Eagle Sports Updates

Welcome to the Eagle Echo Sports Page, where you can find photos and reports from everything Eagle Athletics. Sports coverage is written and photographed by Lily Suttlemyre and Maya Delamater.

Cheer Wins State Championship

The journey began in October, with learning their competition routines, set to custom music for NHS. Then came many, many, weeks of stunt repetitions and cleaning. As they approached their February deadline, they put in extra hours in the gym, perfecting their routines and adding finishing touches. 

They attended, and won, a local competition in January, before one last hurdle: the community showcase. On a Wednesday evening, the Niceville Gym was packed with friends and family eager to see what their girls had been working so hard on. Catching up with Senior Kaymin Magier, she told me, “it’s been a lot of time and effort, early mornings, and late nights.”  As the cheerleaders soared through the air and whipped their bodies into tumbling passes, the crowd stood in awe of the pure athleticism of the underappreciated sport. 

It’s a common myth that “every cheer team wins state”, driven by a misunderstanding of the divisional system, and furthered by two local teams, Niceville and Choctaw, taking home state titles last year (Choctaw has boys on their team, and therefore competes in a different division than Niceville). Niceville certainly faced many challengers aiming for their reigning title, with 15 teams in their division, 4 advancing to finals. 

But while they’re feeling great coming off a state title, they still have UCA Nationals looming ahead. Senior Ava Floro told me that they are, “working to focus on the small things. The routine this weekend was good but not our best. Correcting those small errors is the goal for the next couple of days.”

Congrats to Niceville Cheer on their impressive accomplishments and good luck at Nationals. 

A Successful Regionals For Girls Weightlifting

Here's the official results of the meet:

101: Lily Forster was the runner up in olympic and traditional categories.

129: Carmen Freeman was first place in olympic and traditional. Karman Holley took home 2nd in traditional and 3rd in olympic.

139: Amber Gregory was the traditional runner-up, and Kaitlyn Sheppard was third place in olympic and traditional.

199: Charlie May was the runner up in olympic and traditional.

Soccer Update

The Boys Soccer team is a little over halfway through their season, boasting an 8-2-1 record with 8 games left in January.  The Girls Team is also having  a great season, with a 10-1-3 record to prove it. The Girls have 4 games left, with two being against school rivals Crestview and Choctaw. 

Girls Weightlifting Exclusive Photos

"Nobody cares, work harder." This is the motto of the acclaimed Girl's Weightlifting Team. Check out our photos to see these ladies in action!

Eagle Football Playoff Run

Following their win against Navarre, the Eagles ventured out to the Jacksonville area to play Nease High School. Following a 56-21 win, the Eagles brought it back to The Nest for a home game against Bartram Trail. While the Eagles didn't win, they made a valiant effort in this year's playoff run. 

Highlights From Niceville v.s. Navarre

The maroon vs maroon game ended in a big win for the eagles, with an almost 30 point lead. Final score, 63-34.

Highlights From Homecoming

Niceville had a big homecoming win over Leon, 62-7.  The Ville also crowned their homecoming king and queen, Gavin Beauchamp and Haley Stillings.

Highlights From Niceville  v.s. Pine Forest

A big win for Niceville at 31-28 in the pink out game for breast cancer awareness.

Highlights From Niceville v.s. Crestview

NHS settled the score in the September 29th game with a 42-21 win over the bulldogs. 42 seems to be the Eagles' new lucky number, as they won by that same point total last week against Choctaw. Both Fayard and Lafortune had big nights, with three scores for Fayard and one for Lafortune. Another big moment came from Devontae Robins, rushing for 170 yds and a touchdown.  Fans were also delighted by a surprise appearance from Azareye'h Thomas, a recent graduate now playing at FSU. 

Highlights From Niceville v.s. Choctaw

Eagles took home a win 42-21 against one of our rival high schools, Choctaw. 

Eagles Take Home a Win Out of Town

Eagles took home a win 19-14 against Chiles on their home turf in Tallahassee. Fans from last year may remember our defeat of Chiles this time last year during our homecoming game.

Feature Photos: Logan Marise

Some highlight photos from Niceville's favorite kicker, #47. Logan has spent three years on Varsity as both a punter and a kicker, and has brought home 93 points for the Eagles. The student section can often be heard chanting, "WE LOVE LOGAN!" He also plays for Niceville's Varsity soccer team. 

Highlights From Eagles V.S. Lincoln

14-28 in a rare loss for the Eagles.

Highlights From Eagles V.S. Chargers

29-0 and another win for the Eagles. 

Highlights From The Kick-Off Classic- 8/18/23

Varsity: 52-0, JV: 6-14. Highlight Players: Kane Lafortune offense, Kevin Downing defense. First two plays of the game ended in two touchdowns!