Florida Times-Union High School sports writer Justin Barney will join the expanded First Coast News Sideline 2013 team beginning Friday. His FCN role will be in addition to his Times-Union duties.

"Justin's extensive contacts in the First Coast high school sports community are extensive. And like our current FCN sports team, he knows the students, coaches, teachers and parents are the real story," according to FCN news executives.

Barney is a North Florida native who's been covering local and high school sports since 1988.