Thursday 6 p.m. Sportscast 3/16/17

Thursday 6 p.m. Sportscast 3/16/17

The Florida Gators are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time under Mike White.

They lost three of their last four games coming in.

Taking on the former Northwest Florida State Coach Steve Forbes and East Tennessee State.

The Gators won 80 - 65.

Northwest Florida State puts the NJCAA Tournament dates on the schedule on their website. Many teams do that.

But for the Raiders it's a statement of intent.

The Raiders head back to Hutchinson, Kansas.

They'll play their first game on Tuesday.

It's an all-local championship game at the Aggie Classic.

The host team Tate place Niceville starting at 7 p.m.

Tate's softball team hosts West Florida Teach on Friday night.

It's the annual strike out cancer game, which has become a huge success in recent years.

A record-setting night at the Pensacola Sports Awards Banquet Wednesday night.

There were 28 special achievement awards, which is an all-time high.

NBA great Dominique Wilkins helped recognize the honorees who included Olympian of the Year, Justin Gatlin.

Gatlin flew home to Pensacola to take part and thank the city.

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