2, 175-pound wide receiver helped the Chiefs win the 2012 Class 1A state championship. Northview won back-to-back district and regional titles in 2011 and 2012. As a senior, Newsome was selected to the Pensacola Sports Association (PSA) All-Star Game.

“He’s a talented wide receiver,” Anderson said. “He’s got nice reach, tracks the ball well and does a lot of good things naturally. We’re expecting him to compete.”

Newsome also saw time as a defensive back, kick returner and punt returner for the Chiefs, who reached the state playoffs the past four seasons.

A track and field standout, Newsome owns Northview school records in both the high jump and triple jump. He qualified for regional competition in the high jump as a junior, setting a new school mark at 6 feet, 4 inches.

Joining the Warriors, Newsome has the ability to contend with the best jumpers in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

“Cameron is a very talented athlete that is currently capable of meeting an NAIA national-qualifying mark,” Waldorf track and field coach Kendrick Clay said.

Waldorf is currently competing in its inaugural track and field season. The addition of Newsome helps elevate the program.

“As we begin our 2015-16 seasons, he will most likely be able to help Waldorf College establish a presence not just at the regional level, but potentially the national level as well,” Clay said. “We are excited to bring aboard any committed athlete that is capable of helping our program progress.”

Newsome was also active in basketball at Northview, where he was a three-year letter winner. He guided the Chiefs to the playoffs in his final two seasons and was named to the PSA All-Star Game as a senior.

The son of Vivian Morel, Newsome is still weighing his options as he decides on a college major. He’s excited to continue his education and athletic career at Waldorf.

“It is truly a blessing,” Newsome said. “It means the world to me and it is something I have worked towards since I was a kid. It is just a dream come true.”

Newsome said those who pushed and motivated him along the way have greatly influenced the success he’s enjoyed throughout his career.

“I would like to thank all of my coaches for making me into the great player I am today and my mom for staying on me day in and day out to do what I love and to pursue my dreams,” Newsome said.

Pictured top: Cameron Newsome ties his Northview school record high jump at 6 feet, 4 inches at a March 11 meet.

Lady Aggies Take Second In Kissimmee Klassic

March 29, 2015

The Tate High School Lady Aggies took second place in the Kissimmee Klassic Saturday after a 5-2 loss in the championship game against 8A Hagerty.

The Aggies’ Tori Perkins was named defensive player of the tournament.

The Lady Aggies moved into the championship game after an earlier victory Saturday 4-0 over St. Cloud.

Tate Hosts District Special Olympics (With Photo Gallery)

March 28, 2015

The 19th Annual Escambia County School District’s Special Olympics Spring Games were held Friday at Tate High School with over 500 student athletes. Over 600 Tate student volunteers assisted as “buddies” and event workers.

The event began with Special Olympic athletes running with the Special Olympics Torch around the track.  There will was also an Olympic Village with plenty of fun and games, and even a petting zoo, for the athletes to enjoy after they completed their track and field events.

Athletes received the traditional gold, silver and bronze medals for top finishes, plus a participation medal for all athletes.

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NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.




Northview Tops Central; NHS Over Neal; Tate Beats Monroe; Tate Over Pines

March 28, 2015

Northview 13, Central 6
Northview 6, W.S. Neal 1 (JV)

The Northview Chiefs beat Central Friday night  13-6. Thomas Moore had a home run for the Chiefs, along with three RBI’s as he went 2-5 at the plate for the Chiefs.Quentin Sampson was 2-5 with a RBI; Brian Cantrell 2-5; Brett Weeks 2-5 with a RBI; Roman Manning was 2-4 with two RBIs; and Aaron McDonals was 1-5 with a RBI. McDonald pitched the win for the Chiefs allowing five hits and five runs, two errors and three strike outs. The varsity Chiefs will travel to PCA on March 31; the JV will travel to Tate on April 2.

Tate 7, Monroe 0

Trace Penton pitched the win as the Tate Aggies beat Monroe 7-0. Sawyer Smith was 2-2 with a run and RBI; Mark Miller was 2-4; Stephen Harris was 1-2 with two runs; Hunter Worley was 1-3 with a run and double; and Josh Kea was 1-1 wih two runs, two RBIs and two SB.

Kississimee Klassic

Tate 2, Pembroke Pines 1

Pictured: Northview versus Central. NorthEscambia.com photos by Ramona Preston, click to enlarge.

Jay Lindsey Named Tate Interim Head Football Coach

March 27, 2015

Jay Lindsey has been named the interim football coach at Tate High School.

He will hold the position through the spring as Tate follows school district policies in advertising the job, according to Tate Principal Rick Shackle.

Lindsey was offensive coordinator  for the Aggies last season. He has nine years coaching experience, including his time at Tate and years at Pace High school.

Lindsey’s appointment follows the resignation of Ronnie Douglas, who stepped down to spend more time on his car wash business ventures.

Jay Tops Northview; Tate Wins In Kissimmee Klassic

March 27, 2015

Jay 4, Northview 4

The Jay Lady Royals defeated the Northview Lady Chiefs 7-4 in a game that was called early due to rain.  For the Lady Chiefs, it was the final game of the regular season before the district tournament that begins April 13 in Freeport. The Lady Royals (11-5) will host Holmes County Monday at 6 p.m.

