November 16, 2015
The Tate High School Varsity Cheerleaders won first place at the Cheer Omega Cheer Games this past Saturday. Submitted photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.
November 14, 2015
The Tate High School Aggies earned a thrilling playoff win over Navarre Friday night, 23-22 in double overtime.
Navarre was first on the board with 4:01 to go in the first half on a 43-yard touchdown run to make it 7-0.
Navaree added a touchdown in the fourth and missed the extra point for a 13-7 Raiders lead. Then the Aggies tied it up on a 27 yard touchdown run from Alondo Thompkins. The game was locked at 13-13 as regulation time expired.
After exchanging field goals in the first overtime, Smith found Thompkins for a 23-16 Tate advantage in the second overtime period. Then Navarre scored a touchdown from two yards out, 23-22. But Navarre’s perfect 10-0 season ended with an extra point kick off to the side.
“I’m so proud of these team, just the adversity we fought,” Tate head coach Jay Lindsey said.
Tate moves on to round two of the playoffs at Pine Forest (8-3) next Friday. The Eagles are coming off a strong 37-3 win over Gulf Breeze. Pine Forest claimed the District 1-6A championship 47-28 over Tate in the last meeting on October 30.
Photos by Jennifer Repine for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.
November 14, 2015
For the second time in three years, the Vernon Yellow Jackets spoiled the playoff hopes of the Northview Chiefs. Friday night in Vernon, the Yellow Jacks got past the Chiefs 8-7 for a Region 1-1A semifinal win.
The Northview defense started early with two strong plays. Neikel Robinson picked off a Vernon pass in the end zone and returned it to near mid-field before turning it over on downs. Vernon was back in possession only to find a Chief picking off a Yellow Jacket pass — this time Michael Jones at the goal line.
The Chiefs were the first on the board with a pitch from quarterback Gavin Grant to Luke Ward who found Toney Harrison for a 12-yard touchdown. Northview topped Vernon 7-0, 6:32 to go in the half.
With 10:19 left to play in the game Vernon was down to the Northview 2. Vernon was in from 2 yards out. With a good two point attempt, Vernon took the lead 9-7 with 9:04 to go in the game.
On their final drive of the game, the Chiefs reached their own 49, but could not convert on a 4th and 12 as Vernon held on for an 8-7 win over the Chiefs.
Vernon (9-2) will travel to Baker next Friday night in the regional championship game. Baker blanked Graceville 26-0 Friday night.
Pictured top: Northview’s Neikel Robinson picks of a Vernon pass in the end zone early in the Chiefs battle against Vernon. Pictured inset: Senior Jacob Dunsford gains yardage for the Chiefs. Pictured below: Robinson with the ball for the Chiefs. Pictured bottom: Luke Ward breaks free for Northview. NorthEscambia.com photos by Gary Amerson, click to enlarge.
November 14, 2015
Here are final playoff scores from around the North Escambia area tonight:
- Vernon 8, Northview 7
- Tate 23, Navarre 22 2OT
- Rickards 42, West Florida 39
- Pine Forest 37, Gulf Breeze 3
- Trinity Christian 49, Catholic 3
- Baker 26, Graceville 0
- T.R. Miller 49, Pike County 8
- Flomaton 49, Fayetteville 10
November 12, 2015
Two Republican lawmakers are filing legislation that would regulate the daily fantasy sports industry, which is the subject of a federal probe and lawsuits in Florida and other states focused on whether the popular online games are illegal gambling. Sen. Joe Negron of Stuart and Rep. Matt Gaetz of Fort Walton Beach — both lawyers — issued a press release Tuesday with a draft version of their proposal.
The legislation would require all fantasy sports game operators to register with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and impose restrictions on who can play the games.
Employees, family members and owners of the fantasy sports websites could not participate in the games, and employees also could not share confidential information that could affect fantasy game played with third parties until the information is publicly available.
Players, officials and others affiliated with real sports teams could not participate in any fantasy game that is determined by the performance of the player, the team or the accumulated statistics of the team or player. Three million Floridians currently play some sort of fantasy sports games, according to industry insiders.
“I do not believe that these Floridians should be at risk of criminal prosecution for doing nothing more than participating in the fantasy sports contests they enjoy. However, due to a dated attorney general opinion, there is a need to clarify in Florida law that fantasy sports are legal, as well as institute commonsense regulations that address consumers,” Negron, who is slated to become the next Senate president, said in the press release.
The fast-growing daily fantasy sports industry is under scrutiny by prosecutors in New York and Tampa, where the U.S. Attorney’s Office recently subpoenaed the Florida-based Fantasy Sports Trade Association. Daily fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel, and the association have hired some of the state’s most influential lobbyists, and the association contributed at least $70,000 to political committees led by Florida lawmakers in September.
Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, told The News Service of Florida last month that he’s asked his lawyers to check into the fantasy sports industry, in which players pay entry fees to draft “teams” that compete against each other for cash prizes based on the actual performance of athletes.
by The News Service of Florida
November 12, 2015
The Molino 16U Lady Jaguars finished their fall season at 11-1. After losing their first game of the season, the team won 11 straight, coming from behind for the win in their last five games. Team members were Abigayil Mascaro, Jillian Gullahorn, Kaylee Bush, Ivy New, Kaylynn Swartzendriver, Jasmine Crabtree, Kristen Warlick, Alyssa Mcquaid, Lauren Metzler and Meredith Morgan. Coaches were Donnie Nicholson and Anthony Swartzendriver. Submitted photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.
