Tate High’s Ward O’Brien Commits To University Of Memphis Track And Field

May 21, 2024

Tate High Schools’ Ward O’Brien has committed to University of Memphis Track And Field. Photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Three Tate Aggies Track And Field Athletes Place At State

May 20, 2024

Three Tate High School track and field athletes placed in the FHSAA 4A state championships Saturday in Jacksonville.

In women’s shot put junior Tina Lett placed third in Florida with a distance of 12.30 meters.

In men’s javelin, senior Ward O’Brien placed third in the state with 55.76 meters.

In the men’s 400m hurdles, senior Lattrell Dukes placed 10th in the state with a time of 55:58.

Pictured top: Tate High School held a send-off for Lett, O’Brien, and Dukes on Friday. Photo by Tate High School Yearbook for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Campbell’s Gem Lifts Blue Wahoos To Series Finale Victory

May 20, 2024

written by Erik Bremmer

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos ended their second series of the year versus the Montgomery Biscuits with a 2-0 victory on Sunday. Despite an overall series loss for Pensacola, Sunday’s win assures that the Wahoos (22-17) begin next week with a share of first place in the Southern League’s South Division.

In a game dominated by pitching, early Pensacola offense ultimately proved to be the difference. Three straight singles by the Wahoos began the top of the second versus Montgomery starter Cole Wilcox (L, 2-2), including an RBI single from third baseman Bennett Hostetler that scored second baseman Cody Morissette.

Blue Wahoos starter Paul Campbell (W, 5-1) made the lone run stand up over the course of a dominant outing. The righthander’s fourth quality start of the year (6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K) stymied the Biscuits all afternoon. In the fifth inning, the Wahoos tacked on another run of support for Campbell when designated hitter Joe Mack doubled to right-center to score center fielder Jakob Marsee.

The Wahoos’ bullpen held its 2-0 lead the rest of the way thanks to work from Angel Macuare and Austin Roberts (S, 8), who entered the game to strand runners at the corners in the ninth inning. The shutout win marked the fourth time the Wahoos have blanked an opponent so far this year.

The Blue Wahoos return home on Tuesday, May 21 for their first series of the year versus the Tennessee Smokies. First pitch from Blue Wahoos Stadium is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.

Two Northview Shot Putters Place At State

May 19, 2024

Two Northview High Chiefs senior shot putters recently placed at the state level in Class 1A competition in Jacksonville.

In men’ shot put, Jacob Spence placed 13th in the state with 13.99 meters.

In women’s shot put, Amber Irby placed 11th in the state with 10.71 meters.

Pictured: (L-R) Amber Irby, coach Wanca Gafford, coach Doug Godwin and Jacob Spence. Photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Wahoos Wait Out Rain, But Biscuits Win 4-3

May 19, 2024

written by Erik Bremmer

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos and Montgomery Biscuits endured a long mid-game rain delay on Saturday night, but it was the Biscuits who emerged victorious with a 4-3 win to take sole possession of first place.

Each team’s shortstop had a multi-homer game. Pensacola’s Harrison Spohn tied the game twice with a two-run homer in the fifth and a solo homer after the delay in the seventh, but Montgomery’s Carson Williams followed up a solo shot in the first with a go-ahead blast in the bottom of the seventh that proved to be the game-winner.

M.D. Johnson allowed three runs, two earned, over 5.0 innings in his start for the Blue Wahoos. After Williams opened the scoring with his home run in the first, Mason Auer circled the bases on a double, stolen base and obstruction call in the second to give the Biscuits a 2-0 lead.

Spohn’s two-run homer in the top of the fifth was the only blemish for Montgomery starter Ian Seymour, who finished a career-high 6.0 innings while striking out seven. With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth, the Biscuits got back-to-back doubles from Dominic Keegan and Kenny Piper to take a 3-2 lead.

The game was halted just before the top of the seventh as severe weather rolled through downtown Montgomery. After waiting 2 hours and 12 minutes, Spohn’s game-tying homer in the seventh off Sean Hunley (W, 4-0) brought the score to 3-3. The tie game would only last a few moments, however, as Williams launched a solo homer of his own against Chandler Jozwiak (L, 1-1) to put the Biscuits up for good. The pair of homers gave Williams seven on the season, putting the Rays prospect atop the Southern League leaderboards just ahead of Spohn.

The Blue Wahoos couldn’t manage a hit in the final two innings, going down quietly against Keyshawn Askew and Austin Vernon (S, 2).

The Blue Wahoos wrap up their series in Montgomery on Sunday afternoon. First pitch from Riverwalk Stadium is scheduled for 3:33.

Tate Aggies Hold Send-Off For Track And Field Athletes Headed To State

May 18, 2024

Tate High School sent the Aggies Track and Field team to state in style Friday.

