December 20, 2014
A Northview High School graduate made history Friday as one of the first two student athletes to sign with the new University of West Florida football team during the NCAA midyear transfer signing period.
Northview’s Blake McCall, an offensive lineman, will transfer to UWF from Jackson State. Tyler Henderson, a safety from Crestview, will join the program after starting his college career at Florida Atlantic.
The UWF football team will play its first season in 2016. The program will add more commitments on February 4, 2015, the NCAA signing day for football. All football student-athletes enrolled at UWF during the 2015-16 academic year will redshirt that season.
Both McCall and Henderson, who were teammates at Davidson Middle School in Crestview, have enrolled at UWF for the 2015 spring semester. They will both have three years of athletic eligibility when the Argonauts begin play in 2016.
“It’s important to us that both of these student-athletes are local here in the 850 area code,” said UWF head coach Pete Shinnick. “We’re looking for young men that will be the best fit for our program from this area. They have to meet the marks that we’re looking for, and both Blake and Tyler do that.”
McCall, 6-3 and 300 pounds, helped lead Northview to an 11-3 overall record and a 4-0 district record as a senior. Northview averaged 42.9 points per game and took the Florida Class 1A state championship with a 42-21 win over Trenton High School during his senior year. McCall was a three-year starter and played all five positions in the offensive line. In 2013, he redshirted during his freshman year at Division I Jackson State. And during the 2014 season, he saw playing time as a redshirt freshman at Jackson State. On the offensive line, McCall helped lead the team to 25.8 points and 376.1 total yards per game.
At Crestview High, Henderson earned his first team all-area honors in both football and baseball. In 2013, he redshirted his freshman year at Division I Florida Atlantic and earned a spot on the Conference USA Honor Roll.
December 17, 2014
Northview 62, Jay 42
The Northview Chiefs beat jay 62-42 in a district game Tuesday night in Jay.
Eric Williams led the Chiefs with 29, while the Royals were led by Eric Travino with 15.
In junior varsity action, Northview beat Jay 65-21 Tuesday.
Northview will head north to Atmore Friday to take on Escambia County High School. The junior varsity games tips off at 4:30, followed by the varsity at 6:00. The Royals will host the Jay High School Christmas tournament starting on Thursday.
December 16, 2014
Caleb Gindl of Molino has signed a minor-league free agent contract that includes a spring training invite with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Gindl, 26, was a Brewers’ fifth-round Draft pick in 2007 out of Pace High School. Most of last season, he played with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds, appearing in eight games for the Brewers. During 2013, he played 57 games, hitting .242/.340/.439 with five homers and 14 RBIs.
He made history for the Brewers as the first in franchise history to hit a walk-off for his first MLB homer.
Pictured top: Caleb Gindl hits a homer for the Milwaukee Brewers in July 2013. Courtesy MLB. Pictured inset and below: Gindl bats during a baseball clinic at Northview High School. NorthEscambia.com photos.
December 16, 2014
The Florida High School Athletic Association has released tentative high school football classifications that, if finalized, will be in place for the next four years.
1-6A will include Escambia, Milton, Pace, Pine Forest and Washington. Pensacola High slips to 1-5A.
1-5A will include Pensacola, West Florida, Arnold, Bay, Gulf Breeze and Rutherford.
And 1-1A will remain unchanged with Northview, Jay, Freeport and Baker. Former 4A powerhouse Madison County will move down to 5-1A where they could play 1-1A teams in the state semifinals or finals.
Tentative 2015-18 Football Districts (With Enrollment)
District 1-7A (Enrollment 1,939-2,331)
- Tate (2,123)
- Niceville (1,976)
- Navarre (2,028)
- Chiles (2,013)
- Leon (2,055)
- Lincoln (2,076)
District 1-6A (Enrollment 1,593-1,938)
- Escambia (1,749)
- Milton (1,761)
- Pace (1,890)
- Pine Forest (1,712)
- Washington (1,738)
District 1-5A (1,115-1,592)
- West Florida (1,288)
- Pensacola (1,437)
- Arnold (1,467)
- Bay (1,366)
- Gulf Breeze (1,576)
- Pensacola (1,437)
- Rutherford (1,188)
District 1-3A (291-680)
- Catholic (593)
- Taylor County (662)
- Florida High (625)
- Maclay (350)
District 1-1A (1-600 rural)
- Northview (503)
- Jay (296)
- Baker (456)
- Freeport (357)
December 12, 2014
The Ernest Ward Middle School Eagles split games with the Pollard-Mcall Junior High School Wolves Thursday night in Pollard to end their season.
