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Raiders selected for all-star game

Raiders selected for all-star game

Navarre will be well-represented in the girls and boys Subway All-Star Games March 1 in Gulf Breeze. Kileigh Whited, Emily DePersio, Brenda Bishop, Abby Morgan and Kylie Lawson will compete for the East in a game scheduled for 5 p.m. at Dolphins Stadium. Four will compete for the East from the boys team. Liam Palmatier, […]

Raiders struggle offensively in overtime loss to Eagles

Raiders struggle offensively in overtime loss to Eagles

A lead at halftime. No points in the third quarter.  A furious comeback attempt in the fourth. And ultimately an overtime loss and the end to the season. It was that kind of night for the Navarre Raiders in a 42-37 loss to Niceville in the semifinal round of the district boys basketball tournament in […]

Faith in God unites Eagles

Faith in God unites Eagles

Religion can be a divisive topic in a locker room. For the Philadelphia Eagles, who will battle the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl Sunday in Minneapolis, faith in God has unified the team. Nick Foles, Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz, Trey Burton and Chris Maragos started a Bible study. There is a couple’s Bible […]

Raiders advance to district final with win over Wildcats

Raiders advance to district final with win over Wildcats

Heartbroken a year ago, Navarre was wrapped in pure joy late Wednesday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium, a 2-1 semifinal win over area powerhouse Washington in the books, a trip to the District 1-4A championship game guaranteed. Senior Bobby Holderman never forgot that 1-0 semifinal loss to the Wildcats last season. “That was sad. […]

Fernandez seizes opportunity to play college football

Fernandez seizes opportunity to play college football

One door closed. Another opened. And former Navarre standout Xavier Fernandez wasted little time seizing the opportunity, signing with Keiser University to be a part of the school’s inaugural season of football this fall. “I’m excited,” Fernandez said. “It was hard watching everyone else I grew up with play last season and I’m just a […]

Raiders stumble in district showdown with Aggies

Raiders stumble in district showdown with Aggies

Navarre didn’t make enough shots and Tate just didn’t miss. That is what Thursday night’s District 1-8A battle at Fryman Gymnasium came down to between the Raiders and Aggies. In a showdown with the No. 1 seed in the district tournament on the line, Navarre fell 66-46. “I felt like Tate hit great shots,” Navarre […]

Raiders lose district final in penalty kick shootout

Raiders lose district final in penalty kick shootout

Navarre’s quest for a district tournament championship ended Thursday night against Niceville. The District 1-4A showdown at Pace was decided in a penalty kick shootout. Niceville won it 3-0 to claim its third consecutive district crown. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie in regulation and neither team scored in the two overtime periods. […]

UWF softball ranked in the top five nationally

UWF softball ranked in the top five nationally

Coming off one of its best seasons in program history, the University of West Florida softball team will start the season ranked third in the nation in NCAA Division II. The National Fastpitch Coaches Association preseason poll was released Wednesday and UWF is behind only Minnesota State and Angelo State. Minnesota State received 14 first-place […]

Win over Aggies propels Raiders into district final

Win over Aggies propels Raiders into district final

Navarre’s girls soccer team advanced to the District 1-4A championship game with a 4-0 win over Tate Tuesday night in Pace. Jennifer Seward scored twice and has racked up five goals in the first two district tournament games. Anakah Madril and Kileigh Whited also punched in goals for the Raiders, who will square off with […]

Navarre stuns Gulf Breeze in regular-season finale

Navarre stuns Gulf Breeze in regular-season finale

Navarre stunned Gulf Breeze 1-0 Friday night to close out the regular season in impressive fashion and then opened district tournament play Monday with a 10-0 win over Crestview. The Raiders handed the rival Dolphins their first loss of the season. A goal by Autumn Slaybaugh accounted for the only scoring in the game. Jessika […]

Raiders claim regional weightlifting crown

Raiders claim regional weightlifting crown

Navarre emerged from the regional meet Monday with seven champions. The Raiders now turns their attention to the state meet next week in Panama City Beach in the hopes of winning another state title. Regional champs are guaranteed state berths and will be among the 20 competing in each weight class at state. The remaining […]

Twice as Nice! Raiders complete regular-season sweep of Eagles

Twice as Nice! Raiders complete regular-season sweep of Eagles

Navarre made program history Friday night in a 50-39 win over Niceville, sweeping the Eagles in the regular-season series for the first time. Matt Harshany scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds while Andre Smith added 11, helping Navarre improve to 10-7 overall and 4-1 in District 1-8A. “It’s something we were hoping to do […]

