Tate High School Names Students Of The Month

May 17, 2021

Tate High School recently named their April Students of the Month. They are Xavion McNeil and Brianna White. Photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Camp Fire Century Youth Learning Center Holds Pre-K Graduation

May 17, 2021

The Camp Fire Century Youth Learning Century held a graduation for their Pre-K Class of 2021. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Birmingham Beats The Blue Wahoos

May 17, 2021

The Blue Wahoos sustained a second hard-luck loss Sunday to end their first homestand of the season.

After holding a 5-4 lead in the ninth, the Birmingham Barons rallied with a pair of runs after loading the bases and held for a 6-5 win before a crowd of 4,102 at Blue Wahoos Stadium.

The comeback followed the Barons rally in the late innings Saturday to take that game.

The losses, however, were countered by a week where the Blue Wahoos (6-6) returned to their bayfront stadium for the first time in 20-plus months and played six games in sunset settings.

Sunday’s game began with the Blue Wahoos honoring the Pensacola Ice Flyers for their SPHL President’s Cup championship, complete with team captain Garrett Milan throwing out the first pitch.

The day ended with kids of families at the game running the bases amid perfect weather.

The bright sunlight Sunday created havoc for any fly balls in the outfield. That benefited both teams in scoring runs.

Trailing 4-0 in the fourth inning, Blue Wahoos third baseman Nick Lovello hit a fly ball that eluded Barons left fielder Craig Dedelow for what became a 3-run double.

Lovello then followed with a flare in the sixth inning that hit inside the right field line for a 2-run triple, giving him 5 RBI for the game.

The Blue Wahoos carried a 5-4 lead into the ninth with top closer Anthony Maldonado in to finish the game.

The Barons (9-3) tied the game on an RBI single from Ian Dawkins. On the third pitch Maldonado threw against cleanup hitter Micker Aldofo, he winced in pain with an arm injury.

He immediately left the game, forcing Tanner Andrews to rapidly warm up when called from the bullpen. Andrews, the sixth pitcher the Blue Wahoos used Sunday, threw a wild pitch that allowed the winning run to score.

In the Wahoos’ ninth, leadoff batter Connor Justus laced a pitch that reliever Andrew Perez snared. JJ Bleday followed by following off several two-strike pitches before striking out. Perez then ended the game on the next batter to record his first save.

In addition to Lovello, Jerar Encarnacion and Riley Mahan each had two hits.

The Blue Wahoos will have Monday off, along with all minor league teams, before facing the Rocket City Trash Pandas – one of newest minor league teams – for six games at Blue Wahoos Stadium beginning Tuesday.

The Trash Pandas, a franchise formed after formerly being the Mobile BayBears, are managed by Jay Bell, a Tate High graduate, who went on to a lengthy, distinguished career in Major League Baseball.

by Bill Vilona, Blue Wahoos Senior Writer

Escambia Reports 14 New COVID-19 Cases

May 17, 2021

There were 14 new COVID-19 cases reported Sunday the Florida Department of Health.

Here is the latest data:

Escambia County cases:

Total cases: 36,371 (+14)
Non-Florida residents: 3,689
Recovered: 33,835*
Total deaths: 697
Long-term care facility deaths: 288
Current hospitalizations: 34
Number of tests reported last day: 269
Percent positive reported last day:  4.27%
Percent positive reported last week: 5.0%

Escambia County cases by location*:

Pensacola: 27,268 (+12)
Cantonment: 3,264 (+1)
Century: 1,185
—-including 774 Century prison inmates
Molino: 494
McDavid: 214 (+1)
Bellview: 59
Walnut Hill: 57
Perdido Key: 21
Gonzalez: 13

Santa Rosa County cases:

Total cases: 18,353 (+112
Non-Florida residents: 259
Total deaths: 291
Long-term care facility deaths: 82
Cumulative Hospitalizations: 909*
Number of tests reported last day: 166
Percent positive reported last day: 5.7%

Santa Rosa County cases by location*:

Milton: 8,752 (+8)
Navarre: 3,780 (+1)
Gulf Breeze: 3,380 (+2)
Pace: 1,500
Jay: 556 (+1)
Bagdad: 32

Florida cases:

Total cases: 2,249,210
Florida residents: 2,249,210
Deaths: 36,075
Hospitalizations: 93,110

*“Hospitalizations” in the statewide and Santa Rosa County totals is a count of all laboratory confirmed cases in which an inpatient hospitalization occurred at any time during the course of illness. Most of these people are longer be hospitalized. The FDOH does not provide a count of patients currently hospitalized. The Escambia County number is current data compiled each day from the local hospitals.

**On cases by location, the city is based upon zip code and is not always received as part of the initial notification. There may be a delay in reporting locations, and locations will not total the daily case increase as a result.

***The Florida Department of Health does not have a clear standard or definition of “recovered” and does not report a number of recovered individuals. Escambia County is reporting an approximate recovery number defined as the total cases prior to last month, minus deaths. In other words, anyone that tested positive more than a month ago is presumed to have recovered by Escambia County.

**Data Sources: Florida Department of Health, Escambia County, City of Pensacola, local hospitals.