Northview Dance Team Honored, Coach Stepping Down

January 20, 2017

Member of the Northview High School Dance Team were honored Thursday as the team said goodbye to a longtime coach. Heather Leonard, who founded the team in 2011, announced that after six seasons she is stepping down as team coach. Leonard will continue to offer private dance lessons in Byrneville and coach a private competition team.

The Northview Dance Team has been a fixture at fall football games and other school events since its inception.

Current Northview High School Dance Team members are (front, L-R)  A’yanna Dunn, Lauren Carter, Zierra Johnson, Delaney Reynolds, Bailey Van Pelt, Starla Weaver, (back) Rebecca Dunn, Addison Albritton, Ansleigh Maholovich, Shelby Bashore, Savanna Nielsen, Hannah Ellis and Anna King. Kneeling is coach Heather Leonard. photo, click to enlarge.

Northview’s Ward, Robinson Named To All-State Teams

January 19, 2017

Northview High School’s Luke Ward and Neikel Robinson were selected to the 2016 AP Class 1A All-State Teams.

Ward, a senior, was selected as a 1st-team Utility player after throwing for 1,121 yards, rushing for 1,117 yards and accounting for 27 total touchdowns.

Robinson, a junior, was selected as a 2nd-team WR after having 48 catches for 818 yards and 6 TD.

Pictured: Luke Ward (top) and Neikel Robinson (below). photos.

Jay’s Herring Signs With Mississippi Gulf Coast College

January 19, 2017

Jay High School’s Destiny Herring signed Wednesday to play softball with Mississippi Gulf Coast College in Perkinston, MS.  Herring played softball for the Jay varsity team for six years. Submitted photo for, click to enlarge.

Ten NHS Weightlifters Advance To Girls’ Regionals

January 18, 2017

Ten members of the Northview High School Girls Weightlifting team recently advanced  to today’s regional meet…the largest number of Lady Chiefs headed to weightlifting regional in recent memory. Those qualifying fo regional competition include:

  • Audriene Odom
  • Crystal Douglas
  • Myisha Syria
  • Lexxi Broadhead
  • Peighton Dortch
  • Catie Clayton
  • Mallory Gibson
  • Daysha Kite
  • Aubree Love
  • Rayeshawanna Davidson

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Jay Lady Royals Advance To Regional Weight Meet

January 17, 2017

Five members of the Jay High School ladies weightlifting team competed last week in Baker and advanced to regionals at Choctaw High School on Wednesday. They are (L-R) Trinity Palmer, sixth in her division; Kara Douglas,  sixth in her division; Haven Target, fourth in her division; Haylee Watson, district champion in her division. Also pictured are their coaches, Melvin Kersey (left) and Hunter Wyrdoisk. Not pictured is Trinity Palmer, who placed fifth in her division.

Molino Ballpark Spring Registration Now Underway

January 7, 2017

Spring registration is underway at the Molino Ballpark.

Registration will be held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.  each Saturday through January 28. The registration fee is $65 for t-ball for ages 4-6, baseball for ages 7-15 an softball for ages 7-16. Signup early by January 14 for an additional $5 off.

Tate Wrestling Team Wins Holiday Invitational Tournament

January 6, 2017

The Tate High School wrestling team won the recent Tate High Invitational Tournament.

Several  Tate Aggie wrestlers received medals. They were:

  • Jacob Cochran
  • Lee Pedicord
  • Alex Porter
  • Matthew Blalock
  • Kendall Townley
  • Isaiah Brill
  • Juan Alvarez
  • Jeff Rafuse
  • Alex Young
  • Orlando Milhouse
  • Azaya Purifoy
  • Jacob Neales
  • Jacob Nowling

Second place at the tournament went to Dora, AL and third place was Fultondale, AL.

Pictured: The Tate High School wrestling team. Photo for, click to enlarge.

Tate Grad Long Named To FCS All-American Team

December 26, 2016

Tate High School 2013 graduate Lorenzo Long was named third team FCS All-America by the Associated Press. Long currently plays for the Wofford Terriers.
Long, a senior, started all 14 games at fullback. He led the Terrers and the Southern Conference with 1,424 rushing yards, while also leading the league in rushing touchdowns with 18. He ended his career with 3,479 rushing yards to rank fifth in school history and his 43 career rushing touchdowns are third in school history.

