Volleyball

Navarre’s volleyball team taking steps forward during summer workouts

Navarre’s volleyball team taking steps forward during summer workouts

Navarre’s volleyball team won only six games a year ago. It’s one more win than the Raiders had in Michelle Lee’s first season as the head coach. But optimism is high as the Raiders continue their summer workouts in preparation for the season ahead. Seven players are gone, but with a handful of returning players […]

Thompson makes most of all-star volleyball experience

Thompson makes most of all-star volleyball experience

Hayley Thompson wasn’t sure what it would be like to play volleyball with players she has competed against during her high school career. She found out Thursday night at the Subway All-Star Game that it isn’t so bad.  The best part was having Gulf Breeze players Maddie Grace McCurdy and Jordan Taylor as teammates on […]

Freese never lacks intensity on the volleyball court

Freese never lacks intensity on the volleyball court

Whether it’s the pump of a fist, a high-five exchange with a teammate or jumping up and down and cheering from the bench, Shelby Freese doesn’t hide her emotions on the volleyball court. She loves energizing her teammates during timeouts and she is full of excitement when she or one of her teammates makes a […]

Effort falls short in senior-night loss to Aggies

Effort falls short in senior-night loss to Aggies

Before Navarre’s volleyball team played its senior night match against Tate Thursday night, head coach Michelle Lee had dinner with her seniors. “The seniors are special to me,” Lee said. “We shared stories and memories. It was a lot of fun. They are some of the most gracious, supportive and loving seniors I’ve ever been […]

Raiders aiming to bounce back after tough week

Raiders aiming to bounce back after tough week

It’s been a tough stretch of games for Navarre’s volleyball team. The Raiders (2-5) lost their fourth-consecutive match Thursday night against county rival Gulf Breeze, falling 25-15, 25-6, 25-17 to the Dolphins in a 1-8A district showdown. The Raiders had a difficult time scoring against Gulf Breeze and were put in tough positions defensively against […]

Despite effort, Raiders drop district opener to Niceville

Despite effort, Raiders drop district opener to Niceville

At one point last Tuesday night it appeared Navarre’s volleyball team was going to stun district powerhouse Niceville. The Raiders surged in front 11-8 in the opening game thanks in large part to solid serving and a great defensive effort but couldn’t hold onto the lead. That proved to be the case throughout the evening […]

Raider volleyball players dedicated to improvement

Raider volleyball players dedicated to improvement

Michelle Lee didn’t have much time to get a summer workout program in place last year because she was hired in July. But it’s different this summer. Lee watches closely and provides instruction as players work on hitting, passing and setting inside the Navarre High School gymnasium. She is encouraged by the effort her players […]

Raiders focus on fundamentals and the future at volleyball camp

Raiders focus on fundamentals and the future at volleyball camp

Michelle Lee was thrilled with the turnout at Navarre’s volleyball camp last Wednesday and Thursday. “It’s always a toss-up as to how many kids will show up because families are on vacation, but I’m happy with the number,” said Lee, the head volleyball coach of the Raiders. We had about 20 the first day and […]

Push made to make beach volleyball an official high school sport

Push made to make beach volleyball an official high school sport

Sunshine and the sound of waves and music in the background provide the setting for high-school beach volleyball at Lagerheads on the Gulf. Though, technically, it’s not an official high-school sport, talented volleyball players from five schools in the area show off their skills on the soft white sand courts in competitive two-on-two matches. “It’s […]

Navarre battles to the end in district volleyball tourney

Navarre battles to the end in district volleyball tourney

On the brink of elimination, Navarre’s volleyball team showed the kind of fight and determination it has displayed all season. The Raiders wanted their season to continue and roared back from a six-point deficit against Tate to steal game four and force a fifth and deciding game in the District 1-7A district tournament semifinal. Game […]

Volleyball: Raiders blocked in second round of playoffs

Volleyball: Raiders blocked in second round of playoffs

The Navarre High School Lady Raiders closed out the season Oct. 22 after making it to the second round of district playoffs. The second round was a step farther than the team went last year when they were defeated by Tate High School. This year, they bested Tate to move on and face the Fort Walton Beach Vikings, the No. 1 seed […]

Lady Raiders ‘fight like a girl’ for breast cancer fundraiser

Lady Raiders ‘fight like a girl’ for breast cancer fundraiser

The Lady Raiders raised $1,100 during the fourth annual Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness volleyball game Oct. 8 against Pensacola’s Washington Wildcats. Pink accessories and jerseys dotted the court and stands. Decorations including balloons and posters, like the one that read “Fight like a girl,” adorned the gym. The four coaches and team volunteer Jeanne Tittle wore pink shirts with messages related to breast cancer embroidered across the […]