Raiders’ rally falls short on senior night

Raiders’ rally falls short on senior night

Navarre’s senior night was spoiled by Milton. The Raiders fell 52-44 to the Panthers last Tuesday after nearly rallying for a victory. They trailed 33-31 going into the fourth, fell behind by seven and then cut the lead to two before Milton pulled away for good. Two free throws by Killian Casey cut the Milton […]

Casey commits to Middle Tennessee

Casey commits to Middle Tennessee

Gatlin Casey is headed to Middle Tennessee State. The former Navarre standout wrapped up his football career at Lehigh as one of the top wide receivers in program history and talked in an interview with the Navarre Press last month about wanting to use his graduate transfer year to enhance his chances of making it […]

Threat of winter weather changes up sports schedules

Threat of winter weather changes up sports schedules

Freezing conditions and the threat of icy roads has rearranged high school sports schedules, including putting tonight’s showdown on the road between Navarre and top-ranked Pensacola Catholic on ice. No makeup date has been set. Navarre’s girls basketball team is still playing, however, taking on Milton at home. Game time is set for around 6:30 […]

Win over Dolphins perfect medicine for Raiders

Win over Dolphins perfect medicine for Raiders

Colds, coughs, and even the flu plagued Navarre’s girls basketball team this week. Not ideal for the Raiders with a showdown against rival Gulf Breeze on tap. But winning cures everything, even illness, and the Raiders felt rejuvenated after knocking off the Dolphins 57-55 in a thrilling District 1-8A battle Thursday night. Killian Casey turned […]

Harshany’s 51 not enough in OT loss to Aggies

Harshany’s 51 not enough in OT loss to Aggies

Navarre boys basketball coach Taf Bentley told his team it needed three stops down the stretch to survive a crucial District 1-8A showdown with Tate Friday night. The Raiders got two. That led to overtime, where an opportunity was missed for Navarre to stay unbeaten in district play. The Raiders fell 77-74 to the Aggies […]

Madril competes in another training camp

Madril competes in another training camp

Former Navarre soccer standout Emily Madril had an opportunity to compete in her second United States Under-20 Women’s National Team training camp, which took place Dec. 28-Jan. 3 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton. It’s the second time she has been selected to participate in a national team camp. She attended a training camp last […]

Sports provides opportunities for special needs children

Sports provides opportunities for special needs children

Carson Greenhaw knows no limits. His dreams have no limits either because autism isn’t something he allows to be a barrier. “He thinks he’s as big and tough as the big guys,” his mother Stacey said. “He truly believes he is a Raider and will play for them. He’s determined and certainly has perseverance. He […]

Raiders to compete in Shootout

Raiders to compete in Shootout

Navarre will once again play in one of the best tournaments of the holiday season when it travels to Fort Walton to compete in the Northwest Florida Shootout at Choctaw High School. The Raiders, winners of six consecutive games, begin tournament play today against private school powerhouse Evangelical Christian out of Tennessee. Tip-off is set […]

School district clears Bentley of wrongdoing

School district clears Bentley of wrongdoing

Navarre boys basketball coach Taf Bentley has been cleared by school district officials of any wrongdoing of alleged sexual misconduct with a student. According to a press release issued by Santa Rosa County School District, an investigation by the district was conducted this week after an allegation was made of inappropriate contact between a student […]

Raiders tame Tigers to notch big road win

Raiders tame Tigers to notch big road win

Elijah Proby’s two free throws with seven seconds remaining lifted the Navarre Raiders to a 56-53 win over Pensacola Tuesday night. A desperation 3-pointer by the Tigers as time expired bounced off the rim, setting off a celebration among the Raiders (7-2), who defeated Pensacola (8-2) on the road for the first time in program […]

Raiders hold off Gators

Raiders hold off Gators

Nothing came easy for Navarre’s girls basketball team Monday night against Escambia. But the Raiders won a thriller against the Gators, surviving with a 53-51 victory, the players running off the floor as time expired to celebrate their win. “We like to keep it exciting here at Navarre,” first-year head coach Abby Fogg said with […]

Coach Bentley under investigation

Coach Bentley under investigation

Navarre High School boys basketball coach Taf Bentley is under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct. Santa Rosa County Schools Assistant Superintendent Conni Carnley, who is in charge of human resources, could not provide details on what the investigation involves or how long it will take, but did say Bentley is on paid leave at the […]

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