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Four Raiders sign letters of intent

Four Raiders sign letters of intent

Abigail Pantlitz was nervous as she awaited the start of signing day at Navarre Wednesday afternoon. More nervous, in fact, than standing at the starting line for the 100- or 200-meter dash. “At the start line, I can just focus on the race,” Pantlitz said. “I can block out everyone. I’m locked in. Up there […]

Argos capitalize on spring football opportunities

Argos capitalize on spring football opportunities

It’s a little bit cooler than normal for spring in Florida, the wind blowing and the clouds blocking out the sun on and off throughout the morning at Pen Air Field on the campus of the University of West Florida. But the weather matters little to the Argonauts, who are putting a bow on their […]

Raiders pick up huge district win over Panthers

Raiders pick up huge district win over Panthers

Pressure reached a boiling point late last Thursday night. Navarre found itself on the brink of disappointment in a softball showdown at home against Milton, its two-run lead no longer as safe as it once seemed to be. The bases were loaded, the fans were on the edge of their seats and the Panthers were […]

Navarre earns key split with Niceville in baseball

Navarre earns key split with Niceville in baseball

Navarre’s baseball team barely missed on sweeping Niceville last week. Thursday, Navarre grinded out a 5-4 win. On Friday, it was a sixth-inning, come-from-behind rally that nearly ended in victory.  The Raiders fell 8-7. Both teams are now 3-1 in district play. Navarre’s overall record is 8-8. Kaleb Hellard ended up winning the game Thursday with his foot, as […]

Seniors set tone for Raiders’ run to title

Seniors set tone for Raiders’ run to title

Jacobi Smith was almost brought to tears by the fact that he and his fellow seniors have helped put the Navarre boys weightlifting program on the map, leading the Raiders to a 2A state championship Friday at Arnold High School in Panama City Beach. “It almost makes you want to cry, having grown up together. […]

Jefferson redeems himself by winning first title

Jefferson redeems himself by winning first title

Jordan Jefferson was supposed to contend for a state title a season ago. After bench pressing 375 pounds, he scratched in the clean and jerk.  He finished at the bottom of the standings in the heavyweight division, a long way from contention. But he was back at Arnold High School in Panama City Beach on […]

Just call Carter a champion again

Just call Carter a champion again

Josh Carter admits there were moments when he wondered if the hard work would pay off. That it would lead him down a path to another state championship in the 219-pound weight class. With a gold medal around his neck Friday afternoon at Arnold High School in Panama City Beach, the Navarre senior looks back […]

Raiders second to no one at state meet

Raiders second to no one at state meet

One point put the exclamation point on Navarre’s first boys state weightlifting championship in program history. Behind two state champions (Josh Carter and Jordan Jefferson), as well as three other medal winners, the Raiders edged Spruce Creek by the slimmest of margins. Noah Melendez placed fourth, and the three points he received for that effort […]

Air Force Academy grad chasing his Olympic dream

Air Force Academy grad chasing his Olympic dream

Griffin Jax plays professional baseball for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. But that just scratches the surface for Jax, a starting pitcher for the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital […]

Raiders hoping to jam to state championship tune

Raiders hoping to jam to state championship tune

Rap or Rock? That was the question Garrett Bagley posed to Jacobi Smith prior to the start of a mid-day workout a week before Friday’s 2A state weightlifting meet at Arnold High School in Panama City Beach. Smith chose rock. But had he chosen rap, or really, any other brand of music, that wouldn’t have […]

Gourley, Wright forced to choose between two sports

Gourley, Wright forced to choose between two sports

Evan Gourley and Dante Wright are multi-sport athletes at Navarre High School. They qualified for state in weightlifting. The problem is the district track meet in Santa Rosa Beach is Friday, the same day as the state weightlifting meet in Panama City Beach. The conflict put both athletes in a difficult spot, one they shouldn’t […]

Raiders find success in first flag football season

Raiders find success in first flag football season

As the final seconds tick off the clock late Tuesday night, Navarre’s flag football team prepares to celebrate another win. The Raiders have just bulldozed their way past Tate, winning 26-7 at Bennett C. Russell Stadium to notch their fourth win of this inaugural season. In less than 24 hours, the players will be back […]

