Cantonment Cowboys To Hold Wall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

September 2, 2015

An induction ceremony for the new Cantonment Cowboys Wall of Fame will be held this Saturday at the Cantonment Sportsplex on Well Line Road.

Gene Atkins, Morgan Fowler, Shaquille Purifoy, and Bud Norton will be inducted and honored during a special ceremony that will be held about 4 p.m. between a midgets and a juniors game. The public is invited to attend.

Shaquille Purifoy was known by his family, friends, coaches, teammates and others as the life of the party, the clown in the classroom, and the playmaker on the field.  Shaq’s personality was larger than life. Many in the community considered him one of their own. He was a role model; one who set the example through his walk with the  Lord which was evident in his everyday life. Shaq’s life was tragically cut short when he was shot while visiting his parents when home from college on June 14, 2014.

Bud Norton was a coach in the Escambia County area.

Gene Atkin’s passion was coaching youth football and baseball. Atkins coached in both Atmore and Pensacola for over 45 years. He was widely known for his time working with youth in the 1960’s through 1980’s during his nearly 25 years living in Atmore.

Morgan Fowler was a cheerleader whose life was tragically cut short at the age of 12 from leukemia.

Pictured: Shaquille Purifoy.

Wahaoos Start Final Series Atop Division

September 2, 2015

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos lost the rubber match Tuesday to the Jackson Generals but it didn’t matter because the Mississippi Braves did the same against the Biloxi Shuckers.

That means that with its final home stand starting Monday against its rival Mobile BayBears, Pensacola remains a half game ahead of Mississippi and controls its own destiny – the chance to become the first Cincinnati Reds Double-A team to make the playoffs since Chattanooga in 2006.

Despite scoring five runs in the second inning, including a two-run homer by Blue Wahoos shortstop Alex Blandino, Pensacola lost the five-game series to Jackson, 3-2, with an 8-7 loss at The Ballpark in Jackson.

Pensacola finished 7-8 overall against Jackson this season, despite the Generals owning last place in the Southern League North Division in both halves with a 50-82 overall record.

Pensacola and Mississippi are battling for the South Division postseason spot. The Blue Wahoos are 36-29 in the second half of the Southern League season. However, it remains a half game ahead of Mississippi, which lost to Biloxi, 5-4, Tuesday to fall to 35-29.

Jackson scored two runs in the first when first baseman Jody Lara doubled to drive in a run and catcher Tyler Marlette singled to score another run.

However, that’s when Pensacola had a five-run inning in the second to go ahead, 5-2. Designated hitter Juan Duran started the inning with a leadoff single, followed by a single by first baseman Seth Mejias-Brean and then catcher Kyle Skipworth doubled them both in on a double to left field that knotted the score, 2-2. Blue Wahoos second baseman Ray Chang then doubled to score Skipworth for a 3-2 lead. That’s when Blandino crushed a one-out, two-run homer to centerfield and Pensacola went ahead, 5-2.

Jackson, trailing, 5-3, came back with its own five-run inning in the fourth inning to go ahead, 8-5. The big hit in the inning for the Braves was Jabari Henry’s triple that drove in two runs.

Pensacola scored a run in the fifth when Mejias-Brean singled in Phillip Ervin and another in the seventh when the Blue Wahoos loaded the bases and right fielder Jesse Winker scored from third on a walk to Chang. However, 8-7 was the closest the Blue Wahoos could get against Jackson.

Wahoos Stay In First With Win Over Jackson

September 1, 2015

Juan Duran tripled and Seth Mejias-Brean singled him in as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos evened its five-game series with the Jackson Generals and, more importantly, helped them stay in first place in the South Division in the second half of the Southern League season.

One run in the sixth inning was all Pensacola needed to eke out an all-important victory, 1-0, Monday at The Ballpark in Jackson.

Blue Wahoos pitcher Cody Reed held Jackson scoreless through eight innings, giving up just four hits and striking out eight. Reed improved to 5-2 on the year with a 2.53 ERA.

Pensacola closer Zach Weiss entered in the ninth to extend his team record 25th save of the season by striking out the side. It was the fifth time since July 31 that he’s struck out all three batters in an inning.

Their pitching is what kept Pensacola’s drive for its first playoff in franchise history alive with six games left in the season. It would also help the Blue Wahoos become the first Cincinnati Reds Double-A affiliate since Chattanooga in 2006 to play in the postseason.

Pensacola, which took the opener in the five-game series, is now 7-7 overall against Jackson this season.

Pensacola and Mississippi are battling for the postseason spot. The Blue Wahoos improved to 36-28 in the second half and remain a half game ahead of Mississippi, which defeated Biloxi, 3-0, Monday to improve to 35-28.

Both Duran, the DH, and third baseman Mejias-Brean went 2-4. Duran had a triple and scored a run, while Mejias-Brean doubled and batted in Duran for 46 RBIs this year.

Meanwhile, Pensacola right fielder Jesse Winker’s went 0-2 Monday and the Reds top prospect hit in 20 of his 27 games this month for a .344 average (32-93) in August.

