Basketball

Raiders compete in all-star basketball games

Raiders compete in all-star basketball games

The high school careers of Navarre basketball standouts Matt Harshany, Andre Smith, Killian Casey and Arleigh East came to a close Friday night at the Subway All-Star Games at Pensacola State. All four represented the East squad at the event, which features seniors from Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa County schools. Read more about the […]

Bentley resigns as Raider boys basketball coach

Bentley resigns as Raider boys basketball coach

Taf Bentley has resigned as the head boys basketball coach at Navarre High School, effective immediately. Principal Brian Noack confirmed the resignation via email Tuesday morning. Bentley is no longer teaching at either. Raider athletic director Scott Murphy didn’t know why Bentley turned in his resignation and said no time table has been set to […]

York back on track in basketball

York back on track in basketball

Jordyn York didn’t have the easiest start to her college basketball career at the University of Mobile. An injury sidelined her last season. But she’s back in business now and averaging a little over 5 points per game while knocking down 18 3-pointers. “I love contributing to the team and playing against tough competition,” York […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fogg ready to build strong girls basketball program at Navarre

Fogg ready to build strong girls basketball program at Navarre

Abby Fogg is excited about the opportunity in front of her as the new head coach of Navarre’s girls basketball team. She said being a head coach is something she has been hoping for since getting into coaching three years ago as a junior varsity head coach and a varsity assistant at Central School in […]

Harshany on radar of college recruiters as he gears up for senior season at Navarre

Harshany on radar of college recruiters as he gears up for senior season at Navarre

He once took a Chinese course at the University of West Florida. His ACT score is a 33. The military academies — Navy, Army, Air Force — along with Ivy League schools Princeton and Yale are showing interest in him. Then there is Duke. It’s willing to throw an academic scholarship offer Matt Harshany’s way. […]

Raiders fall to top-ranked Trojans in regional

Raiders fall to top-ranked Trojans in regional

Navarre’s boys basketball team saw its season come to a close Thursday night in a 67-53 loss to top-ranked Lincoln in the quarterfinal round of the 8A regional tournament. The Raiders, on the road in Tallahassee, trailed the Trojans just 14-11 after one quarter but went into halftime down 34-24. Matt Harshany poured in 20 […]

UWF basketball teams ranked in first regional poll

UWF basketball teams ranked in first regional poll

The University of West Florida men’s basketball team is ranked sixth in the first NCAA Division II South regional poll of the year and is poised to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history. The Argonauts are in the midst of a turnaround season, winning 16 of their first 23 games. […]

Raiders fall in district title game

Raiders fall in district title game

Navarre’s boys basketball team went into halftime with a two-point lead over Niceville in the District 1-8A championship game Friday night. Head coach Taf Bentley knew the advantage wasn’t safe. “I felt like they were going to come out and be really strong, and I was right,” Bentley said. Strong might be an understatement. Trey […]

Raiders survive tourney showdown with Dolphins

Raiders survive tourney showdown with Dolphins

As each shot was launched up, including two from beyond the arc by Gulf Breeze’s Luke McHenry, in the final frantic seconds of a riveting District 1-8A tournament semifinal showdown Tuesday night, Navarre head coach Taf Bentley could only hope his Raiders would find a way to hang on and extend their season. Bentley, in […]

Raiders ride into postseason with momentum

Raiders ride into postseason with momentum

Momentum is on the side of Navarre’s boys basketball team as it heads into the postseason. The Raiders capped off the regular season Thursday night with a hard-fought 52-39 win over Milton in an intense non-district showdown. It’s the third win in the last four games, which have all been played on the road. Matt […]

Season comes to a close for Navarre’s girls basketball team

Season comes to a close for Navarre’s girls basketball team

Right until the end, Navarre’s girls basketball team put forth effort. It just wasn’t enough to take down top-seeded Niceville in a District 1-8A semifinal battle Tuesday night in Navarre. Playing with nothing to lose and everything to gain, the Raiders saw their season come to a close in a 62-25 loss to the Eagles. […]

Raiders win thriller against Jaguars

Raiders win thriller against Jaguars

Navarre’s girls basketball team won its final home game of the regular season Monday night, knocking off West Florida Tech 45-43 in a thrilling non-conference game. The Raiders picked up their fourth win of the year behind a stellar effort from Ty Stringfield. The senior standout lit up the scoreboard for 17 points and pulled […]

Late surge not enough to propel Raiders to victory

Late surge not enough to propel Raiders to victory

He put on a show in the fourth quarter Thursday night. Nineteen points in all, a head-turning effort fueled by four 3-pointers that willed the Navarre boys basketball team back into its game against Niceville in a crucial District 1-8A showdown. Yet, as good as Matt Harshany was for the Raiders in the final quarter […]

Stringfield and Buckner stay the course during challenging season

Stringfield and Buckner stay the course during challenging season

It’s not the senior season Ty Stringfield and Skye Buckner dreamed about. But it’s the only one they have and they are making the most of it. Engaging and upbeat, and even breaking out in laughter at times, the seniors smile as they reflect on a challenging season for Navarre’s girls basketball team. Some days […]

Argos take big step forward in win over Wolves

Argos take big step forward in win over Wolves

It’s safe to say the University of West Florida men’s basketball team took a big step forward Saturday afternoon. Down by 14 points at halftime, the Argonauts looked like a much different team in the second half, scoring in transition, getting stops on defense and shooting the ball effectively in a 97-89 Gulf South Conference […]

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