Tate Aggies Advance In 7A With Win Over Lincoln

November 15, 2014

The Tate Aggies beat the Lincoln Trojans 34-24 Friday night in Tallahassee in a regional quarterfinal playoff game.

The Aggies took the lead 7-0 with 6:06 to go in the first quarter before Alondo Thompkins ran for 78 yards to make it 14-0  with :32 second in the first. Thompkins added another 73-yard touchdown in the second half to finish to 166 yards rushing and 125 receiving.

Overall, the Aggies rushed for 265 yards and had almost 500 yards total offense against Lincoln.

The Aggies advance on the road to Orlando next Friday night as they take on Niceville in the 7A regional semifinal round. During the regular season, Niceville’s Eagles beat Tate 35-7.

Pictured: The Tate Aggies beat Lincoln 34-24 Friday night in Tallahassee. Photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Vernon Ends Northview’s Playoff Hopes

November 15, 2014

The Northview Chiefs’  dreams of a second state championship were stopped cold  in round one of the playoffs Friday night in Vernon. The Yellow Jackets beat the Chiefs 36-19 in the Region 1-1A football semifinal.

Vernon was first on the board with a six yard touchdown on their first possession of the game from four and four. The Chiefs answered with a 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Gavin Grant to Cameron Newsome with 1:54 to go in the first. With a good kick, the Chiefs were out to a 7-6 lead.

The Yellow Jackets regained the lead  14-7 with a short touchdown run and two point conversion with 10:58 to go in the half. With 11.6  seconds to go in the half, the Chiefs were in for a game tying  touchdown that was called back on a penalty.

Northview felt the sting of the Yellow Jackets in the second half with three unanswered Vernon TD’s.

Grant  threw thee touchdowns, two of them to Newsome, to go 22 of 45 for 191 yards.

The loss ended the 1A playoff run for the Chiefs (7-3). Vernon (10-1) will advance next week to take on Baker, who knocked off Graceville 21-7 Friday night.

Pictured: The Northview cheerleaders console one another as the football team gathers in the background following playoff run ending loss Friday night in Vernon. Photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Friday Night Football Finals

November 15, 2014

Final scores from tonight’s area playoff games below.

Here is tonight’s schedule:

  • Vernon 36, Northview 19 [Read more...]
  • Tate 34, Lincoln 24 [Read more...]
  • West Florida 41, Wakulla 34
  • Navarre 44, Escambia 30
  • Choctaw 27, Pensacola 24
  • Niceville 44, Leon 6
  • Baker 21, Graceville 7
  • Flomaton 43, Cottonwood 32
  • Montgomery Academy 30, T.R. Miller 28
  • Munford 29, W.S. Neal 22
  • Escambia Academy 30, Restoration Academy 8

Lifetime Florida Sportsman’s Licenses On Sale

November 14, 2014

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is offering Lifetime Sportsman’s Licenses for Florida children and young adults at a greatly reduced cost. The license now costs up to $1,000 but from November 24 through December 31, 2014, the price will be reduced to $500 for Florida residents who are 21-years-old and younger.

The lifetime license covers saltwater and freshwater recreational fishing, hunting and most associated permits.

“Our state’s natural treasures give families wonderful opportunities for both fishing and hunting from the Panhandle to the Keys. This Lifetime Sportsman’s License will provide Florida’s youth with the opportunity to spend time outdoors with their families. Fishing and hunting are time-honored traditions in our state, and I encourage all Floridians to spend some time enjoying the great outdoors,” Gov, Rick Scott said after signing the executive order that lowered the cost.

A Lifetime Sportsman’s License allows fishing and hunting in Florida for the rest of the license holder’s life, even if that person is no longer a resident of the state.

The license may be purchased at all Florida county tax collectors’ offices, online at License.MyFWC.com and by calling toll-free 888-FISH-FLORIDA (888-347-4356). Residency must be verified. For more information about a Lifetime Sportsman’s License and this limited time offer, visit http://myfwc.com/license/recreational/lifetime-licenses/.

In addition to all Escambia County Tax Collector Offices including Molino, licenses are also available at the Clerk of the Court office in the Billy G. Ward Courthouse in Century.

