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PAGE 8 THE FLORALA NEWS WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2010 i Florala High School's new year begins on August 9 The Paxton Dixie Youth 11-12 year old squad won the district title after sweeping a pair of games from Freeport on June 28. The squad will advance to Marianna to play in the state tournament on July 9. Pictured are (kneeling left to right) Austin Carnley, Ian Forehand, Dalton Bodie, Levi Thames, Stephen Ratliffi (middle row, left to right) Austin Burlison, Jordan Hartline, Celby Leach, Logan Ansley, Jesse Whitmire, Jamie Carroll; (back row, left to right) Chris Carnley, manager; Mark Forehand and Brent Leach, coaches. Not pictured is Raymond 13o- len. !0000ID-S EAS O N WINNER David Windham of Flora- la, claimed the Mid-Season Championship in the Street Stock feature event Saturday night at Southern Raceway, a 38-mile dirt track located in Milton, FL. He is sponsored by Flo- rala Pharmacy, Norman's Garage and Fowler's Septic Tanks. FHS gearing up for upcoming season by Newton Peters Summer is often thought of as vacation and play time for most students in junior high and high school- beach breeze, Lake Jackson, lots of time on the X-Box, PS3, and the Wii. However, for approxi- mately 30 young men it has been an eye opening experi- ence for a new brand of Flo- rala Wildcats football. "We are in a building phase," said new head coach and athletic director Chris Buckler. Walking around the football complex at Mathews Stadium it's easy to spot the construction phase is in high gear. The coach has hit the ground running in his multi-facet approach to rebuilding a once dominate program into a new power. "It's not an overnight process," said Buckler. "Right now we in voluntary workouts, but I've been extremely happy with the turnout and produc- tion." Supporters, parents and players are excited with the new approach from Flora- la's coach as talk around the morning coffee tables heats up from football fans around town. "My son came drag- ging in today after Working out this morning," said one local parent drinking coffee at a local restaurant and discussing summer work- outs. "This is something we've needed at Florala for sometime. It will help us to be competitive and give [the Wildcats] a chance to be suc- cessful." Former players have even commented on the off sea- son schedule. "I wish I had a few years of eligibility left - I really think [Buckler] is on the right track- we need the discipline and off season program to be competitive." For the players, it means voluntarily working .out three days a week with Coach Buckler. "Right now we are doing speed on Tues- day, agility on Wednesday, and conditioning on Thurs- day with weight training. It all ends with players completing "finishing" our fourth quarter drills." Florala's new program is designed to help players focus on the first 10-yards, driving forward and being a very physical - fundamen- tal team. "We are working on speed and conditioning," described Buckler of his program. "Speed does not necessarily mean running a 4.4, 40. It could be a line- man's footwork and ability to get off the ball. We are focusing on the basics before two-a-days." Two-a-days begin in Au- gust a week before school starts as Buckler greets players at 5:30 in the morn- ing to prepare for the sea- son's opening kickoff less than 50 days away. Buckler also described his vision for the program ten years from now - concen- tration to detail and help- ing players on the road to personal accomplishment. However, it starts with hard work and dedication from today's students at Florala. "It's not just about having a lot of jerseys on the sideline, but making sure we have players." That begins with the basics and teaching funda- mentals and skills. Right now the coach is weeding through those who are ready to play and his conditioning program is getting them ready for the first kick-off against 2A Samson. The team will also have a reward early as Buckler has the team headed to the Uni- versity of South Alabama on July 23rd to compete in a 7-on-7 contest and lineman challenge. "It will be an ex- citing day for the players. Right now we are the only 1A team - and it should give the players some confidence playing against 5 and 6A teams." Florala's future does seem bright as Buckler molds and shapes the expectations and demands expected of a Wild- cat player. '"We want every athlete, male and female, to have an opportunity to suc- ceed." Send COMMUNITY EVENTS & NEWS to 1155 Fifth Street Florala, AL 36442 or e-mail: floralanews@fairpoint.net CORRECTION MISS JUNE 24TH (ages 17-21) Brittney Grif- fin, 1st alternate; Miss June 24th (winner of a $500 scholarship) and Most Photogenic Gabby Shiver; and Elizabeth Brooke Dillard; 2nd Alternate. The FHS office regular summer office hours are: Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed on Fri- days. Contact FHS at (334) 858-3765 for appointments or visit our website at http://florala.cch.schoolinsites. com. New students (7-12 grade) who will be attending FHS area should register as soon as possible. New students must have an Alabama Health Im- munization Certificate (blue form). These certificates may be obtained from the Covington County Health Department or from a private physician. Immuniza- tion records from other states must be converted to an Alabama certificate and may be done so at the Coving- ton County Health Departmenti Parents should be with the sltudent when register- ing. There are forms that must be completed and signed by the parent. It would be very helpful when registering to have your last report card or records from the last school attended. School will begin for students on:Monday, August 9, 2010. New students in the area should come by Florala High School to register before school starts. Students may come by Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Schedules will not be available until the first day of school. Bill Miller Photography will be taking senior por- traits at Florala High School on Tuesday, August 3, 2010. Seniors should receive a packet with informa- tion from Bill Miller Photography with appointment information. Fall sports, band pictures and football program pictures will be taken on Tuesday, August 3, 2010. Picture taking will begin at approximately 1:00. Stu- dents needing pictures taken for an ad in the football program should call 334-858-3765 to put their name on the list. The Sports Club is selling ads for the football pro- gram. All businesses are encouraged to support all sports at Florala High School by purchasing an ad in the program. Also, all parents of seniors, football play- ers, cheerleaders and band members are encouraged to purchase an ad. For more information, contact Jeff or Gay Burleson at 334-858-5420. Prices for ads in the football program are as fol- lows: Full Page - $100.00 Half Page - $50.00 Quarter Page - ,$30.00 Anyone interested in purchaaing an ad can call 334-858-5420 or email information to Gay.Burleson@ cov.k12.a1.us. W.S. Harlan School registration info W. S. Harlan Elementary School will have Pre-Reg- istration and Orientation on Tuesday, August 3 from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m. If a child is enrolling for the first time, bring a copy of the child's Social Security card, birth certificate, and original immunization form. For questions call the school at 334-858-3294.School summer hours will be Monday through Thursday 7:30 to 4:30, closed on Friday. Paxton Pitching Machine All-Stars end season at tourney The Paxton Dixie Youth league's 7-8 year old Pitch- ing Machine All-Stars trav- eled to Wauchula, FL this past weekend to compete in the state tournament. Paxton defeated West Volusia National 4-3 on Sat- urday but fell 12-0 to Wesley Chapel American and 5-2 to Bartow on Monday, putting them out of the double elim- ination tournament. The All-Star team mem- bers included Hunter Ad- ams, Wesley Alford, Dristan Broadway, Hailee Bryan, Jesse, Bolen, Tristan Petty, Zachary Williams, William Martin, Brendan Gray, Adam Hall, Connor Var- hum, Tennyson Greggs, JC Alford, manager and coach- es Jim Reece, Brian Petty and Kevin Bryan. THIS WEEK'S RECIPE SPICY PORK TENDERLOIN SKEWERS 1 large onion, chopped 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce 1/4 cup water 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon ground coriander 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon canola oil 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon pepper 2 pork tenderloins (3/4 pound each), cut into 1-inch cubes In a blender, combine the first 11 ingredients; cover and process until smooth. Pour into a large resealable plastic bag; add pork. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight. Drain and discard marinade. Thread pork cubes onto six metal or soaked wooden skewers. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until juices run clear, turning occasionally. Yield: 6 servings. t