By PATRICK CASEY
Rumor has it that Paxton and Ponce de Leon may not face Walton in girls basketball in the regular season next year. If true, that is a shame for area basketball fans. Walton has improved each of the last two seasons and Paxton and PDL are always solid area competition. With rising fuel costs, the campuses are also close enough together that it isn’t a long drive for the fans who want to see a rivalry game. Remember the basic sports formula, rivalry = increased fan attendance and concessions, traditionally. Let’s hope all involved can come to an agreement over a playing date.
While area schools’ travel is usually paid by the school board or from the school travel allotment, fans still have to pay for their own gas, so the more games closer to home, the better, in my book. And while I am adding my two cents, South Walton, please get Freeport and Walton back on your football schedule. That’s like FSU playing neither Miami or Florida.
Vern Barth, an assistant head football coach at Panama City Mosley, was hired last week to take over as head coach of the Port St. Joe football team. He replaces John Palmer, who went 57-27 in seven seasons at Port St. Joe.
Briana Bahr, a 6-2 opposite hitter for Pensacola Tate’s volleyball team last year, has signed to play volleyball at the University of Georgia this fall.
University of Florida junior safety Dorian Munroe has suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament that will require surgery. The injury to his right knee will force him to miss the 2008 season. Meanwhile fellow defensive back and redshirt senior John Curtis also suffered a season-ending ACL injury to his left knee. Curtis will miss at least the 2008 season. This is the third tear in Curtis’ left knee and he has had two prior surgeries on the same knee.
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