November 25, 2013
Five Northview High School seniors were named to the Florida Class 1A All-Star Volleyball team. They had the chance to play this weekend in St. Petersburg in front of college coaches for the opportunity to gain scholarships.. They were (picture, L-R) Lily Townson, Lana Clayton, Danielle Steadham, Rebecca Grim and Tiffani Pritchett. The five players also recently played as members of the 2013 Subway All-Star High School Volleyball West team in Pensacola. Submitted photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.
November 25, 2013
The Northview Chiefs fell to the Cottondale Hornets Friday night in Cottondale.
NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.
November 23, 2013
The defending 1A state champ Northview Chiefs suffered an agonizing 34-28 loss on the road to Cottondale Friday night in the Region 1-1A title game.
“It’s tough,” senior quarterback Dalton Tullis said following the game. “We worked hard, but we could have done more stuff than we did. I feel bad right now.”
The Chiefs suffered numerous controversial calls by the officials, including a game changer with 1:36 to go. The Chiefs were up 28-26 when Northview’s Brannon Freeman picked off a Hornet pass. The officials called pass interference, setting up a Hornet drive and the go ahead run for Cottondale.
“I saw things differently,” Northview head coach Sid Wheatley said. “It’s big. It’s big. If a couple of calls had gone the other way it would have been a different outcome in this game.”
And as the clock rolled down to zero and the Chiefs down to the Hornet’s 30 on the final play, Northview fans and coaches saw what should have been a holding call, but no flags were thrown.
But excuses and blame don’t earn — or lose — a trip to the state championship game in Orlando.
“We needed to move the ball a little bit better in the second half. We needed to stop them a little bit better,” Wheatley said. “We’ve got to come back real hungry with these guys that are going to return (next season). We need to remember this feeling and be motivated by it. We need to win.”
And in the end, the Chiefs came up short, and the tears flowed.
“I’m feeling pretty bad right now. It’s heartbreaking to lose like this,” senior Neino Robinson said after the loss. “I think we played the best we could; we made some big plays. My team’s great; I have a great team. We just gave up some big plays in the end, and it come back to hurt us.”
The Chiefs were the first on the board Friday night in Cottondale with 8:40 to go in the first. Tullis was up the middle for a couple of yards and the Chiefs’ first touchdown. A missed extra point attempt, and Northview held a 6-0 lead.
On their next possession, the Chiefs fumbled the ball away with Cottondale recovering on the 10-yard line to set up a touchdown and a 6-6 tie.
In the second, Cottondale answered with a 15 yard touchdown pass to go ahead 12-6. With 7:54 to go in the half, Freeman was in from a couple of yards out and Tullis added the two point conversion run, 14-12 Chiefs. With just over a minute and a half before half time, the Chiefs expanded their lead to 20-12 on a 3-yard TD run from Freeman. On the extra point attempt, Robinson was into the end zone, 22-12 Chiefs.
In the third quarter, the Hornets stung with 8:30 on the clock to close in 22-18 with a 23-yard touchdown pass.
Cottondale scored with 6:01 in the fourth before the Chiefs retook the lead on 2-yard run from Keondrae Lett with 4:22. But Cottondale would come back with 41 seconds remaining to go ahead on a 4-yard run, 34-28.
Pictured top: Northview’s Keondrae Lett reacts emotionally after the Chief’s regional final loss Friday night in Cottondale. Pictured top inset: A missed Northview pass at the Hornet’s 3-yard line with 3.7 seconds remaining in the game. Pictured middle inset: Northview’s Neino Robinson and Coach Sid Wheatley following the loss. Pictured bottom inset: Junior Cameron Newsome gains yardage for the Chiefs. Pictured below: Ladarius Thomas fights off a Hornets defender. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.
November 22, 2013
The defending 1A state champion Northview Chiefs will lay it all on the line tonight in Cottondale as they take on the Hornets for the Region 1-1A championship.
