Year in review in local sports

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BIG BLUE: It took more than a dozen “dock monkeys” to hoist the almost 800-pound blue marlin onto the dock at Baytowne Marina during the June fishing tournament. Travis Dorland reeled in the 783.6-pound blue marlin while fishing aboard the Done Deal. The big blue set a new Emerald Coast Blue Marlin record.

Published: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 02:44 PM.

From reeling in big amberjack to hauling in blue marlins, getting new coaches and state championships, 2012 on the Emerald Coast saw it all in the wide world of sports and outdoors.


•Down by eight midway through the fourth quarter, the Freeport Bulldogs battled back to beat the Lakeshore Titans of Louisiana 78-70 in overtime for a fifth place finish in the 17th annual Hilton Sandestin Beach Basketball Blowout at Freeport High.
•Destin’s Kay Biggers, 54, and her 28-year-old daughter Katie Thrasher finished the Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon respectively the first weekend in January.


•The Destin Area Chamber of Commerce and Shoreline Church joined forces for the 2nd annual Bayou, Bay & Back, 5K Run/Walk, 10K & Half Marathon. The event saw 427 total entries and a total of 19 states represented.
•Destin’s Parks and Recreation Department formed a new softball league — Real Skills League — every player swings the same bat.
•After a 48-day red snapper season last year, area charter boat captains were looking at the shortest season ever. At a Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting in Mobile, there was talk of shortening this year’s season to just 40 days. However, no decisions were made.
•Angela Hayles, Andy Vaughn and Tim Broom were selected to fill the three empty slots on the board of directors for the Destin Fishing Rodeo during a general membership meeting at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar.
•The Fort Walton Beach High School cheer squad brought home the championship title from the UCA National Cheer Competition at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando. Just days earlier, the squad won the FHSAA Cheer Competition to take the Florida state championship for the second year in a row.
•The Freeport Bulldogs lost to the Holmes County Blue Devils 61-52 in the semifinals of the District 2-1A boy’s basketball tournament in Freeport.
•South Walton Seahawk girls basketball team lost 56-42 to the Ponce de Leon Pirates in the Region 2-1A finals in Ponce de Leon.


•The Destin Little League Association swung into action with games being played on all three fields at Dalton Threadgill Little League Park. The 2012 Destin League was made up of more than 400 kids spread out over 34 teams.
•Earle Ady of Atlanta, who was fishing with his buddies Capt. Curt Gwin and mate Zach Wolfe on the Only Way, weighed in a 54-pound cobia to officially kick off the Destin Cobia Tournament at HarborWalk Marina. Earlier in the week, Capt. Joe “Rodeo” Lowery, who was not registered, weighed in a 65.4-pounder for the first cobia of the season to hit the docks, but he wasn’t entered in any of the tournaments.
•More than 15 teams participated in Destin Rockets Lacrosse Jamboree at Morgan Sports Center in Destin. The Destin Rockets, with a perfect record of 3-0, won the high school flight knocking off Gulf Breeze in the championship 7-5.
•Chris Raim hauled in a 98.2-pound cobia, while fishing with his dad Dr. Michael Raim and Kyle Ogle on the EYEced’Em, to take a top spot on the leaderboard of the Cobia World Championships at Harbor Docks.

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