Long was named second team All-America by STATS and third team All-America by both the Associated Press and College Sports Madness. He also earned first team All-Southern Conference honors.

Tate Wrestling Wins Gator Duals Invitational Tourney

December 22, 2016

The Tate High School wrestling team recently went 4-0 to take home first place in the Gator Duals Invitational at Satsuma, AL. Alex Young (pictured bottom left) received the Best Upper Weight Match Award and Jacob Cochran (pictured bottom right) received the Outstanding Wrestler award in the Lightweight Class.

The Aggie wrestling team will host their only home varsity match of the year on December 30. Both events will be held in the Fryman Gymnasium at Tate High School. Wrestling will begin at 10 a.m.

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FWC: Go ‘Wild’ With Your Christmas Shopping

December 20, 2016

It’s fun and easy to help Florida fish and wildlife, and the wild places they live, when you shop this holiday season. Did you know the proceeds from some gifts directly fund conservation? There are gifts to show your support of wildlife, and gifts that help you carry on the tradition of spending time with family and friends on Florida’s beautiful beaches, waterways and wildlife management areas. Check out our shopping list, because the holidays are almost here!

  • Purchase a Florida fishing or hunting license (you can even buy a gift card!) by visiting, calling 888-347-4356 or stopping by a participating retailer. There are licenses for residents and visitors including a Youth Gold Sportsman’s License, which is good until a child turns 17. This license locks in the price, and gives a young person bragging rights as a card-carrying sportsman. Hunters and those who enjoy target shooting continue to be an important force in funding wildlife restoration and management. Through the super successful Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, which was passed in 1937, every time hunters and target shooters buy firearms, ammunition and archery equipment, a percentage of that money is designated for conservation. Wildlife Restoration Program dollars are then allocated to state fish and wildlife agencies (such as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) for projects that restore, conserve and improve wildlife and their habitats. Giving a license as a gift is a great way to support conservation while putting a smile on the face of an outdoor lover.
  • Fishing and boating gifts will not only please anglers on your list, but contribute to fisheries conservation as well! Funds from the purchases of fishing equipment and some boating items are collected and apportioned by the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and help manage America’s fishery resources.
  • Florida wildlife T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, art and other gifts are available at Strut apparel featuring your favorite species while supporting the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida at the same time!
  • If there’s a hunter in your life who uses a tree stand or other elevated stand, give the gift of safety. Put a big red bow on a full-body fall arrest harness system to protect that hunter from a fall. Learn about tree stand safety and more by taking a Florida hunter safety course.
  • If you give or get a kayak, canoe or paddleboard, make it look extra cool with colorful FWC manatee decals and sea turtle decals. The decals also look great on bikes, backpacks, guitar cases or computers. Available for a $5 donation at county tax collectors’ offices, with more options to order at or
  • Vehicle license plates supporting Florida wildlife and habitats, including “Protect the Panther,” “Conserve Wildlife,” “Helping Sea Turtles Survive,”  “Save the Manatee,” “Go Fishing” and “IHUNT” are available at county tax collectors’ offices or at
  • Buy “Planting a Refuge for Wildlife,” the beautifully illustrated booklet that helps people entice butterflies, hummingbirds and other animals into their backyards.
  • A personal floatation device, also known as a life jacket, can give someone you care about a safe boating experience. A newer model, such as an inflatable belt pack or suspender-style life jacket, could replace an older, bulkier life jacket.
  • Registration of a family member or friend with, along with the gift of a scale to weigh fish, makes that person eligible for a drawing for a bass boat. And any time a photo of an 8 pound or larger bass is submitted it to TrophyCatch following the rules, the angler contributes valuable conservation information and could be eligible for other prizes.

The purchase of most of these gifts contributes to the research, conservation, management and educational efforts that support Florida fish and wildlife as well as the wild places they live, including wildlife management areas throughout the state. WMAs are great places to visit for wildlife viewing and other recreational activities, including fishing, hunting and hiking, during the holidays and all year-round.

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