FWC battling coral reef disease

FWC battling coral reef disease

Coral reefs in the Florida Reef Tract in the southern part of the state, which happens to be one of the largest reef systems in the world, are being impacted greatly by Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. The disease is caused by bacteria and can be transmitted through direct contact and water circulation. Read the […]

Heel Yeah! Carter named to Doak Walker watch list

Heel Yeah! Carter named to Doak Walker watch list

Michael Carter is on the Doak Walker Award watch list once again. The junior University of North Carolina running back is one of 72 to make the list. It’s his second consecutive appearance on it. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Navarre alum is in the running for an award that goes to the best running back in […]

Pantlitz sprints into Junior Olympics

Pantlitz sprints into Junior Olympics

Abigail Pantlitz received an email from her coach at Liberty University earlier this summer. He wanted to remind her that it was important to stay in track shape over the summer ahead of her freshman season. The Navarre sprinter laughed about it, knowing she was doing just that already. “I told him I’m doing AAU […]

Lighthouse moves toward football stadium

Lighthouse moves toward football stadium

Lighthouse Private Christian Academy took a leap of faith Saturday, moving toward a $1 million football stadium in Gulf Breeze. Lighthouse Superintendent Joanna Johannes cut the ribbon on an eight-acre plot of land behind the Gulf Breeze campus on New Hope Road and watched the first tree being felled, culminating a nearly three-year process. “We finally […]

Bray thriving in role as reliever for Blue Wahoos

Bray thriving in role as reliever for Blue Wahoos

Adam Bray began his professional baseball career in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Drafted in the 33rd round in 2015 out of South Dakota State, the 26-year-old righthander is in his fifth season of minor league baseball, including his first with the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Bray got traded last spring. And not just to […]

Raiders use camp as opportunity to improve

Raiders use camp as opportunity to improve

Navarre defensive back Kobe Johnson relished the opportunity to showcase his skills at the University of West Florida football Friday Night Lights camp. After all, it breaks the up the routine of the summer, making it a little more interesting. “Every day in practice it gets boring sometimes going up against the same guys,” Johnson […]

Importance of campfire safety can’t be emphasized enough

Importance of campfire safety can’t be emphasized enough

Camping is pretty much a year-round activity in Florida. And that means campfires are part of the equation. Handled properly, they bring added fun to a weekend trip. Mishandled and it can lead to big-time problems.   Read the full article in the July 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Park service fine-tuning rules on personal watercraft

Park service fine-tuning rules on personal watercraft

The National Park Service released the final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for personal watercraft use at Gulf Islands National Seashore on Friday. The public can view the statement online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/guis-PWC-EIS.   As seen in the July 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to […]

Griffin sets state record for flathead catfish catch

Griffin sets state record for flathead catfish catch

A Santa Rosa County resident recently set a state record for a flathead catfish. Marvin Griffin caught the fish in the Yellow River on a rod and reel using live bait. The catfish checked in at 69.3 pounds, measuring 47 inches long and featuring a girth of 34.25 inches.   Read the full article in […]

Wahoos Stadium dealing with water issue

Wahoos Stadium dealing with water issue

Blue Wahoos Stadium has a reputation for having one of the best fields in minor league baseball. But the field looks more worn down than usual this season, in part because of the additional games played on the surface in the offseason.   Read the full article in the July 11 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Give65 fund drive an extension of Senior Chill Out

Give65 fund drive an extension of Senior Chill Out

Over the last two summers the Council on Aging of West Florida, in connection with the Give65 campaign, has raised more than $20,000 for the Senior Chill Out Program to help purchase air conditioners and fans for the elderly in need in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The goal is to bring in even more […]

Rortvedt plays key role in wild comeback win

Rortvedt plays key role in wild comeback win

Ben Rortvedt has been one of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos’ better hitters since being promoted to Double-A in late April. But lately, he’s been in cool-off mode, having tallied just two hits in the previous four games entering last Wednesday night’s showdown with the Mississippi Braves at Blue Wahoos Stadium. The 21-year-old catcher and highly […]

Heat doesn’t slow down runners in 5K

Heat doesn’t slow down runners in 5K

“Hot” is how people described conditions after the Fourth of July 5K on Pensacola Beach. Dewayne Riley, from Milton, and Stephanie Rafferty, from Pensacola, set respectably course records – as this was the first use of this route. Riley crossed the line in 17 minutes,29 seconds – besting the field by more than a minute. Rafferty was the first woman […]

Softball workouts aid in transition to high school

Softball workouts aid in transition to high school

Harmony Stafford is on the field at shortstop during Navarre’s summer league softball game against Tate. She’s in the spot once held down by four-year starter Kallie Anderson, who graduated in May as one of the best in program history. “It’s a lot of pressure, but it’s good. I’m having fun,” Stafford said. Stafford is […]

Della Ratta enjoys teaching others about fishing

Della Ratta enjoys teaching others about fishing

Pete Della Ratta grew up on the Gulf Coast but didn’t get heavily involved in fishing until he was in high school. “Growing up here, my parents didn’t fish too much. The first time I saw my father with a rod and reel was with my daughter. For my kids to see their grandfather fishing, […]

Social media generates added pressure for student-athletes

Social media generates added pressure for student-athletes

Caleb Long received a red card in Navarre’s soccer game against rival Washington last season. If that had happened 25 years ago, no one outside the stadium would have known about it. In the world today, however, society is obsessed with social media, almost a prisoner to it.   Read the full article in the […]

Senior center hosts successful farmers market and craft fair

Senior center hosts successful farmers market and craft fair

The Holley Navarre Senior Center turned into the heart of the town Saturday morning, hosting a Farmers Market and Craft Event for the first time. “It was kind of our pilot program with this,” senior center board president TJ Husser said.   Read the full article in the July 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Raiders battle misconceptions and pressure of balancing academics with sports

Raiders battle misconceptions and pressure of balancing academics with sports

From the outside looking in, life looks good for high school student-athletes. Popularity. Success. The opportunity to play the sport they love in front of adoring fans. They have it made. Or so it seems to those who don’t see life through the eyes of an athlete.   Read the full article in the July […]

Navarre softball team hard at work in summer months

Navarre softball team hard at work in summer months

Summer practice rolls on under the hot Florida sun on a Thursday morning in late June. Navarre softball players are fielding balls in the infield and outfield and locked in on sharpening their swings as well. “It’s just about getting better, improving every day,” rising senior Allison Gutierrez said. “We had a great season last […]

Mi Familia hosts beach volleyball tournament

Mi Familia hosts beach volleyball tournament

Out-of-towners won most age divisions at the Mi Familia beach volleyball tournament on Navarre Beach Saturday. On nine courts by the Navarre Pier, two-person teams battled for berths to qualifying events leading up to the USA Volleyball national championships. The highest placing hometown pair – and Mi Familia Volleyball Club players — were Jayden Padgett […]

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