Northview Takes On Jay In Spring Game (With Photo Gallery)

May 23, 2015

In the end, the scoreboard said the Northview Chiefs topped the Jay Royals 52-31 Friday night at Tommy Weaver Memorial Stadium in Bratt. The spring game started with a Northview 22-6 lead in the first half, which consisted mostly of the two team’s junior varsity or reserve players. The second half, which pitted varsity against varsity, Jay earned a 31-30 advantange.

“”We didn’t necessarily come into the game thinking we’d work it at a high tempo, but that’s what we did,” Northview Coach Sid Wheatley said following the win. He said while the Chiefs were on top, there’s still a long hot summer full of work before they are ready for the regular season in the fall.

“”We definitively have to clean some stuff up. We’ve got to get bigger, stronger, faster in the weight room and with our conditioning during summer,” he said.

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West Florida’s Hicks Signs With Huntingdon College

May 22, 2015

Former Cantonment Cowboy and now West Florida High School senior Brandon Hicks has signed with Huntingdon College in Montgomery. Pictured: Brandon Hicks (in tie), his mother and father David and Kelli Hicks, sister Cheyenne Hicks and (standing) Coach Harry Lees and and West Florida Principal Eric Smith. Submitted photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Weather Cancels Subway All Star Baseball And Softball Games

May 22, 2015

The Subway High School All-Star 2014-15 Series baseball and softball games at the University of West Florida were called Thursday evening due to threatening weather.

The East baseball team and West softball team were each up 1-0 as the games ended.

The games will not be rescheduled due to it being at the end of the school.

Team members were:

WEST SOFTBALL

Catholic – Keaton Covan – LF/SS
Escambia – Rebecca Rudd – OF
Escambia – Sara Spears – OF/1B
Northview – Addy Lee – 2B
Northview – Mallory Ryan – Pitcher/ 1B
Northview – Angel Lathan – Catcher/ CF
Pensacola – Tanogela Brown – RF
Pensacola – N’Dya Tolbert – CF
Pine Forest – Brooke Lauter – P/ 1B
Pine Forest – Tiana Alevedo – SS/ 2B
Tate – Izzy Werdann – C/3B
Tate – Tori Perkins – P/1B/3B
Tate – Sam Burks – OF
Tate – Casey McCrackin – SS
Tate – Rachel Wright – 2B/OF
Tate – Lauren Brennan – OF
Washington – Callan Burkett – 3B
Washington – Lauren Douber – CF
West Florida – Kayla Miller – 2B/SS/OF
West Florida – Kristin Gunter – SS/3B/1B

EAST SOFTBALL

Baker – Tori Foster – CF/IF/C
Baker – Alexis Mitchem – P/IF
Central – Makayla Simmons – 1B/OF
Central – Courtney Arnaud – C
Central – Brittney Amey – SS
Choctaw – Macie Gray – C
Choctaw – Sydney Oliver – CF
Crestview – Taylor Henderson – 2B/ SS/ RF
Fort Walton – Braya Enriquez – OF/C
Gulf Breeze – Gena Ramos – RF
Gulf Breeze – Sydney Ezelle – SS
Gulf Breeze – Paige VanTassel – 3B
Jay – Dana Blackmon – P/1B
Jay – Emily Dobson – 1B
Laurel Hill – Ashley Hatfield – C/ OF
Milton – Hannah Wakeman – 3B/P
Milton – Whitney Dowell – C/SS/3B/Athlete
Navarre – Shana Pearl – CF
Niceville – Haley Baker – Catcher
Niceville – Jaci Hodskins – OF/ IF
Niceville – Graysen Gladden – CF
Pace – Tristen Pearson – SS/OF
Pace – Payton Carpenter – P/DH

WEST BASEBALL

Catholic – David Rosen – P
Catholic – Brandon Lockridge – SS
Catholic – Jawan Purifoy – OF
Catholic – Evans Bozeman – IB- P
Catholic – Harrison Carroll – RF
East Hill – Joshua Farina – P/SS/3B
Escambia – Anthony Stoeter – CF
Escambia – Jessie Gunter – P
Northview – Chase Freeman – SS
Northview – Aaron McDonald – OF
PCA – Spencer Wass – P/SS/C/CF
PCA – Brennan Roberts – Catcher
PHS – Chris Welt – P
Pine Forest – Chris Byrd – 2B/P
Pine Forest – Brent Bodree – Catcher
Pine Forest – Nick Williams – P/1B/3B
Tate – Hunter Worley – 3B/C
Tate – Jacob Saulnier – 1B/OF
Tate – Mark Miller – 1B/LHP
Washington – Dylan Morgan – LH Pitcher
Washington – Thomas Strange – Pitcher/ OF
Washington – Rylan Hendricks – OF
Washington – Branch Robinson – OF
West Florida – Mikey Jones – P/INF
West Florida – RJ Lewis – SS/P
West Florida – Kyle Harrison – Catcher

