Thursday, September 16, 2010

Graceville High School Volleyball Preview

2010 Graceville Lady Tigers Varsity Profile

Head Coach: Bob Bloomer, 3rd Season
District: Class 2A District Two – Graceville, Blountstown, Bozeman, Cottondale, Holmes County, Sneads, South Walton and Vernon. District Tournament to be played at Sneads High School on 10/25-28, 2010.
2010 Outlook: The Lady Tigers are in just their third year of having a volleyball program after a 16 year absence of the program at Graceville. Bob Bloomer returns as the Head Coach and has five players returning from last year’s squad. The Lady Tigers have struggled in the rebuilding of the volleyball program at Graceville and were winless last season. The 2010 season is already off to a much better start as the Lady Tigers have already picked up five wins this season. The success they are having is in a large part due to those five returning players: Sam Myrick, Tiarra Sorey, Wynterra Pittman, Taylor McDaniel and Jessica McClendon.

2010 Graceville Lady Tigers Volleyball Roster

#3 Sam Myrick
#4 Shai Dozier
#6 Brianna Tew
#9 Marieta Douglas
#11 Tiarra Sorey
#13 Zia White
#23 Lindsey Wheatley
#30 Wynterra Pittman
#32 Taylor McDaniel
#44 Jessica McClendon

2010 Graceville Lady Tigers Varsity Volleyball Schedule
Date Opponent
8/30 at Marianna
8/31 South Walton
9/2 at Cottondale
9/7 Blountstown
9/9 at Vernon
9/11 at Chipley Tournament
9/13 at Bethlehem Tri Match
9/14 Tri Match Bozeman / Chipley
9/16 Holmes Co.
9/21 at Sneads
9/23 at South Walton
9/28 Cottondale
9/30 at Blountstown
10/4 Marianna
10/5 Vernon
10/7 at Bozeman
10/11 Bethlehem
10/12 at Holmes County
10/14 Sneads
10/18 at Chipley
10/25-28 District Tournament – Sneads

Cottondale High School Volleyball Preview

2010 Cottondale Lady Hornets Varsity Profile
Head Coach: Cassie Whiddon, 4th Season
District: Class 2A District Two – Cottondale, Blountstown, Bozeman, Graceville, Holmes County, Sneads, South Walton and Vernon. District Tournament to be played at Sneads High School on 10/25-28 , 2010.
2010 Outlook: The Lady Hornets enter the 2010 with only two players returning from last year’s squad. Gone are the likes of Kieysa Paul, Mary Auger, Syrinna Pope, Brandie Jones and Tess Jurgonski. Shay Wright and Chelsea Caudill are the only two returning varsity players but both are excellent players and will be expected to lead the team. A good group of young ladies have moved up from the JV and offered much hope for the future of Lady Hornet Volleyball.

2010 Cottondale Lady Hornets Volleyball Roster

# Name
00 Shay Wright
1 Brittany Shores
2 Chelsea Caudill
4 Kourtnie Richardson
13 Haley Boggs
14 Katie Mosier
15 Jennifer Hewett
22 Maggie Braxton
34 Kylee Cross

2010 Cottondale Lady Hornets Varsity Volleyball Schedule

Date Opponent
8/30 at Bethlehem
8/31 Vernon
9/2 Graceville
9/7 at Holmes County
9/9 at Bozeman
9/10 Bethlehem
9/11 at Chipley Tournament
9/13 Sneads
9/14 at Blountstown
9/20 Altha
9/21 at South Walton
9/23 at Vernon
9/28 at Graceville
9/30 Holmes County
10/4 at Chipley
10/5 Bozeman
10/7 Blountstown
10/12 at Sneads
10/14 South Walton
10/18 Marianna
10/19 Chipley
10/21 at Altha
10/25-28 District Tournament – Sneads

FWC offers Hunter Safety Course in Jackson County

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free hunter safety course in Jackson County.

The course will be conducted at the Lily Pad Ranch and Hunting Club, 2224 Kent Cemetery Road in Alford. Instruction will be from 6 to 9 p.m. (CDT) Sept. 21 and 23 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 25.

An adult must accompany children under age 16 at all times. Students should bring a pencil and paper with them to take notes.

Successful completion of an approved hunter safety course is required for people born on or after June 1, 1975, before they can purchase a Florida hunting license. The FWC course satisfies hunter safety training requirements for all other states and Canadian provinces. People interested in attending this course can register online and obtain information about future at or by calling the FWC’s regional office in Panama City at 850-265-3676.

Marianna Junior Varsity Cheerleaders Take Top Honors

The Marianna High School JV Cheerleaders brought home top awards from the University of Florida’s NCA Cheerleading camp.  4 Superiors, the Technical Excellence Award, the SPOT Award, and a National Championship bid.  They are now prepared and excited to cheer on the MHS JV Football team!

Captain of the MHS Cheer Squad Receives Award

Courtney Larkin, along with 13 of her teammates from Marianna High School recently attended an NCA Summer Camp. The camp was held at the University of Florida with over 150 cheerleaders in attendance from the surrounding states. Founded in 1948 by L.R. Herkimer, NCA host camps, championships and events for 150,000 cheerleaders and dancers each year.

As a part of the 4 day camp curriculum, the National Cheerleaders Association selects award winners at each of the over 1,000 camps it administers around the world each summer. Awards are given for individual and team accomplishments. Courtney Larkin, the MHS Varsity Captain, received the “Excellence in Leadership” Award. This is awarded to the captain that displays the strongest leadership during “Captain’s Classes” and camp. Courtney’s team, and coach Christi Shelfer are extremely proud of her.

BCF Golf Team Announced

Tryouts for The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville’s NCCAA golf team were completed August 28. BCF senior Ryan Kirk from Colquitt, Ga., was the low scorer with a thirty-six hole score of 168. He was followed closely by sophomore Jacob Patillo from Clayton, Ala., at 172 and freshman Justin Rickerd from Live Oak, Fla., at 174. Other players making the team were Robert Govoni, Garrett Durham, Caleb McGee, and Nathan Dobbs. The team is scheduled to play in four tournaments this fall against NCCAA Southeast Region schools.

Sept 1 NCCAA Three-team Match Tifton, GA

Oct 2- 4 NCCAA Regional Tourney Easley, SC

Oct 16 NCCAA Three-team Match Tifton, GA

Oct 30 NCCAA Two-team Match Dothan, AL

The first match will pit BCF against Christian Clearwater College and Taccoa Falls College in a Saturday afternoon bout on the beautiful Country Club of South Georgia course near Tifton, Ga. The Regional Tourney in October will feature about eight or nine teams from around the southeastern United States. Working hard through their first year of competition, the BCF golf team hopes to be more competitive this year, especially with the opening of its on-campus driving range and practice facility.

For more information about the athletic program at The Baptist College of Florida, please call at 800-328-2660 ext. 460 or visit

Olympic Softball Players Coming to Chipola College

Area softball players will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to work with three team USA Olympic medalists at the Chipola College Softball field, Jan. 22-23, 2011.

