UWF’s Pete Shinnick Named AFCA Region Coach Of The Year

December 6, 2017

UWF head coach Pete Shinnick has been named the Region 2 Coach of the Year as announced by the American Football Coaches Association on Tuesday.

Shinnick has led UWF to a 10-3 record and a berth in the NCAA Division II Semifinals in just the second year of the program’s history. The Argonauts have gone 6-1 away from Pensacola this season, marking the second-most road wins in the country.

Shinnick was hired at UWF on February 6, 2014. After 18 months of building the program from scratch, UWF opened play in 2016 and went 5-6, marking the most wins by a first-year Division II program in a decade. The Argonauts also collected the school’s first win over a ranked opponent, defeating No. 16 Florida Tech at home before a sellout crowd on national television. UWF played before capacity crowds at Blue Wahoos Stadium three times and ranked 18th in the NCAA with a 6,328 average.

2017 has been even more impressive. UWF went 7-3 in the regular season and tied for second in the Gulf South Conference at 5-3. The team earned votes in the top 25 on two occasions for the first time ever and became the fastest Division II start-up program to qualify for the postseason when the Argonauts grabbed the No. 6 seed in the Super Regional 2 bracket. Since that announcement, UWF has won three-consecutive road games over ranked opponents to win the Super Regional 2 Championship.

UWF will play at No. 1 Indiana University of Pennsylvania this Saturday in the national semifinals at 11 a.m. Central Time.

This marks the first time he has won the award. Shinnick has a career record of 118-55 and is 15-9 at UWF. He spent eight years – seven playing seasons – starting the program at UNC Pembroke prior to arriving in Pensacola and seven years as the head coach at Azusa Pacific.

The AFCA will announce the 2017 National Coaches of the Year winners in FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA at the American Football Coaches Awards, presented by Amway, broadcast live on the USA TODAY Sports Facebook page on Tuesday, January 9, at 8 p.m. EST. The Regional winners in each division are finalists for the National Coach of the Year.

The AFCA began recognizing district coaches of the year following the 1960 season. The awards were established the same year Eastman Kodak agreed to sponsor the AFCA Coach of the Year award. Prior to 1960, the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain had sponsored the program, which recognized one national Coach of the Year.

Girls Basketball: Milton Cruises Past Northview

December 5, 2017

The Milton Lady Panthers defeated Northview in varsity and junior varsity basketball action Monday in Bratt.

Milton 43, Northview 8

The Milton Panthers defeated the Northview Chiefs 43-8 Monday night. Milton took a 5-0 lead in the first period and increased their advantage to 14-2 at the  conclusion of the second period. The Lady Chiefs varsity (0-4, 0-2) will host Baker on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Milton 35, Northview 3 (JV)

In junior varsity play, Milton defeated Northview 35-3. Northview remained scoreless in the two periods, down 20-0 at the end of the second. The Chiefs scored three points in third period. The MV Lady Chiefs (0-3, 0-1) will host Baker on Thursday.

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Northview Chiefs Present Cross Country, Golf Awards

December 4, 2017

The Northview High School Varsity Cross Country and Varsity Golf teams held their 2017 awards banquet recently.

The following Cross Country awards were presented:

  • Jim & Jumni Ross Award:  Oscar Rodriguez.
  • Most Improved Runner:  Bryce Korinchak
  • Most Valuable Boys Runner: Tanner Levins:
  • Most Valuable Girls Runner: Aurora McCann.
  • Coach’s Award: Logan Doremus.

Tanner Levins and Aurora McCann were previously presented the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ‘Go the Distance Award’ for Cross Country at a banquet in Pensacola on November 6.

Varsity Athletic Letters were presented to the following Cross Country athletes:

  • Addison Albritton
  • Braxton Edwards
  • Bryce Korinchak
  • Cheyanne Johnson
  • John Chivington
  • Josiah Stilwell
  • Keaton Brown
  • Aurora McCann
  • Logan Doremus
  • Oscar Rodriguez
  • Rebekah Amerson
  • Samuel Bradley
  • Tanner Levins
  • Trevor Singleton

Seniors were presented with a framed athletic ‘N’ and medal.

The following Golf Awards were presented:

  • Most Valuable Player – Emily Boutwell
  • Most Improved Player – Jesse Powell
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes “Go the Distance Award” – Braxton Edwards and Meredith McGhee

Varsity Athletic Letters were presented to the following Golf athletes:

  • Emily Boutwell
  • Braxton Edwards (3rd award)
  • Meredith McGhee,
  • Jesse Powell
  • Andrew “Drew” Shelly
  • Jace Weber

Pictured top: Northview Cross Country seniors (L-R) Oscar Rodriguez, Logan Doremus, John Chivington, Braxton Edwards and Trevor Singleton. Pictured below: (L-R)  Logan Doremus, Coach’s Award; Tanner Levins., Most Valuable Male Runner; Award winners Bryce Korinchak, Most Improved Runner; and  Oscar Rodriguez, Jim and Jumni Ross Award.  Photos for NorthEscambia.com click to enlarge.

