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Raiders ready to kick off year with Beach Bowl

Raiders ready to kick off year with Beach Bowl

There will be no district title on the line and an automatic berth to the playoffs won’t be hanging in the balance Friday night when Navarre and Gulf Breeze square off in the Beach Bowl at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. A week 10 game the past four seasons, with the last three featuring a showdown […]

Raiders make big plays when it matters in win

Raiders make big plays when it matters in win

Marlon Courtney scrambled around in the pocket looking to turn nothing into something. With defenders closing in, he made a decision. Let the ball fly 35 yards and have all the faith in the world that someone wearing a Navarre uniform would catch it. Tyler England turned out to be that someone. In the end […]

Team chemistry, leadership to fuel Raiders’ success

Team chemistry, leadership to fuel Raiders’ success

Throughout the summer and now into the preseason practices, Navarre’s volleyball team has created a culture that seemingly has set the tone for success. Unified as a team, the Raiders are ready to take the next step forward and contend for the first district championship in program history. Navarre last finished as a runner-up in […]

Cross-country teams open season at Niceville Relays

Cross-country teams open season at Niceville Relays

Navarre’s cross-country teams finished their first meet of the new season Saturday at the Niceville Relays. The varsity squads fielded eight two-person teams – three for the girls and five for the boys – in a relay-style event at Northwest Florida State College. “It is ridiculously hot,” coach Katie Fein said. “I am very proud of these athletes. They have put in a lot of […]

Blue Wahoos set franchise record for home runs

Blue Wahoos set franchise record for home runs

Somewhere in the bay behind the stadium wall there are baseballs still floating around from the record-setting home run tear the Pensacola Blue Wahoos have been on this summer. They rewrote the record book Thursday night, crushing four in a 13-0 win over Chattanooga, pushing the season total to 111, five more than the 2018 […]

NYSA players showcase skills on Raider Night

NYSA players showcase skills on Raider Night

The gridiron was packed with non-stop action Friday as Navarre Youth Sports Association football teams clashed on the field at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Five NYSA teams from 6-and-under up through the 14-and-under age divisions used Raider Night as preparation for the 2019 season. “It was a great night,” NYSA football commissioner Paul Villanova said. “It gives […]

De Jesus Jr. still riding roller coaster of baseball life

De Jesus Jr. still riding roller coaster of baseball life

Ivan De Jesus Jr. was drafted in the second round by the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2005. That’s how long the 32-year-old infielder has been playing this game at the pro level. Recently promoted to the Rochester Red Wings, the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, he played in 21 games with the Pensacola Blue […]

Randolph a walking success story

Randolph a walking success story

Quentin Randolph wrote in an Instagram post earlier this summer about the darkness he encountered in his football life, darkness that seemed to envelop him. He was staring at an uncertain future in the game he is so passionate about. He had talks with his family as well as with one of his closest friends […]

Larnach using Double-A ball as a learning experience

Larnach using Double-A ball as a learning experience

If the name Trevor Larnach sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the player from Oregon State who belted the go-ahead home run in Game 2 of the 2018 College World Series national championship series. He hit the two-run shot off former Navarre Raider Matt Cronin, the closer for Arkansas at the time and now with the […]

Summer season wraps up for swim team

Summer season wraps up for swim team

The Pullum YMCA Wahoos swim team finished its summer season Saturday at home in a dual meet with the Seastars swim team out of Pensacola. “The kids … finished well,” said head coach Mary Moorer. This meet included all four swimming disciplines – butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle – and relays. In each heat of each age division, swimmers had barely exited the pool before receiving […]

Heinke turns love of running into success story

Heinke turns love of running into success story

Branden Heinke comes walking onto the Navarre track late Thursday morning carrying a handful of medals. They serve as reminders of all he has accomplished this summer running AAU track with Golden Elite Track and Field Club out of Pensacola. Once upon a time the rising Raider junior couldn’t have imagined being this successful in […]

Raider offensive line brings size and strength to table

Raider offensive line brings size and strength to table

Dawson Higginbotham found himself in a backup role last season. He’s expected to be a starter this year for an offensive line that should be one of the biggest in the area. “The atmosphere of playing varsity last year was great,” Higginbotham said. “It was a big step up. It definitely makes you work harder […]

Swim team makes splash at summer championship meet

Swim team makes splash at summer championship meet

Navarre’s Wahoos came through with 11 podium finishes, including a pair of relay victories, Saturday at the Summer League Championships in Pensacola. The 10-and-under girls medley relay swimmers finished in a time of 1:38.46 for their best finish of the day. The boys 10-and-under 100-yard freestyle relay swimmers clocked a time of 1:17.49 for top honors. […]

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