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Stories by Brian Lester

Stories by Brian Lester

Madril forges partnership with Navarre United

May 22, 2023
Emily Madril spent a little time two summers ago working with players from Navarre United at a camp. She was still at Florida State at the time. Now the Navarre alum is in her first year as a pro with the Orlando Pride and is taking that connection with the local soccer club to another level.

Adversity hasn’t derailed Indelicato’s dream to play college baseball

May 22, 2023
Joey Indelicato had high hopes for his senior baseball season at Navarre. And then, in a preseason game at Pace in February, it all ended before it started.

Raider softball team poised to build on 2023 success

May 22, 2023
Navarre’s softball team put together one of its best seasons in 2023 and all signs point to that success continuing next year. While the Raiders are losing a strong senior class that helped the team reach its first regional tournament since 2019, a number of key players will return for the 2024 campaign.

Spring game an ‘exciting day for Lighthouse’

May 19, 2023
For the first time in program history, Lighthouse Private Christian Academy’s football team played a spring game. That’s a big deal for the Stingrays, who battled North Bay Haven Thursday afternoon and used the opportunity to evaluate talent in a live game situation.

Blue Wahoos Notebook: Monteverde’s magic continues to make wins appear

May 18, 2023
Patrick Monteverde has been downright brilliant for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos this season. That didn’t change last Wednesday night in a 7-4 win over the Tennessee Smokies. Monteverde, the Southern League Player of the Week in April, improved to 5-0 on the season as he helped the Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins stretch their win streak to 10 games.

Navarre’s regional softball run comes to a close

May 17, 2023
A season to remember came to a close for Navarre’s softball team Tuesday night in Oviedo. The Raiders, making their first trip to the regional in four years, lost 9-4 to Hagerty in a Region 1-6A semifinal.

‘You’re never alone’

May 16, 2023
No one loves you. No one cares about you. If you were to disappear, no one would look for you. You should give up. Those were the deep-cutting words spoken many years ago by the voice in the head of Reggie Dabbs, who was wide awake at 3 a.m. crying in his bedroom.

Caden Howard raising the bar and clearing it

May 16, 2023
Caden Howard hoped to play football and compete in track in his first year at NCAA Division III Huntingdon. Things changed for the former Navarre Raider once he arrived on campus after a higher-up in the athletic department told him he couldn’t do both even though he was the under the impression he could.

Raiders see progress in latest scrimmage

May 15, 2023
Navarre’s football team held its second scrimmage under the lights this past Friday night, hosting its Maroon and White Game at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Raider head coach Jay Walls thought the team took big steps forward on both sides of the ball.

Raiders making memories during regional softball tourney

May 15, 2023
Navarre softball players were all smiles as they carried their bags to the bus late Monday morning ahead of leaving town for the next big test on their schedule. The Raiders were scheduled to take on Hagerty in a Region 1-6A semifinal Tuesday night at 7 p.m. EST in Oviedo. It’s their first trip to the second round of the regional since 2011.
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