Senior Jaidyn Rhodes holds the district championship trophy high as the Seahawks celebrate their district title. [ FCSD ]
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Seahawks down St. Joe for district title

In another typical down to the wire battle between arch-rivals Franklin County and Port St. Joe, the Seahawks fended off a plucky Tiger Shark team to win 48-43 and secure the district title.

The Seahawks opened a 16-11 lead after the first quarter, but a strong St. Joe second quarter put the Tiger Sharks ahead 27-26 going into the locker room at the half.

The Seahawks opened the third with a 13-4 streak, putting them up 39-31, with the Tiger Sharks cutting it to 39-33 going into the final stanza.

Port St. Joe refused to give up, and with four-and-a-half minutes left in the game, Ray Bailey’s Seahawks were clinging to a slim 42-40 lead.

The scored remained the same for the next 90 seconds of play, with the last three minutes decisive.

The Seahawks outscored the Tiger Sharks 6-3 in that span and emerged victorious.

Now in his third season, Bailey has so far posted his best season record, now at 18-7, and his first undefeated season in district play, including three victories over Port. St. Joe.

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Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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