Year in review in local sports

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

•It took five games to do it, but the Destin No. 1 All Star 7-8 year old Machine Pitch Baseball team brought home the banner and title of Florida District 1 champions.
•Even with high seas rolling, spear fishermen brought in 81 lionfish in the first-ever Emerald Coast Reef Association Lionfish Round Up at HarborWalk Marina.
•Phil Tisa was introduced as the head football coach and athletic director at South Walton High School. The announcement comes just 10 days after the Walton County School Board officially accepted the resignation of Tisa’s predecessor Bill Wiles, who took a job at Santa Fe (Alachua) High School.


• A new 8 foot by 11 foot dry aquarium exhibit was being constructed at the Destin History and Fishing Museum to complement the existing shark tank at the entrance to the museum. The new exhibit showcases the white sand Gulf floor, reef system, shells, and will be the home for mounts of local marine species.
•The Paddle at the Porch saw 93 registered racers hit the water on their paddleboards. The event was put on by the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce and The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House.
•Armed with a spinning rod, a rope, a huge treble hook and a bang stick, Capt. Allen Staples and Chris Davis went gator hunting in Walton County and snatched a 702-pound alligator that measured out at 13-feet, 2 inches.


•More than 150 skiers from all over the world were gliding, jumping and flipping along the lakes at Pickos Ski and Wakeboard School on Slalom Way in Santa Rosa Beach trying to take home the gold in the Malibu Pan American Water Ski Championships.


•After a seven-hour wait, the first fish of the 64th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo finally hit the docks. Patti Cox of Tennessee who was fishing aboard the Don’t Hate with Capt. Scott Whitehurst hauled in a 4-pound trout to take first-fish honors of the rodeo.
•After a slow start to the 64th Destin Fishing Rodeo things were rip roaring with fish flying everywhere. On Day 3 at 5 p.m., the count for fish entries was at 111 entries, but by the time the books were closed, the number was at 165.
•On his first-ever saltwater fishing trip, Brian Lassiter of Boston, Mass., hauled in a 90-pound amberjack while fishing aboard the Strange Brew with Capt. Ken Nettles. His catch took over the top spot in the 25- and Under Private Boat Division of the rodeo as well as the AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar AJ Bonus Awards, worth $3,000.
•It wasn’t his first race this year, but it was Martin Novak’s first time to run in the Rodeo Run 5K held in conjunction with the Destin Fishing Rodeo. Novak was the first out of a field of 173 runners to finish the Rodeo Run in 17 minutes and 58 seconds at Clement Taylor Park.
•With the sun going down on Day 10 of the Destin Fishing Rodeo, Lance Moss of Niceville wowed the crowd when he came paddling up on a 12-foot paddleboard, straddling a 65.8-pound sailfish that was bungee cord strapped to the board. The sailfish that measured 68-inches long took him about 3 hours to land.
•He might not be a weightlifter, but he can curl a 111.6-pound amberjack. Mark Underdahl set a Destin Fishing Rodeo record when he hauled in a 111.6-pound amberjack on the Strange Brew with Capt. Ken Nettles.
•Although Destin held the Bruner Spartans scoreless for 18 minutes, it only took Spartan’s De’Ques Raine 18 seconds to return the opening kickoff of the second half 97 yards to break the deadlock. Bruner went on to win 14-0 that first round of the Okaloosa County Championship playoff game played at Viking Field in Fort Walton Beach.

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