Argonauts make a statement in NCAA Division II playoff debut

Argonauts make a statement in NCAA Division II playoff debut

It’s safe to say the University of West Florida football team made a statement Saturday afternoon. In the NCAA Division II postseason for the first time in program history, the Argonauts dominated 16th-ranked Wingate 31-0 at Belk Stadium in North Carolina. Jalen Spencer opened the game with a bang, returning an interception 23 yards for […]

Playoff run comes to a painful end for Raiders

Playoff run comes to a painful end for Raiders

Navarre head coach Jay Walls stood in front of his team late Friday night, the pain of a 52-21 playoff loss to St. Augustine still fresh, the reality of the season coming to a close just beginning to sink in on a chilly evening on the East Coast of Florida. Some of the players were […]

Roundtable provides one-stop shop for senior resources

Roundtable provides one-stop shop for senior resources

Putting valuable information into the hands of senior citizens is what the Senior Resources Roundtable is all about. Formed in 2008, the nearly decade-old group features individuals from a variety of professions – skilled in everything from assisted living and legal help to financial advice and home organization – and the goal is to provide […]

Argonauts ready to roll into postseason

Argonauts ready to roll into postseason

On Sunday, the University of West Florida received a bid to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time. This Saturday, the sixth-seeded Argonauts will attempt to win their first postseason game when they take on third-seeded Wingate at noon at Belk Stadium in North Carolina. UWF, has won three of its last four […]

St. Augustine next stop for Navarre on playoff journey

St. Augustine next stop for Navarre on playoff journey

The game is bigger than the trip. That was the message Navarre head coach Jay Walls gave his team after its 49-47 win over Niceville in the opening round of the 6A playoffs Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The game Walls is referring to is the regional semifinal showdown with top-seeded St. Augustine […]

Raiders dominate another weightlifting meet

Raiders dominate another weightlifting meet

Navarre’s girls weightlifting team traveled to Niceville to take on a much-improved Eagle squad. However, after all of the points were counted, the mighty Raiders continued their dominance with a 65-25 victory over the Eagles. The Raiders started the meet with a win in the 101-pound weight class by Amiyah Carnall and a second-place finish […]

Navarre’s girls soccer team off to strong start

Navarre’s girls soccer team off to strong start

Navarre’s girls soccer team was impressive in its first week of the regular season, giving up just three goals in three games and winning two of them. Raiders 8, Escambia 0 The Raiders opened their season at NYSA against Escambia Nov. 7 with an 8-0 win. Brenda Bishop returned to action from an injury and […]

Playoff Notebook: Postseason brings out the best in style among Raiders

Playoff Notebook: Postseason brings out the best in style among Raiders

Navarre head coach Jay Walls was asked an important question after the Raiders survived a 49-47 shootout against Niceville Friday night in a 6A playoff opener. Someone wanted to know what he thought of Dante Wright’s hair. The junior wide receiver/defensive back left hair near the front of his head but shaved the top and […]

Historic season leads to playoff berth for the Argos

Historic season leads to playoff berth for the Argos

Historic and impressive. It’s the best way to describe Sunday evening for the University of West Florida football team, which learned it received an invitation to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time in program history. In just their second year of existence, the Argos won seven games, including Saturday’s 34-29 come-from-behind win […]

Raiders survive playoff thriller against Eagles

Raiders survive playoff thriller against Eagles

                 Sometimes you need to rely on an X-Factor to get the W in the playoffs. So there was Garren Harper Friday night, the unexpected hero in fourth-seeded Navarre’s opening round game against fifth-seeded Niceville. He was wide open as the ball came spiraling towards him. He made […]

UWF closes out regular season Saturday against Wolves

UWF closes out regular season Saturday against Wolves

The University of West Florida football team wraps up the regular season with a road game against West Georgia Saturday afternoon. Already assured of the first winning season in program history, the Argonauts (6-3) go into the 2 p.m. EST Gulf South Conference showdown with an outside shot of making the NCAA Division II playoffs. […]

Visiting Gulf Islands will cost a little more in 2018

Visiting Gulf Islands will cost a little more in 2018

Two years after its first price increase in more than a decade, the entrance fee for vehicles into Fort Pickens will increase by $5 starting in January. The rise in price is a result of the nationwide entrance fee structure that was established three years ago by the National Park Service. The rate for vehicles […]

Senior center accepts board candidates, eyes opportunities to generate income

Senior center accepts board candidates, eyes opportunities to generate income

The wheels are in motion for the new board to be in place at the Holley-Navarre Senior Center by the start of 2018. Six people stepped forward to be candidates at Friday’s general meeting, including current board members Don Brown and Betty Lyle. Others who have put their name on the candidate list are Teresa […]

In remembrance: Nanninga’s final journey on the Appalachian Trail

In remembrance: Nanninga’s final journey on the Appalachian Trail

As fall approached, Jim Nanninga was eager to complete his mission of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail. Derailed by an ankle injury last November after hiking more than 1,200 miles of the 2,180-mile trail over the course of three months, he rested and recovered and rolled out of Fort Walton Beach Sept. 6 via Greyhound […]