The Triple Threat team of Cat Osterman, Kelly Kretschman and Caitlin Lowe will provide a weekend of softball instruction focusing on pitching, offense and defense.

Pitcher Cat Osterman played at the University of Texas. She was an Olympic Gold Medalist and Silver Medalist, a two-time World Cup Champion and a two-time Pan American Gold Medalist. Osterman was a three-time USA Collegiate Player of the Year and a three-time NFCA First-Team All-American. She was the two-time ESPY Award winner as the Top Collegiate Female Athlete. Cat is the assistant softball coach at DePaul University in Chicago, and plays professionally for the Rockford Thunder.

Kelly Kretschman played outfield and infield at the University of Alabama. She was an Olympic Gold Medalist and Silver Medalist. She also was a Gold medalist at the Pan American Games and a member of the World Cup Championship team. The four-time NFCA All-American lives in Southern California and plays for the USSSA Pride.

Caitlin Lowe played outfield at the University of Arizona. She was an Olympic Silver Medalist and a Gold medalist at Pan American Games. A member of the two-time World Cup Championship team, she also was a four-time NFCA First-Team All-American. Caitlin now resides in Texas where she gives specialized lessons in out-fielding and slapping.

Chipola head coach Belinda Hendrix says, “This is a great opportunity for local players to learn from some of the best softball players in America.”

The two day Chipola camp will include six hours of instruction each day with lunch included. Registration fee is $200 by Dec. 18 and $250 after Dec. 18.

For additional information, contact Coach Hendrix at 718-2358 or 718-2359, or visit

Sneads Dominates Blountstown in Volleyball Games

Sneads beat Blountstown 25-17, 25-22, 18-25, and 25-19. Kara Alford led Sneads in kills with 12; Jordan Jackson had 8, while Brandy Strickland, Alyssa Edwards, and Yonna Bell each tallied 3 kills. The team earned 12 ace serves with Alford and Strickland leading with 3 each. Emily Jones played an excellent defensive game earning 13 digs and 12 perfect passes in the serve receive. Kara Alford led the team in digs with 14. Shannon McCaffrey added two perfect passes during serve receive. Sophomore Ashley Rogers also checked in for the Pirates using her speed to assist the Lady Pirates’ defense. This win brings the Lady Pirates record to 4-1 overall and 4-0 in the district.

In addition to the varsity, the JV volleyball team beat Blountstown in three games. The 10th graders, along with Freshmen Shelby Byler, won the first game. Next, the freshmen team checked in and fought hard but came up just short 22-25. The sophomores finished the final game by beating Blountstown 15-12. 10th grader Jenna Sneads had a great night with two block kills and 2 kills in addition to an ace serve. Alex Maphis and Blaire Edenfield, sophomore setters, had a great night leading the 10th grade offense with seven assists between them. Outside hitter Savanna Owens earned one ace serve and one kill. Savanna also played an outstanding defensive game for the Pirates earning several digs on the night. Shelby Laurence, defensive specialists, earned two ace serves and five service points. For the Freshmen, Logan Neel earned five kills and 1 block kill, while Mallory McDaniel earned 5 kills. Outside hitter, Shelbi Byler had 3 kills and seven ace serves. Freshmen setter McKenzie May had 4 assists for the night. Allaynah Weiss, also a setter, earned one kill and 3 service points. Yaya Owens and Aaliyah Raines also checked in for the Lady Pirates and did a great job. The JV has boosted their record to 2-0.

Hornets Win; Pirates Defeated

After opening the regular season with losses at home Cottondale and Sneads went back to work last Friday night. The Cottondale Hornets played host to the Seahawks of Franklin County and rallied to post their first win of the season with a16-7 win. Franklin led most of the game after taking a 7-0 lead in the second quarter. As the game entered the fourth quarter the Hornets still trailed 7-0. But midway through that final quarter the Hornet offense kicked into gear as Dominique Webb took control. Webb scored on a 25 yard run and then added the two point conversion run to give the Hornets their first lead of the night at 8-7. The Hornet defense came up with a big defensive stand and then Webb went back to work. With just over two minutes to play Webb sealed the win with a 12 yard scoring run. CJ Smith hit Cody Saye for the two point pass play to put the Hornets up 16-7. With the win Cottondale improved to 1-1 on the season.

The Sneads Pirates had to hit the road and traveled all the way to Baker to take on the Gators. The long ride over did not get any shorter on the way back as the Gators handed the Pirates a 20-0 defeat. The game was scoreless through the entire first half and much of the third quarter. Baker punched in a score late in the third quarter and added two more in the final quarter. Offense was limited for Sneads but they were led by Xavier Eutsay with 39 yards on the ground and Delontre Keys with 36. The Pirate defense was led by Joe Boyd with 13 tackles and Ethan McClendon with 8. With the loss Sneads fell to 0-2 on the season and 0-1 in district play.

Marianna Area Runners’ Club “Striders” will host a race in Marianna

1st Annual March of Dimes 5K Walk/Run to be held on October 9, 2010 at the Citizens Lodge on Caverns Road in Marianna, Florida.

5K Entry Fee: $18.00 early registrants get a free. T-shirt while supplies last $20.00 Race day registration 1 mile fun run $10.00 all ages

Schedule 7:30 A.M. - 7:55 A.M. - Sign up at the covered picnic table 8:00 A.M. START! Approx. 9:00 A.M. – Start handing out awards. 5K Overall winners’ receive a trophy and 1st three finishers in five year age groups. 1 Mile Fun Run overall winner gets award and top 3 finishers in age group. All participants should be present.

Bring a friend, bring a pet! Come Run, walk or jog for a good cause! March of Dimes walk event will be going on after the 5K event! 100% of proceeds will go to March of Dimes!

Forms can be down loaded form or online registration on

Please mail form to: M.A.R.C Striders 5980 Alliance Road Marianna, Fl. 32448.

Contacts: Kerstin Hussey 850-209-1812 or Dawn Sullivant 850-209-2157.

Make checks payable to March of Dimes

Cross Country Kicks Off Season At Home

The high school and middle school cross country season got under way this past Saturday at Bulldog Stadium in Marianna. The Panhandle XC Jamboree brought in 350 high school and middle school runners that represented over 20 different schools from as far away as Gainesville and Enterprise, Al.. The Marianna cross country team, under long time Head Coach Allan Gibson was the host school but they were joined by Jackson County newcomers Graceville High School has formed a cross country team. The Tiger runners are under the direction of Juwan Clark. In addition, Malone High School had a runner also participate in the event.

In the team scoring for the boys Niceville took first, Fort Walton Beach placed second and P.K. Yonge came in third. The Marianna boys placed 9th overall and Bulldog runners were as follows with their respective times: Patrick Cox (19:55), Isaiah McFarland (19:56), Jimmy Lein (20:03), Paul Kelson (20:15), Zack Brockner (22:01), Robert Peacock (22:50), Gavin Shouppe (23:03), Norris Adkins (24:28), Jeremy Wilson (27:49), Devin Coombs (28:58), Dylan Meeks (34:29) and James Pumphrey (38:31).

