Basketball

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 […]

Raiders stay in hunt for district title

Raiders stay in hunt for district title

This is the time of the year where teams either show they have the ability to be a title contender or fade away as a team that doesn’t quite have what it takes to rise up. Navarre’s boys basketball team has no intentions of fading away and they put their potential to contend for a […]

Raiders’ comeback attempt falls short in loss to Jaguars

Raiders’ comeback attempt falls short in loss to Jaguars

On the brink of a comeback early in the fourth quarter Tuesday night, Navarre’s girls basketball team couldn’t slow down Mobile Christian down the stretch and fell 40-22 to the Jaguars in a non-conference game at home. Knocked back on their heels at the start of the game, falling behind 10-0 right out of the […]

Shootout experience valuable to Raiders

Shootout experience valuable to Raiders

As he hung around outside the locker room Friday night, Navarre head coach Taf Bentley talked about the speech he made to his team after its 60-44 loss to Washington in the third-place game of the Northwest Florida Shootout at Choctaw. His team had just lost its second consecutive game, falling to 8-7 in a […]

Raiders gain valuable experience at shootout

Raiders gain valuable experience at shootout

Taf Bentley would have loved to see his Navarre boys basketball team knock off Crestview Saturday night in the final game of the Johnny Huston’s Shootout. It didn’t happen. The Raiders fell 51-44 to the Bulldogs one night after knocking off West Florida Tech 57-44 in their shootout opener. Yet, the reason this event was […]

Raiders roll over Dolphins in district opener

Raiders roll over Dolphins in district opener

Tyrese Harvey soared above the rim early in the fourth quarter, getting his hand on the ball that was bouncing around after a missed shot and throwing it down with ferocity. His dunk brought the fans to their feet and served as the exclamation point in Navarre’s 59-38 win over rival Gulf Breeze Friday night. […]

Raiders show a lot of heart in loss to Indians

Raiders show a lot of heart in loss to Indians

Leads shifted hands several times. There were even a few ties. But ultimately, Navarre’s boys basketball team couldn’t get the stops it needed down the stretch in a 67-57 loss to Choctaw last Thursday night. Sure the scoreboard didn’t flash the result the Raiders had hoped for against their rival from neighboring Okaloosa County, but […]

Raiders give all-out effort in loss to Patriots

Raiders give all-out effort in loss to Patriots

Less than a week after learning Jackie Coyne had stepped down unexpectedly as the head coach, Navarre’s girls basketball team went out last Monday night and put forth every ounce of effort it had in a 39-36 loss to county rival Pace. The Raiders stayed right with the Patriots throughout the night, trailing just 38-36 […]

Teamwork and defense fuel early-season success for Raiders

Teamwork and defense fuel early-season success for Raiders

Taf Bentley had his tablet in his hands after Navarre’s 59-24 win over Jay Monday night and was looking over the stats. Three players in double figures stood out to him and the balance he saw from his team is what he hopes to continue to see as this boys basketball season continues for the […]

Coyne steps down as head coach of Raiders

Coyne steps down as head coach of Raiders

Navarre head girls basketball coach Jackie Coyne has resigned. She has also stepped down as a teacher as well. “It’s my time to be out,” Coyne said in a phone interview Tuesday morning. “I just think my time is best served enjoying time with my family and spending my energy to make a difference in […]

Raiders seek to forge identity, contend for district crown

Raiders seek to forge identity, contend for district crown

Taf Bentley could spend all day talking about everything last year’s Navarre boys basketball team accomplished. The fourth-year head boys basketball coach of the Raiders could point to the school-record 17 wins, the district runner-up finish and the first trip to the regional in more than a decade. Accomplishments, however, don’t carry over into the […]

Coyne sees great potential in young team

Coyne sees great potential in young team

Last year was special for Navarre’s girls basketball team. The Raiders turned their fortunes around under first-year head coach Jackie Coyne, winning a district championship and punching a ticket to the regional tournament. But with seven seniors lost to graduation, Navarre is expected to be a much different team this year. Only two seniors are […]

Raiders to host hoops shootout in December

Raiders to host hoops shootout in December

Navarre boys basketball coach Taf Bentley has put together a tournament featuring some of the best teams in the area. The Navarre Shootout is scheduled to take place Dec. 16-17, with the Raiders closing out day one with an 8 p.m. showdown against West Florida Tech. Navarre plays Crestview the following night to cap the two-day […]

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