EAST BASEBALL

Baker – Austin Hicks – P/SS/C
Central – Reid Grant – OF/IF
Central – Justin Abel – P/OF/1B
Choctaw – Zach Jowers – SS
Choctaw – Hayden Bludworth – P
Choctaw – Nate Gilmore – C
Crestview – Nathan Gerard – Catcher
FWB – Jake Smith – P
FWB – Joe Guidry – C
FWB – Darren Hasch – 3B
Gulf Breeze – Jacob Kubik – SS
Jay – Taylor Kelley – P/LF
Laurel Hill – Max Smith – OF
Milton – Taylor Ford – Catcher
Milton – Micah McGaha – Pitcher
Milton – Bryton Melvin – 3B/ Pitcher
Milton – Brenden Blevins – Outfield
Navarre – Billy Unterbrink – 2B
Niceville – Drew Frederic – SS
Niceville – Chance Riley – P
Niceville – Tyler Head – C/IF
Niceville – Trevor Eubanks – P
Pace – Chase Lambert – P
Pace – Tyler Sharp – SS
Rocky Bayou – Zackary Payne – Catcher/ OF

Pictured top: Subway All-Stars from Northview High  (L-R) Addy Lee, Chasen Freeman, Angel Lathan, Aaron McDonald and Mallory Ryan. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Northview Grad Robinson Signs Pensacola State Basketball Scholarship

May 21, 2015

Neino Robinson, a 2014 graduate of Northview High School, signed a basketball scholarship Wednesday with Pensacola State College.

The Florida Association of Basketball Coaches  named Robinson to the 2013-2014 Boys Class 1A All-State first team.

Robinson, was the only public school player from Escambia County named to any of the associations’ all-state teams in an classification. Players were selected based on in-person evaluations, a review of all-area teams selected by media from around the state, and recognition from the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches.

The Florida Association of Basketball Coaches includes coaches from the high school, junior college and four-year college levels.

Summer Tryouts Next Week For Tate Softball, Northview Baseball, Tate Baseball

May 20, 2015

Northview High School Baseball and Tate High School softball have scheduled summer tryouts.

The 2015 Class 7A Softball State Champion Lady Aggies will hold Summer Softball Tryouts on Tuesday, May 26 and Thursday May 28 at 5:30 p.m. on the Tate softball field (enter the campus at the Kingsfield Road gate). For more information, contact Coach Melinda Wyatt at (850) 937-2300 ext. 241 or email mwyatt@escambia.k12.fl.us.

Northview High School will hold Summer Baseball Tryouts on Monday, May 25 at 10 a.m. at Northview for all returning Northview students, returning players and incoming freshmen. No pre-registration is required. Email Coach Marty Lister at mlister@escambia.k12.fl.us for more information.

Tate High School will hold Summer Team Tryouts on Monday, May 25 from 10 a.m. until noon. No pre-registration is required.  Email Coach Greg Blackmon at gblackmon@escambia.k12.fl.us for more information.

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Tate’s Worley Inks With Jeff Davis

May 15, 2015

Tate High School senior Hunter Worley signed Thursday to play baseball for Jefferson Davis Community College in Brewton, AL. The senior third baseman had a productive year at the bat hitting .388 with 22 RBI’s, and a .517 OBP. Photo courtesy Tate baseball for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Wahoos Beat Suns 5-1

May 14, 2015

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos (13-20) took advantage of an early lead to put away the Jacksonville Suns (14-18) by a score of 5-1. The victory gives the Wahoos their second consecutive victory and a leg up in the series against Jacksonville, which they now lead 2-1.

Wahoos starter Robert Stephenson (1-4) earned his first victory of the season, throwing 5.0 innings and allowing one unearned run, two hits and four walks. Layne Somsen and Zack Weiss closed out the game with 4.0 scoreless innings.  Suns starter Trevor Williams (0-5) is still looking for his first win, as he pitched 4.0 innings and gave up five runs (all earned). Jacksonville’s relievers (Brian Ellington, Greg Nappo and Craig Stem), however, fared much better as they combined to pitch 5.0 perfect innings after Williams’ exit.

The Wahoos were led at the plate by Kyle Waldrop and Ryan Wright. Waldrop had an RBI single and a two-run homer to give him three RBIs on the day, and Wright had a pair of doubles and scored a run.

The Wahoos got off to a hot start as Ryan Wright doubled with one out in the top of the first inning and eventually scored on a Kyle Waldrop single to left. After another single from Seth Mejias-Brean, Kyle Skipworth hit a double to the wall in right-center to score both base runners.

The onslaught continued in the third, beginning with another double from Wright. Waldrop would later hit his fourth home run of the year to left field, giving the Wahoos a commanding 5-0 lead.

The Suns got a run back in the bottom half as outfielder Kenny Wilson walked, advanced to second on a pickoff error, and advanced home on a pair of groundouts.