Graceville’s two male runners were Hunter Potts (21:10) and Kevin Potts (22:50). Malone’s Tristen Rogers finished with a time of 35:05. A total of 183 young men participated in the boy’s race.

In the girl’s race 139 young ladies participated and once again Niceville and Fort Walton Beach took first and second place. West Florida Tech finished third while Marianna finished 11th and Graceville finished 14th. Due to a glitch in the software program, times were not available at press time but the following runners are listed for their respective school and in their respective order. Marianna – Lindsey Toole, Samantha Arroyo, Kristy Lein, Kathryn Huffman, Masha Yaroshenko, Katie Barfield, Katrina Milliser and Christine Johnson. Graceville – Rebecca Degado, Mary Roselyn Jernigan, Jalisa McSwain, Brittany Flournoy and Nicole Willis.

In the middle school 2 mile race Marianna’s Joey McGowan finished with a time of 19:18 and Katrina Milliser finished with a time of 19:41.

Jackson Hospital Foundation Hosts The 16th Annual James T. Cook Memorial Golf Classic

The Jackson Hospital Foundation is gearing up for the 16th Annual James T. Cook Memorial Golf Classic. The golf tournament will be held at the Indian Springs Golf Course on Friday, October 8, 2010 with registration beginning at 11 a.m. and tournament starting at 12:30 p.m.

If you are interested in being a hole sponsor, the cost is $250 which includes tournament fees for 2 players, a smoked steak dinner and a tournament gift. The cost for an individual is $70.

This tournament has contributed $170,000 in the last 15 years to various ongoing projects at Jackson Hospital.

Please contact Jackson Hospital Foundation at 850-718-2601 if you are interested in participating in this upcoming event or if you have any questions regarding the tournament.

Come out and support Jackson Hospital and Jackson Hospital Foundation!!

Lady Pirates Take Win Over Cottondale

The Sneads Lady Pirates volleyball team picked up two more district wins this past week. Last Thursday night they beat district rival Blountstown 3-1. They followed that up on Monday night with a 3-0 win over county rival Cottondale. With those two district wins they improved to 5-0 in the district and 5-1 overall. Against Blountstown the Lady Pirates were led by Kara Alford with 12 kills and Jordan Jackson with 8. Defensively Sneads was led by Alford with 14 digs and Emily Jones with 13.

On Monday night Cottondale played host to Sneads in a district contest and the Lady Pirates jumped out to an early 9-4 lead in game one on a kill by Alyssa Edwards. Alford then added a kill and tap over to give Sneads a 15-5 lead. Cottondale got hot and battled back as Shay Wright and Chelsea Caudill led the charge. The Lady Hornets got to within five points, 22-17, before Sneads finished the game out winning 25-17. Game two again saw Sneads jump out to an early lead but this time Cottondale quickly got back into the game. A kill by Wright tied the game at 7-7 and the game was tied again at 11-11 and then 9-9. With Caudill serving Cottondale took the lead and led as much as five points during the game. Sneads sailed back though with Alford and Jackson doing much of the damage. Becca Aaron then got hot from the service line and Sneads rallied for a 25-21 win. Game three went to Sneads in a big way as Jackson helped them to an 11-3 lead. With Sneads leading 20-6 Edwards went to the service line and served out the match for a 25-6 win.

Cottondale was coming off a lost to Bozeman last Thursday but then had bounced back with a win over Bethlehem on Friday night. The Lady Hornets were led in the win over Bethlehem by Haley Boggs with 20 service points. Kylee Cross followed with 13 service points, 5 of which were aces. Caudill had a fine night as she had 3 kills, 13 assists, 3 digs and 7 service points. Wright patrolled the nets and recorded 6 kills in the win over the Lady Wildcats.

Thursday/Friday Night Football Preview – 9/16 & 9/17, 2010

Marianna (1-1) at Bay (1-1) 7pm Thursday

The Bulldogs travel to Panama City on Thursday for a match up with Bay at Tommy Oliver Stadium. Marianna is coming off two close games with county rivals (win over Cottondale; loss to Graceville). Graceville shut down Tre Jackson but Chris Bowers and Scooter Barnes each rushed for over 100 yards. The Bulldog defense though has been hit hard through the air in their first two games. Bay High opened with a big win over Port St. Joe and then lost 25-23 to Mosley last week. That’s the same Dolphin team that handed the Bulldogs a 42-21 loss in the kickoff classic game three weeks ago.

Radio: WJAQ 100.9 FM

Maclay (0-2) at Cottondale (1-1) 7pm

Speaking of close games, the Hornets are coming off two close games as well (loss to Marianna; win over Franklin). In both contest the Hornets got off to slow starts but then came on strong in the second half. Dominique Webb continues to be the go to man on the ground but QB CJ Smith can hurt defenses with his arm. Maclay has losses to Wewahitchka and Liberty County. They have been outscored in these two games 97-27 so the potent Hornet offense has a chance to put up some big numbers and get their second win of the season.

Sneads (0-2) at Holmes County (1-0) 7 pm

The Pirates have gotten off to a rough start as they have been outscored 53-6 in their first two outings. Things may not get any easier this week as they travel to Bonifay to take on Holmes County. The Blue Devils had an open date the first week of the season and they posted a 36-0 road win over Jay last Friday night. It is difficult to say this early in the year if Holmes County is that good, Jay is that bad or combination of both. Either way the Pirates will need to stop Blue Devils Kodi and Ethan Russ. The pair combined for almost 450 yards of offense in the win over Jay.

Graceville (1-1) – open

The Tigers get to relish their win over Marianna a little longer than normal as they have an open date this weekend. In the meantime they are preparing for their road trip to Franklin County on 9/24/10.

Radio: WFBU 94.7 FM

Graceville Rallies For Win Over Bulldogs

The Graceville Tigers posted two second half touchdowns to rally from a 21-8 deficit and pull off a 24-21 win over the Marianna Bulldogs. Graceville sophomore QB Jacky Miles was the “Tiger of the Hour” as he used his legs and arm to rack up 300 yards of offense. He threw for 196 yards and two touchdowns and then ran for 103 yards and a touchdown.

The first half belonged to the Bulldogs as they scored on three of their first four possessions. The Graceville defense took away Bulldog runner Tre Jackson and the beneficiaries were fullback Chris Bowers and wingback Scooter Barnes. On the Bulldogs opening possession Bowers had five straight runs, including a 31 yard scamper, that set up the first score. Bowers gave the Bulldogs the early lead on a 10 yard run. Michael Mader added a point after kick to make it 7-0.

Graceville responded quickly though as Miles connected with Kevin Potts for a 62 yard scoring strike on the Tiger’s first play of their second possession. Miles hit Rasheed Campbell for a two point pass play to give Graceville the 8-7 lead. Marianna’s second possession was more of the same as Bowers was the workhorse and Barnes also churned up the yardage. Barnes put another Bulldog touchdown on the scoreboard with a 15 yard run late in the first quarter. Mader’s point after kick made it 14-8 in favor of the Bulldogs. Midway through the second quarter Barnes showed why he is called “Scooter.” He took a hand off and bolted 72 yards for a Bulldog score. Mader made it a 21-8 lead with his third point after kick.

