The view from the press box

I have an update on the all-star basketball games next month.

The games will tip off July 24 at Tate, beginning with the girls game at 5 p.m.

Because it’s in a gym, regulations are in place. At this time, attendance is limited to half capacity, which is roughly 998 people. That includes players, coaches, fans and staff.

Hand sanitizing stations will be set up and markers will be laid out for social distancing.

That’s the latest on how the all-star game will play out. But with the game still a few weeks away, the plan in place is subject to change.

Fate of Fall Sports

The Florida High School Athletic Association held its first fall sports task force meeting last week. Little was learned from it as the FHSAA has no clear backup plan on how to deal with the reality of the pandemic and the impact it could have on the fall season.

The task force is scheduled to meet again Wednesday. 

One thing that did come from the first meeting is that the season may not be in the traditional format where teams compete for state championships. Schedules could be limited to district or regional play.

Navarre head coach Jay Walls is expecting the season to look different.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if we started late or had some kind of abbreviated season. We just don’t know yet,” Walls said.

Of course, he’s optimistic a season will happen in some form.

“We hope we can play some kind of season. Anything would be good a good thing. We just want to be able to play,” Walls said.

Academic Success

Tori Martino

Former Navarre soccer player Tori Martino made the Dean’s List at Indiana East. Martino helped the Red Wolves win the River States Conference title last fall. She tied for the team lead in assists and earned second-team all-conference honors.

In the News

This week’s Navarre Press features a story on Keith Brahms and Tony Carter. The football coaches share their thoughts on bringing people together during a moment in history riddled with divide. The two prove you can have different views and beliefs but still be united. And they are willing to talk to anyone who reaches out.

On this Day in Sports History

Frank Robinson belted two grand slams to lead Baltimore past Washington on June 26, 1970.

On this date in 1991, Larry Johnson out of UNLV was taken as the first overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets. Johnson played 10 seasons in the NBA and averaged 16.2 points per game in his career.

On June 26, 1993, Eddie Murray of the New York Mets is the 20th player in MLB history to get to 1,600 RBIs. And on this date in 1994, Kirby Puckett passes Rod Carew with his 2,088th hit to become the all-time leader in hits in Twins history.

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