Northview Cross Country Team Members Honored

November 24, 2014

The Northview High School Cross Country team honored their outstanding members recently during their annual banquet.

Award winners included:

Most Improved female runner: Mary Sullivan
Most Improved male runner: James Attes
Fastest female runner: Moriah McGahan
Fastest male runner: Brandon Korinchak
Junmi Ross Award: Moriah McGahan
Jim Ross Award: Joshua Borelli
Coach’s Award: Triston Reaves

Photos: Escambia Academy Wins State Championship

November 24, 2014

The Escambia Academy Cougars from Canoe, AL, won the AISA Class AAA state championship Friday night with a 35-28 defeat of Bessemer Academy at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Troy, AL.

For a bonus photo gallery, click here.

For the game story, click here. photos by Ditto Gorme, click to enlarge.

Florida Lifts Ban On Silencers For Hunting Deer, Other Game

November 24, 2014

Florida hunters can now muffle their shots when hunting deer, gray squirrels, rabbits, wild turkeys, quail and crows.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Friday agreed, with little comment, to issue an order that immediately removes a prohibition on the use of noise-suppressors, or silencers, with rifles and pistols.

Florida becomes the 33rd state to allow the noise-suppressors for game hunting.

Florida had been the only state in the Southeast to have such a ban, which was lifted at the request of hunters, said Diane Eggeman, director of the agency’s Division of Hunting and Game Management.

Eggeman said silencers cut noise by about 30 decibels, and it’s a common misconception that such noise-suppressers eliminate sound from the weapon.

“You can hear it from a long way away,” Eggeman said. “It’s a significant noise.”

Florida already allows the use of suppressors on shotguns for game hunting. A suppressor can also be placed on a rifle or pistol when hunting on private lands for non-game wildlife, including hogs and armadillos.

During the commission meeting, held in Key Largo, Fish and Wildlife staff and a couple of hunters defended the proposal as a means to protect hunters’ hearing, lessen the impact of hunting on others and help while introducing people to the sport.

Buck Holly, an owner of C&H Precision Weapons in LaBelle, told the commission that silencers also improve communications among hunters in the field, and he noted his 17-year-old daughter prefers using a silencer on a rifle as it reduces the recoil and sound.

“None of my kids are afraid to hunt with rifles because there is no longer the loud bang,” Holly said. “There is not a lot of recoil, they all think it’s fun.”

Holly added there has been an uptick in silencer sales in Hendry County in anticipation of the prohibition being lifted.

Concerns have been expressed to the commission that lifting the ban would reduce safety and increase opportunities for illegal activities. But Eggeman said wildlife officials from other states haven’t reported an increase in illegal activities as few hunters use suppressors because they are expensive and highly regulated.

To purchase a silencer, a hunter must pay a $200 registration fee with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and pass an FBI background check.

The cost of a rifle suppressor has been estimated between $450 and $2,000.

by Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida

Escambia Academy Cougars Win State Championship

November 22, 2014

The Escambia Academy Cougars from Canoe, AL, won the AISA Class AAA state championship Friday night with a 35-28 defeat of Bessemer Academy at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Troy, AL.  It was the first football state championship ever for the school just outside Atmore — in fact, it was the first final game appearance ever for the Cougars.

The Cougars earned the win a on a one-yard touchdown run from Brett Gorum with just 49 seconds to play in the game, capping a 59-yard, seven play drive for the Cougars (11-1). On Bessemer’s final drive, an interception by the Cougar’s Kris Brown finalized the win.

Gorum was 5 of 7 passing Friday night for three touchdowns, including a 19-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to Tim Finklea, a six-yard pass to Maleek Salter, and a 59-yarder to Scott Brantley. The Cougar’s other score came on a six-yard run from Brown.

Finklea had a total of 125 rushing yards on 23 carries for Escambia Academy.

Three weeks ago, Escambia Academy lost to Bessemer 32-14 at home in Canoe – their only loss of the season.

The state championship was the first in 30 years for an Alabama school from the Atmore area. The Escambia High School Blue Devils win a state championship back in 1974. The Northview High School Chiefs, just across the line in Florida, won a state championship in  2012. expects additional high quality images to post later Saturday or on Sunday.

