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Jefferson, Raiders gear up for dress rehearsal

Jefferson, Raiders gear up for dress rehearsal

Jordan Jefferson has a small window of time to talk with a reporter before the start of practice Monday afternoon. Navarre’s standout senior defensive lineman walks into the fieldhouse fresh off the first day of school and hits on a full plate of topics. There’s the scrimmage that took place Friday night at Bennett C. […]

Short memory, confidence ticket to success for Long

Short memory, confidence ticket to success for Long

Shed Long had managed to come up with just three hits in his last six games heading into a Friday night battle with Montgomery at Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola. Yet the second baseman who is brimming over with confidence and swagger, didn’t let the rough stretch get the best of him. He did something […]

Raiders banking on culture change to help fuel success

Raiders banking on culture change to help fuel success

As much as this preseason for the Navarre volleyball team has been about being prepared to play when the games start to count, it’s also been about instilling a new mindset and attitude, one that will help carry this program to a turnaround season. First-year head coach Ryan Davenport has emphasized the importance of changing […]

Raider offensive line prides itself on hard work and being the best

Raider offensive line prides itself on hard work and being the best

They come off the field sweaty and aching, even a little tired, the grind of a two-hour practice on a hot Friday afternoon clearly taking its toll, but they feel good about the work they have put in, not just for this day but the first week of preseason  camp as a whole. Navarre’s four […]

Too close for comfort? No problem for the Blue Wahoos

Too close for comfort? No problem for the Blue Wahoos

He put on his Georgia SEC Championship hat  — Jody Davis wanted to show off his Bulldog pride in front of the camera– and in his usual casual manner, the first-year manager of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos started talking about the escape from defeat act his team pulled off against the Montgomery Biscuits Friday night. […]

Main ready for senior season with Panthers

Main ready for senior season with Panthers

Dylan Main almost didn’t play football in college. “I didn’t necessarily know if I was going to play. I was planning to just go to school and get my degree,” Main said. “But I got a call from the coach and felt drawn to play. I’m glad I did.” Four years later Main is gearing […]

Stingrays set sights on successful season

Stingrays set sights on successful season

In the shadow of the Interstate-110 Bridge on a busy Wednesday afternoon in Pensacola, Lighthouse Private Christian Academy’s football team is on a field holding another practice. The hum of vehicles flying by on the bridge drown out the calls of the quarterback on occasion, but the excitement of the players rises above the noise […]

Raider volleyball team building foundation for success

Raider volleyball team building foundation for success

Friday afternoon was fun for Navarre’s volleyball team. The Raiders spent six hours in a lock-in type setting, going over goals and standards they have set for themselves for the upcoming season. First-year head coach Ryan Davenport said the day served as an opportunity to lay the groundwork for success. “If we don’t have a […]

Okey never gives less than his best effort

Okey never gives less than his best effort

Pensacola Blue Wahoos catcher Chris Okey has never been one to give less than 100 percent. “That all came from growing up and my parents driving to travel ball tournaments. If they were going to make those two hour-plus trips, they wanted to see me play hard, and that’s something that has stayed with me,” […]

Catching up with Michael Carter

Catching up with Michael Carter

Don’t get Michael Carter wrong. He’s honored to be on the Doak Walker Award Watch List. But the list of 62 college football stars in contention for best running back in the nation is just that. A list. “The recognition was cool, but it’s not enough for me,” Carter said. “I need the award. That’s […]

Jacobi Smith uses versatility to his advantage on the field

Jacobi Smith uses versatility to his advantage on the field

Jacobi Smith was introduced to University of West Florida head football coach Pete Shinnick after the Argonauts’ camp last week by Navarre running backs coach Tony Carter. Carter didn’t define Smith by one position during the introduction, instead telling Shinnick that Smith can basically play wherever you need him to. That versatility is something Smith […]

Carter named to Doak Walker Watch List

Carter named to Doak Walker Watch List

Michael Carter is among the 62 college football players named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List. The list was released Wednesday. The all-time leading rusher at Navarre, Carter is entering his sophomore season at North Carolina. The Doak Walker Award was first given out in 1990 and is awarded to the top running back […]

Raiders seize opportunity to get better at UWF football camp

Raiders seize opportunity to get better at UWF football camp

College football camps provide an opportunity for players to improve their skills and, if fortunate enough, make a lasting impression on coaches. Several Navarre Raiders seized the opportunity to do just that last weekend at the University of West Florida’s Friday Night Lights camp at Pen Air Field. “I was able to get some extra […]

Camp popularity connected to success of UWF football program

Camp popularity connected to success of UWF football program

Navarre running back Chris Williams said it best in providing a reason why the University of West Florida football camp was the place to be on a muggy summer night in July. “This isn’t just a regular team. They went to the (national) championship last year,” Williams said. “It’s a blessing to be a part […]

Posey set to be next boys hoops coach at Navarre

Posey set to be next boys hoops coach at Navarre

Terry Posey has been hired to be the next head coach of Navarre’s boys basketball team. Posey retired from Jefferson Davis High School in Alabama in April, winning more than 200 games and leading the school to the 2006 state championship. His team was the state runner-up the following season. The Raiders finished 12-13 this […]

Raiders take advantage of summer baseball opportunities

Raiders take advantage of summer baseball opportunities

Summer baseball ended last week, and as Navarre head coach Jon Boddy looks back on it, he’s pleased with the strides that have been made. “Watching our guys play, I feel like we’ve played really well, especially the last week,” Boddy said. “We’ve had some guys step up that we weren’t sure would, and that’s […]

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