SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Bold predictions for the new year

Published: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 03:00 PM.

The Bulldog basketball teams will make the playoffs.

I think Crestview's boys have a chance to be mighty good as well. Bulldog guard Ronnie Baylark might just be the best player across Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. With Baylark leading the charge, and strong play all the way around, look for the Bulldogs to make the playoffs.

Crestview's girls basketball team is an interesting mix of youth and a few veterans. The Bulldogs have lost some close games and should improve enough to make some noise in the district tournament.

In track, Crestview freshman KK McTear will be one of the area's top female sprinters.

I base my prediction, in part, on McTear's quickness on the basketball court. I'm also considering her family history of great sprinters; that legacy includes an uncle, Houston McTear, co-world record holder in the 100-yard dash.

Laurel Hill's baseball team will struggle this year. I don't think the Hoboes have enough pitching to survive the district schedule.

●Laurel Hill will improve in softball, but the Hoboes will finish out of the running for the playoffs.

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