The view from the press box

Plans are still being worked out for getting summer athletic activity at the high school level up and running in Santa Rosa County.

June 8 had been viewed as a potential date to get things going. Now it’s looking as if June 15 will be the earliest possible start date.

Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said working out a plan has been a complicated task. However, he noted that efforts are proving productive.

Navarre athletic director Scott Murphy is optimistic.

“It appears there’s a little light at the end of the tunnel,” Murphy said. “Everyone is chomping at the bit to get back.”

Murphy believes that if a green light is given to the district to have athletics over the summer, all teams will have the option to participate. But there will be guidelines in place for how each sport will move forward.

Escambia and Okaloosa County School Districts are moving forward with plans as well to get things started in June.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, athletics at the high school level came to a standstill March 13.  The spring sports season was officially canceled April 20.

Navarre softball coach Kelly Hayes already has a schedule mapped out of what summer will look like for her team if things do get going again.

“The players are ready to get back out there,” Hayes said. “The most important thing is being safe. We know we will take all the precautions necessary to do things in a smart and safe way.”

Need a Sports Physical?

The Andrews Institute is offering free physicals to student-athletes on June 6. All physicals must be notarized prior to the day of the physical. All athletes must register with the Athletic Clearance site prior to the physical as well.

Between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. is the time slot for Navarre, with physicals being done in alphabetical order.

All athletes are required to wear a mask to get a physical. It must cover your nose and mouth.

Below is the order for physicals for Navarre’s student-athletes.

A-D: 7:30 a.m.

E-J: 7:45 a.m.

K-N: 8 a.m.

O-S: 8:15 a.m.

T-Z: 8:30 a.m.

Getting Creative

No minor league team has been more creative during the pandemic than the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Their latest idea is an Airbnb that allows a group of up to 10 people rent out the stadium for a night.  You can read more about that in next week’s Navarre Press.

There has been no baseball for the past two months. The minor league season is likely to be called in early June. Because of that, the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins has found a variety of ways to bring in revenue.

“Our staff is gung ho and ownership is as well for allowing us to do different things,” team president Jonathan Griffith said. “We’ve changed our entire business plan and have an all hands on deck type of approach. People are taking on new roles and a new stance and making it work.”

In the News

Dante Wright is featured in this week’s Navarre Press. I also have a column  on the latest MLB negotiations to start the season.

On this Date in Sports History

On May 29, 1980, Larry Bird edged Magic Johnson for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award. Bird averaged 21.3 points per game that season. But Johnson and the Lakers won the NBA title that season.

On this date in 1987, Robin Ventura set a college baseball record with a 57-game hitting streak. Ventura played college ball at Oklahoma State. He played Major League Baseball for 17 seasons, including 10 with the Chicago White Sox.

On this date in 1990, Ricky Henderson breaks Ty Cobb’s base stealing record with his 893rd stolen base. And on this date in 1994, Al Unser Jr. wins the Indianapolis 500.

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