November 10, 2015
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes “Go the Distance” Awards were presented Monday night at a banquet hosted by the First Baptist Church of Pensacola.
Athletes from Escambia and Santa Rosa counties were honored for their participation in cross country, golf, swimming and volleyball.
Hannah Ging, Volleyball
Bethany Reynolds, Cross Country
Brandon Korinchak, Cross County
Shelby French, Swimming
Kelly Kennedy, Swimming
Kaylee Jackson, Golf
Earnest Morgan, Golf
Hope Tourney, Volleyball
Emma Shows, Cross Country
Kerry Avant, Cross Country
West Florida High
Alexis Tinker, Swimming
Jason Ogle, Swimming
Elizabeth Wright, Golf
Chase O’Conner, Golf
Miranda Taylor, Volleyball
MacKenzie Desposito, Cross Country
Von Little John, Cross Country
RayAnne Free, Cross Country
Austin Gonzales, Cross Country
Rachel Rudd, Golf
Daniel Taylor-Limerick, Golf
Alexis Lucas, Volleyball
Kaylie Dickson, Volleyball
Ella Griffith, Cross Country
John Mobley, Cross Country
Brittany Daigle, Golf
Jack Myslack, Golf
Ariel Noethlich, Volleyball
Carla Dias, Cross Country
Will Langhorne, Cross Country
Daniel Kelso, Golf
Laurie McCoy, Golf
Kallie Lewis, Volleyball
Jenna Luth, Swimming
Caroline Sears, Swimming
Ryan Dockery, Swimming
Abigail Herrmann, Golf
AJ Panyko, Golf
Kiley Brady, Volleyball
Carson Montana, Cross Country
Grant Kemp, Cross Country
University of West Florida
Karisa Kostecki, Swimming
Autumn Day, Volleyball
Gulf Breeze High
Ally Post, Swimming
Carl Lehman, Swimming
Olivia Hepworth, Volleyball
Madison Thompson, Cross Country
Josh Thompson, Cross Country
Amber Gilley, Swimming
Chase McLean, Swimming
Chloe Dawson, Golf
Beau Martin, Golf
Mallory Bramel, Volleyball
Becky Ward, Cross Country
David Brammer, Cross Country
Jordan Gilliard, Swimming
Patrick Keele, Swimming
Laurel Emerson, Golf
Trevor Easley, Golf
Gillian Rabold, Cross Country
Pictured top: Fellowship of Christian Athletes “Go the Distance” award winners in cross country and volleyball. Pictured below: Winners from golf and swimming. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.
November 7, 2015
Here are final Friday night football scores from around the North Escambia area, including playoffs in Alabama. (Additional scores will be added as games end.)
- South Walton 59, Jay 26
- Trinity Christian 32, Pine Forest 22
- Arnold 44, Milton 29
- Pace 35, Catholic 13
- Navarre 35, Niceville 13
- Crestview 27, Gulf Breeze 24 OT
- Escambia 17, Pensacola 6
- Washington 56, West Florida 42
- Lee Scott Academy 35, Escambia Academy 24
- Flomaton 26, New Brockton 20 FINAL
- T.R. MIller 67, Central Coosa 17
- Munford 20, W.S. Neal 0
November 4, 2015
In last Saturday’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Pensacola, the Tate High School Lady Aggies Softball team raised over $12,500, placing No. 2 among teams. Submitted photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.
November 1, 2015
Ray Palmer and the Pensacola Sports Association (PSA) are committed to enhancing the Pensacola sports scene, promoting health, fitness and sportsmanship and growing sports tourism in the Pensacola area. Their efforts were recognized recently by the Florida Sports Foundation as they were awarded the 2015 Florida Sports Leadership Award.
Florida Sports Foundation President John Webb made a special trip to Pensacola to attend the PSA’s monthly board meeting, during which he made a brief announcement and informed the board and Ray Palmer, PSA Executive Director, of the recognition. The Florida Sports Foundation, a Division of Enterprise Florida, supports 27 sports commissions in the state, awards this recognition once a year to a director and commission based on its ongoing success in the sports tourism industry.
“Just as Florida with the leadership of Visit Florida leads the nation in the tourism industry, the Florida Sports Foundation sets the bar nationally as the model in the sports tourism segment, said Ray Palmer on his recognition. “Florida is where the world comes to play and sports and recreation spending is responsible for $44.4 billion in economic output. The 27 sports commission’s directors and staffs are some of the most highly respected names in the entire industry. For the Pensacola Sports Association to be recognized with this award by the Governor of Florida and the Florida Sports Foundation is truly an honor second to none.”
“The Pensacola Sports Association has a long heritage of hosting a variety of amateur, leisure and collegiate sports in the Panhandle of Florida,” said FSF President John Webb. “Over the years, their sports tourism events have brought in a significant number of out-of-state visitors from the Gulf Coast region of the United States and the Southeast to enhance the quality of life of those living in Northwest Florida. Because of the professional efforts of Ray and the PSA the area will continue to experience sports tourism growth.”
“This honor is certainly well deserved,” said Steve Hayes, President of Visit Pensacola. “With each event that PSA brings to the Pensacola Bay Area, a new group of people are introduced to our beautiful destination. When they plan their vacations, we hope they remember the great time they had here in Pensacola.”
The PSA is one of the oldest sports associations/commissions in the United States, beginning in 1954. Today the PSA manages or assists in numerous events a year throughout the Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa county areas. Events include a high school all-star series, flag football, 5K-15K runs, marathons, triathlons, bicycle races, collegiate national championships, and annual awards and scholarships banquets.