Both are teams are coming into the game as district runner-ups. The Chiefs (4-6) are coming off a 22-19 road win against District 2-1A champion Vernon Yellow Jackets. Cottondale (7-4) beat the District 1-1A champion Baker Gators 28-23.
The winner of tonight’s Northview-Cottondale game will face the winner of the Blountstown vs. Port St. Joe in the state semi-finals next week on the road to the state championship game December 6 in Orlando.
Directions To Cottondale’s Stadium (137 miles from Northview):
- Traveling east on Interstate I-10 take exit 130 toward Cottondale/Dothan AL.
- Take 231 N for about 3 miles to the first traffic light (HWY 90).
- Turn right onto HWY 90 East.
- Travel past Cottondale High School, take next right onto Zion St.
- Travel to the 4-way stop, turn left onto Thomas St.
- The football field is on the right.
Map: Click here.
Pictured top: Northview head football Coach Sid Wheatley celebrates victory last Friday night in Vernon. Pictured below: Northview beat Vernon 22-19. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.
November 22, 2013
The Northview High School volleyball teams honored their best Thursday night during their annual banquet.
They also celebrated the success of the varsity team, which set a school record at 13-10 for the season and second place place in the district. The varsity team is graduating seven seniors.
“Our varsity team was not filled with returning players,” coach Barbara Luker said. “The varsity team was a team that was willing to fight and work together to achieve the win.”
Awards presented Thursday night included:
Junior Varsity Best Offensive Award
Leah Fischer – JV, 11 Aces, 13 Kills
Laurie Purdy – JV, 14 Aces, 3 Kills and 10 Assists
Kyndall Hall – Varsity, 41 Aces, 40 Kills, and 98 Assists
Danielle Steadham – Varsity, 19 Aces, 111 Kills, and 3 Assists
Junior Varsity Best Defensive Award
Dimonique Brown – JV, 2 Blocks and 19 Digs
Danielle Steadham – Varsity, 56 Blocks and 118 Digs
Lily Townson – Varsity, 230 assists and 108 digs
Mallory Merchant – JV
Hanna Ging – Varsity
Best Attitude Award
Cheyenne Redditt – JV
Penny Bandit – Varsity
Maddi Weber – JV
E’Layzha Bates – Varsity
Rebecca Grim – Varsity
Pictured: The varsity Northview High School volleyball team was recognized during their annual banquet Friday night. Pictured below: Most Improved Award winners senior Hanna Ging (left) and junior varsity Mallory Merchant (middle) and Coach’s Award Winner Lily Townson. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.
November 21, 2013
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a draft proposal Wednesday that would divide the state’s Hunting Zone D (from Pensacola to Tallahassee) into two deer management units (DMUs), each with its own unique set of deer antler-point regulations and antlerless deer harvest days.
These proposals for Zone D, which if passed at the April 2014 Commission meeting, would take effect during the 2014-15 hunting season and are part of a larger, statewide project aimed at managing deer on a more local level and providing stakeholders with a greater say in deer management. The Commission also directed staff to provide an update on this issue at the February Commission meeting.
The FWC conducted a public outreach and input process in northwest Florida during the first three months of 2013. During that period, the Commission received input and comments from hunters, farmers and the general public regarding how they would like to see deer managed in the newly proposed DMUs.
As a result of this outreach process, the FWC is considering rule proposals for both public and private lands in both of the DMUs in Zone D, specifically north and south of Interstate 10. Currently statewide on private lands and most wildlife management areas, bucks that are legal to take must have at least one antler that is at least 5 inches long.
The proposals would require that bucks harvested north of I-10 in Hunting Zone D have antlers with at least three points (each point having to be at least 1 inch long) on one side. South of I-10 in Zone D, the minimum antler requirement would be two points on one side.
The proposal includes an exception to the antler requirements in both DMUs whereby youth 15 years old and younger may continue to harvest bucks with at least one antler that is 5 inches or more in length.