State Sued Over Deer Dog Hunts In The Blackwater Forest

November 13, 2014

A retired U.S. Air Force pilot and National Rifle Association member wants the state to stop hunters from using dogs to track down deer around his Panhandle property.

Claiming they have been threatened by hunters and that dogs chasing deer can scare rescued horses, William Daws, Jr., and his wife, Ouida Gershon, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Leon County circuit court against the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The lawsuit seeks to stop deer-dog hunting in the portion of the Blackwater Wildlife Management Area where they have lived since 2005.

Susan Smith, a spokeswoman for the agency, said Wednesday she couldn’t comment on pending litigation.

Daws, a hunter who spent 23 years in the Air Force, including combat service in Vietnam, isn’t seeking to outlaw the deer-dog practice in Florida, just around his section of the management area where he and a number of other people live. Such hunts are allowed 44 days a year.

“If they close it to deer-dog hunting, hunting is still allowed,” said David Theriaque, the attorney for the couple. “It’s not as if you’re closing the wildlife management area to hunting. It’s just that this particular form of hunting would be banned.”

Deer-dog hunters use canines to trail deer through the woods. The dogs are unleashed when deer tracks are found or when hunters are within areas deer are known to frequent. The hunters typically follow in pickup trucks to where the dogs are expected to round up the deer for shooting.

The state commission was advised by staff at the Sept. 10 meeting in Kissimmee that closing more areas to hunting with dogs is possible, “however, interest in hunting with dogs remains extremely high.”

A total of 155 permits were approved for the 2014-2015 season.

In seeking both a temporary and permanent injunction to halt the state agency from allowing the hunts to occur in their section of Blackwater, which runs up to the Florida-Alabama border, Daws and his wife are asking for at least $15,000 in damages, claiming the state agency’s issuance of permits to deer-dog hunters has deprived them of their constitutional rights as property owners.

“They are hunters, they support hunters,” Theriaque said. “It really boils down to they have bought land and the state is allowing people to run their dogs through. The state can stop this in a heartbeat by saying we can close deer-dog hunting in that portion of Blackwater.”

The 191,651-acre Blackwater area in Okaloosa County and Santa Rosa counties consists of public land that is interspersed with a number of privately owned properties.

In 2005, the commission reduced the allowed space within Blackwater for deer-dog hunting from 78,172 acres to 19,589 acres, while also closing a number of roads to the hunters.

According to the lawsuit, the couple has sought changes to deer-dog hunting for four years as efforts to protect rescue animals they care for on the property has resulted in being “harassed, bullied, and threatened by deer-dog hunters, including deer-dog hunters firing their guns over the heads of the Daws.”

“They don’t leave their property during daylight hours,” when it’s deer-dog season, Theriaque said. “What happens is the deer jump over the fence, or they’re already on the property, and dogs and houses don’t mix well, especially dogs that are in hot pursuit of deer.”

In an affidavit last week, William Daws said the ongoing conflict with deer-dog hunters has resulted in verbal threats, the couple’s mailbox being shot, threats to tear down fencing, and derogatory graffiti written in the road in front of the their home.

The commission has acknowledged complaints from area homeowners, and the agency has sought to reduce conflicts between homeowners and hunters.

In September the commission approved a change that would require dogs used for pursuing or hunting deer, fox or coyote within permissible areas of Blackwater to be equipped with devices that include Global Positioning Systems and behavior correctional capabilities, in other words shock collars, to keep them within allowed hunting grounds. However, because costs for the receivers and collars can run $650 to $1,100, the rule doesn’t go into effect for two years.

Daws and Gershon argue in the lawsuit that control devices aren’t completely reliable for dogs that are running leash free as “it is well established that dogs cannot read ‘No Trespassing’ signs.”

by Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida

Three Tate Softball Players Sign Letters of Intent

November 13, 2014

Three Tate High School Lady Aggies softball players signed their National Letter of Intent to play at the next level Wednesday.

Rachel Wright will be attending University of West Florida, Lauren Brennan will be attending Lewis University (in a suburb of Chicago, IL), and Tori Perkins will be playing at the University of Alabama Birmingham.  The trio has played softball together since their T-ball days at NEP, and they were also starters on Tate’s Final Four team last year.

