Northview student Trevor Mathis, white shirt, white cap, poses with tournament winners, Buck Wild Saturday night. The tournament raised $2,000 to help in his battle with cancer.
Northview student Trevor Mathis, white shirt, white cap, poses with tournament winners, Buck Wild Saturday night. The tournament raised $2,000 to help in his battle with cancer.

Tournament raises $2K for Northview student

Published 11:50am Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A tournament organized to benefit a 16-year-old Northview High School student diagnosed with cancer in the spring raised about $2,000 Saturday.

The money raised from entry fees for the 12 participating teams and concessions will help defray the cost of Trevor Mathis’ treatment in a Pensacola hospital.

Tournament organizer and family friend Robin Cofield said the money raised was “much-needed” and will help Mathis’ mother, Melanie Renfroe, catch up on medical expenses.

The double-elimination tournament lasted more than 12 hours in Century with a Jay and Pace team, “Buck Wild,” taking first place and a team from Pensacola and Cantonment, “Slappin’ Pitches,” taking second. Mathis threw out a ceremonial first pitch before the championship game, Cofield said.

“He was out there all day,” she said. “He was having a good day. It was good for people to see the reason they were there.”

She said Mathis is optimistic and looking forward to the upcoming school year.

“He has his license now and he’s been driving his mama around,” Cofield said.

Cofield thanked Southern Panhandle Café for helping to sponsor the event, as well as Candy and Chris Thornton.

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