As much as the first half belonged to Marianna, the second half belong to Graceville. The Bulldogs fumbled on their first two possessions of the second stanza. The lone offensive spark for Marianna came on a 36 yard pass play from Hakeem Holmes to Cody Barfield. Meanwhile Graceville mounted an 11 play drive that came up empty but then scored on a five play drive late in the third quarter. Miles used his legs this time to score on a 29 yard run. He then hit Potts on a two point pass to make it 21-16 in favor of the Bulldogs. In the fourth quarter both teams had long drives that ate up a lot of clock but ended on unsuccessful fourth down plays. Graceville took possession with just under three minutes to play and Miles hit Potts for a 20 yard gain. Three plays later it was Miles to Potts again for 34 yards and a Bulldog penalty added 15 more yards. Miles then lofted a 30 yard scoring strike to Darae Laster in the end zone with just over a minute to play. Campbell added a two point run to give the Tigers a 24-21 lead. Marianna ran off four plays in the final minute but could not rally for the win.

Marianna dropped to 1-1 on the season and were led on the ground by Bowers with 178 yards and Barnes with 105 yards. Graceville improved to 1-1 on the season.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tigers Bite Pirates

The Blountstown Tigers took advantages of four Pirate fumbles and handed Sneads a 33-6 loss in the opening regular season game for both teams. The Tigers got out of the gates quickly and scored on their opening possession. They added two more scores in the second quarter to lead 20-0 at the half. The Pirates best scoring opportunity came in the second quarter on a field goal attempt but it was wide keeping the Pirates scoreless.

The third quarter was when Sneads got the fumble bug and Blountstown cashed in with two more scores to take a 33-0 lead. The lone Sneads score came in the fourth quarter on a 48 yard run by Xavier Eutsay. He turned out to be the lone bright spot on offense for the Pirates as he rushed for 112 yards on 20 carries. Blade Osborne with 7 solo tackles and 4 assist.

Tigers Fall To Chiefs

The Graceville Tigers hung close with Northview for three quarters but the Chiefs pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 24-6 win in the regular season opener for both squads. Northview took the early lead when they booted a field goal on their opening drive. But Graceville came right back with a nice opening drive that was capped off by a 5 yard scoring run by Allante Oliver-Barnes. The Tigers two point attempt failed but they held a 6-3 lead mid-way through the first quarter.

Northview came right back and marched down the field. They scored and kicked the extra point to take a 10-6 lead with just over a minute to play in the first quarter. The teams traded possessions and midway through the second quarter the Tiger defense held the Chiefs to force a 33 yard field goal attempt. It went wide left and Graceville still trailed by just four points. The Tigers mounted a drive and got a nice 25 yard pass play from Jacky Miles to Kevin Potts. But with just under four minutes to play in the half a Miles pass was tipped by a Graceville receiver. The Chiefs picked off the pass but then the Tiger defense forced a fumble moments later that was recovered by Jeremy Watford. The Tiger offense was unable to move the ball and were forced to punt with just over a minute remaining in the half. Northview took the punt and raced down the sidelines for a 60 yard touchdown. The extra point kick made it a 17-6 ball game at the half.

In the third quarter Graceville kept battling but were unable to put any points on the board. A fake punt saw Watford pick up a first down and that was followed by a 15 yard run by Miles. But once again the Tiger offense stalled and gave up the ball on downs at the Chief 15 yard line. The Tiger defense had done their part though as they held the Chiefs scoreless in the third quarter so as the teams entered the final quarter Graceville still only trailed by 11 points. But Northview took care of that with a touchdown one minute into that fourth quarter. The extra point kick made it 24-6 and that score held for the rest of the game.

The Tigers were led on offense by Miles who went 9-13 for 156 yards. He also scrambled for 34 yards on 18 carries. Darae Laster led the receiver corp with four catches for 74 yards. The Tiger defense was led by Watford with 13 tackles and Miles with 9 tackles.

Sneads High School Volleyball Preview

2010 Sneads Lady Pirates Volleyball Roster

# Name
2 Brandy Strickland
3 Emily Jones
4 Ashley Rogers
5 Shannon McCaffrey
7 Kara Alford
10 Yonna Bell
13 Alyssa Edwards
14 Jenna Sneads
33 Becca Aaron

2010 Sneads Lady Pirates Varsity Profile

Head Coach: Shelia Roberts
District: Class 2A District Two – Sneads, Blountstown, Bozeman, Cottondale, Graceville, Holmes County, South Walton and Vernon. District Tournament to be played at Sneads High School on 10/25-28, 2010.
2010 Outlook: The Lady Pirates are coming off another outstanding 20 plus win season and a playoff run that ended in the Regional Finals at Maclay. They lost several key players off that squad including Meagan Smith, Ashley Smith, Tiffany Guerra and Bridgette Dawson. But the Lady Pirates return two power players in Kara Alford and Jordan Jackson. They also have a solid group of ladies moving up from last year’s fine JV team.

2010 Sneads Lady Pirates Varsity Volleyball Schedule

Date Opponent
8/31 at Holmes County
9/1 Florida High
9/2 at Vernon
9/7 Bozeman
9/9 Blountstown
9/13 at Cottondale
9/14 South Walton
9/18 at Mosely (Tournament)
9/21 Graceville
9/23 Holmes County
9/27 at Altha
9/28 Vernon
9/30 at Bozeman
10/2 Tri-Match at Liberty (LCHS/ MHS)
10/5 at Blountstown
10/7 at South Walton
10/9 Tri Match (LCHS/Arnold)
10/11 Marianna
10/12 Cottondale
10/14 at Graceville
10/25-28 District Tournament – Sneads High School

Marianna High School Volleyball Preview

2010 Marianna Lady Bulldogs Varsity Roster

Michelle Bassin
Linsey Basford
Cayce Griffin
Ciara Hamm
Meghan Hinson
Whitney Lipford
Eron Milton
Porsha Morgan
Haden Searcy
Hali Stout

2010 Lady Bulldogs Varsity Volleyball Profile

Head Coach: Belinda Christopher
Assistant: Jerry Dean
District: Class 3A District One – Marianna, Arnold, Bay, Chipley, Pensacola Catholic and Walton. District Tournament to be played at Pensacola Catholic High School 10/25 – 28, 2010.
Outlook: Last year’s Marianna Lady Bulldogs were in a rebuilding year. That rebuilding should pay dividends this season as the 2010 Marianna Lady Bulldogs volleyball team returns a solid group from last year’s team. Returners include Hali Stout, Cayce Griffin, Eron Milton, Michelle Bassin and Meghan Hinson. Throw in some young and eager players that have moved up from last year’s JV squad and the Lady Bulldogs should be in good shape this season.

