Northview Mini Cheerleader Camp Begins Monday

November 29, 2015

The Northview High School Cheerleaders will hold a mini-cheerleader camp this Monday and Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 in the school gym.

The camp is $15. Girls may wear the mini-cheerleader shirts from football season or any white shirt. They will cheer with the Northview cheerleaders during the December 3 “white out” basketball games as Northview hosts Jay. file photo, click to enlarge.

Tate High School Aggies Beat Niceville To Advance To State Semi-Final Game

November 28, 2015

Every Aggie fan knew in their heart Friday that Tate was going on to state, but the win was not without a few chest pains in the fourth quarter. In the end, the Tate High School Aggies defeated the Niceville Eagles 21-20 for the 6A Regional 1 championship.

The Aggies took an early lead, just 14 seconds into the game, on the first play from scrimmage as Alondo Thompkins scored on an 80-yard touchdown run.

Quarterback Sawyer Smith found Reginald Payne for a 58 yard gain, setting up a two-yard touchdown run by Smith with 10:17 to go in the second quarter. And also in the second quarter, Smith hit Jake Henry for a 66-yard touchdown. The Aggies were up a comfortable 21-0 over a Niceville team that has outscored Tate 140-48 in their past five outings.

Heading into the third quarter the Aggies were up 21-0. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Aggies were up 21-0. But it’s not over until it’s over, as Niceville closed the score to within three points. at 21-18.

With 10 second left on the clock, the Aggies took the unusual move of purposely scoring a safety for the Eagles after  Tate was unable to advance beyond their own 10 yard line. That move ran the clock down to five seconds…just enough time for a kickoff.

But after a bunch of Niceville laterals, and a sea of flags, the Aggies were forced to kick off again for an un-timed down. Aggie fans could breathe again…and start making travel plans.

The Tate Aggies (10-2) advance to play the Armwood Hawks in Seffner, near Tampa, next Friday night in the state semi-finals, just one game away from a state championship game in Orlando.

For a photo gallery, click here. photos by Keith Garrison, click to enlarge.

Tate’s Branden Fryman Signs With Samford University

November 25, 2015

Tate High School senior Branden Fryman signed a letter of intent Tuesday to play baseball for Samford University in Birmingham. Fryman hit .400 last year as a junior. The Aggies shortstop is the son of Travis Fryman who spent 12 years in the majors with the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians, and he was named an all-star five times.  Photos courtesy Tate Baseball for, click to enlarge.

Tate High Varsity Cheerleaders Win Second Weekend Competition

November 22, 2015

For the second weekend in the row, the Tate High School Varsity cheerleaders won a competition Saturday. The cheerleaders came in first at the  Cheering for a Clause Cheer Competition held at West Florida High School. Photo by Karen Potter for, click to enlarge.

Tate Beats Pine Forest To Advance In Playoffs (With Photo Gallery)

November 21, 2015

The Tate High School Aggies continued their march to state Friday night with a 31-7 win over the Pine Forest Eagles in the Region 1-6A semifinals.

In the regular season, Pine Forest claimed the District 1-6A crown in a game that was tied up 28-all headed into the fourth only to see the Eagles surge to a 47-28 win.

But the tables were turned Friday night.

“The defense is playing great right now, and on offense we ran the football,” Tate head coach Jay Lindsey said. “Biggest thing is we played a physical football game; that is the thing you want in the playoffs. You want to get better toward the end of the year, and we are playing our best football. We are getting better week to week, and that’s exactly what we want to do.”

The Aggies took a quick 7-0 lead with 5:55 to go in the first quarter with quarterback Sawyer Smith taking it into the end zone. The just over two minutes later, after a 50-yard gain by Smith, Dee Thompson was around the outside for a touchdown and a 14-0 Aggie lead.

Toss in a Tate field goal with 11:05 in the second, and the Tate Aggies were up 17-0.

Then, with 5:25 in the half, Tate increased their lead to 24-0 with a 20-yard touchdown run from Thompson. The game stood at 24-0 headed into the half.

With 2:43 in the third, the Aggies added one more touchdown on a 15-yard run from Aldondo Thompkins, coming off a 44-yard pass to Madison Lockman.

The Tate Aggies (9-2) will travel to Niceville next Friday night.

During the regular season, Niceville beat Tate 31-28. But for Lindsey, the Region 1-6A final next week is not going to be about revenge.

“It’s the playoffs right now; it’s do or die,” Lindsey said. “It has nothing to do with who beat who in the regular season. It’s just one game at the time.

“We are just focused on us and being the best team that Tate High School can possibly be,” he said.

For more photos, click here. photos by Keith Garrison, click to enlarge.

Friday Night Playoff Finals

November 21, 2015

Here are final scores from playoff games around the North Escambia area tonight:

  • Tate 31, Pine Forest 7 [Read more, photo gallery...]
  • GW Long 35, Flomaton 21
  • Hillcrest 25, T.R. Miller 22
  • Baker 48. Vernon 20
  • Niceville 36, Choctaw 21

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Northview Honors Top Volleyball Players

November 20, 2015

The Northview High School volleyball program recognized outstanding players at their annual banquet.

