Navarre left out of playoffs despite strong finish to year

Navarre left out of playoffs despite strong finish to year

Kobe Johnson thought teammate Xayvion Thomas was joking around Sunday about Navarre getting the cold shoulder when it came to getting into the playoffs. After all, the Raiders went into their bye weekend Friday feeling they had done enough to punch a ticket to the postseason. Their belief was strengthened by the 52-14 win over […]

Navarre football players invited to combine

Navarre football players invited to combine

Grady Kelly watches combines on television when he gets a chance. Now, he’ll have an opportunity to be part of one. Kelly is one of the top defensive linemen in the nation. He is joining Navarre teammates Elijah Melendez and Jeremiah Chavis-Mhoon at the National Combine at the Alamodome in January. Assistant coach Antenney Hemingway […]

Navarre’s girls cross-country season ends at regional

Navarre’s girls cross-country season ends at regional

The Navarre girls’ cross-country team finished its season at the regional meet Saturday in Gainesville. The return trip to Santa Fe College pitted the Raiders against top-end teams from four districts. Chiles took the regional title. Niceville – the only other school from this end of the Panhandle competing – finished fourth in the team […]

Lighthouse drive to succeed despite obstacles

Lighthouse drive to succeed despite obstacles

Practice has just started for Lighthouse Private Christian Academy at Lion Park on a chilly Halloween afternoon in Pensacola. The team is working on kickoff coverage. It isn’t long before a hiccup occurs. A soccer coach of a youth team walks over to Lighthouse head coach Oliver Longley and tells him his team of maybe […]

Athletes heat up during week 4 of Open

Athletes heat up during week 4 of Open

Athletes blazed through the morning chill Friday in week four of the CrossFit Open. The temperature might have still just been a few degrees above freezing at 5 a.m. when the first Navarre competitors started the morning session at CrossFit Navarre’s gym. The “as prescribed” workout – a ladder of clean and jerks teamed with box jumps, then […]

Exhibition win serves as learning experience for Argos

Exhibition win serves as learning experience for Argos

Jon Brown knocked down a 3-pointer near the midway point of the first half Sunday afternoon in the University of West Florida men’s basketball team’s exhibition game against Fort Stewart. It would turn out to be the only shot he’d hit from beyond the arc. And yet, he still managed to score 15 points and […]

Girls soccer team takes aim at another successful season

Girls soccer team takes aim at another successful season

With a nucleus of players who took Navarre to the regional tournament last year, Navarre’s girls soccer team returned to the practice field Oct. 21. Seventy-eight athletes tried out, and three days later, head coach Robert Simon published a list of 19 players for the varsity squad. It features eight seniors, five juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen. Last […]

Boys soccer team enters year with high expectations

Boys soccer team enters year with high expectations

Its top three scorers are all back and just four players are gone from a Navarre boys soccer team that won 16 games and finished as the district runner-up for the second time in three seasons. Expectations are high to say the least, and the Raiders understand as much. They embrace the challenge of living […]

Florida seeking input on ways to serve seniors

Florida seeking input on ways to serve seniors

People age 60 and older in Florida already number more than 5 million, accounting for a little over 25% of the state’s population. That number is projected to rise significantly in the years ahead, hitting the 8 million mark by 2040. That is why having a state plan on aging in place is critical.   […]

Losquadro, Dorsey among regional qualifiers

Losquadro, Dorsey among regional qualifiers

Luke Losquadro and Harrison Dorsey are among the regional qualifiers for Navarre’s swim team. The two Raider swimmers placed in the top 10 in two events at the District 1-4A meet in Gainesville Wednesday afternoon. The meet featured the fastest swimmers in the state, according to head coach Mary Moorer. But that didn’t faze the […]

Popularity of ax throwing continues to grow

Popularity of ax throwing continues to grow

Ax throwing has long been a popular event in lumberjack competitions. It has now emerged as a popular activity in the mainstream world. There is even a World Axe Throwing League and a National Axe Throwing Federation. Dominique Wright helps run a mobile ax throwing site, giving people the opportunity to test it out for […]

Argos return home to face Crusaders

Argos return home to face Crusaders

After three weeks on the road, the University of West Florida football team is back at home. The 20th-ranked Argonauts welcome North Greenville to town Saturday for a 4 p.m. Gulf South Conference showdown at Blue Wahoos Stadium. UWF is riding the high of a six-game winning streak, allowing just 54 points during the streak. […]

Raiders put potential on display in win over Bulldogs

Raiders put potential on display in win over Bulldogs

Potential has been within reach all season for Navarre. The Raiders  just haven’t lived up to it. But it was different Friday night. Everything fell into place in Navarre’s 52-14 District 1-7A victory over Crestview at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The offense put up more points than it has in any other game this season […]