2010 Marianna Lady Bulldogs Varsity Schedule

8/30 Graceville
9/2 at Altha
9/9 at Walton
9/11 at Chipley (Tournament)
9/13 Holmes County
9/14 Liberty Co.
9/16 Pensacola Catholic
9/20 at Blountstown
9/21 Walton County
9/23 at Chipley
9/27 Cottondale
10/2 at Liberty County
10/4 at Graceville
10/5 Chipley
10/7 Arnold
10/11 at Sneads
10/12 Bay
10/18 at Cottondale
10/19 at Altha
10/21 Blountstown
10/25-28 District Tournament at Pensacola Catholic

Florida Fish and Wildlife Changing Hunting Dates

FWC-managed areas may get new hunting dates for 2011-12

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff on Wednesday to develop draft rules to modify hunting season dates on FWC-managed areas for next year. Commissioners will consider the draft rules at a future meeting.

The FWC, along with its partners and cooperating agency landowners, has been working with stakeholders in developing proposals to change hunting season dates for these areas, which include wildlife management areas, wildlife and environmental areas and miscellaneous areas.

Making these adjustments would better-align these areas with the newly adopted hunting zone season dates, which took effect this year.

“With the new changes to hunting season dates this year on private lands, we and our hunting stakeholders feel that season dates need to be modified on several of our areas, to correspond more with the new zonal seasons and the timing of deer breeding,” said Cory Morea, FWC biologist and deer management program coordinator.

The FWC held nine public meetings across the state and gathered input and feedback on the subject through an online poll. Proposed changes would take into consideration when deer breed on each area, other hunter preferences - such as hunting during holidays - and the desires of other area users.

“We want to make things even better for the public-land hunters,” Morea said. “Adjusting some of these dates so that seasons occur closer to peak deer activity or during holidays should increase hunter satisfaction.

“But, at the same time,” Morea added, “we don’t want to fix something that isn’t broken. Hunters have told us that on some of our areas the seasons are timed just right, so we wouldn’t recommend making any changes to those areas.”

Any future changes made to area season dates would not take effect until the 2011-12 hunting season.

Troop 170 Boy Scouts Stay on the Tenderfoot Trail

Boy Scouts in Troop 170 of Marianna met on Friday, August 27, at the First Presbyterian Church, following their first full week back to school. Scouts are strong on the trail to satisfactorily complete all requirements to earn their “Tenderfoot” rankings.

The evening started with a demonstration by Scout parents Brian McDonald and Tony Walker on the proper way to fold and unfold the American flag, followed by the pairing of Scouts to have hands-on practice.

Scouts also worked on additional requirements including knot tying, under the guidance of Assistant Scout Master Allen Mathis. Further discussion focused on poisonous plants, how to avoid them, and what to do if contact is made with these type of plants.

Scouts practiced reciting the Scout Oath, Pledge, Motto, and Slogan, and follow-up by leader David McArthur was made with each Scout to monitor individual progress towards completion of their Pathfinding badges. Before adjourning for the evening, Scouts sang “Happy Birthday” to leader Mary Ann Hutton and enjoyed cake and soft drinks with her. Troop 170 is on track to meet its overall goal for each Scout to earn the rank of Tenderfoot by the end of September. To learn more about Scouting, please call Mary Ann Hutton at 209-2818, or e-mail

Troop 170 Boy Scouts Resume Fitness Challenge

Troop 170 Boy Scouts of Marianna met on August 20, at Citizens’ Lodge Park to continue participating in their physical fitness challenge, which is one of the required feats to earn the rank of Tenderfoot. The ongoing theme remained “Steps to Better Fitness”, with the Scout Oath emphasizing the goal for Scouts to do their best to keep physically fit, mentally awake, and morally straight.

The Scouts had already completed Step One of this challenge in June of this year, which involved performing a variety of standard exercises to establish a baseline for testing future progress. Two months ago, each Scout had a turn to attempt push-ups, sit ups, pull ups, the standing broad jump, and a one-quarter mile run, with timed results and measurements being recorded in their handbooks. These same exercises were performed again at the most recent meeting, and each of the Scouts showed improvements in almost every area. Scouts will be tested again in the near future, to encourage continued efforts to become and stay physically fit.

To learn more about Scouting, please e-mail, or call Mary Ann Hutton at 209-2818.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Sets New Rules

FWC extends crossbow season; restricts firearms used on public-land spring turkey hunts

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) passed a new rule Wednesday in Pensacola Beach that will extend zonal crossbow seasons by a month, thereby running concurrently with archery season, beginning July 2011.

The FWC received requests from Florida hunters who want more crossbow-hunting opportunities – not only more hunting days, but also to be allowed to take deer of either sex, which is legal in many other states, including Georgia and Alabama.

Because of the request, the FWC checked with Florida’s hunters through an online poll, and more than 70 percent of those who responded supported increasing crossbow opportunities on private lands.

The new rule adds 30 days to the crossbow season in zones A, B and C, and it adds 33 days in Zone D, thereby making it coincide with the archery season.

Starting with the 2011-2012 hunting season, any hunter with a hunting license, deer permit and crossbow permit will be able to get in the woods a month early on private lands and use a crossbow (or a bow) to take deer of either sex.

This rule is intended to give hunters more opportunities and enable youths and others who have difficulty using a vertical bow to have more hunting days, thereby helping to recruit and retain more people into the tradition of hunting.

The Commission also passed another rule that limits the methods of take allowed during spring turkey hunts on FWC-managed areas beginning, with the next spring turkey season (March 2011). However, all legal bows and crossbows are still allowed.

The new rule restricts firearms to shotguns and muzzleloading shotguns only, using shot no larger than No. 2. All rifles, pistols, buckshot and slugs are now prohibited during spring turkey hunts on wildlife management areas (WMAs), except on Joe Budd WMA, Raiford WMA and Santa Fe Swamp Wildlife and Environmental Area. On these three areas, muzzleloading rifles will still be allowed, because spring turkey hunting on these areas is restricted to primitive guns only.

This rule came about after public-land turkey hunters and others expressed safety concerns, prompting the FWC to ask Florida’s hunters, again through an online survey. More than 75 percent of those who responded supported the restriction on firearms during spring turkey hunts on WMAs.

BCF’s “Voice of the Tigers” and “Coach’s Corner” Returns

As the Graceville community geared up for another year of high school football, The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) low power (LP) Radio Station, WFBU, prepared for another exciting year broadcasting the games and interviewing the coach. Established in 2003, WFBU began its seventh year of operation with a schedule that provides a variety of listening options for all age groups.

Continuing the “Voice of the Tigers” broadcast this year from the Graceville press box on Friday nights is BCF graduate Bob Bloomer. There is no doubt that Bloomer loves football as he provides a “play by play” commentary of what is happening on the field to WFBU listeners. Bloomer stated that it was God who inspired him with the idea of broadcasting the high school football games on the college radio station, “It was a way of bringing a great community and a great college together.”

Also returning to the WFBU program lineup this year is the popular “Coach’s Corner” featuring BCF Professor David Coggins and Graceville High School Head Football Coach Todd Wertenberger. The “Coach’s Corner” has become one of WFBU’s listener favorites on Friday mornings at 7:00 a.m. as Coggins and Coach Wert discuss “game day” strategies each week.

