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Author: Brian Lester

Raiders fall just shy of comeback against Seahawks

At one point in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game against South Walton, it appeared as if Navarre’s girls basketball team had finally found its footing. Two free throws from Harmony Stafford and a layup by Angel Rhodes put the Raiders up 12-11 with 1:35 to go in the opening quarter.

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Grady Kelly earns All-American honors

Former Navarre Raider Grady Kelly made his first full season of college football count. The Colorado State defensive lineman was one of the Rams’ top tacklers this past season and earned freshman All-American honors from College Football News.

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Long wait is over for Navarre’s Dillan Smith

Dillan Smith looks like a basketball player. The fact that the Navarre senior stands nearly 7 feet tall helps him fit that description well. What one might find surprising, though, is that when he was younger, Smith was a long way from being a hoops standout. He barely even played the game.

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Brian Out Loud

There is a certain date on the schedule that needs to be circled this month. No, not Christmas. Santa Claus will get his night in the spotlight soon enough. I’m talking about Dec. 12. That’s round one of Navarre and Pace squaring off on the basketball court in the regular season, perhaps a preview of a potential showdown in the district championship game a couple of months from now.

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Raider girls basketball team aims to bounce back after letting lead slip away

With time wining down in the final seconds of the first half against Fort Walton Beach Thursday night, Trista Wolk pulled up for a 3-pointer in front of the Viking bench and drilled it. Navarre now led 26-19 and carried that advantage into halftime of this showdown between two of the area’s best teams. It appeared the Raiders were on their way to staying unbeaten.

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Raiders play the weighting game during gap in competition

Garrett Bagley runs with his lifters through a series of warm-up exercises inside the weight room on a Wednesday afternoon in late November, the whistle blowing signaling a start and stop for each one. His Raiders, the reigning 3A back-to-back state champions, were supposed to compete in a meet against state runner-up Pace on this day, but a miscommunication issue eliminated that possibility.

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