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Five Navarre runners finish Boston

Five Navarre runners finish Boston

A Navarre resident who did about half of his training on an oil producing platform in the Gulf of Mexico was the top local finisher in the 2014 Boston Marathon April 21. According to the Boston Athletic Association’s website, 40-year-old Clayton Honaker finished the race in 3:10:13 finishing 4,188 overall out of about 36,000 runners. […]

Raiders baseball beats Gulf Breeze, loses to FWB

Raiders baseball beats Gulf Breeze, loses to FWB

The Gulf Breeze Dolphins proved to be nice bookends for the Raiders’ baseball season. After falling in their first two games, Navarre picked up their first regular season win against the Dolphins. On April 15, the Raiders got their final regular season win at Gulf Breeze by a score of 3-2. After starting the season 1-7, […]

Three Navarre lifters wait for state meet

Three Navarre lifters wait for state meet

At the super qualifier meet held at Fort Walton Beach, only the first place lifter in a weight division earns a ticket to the state championships. The second, third and fourth place finishers are placed into a state lottery system and are chosen after all of the super qualifier events have been completed. Brock Barberi […]

Fans celebrate with Ice Flyers

Fans celebrate with Ice Flyers

The SPHL season officially ended Saturday in Columbus, Ga., but Ice Flyer fans weren’t ready to stop cheering. They filled the Pensacola Bay Center April 15 to show appreciation for their back-to-back SPHL President’s Cup champion Ice Flyers. The team swept the Columbus Cottonmouths in the final by winning 9 – 1 at home April […]

Raiders softball team finishes season with two wins

Raiders softball team finishes season with two wins

Owensboro traveled from Kentucky April 10 to spend part of their spring break in Navarre. For awhile, it looked as if the three unearned runs they scored in the third inning would hold up. However, the Lady Raiders didn’t surrender another run and scored four to win the softball game 4-3. It was a good […]

Raiders baseball team loses 18 inning game

Raiders baseball team loses 18 inning game

The baseball game went 18 innings, lasted more than four hours, and didn’t end until almost midnight. More than 450 pitches were thrown in the game and Matt Cronin and Jared Gonzalez each pitched the equivalent of a major league complete baseball game. The two Raiders and four Bulldog pitchers did not allow a single […]

Locals running Boston

Locals running Boston

A year has passed since the bombings at the Boston Marathon last April that left three people dead and hundreds injured. But that tragedy isn’t keeping runners away from the race this year. Navarre residents Paul and Cynthia Villanova will be traveling to Boston for the marathon April 21 to run the 26.2-mile race. As […]

Bubba Watson wins second Masters

Bubba Watson wins second Masters

Santa Rosa County native Bubba Watson has won the Masters for the second time in three years. Watson claimed another green jacket by shooting a 3-under 69 in the final round Sunday, fending off Jordan Spieth’s bid to become the youngest major champion since 1931. The 20-year-old Texan led by two shots heading to the eighth hole, but the tournament […]

Ice Flyers repeat as champions

Ice Flyers repeat as champions

The Pensacola Ice Flyers April 12 claimed their second straight SPHL President’s Cup Championship with a 5 – 1 road victory over the Columbus Cottonmouths. In the two-game finals series, the Ice Flyers outscored their opponent 14 – 2, which included a 9 – 1 opening game win in Pensacola. The Ice Flyers dropped only […]

Beach volleyball training begins April 14

Beach volleyball training begins April 14

The Navarre Beach Volleyball Club (NBVC) is offering a 14-week beach volleyball training program starting April 14 at Juana’s Pagodas/Sailors’ Grill. The program is designed for boys ages 9 – 14 and girls 9 – 17. “This is the first time beach volleyball training has been available in Navarre,” said NBVC Director Adriana Lopez. “This […]

NHS track teams finish 5 and 7 at Andrews Invitational

NHS track teams finish 5 and 7 at Andrews Invitational

Strong performances in the hurdles and jumping events secured the Lady Raiders track team 42 points and a fifth place finish in the Andrews Invitational, April 4 in Gulf Breeze. The Raiders boys track team finished seven with 32.5 points and were led by a first place finish for Roman Spear in the Pole Vault […]