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Tate 10, Harmony 2

The Tate Lady Aggies topped the Harmony Longhorns 10-2 Thursday night in the first day of the Kissimmee Klassic. The Aggies scored at least one in every inning. Tori Perkins pitched the win, allowing five hits, two runs and striking out nine. Casey McCrackin 1-4, Savannah Rowell 1-4, Tori Perkins 2-4, Elizabeth Werdann 1-2, Lauren Brennan 1-2, Savannah Ullrich 1-3, Rachel Wright 1-4, Samantha Burks 1-3, Kristin Quina 1-1.

Pictured: Jay at Northview Thursday night in Bratt. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

Tate Downs NHS JV; Varsity Aggies Fall To Overton

March 27, 2015

Tate 6, Northview 1 (Freshmen/JV)

The freshmen Tate Aggies defeated the JV Northview Chiefs 6-1 Thursday night in Bratt. The JV Chiefs will travel to W.S. Neal Friday for a doubleheader beginning at 4:00. The freshmen Aggies will play at Milton Monday at 4:30.


Overton, TN 8, Tate  6
Overton, TN at Tate (JV) Canceled

Tate lost to Overton, TN, Thursday night in Cantonment 8-6. Branden Fryman 2-4, R, 2B, RBI; Cole Halfacre 2-4, 2 2B; Jacob Saulnier 2-3, 2 2B; Mark Miller 1-3, R, HR, 2 RBI, Trace Penton 1-2

The JV  Aggies will travel to Milton on Monday for a 7 p.m., while the varsity Aggies. The varsity Aggies are schedule for tournament play April 1-April 4 in Rock Hill, SC.

Pictured: Junior varsity action from Tate at Northview. NorthEscambia.com photos by Ramona Preston, click to enlarge.


High School Sports Group Could Face Overhaul, Elimination

March 27, 2015

A measure overhauling the Florida High School Athletic Association — and opening the door to the group possibly being replaced in two years — was approved Thursday by the House Education Committee on a nearly party-line vote.

Members of the panel voted to move the measure (PCB EDC 15-02) ahead on a 12-5 vote, with Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, D-Tallahassee, joining Republicans in support. Democrats said they were worried about some provisions in the bill, including one that would allow the education commissioner to designate another organization to oversee high-school sports in 2017.

Some also worried that parts of the proposal could open the door to more recruiting of students to switch high schools, though that is technically illegal and would remain so under the bill.

The legislation comes amid years of tension between some lawmakers, particularly in the House, and the association. The FHSAA doesn’t support the proposal, but representatives said the association backs most of the provisions outside of the one that could lead to it being replaced.

“It’s long past the time to limit the power of a very large, protectionist organization and place our priorities with the students,” said Rep. Elizabeth Porter, R-Lake City. “I only wish it had happened of the association’s own volition, and not (because FHSAA) had to be forced to change.”

A similar Senate measure (SB 1480) hasn’t yet been scheduled for a hearing.

The House proposal would overhaul the organization’s governance, setting up a 16-member board to oversee the association. It would also require a third-party review for students suspected of being ineligible and allow students to continue to play while their eligibility is reviewed, though games could be forfeited if the student is later ruled ineligible.

High schools would also be allowed to join FHSAA for some sports, but not in others — particularly football.

But much of the opposition is driven by the provision requiring the education commissioner, with the backing of the State Board of Education, to make a decision in 2017 on whether to keep the association or replace it. The bill also would set up a review of the organization every three years.

The commissioner could technically replace the association under current law, but there is no requirement for a review to be done regularly or by a certain date.

“We think that that is rather arbitrary and that, as a representative democracy, which this association is, if it’s truly violating people’s rights and not looking out for the best interests of our athletes, then FHSAA should be removed,” said Juhan Mixon, representing the association. “But we think that that should come back to this Legislature, and not be put in the legislation at this time.”

Rep. Joe Geller, D-Aventura, said the vagueness of the process lacked transparency.

“At a minimum, we ought to be saying what the criteria are, what these people need to do,” Geller said.

But Rep. Manny Diaz Jr., a Hialeah Republican offering the proposal, said the provision would actually give the association a “two-year buffer” to make necessary changes.

“At the end of the day, I do believe that they are in the strongest position, that they have the experience and they will continue to do this,” Diaz told reporters after the hearing.

Stuart Weiss, president of the Sunshine State Athletic Conference, said the FHSAA had changed in recent years precisely because of the threat of legislation. Schools in Weiss’ organization play football separately from the association, but still have to be members and have to honor the association’s rules.

“You can’t give a quasi-monopoly to an organization, not oversee (it) and see what they do,” Weiss said.

Former Escambia Coach Willie Spears Named As 1A Vernon Coach

March 27, 2015

The District 2 Class 1A Vernon Yellow Jackets have a new head football coach — Willie Spears, former Escambia High School head coach.

The Northview Chiefs’  dreams of a second state championship were stopped cold  in round one of the playoffs last November in Vernon. The Yellow Jackets beat the Chiefs 36-19 in the Region 1-1A football semifinal.

The Chiefs are in District 1, Class 1A with Baker and Jay. Vernon is in District 2 with Cottondale, Graceville, Holmes County, Sneads and Wewahitchka. In the state playoff series, the two districts meet in a regional semifinal game.

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