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Stories by Brian Lester

Stories by Brian Lester

Heartbreaking ending in regional for Navarre’s girls soccer team

February 14, 2024
Heartbreak enveloped Navarre’s girls soccer team late Tuesday night. Its dream of moving on in the Region 1-1A tournament dashed after a chaotic ending to a 2-1 double overtime loss to Nease on a chilly February evening at Bennett C. Russell Stadium.

Raider softball team ready to build off last season’s success

February 13, 2024
A new era begins for Navarre’s softball team. Chelsi Kania enters the 2024 campaign as the head coach and takes over a team with a promising cast of talent.
It’s a Navarre team that finished as the district runner-up a year ago and advanced to the regional semifinal.

Brian Out Loud

February 12, 2024
It happens every year. Student athletes and their family and friends fill cafeterias, gymnasiums, media centers, and sometimes even offsite locations, to sign national letters of intent.
It happened again last Wednesday, here in Santa Rosa County, throughout the state and across the country.

Argos add more than 20 recruits on national signing day

February 9, 2024
A total of 23 recruits were added to the University of West Florida football team on national signing day Feb. 7.
That group includes Navarre’s own Tyrell Marshall, a standout defensive back for the Raiders

Girls Power! 3A girls weightlifting rises to new level

February 9, 2024
Before awards were given out at the District 1-3A girls weightlifting meet last month in Niceville, the announcer noted the district is the best, not just in the area, but in the state as well.
That might seem like an exaggeration, but the results don’t lie when it comes to the success of girls weightlifting in Northwest Florida.

Cici Buffalino earns player of year honors in district

February 8, 2024
Navarre soccer standout Cici Buffalino has been named the Florida Athletic Coaches Association District 1 Player of the Year.
Buffalino was named the top player in a district that features athletes from Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. Teammate Katie Kauth earned a spot on the senior all-state team.

Raider football players sign national letters of intent

February 8, 2024
A handful of Navarre football players are headed to the next level to continue playing the sport they love.
Hunter Pfiester and Jaxson Spalla will play at Maryville, Brayden Brown is going to Stetson, Charlie Cottrell has signed with Birmingham-Southern and Tyrell Marshall will stay close to home and play at the University of West Florida.

Navarre’s boys basketball team knocked out of district tournament

February 7, 2024
Navarre’s boys basketball team came to an end last Tuesday night. The Raiders were overwhelmed early by Crestview and never got on track in an 84-57 District 1-6A quarterfinal loss to the Bulldogs.
Down 18-3 after one quarter and 45-15 at the half, it proved to be too big of a hole for the Raiders to dig out of as their up and down kind of season wrapped up.

Navarre nearly rallies for win over Crestview in district girls basketball tournament

February 6, 2024
Navarre’s girls basketball team could have folded up shop after the first half of its District 1-6A quarterfinal against Crestview last Monday night.
The Raiders trailed 19-9 at halftime but put together a furious second-half rally, nearly resulting in an upset win of the fourth-seeded Bulldogs.

Tyrell Marshall looking forward to football future at UWF

February 6, 2024
Tyrell Marshall won’t be going too far from home to play college football, choosing to play for the University of West Florida.
Marshall originally committed to Division I Memphis, but when the Navarre defensive back standout chose to go another route, he knew D-II UWF had interest.
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