Dolphin Basketball off to a killer start


Max Schneidt dribbles past a Catholic High player.

Landon Boger, Staff Writer

   The boys Dolphins basketball season has started off to a killer start. With a 17-1 record (5-0 in the district) they are a powerhouse within the region. Their only loss came from the other goliath within the region, Fairhope, who holds a 20-1 record. After the team got first place in a Christmas tournament, they come back into the regular season confident and ready to win.  

   In a pre-game interview for their game against Fort Walton Beach, starting point guard Max Schneidt was asked what the key to defeating FW would be, without skipping a beat he replied “Me.” Schneidt lived up to his prophecy, with 26 points, six assists, three steals and two blocks, ending the night with a deep 3 point-shot, four feet away from half court. The very next night he dropped 19 points with five assists against a strong 9-8 record Pine Forest squad, with Gulf Breeze taking the win in a 65-57 game. After their victory against Pine Forest, the team boasts a 7-game winning streak. 

   After performing outstandingly all season, he has been bestowed the honor of “Best player in the Panhandle.” by Pensacola News Journal. These last two games were evident of that. Schneidt is without a doubt the MVP of the region and all eyes are on him as the team gets closer to districts. 

  The following up game was against school rival Pensacola Catholic. The first time the two teams played Gulf Breeze took an easy 62-27 victory over the Crusaders. The rematch was no different, and the entire GBH team played to almost perfection. With 14 from Schneidt and 16 from Patrick O’Grady the team took another decisive victory with a final score of 73-28. Keeping the momentum from the easy win, the Dolphins went head-to-head against Escambia. 

   Even though they had tough competition, key hype man (and point guard) Aidan Denny kept the bench loud and motivated, allowing Schneidt to once again drop D1 level stats, with 22 points, five assists and five rebounds. He led the dolphins to a final score of 69-43.