UWF Argos Beat UWA, 28-21 To Head To National Semifinals

December 3, 2017

The slipper still fits for the UWF football team.

The Argonauts erased a 7-point deficit with a dominating 25-minute stretch of play on both sides of the ball before stopping a late push by the 17th-ranked and top-seeded Tigers for a 28-21 win in the NCAA Division II Super Regional Two Championship.

UWF (10-3) won its fifth-consecutive game in just its 24th game all-time to advance to next Saturday’s national semifinals against No. 1/3 Indiana University of Pennsylvania (13-0). The Crimson Hawks scored with just over a minute to play to defeat Assumption, 27-22, for the Super Regional One title. Kickoff at George P. Miller Stadium in Indiana, Pennsylvania is at Noon Eastern Time.

Freshman quarterback Mike Beaudry threw for 247 yards on 18-of-29 passing with two touchdowns. He was particularly effective in the second half, totaling 134 yards on 9-of-12 with both scoring strikes.

As it has done during the entire postseason, the UWF defense turned up the intensity when it mattered most, holding West Alabama to 20 yards in the third quarter and a combined three 3-and-outs and a 4-and-out while building the 14-point lead.

The Argos held the Tigers to a season-low scoring total, well below their average of 38.3 points per game. Johnathan Coleman led the defense with a career-high 16 tackles. He has 50 stops with six sacks in the last five games.

Freshman Ka’Ron Ashley had a career-high game, finishing with six receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown. His two biggest plays came on the fourth quarter drive that put UWF ahead 28-14. He out-jumped his man on a 26-yard third-and-11 play to keep the drive alive before grabbing a 43-yarder a play later that put the ball at the two. Chris Schwarz scored a play later to give the Argonauts a cushion with 6:27 to play.

For his part, Schwarz ran down hill for much of the second half, picking up 53 yards on 14 carries after the intermission. He ended the game with 68 yards on 20 rushes. UWF had 133 yards on the ground and a 3.8 yards per rush.

Freshman Anthony Johnson had 59 yards on eight carries. He sparked the comeback with a 40-yard touchdown run on UWF’s first offensive play of the second half. Earlier in the game, his 2-yard run in the first quarter tied it at 7-7.

West Alabama (10-3) ended with 331 yards of total offense. The Tigers had 86 yards on their final two possessions. Harry Satterwhite threw for 225 yards on 19-of-36 with two touchdowns. Both quarterbacks were sacked twice.

A Gulf South Conference team has now represented Super Regional 2 in 14 of the past 16 years. Prior to Saturday’s outcome, the GSC was the only conference with two teams remaining in the Division II playoff.

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West Florida’s Dream Season Comes To Ends In The Final Four

December 2, 2017

It was an agonizing loss Friday night for West Florida High School as they fell 48-28 to Baker County, but also a night filled with Jaguar pride.

Friday night’s state 5A semifinal game, played at Woodham Middle School in Pensacola, was the end of the road for the Jaguars. It was the longest road West Florida’s football team has ever traveled as their first appearance in a state semifinal game.

And while the road ended with tears, it was paved with plenty of Jaguar pride in their 12-2 season record, the best ever in school history.

Keyshawn Helton scored a couple of touchdowns – 4 and 29 yarders — in the first quarter from. Junior Trevor Jordan added another Jag touchdown in the third quarter from 23-yards out, and  Michael Redding scored on a 22-yard pass from Jordan in the fourth quarter.

Baker County will face American Heritage next Friday night at Camping World Stadium in Orlando in the 5A state championship game.

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Pictured top: West Florida High School senior Kewuan Livingston reacts to the Jaguar’s agonizing state final four loss to Baker County Friday night. Pictured inset and below: The Jags best season in school history came to an end Friday night. NorthEscambia.com photos by Bailey Seibert, click to enlarge.

ECMS Atmore Remains Undefeated With Win Over Ernest Ward

December 1, 2017

The Escambia County Middle School Eagles of Atmore remained undefeated Thursday night with a win over Ernest Ward Middle School in Walnut Hill.

Escambia County (AL) 72, Ernest Ward 39

Escambia County 40, Ernest Ward 21

Ernest Ward Middle will travel to Pollard McCall on December 5 before ending their regular season at Perdido on December 7. Girls being play at 5:00 and boys at 6:00.

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Tate’s Jesse Sherrill Signs With Gordon State College

November 29, 2017

Tate High School senior Jesse Sherrill signed a baseball scholarship Tuesday to play next year at Gordon State College in Barnsville, GA. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Argos Head To Regional Final With 17-14 Win At West Georgia

November 26, 2017

The UWF defense has been getting better and better over the last three weeks but turned in one of the gutsiest performances in program history Saturday as the sixth-seeded Argonauts defeated seventh-seeded West Georgia, 17-14, at University Stadium to advance to the NCAA Division II Championship Super Regional 2 finals.

