West Florida’s Gunter Signs With Tallahassee Community College

January 19, 2015

West Florida High School’s Kristin Gunter recently signed her national letter of intent to play softball at Tallahassee Community College. She was a member of the Jaguar’s 2014 Class 4A State Champion softball team and was named first team All-Area Shortstop. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Northview Lady Chiefs Defeat Catholic

January 17, 2015

The Northview Lady Chiefs took the lead and never trailed Friday night as they defeated Catholic High 42-35.

The Lady Chiefs were led by seniors E’Layzha Bates with 16 and Angel Lathan with 14 points. Sophomore Dimonique Davis scored 7, sophomore Autumn Albritton scored 3 and junior Abbie Johnson scored 2.

The Lady Crusaders were led by T. Flemings with 11 points and J. Falco with 7 points.

The two teams meet again Tuesday night at Northview at 7:00 p.m.

Jay’s Blackmon Signs To Play Softball At Jeff Davis

January 16, 2015

Jay High School senior Dana Blackmon signed Thursday to play softball for the Jefferson Davis Warhawks in Brewton. Blackmon was the Warhawks’ first signee from the 2015 class. Courtesy photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Four Tate Players Named To All-State Class 7A Team

January 9, 2015

Four members of the Tate High School Aggie football team have been named to the Florida All-State Class 7A team.

Linebacker Marquis Cass (6-0, 220) was named to the first team defense. Christ Terrell was named to the second team defense, and Reggie Payne was named to the third team offense.

Tate quarterback Sawyer Smith received an All-State Class 7A team honorable mention.

HS Basketball: Jay Over Freeport, Tate Loses To Freeport, Niceville

January 9, 2015

Here are high school basketball scores from around the area Thursday:

Jay 46, Freeport 40

The Jay Royals defeated Freeport Thursday evening, 46-40. Justice Garcia led the Royals with 16, while Thomas Fischer added 14. Other scorers were: Victor Mishoe 5, Eric Trevino 5, Taylor Kelley 4 and Dallin Edwards 2.

The Royals will play Escambia Charter on Tuesday.

Pace 68, Tate 44

The Pace Patriots down the Tate Aggies Thursday night, 68-44. Christian Cass scored 13 for the Aggies. Other Tate scorers: Daniel Cafarella 8, Jordan Watkins 5, Robert Rush 5, Mike Roberts 4, Quintin McGhee 3, Jake Henry 2, Justin Baker 2, and Zach Phalen 2.

The Aggies will take on Crestview at 7 p.m. Friday.

GIRLS

Niceville 58, Tate 32

The Tate Lady Aggies fell to Niceville Thursday, 58-32, in a District 1-7A game.. Scoring for Tate: Victoria Samuel 11, Brianna Daniels 8, Callie Richardson 6, Valerie Samuel 3, Madison 2, and Amani McRae 2.

Northview’s Lett Named All-State First Team; Two Jay Players Make Second Team

January 7, 2015

One player from the Northview Chiefs and two from the Jay Royals have been named to the Class 1-A all-state football team.

Senior running Keondre Lett (5-9, 170) from the Chiefs was the only North Escambia area player named to the first team offense. Lett finished the season with 1,234 yards for the Chiefs, along with 13 touchdowns and 121 carries on the ground. He also recorded 114 yards and two touchdowns on 14 receptions, and four kick off returns for 151 yards and the final of his 16 touchdowns.

Running back Braden Cross (5-10, 170) from Jay was named to the second team offense, as was senior Tucker Harrington (6-2, 280).

NorthEscambia.com file photo, click to enlarge.

Northview Boys Beat Freeport

January 7, 2015

Northview 64, Freeport 56 (Boys)

The Northview Chiefs beat the Freeport Bulldogs Tuesday night in a district game in Bratt, 64-56.

The Chiefs were coming off a Monday night 72-60 road win over the Baker Gators. Cameron Newsome had 26 for the Chiefs Monday night.

The Northview Chiefs (6-6, 4-1) will travel to Holmes County on Friday before hosting Escambia Charter on Monday and Tate on Tuesday, January 13.

Freeport 63, Northview 30 (Girls)

In girls’ basketball action, Freeport defeated Northview Tuesday night 63-30. The Lady Chiefs were coming off a Monday road loss to Baker, 50-34.

The Northview Lady Chiefs (1-7, 0-4) will headto Holmes County on Friday.

Taxwatch: Florida Bowl Games A Big Win For Florida’s Economy

January 3, 2015

College football playoffs and postseason games were expected to bring additional revenue to state and local economies, according to the latest Economic Commentary from Florida TaxWatch, the independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy research institute. Florida was host to eight of the 38 college football postseason games, which is more than any other state.

“For 80 uninterrupted years, Florida has welcomed fans across the nation to the Sunshine State for postseason bowl games, including Championship Games,” said Dominic M. Calabro. “Bowl games give Florida an incredible opportunity to show off our vibrant communities and impeccable attractions and resources.”

Bowl games benefit Florida’s economy best when they host out-of-state teams, since fans travel to stay in Florida hotels and are encouraged to spend time at Florida’s theme parks, beaches and other attractions. In this year’s postseason bowl games, Florida hosted 15 out-of-state schools and their fans. The only Florida school to participate in a Sunshine State bowl game was the University of Central Florida.

Benefits of postseason bowl games include additional tax revenue, more money circulating through local and regional economies, and national exposure for host cities. Florida industries expected to benefit most from Florida’s bowl games are accommodations and food services; arts, entertainment and recreation; and retail trade.

“Florida residents should be excited to welcome this year’s out-of-state postseason bowl game fans,” added Calabro. “When fans come to watch their teams play, they also pay, which enables Florida taxpayers to continue experiencing low tax rates.”

College Flag Football Championship Comes To Escambia County

January 2, 2015

There’s college football being played in Escambia County this weekend — college flag football, that is.

The 2015 National Intramural – Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Flag Football Championship will be held at Pensacola’s Ashton Brosnaham Park January 2-4, 2015.  This is the second year of a four-year contract the Pensacola Sports Association and the University of West Florida Recreation Department have to host the event.  It is the only collegiate national tournament.

Currently 79 teams are registered to participate, a 12% increase over last year’s event.  Over 900 students from all over the country will be in Pensacola representing their schools.  Teams qualified for the national championship by winning their regional tournament.  Additionally, there is an “Open” bracket which allows for any team to register and compete.

Admission is free for anyone interested in watching and concessions will be available.  Ashton Brosnaham Park is located at 10370 Ashton Brosnaham Road, off of 10-Mile Road.

Tate, Northview Lose In Tate Christmas Tournament

December 31, 2014

The Tate Aggies lost to Jupiter in the Tate Christmas Tournament Tuesday night.

Christian Cass led Tate with 13, Michael Roberts added 12, while Jordan Watkins had 9 and Zach Phalen and Jake Henry had 7 each for the Aggies.

Here are the tournament results so far, along with Wednesday’s schedule:

Monday’s Results

  • Escambia 73, Northview 65 (OT)
  • Jupiter 55, West Florida 42
  • Archer 68, Pine Forest 47

Tuesday’s Results

  • Pine Forest 67, Northview 56
  • Archer 65, Escambia 31
  • Pensacola High 45, West Florida 31
  • Jupiter 53, Tate 48

Wednesday’s schedule

  • Pace vs. Northview -  3 p.m.
  • Pine Forest vs. Pace – 4:30 p.m.
  • Escambia vs. Tate – 6 p.m.
  • Archer vs. Jupiter -  7:30 p.m.

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