Raiders’ softball injuries mount, lose three games

Raiders’ softball injuries mount, lose three games

An injury-plagued Navarre Lady Raiders softball team lost three games during the week. Kassidy Griffin will be lost for the season with a broken hand. Kolette Jones injured her knee in the Tate game and will have a follow-up visit with the doctor this week. Pitcher Allison ‘Cat’ Pettigrew left the team. Coach Kim Smith […]

Wahoos win rain-shortened game

Wahoos win rain-shortened game

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos shut out the Tennessee Smokies 5-0 in a rain-shortened game Saturday evening at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. The Blue Wahoos’ (2-1) pitching staff gave up only two hits to the Smokies (1-2). Pitcher Robert Stephenson shined in his 2014 debut striking out a career-high 11 batters. Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher Jonathan Broxton started for […]

Beautiful colors helped focus on autism

Beautiful colors helped focus on autism

Colorful powder filled the air April 5 in Fort Walton Beach as hundreds of runners and walkers participated in the third annual Going the Distance for Autism Color Run. The event supported the Autism Society of the Emerald Coast, a nonprofit that provides support for individuals with autism and their families. According to the Centers […]

Raiders sending 11 lifters to Sectionals

Raiders sending 11 lifters to Sectionals

The Raider lifters won the district championship March 26 defeating Pace, Milton and Tate. The final score was Navarre 52, Pace 46, Milton 30 and Tate 20. Teddy Harrell, Colton Mapoles and Brent Short each won their individual weight divisions, leading to a Raider win. The top three lifters in each weight division qualified to compete […]

Governor recognizes Seminoles football team

Governor recognizes Seminoles football team

Florida Governor Rick Scott presented the Governor’s Sports Award to Florida State University Head Coach Jimbo Fisher and the 2013 FSU Football team for their athletic achievements and winning the 2014 BCS National Championship. The presentation was made April 1 in Tallahassee. The Governor’s Sports Award is an award given to those who have made […]

Hidden Creek bids on land to secure Boo Fest

Hidden Creek bids on land to secure Boo Fest

The Holley-Navarre Water System voted last Tuesday to make a $90,000 offer on a piece of land located on the Hidden Creek golf course, where Boo Weekley’s Charity Golf Tournament and Concert is held annually. For the past three years, the lot located near Hidden Creek’s parking lot has been donated by property owner John […]

Raiders baseball team wins two out of three

Raiders baseball team wins two out of three

On March 6, Jared Gonzalez accepted a scholarship offer to play baseball for Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. Five days later he showed why he was so coveted by the Hawks coaching staff.The senior hurler pitched the game of his life in leading Navarre to its first district baseball win of the season against Fort Walton Beach.  […]

Raider hurler to be a Hawk

Raider hurler to be a Hawk

Navarre High School senior Jared Gonzalez signed a letter of intent March 7 to attend and play athletics for Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. Gonzalez will bring his baseball talents to Huntingdon. The Raiders’ hurler was the starting pitcher in the team’s first win of the season against Gulf Breeze Feb. 18. The Hawks are […]

Bubba Watson named PGA Player of the Month

Bubba Watson named PGA Player of the Month

Bubba Watson for the second time in his career has been named PGA TOUR Player of the Month. The PGA TOUR and Avis Car Rental made the announcement March 13. As the official rental car company of the PGA TOUR, Avis will make a $50,000 contribution to the Bubba Watson Foundation, which was established in […]

Navarre lifters strong in first Raiders’ Invitational

Navarre lifters strong in first Raiders’ Invitational

Fort Walton Beach dominated the first Raider Invitational meet held on March 5. However, Navarre placed five lifters in the top three positions from the four schools that attended. Because there were four teams taking part in the event, first place in a weight division earned six points, second place earned four, third earned three, […]

Raider pitcher nearly makes the record books

Raider pitcher nearly makes the record books

Matt Cronin flirted with history March 7 on Navarre’s baseball diamond. The sophomore hurler struck out 15 Escambia Academy Cougar batters in the Raiders 6 to 1 victory. Former Raider Josh Pyaett set the school record by striking out 16 West Florida Jaguars during the 2009 season. Navarre loaded the bases with no outs in […]