UWF (9-3) held West Georgia to a season-low 244 yards of total offense, including just 117 on the ground in defeating the Wolves at home for the second time in 14 days. The Argos had four sacks, forced three fumbles and Marvin Conley picked off Willie Candler to ice the game with one second remaining.

The Argos finished with 337 yards as Mike Beaudry threw for 194 yards on 19-of-33 with a touchdown. He also had four interceptions, including three in the first quarter. Fortunately, the defense held the Wolves to just 17 combined yards on their three ensuing possessions.

Johnathan Coleman had three sacks and eight tackles up front for the Argonauts. Asante Griffin led the team with nine stops. Andre Duncombe forced a fumble and made five tackles as well.

The Argonauts went ahead 7-0 before the half, marching 72 yards on eight plays when Beaudry completed 6-of-6 passes for 66 yards. He capped the drive on a 3-yard pitch-and-catch to a wide open Tate Lehtio with 13 seconds left.

UWG came out of the locker room with back-to-back scores, opening the third quarter with a 73-yard kickoff return to set up a Candler scoring run from a yard out. Following a Beaudry interception, the Wolves needed just four plays to grab a 14-7 lead on a Travis Custis 3-yard scamper.

UWF produced its second long scoring drive at the beginning of the fourth, going 86 yards for game-tying 5-yard run by Leroy Wilson. The drive started with a 46-yard double pass from Antoine Griffin to Carlos Duclos that put the Argonauts in UWG territory. From there, Beaudry connected with Ka’Ron Ashley and Lehtio for 33 yards to setup the team’s first rushing touchdown in five games.

Following a defensive stop on the ensuing possession, UWF got a solid punt return from Griffin that gave the Argos the ball at their own 31. The drive stalled at the West Georgia 24 but Austin Williams connected on a 41-yard field goal to put the visitors back ahead 17-14. The kick – Williams’ 23rd of the year – tied the Gulf South Conference single-season record for field goals made.

From there, the defense locked in, holding the Wolves to a 3-and-out after a penalty, and getting the INT on UWG’s last offensive play. The Argos limited the Wolves to seven yards and Candler to 1-of-5 for 10 yards on the final two drives.

Candler ended the day 15-of-30 for 127 yards, while Gulf South Conference Offensive Player of the Year Devontae Jackson rushed for just 62 yards. This, along with his 80-yard effort two weeks ago, were his two of his six lowest games of the season.

UWF will be on the road once again – a place it is 6-1 on the season – and face top seed and 17th-ranked West Alabama (10-2) next Saturday, Dec. 2. Kickoff at Tiger Stadium in Livingston, Alabama is set for Noon.

West Florida Wins 5A Regional; Blountstown Beats Baker In 1A Semi Final

November 25, 2017

West Florida 24, Trinity Christian 14 (5A)

The West Florida Jaguars won the Regional 1-5A championship Friday night be defeating Trinity Christian 24-14 at Woodham Middle School.

The game remained scoreless headed into halftime, with Trinity first on the board with 7:44 to go in the third quarter.  The Jaguars answered with a 6-yard touchdown run drom Devin Abrams with 5:54 in the third quarter. Both teams took it home again the third, including an 13-yard West Florida rushing touchdown from senior Bryant Johnecheck.

The fourth quarter began with the teams tied 14-14. West Florida dominated the fourth, with a 19-yard field goal from Dylan Bredesen and 35-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Jordan to Keyshawn Helton with 1:25 left to play.

Up next, West Florida (12-1) will host Baker County (12-1) at 7:30 at Woodham Middle in the 5A state semifinals.

Blountstown 41, Baker 21 (1A)

Blountstown beat the Baker Gators 41-21 Friday night to advance to the 1A state title game. Blountstown was leading 21-13 at the half before outscoring the Gators 20-8 in the second half for the win in Baker.

Blountstown will face Madison for the 1A state championship in Orlando on Thursday, December 7.

License-Free Saltwater Fishing Saturday In Florida

November 24, 2017

Governor Rick Scott has announced that Saturday, November 25th will be a license-free saltwater fishing day. This Saturday is part of eight total days offered each year by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) that allows residents and visitors to enjoy Florida’s many fishing opportunities without requiring a license.

Governor Scott said, “As Floridians gather with their loved ones to celebrate Thanksgiving, this license-free fishing day is a great opportunity for families and visitors to enjoy our state’s great outdoors together. We are grateful to live in such a beautiful state with unique natural treasures that help attract record numbers of visitors, and I encourage all families to take advantage of the license-free saltwater fishing day this weekend.”

FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski said, “Whether at the table or on the water, Thanksgiving weekend is a perfect time to gather with friends and family. I am thankful for the opportunity to incentivize fishing in Florida and allow anglers to show friends and family, especially youth, the joys it offers.”

Saltwater license-free fishing days allow anglers to fish for saltwater species without being required to have a saltwater recreational fishing license. All bag limits, seasons and size restrictions apply on license-free fishing days. To learn more about license-free fishing days, visit MyFWC.com/License. For fishing tips, locations and other information visit MyFWC.com/Fishing.

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