8 teams came to Collegiate High School on the campus of Northwest Florida State College to play the 2013 Florida Panhandle History Bowl, the first tournament in the Panhandle area we’ve run. After five preliminary rounds, both Niceville and J.M. Tate High Schools were undefeated, thus earning bids to our national championships on April 27 and 28 in Arlington, VA and Washington, D.C.. Joining them with national bids as well as semifinal bids for the Panhandle title were Collegiate’s A team and Rocky Bayou with 3-2 records.
In the semifinals, Niceville jumped out to a 150-30 lead in the first half then coasted to a 300-180 victory while the hosts upset the previously undefeated J.M. Tate with a strong second half performance to pull away to a 280-150 triumph.
The final between Collegiate and Niceville started close, Niceville holding a 10 point advantage at the end of the first quarter, then expanded the lead to 40 at the end of the half. After the third quarter, the undefeated Niceville team stretched the lead further to 90 points, and that was all that was needed to secure the championship. Collegiate had the consolation of winning the fourth quarter battle, but Niceville definitely won the war, and the Bowl title, by a score of 240-160.
Thanks to De Cook, Ryan Adams, and everyone at Collegiate High and Northwest Florida State College for their help in hosting and directing our first Panhandle tournament! We hope to see each of the qualified teams at our national championships in Arlington and Washington in April!
|Date||March 9, 2013|
|Registration Deadline||March 7, 2013 7:00pm EST|
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