The Ernest Ward boys defeated Pollard-McCall 45-34, while the Wolves downed the Eagles girls 26-18.
NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.
December 12, 2014
Tate 69, Milton 53
The Tate High School Aggies beat Milton Thursday night 69-53 at Milton. Zachary Phalen led the Aggies with 24 points, while Jack Henry added 10. Justin Baker, Reggie Payne and Daniel Cafarella contributed nine each. Also scoring for the Aggies were Cortez Jackson and Quintin McGhee with three, and Michael Roberts with two.
With the win, the Aggies improved to 7-1, while Milton fell to 0-9.
The Aggies will host Crestview Friday night, with the JV playing at 5:30 and the varsity tip off set for 7 p.m.
Northview 59, Baker 51
Northview 35, Baker 12 (JV)
The Northview Chiefs beat the Baker Gators Thursday night in Bratt. The Chiefs varsity team downed Baker 59-51, and the junior varsity Chiefs beat Baker 35-12. Northview will host T.R. Miller on Monday.
Freeport 53, Jay 39
The Jay Royals lost Thursday on the road at Freeport, 53-39. For the Royals Eric Trevino scored 15, Thomas Fischer had 10, Taylor Kelly contributed eight, Victor Mishoe six, Justice Garcia two, and Austin Sapp one.
The Jay Royals varsity will be at Northview on Monday at 7 p.m.
December 10, 2014
Escambia County’s new $4.5 million archery park officially opens today.
The Klondike Archery Park at 7201 Sparshott Drive off Mobile Highway was funded mostly by Florida Fish and Wildlife through a federal grant, with Escambia County contributing in-kind with the property.
The Klondike Landfill originally operated from 1976 to 1982 as a Class 1 Sanitary Landfill on 119 acres and was repurposed as the archery park,. The park includes a two-story archery platform, a shooting range equipped with miscellaneous targets, as well as a safety berm at the eastern edge. The facility includes a clubhouse, restrooms, limited kitchen and two verandahs with picnic tables. The parking area and shooting range are well lit for night time user safety.
For more information on the Klondike Archery Park contact the Lonnie Stone of Panhandle Bowhunters and Archery Association at (850) 982-2837.
December 9, 2014
Pointing to safety concerns, three Central Florida residents have filed a legal challenge against a state decision allowing hunters to use silencers when shooting at deer, gray squirrels, rabbits, wild turkeys, quail and crows.
Seminole County residents Charles W. O’Neal, Peri Sedigh and Timothy Orrange Jr. filed the challenge last week in the state Division of Administrative Hearings against the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Last month, the commission approved removing a prohibition on the use of noise suppressors, or silencers, with rifles and pistols.
Supporters argue the move would have benefits such as protecting hunters’ hearing and helping while introducing people to the sport. But the Seminole County residents, in an eight-page challenge, said they own property abutting woodlands, hike or paddleboard and are concerned about safety if they are unable to hear shots. The challenge also pointed to statistics about gunshot wounds in Florida.
“Clearly, the ban removal will only add to these figures as the once-thundering crack of a firearm, sending warning to hikers, nature lovers and wildlife alike that hunters are nearby, will be reduced, muffled or altogether silenced,” the document said. “Even if the sound of the report from a hunting rifle or pistol is reduced by … (30) decibels or less, silencers create a zone in which a person in the woods or in their backyards can be within range of a bullet without knowing that hunters are nearby.”
December 9, 2014
The Chiefs (1-1) will host West Florida Tuesday night. The junior varsity tips off at 5:00, followed the varsity at 6:00.
December 8, 2014
The West team, comprised of Escambia County seniors, will be coached by Tate High School’s Ronnie Douglas with assistants from other high schools. The East team, representing Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties, will be coached by Chafan Marsh who will be assisted by representative from each participating school.