Kerrigan goes from long shot to having a shot in pro ball

Kerrigan goes from long shot to having a shot in pro ball

Jimmy Kerrigan was playing independent baseball in 2017. Pro ball seemed out of reach while in Missouri playing for the Frontier League’s River City Rascals. Until one day in July when he walked into the stadium and discovered his name was scratched off the lineup card. The Minnesota Twins purchased his rights, earning him a […]

Navarre rallies for win over Owensboro

Navarre rallies for win over Owensboro

A four-run explosion in the bottom of the sixth inning propelled Navarre’s softball team to a 6-3 win over Owensboro Catholic out of Kentucky last Tuesday. The comeback started when shortstop Kallie Anderson swatted a pitch over the left field fence, tying the game at 3-3. Rachel Hester nearly followed with a homer of her own, the ball landing […]

Several Raiders experience soccer life in England

Several Raiders experience soccer life in England

Hunter Wallace now has a better idea of just how serious soccer is in England. The freshman was one of several from Navarre who made a trip overseas during spring break to play games and train. Her father, Craig, the director of football and recruitment for the International Football Institute, heads up the opportunity for […]

Team effort keeps Raiders rolling in right direction

Team effort keeps Raiders rolling in right direction

Allison Gutierrez started to give up hits in the late innings against Spanish Fort last Monday night. She even allowed a run. But while her early dominance began to fade just slightly, Gutierrez didn’t back down, just as this Navarre Raiders softball team has refused to back down from any challenge that has come its […]

Raiders defuse Thunderbolts

Raiders defuse Thunderbolts

Navarre’s baseball team was an inhospitable host during the Northmont Thunderbolts’ spring break trip to Florida. The Raiders drubbed the “T-bolts” 14-4 in a five-inning tilt last Tuesday. After a morning on the beaches of the Panhandle, Northmont took to the field in its second game of the season. The Thunderbolts faced senior hurler Kaleb Hellard, who was making his second start. […]

Raiders repeat as regional champions

Raiders repeat as regional champions

Jordan Jefferson stood on the Raider logo, the bar, loaded up with 355 pounds, at his feet. His teammates cheered. Many of the fans did as well. Some held up their cell phones to record an historic moment for the Navarre senior at the 1-2A Regional meet Friday afternoon. Jefferson paused for a few moments, […]

Navarre gearing up for run at regional title repeat

Navarre gearing up for run at regional title repeat

Rock music blares to the point where it almost shakes the weight room on a Thursday morning, the sound loud enough to carry into the parking lot. Members of Navarre’s weightlifting team are having fun and working hard as they gear up for Friday’s Region 1-2A meet, which the Raiders are hosting starting at noon. […]

Argos back to work in spring practice

Argos back to work in spring practice

No one will deny the 2018 season for the University of West Florida football team was one that didn’t go as expected. The Argonauts finished 6-5, a game above .500, a year after going to the NCAA Division II national championship game. Injuries played a big part in it. Yet, here at Pen Air Field […]

Casey continues chase of NFL dream at pro day

Casey continues chase of NFL dream at pro day

Gatlin Casey sprinted down the field with everything he had, doing his best to impress those watching during a pro day at the University of West Florida’s Pen Air Field. Amid the crowd of onlookers was Rick Reiprish, a senior scouting assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Casey displayed his speed in the 40-yard dash and […]

Melega reunites with former teammate at all-star game

Melega reunites with former teammate at all-star game

Friday night’s Subway All-Star Game at Pensacola State’s Hartsell Arena provided Navarre’s David Melega the opportunity to play one last high school basketball game. He enjoyed every minute of it, especially with the East prevailing over the West 96-94 in a wild comeback win between senior standouts from Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa County schools. […]

Kane enjoys all-star experience

Kane enjoys all-star experience

Lauren Kane had a cheering section just for her at the Subway All-Star Game Friday at Pensacola State’s Hartsell Arena. Navarre head coach Abby Fogg and several players from the basketball team came out to watch her play in this event featuring seniors from Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa County schools. Raider softball coach Kelly […]