Put A Ring On It: Tate’s State Champion Softball Team Receives Rings

August 30, 2015

The Tate Lady Aggies won the Class 7A softball state championship last spring, and they were back in the spotlight Friday night as they received their state championship rings from Principal Rick Shackle and Escambia School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas. Photos by Jennifer Repine for, click to enlarge.

Wahoos Lose To Jackson

August 30, 2015

Pensacola managed three hits Saturday and dropped the second game of the five-game series against Jackson, 4-0, at The Ballpark in Jackson.

After five Blue Wahoos recorded multi-hit games and the club pounded out 11 hits in the opener, the General’s Misael Siverio gave up a season-best one hit in six innings of work and struck out five to improve to 5-11 on the year.

The Pensacola loss and Mississippi victory means the Blue Wahoos lead over the Braves fell to half a game in the South Division with eight to play. Pensacola moved to 35-27 in the second half of the Southern League, while Mississippi improved to 34-27.

The Blue Wahoos are trying to make the postseason for the first time since the team began in 2012. It would be the first time a Cincinnati Reds Double-A affiliate has been in the playoffs since Chattanooga in 2006 — the longest drought of any Southern League affiliate. Chattanooga lost to Huntsville in the first round.

In the eighth inning, Jackson added an insurance run to go up, 4-0, when first baseman John Lara singled to left field to score DH Guillermo Pimental from third.

Generals left fielder Jabari Henry hit a two-run homer, his ninth of the season, to left center field in the fifth inning that put Jackson ahead, 3-0.

Jackson got its first run in the fourth when Lara doubled in shortstop Tyler Smith.

After four bad starts in a row in which he failed to pitch five innings, Pensacola starter Sal Romano had a strong outing, allowing five hits in six innings, walking one and striking out two. Part of the problem was he had walked 10 batters in 12 innings. However, Romano earned the loss against Jackson and is 0-4 since moving up to Double-A Pensacola.

Pensacola right fielder Jesse Winker went 1-4, hitting safely in six straight games. But he got tossed from the game in his last at bat arguing a strike out call. Winker has hit in 20 of his 25 games this month and is batting .368 (32-87) in August and .313 in the second half.

The Blue Wahoos two other hits came when third baseman Mejias-Brean doubled in two at bats and second baseman Ryan Wright, who was 1-4, singled in the ninth inning.

Tate Opens Season With New Coach, Big Win Over Biloxi

August 29, 2015

New Tate High School football coach Jay Lindsey opened his career with the Aggies with a big 38-7 win over Biloxi.

The Aggies took the lead at Pete Gindl Stadium in Cantonment with 9:41 on the clock in the first on a 33-yard pass from Sawyer Smith to Reginald Payne. With a good kick from Evan Legassey, the Aggies were up 7-0. The Aggies struck again on a 24-yard run from Jack Henry with 6:47 to go in the first quarter. Then, with 2:46 to go in the first, Tate scored on a 2-yard quarterback keeper from Smith, 21-0. By halftime, the Aggies were up 24-0 with a second quarter 37-yard field goal from Legassey.

With 1:32 to go in the third, Alondo Thompkins added a 58-yard touchdown run.

The Tate Aggies will be at West Florida High next Friday night at 7:00.

Look for an upcoming gallery with more photos on photos by Jennifer Repine, click to enlarge.

6A Bulldogs Top The 1A Northview Chiefs

August 29, 2015

The 6A Crestview Bulldogs defeated the 1A Northview Chiefs 47-20 Friday night in Crestview.

Luke Ward added the first points on the night for the Chiefs on a 23-yard touchdown run. He scored again on an 80-yard run and on a 47-yard pass from quarterback Gavin Grant.

The Chiefs will sit out next Friday night as their only open date of the season.  On September 11, the Northview Chiefs will host the 6A Gulf Breeze Dolphins at Tommy Weaver Memorial Stadium in Bratt.

Look for an upcoming photo gallery with more pictures. photos by Gary Amerson, click to enlarge.

Flomaton Tops Jay

August 29, 2015

In their second week of play, the Flomaton Hurricanes spoiled the regular season opener for the Jay Royals 55-26 Friday night in Flomaton.

At the end of the first quarter, the Canes and Royals were tied at 13-13, but the Canes took the lead to never look back.

Flomaton (2-0)  will travel to Chatom, AL, next Friday night to take on Washington County, while the Royals will host Resurrection Catholic from Pascagoula, MS.

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Ernest Ward Middle Topples Jay, 22-20

August 28, 2015

Ernest Ward Middle School opened their football season with a 22-20 win over the Jay Royals Thursday night in Walnut Hill. The EWMS Eagles will travel to T.R. Miller on September 3.

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Northview Fans ‘Meet The Chiefs’ (With Gallery)

August 28, 2015

Northview High School’s Quarterback Club held a “Meet the Chiefs” event Thursday evening, giving fans a chance to get to know the team prior to the start of the regular season Friday night. Fans also had a chance to meet the cheerleaders and dance team. The Chiefs will travel to Crestview Friday night to take on the Bulldogs in a non-district game.

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