Also, the FWC is proposing a change to the antlerless deer season (“doe days”) on private lands within Zone D. Currently in that zone, the season to take deer of either sex (except spotted fawns) runs for seven consecutive days: Dec. 26 – Jan. 1. In the proposed rules, those dates north of I-10 would change to eight days distributed across four weekends (Saturday-Sunday after Thanksgiving, first weekend of muzzleloading gun season, third weekend of general gun season and the weekend after Christmas).
South of I-10, in Zone D, the proposal would change the antlerless season to four days consisting of two popular holiday weekends (the weekends after Thanksgiving and Christmas).
The purpose of modifying the antlerless deer season, the FWC said, is to spread out the hunting opportunity, so that more hunters may be able to participate without substantially reducing deer populations. These changes would be monitored to measure the impact on the deer harvest and hunter satisfaction within each DMU.
November 20, 2013
The Northview High School Cross Country team honored their outstanding member Tuesday night during their annual banquet.
Fastest Boy: Brandon Korinchak
Fastest Girl: Morah McGahan
Jim Ross Memorial Award: Dakota Craft
Junmi Ross Award: Jessica Brown
Coach’s Award: Jessica Barrows
Coach’s Award: Joshua Borelli
Most Improved: Jessica Barrow
Pictured top: Fastest boy Brandon Korinchak and Fastest girl Moriah McGahan. Pictured inset: Jim Ross Memorial Award winner Dakota Craft. Pictured below: Coach’s Award winners Joshua Borelli and Jessica Barrow. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.
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November 20, 2013
The East Team — from Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties — won the 2013 Subway All-Star High School Volleyball game in straight matches Tuesday at the University of West Florida Field House.
The East defeated the West 25-12, 25-22, 25-16, 25-20 in a best of a seven. West Florida High School’s Maddy Lopez was named East MVP.
The West team, representing Escambia County, was coached by Northview High School’s Barbara Luker and David Bryant from West Florida High School.
Members of the West Team were: Lauren Merts (Tate), Lily Townson, Danielle Steadham, Rebecca Grim, Tiffani Pritchett, and Lana Clayton (Northview), Cara McDaniel and Mallory Herrmann (Catholic), Jennifer Werner (Washington); Maddy Lopez, Rachel George, Casey Melvin, and Amanda Davis (West Florida High), Allison Palmer, Megan Kirst, and Brittany Delone (Pine Forest), Yenny Wu Ho (Pensacola High) and Tyaina Colston (Escambia).
Members of the East Team were: Sydney Lowery (Jay), Lauren Gordon (Laurel Hill); Caroline Lathi (Fort Walton Beach High), Clair Gunter (Rocky Bayou Christian School); Jasmine Middelton and Brittany Pase (Crestview); Kiera Foster (Navarre); Hana Wadsworth and Alex Roy (Baker), Keren Haygood (Milton), Emili Jordan, Brooklynn Roberts and Claire Pierson (Pace); Shannon McDonald (Choctaw); Sage Dunne and Alex Karcher (Gulf Breeze); Arielle Harris and Adrienne Harris (Central); Bailey Noon (Niceville).
Pictured top: Members of the West All-Start Team included (L-R) Lauren Merts from Tate High; Lily Townson, Rebecca Grim, Lana Clayton, Tiffani Pritchett and Danielle Steadham from Northview High. Photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.
November 19, 2013
Now is the time to register for the 3rd Annual NWE Flag Football Tournament.
The tournament is scheduled for February 1, 2014, (Super Bowl Saturday) at Ernest Ward Middle School. Registrations are being accepted now. Call (850) 449-3185 to register a team.
There are no age limits. The registration fee is $150 per team. All proceeds will benefit the Northwest Escambia 2014 Youth football season.
November 18, 2013
West Florida High School’s Nachelle Watson has signed a softball scholarship with Florida A&M University. Watson, a Cantonment resident, played first base for the West Florida Lady Jags. Submitted photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.