Seniors Ward O’Brien (javelin) and Latrell Dukes (400m hurdles) and junior Tina Lett (shot put) are representing Tate at the FHSAA Class 4A Track & Field State Championship on Saturday, May 18th in Jacksonville at the University of North Florida.

For more photos, click here.

Photos by Tate High School Yearbook for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Wahoos Battered by Biscuits In 18-1 Loss

May 18, 2024

written by Erik Bremmer

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos lost in lopsided fashion to the Montgomery Biscuits on Friday night, dropping game four of their series 18-1 and falling back into a tie for first place.

The loss tied for the widest margin of defeat in team history, and Montgomery’s 21 hits marked the most allowed by the Blue Wahoos in a single game since the team’s inception in 2012.

After a 39-minute pregame delay to help the field recover from afternoon thunderstorms, the Biscuits jumped ahead immediately. Pensacola starter Evan Fitterer (L, 3-2) saw his scoreless inning streak of 20.1 frames come to an end with a Dominic Keegan sacrifice fly in the first inning. Mason Auer added a two-out, two-run triple to extend the Montgomery lead to 3-0, beginning a 4-for-5 night for the Biscuits center fielder.

Montgomery added another run in the second on a Carson Williams RBI double, and then broke the game open in the fourth with a two-out, two-run single from Bob Seymour. Fitterer allowed a season-high six runs on nine hits over 4.0 innings before turning things over to the Pensacola bullpen.

Fitterer’s mound opponent, Adam Leverett (W, 3-0), turned in a career-high 7.0 innings in the best performance of his career. The righty allowed only two hits while striking out five without walking a batter. The only Pensacola run scored on a Jakob Marsee RBI groundout in the third inning, after which the Blue Wahoos were held hitless.

The Blue Wahoos bullpen struggled as the game got away late, surrendering a run in the fifth, four runs in the sixth, six runs in the seventh and one more in the eighth. The lone bright spot was lefthander Patrick Murphy, who got the final four outs in the blowout to mark his return to the mound after a yearlong stay on the injured list.

The Blue Wahoos continue their series in Montgomery on Saturday night. First pitch from Riverwalk Stadium is scheduled for 6:05

Jay Royals Win 1A State Championship, Their First In 54 Years

May 17, 2024

It’s been 54 long years, but a state baseball championship trophy is on the way back to Jay.

The Jay Royals are FHSAA 1A state champions for the first time since 1970 after a 6-3 win over Bozeman Thursday night in Fort Myers.

Ethan McDonald was 3-4 with a double and two runs at the plate for the Royals. Nick Baxley was 2-3 with a double and three RBIs, and Grayson Shehan was 2-3 with a double and two RBIs. J Lowery, B Godwin, and W Peaden each added a hit.

McDonald went for three and two-thirds innings for Jay, surrendering three hits and two runs while walking four and striking out five. Godwin was on the mound for three and a third innings, giving up three hits and one run, striking out four and walking four.

The Bucks were the No. 1 seed headed into Thursday night’s rain-delayed game and took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning with a double. The Royals recovered by scoring a run in the fourth and three in the fifth inning to take the lead for good.

Photos courtesy FHSAA for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Northview Hosts Central In Spring Game (With Gallery)

May 17, 2024

The Northview Chiefs hosted the Central Jaguars in a spring football game Thursday evening in Bratt.

There were no scores kept as the two rural schools met in Tommy Weaver Memorial Stadium as the sun began to set and a tractor plowed a nearby field. The fans watched a little football, cheered, and swatted gnats. For Northview, the cheerleaders did the usual “N-H-S” cheers, and the band played the fight song from the stands.

But for the young men on the field, it was a chance to see what they are made of, and for the coaches, it was a first look at the teams in advance of those scorching hot summer practices and those Friday night lights.

For game action photos, click here.
For pictures of the cheerleaders, band, and fans, click here.

“We’ve got a long way to go,” Northview head coach Wes Summerford said. ‘But we played well; I really like our intensity. I’m glad they embraced that; We were on kind of the verge of hitting all spring, and I thought we hit the intensity tonight. There were mistakes and we’ve got a long way to go, but it is spring.

“We are going to hit it hard in the summer.”

The Northview Chiefs will host Destin on August 23 before traveling to Opp and Freeport. They’ll be back in Bratt on September 13 to face  Central again. Central’s schedule was not available at publication time.

NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

Tate High’s Taylor Fitzgerald Signs With Nichols College

May 17, 2024

Taylor Fitzgerald, a four-year member of the Tate High School cheerleading team, signed with Nichols College (Dudley, Mass.) this week.

Fitzgerald was a member of the 2024 FHSAA State Championship squad, a two-time FHSAA Regional Champion and three-time UCA Regional Champion squads.

A member of FFA, Taylor heads to Nichols College with a plan to study business..

Photos by Tate High School Yearbook and others for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

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