• SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Transfer rules have too many loopholes

    There's been a lot of talk about allegations of local high school athletic programs having illegal contact or recruiting athletes from other Okaloosa County schools. If you missed it, seven key Fort Walton Beach High School football players transferred to Niceville High School in just a few days, and some people at Fort Walton Beach questioned motives behind the transfers. READ MORE

  • SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Spring football coming soon

    I'm starting to get a familiar itch. This is the time of year when high school softball and baseball seasons wind down. District softball tournaments are scheduled for April 14-18 and district baseball tournaments will be played April 21-25. READ MORE

  • SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Coaches make a difference

    I attended a reunion of former Gulf Breeze High School athletes last Saturday. Anyone who's attended one of these things knows it's an event when a bunch of 40- or 50-something guys get together and lie about how good — or in my case how bad — they we were when most of us had more hair and less belly. READ MORE

  • SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Hold tight to teammates

    I've been thinking about what it means to be a teammate and part of a team. It's because Mort Deer, one of my best teammates and better friends from high school, is fighting cancer. READ MORE

  • SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Rain and baseball don't mix

    I often feel there is no such thing as a bad day or night to cover a baseball game. I will make the exception to extremely cold nights. And while I might not enjoy them, I can handle cold nights. Rainy nights — especially those like last Thursday when Crestview High School played Navarre High School in baseball — should be forbidden READ MORE


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