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Bobby Bowden speaks at Wildcats football awards banquet

Former FSU football coach Bobby Bowden at the awards banquet.Legendary college football coach Bobby Bowden, who lead the Florida State Seminoles to a national titles in 1999 and 1993, addressed the 2012 Wildcat football awards banquet January 6.

BCHS football coach Ryan Sulkowski said this week that his players, who met Coach Bowden before the event, were excited and humbled by the experience.

“That is what the banquet was all about, those kids,” he said. “And to have a speaker of that magnitude in not describable ... Our kids were honored that he chose to spend time with us for our special night ... He’s a great coach and even better man. Our kids have a memory to take with them for a lifetime.”

Mr. Bowden shared humorous stories and talked about the role that successful athletics programs often play in academic achievement.

And he gave players some words of wisdom to take with them as they prepare to enter adulthood.

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Lady Bobcats basketball headed to conference championship in Madison

The Lady Bobcats of Baker County Middle School continued on their winning ways with a 43-6 victory over Wilkinson Jr. High School on January 5.

Delicia Washington led the way for the Bobcats with 22 points. Zoe Hamil and Abby Rice each had 4 points, while Tristan Lauramore had 3, and Tyneisha Reed, Jada Jackson and Lindsey Love each had 2.

Then on January 9, the Lady Bobcats traveled to Hamilton County for their last conference game of the season and came away with a 38-23 win. Washington posted 26 points, Jackson had 6, Love scored 4 and Rice had 2.

The girls finished their season with an outstanding 13-1 overall record, going 8-0 in conference play. They travel to Madison County Middle School to play the Cowgirls in the championship game at 6 pm on January 19.

Dale Van Sickle of Glen St. Mary

Dale Alan Van Sickle, 61, of Glen St. Mary died January 5, 2012.

He was born in Jacksonville to the late Willie E. and Marjorie Van Sickle on January 14, 1950 and was a resident of Baker County for the last 10 years after moving from Jacksonville.

He was a member of Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church.Dale was employed at the family business of Van Sickle Machine Shop for many years and most recently as a machinist at Liddy’s Machine Shop.

He loved spending time with his family, especially his grand babies. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, was an avid Gator fan and could fix most anything. Dale had an infectious laugh and found the humor in everything. He loved to laugh.

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Things he doesn’t want to see in 2012

It is around 6 am on January 2, 2012 as I write this column. Why in the world am I up so early on a day that is supposed to be a holiday where all I do is sit and watch football and eat junk?


My good luck 2012 meal didn’t agree with me.

My wife is convinced that eating collard greens and black-eyed peas on New Years Day will bring me good fortune. The only way I can explain this superstition is that from that moment on, the year can only get better.

Other good luck foods include grapes (at least 12 for each month of the year), long lo mein noodles, lentils and pomegranates.

Like everyone else, I am hoping that the new year is better than the last and that the Mayans were mistaken.

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