Pictured above and below: The Escambia Academy Cougars celebrate the AISA Class AAA state championship Friday night at Troy State’s Memorial Stadium. Submitted photo for, click to enlarge


High School Playoff Finals

November 22, 2014

Here are Friday night’s high school football finals from around the area:


  • 7A — Niceville 34 Tate 0 [Read more...]
  • 6A –Choctaw 35, Navarre 14
  • 5A — Tallahassee Godby 41, West Florida 6
  • 1A — Vernon 30, Baker 14 – FINAL


  • 2A — Washington County 60, Flomaton 0
  • AAA-AISA STATE CHAMPIONS Escambia Academy 35, Bessemer 0 [Read more...]

7A: Niceville Tops Tate

November 22, 2014

The Tate High School’s  playoff run came to an end Friday night as the Aggies lost to Niceville 35-0 in the Region 1-7A semifinal. The Aggies finished the year at 9-3.

Niceville will be Oakleaf next Friday night in the regional finals.

For more photos, click here.

Photos by Jennifer Repine for, click to enlarge.


Basketball: Tate Beats Pace In OT

November 22, 2014

The Tate High School Aggiest beat Pace in overtime Friday night 74-72.

With the win Friday night and a season-opening win last Tuesday over Milton, the Aggies are now 2-0.

The Aggies will host Gulf Breeze Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Grand Send-Off For Escambia Academy Cougars

November 21, 2014

The Escambia Academy Cougars won the AISA Class AAA state championship  tonight in Troy, AL, being Bessemer Academy 35-28.

Earlier Story:

A grand send-off was held Friday afternoon for the Escambia Academy Cougar football team as they left Canoe, AL, and headed through Atmore on their way to the AISA Class AAA state championship game tonight in Troy, AL.

Fans lined the highways to wave and wish good luck to the Cougars. Escambia Academy will play Bessemer Academy at 7 p.m. at Troy’s Veterans Memorial Stadium, home of the Troy State Trojans.

Pictured: A celebratory send-off for the Escambia Academy Cougars Friday afternoon in Canoe, AL, as they head to the AISA state championship game in Troy, AL. photos by Ditto Gorme, click to enlarge.

West All-Stars Beat The East In All-Star Volleyball

November 21, 2014

The West All-Stars defeated the East in the Subway High School All-Star Volleyball game Thursday night at the University of West Florida Field House.

Under the leadership of Heach Coach Erika Burkett of Tate High School, the West took the series in seven games 25-16, 23-25, 23-25, 23-25, 25-16, 25-17 and 15-9.

The West All-Star included the top seniors from Escambia County, while the East was comprised of the top senior players from Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties.

Team members were (with North Escambia area players in bold):

Head Coach: Erika Burkett, Tate
Assistant Coach: Kelly Comerford, Washington

  • Sina Faulk — Catholic
  • Emily Emmons — Catholic
  • Tru Viray — Escambia
  • Emily Enriquez — Escambia
  • Kyndall Hall — Northview
  • Elisabeth Larson — PCA
  • Yenny Wu — Pensacola
  • Anna Legassey — Pine Forest
  • Olivia Veith — Pine Forest
  • Regine Simmons — Tate
  • Jordan White — Tate
  • Carissa Carroll — Tate
  • Mallory Lurate — Washington
  • Morgan Pearson — Washington
  • Lauren Childers — Washington
  • Sydney Barrow — Washington
  • Melisa Izonritei — West Florida
  • Isabelle Strohl — West Florida

Head Coach: Waynn Sellers, Gulf Breeze
Assistant Coach: Amy Walls, Navarre

  • Hartley Moate — Baker
  • Brittney Amey — Central
  • Maya Smith — FWB
  • Emily Radcliffe — Gulf Breeze
  • Kathrin Hess — Gulf Breeze
  • Kassie Oldham — Gulf Breeze
  • Emily Russell — Jay
  • Bridget Zessin — Laurel Hill
  • Monica Foster — Navarre
  • Sheila Faris — Navarre
  • Abbey McLelland — Navarre
  • Sami Mims — Niceville
  • Michaela Dunn — Pace
  • Emili McClure — Pace
  • Laini Vermillion — Pace
  • Caroline Mayne — Pace

Pictured top: Tate Aggie players Regine Simmons, Carissa Carroll and Jordan White, and Coach Erika Burkett of Tate High School on the West All-Star volleyball team. Photo for, click to enlarge.

Volleyball: Tate’s Jordan White Signs With Mississippi College

November 19, 2014

Jordan White, a senior at Tate High School, recently signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for Mississippi College in Clinton, MS. Mississippi College is a NCAA Division 2 school that competes in the Gulf South Conference. White played varsity volleyball for three years for the Aggies and was team captain her senior year. She also plays club volleyball for the West Florida Waves. Submitted photo for, click to enlarge.

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