Navarre has no answer for Indians on senior night

Navarre has no answer for Indians on senior night

Navarre basketball head coach Terry Posey was in his office late Friday night talking with the media about his team’s latest game. It was a tough one. Arguably the toughest defeat of the year. Navarre had no answer for Choctaw, specifically, TCU signee Diante Smith, in a 92-51 loss to the Indians at home. Smith […]

Signing day serves as finish line to a long journey

Signing day serves as finish line to a long journey

Signing day takes a weight off the shoulders of athletes. It marks the moment in which all the work that went into the recruiting process pays off. Six Navarre Raiders signed national letters of intent last Wednesday. A seventh player, Mitchell Hunt, ended up signing with the NCAA Division II Harding. Three Division I football […]

Raiders finish seventh at state weightlifting meet

Raiders finish seventh at state weightlifting meet

Navarre’s streak of consecutive state championships ended Friday in Panama City Beach with a seventh-place finish at the state meet. The Raider girls weightlifting team came into the meet looking for its fifth consecutive title and sixth in seven years. “We knew it was going to a difficult task to hold on to the team […]

Defying the odds leads to new opportunity

Defying the odds leads to new opportunity

Dexter Hunter is sitting out front at Navarre Gardens on a beautiful January afternoon – his wife Bonnie is the administrator at the assisted living facility – and someone walks by and asks what he’s up to. He jokes that he’s doing what he is told and then changes his direction and makes a joke […]

Normalcy returns to Gulf Islands for now

Normalcy returns to Gulf Islands for now

Gulf Islands National Seashore remained closed for more than a month. The 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government – the longest in history — created the closure. Last Monday, normalcy returned for national parks. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or […]

Raiders win first state title in program history

Raiders win first state title in program history

Anna Bagley hoped for a top three finish in the FHSAA Competitive Cheerleading State Championship meet. Her Navarre Raiders exceeded expectations, winning the program’s first 2A title Friday at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or […]

Senior night ends with a win for the Raiders

Senior night ends with a win for the Raiders

Losing wasn’t an option. Not on senior night. Not in the final game of a regular season that has seen this Navarre girls basketball team make significant strides. “I did not want to lose,” senior Lauren Kane said. “It was looking rough, but we got it.” The Raiders trailed by 10 at one point in […]

Raiders finish as district runner-up

Raiders finish as district runner-up

Navarre Raiders head soccer coach Abdalla Elbaioumy lost his father-in-law last week. He passed away the day before a District 1-4A semifinal showdown against Washington. Elbaioumy was on his way to practice when he learned of the death. He could have turned around and gone home. Instead, he continued with his drive to practice that […]

Twins, Blue Wahoos share same vision

Twins, Blue Wahoos share same vision

Minnesota Twins General Manager Thad Levine said last Thursday the Pensacola Blue Wahoos are the perfect Double-A affiliate for the franchise. “Gone are the times where you are just looking for a nice city or a nice stadium. You want a partnership. You want to join forces with someone who has a similar vision to […]

A look at where Raider lifters rank going into state

A look at where Raider lifters rank going into state

Winning a state championship in weightlifting comes down to numbers. There are 20 weight divisions. Fifteen lifters are competing for Navarre’s girls weightlifting team, which has won the last four state championships. This is the most of any school at the state meet, which takes place Friday at Arnold in Panama City. The meet begins […]

District final decided by penalty kicks

District final decided by penalty kicks

Navarre and Niceville once again met in the district finals, squaring off with the trophy on the line Thursday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. No one was surprised these two girls soccer teams were playing for the district title again. They have been playing in the championship round against each other for the past […]

Q and A: Ham radio operators set up on Navarre Beach

Q and A: Ham radio operators set up on Navarre Beach

Each year the Emerald Coast Amateur Radio Association and Santa Rosa Amateur Radio Emergency Services hold an Amateur League Radio Field Day in conjunction with ham radio operators across the country and even around the world. Ham radio is a vital communication tool in emergency communications, and this event offers the public a chance to […]

Marvelous Light Foundation 5K Fun Run/Walk set for March

Marvelous Light Foundation 5K Fun Run/Walk set for March

Cheryl Deas landed in Jacksonville at 1:30 a.m. Eastern Time last Tuesday after a late-night flight from Washington D.C. She was originally scheduled to land at 10 p.m. last Monday. Delays changed that plan. That left her only an hour to sleep before getting into her car and driving to Milton for the Santa Rosa […]