  • Best Offensive Award — Ellie Amerson, JV, with 14 aces, 20 kills and 33 assists; Brittany Ward, varsity, with 16 aces, 3 kills and 146 assists; Hanna Ging, varsity, with 33 aces, 36 kills and 5 assists.
  • Best Defensive Award – Natasha Walker, JV, with 6 blocks; Leah Fischer with 37 blocks and 15 digs; Jamia Newton, varsity, with 14.5 blocks and 10 digs.
  • Most Improved – Alysa Whatley and Kayla Galvan, JV; Jamia Newton and Brittanie McLemore, varsity.
  • Coaches – Brittany Ward
  • Best Attitude – Lyndia Smith, JV; Savanna Roux, varsity.
  • Effort Award – Alyana Brown, JV; Hanna Ging and Laurie Purdy, varsity.

Team members were recognized:

Junior Varsity

  • Ellie Amerson
  • Samantha Roux
  • Kayla Galvan
  • Alyana Brown
  • Alysa Whatley
  • Olivia Porter
  • Autumn Albritton
  • Lydia Smith
  • Madison Sherouse
  • Natasha Walker


  • Brittany Ward
  • Savanna Roux
  • Maddi Weber
  • Leah Fischer
  • Hanna Ging
  • Courtney Griml
  • Laurie Purdy
  • Brittanie McLemore
  • Catie Clayton
  • Jamia Newton

Pictured: Northview’s varsity (top) and junior varsity (below) volleyball teams. Submitted photos for, click to enlarge.

Oberley Signs To Swim For U.S. Air Force Academy

November 19, 2015

Tatiana Nicole Oberley signed a Letter of Intent to swim for the U.S. Air Force Academy Thursday afternoon.

Present for the signing were her parents Mark and Virtudes Oberley and her older brother Ensign Joshua Oberley. Also attending were her coaches from the Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club, head coach Phil Kraus and head age group coach Greg Johnson. Tatiana is a senior at Pensacola Christian Academy where she carries a 4.0 GPA. She is a three time USA Swimming Scholastic All American. She currently plans to major in history at the Air Force Academy.

Pictured: (L-R) Coach Greg Johnson, Ensign Joshua Oberley, Virtudes Oberley, Tatiana Oberley (seated), Mark Oberley, and Coach Phil Kraus. Photo for, click to enlarge.

Local Players Named To All-Star Volleyball Team

November 18, 2015

Rosters have been announced for the 9th Annual Subway High School All-Star Volleyball game to be held Thursday, November 19 at the University of West Florida Field House at  6 p.m.

West Team roster:

Northview: Hanna Ging
Tate: Sydney Roberson, Hope Tourney, Deja Smith, Kristin Quina
Pine Forest: Alexis Lucas
West Florida: Brianna Parker, Lynn Arthur
Catholic: Hailey Fredrickson, Mirella Gatterdam, Kiley Brady, Madison Yarborough
East Hill: Karin Shull
Escambia: Alyssa Hubbart
PCA: Brianna Ross
Pensacola: Ariel Noethlich
Washington: Julia Grissett,  Samantha Yonehiro
Head Coach: Kelly Comerford of Washington High School
Assistant Coach: Larry Lewis of Pine Forest High School
Assistant Coach: Meghan Triolo of Washington High School

East Team roster

Baker: Ashley Black
Central: Sarah Smith
Choctaw: Nakia McKinnie, Britney Kruegar
Crestview: Christia Johnson
Fort Walton: Kiva Malone
Gulf Breeze: Mady Smith, Julia Denby, Alison Von Brock
Jay: Bristin Campbell
Milton: Heidi Peoples, Mikaela Worley
Navarre: Nysha Frank
Niceville: Alexis Creasman, Shelby Young
Pace: Carlee Smith, Justice Gainey
Rocky Bayou: Maria Denbow
Head Coach: Gigi Vardai of Fort Walton Beach High School
Assistant Coach: Mark Gough of Pace High School

Final game rosters are subject to change.

The Subway High School All-Star Series, organized by Pensacola Sports, recognizes senior athletes in volleyball, football, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s baseball, and women’s softball from Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa County.

Tickets to the Subway High School All-Star Game are $8 at the gate and $6 with a canned good item. Pensacola Sports is again teaming with Manna Food Bank for a canned good drive and encouraging everyone to help families by bringing a canned good item.

Pictured top: West All-Star Volleyball team members Hope Tourney, Kristin Quina, and Sydney Roberson of Tate High School. Pictured inset: West team member Hanna Ging of Northview High School. Pictured: The West team at a practice this week. Photos for, click to enlarge.

Northview Cross Country Team Members Honored

November 17, 2015

Northview High School held their annual cross country banquet Monday night.

The following awards were presented:

  • Fastest Female: Moria McGahan
  • Fastest Male: Brandon Korinchak
  • Most Improved: Tamara Barrows
  • Jim Ross Memorial Award: Triston Reaves
  • Junmi Ross Memorial Award: Moriah McGahan
  • Coaches’ Award: Dalton Hadley

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Pictured top: Junmi Ross Memorial Award winner Moriah McGahan, who was also named Fastest Female, and Jim Ross Memorial Award winner Triston Reaves. Pictured below: (L-R) Fastest Male Brandon Korinchak, Most Improved Tamara Barrows and Coaches’ Award winner Dalton Hadley. Pictured bottom: Coach Natalie Nall; seniors Tamara Barrows, James Ates, Triston Reaves, Moriah McGahan and Bethany Reynolds; and Coach Jesses Boone. photos, click to enlarge.

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