Sports

Double digits
EA girls earn school’s first 10-win season since 2011 By JOSH FRYE News Sports Writer Escambia Academy’s softball team swept a doubleheader from Atmore Christian School on April 8 to clinch its first double-digit win season since 2011. Lexie Hollinger pitched 8 innings over the two games, striking out 9 batters as the Lady Cougars defeated the Lady Rams 12-2 and 13-1. “We are very excited to earn a double-digit…
ECHS’s Freeman signs with Northrop Grumman
By JOSH FRYE News Sports Writer Escambia County High School senior Deondre Freeman is bound for Northrop Grumman Apprentice School after signing a $250,000 football scholarship on Thursday, April 11. “We are very proud of Deondre,” ECHS principal Dennis Fuqua said. “He is a very hard worker and a role model for his peers.” The 6-2, 184-pound, defensive lineman was a repeat first-team choice for the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s…
The Sound rocks for ECHS
By JOSH FRYE News Sports Writer Escambia County High School’s football team hosted its second fundraiser of the year on April 12 and 13 at the Sound, part of the Wind Creek entertainment complex. The Midnight Shepherds band entertained a crowd of over 100 with original hits and covers. “It was a really good event for us,” ECHS head coach Scott Mason said. “We had a good turnout, and the…
JUB falls to Warriors, claims area runner-up spot
By JOSH FRYE News Sports Writer J.U. Blacksher’s young baseball team had used a combination of dominating pitching, timely hitting and steady defense to earn a postseason slot. The Bulldogs got neither during an April 12 doubleheader and were swept by Cottage Hill Christian Academy in the AHSAA area championship series. JUB remain alive in the playoff hunt despite losing to the Warriors by scores of 7-4 and 10-6. “I…
Blue Devils steal 18 in win
By JOSH FRYE News Sports Writer Escambia County High’s Delarrion Poole struck out four batters in two innings, and the Blue Devils stole 18 bases to earn a much-needed, 8-4, win over Williamson High School in their April 10 season-ender. ECHS had struggled to find a winning slot this season, but finally turned a corner with the big win over the Lions. “Our goal was to go in and be…