Audiences are able to listen to the coach and to the game on WFBU 94.7 from anywhere in the world via the web feed at Listen live to veteran announcers on the “Coach’s Corner” and “Voice of the Tigers” to stay up-to-date on the Graceville Tigers’ progress throughout the season.

For more information on the radio station at The Baptist College of Florida, contact 800.328.2660 ext. 460 or visit the website at

Jackson Hospital Foundation Hosts The 16th Annual James T. Cook Memorial Golf Classic

The Jackson Hospital Foundation is gearing up for the 16th Annual James T. Cook Memorial Golf Classic. The golf tournament will be held at the Indian Springs Golf Course on Friday, October 8, 2010 with registration beginning at 11 a.m. and tournament starting at 12:30 p.m.

If you are interested in being a hole sponsor, the cost is $250 which includes tournament fees for 2 players, a smoked steak dinner and a tournament gift. The cost for an individual is $70.

This tournament has contributed $170,000 in the last 15 years to various ongoing projects at Jackson Hospital.

Please contact Jackson Hospital Foundation at 850-718-2601 if you are interested in participating in this upcoming event or if you have any questions regarding the tournament.

Come out and support Jackson Hospital and Jackson Hospital Foundation!!

Lady Pirates Slam Bozeman

The Lady Bucks of Bozeman were late getting to Sneads for their volleyball matchup on
Tuesday night. Given the results, they might have preferred just to have stayed in Bay County for the evening. The Lady Pirates volleyball squad sent the visitors back to the coast after sweeping all three games against the Lady Bucks.

Game one went to Sneads as they quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead with Kara Alford serving. Becca Aaron stepped to the serving line moments later with the Lady Pirates leading 5-1. When she was through serving Sneads held a 15-1 lead. Along the way Alford and Jordan Jackson were racking up the kills. Alford finished up the game with a tap over and a service ace to give Sneads a 25-7 win. In game two the Lady Pirates again jumped out early. Aaron racked up five service points and Jackson racked up several more kills. Brandy Strickland got several service points and Sneads held a 13-2 lead. Alford and Jackson took turns firing shots at the Lady Bucks and Sneads came away with a 25-10 win.

In game three coach Shelia Roberts put in a few of the back up Lady Pirates and Bozeman keep this game close. Alford and Yonna Bell each had five service points but Bozeman battled back to get within 3 points (18-15). Alford and Jackson returned to the floor and the party was over for Bozeman as Sneads outscored them 7-1 to take a 25-19 win.

Aaron led the Lady Pirates from the service line with 21 service points. Alford had 9 kills on the night and Jackson had 8. With the win Sneads improved to 3-1 on the season and 3-0 in the district. The Lady Pirates will be back in action on Thursday night when they play host to district rival Blountstown.

Friday Night Football Preview – 9/10/10

Graceville (0-1) at Marianna (1-0) 7pm

The Bulldogs survived a scare from one county rival with a 4 point win over Cottondale. Now another county rival comes a callin’ as Graceville comes to town. Marianna got plenty of offense from Tre Jackson (143 yards rushing / 1 TD). But they also had four turnovers and gave up over 300 yards of offense by the Hornets. Graceville hung in with Northview until late in the first half. The Tigers like to throw on the arm of Jacky Miles and run on the legs of Darae Laster. On paper Marianna probably has the edge but when two county teams get together you can toss out the paper.

Radio: WJAQ 100.9 FM

Radio: WFBU 94.7 FM

Franklin County (0-1) at Cottondale (0-1) 7pm

The Hornets must shake off a heartbreaking 26-22 loss to their county rival Marianna. The Hornets played well enough to win and took a lead with less than two minutes to play. Cottondale proved that they are vastly improved from last season and have plenty of weapons on offense to play with anybody. Franklin County opened up the regular season with a 27-0 loss to another flock of Seahawks in South Walton. Cottondale has a great chance to pick up a win if they play their game and limit turnovers.

Sneads (0-1) at Baker (0-1) 7 pm

The Pirates had a disappointing start to the regular season last week in a 33-6 loss to Blountstown. Xavier Eutsay managed to rush for over 100 yards for the second straight week but it was not enough as the Tigers took advantage of four Pirate fumbles. The Baker Gators fell hard in their season opener as well with a 49-20 loss to the Crestview Bulldogs. Before Pirate fans get to excited about that loss by the Gators they need to remember Crestview is a Class 4A school and Baker is a Class 1A school. It’s a long trip to Baker but Sneads should match up well with the Gators.

Dogs Nip Hornets

Nobody told Cottondale that they weren’t supposed to put up such a fight against the county’s largest school. If they did, the Hornets paid no attention as Cottondale gave Marianna all they wanted and then some last Thursday night. It took a two yard touchdown run by Hakeem Holmes with :27 seconds to play for Marianna to escape with a 26-22 victory over the Hornets.

The game had been moved to a Thursday night so football fans from the other county schools could come to watch. Those fans as well as the Bulldog and Hornets fans certainly got their money’s worth. The Bulldogs took the early lead when Chris Bowers scored on a 20 yard run on the Marianna’s opening drive. The extra point attempt was blocked, giving the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead. The Bulldog defense then did their job in forcing a Hornet punt on Cottondale’s opening possession. Other than the blocked extra point Marianna’s game plan was going well in the early going. But the Bulldog offense began to sputter, fumbling twice and punting once in their next three possessions. Cottondale wasn’t any better though as they had to punt on their first two possessions and then gave it up on downs on their third possession. Late in the first half Marianna made it a 12-0 game when Holmes scored his first TD of the night on a 4 yard run. That lead held at the half.

The third quarter was a shoot out as Cottondale came out smoking. They quickly marched down the field on the opening possession of the second half and got on the scoreboard with an 11 yard run by Shondre McAroy. Dominique Webb added a two point conversion and just like that Cottondale trailed 12-8. Marianna responded though with a touchdown on their second possession of the half with a 14 yard run by Tre Jackson. That touchdown was set up when Bulldog safety Clayte Rooks picked off a Hornet pass and returned it to the Cottondale 14 yard line. With Marianna leading 18-8 the Hornets went back to work. They put together an impressive 8 play drive that went 60 yards. CJ Smith capped with off with a 10 yard run for a score and then hit Webb on a pass play for the two point conversions. The Bulldog lead had dwindled to 18-16 as the third quarter came to a close.

Both offenses appeared to have run out of bullets for much of the fourth quarter. But late in the game Cottondale found a few slugs. The Hornet defense stopped Marianna on downs at the Cottondale 9 yard with just under three minutes to play. Smith hooked up with Webb for a 30 yard pass play and then Smith launched a high pass down the field to Jacquez Walker. Two Bulldog defenders went for the ball and missed. Walker hauled in the pass and went the distance for a 61 yard scoring strike with just over two minutes to play. Cottondale took a 22-18 lead as Hornet fans and players were ecstatic.

But Marianna took possession at their own 42 yard line and Bowers went to work, picking up 23 yards and then 9 yards. Jackson then had back to back runs for first downs and moved the ball to the Hornet two yard line with under :30 seconds to play. Holmes then took it in for what proved to be the game winning TD.

