Bay County schools became district rivals in most sports after Mosley dropped in classification in 2013.
Mosley’s petition to move down was accepted by the Florida High School Athletic Association and it immediately created a logjam of the county’s four larger schools in 10 sports. Arnold, Bay, Mosley and Rutherford were matched in fall and winter sports of football, volleyball, boys and girls golf, boys and girls soccer and boys and girls basketball.
Mosley’s volleyball team finished second in the District 1-5A tournament behind Gulf Breeze after a newsworthy coaching change. Steve Canfield stepped down under pressure as volleyball and girls basketball coach in September, as Michelle Mask moved in to lead the volleyball team and Jon Mason the basketball squad. The Dolphins were eliminated by Gulf Breeze in the Region 1-5A volleyball semifinal and finished 25-4.
Arnold’s volleyball team also impressed amid turmoil in the program and a coaching change when Karisa Wesley eventually resigned from Bay District Schools amid allegations of an inappropriate sexual relationship with a former student. The Marlins responded with a victory over Mosley in the regular season, their second over the Dolphins in school history. Arnold defeated Rutherford in the district tournament before falling to Gulf Breeze in the semifinal.
Mosley football won the county title by sweeping its county opposition and finishing 4-2 in 1-5A and 6-4 overall, good for third behind Pensacola schools Catholic and West Florida Tech. Bay was fifth at 6-5, 2-4, Rutherford sixth at 2-8, 1-5 and Arnold ended with a winless district mark.
Arnold’s girls and Mosley’s boys won district golf titles in events contested in Panama City Beach. Mosley’s Bo Kelly was the district medalist. Arnold’s Lindsey Harrison also won the district title, was third at the regional and finished 27th in the Class 5A state golf tournament.
Arnold, Bay, Mosley and Rutherford comprised a four-team District 2-3A in boys and girls soccer. The four teams along with Choctawhatchee and Gulf Breeze were set to compete in baseball and softball in the spring.
There also were changes for area teams in Class 1A's Rural division. Most notable of those was Blounstown's move from District 4-1A to 3-1A in football.