Showtime at the Port!

By BLAKE MCCORMICK

As the Freeport boys basketball team took the court for their regular season home
opener this past Monday, the Bulldogs didn’t come out to the latest fashionable hip hop
instrumental or classic jock jams tune. Instead, David Felix’s fifth squad debuted to the sound of
“Sweet Georgia Brown”, a quirky song from the 1920s that contains a quirky whistling melody,
and was adopted in the 1950s as the Harlem Globetrotters theme song.

From there, a curious crowd saw the Orange and Blue-clad cagers run through a light
hearted warm up session that consisted of nifty choreographed ball handling and humorous
skits. According to assistant coach Jason Burnham, the players wanted to try the act after
hearing Coach Felix talk about how his alma mater, Troy University, used to do similar antics to
draw bigger crowds. The show drew applause and smiles from the fans in attendance as well as
from Athletic Director Shaun Arntz.

“They’re going to keep doing it all year,” said the first year AD. “I don’t care if we’re 0-
17.”

Fortunately, the school won’t have to worry about being winless. The unit outlasted
Florala 58-44 in the contest, with Felix substituting liberally throughout the game. After garnering
a 36-20 halftime lead, the visitors from Covington Alabama pulled the game to within a 43-41
margin at the end of the third quarter, drawing a rousing reaction from a scattered crowd of
traveling Wildcat fans who matched the number of Bulldog followers in the gym.

However, in the final period, Freeport’s Case Woodard, Lane Free, and Caleb King-
Williamson each drained three pointers while Jarrod Carley and Wesley Canaday stifled the
visitors rally with an intense inside defensive effort.

In the girls contest, Mike Myrick’s 19th squad welcomed back its most renowned
player, Kameron Light, who missed the Bozeman game last week. However, it was Adelle
Strickland who stole the show with a 21-point scoring effort as the squad evened its overall
record to 1-1 after getting a 51-38 victory.

“For someone who was just an average JV player last season, she has done
outstanding,” mentioned Myrick about the sophomore. “She has worked her tail off to become a
better player.”

The Freeport boys host Pensacola Christian on Thursday night while the girls squad
welcomes in South Walton on Friday.