Spraying efforts help control mosquitoes

Spraying efforts help control mosquitoes

  Mosquitoes are out for blood but Santa Rosa County is prepared to do what it can to prevent summer’s most famous pest from quenching its thirst. The county has already started spraying for mosquitoes and will cover 30 routes, spraying five each week. The spraying is typically done from sundown until 1 a.m. However, […]

Mother Nature doesn’t put damper on all-star experience

Mother Nature doesn’t put damper on all-star experience

Billy Unterbrink was hanging out in the dugout playing on his cellphone and chatting with teammates during a lightning delay in Thursday’s Subway High School All-Star Baseball game at the University of West Florida’s Jim Spooner Field. Unterbrink, the lone representative from Navarre on the East team, was hoping for a chance to play, but […]

Smith helps propel Raiders to spring game victory

Smith helps propel Raiders to spring game victory

Running back Derrick Smith doesn’t shine in the spotlight for Navarre the way teammate Michael Carter does. Still, no one can discount Smith’s role in the Raiders’ rushing attack. A year ago, he rushed for 541 yards and six touchdowns, using his bruising power and bursts of speed to finish as the second-leading rusher on […]

Blue Wahoos battle back for thrilling win

Blue Wahoos battle back for thrilling win

By Brian Lester brian@navarrepress.com Ray Chang has been playing minor league baseball for a decade and has seen nearly every scenario possible. It’s why the Pensacola Blue Wahoos first baseman didn’t hit a panic button when the likelihood of a win looked slim early Monday night against the Jackson Generals. Yes, the Blue Wahoos trailed […]

Another tough day on the bay for Blue Wahoos

Another tough day on the bay for Blue Wahoos

By Brian Lester brian@navarrepress.com No loss is ever easy to digest. But those one-run losses are bitter pills to swallow. Like Sunday’s 6-5 setback to the Jackson Generals at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. The Blue Wahoos battled for nine innings, refusing to give up even when they squandered a two-run lead, only to come out on the wrong […]

Stephenson shines despite loss for Blue Wahoos

Stephenson shines despite loss for Blue Wahoos

By Brian Lester brian@navarrepress.com As far as thrillers go, Saturday night’s Southern League showdown between the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and Jackson Generals was about as good as it gets. After an 11-inning marathon at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, the Blue Wahoos let an opportunity slip away in an 8-6 loss in front of a sell-out crowd of […]

Raiders run over Dolphins in spring game

Raiders run over Dolphins in spring game

By Brian Lester Michael Carter and Derrick Smith scored two touchdowns apiece and the defense turned in a smothering performance, catapulting the Navarre Raiders to a 35-0 win over rival Gulf Breeze Friday night in their spring game at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The varsity teams for Navarre and Gulf Breeze played in the first half […]

Rain washes out Subway All-Star Games

Rain washes out Subway All-Star Games

Mother Nature was the winner in Thursday night’s Subway High School All-Star Baseball and Softball games at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. Lightning delayed the games initially, and with a line of storms headed into the area, the games were called. No word had been given that night as to whether or not […]

Sampson stays the course despite adversity

Sampson stays the course despite adversity

Life as a starting pitcher in professional baseball can be difficult. There are nights when a starter throws well enough to win only to see the effort wiped out by a lack of offense. Pensacola Blue Wahoos pitcher Keyvius Sampson was in that position Saturday night against the Mississippi Braves. He gave up only three […]

Rivalry factor spices up spring game for Raiders

Rivalry factor spices up spring game for Raiders

Spring practice is nearing an end for Navarre’s football team. The Raiders will close it out Friday night with a 7:30 p.m. game against rival Gulf Breeze at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. It will be a nice change from a year ago when the Raiders had to settle for a scrimmage. “In the past we […]

Bridges reflects on successful college softball career

Bridges reflects on successful college softball career

Chandler Bridges always dreamed of playing college softball, and over the last four years, she was given an opportunity to fulfill that dream. Bridges played two seasons at the College of Central Florida and spent the last two at NCAA Division II Chowan University in North Carolina. “Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing,” Bridges […]

NRDA funding for Navarre Beach reefs

NRDA funding for Navarre Beach reefs

Santa Rosa County expects to receive $1.3 million to build an artificial reef off of Navarre Beach while expanding the two existing reefs. The money will come from the Natural Resource Damage Assessment fund, part of the agreement with BP following the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A total of $11.4 million has […]

Blue Wahoos come up short in extra innings

By Brian Lester Tim Adleman said he felt like he was throwing well Sunday against the Mississippi Braves. His stat line supports the statement. Adleman had a no-hitter going through three innings and gave up one run on four hits while striking out five in seven innings of work. His performance was impressive.  It just wasn’t enough […]

Rally falls short for Blue Wahoos

Rally falls short for Blue Wahoos

By Brian Lester It can be said without question that the Pensacola Blue Wahoos missed out on a golden opportunity Saturday night against the Mississippi Braves. They had the bases loaded in the ninth, no one out and a sellout crowd cheering loudly as they attempted to overcome a one-run deficit and secure a big […]

Smith starts recruiting service for sand volleyball players

Smith starts recruiting service for sand volleyball players

Judd Smith has long been a promoter of beach volleyball. He played professionally and now trains athletes through his Bulldog Beach Volleyball Club. His latest involvement with the game is connected to college recruiting. Nearly two months ago, Smith launched the Bulldog Beach Elite – the first sand volleyball recruiting service in the panhandle. “I’m […]

Former Fort Walton pastor arrested in Arizona

Former Fort Walton pastor arrested in Arizona

James Flanders, wanted for the 2011 murder of Fort Walton Beach resident Marie Carlson, was arrested in Arizona Thursday. The arrest was announced by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the U.S. Marshal-led Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force and the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Flanders, 46, a former pastor […]

Smith starts recruiting service for sand volleyball players

Judd Smith has long been a promoter of beach volleyball. He played professionally now trains athletes through his Bulldog Beach Volleyball Club. His latest involvement with the game is connected to college recruiting. Nearly two months ago, Smith launched the Bulldog Beach Elite – the first sand volleyball recruiting service in the panhandle. “I’m happy […]

Gonzalez returns to Blue Wahoos lineup with a bang

Gonzalez returns to Blue Wahoos lineup with a bang

By Brian Lester brian@navarrepress.com Yovan Gonzalez played baseball again Saturday, marking the first time in more than a week he has been in action for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Sent on the disabled list April 28 because of a back injury, Gonzalez returned with a bang, highlighting his night with a solo home run that […]

Geyer back on track after injuries

Geyer back on track after injuries

Avery Geyer’s baseball career is headed in the right direction again. Making it happen hasn’t been easy because of the obstacles along the way. There was the hyperextended elbow he suffered during a state championship celebration with Pensacola Catholic. The Navarre native has also battled a muscle contusion and tendinitis. And when he arrived on […]

Blue Wahoos extend win streak to three

By Brian Lester brian@navarrepress.com Wandy Peralta turned in one of his best pitching performances of the season and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos cashed in on it. They used the momentum of Peralta’s effort and a solid offensive attack to earn a 5-1 Southern League win over the Tennessee Smokies in front of a sellout crowd Saturday […]

Blue Wahoos battle Smokies in series finale tonight

By Brian Lester The Pensacola Blue Wahoos take on the Tennessee Smokies tonight in the final game of a six-game series at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. The Blue Wahoos nailed down their first shutout of the season last night, blanking the Smokies 3-0 in Southern League action. Josh Smith earned the win as he went five […]