Pictured top: Tate’s softball signees and their parents. (front, L-R) Diana Wright, Rachel Wright, Tori Perkins, Lauren Brennan, Dorice Brennan, (back, L-R)  Marty Wright, Greg Mason, Chris Mason and Mike Brennan.  Pictured below: The Tate softball seniors. Pictured bottom. The individual signees and their parents.  Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Century’s Buck Showalter Named American League Manager Of The Year

November 12, 2014

Former Century resident Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles manager, was named the American League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Tuesday night, putting Baltimore’s skipper in a special category following a spectacular 2014 season.

Showalter, who beat out finalists Mike Scioscia and Ned Yost, is the sixth manager to win the award three or more times and just the second — joining Tony La Russa — to do it with three different organizations. Showalter won with the Yankees in 1994 and the Rangers in 2004 and quipped he would definitely not be around in 2024 to see if the trend continues.

“I’m pretty speechless,” said Showalter on MLB Network, which unveiled the award live. “It’s such a great reflection on our organization, our ownership that has been so rock solid.”

Showalter, who took over in Baltimore in August 2010, has posted winning seasons in each of the past three years and finished runner-up to Bob Melvin for the AL Manager of the Year Award in 2012.

Showalter has 1,259 career victories in 16 seasons as a Major League manager, the third-most wins among active managers. He is 377-328 in Baltimore and the third O’s manager to be named Manager of the Year, joining Davey Johnson (1997) and Frank Robinson (1989).

Showalter’s family moved to Century in the late 1950’s. His father served as a teacher, coach and principal at Century High School for 23 year. Buck Showalter played Little League ball in a thriving program in Century, and he graduated from Century High School. Century’s modern day Showalter Park is named after him.

Courtesy Baltimore Orioles.

Pictured: A congratulatory message image tweeted Tuesday night by the Baltimore Orioles for AL Manager of the Year Buck Showalter, a former resident of Century.

Register Now For Saturday’s In Hot Pursuit 5K

November 12, 2014

The 7th Annual In Hot Pursuit 5K run and walk is coming up at 8:00 Saturday morning on Pensacola Beach.

Register now at active.com http://bit.ly/1qufntU or download a printable form at escambiaso.com.  Registration and packet pick up will take place Thursday and Friday 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Running Wild, 312 East Cervantes Street in Pensacola.

The top finishers in each age division will win a specially designed souvenir mug. The top male and female runners overall will win one-of-a-kind trophies handmade by artist Ben Boggan.

All proceeds from the race will go to support the Florida Sheriff’s Association Youth Ranches. The In Hot Pursuit 5K is sponsored in part by NorthEscambia.com.

Milwaukee Brewers’ Gindl Inspires Young Baseball Players

November 10, 2014

Northview High School held a baseball clinic Saturday with major leaguer Caleb Gindl of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Participants in the second annual clinic went through hands on training on various aspects of the game and received instruction from Gindl.

Gindl grew up around Molino and went on to play high school ball for the Pace Patriots.

In 2007, Milwaukee selected Gindl in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball draft.  He paid his dues year after year in the minors, until he was called up to the Brewers. A week later, he made history for the Milwaukee Brewers as he became the first in franchise history to hit a walk-off for his first MLB homer. It was his very first major league home run.

For more photos, click here.

Pictured top: Jax Fillmore and Jace Gifford each received an autographed baseball bat from Caleb Gindl of the Milwaukee Brewers during a baseball clinic Saturday at Northview High School. Pictured below: Clinic participants.  Photo by Ramona Preston for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Tate Beats Escambia

November 8, 2014

In a battle of local powerhouses, the Tate High School Aggies beat the Escambia Gators 27-24 Friday night in Cantonment.

The Aggies took a sizable 20-0 lead, beginning with 70-yard touchdown run with 7:53 on the clock in the first quarter.

The Aggies hit the road next Friday night for the first round of the state playoffs against Lincoln High School in Tallahassee.

For a photo gallery, click here.

NorthEscambia.com photos by Keith Garrison, click to enlarge.

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