Area residents share their stories of hiking the Appalachian Trail

Area residents share their stories of hiking the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is the Footpath for the People and spans nearly 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine. It’s a bucket list item for the most serious of hikers. There are also sections that make for great day hikes for those with less experience. Famed travel author Bill Bryson summed up hiking the trail in […]

Greatness available as Raiders gear up for postseason play

Greatness available as Raiders gear up for postseason play

Greatness is available. Navarre head coach Jay Walls told his team that after it closed out the regular season with a 42-20 win over Niceville Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. In the postseason for the ninth time in program history, the Raiders are focused on making a run at the program’s first state […]

Navarre swim team competes at regional meet

Navarre swim team competes at regional meet

Navarre competed at the regional swim meet in Tallahassee Wednesday and two of Navarre’s girls relay teams finished in the top 15. The Raiders took 13th in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:51.93. Alyssa Allen, Lauren Robbins, Killian Casey and Olivia Sczesny were on the team. The same four swimmers competed in […]

Raiders tested in preseason soccer tournament

Raiders tested in preseason soccer tournament

Navarre head girls’ soccer coach Rob Simon believes that if you want to face good teams in February, you’d better have some on your schedule during the regular season. “It starts with the Niceville preseason tournament where we’ll face the Vikings from Fort Walton Beach and the Dolphins from Gulf Breeze,” Simon said prior to […]

Raiders dominate Eagles in weightlifting opener

Raiders dominate Eagles in weightlifting opener

Three-time state champion Navarre opened its weightlifting season Thursday, powering past Pine Forest with a 73-13 victory.   There was excitement in the air as the Raiders, who have won four of the last five state championships, practiced all summer with this moment in mind: The start of a new season.   The Raiders won […]

Championship quest begins for the Navarre Raiders

Championship quest begins for the Navarre Raiders

Navarre’s football team wants to win a state championship, and on Friday night, the 10th-ranked Raiders will begin their quest for high school football’s ultimate prize, opening postseason play against Niceville  in a 7:30 p.m. showdown at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The winner moves on to play the winner of the St. Augustine vs. Tate […]

Argonauts make a statement and program history

Argonauts make a statement and program history

When Pete Shinnick was hired in 2014 to start up the University of West Florida football program, he didn’t have much. No wins to write home about. No tradition or history to lean on to sell to potential recruits. “Four years ago, we had a phone and a desk. We’ve come a long way,” Shinnick […]

Raiders rise to occasion in regular-season finale

Raiders rise to occasion in regular-season finale

           In case you were wondering how good the defense of the Navarre Raiders really is, look no further than a two-minute span in the second quarter Friday night. It was during that stretch that Kevon Washington and Dante Wright picked off passes and swung the momentum in the Raiders’ favor […]

Senior Center aims to boost membership

Senior Center aims to boost membership

As the year winds down, the push to attract members for the Holley-Navarre Senior Center picks up. The membership drive is underway and will run through the end of the year. “Our membership is at 271 right now. We have set a goal to try to get to 300 for the year,” said Jim Russell, […]

Several Raiders expected to receive combine invitations

Several Raiders expected to receive combine invitations

        At some point next week, Navarre football standouts Josh Carter, James Segrest, Jordan Jefferson and Quinn Caballero are expected to receive invitations to the National Combine. Scheduled in conjunction with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the combine will be held at the Alamodome in San Antonio in January. Teammate Dante Wright […]

Argonauts face national runner-up in final home game of year

Argonauts face national runner-up in final home game of year

A stern test awaits the University of West Florida football team Saturday when it takes on 2016 national runner-up North Alabama. Kickoff is 4 p.m. at Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola. In their second year of existence, the Argonauts come into the game with a chance to set a program record for wins in a […]

Duck hunting popular on national seashore

Duck hunting popular on national seashore

Duck hunting is a thing on Gulf Islands National Seashore. The numbers tell you as much. While hunting ducks has been allowed since the national seashore was established more than 40 years ago, the issuance of permits for it didn’t start until 2013. Over the last three seasons, more than 200 permits have been issued […]

Raiders close out regular season against Niceville

Raiders close out regular season against Niceville

Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium, Navarre’s football team will close out its regular season against Niceville in a 7:30 p.m. showdown. Ranked 10th in the state and 7-1 on the season, the Raiders will be looking to take down the Eagles for the third consecutive year and take a ton of momentum into […]

Navarre assured of top four seed in regional playoffs

Navarre assured of top four seed in regional playoffs

Navarre is ranked fifth in this week’s FHSAA Playoff Power Ratings poll. But that will change Sunday when the postseason pairings are released. Because the Raiders clinched the District 2-6A championship Friday night with a 29-23 win over Gulf Breeze, they are assured are of moving into the top four in Region 1. Navarre, which is […]

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