Pensacola and Jacksonville pitching went on to throw six consecutive scoreless innings to close out the ballgame. In the seventh, a Chadd Krist ground-rule double and an infield single by Wilson allowed the Suns to threaten with runners at the corners, but Layne Somsen was able to get out of the inning unscathed with the Wahoos still leading 5-1. Somsen allowed a pair of runners to reach the corners again in the eighth but, once again, came up big to not allow any damage.

Northview Chiefs Fall In State 1A Semi-Final (With Photo Gallery)

May 14, 2015

Blountstown defeated the Northview Chiefs Wednesday afternoon 7-4 in the Class 1A state semifinal game at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers. The loss spelled the end for the Chiefs first ever trip to the state final four in school history.

The Chiefs took an early 1-0 lead in the first with a monster home run from junior Thomas Moore over the Green Monster, the popular nickname of high left field wall at Jet Blue Park, the spring training ground of the Boston Red Sox. The wall is just over 37 feet high and is about 315 feet from home plate.

In the bottom of the second, the sun was shining as the Chiefs were still up 1-0, but nearby lightning led to a 30 minute game delay.

The Tigers came back in the top of the third with an RBI single and a three-run double for a 4-1 lead.  In the bottom of the third, Moore slammed a two-run single off the Green Monster to cut Northview’s deficit to 4-3.

In the fourth, a throwing error led to two Blountstown runs, putting Northview down 6-3 headed into the fifth.  Chasen Freeman relieved Brett Weeks on the mound in the fifth and allowed only an infield single.

In the bottom of the fifth, Moore hit over the Green Monster again, but it was a foul. If not, it would have been a three-run homer. The Chiefs added one on a sacrifice fly from Aarron McDonald, and the Chiefs were down 6-4 headed into the sixth.

An RBI hit Blountstown up 7-4 in the sixth. The inning’s highlight for the Chiefs was when Chasen Freeman made a barehanded catch to make it three outs for the Tigers.

The seventh was scoreless, as Blountstown won 7-4.

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Northview hitters were: Quentin Sampson 2-3; Chasen Freeman 1-4; Thomas Moore 3-4, 3 RBI, HR; and Brett Weeks 2-3.

The Chiefs entered their season with a school record best of 19-3, a district title, a regional title, and the Chiefs first-ever appearance in the state semi-finals.

Pictured top: Thomas Moore slammed a homer over the Green Monster at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, the spring training grounds of the Boston Red Sox, during Wednesday afternoons 1A state semi final game. Pictured inset: Brett Weeks on the mound for the Chiefs. Pictured below: Chasen Freeman pitched relief for Northview. Pictured bottom. Northview fans made the 600 mile road trip to Fort Myers to the support their Chiefs on their historic run. NorthEscambia.com photos by Ramona Preston, click to enlarge.

More  photos later on NorthEscambia.com.

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Former Ernest Ward High Football Coach Killed In Wreck

May 14, 2015

A former Ernest Ward High School football coach was killed in a single  vehicle crash Tuesday night on I-10 in Okaloosa County.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 56-year old Arthur McMillion of Milton was traveling eastbound on I-10 when he lost control of his 1999 Chevrolet Silverado about 9:24 p.m. Tuesday. The vehicle left the roadway and overturned, ejecting McMillion. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.

McMillion was a teacher and football coach at the former Ernest Ward High School in Walnut Hill from 1984 to 1992. He served Ernest Ward as head football coach and athletic director for four seasons, from 1989-1992.  He left Ernest Ward to become head football coach at Milton High School, and was currently the dean at Hobbs Middle School in Milton. His educational career spanned over 30 years, with over 20 of those years in Santa Rosa  County.

Chiefs Work Out At Baltimore Orioles Park; Play In Final Four Today

May 13, 2015

Tuesday was a big day for the Northview High baseball team, and today will be an even bigger day, a school history-making day, for the Chiefs.

The Northview Chiefs worked out Tuesday at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, the spring training home of the Baltimore Orioles — compliments of former Century resident and Baltimore Orioles coach Buck Showalter. They also caught a minor league game between the Orioles and the Red Sox.

This afternoon, they will take on Blountstown in the Chiefs first-ever appearance in the FHSAA baseball final four.  Blountstown (21-8) and Northview (19-2) did not meet during the regular season. Blountstown is coming off a 3-1 win over Central in their regional final, while Northview has scored an impressive 26 runs in their last three games.

Today’s game is at 3 p.m. (local North Escambia time) in Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers.  The winner heads to the state championship game on at 7:35 p.m Thursday against the winner of Wednesday night’s Hamilton County versus Williston game.

Live video from Wednesday’s game (and the following 1A semi-final game between Hamilton County and Williston) will air on the NFHS Network. For a FHSAA.org special access rate of $9.95 for one month, click here.

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