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When it rains, it pours. And that was a good thing for the Baker baseball team on Monday against Santa Rosa Christian. The Gators sent 18 batters to the plate and scored 13 runs in the first inning on nine hits, three hit batters and two walks. Baker added three more runs in the second inning as the Gators poured it on to take a 16-2 win in five innings.
Trent Peak hit an off-balanced 3-point shot for Gulf Breeze with 2.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter. And just like that the season ended for Crestview’s boys basketball team. Peak’s basket gave the host Dolphins a 53-52 lead. Two free throws by Hutson Rowe followed as Gulf Breeze won the District 1-6A semifinal game 55-52.
Crestview boys basketball team hosted Navarre in the opening round of the District 1-6A basketball tournament on Tuesday with the winner advancing to stay alive for the district title. Simply put, Navarre had no answers for a Bulldog team that played its best game of the season.
The Crestview High School boys basketball seniors went out in style on Thursday. Crestview celebrated Senior Night in the last regular season home game against a tenacious Navarre squad. But as people in North Okaloosa County will tell you, nothing’s more tenacious than a Bulldog.
Trailing Laurel Hill 50-48 with 3.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Baker’s Lady Gators might not have needed a miracle, but they needed something close. A Lady Hobo turnover on a 5-second call gave Baker the ball near mid-court. Lady Gator coach Chelsea Medley called a timeout and drew up a play that worked to perfection. McKenzie McGraw, who at that point had a team-leading 22 points, would get one more shot.
Baker’s boys basketball season started 2024 the same way it ended 2023, with a win. Powered by Andrae Jackson and Joshua Prows, the Gators slipped past Pensacola Christian Academy on Thursday night 56-54.
It’s fair to say the Baker boys basketball team didn’t play a perfect game on Tuesday against Northview. But the host Gators did play a very good game. The result was a 66-44 win over the Chiefs.
A good coach is often most unhappy when it seems their team pulled off an easy win. Crestview boys basketball coach Greg Watson is a good coach. And he saw many things that needed to be fixed after the Bulldogs beat Pace 52-38 on Tuesday night.
Just when all hope looked lost for the Crestview boys basketball team in Friday’s game at Niceville, it wasn’t. The Eagles led the Bulldogs 55-48 with 1:32 left in the fourth quarter after a pair of free throws by Anwar Conley. Conley’s points would be the last for Niceville.
What do you call it when the Baker Gators or Lady Gators hold a celebration for a state championship? Baker athletic director said tradition, which is true as the Lady Gator volleyball team’s state championship is the seventh team title in school history. It might also be called a “Gatorbration.”