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Stories by Brian Lester

Stories by Brian Lester

Priorities are a focus for Navarre High salutatorian

May 23, 2024
As a freshman, Victoria Nguyen really pushed to be in the top two of Navarre High’s Class of 2024.

She scaled back those efforts a bit after that, but still thrived academically, and as it turns out, she is the salutatorian for this year’s graduating class.

Time and effort leads Patterson to top of his class at Navarre High

May 23, 2024
Brendan Patterson calls it quite an honor to be the valedictorian of Navarre High’s Class of 2024.

“I think this is class is really special. There are a lot of gifted minds in it,” Patterson said. “I hope I represent them well.”

Natalie Busch earns all-state recognition in flag football

May 22, 2024
Natalie Busch had one of the best flag football seasons in program history during her junior year at Navarre.
As a result, she’s earned all-state recognition from SB Live.

Navarre shows signs of promise in spring game, but knows there is still work to be done

May 21, 2024
The scoreboard said Pace 17, Navarre 7 after Monday night’s spring game in Pace, and first-year head coach Garrett Bagley is looking at that outcome a couple of different ways.
In no way is the game the only thing that matters when evaluating the last three weeks of spring football.

Brian Out Loud

May 20, 2024
Sports seasons are complete and the only thing remaining for the senior athletes in the area is to walk across the stage and receive their high school diploma.
They’ve spent the last four years representing their schools on football fields, baseball fields, softball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts and more.

Pace swim coach passes away

May 20, 2024
Pace swim coach Amy Wolfenden passed away Sunday while at a triathlon in Birmingham.
Wolfenden, a dean at Wallace Lake K-8 School, has been working in the Santa Rosa County School system since 2007 and has been coaching at Pace since 2013.

Navarre Raider softball coach steps down

May 18, 2024
Chelsi Kania has stepped down as the head coach of Navarre’s softball team.
This past season was Kania’s first as the head coach after serving as an assistant the previous year.

Quentin Randolph brings the fun back to football

May 18, 2024
Quentin Randolph has taken a different approach to his third season in the Indoor Football League.
Yes, he still wants to make plays and fill a stat sheet. After all, Randolph has always been a productive guy on the football field.

Navarre hoops standout earns all-state honors

May 16, 2024
Darius Cunningham Jr. was one of the area’s best basketball players this past season.
Earlier this spring, the Navarre Raider standout was named second-team all-state in 6A by

Embres looking forward to playing college lacrosse

May 16, 2024
Haven Embres is getting an opportunity to continue her lacrosse career.
The Navarre standout will take her talents to NCAA Division III Huntingdon this fall.
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