PAXTON — Week after week, the Paxton girls basketball team continues to prove it’s the standard by which all area small schools should be judged.

Matched up against legendary area coach Kevin Craig and South Walton on Tuesday night, coach Andrew Norris and the Bobcats made the necessary halftime adjustments and held the Seahawks to just four third-quarter points to build a sizeable lead en route to a 70-44 victory, their seventh straight.

Senior forward Sadie Varnum, who just scored her 1,000th career point this past week against Jay, led the way with a game-high 19 points. Senior Hailee Bryan chipped in 14 points, including three 3-pointers, and senior Caylor Dixon and sophomore Cassie Varnum also cracked double-digits with 11 points and 10 points, respectively.

For the Seahawks, Emma Hawk led the way with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Crystal King-Williamson added 10 points.

Up next, South Walton (9-7 overall) will tip off in Navarre against the Raiders (10-11) at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, and Paxton will play host to Baker at 6 p.m. Friday for Homecoming. The Bobcats (18-2) beat the Gators (2-8) 73-23 this past Friday in Baker.


Niceville OL picks up D1 offer

Niceville’s Austin Firestone, 6-foot-5, 263-pound sophomore, earned a scholarship offer from Florida Atlantic on Tuesday, his first Division I offer.

“Thank you coaches and teammates for helping (make) this possible!” Firestone wrote on Twitter.

Excited to receive my first D1 offer from FAU! Thank you coaches and teammates for helping making this possible! 🏈#nicevillefootball

— Austin Firestone (@AustinFireston1) January 21, 2020

This past season, Firestone spent time at left and right tackle, helping pave the way for the Eagles’ 12-1 campaign and a run to the Region 1-7A finals.

Behind him, the Niceville ran for 2,620 yards, averaged 5.8 yards per carry and scored 35 rushing touchdowns, all while keeping the pocket clean for senior quarterback Will Koch, who earned the Daily News Offensive Player of the Year award.


Booker T. Washington 3, Rocky Bayou 2

Keeper Vanessa Jammer had five saves for the Knights on Tuesday night in Pensacola, but Rocky Bayou just couldn’t fend off the Booker T. Washington offense.

Emily Colquitt assisted Kerrstin Embry for Rocky’s first goal and Olivia Jammer scored the second, but the Knights fell to 5-8-1.

Up next, Rocky Bayou will try to rebound against St. John Paul II (4-5) at 5 p.m. Thursday at Twin Oaks.