Marianna racked up almost 400 yards on offense and were led by Jackson with 143 yards on 11 carries. Bowers added 69 yards and Holmes had 51 on the ground. Cottondale countered with 348 yards of offense, led by Webb with 93 yards and Evan Davis with 76 yards. Smith was 10-24 in the passing game for 178 yards.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

2010 CHS Hornets Roster/ Preview

# Name

1 Clifford Canty
2 Shondre McAroy
3 Cody Saye
4 Sheldon Vann
5 Norris Calhoun
6 Jacquare Henderson
7 CJ Smith
9 Dominique Webb
10 Prentice Webb
12 Jake Kernoshak
15 Justin Klotz
20 Evan Davis
21 Jacquez Walker
22 Josh Simmons
27 Caleb Toole
50 Ronnie Dixon
51 Will Collier
53 Thomas Lipford
55 Eli Jackson
60 Brad Locke
62 Chris Krauser
65 Josh Blackbman
67 Drake Mayo
70 Evan Swoboda
74 Derrick Wilson
76 Terrell Bradley
77 Brian Slesser
79 Neal Walker
80 Bryan Hancock

2010 Profile: Head Coach Mike Melvin enters his 13th season as the Head Coach of the Hornets, and as so is the reigning elder statesman for the county’s varsity football Head Coaches. Like all schools the Hornets graduated some fine talent. But they have a good core group of players that return with plenty of experience, including six starters on offense and eight on defense. Dominique Webb has led the team in rushing the past two seasons and he will no doubt be one of the go to players for this year’s team. CJ Smith returns at the QB position and Evan Davis returns as a running back. Newcomer Shondre McAroy is young but shows a lot of promise. Cody Saye will anchor the end of the offensive line at tight end. That offensive line is a veteran group with returners Chris Krauser and Ronnie Dixon joining Saye to lead the way. As usual most of those same key players will be counted on to lead the defense as well.

2010 District: Their district (District 1 Class 1B) has been dominated in previous years by FAMU and Graceville. That changed last year with a couple of new teams in the District. Jefferson County captured the District Title and FAMU was the runner up. The Hornets once again have their work cut out to earn one of the two playoffs spots in this tough district. They’ll need to get wins over Graceville and Rocky Bayou and then hope to upset FAMU or Jefferson County.

2010 Schedule: The Hornets have a tough schedule that features an especially challenging three game road stretch. But they first open up with the Bulldogs of Marianna at home this Thursday night. The game was moved to Thursday night to facilitate the rest of the county being able to come and watch the game. They’ll have home games that follow with Franklin and Maclay before their treacherous road trip begins. In three straight weeks the Hornets travel to FAMU, Chipley and Jefferson County. They finally come home to host Rocky Bayou and John Paul Catholic. Next up is their annual grudge match at home with Graceville and then they close out the season against another batch of Bulldogs, this one against Liberty County.

2009: Finished the season with a 1-8 record. A flu bug hit the Hornets early in the season and they never seemed to recover.

Assistant Coaches: Chris O’Bert, Don Holland, Clay Dilmore, Greg Ohler, Phillip Jones and Steve Harp.

Football Schedule
9/2 Marianna (Thursday)
9/10 Franklin Co.
9/17 Maclay
9/24 at FAMU High
10/1 at Chipley
10/8 at Jefferson Co.
10/15 Open Date
10/22 Rocky Bayou
10/29 at John Paul II Catholic
11/5 Graceville
11/12 at Liberty Co.

2010 Hornets Cheerleaders Sierra Franklin, Jessica Gainey, Linda Black, Palin Santavanond, Morgan McGinty, Jade Whitehead, Alexis Blount, Kelsie Obert, Presley Goucher, Valerie D’Ambrosio, Cierra Coleman, Bianca Dueling, Robin Vargo, Tagaria Davis.

2010 GHS Tigers Roster/ Tigers Preview

# Name
2 Derae Laster
3 Jacky Miles
4 Davonte Merritt
5 CJ Miller
6 Rasheed Campbell
7 Cody Collins
9 Malik Franklin
10 Kevin Potts
13 Jay Parent
14 Kyle Blitch
20 Hunter Forsyth
22 Javonta Cotton
24 Jeremy Watford
28 Austin Miller
33 Conner Renihan
34 Allante Oliver-Barnes
35 Marquis White
49 Josh Ward
50 Devin Cassady
51 Dustin Murphy
53 J.T. Russaw
54 Bobby Deriso
55 Curtis Pinkard
57 Nick Porter
59 David Miller
65 Michael Chorn
68 Ben Bodiford
71 Kevin Edwards
72 Tyler Plybon
78 Keion Woulard
79 Leander Ford
81 Tyler Wertenberger
89 David Cluff

2010 Profile: Head Coach Todd Wertenberger enters his fifth season as Head Coach for the Tigers. The Tigers graduated several big time players last year and are going to be very young at many positions. Two offensive starters return and six return on defense. They’ll look to Jeremy Watford, Derae Laster, Conor Renihan to tote the mail much of the time. Jacky Miles will be the signal caller and lineman Leander Ford, Keon Woulard will anchor the Tigers in the trenches.

2010 District: : District District 1 Class 1B added two new teams and dropped two teams last season. The end result was much the same however as once again the FAMU Baby Rattlers were one of the teams to beat. But newcomer Jefferson County took the district title and FAMU finished second. Graceville had been a main stay in the playoffs up until last season and no doubt their district goal this year will be to somehow someway make it back into the playoffs. But to do so they will likely have to knock off either FAMU or Jefferson County.

2010 Schedule: The Tigers open up with two tough opponents. They host the Chiefs of Northview and then travel to Marianna to take on the Bulldogs. After an open date they’ll travel to Franklin County and Blountstown. The Tigers begin district play in October and the good news is that they will host their two toughest district contests. On October 8th they host FAMU and on the 29th they host Jefferson County. Sandwiched in between is a home game with Liberty County. Afterwards the Tigers then have a road game at Rocky Bayou followed by another road game, this one with big rival Cottondale. They close out the season with a home game against another big rival as Chipley comes to town.

2009: Finished the regular season with a 3-7 record. It was the first season since 2004 that the Tigers failed to make the FHSAA playoffs.

Assistant Coaches: Jeff Renihan, Bryant Hardy, Travis Miller, Roger Sasser, Bob Larson, Thomas Register, Butch Burrell and Phillip Hynes.

2010 GHS Varsity Football Schedule

9/3 Northview
9/10 at Marianna
9/17 Open Date
9/24 at Franklin
10/1 at Blountstown
10/8 FAMU High
10/15 Liberty Co.
10/22 Jefferson Co.
10/29 at Rocky Bayou Christian
11/5 at Cottondale
11/12 Chipley

2010 Tigers Cheerleaders
Kurtiana Pinkard - Sophomore;Taylor Smith - Sophomore; Brienne Beechum - Junior, Lauren Skipper - Junior, Carly Wilson - Senior, Caitlin Miller - Sophomore; Coral Aguado - Junior, Trienietiy Boston - Sophomore, Derika Robinson - Senior, Morgan Lewis - Junior, and Kaylee Vaughn - Sophomore.

