Legendary Football Coach Carl Madison Selected For FHSAA Hall Of Fame

April 17, 2021

Legendary football coach Carl Madison has been selected for induction into the Florida High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

The football field at Tate High School was recently remained “Carl Madison Field” in honor of the legendary coach that led the Aggies to a 1980 state championship and is one of the all-time winningest high school coaches in the nation.

Madison, who turned 90 in January, sits at number two on Florida’s all-time football coaching victories list with a 326-129-7 record.

In addition to winning a state title at Tate, he took the Pine Forest Eagles to two state championships in 1987 and 1988. The 1988 Eagle team was named as national champions by USA Today, and Madison earned the title of the National High School Football Coach of the Year. All in all, he coached at five different Florida High Schools including Ernest Ward, plus three out of state schools.

His football days began early at Escambia County High School in Atmore where he played tailback under Coach Herbert Barnes from 1945 to 1947, making him one of Atmore’s semifamous “Barnes Boys” with 30 straight wins. After a stint in the Army, from 1950 to 1952, Madison played college ball for Texas Tech and Troy State Teachers College in the mid-1950s.

Fresh out of college, Madison coached for four years beginning in 1957 at Ernest Ward High School in Walnut Hill. He moved to Milton High in 1961, coaching them to a state championship and 34 straight victories. He then took a coaching job at a Georgia High School, losing a state championship game in 1968.

Madison joined the coaching staff at Tate in 1971 on his way to winning that 1980 state championship. He left Tate in 1983, heading to Pensacola High for a couple of years. Then it was off to Pine Forest and those back-to-back state championships. He coached at an Albany, Georgia, school, another 10 years at Milton High and another short period at PHS during the period from 1989 until 2002.

In 2002, he took the head coach job at the small Jackson Academy in Alabama. The then 71-year old took over a team that had gone 0-10 prior to his arrival. He lost his first two games at Jackson, but he went on to win the state championship. The following year, Jackson was undefeated and won another state championship.

In 2009, Madison briefly came out of retirement to once again take to the field at Tate, this time as an offensive consultant.

Tate High Boys Tennis Headed To Regionals For The First Time Ever

April 17, 2021

Tate High School boys tennis is headed to regionals for the first time in school history.

The Tate boys team is runner-up in District 1-3A.With finals wins at the #3 singles and #2 doubles, the Aggies pulled through the three day tournament. The Aggies boys top five are:

  1. Prosser Crow
  2. Evan Hered
  3. Barry Harberson
  4. Alex Grace
  5. Payton Herrington

The Tate High girls tennis team is tied for second with Washington and will continue play on Monday.

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Northview Softball Beats Jay

April 17, 2021

The Northview Chiefs defeated the Jay Royals Friday night 7-6.

Emma Gilmore pitched the win for the Chiefs, going six innings allowing five hits and six runs while striking out six and walking two.

Alayna Lowery took the loss for Jay Royals Varsity. The pitcher lasted six innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs while striking out six. Lowery had a homer in the seventh.

Pictured: Emma Gilmore on the mound for the Northview Lady Chiefs. NorthEscambia.com file photo, click to enlarge.

Tate Baseball’s Fryman And Glodfelter Commit To UWF, Licastro Commits To LBW

April 17, 2021

Three Tate High School baseball standouts made college commitments this week.

Junior pitcher Josiah Glodfelter and senior outfielder Jadon Fryman made commitments to the University of West Florida.

Senior Zak Licastor committed to Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Andalusia, Alabama.

Photos by Laura Glodfelter for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Northview Baseball Shuts Out ECHS 22-0; Tate Beats Gulf Breeze

April 14, 2021

Tate 10, Gulf Breeze 2

With a six run seventh inning surge, the Tate Aggies beat Gulf Breeze 10-2 Tuesday night.

Josiah Glodfelter pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on three hits, walking none and striking out 15 in seven innings.

Drew Reaves had a third inning home run and led the Aggies at bat, going 3-5 with two runs and a RBI. Zak Licastro, Jordan Jorman, Frankie Randall, Jackson Penton, Bray Touchstone, and Cade Kelly each had a hit for Tate.

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Tate 4, Gulf Breeze 4 (JV)

Tate and Gulf Breeze played to a 4-4 tie Tuesday afternoon.

Ehan McAnally had a grand slam home run in the fourth inning for Tate. Michael Sardar and Tristin Lynn also hat had hits for the Aggies.

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Northview 22, Escambia County (Atmore) 0

The Northview Chiefs shut out Escambia County 22-0 Tuesday night in Atmore.

Josh Landis earned the win for Northview Chiefs in three innings. He allowed one hit and no runs while striking out four and walking non. Ethan Collier tossed two innings in relief, giving up no runs, not hit, no walks and striking out four.

Jamarkus Jefferson and Josh Landis each had a couple of hits for NHS. Adding one hit each were Kaden Odom, Tyler Riggs, Braden McGhee, Cody Thomas, Peyton Gilliam, Wyatt Scruggs and Ethan Collier.

Photos by Laura Glodfelter for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Northview Softball Gets Senior Night Shutout Of Laurel Hill; Tate Tops West Florida

April 14, 2021

Northview 10, Laurel Hill 0

The Northview Lady Chiefs celebrated Senior Night Tuesday with a 10-0 shut out of the Laurel Hill Hoboes.