- Catholic — Antione Barker — DE
- Catholic — Daniel Byrd — WR
- Catholic — Antwain Adams — WR
- Escambia — Logan Walden — Safety
- Escambia — Jamal Bynum — LB/DE
- Escambia — Demarcus Mckenzie — LB
- Escambia — Gerold Bright — QB
- Northview — Nick Lambert — WR/SS
- Northview — Cameron Newsome — RB/WR/FS
- Northview — Keondre Lett — RB
- Pensacola — Roy Albrition — OL/DL
- Pensacola — Aaron Jordan — DT
- Pensacola — Roy Colum — WR/DB/QB
- Pensacola — Hakeem Wilson — DB
- Pensacola — Michael Gainey — LB
- Pensacola — Marquez Emerson — LB
- Pensacola — Kevon Abrams — RB
- Pensacola — Eddie Shoots — WR
- Pensacola — Curtis Theis — K
- Pensacola — Keshawn Sanders — OL
- Pensacola — Jarell Dortch — OL
- Pensacola — Slade Jarmon — QB
- Pine Forest — Trevon Anderson — DE
- Pine Forest — Oliva Wright — OLB
- Pine Forest — Tracy Jackson — OL/DL
- Tate — Chris Terrell — DE
- Tate — Devekyo Lewis — DB
- Tate — Marquis Cass — LB
- Tate — Atteberry — OL
- Tate — Travoris Hunt — OL
- Washington — Kevin Kyles — DT/DE
- Washington — Erick Cook — FS/WR
- Washington — Blaire Gilley — P
- Washington — Griffin Ricketson — OL
- Washington — Joe Pohiva — LB
- West FL — Keandre Prim — WR
- West FL — Cameron Ball — DT
- West FL — Albert Moore — DL
- West FL — Devon Gibson — C
- West FL — Dakota Milstead — Long Snapper
- West FL — Noah Banks — OL
- West FL — Kyle Harrison — O
- Baker — Johnathon Gatewood — DE/TE
- Baker — Austin Martin — OLB
- Choctaw — John Hicks — RB
- Choctaw — Patrick Keefe — FB
- Choctaw — Teric Fuller — OT
- Choctaw — Dustin Whisman — C
- Choctaw — Daniel Moon — DT
- Choctaw — Brandon Thomas — DB
- Choctaw — Carlos Leon — K/P
- Crestview — DJ Stewart — RB
- Crestview — Nathan Gerard — OL
- Crestview — Tyrone Baker — DE
- Crestview — Amp Seals — LB
- Fort Walton — Chris Hunt — OL/DL
- Fort Walton — Kavika Cozier — DB/S
- Gulf Breeze — Josh Irby — FB
- Gulf Breeze — Garner Currington — WR
- Gulf Breeze — Jacob Kubick — WR
- Gulf Breeze — Sam Covell — S/CB
- Jay — Tucker Harrington — OL
- Jay — Troy Mandris — OL/DL
- Milton — Dominique Craig — RB
- Milton — Damian Sagiao — DL
- Milton — Dondre Johns — OLB
- Milton — Tye Green — CB
- Navarre — Quentin Randolph — WR
- Navarre — Chris Hering — OG/OT
- Navarre — Matthew Webb — QB
- Navarre — Kyle Arrasmith — TE/DE
- Niceville — Austin Willis — CB
- Niceville — Colby Tuthiy — QB
- Niceville — Alex Echols — DT/TE
- Niceville — Billy Sagar — DT
- Niceville — Chase Outzer — CB
- Niceville — Bryson Houston — LB
- Pace — Chris Clarke — OT
- Pace — Davin Smith — C/OG
- Pace — Dillon Draughn — ILB
- Rocky Bayou — Josh Preston — WR
- Rocky Bayou — Zackary Payne — WR/DB
- Baker — Josh Mayhew — K
- Niceville — Trevor Olds — OL
Final game rosters are subject to change.
Tickets are $8 at the gate and $6 with a canned good item donation. The PSA is teaming with Manna Food Bank for a canned good drive and encouraging everyone to help families by bringing a canned good item.