SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Spring sports just around the corner

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 07:01 PM.

Johnson has a history of winning and was the Big School Coach of the Year last season at Choctawhatchee. If the Baker players buy into Johnson’s system, the Gators could be the 2013 season’s surprise.

This season could be a special one for Crestview. I know it will be somewhat bittersweet for me and I would imagine Bulldog coach Tim Gillis feels the same way.

This year will be the last opportunity fans have to see Dakota Dean and Tyler Henderson in a Bulldog uniform.

Dean, the Bulldog shortstop, will play baseball at Louisiana State next year. And, if all goes as planned, Henderson will play football at Florida Atlantic University in the fall.

Dean and Henderson have been Bulldog lineup fixtures since their freshman year in 2010. Before either played their first varsity game, they were being hailed as two of the best prospects the Bulldogs had seen in years.

They’ve lived up to the hype, having made an effortless transition from Davidson Middle School to Class 6A high school ball.

Henderson is the best high school outfielder I’ve ever seen. He combines outstanding speed with a rare ability to judge a ball as it comes off the bat. He also tracks down balls in the gap that seemed destined to be doubles or triples as they left the bat.

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