Former Chipola Player Is Major League Home Run Leader

Former Chipola baseball player Jose Bautista is still Major League Baseball’s homerun leader with 40 as of Aug. 23.

Bautista, a right-fielder for the Toronto Blue Jays, smacked two homeruns in the Jays 3-2 win over the Yankees on Aug. 23. The two gave him a Major League-leading 40 home runs on the season and accounted for all of the offense for the Blue Jays (65-59).

Bautista belted 44 home runs combined over his past three big league campaigns. With 38 games remaining on the schedule for the Blue Jays, Bautista sits seven home runs shy of George Bell’s single-season club record of 47 bombs in 1987. The right fielder is the first player to achieve 40 homers in a season for the Jays since Carlos Delgado launched 42 in ‘03.

Bautista was a member of the Chipola Baseball squad before being drafted by the Pittsburg Pirates in the 20th round of the 2000 amateur draft. His official signing came in May 2001, the same year the Indians captured the Panhandle Conference Championship and was the NJCAA Region VIII Runner-up.

During his time in the majors, the 29 year-old has also played for the Pirates, the Orioles and the Royals.

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Lady Bulldogs Down Lady Tigers

The Marianna Lady Bulldogs volleyball squad played host to Graceville on Tuesday night and came away with a clean sweep as both the varsity and junior varsity squads swept the Lady Tigers. In varsity action Marianna posted wins of 25-7, 25-13 and 25-12.

In game one Graceville hung close early on as the game was tied at 3-3. Marianna reeled off 7 straight points. Graceville kept battling and trailed 12-6 but the Lady Bulldogs then went on a tear. They outscored the Lady Tigers 13-1 to seal the first win of the night. Marianna jumped out to a 7-0 lead in game two with Hali Stout serving but then Graceville battled back to trail just 8-4. The Lady Tigers hung close for awhile and got as close as trailing 12-9 and 16-13. Eron Milton then went to the serving line Marianna ripped off 9 unanswered points to win the second contest. Game three again saw Graceville hang close early on as Marianna held a slim 4-3 lead. A kill by Cayce Griffin got the Lady Bulldogs up 6-3 and then they pushed that lead to as much as 16-7. A service ace by Meaghan Hinson got them up 18-7 and later a kill from Hinson made it 23-11. Marianna went on to win by 13 points.

Hinson led the squad with 7 spikes and 5 kills. Griffin followed with 6 spikes and 3 kills. Milton added 5 spikes and a kill. In Junior Varsity action the Lady Bulldogs captured two wins, with both games being won by a score of 25-5.

County Teams Battle In Pre-Season Contests

All four of the Jackson County high school varsity football teams competed last Friday night in preseason contest. Up in the northwestern portion of the county two of the teams squared off against each other. The Graceville Tigers played host to the Sneads Pirates and it was the visitors coming away with a 35-18 victory. Xavier Eutsay had a big night rushing for 166 yards and three touchdowns. Josh Rogers had a solid night as well for the Pirates with 97 yards rushing and a touchdown. Graceville was led by QB Jacky Miles who threw for 183 yards and three touchdown passes on the night.

The fans had barely had time to get their popcorn and sodas before the scoring began. Eutsay reeled off a 55 yard TD run on the Pirates first possession but the Tigers fired right back. Jacky Miles hooked up with Derae Laster for a 53 yard TD pass. Sneads held a slim 7-6 lead after a missed extra point by the Tigers. Rogers got his TD run later in the first quarter but once again Graceville countered. Miles hit Jeremy Watford for a 58 yard scoring strike and Sneads led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter. Sneads took advantage of some excellent field position and scored on a TD run by Eutsay. Rogers added the extra point kick to make it 21-12. Eutsay added his third TD just before the half and the Pirates led 28-12 going into the locker rooms at the half. In the second half the Pirates got a score from Delontre Keys to make it 35-12. The Tigers got a second half score as well when Miles tossed his third TD pass of the night, this one on a toss to Kevin Potts in the fourth quarter.

The Cottondale Hornets traveled to Quincy to play in a jamboree format and found the going to their liking. In the first half they beat St. Francis Catholic (Gainesville) 22-14 as CJ Smith helped the Hornets get the early lead with a 60 yard scoring strike to Clifford Canty. Dominique Webb ran in the two point conversion to make it 8-0. Evan Davis gave the Hornets more reason to cheer with a 10 yard TD run. Smith added the two point conversion to put Cottondale up 16-0. The final score for Cottondale came on a 35 yard run by Sheldon Vann. In the second half of action the Hornets edged Munroe 6-0 as Smith hit Webb on a 40 yard touchdown pass.

The Marianna Bulldogs traveled to northwestern Bay County to take on Mosley at Bozeman High School. The Dolphins (class 4A) outmanned the Bulldogs on the field and the scoreboard, posting a 42-21 win over Marianna. Mosley, which dressed out about twice the number of players as Marianna, jumped out to a 28-0 first half lead. Marianna hung with Mosley early on but a costly turnover (fumble) by Marianna late in the first quarter was quickly followed by a long touchdown pass by the Dolphins. From there Mosley seized momentum for the remainder of the half. In the second half Marianna was able to string together some offense and post 21 points on the board. Tre Jackson scored twice on short runs and Hakeem Holmes scored on a 75 yard jaunt.

Jackson County Sports on the Airwaves

Week of: September 2-8, 2010

CCTV 4 (Comcast Cable 4)
Check CCTV listings for a variety of sports programs.
WJAQ 100.9 FM

9/2 Fri Marianna at Cottondale Pregame 6:30 pm
9/4 Sat Saturday Morning Scoreboard Show 7:30 am
WFBU 94.7 FM

9/3 Fri Northview at Graceville 7 pm

Thursday Night Friday Night Football Preview September 2-3, 2010

Marianna at Cottondale 7pm – This game will be played on Thursday night so that the rest of Jackson County can come out to catch this county matchup. Both squads have some talented ball carriers as Marianna will be led by Tre Jackson and Cottondale will be led by Dominique Webb. Both teams dress about the same number of players – Marianna 26 & Cottondale 28. Cottondale scored 28 points in their preseason contest while Marianna scored 21. These two teams are fairly evenly matched and any time you get two Jackson County teams together it is going to be intense.
Radio: WJAQ 100.9 FM

Blountstown at Sneads 7 pm
The Pirates looked good in their preseason outing against one brand of Tigers (Graceville.) They’ll open up the season at home with another brand of Tigers (Blountstown) coming to town. Xavier Eutsay had a big night against Graceville (166 yards 7 3 TDs). If he can have that kind of night against Blountstown the Pirates have a great shot at a season opening win.

Northview at Graceville 7 pm –
Graceville coach Todd Wertenberger knows this year’s Tigers are not big enough to pound away at their opponents. But he seems to have come up with a good passing attack as QB Jacky Miles threw for over 180 yards and 3 TDs in the preseason game against Sneads. They’ll need every bit of that and probably more as they will host a Chief’s program that has been very solid in the years past.
Radio: WFBU 94.7 FM