District title on the line for the Raiders tonight

District title on the line for the Raiders tonight

Navarre rolled over Washington 5-1 Wednesday, punching a ticket to the District 1-4A championship game. The Raiders face Niceville tonight at 6 p.m. at Washington’s Sherman Robinson Stadium in Pensacola. In the win over the Wildcats, Jack Patching scored twice. Hayden Richard, Kenny Morillo and Kobe Banks added goals as well as the Raiders earned […]

Workshop highlights how to deal with presence of coyotes

Workshop highlights how to deal with presence of coyotes

Black bears take center stage in terms of grabbing the attention of the community, but coyotes are also a big part of the wildlife scene here in Florida. Elizabeth Heikkinen, an assistant wildlife biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission discussed coyotes in more detail with the community Thursday afternoon. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Kazoo ramps up excitement about reading By Brian Lester

Kazoo ramps up excitement about reading  By Brian Lester

Cheers erupted when Kazoo strolled into the cafeteria at West Navarre Intermediate School Monday morning. The famed Pensacola Blue Wahoos mascot was in town to help kick off Literacy Week. Read the full article in the Jan. 31 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a […]

Navarre advances to district soccer final

Navarre advances to district soccer final

Navarre’s girls soccer team is moving on to the District 1-4A championship game. The Raiders advanced with a 4-1 win over Milton Tuesday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Jennifer Seward and Hunter Wallace scored two goals apiece. Seward and Wallace also each tallied an assist. Skylar Woods and Hailey Bastian also dished out assists […]

Beach Bowl remains on Navarre’s football schedule

Beach Bowl remains on Navarre’s football schedule

Navarre and Gulf Breeze typically meet the second to last week of the football season. This fall, the Santa Rosa County rivals are set to battle in week one for the Beach Bowl Trophy. The Raiders have been moved up to 7A while the Dolphins are staying in the 6A classification. Both teams are in […]

Navarre narrowly misses on chance to knock off Aggies

Navarre narrowly misses on chance to knock off Aggies

For three quarters Friday night, Navarre had Tate on the ropes in a District 1-8A girls basketball showdown at home. Foul trouble and missed opportunities cost the Raiders a chance to seal the deal in a 51-48 loss. “It’s frustrating,” Navarre head coach Abby Fogg said. Navarre appeared to be in control going into the […]

Raiders continue to grind during tough season

Raiders continue to grind during tough season

Elijah Proby drove into the lane and trimmed the Lighthouse Private Christian Academy lead to two with less than a minute to play in the third quarter of last Monday’s game at home. It generated a sense of hope for a Navarre boys basketball team that has struggled to dodge defeat during a difficult season. […]

Stingrays playing at a high level this season

Stingrays playing at a high level this season

The Lighthouse Private Christian Academy Stingrays haven’t missed a beat from last season. In fact, the Stingrays may be even better than the team that, last season, won 34 games, a Panhandle Conference title and a National Association of Christian Athletes Group 5 championship. “I think we are more focused this year,” Lighthouse head coach […]

Raiders open district tourney play with win over Gators

Raiders open district tourney play with win over Gators

It was obvious from the start of the District 1-4A tournament opener which team was the top seed and which was the bottom seed. As soon as the opening whistle blew, the Raiders were in attack mode and rolled to an 8-0 win over Escambia Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The Raiders had […]

Workshop exposes older drivers to car technology

Workshop exposes older drivers to car technology

Technology in a car used to mean a CD player, automatic locks or a light that warns you of low tire pressure. Things have changed significantly over the years, and the technology now available in cars is more advanced than ever. Read the full article in the Jan. 24 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Wildlife initiative takes aim at minimizing impact of development in Florida

Wildlife initiative takes aim at minimizing impact of development in Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is in a race against time, trying to get ahead of the game in preserving land, wildlife and water for future generations. Initially launched as the Wildlife 2060 Initiative — it’s now been switched to 2070 due to projection changes – a game plan has been laid out to […]

Raiders ride unbeaten streak into district tourney

Raiders ride unbeaten streak into district tourney

Navarre wrapped up its regular season on a high note, riding a five-game unbeaten win streak into the District 1-4A tournament. The Raiders won four of their last five games and ended the season last Tuesday with a 0-0 tie against Pensacola Catholic. On Monday, Navarre crushed rival Gulf Breeze 5-0. Kobe Banks scored twice, […]