SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Celebrating generations of sports

Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 05:48 PM.

I ran across a familiar name last week while looking over Navarre High School’s football roster, getting ready for a game between the Raiders and Crestview.

When I saw Brock Barberi, I immediately thought of an old teammate, Tony Barberi, the starting tailback and an inside linebacker on the first winning football team in Gulf Breeze High School history way back in 1974.

I always get a kick out of seeing old teammates and classmates’ children play ball.

I have watched the son of the homecoming queen my senior year play baseball at Washington. And the son of another class beauty play football at Catholic.

Most of the offspring of old classmates have followed in their parents’ footsteps and attended Gulf Breeze. An equally large group has played at Navarre, which wasn't even a dream on the drawing board back in the fall of 1975.

I'm often amazed at how much many of the sons resemble their dads on the playing field. Perhaps they play another position, or they might not be the same size, but I can see many of the athletic skills and traits their dads displayed so long ago.

I'm sure many of you have similar memories watching the sons and daughters of former local stars. I never saw Dexter Day play baseball or football for the Bulldogs, but watching his daughter, Hannah, play catcher for the Crestview softball team from 2008-2011 was a real treat.

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