Aubrey Stuckey pitched the shutout, giving up no hits and striking out seven.

Stuckey and Kaitlyn Gafford went 2-2 at the plate to lead Northview. Rylee Huskey, Payton Gilchrist, Abigail Levins, Nevaeh Brown, and Anna Sullivan had one hit each.

Before the game, Northview honored seniors Anna Sullivan, Heather Knowles, Abigail Levins, Rylee Huskey and Libby Pugh (pictured).

TATE 12, West Florida 4

The Tate Lady Aggies had a 12-4 win over the West Florida Jaguars Tuesday.

Abbie Burks earned the win for Lady Aggies. She surrendered four runs on nine hits over seven innings, walking one and striking out six.

Michayla Kent, Cam Wolfenden, Courtney Adams and Courtney Lundquist all recorded two hits for Tate, while Hanna Halfacre, Kennedy Turner and Sophia James added one each.

Pictured: Northview softball seniors on Senior Night. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Northview Beats Atmore 12-2 (With Photo Gallery)

April 13, 2021

With eight runs in the first inning, the Northviews Chiefs beat the Escambia County High School (Atmore) Blue Devils 12-2 Monday night in Bratt.

Cameron Patrick pitched a complete game win for the Chiefs, give up two runs on two hits in six innings while striking out six and walking one. Peyton Gillam led Northview at the plate at 2-2. The Chiefs also had one hit each from Kaden Odom, Bryce Korinchak and Jamarkus Jefferson.

Jamarion Robinson pitched three innings for ECHS, allowing nine runs on three hits, walking eight and striking out one. Jacarion King pitched two and a third innings, giving up two runs on two hits, walking two and striking out two. At the plate, Dean went 2-3 with one run for Atmore.

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UWF Cheerleading Team Wins National Championship

April 12, 2021

The UWF Cheerleading team captured a national championship at the NCA College Nationals.

The Argos were in first place after the preliminaries and took advantage of that lead in the finals.

This is the first time UWF has competed in this prestigious competition. Head coach Brooke Ciolino knew this team had the potential to bring home a title from one of the biggest and best competitions out there.

“I look over and there’s a five-foot trophy sitting in my room and it’s awesome,” said Ciolino.

The championship winning team overcame all kinds of obstacles on their way to a crowning achievement.

Ciolino and assistant coach Shantell Taylor had to hold virtual tryouts due to COVID restrictions. The squad did not meet until September, and even then only half of the members could practice during a session. The team worked in shifts like this until October.

The team also battled numerous injuries along that way.

And Taylor had to help coach the squad via Zoom exclusively after her husband was transferred away from Pensacola. In fact, she choreographed the championship winning routine virtually.

Taylor and Ciolino were college teammates. This championship win is the fulfillment of a dream.

“It’s honestly surreal,” Ciolino said. “Since we started coaching together we’ve always talked about how wonderful it would be to do this.”

UWF took top honors in the NCA College Nationals Game Day Open – which simulates the atmosphere of cheering at a live sporting event. The West Florida squad consists of 26 cheerleaders, with 11 returning members and 15 new to the team. Many of the new members have never cheered on a college sideline before.

Ciolino points to the squad’s quickly developed chemistry as a driving force.

“There’s just something special about this team,” Ciolino added. “They never stopped pushing.”

The UWF coaches saw the opportunity to focus on training for competition with no sports to cheer for in the fall and winter of 2020. They also saw the talent, drive and determination this team possessed.

After 11-Run Inning, Jay Beats Northview; Coin Toss Gives Jay District Championship

April 10, 2021

After scoring 11 runs in the fifth inning, the Jay Royals defeated the Northview Chiefs  17-13 Friday night in Jay.

The Royals’ win led to a coin toss to determine the district champion. Jay won the toss, giving them the No. 1 seed in the district tournament, while Northview finished No. 2.

Jefferson started on the mound for the Northview Chiefs, allowing eight hits and 10 runs over four and a third innings, striking out three. Ethan Collier, Cameron Patrick, and Kaden Odom each pitched in relief, allowing a combined six hits, seven runs and striking out two.

Carson Walters earned the win for Jay, going four and two-thirds innings, allowing nine runs, 10 hits and striking out six. Todd Macks and Cody Gavin finished allowing a total of three hits, four runs and striking out three.

Luke Bridges, Rustin Pope, Trent Knighten, Bryce Korinchak, Kaden Odom, and Josh Landis all had two hits for Northview.

Walters led at the plate for Jay, going 5-5.

Jay racked up 14 hits on the day. Payton Jackson, and Gavin had multiple hits for the Royals.

Pictured: Northview defeated Jay Thursday night in Bratt before Jay topped Northview Friday night. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

Northview Gets District Walk-off Win Over Paxton In Extra Innings (With Gallery)

April 9, 2021

The Northview Chiefs had a walk-off district win over the Paxton Lady Cats 3-2 in extra innings Thursday night in Bratt.

The game was tied at two in the bottom of the eighth when Kailyn Watson singled on a 3-2 count to score one run. Payton Gilchrist went 3-4 for the night, and Gilmore was 2-3.

Emma Gilmore gave up five hits in eight innings while striking out 11.

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