SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Bulldogs on the rise

Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 05:56 PM.

In my more than 13 years of covering sports in Okaloosa County I've often heard that Crestview High School's athletic program had the potential to be the area's best.

But year in and year out, I've watched seasons of unfulfilled promises slip by.

Yes, there was the 2003 Bulldog football team that was the Class 3A runner up. And nobody can deny that Crestview baseball coach Tim Gillis consistently has one of the area's better teams.

Perhaps the greatest disappointments at Crestview High in recent years have been the boys and girls basketball teams. Anyone who has attended a Bulldog basketball game knows that has started to change.

Girls Coach Kathy Combest was a proven winner at Baker. In her second year with the Bulldogs she has shown the magic of hard work and tough love with a young team that has just two seniors.

First-year boys Coach Greg Watson walked into a great situation with a senior-laden team. Watson took the talented group and put his brand on the squad.

A guard during his playing days, Watson has preached physical toughness and aggressiveness inside, which plays to many of his key players' strengths.

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