Navarre aims for return to top in girls weightlifting

Navarre aims for return to top in girls weightlifting

Music is blaring early on a Wednesday morning, almost to the point where it’s drowning out the sound of weights clanking inside the Navarre weight room. Forget rise and shine. This is rise and grind. The Raiders’ girls weightlifting team has a reputation for hard work, but their motivation to work entering the season has […]

Raider girls cross-country team earns regional berth

Raider girls cross-country team earns regional berth

“Our girls qualified for regionals!” announced Navarre cross-country coach Katie Fein. Both Raider cross-country teams ran the 4A District 1 championship meet Saturday in Gainesville. And, according to Fein, it’s the first time in eight years the Raider girls have qualified for the regional. The course, situated on the campus of Santa Fe College, measured as a 5K […]

UWF hoops team ready for exhibition game

UWF hoops team ready for exhibition game

University of West Florida men’s basketball coach Jeff Burkhamer tried to schedule an exhibition game against a Division I opponent. It just didn’t work out. But the Argonauts will get a chance to test themselves before the real season begins, hosting Fort Stewart out of Georgia on Sunday. UWF will face a team of former […]

Contreras sees focus on defense pay off

Contreras sees focus on defense pay off

Mark Contreras learned at a young age the importance of defense. Coaches always reminded him that defense helps win games. His dad did the same. “My pops always told me if it’s not working with the bat today, you can always go out there and make a play and change the momentum,” Contreras said. Those […]

Competitors flip upside down at CrossFit Open

Competitors flip upside down at CrossFit Open

Athletes were on their heads for week three of the CrossFit Open competition. The dreaded, and difficult, handstand pushup made its debut in the workout. Once the nine-minute time clock expired on this week’s workout, the athletes were on the downhill side of the five-week fitness challenge. The “as prescribed” workout required 21 deadlifts, 21 handstand pushups, then 15 reps […]

Navarre still in hunt for playoff berth

Navarre still in hunt for playoff berth

Navarre is still in the playoff hunt, reviving its hopes with a 52-14 win over Crestview in its regular-season finale Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The Raiders are seventh in the latest Region 1 playoff poll with a .560 RPI. They are 6-4 overall and 3-3 in District 1-7A. Navarre finds out for […]

Walk to End Alzheimer’s makes huge impact on fight against disease

Walk to End Alzheimer’s makes huge impact on fight against disease

The threat of a tropical storm forced the Alzheimer’s Association to put its Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Pensacola on hold until Nov. 3 at a time yet to be determined at Community Maritime Park. But the uncooperative weather hasn’t put a damper on efforts to continue the fight against one of the nation’s most […]

Argos prevail in Coastal Classic rivalry

Argos prevail in Coastal Classic rivalry

Dangerous in the red zone and opportunistic on defense, the University of West Florida football team produced a Coastal Classic victory Saturday. The Argonauts defeated Florida Tech 38-14 in Melbourne, winning for the third time in the four-year history of a rivalry between the state’s only NCAA Division II schools with football. UWF (6-1, 5-0) ran […]

Raiders alive and well after big win over Bulldogs

Raiders alive and well after big win over Bulldogs

Left for dead. Doubters everywhere.  Navarre knew going into Friday night’s regular-season finale against Crestview that it wasn’t expected to do much.  Even Joe Pinkos, who picks high school games across the state, had the Raiders losing the Bulldogs by 25 points. Yet, here on a windy and warm late October night at Bennett C. Russell […]

Navarre wraps up regular season tonight

Navarre wraps up regular season tonight

Navarre wraps up its regular season tonight against Crestview and its playoff hopes are riding on it. The Raiders face the Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. at Bennett C. Russell Stadium needing a win to stay in the hunt for playoff berth. A loss in this District 1-7A game puts the hopes of an eighth consecutive […]

Argos gear up for Coastal Classic showdown

Argos gear up for Coastal Classic showdown

In a position to control its own destiny, the University of West Florida travels to Florida Tech Saturday to take on the Panthers. The No. 20 Argonauts will battle their rival in the Coastal Classic at Panther Stadium. Kickoff is 1 p.m. EST. “FIT is very good and very explosive on offense. We know we […]

Fort Barrancas offers interesting glimpse of history

Fort Barrancas offers interesting glimpse of history

This is the latest in a series of articles on outdoor opportunities worth checking out both in Florida and, every so often, out of state. This story puts the spotlight on Fort Barrancas in Pensacola. On the bluffs overlooking the glistening water of Pensacola Bay on a sun-splashed fall afternoon is an historic site that […]

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