Weight Lifting

Navarre’s girls weightlifting team preparing for title defense

Navarre’s girls weightlifting team preparing for title defense

This season, Navarre’s girls weightlifting team will be defending the state title for the fourth time in five years. It will be Coach Garrett Bagley’s biggest challenge since he took over the program five years ago. “For the first time in several years, we do not have a returning state champion,” Bagley said. “It will […]

Navarre fourth at regional weightlifting meet

Navarre fourth at regional weightlifting meet

Eleven Navarre boys weightlifters placed in the top six at the 2A Regional meet Monday afternoon at Fort Walton Beach High School. A total of 16 lifters competed at the 12-team meet for the Raiders, who finished fourth overall as a team with 32 points. Two-time state champion Choctaw won the meet with 75 points. […]

Raiders finish as runner-up at district weightlifting meet

Raiders finish as runner-up at district weightlifting meet

Xavier Fernandez and Omari Green both won district championships in their respective weight classes Friday and helped Navarre’s boys weightlifting team finish second as a team at the District 2-2A meet at home. Two-time state champion Choctaw won the title with 91 points. Navarre was second with 61 points. “We knew Choctaw was going to […]

Raiders fourth at weightlifting invitational

Raiders fourth at weightlifting invitational

Navarre finished fourth at its own weightlifting invitational Wednesday afternoon. The Raiders scored 31 points, finishing two points behind third-place Niceville. Choctaw won the meet with 74 points and Pace placed second with 35. Three Raiders took second in their respective weight classes, with Xavier Fernandez coming through with a total lift of 570 pounds […]

Raiders have strong showing in opener

Raiders have strong showing in opener

Navarre’s boys weightlifting team opened its season Monday at home against Fort Walton Beach, winning six weight divisions en route to a 50-31 victory over the Vikings. Nathan Crews won the crown at 119 pounds while Daniel Bost finished first at 183 pounds. Bo Herring took first at 219 pounds and Omari Green claimed first […]

Triple Threat! Raiders win third consecutive weightlifting crown

Triple Threat! Raiders win third consecutive weightlifting crown

Navarre climbed to the top of the girls weightlifting mountain Thursday at Belleview High School, winning its third consecutive 2A state championship. With Payton Watson and Savannah Diel repeating as state champions in their respective weight classes, the Raiders racked up 29 points at the meet to claim their fourth title in the last five […]

Raiders in first after completion of morning session at state weightlifting meet

Raiders in first after completion of morning session at state weightlifting meet

Navarre is one step closer to winning a third consecutive championship in girls weightlifting after the completion of the morning session at the state meet at Belleview High School. The Raiders have 10 points, holding a three-point lead over seven other teams tied for second. Five weight classes remain, including the 101and 119 pound classes, which […]

Girls weightlifting team aims to hit jackpot again

Girls weightlifting team aims to hit jackpot again

Inside his office on a Thursday afternoon, Navarre girls weightlifting coach Garrett Bagley is talking to a couple of his lifters about what they should be focused on during their workouts for that day. “Every time I write a workout on the board, it’s like the winning lottery numbers. You just have to play them,” […]

Raider weightlifters capture regional title in convincing fashion

Raider weightlifters capture regional title in convincing fashion

Navarre’s girls weightlifting team keeps raising the bar. Just when it seems like the Raiders can do no more than they already have, the two-time reigning state champions dominated the 2A regional Tuesday afternoon at Fort Walton Beach, scoring 98 points to win the crown. 2016 state champions Payton Watson and Savannah Diel led the […]

Raiders lifters dominate their own invitational

Raiders lifters dominate their own invitational

The Lady Raiders placed first among the 11 teams participating in the Raider Invitational Dec. 7, winning seven of 10 weight divisions. They also earned three second-place finishes as the Raiders scored 93 points. Pine Forest was the closest competitor with 27 points. The meet was the largest one the Raiders will compete in until […]

Raider weightlifters dominate invite at Fort Walton

Raider weightlifters dominate invite at Fort Walton

Navarre’s girls weightlifting team dominated the Fort Walton Beach Invitational on Dec. 1 at Choctaw. The Raider weightlifters won a first place finish in each of the 10 weight divisions. The Raiders also finished second in seven weight divisions. The final score was Navarre 75, Fort Walton Beach 23 and Choctaw 15. Current state champion […]

Navarre girls weightlifting program sees explosive growth

Navarre girls weightlifting program sees explosive growth

After winning three state girls’ weightlifting championships in four years, there has been a virtual explosion of interest in the sport. “Each year there has been an increase in the popularity of the program,” Coach Garrett Bagley said. “For the past few years, we only had one weightlifting class. As interest grew, it became much […]

Raider lifters cap impressive year at state meet

Raider lifters cap impressive year at state meet

The curtain lowered Saturday on Navarre’s impressive boys weightlifting season. The Raiders sent a record eight lifters to the 2A state meet at the Kissimmee Civic Center and three placed in the top six, the exclamation point in a year where Navarre won district and regional championships for the first time in program history. “It […]

Raiders raise bar in boys weightlifting with district title

Raiders raise bar in boys weightlifting with district title

As soon as Choctaw and Fort Walton Beach were announced as the second and third-place teams, respectively in the District 2-2A boys weightlifting meet Friday afternoon, the Navarre Raiders knew what was coming next. The excitement in the eyes of the Raider lifters was evident as they awaited the official announcement that they were going […]

Raiders take third at own invitational

Raiders take third at own invitational

Navarre weightlifting coach Jay Walls wants his team to compete against the best and his Raiders had an opportunity to do just that March 2 at the Navarre Invitational. The Raiders finished third in the five-team invite, scoring  52 points. Choctaw won with 69 points and Fort Walton Beach was second with 56 points. “This […]

Bagley maintains high bar for lady lifters

Bagley maintains high bar for lady lifters

One of the walls inside Garrett Bagley’s Navarre High School office is covered with newspaper clippings highlighting the accomplishments of his girls weightlifting team during the last four years. It’s been quite a run. Bagley has guided the Raiders to three titles in that time, including the last two. Navarre finished second the year (2014) […]

Eight Raiders qualify for state weightlifting meet

Eight Raiders qualify for state weightlifting meet

The Raiders easily won the Regional (also called the sectionals or state qualifying) meet at Navarre on Jan. 19. The Raiders scored 103 points in the meet. The next closest team was Pine Forest, scoring 26 points. “The Florida High School Sports Association changed the method girls’ state competitors are chosen,” Coach Garrett Bagley said. […]

Navarre weightlifting team pounds Gulf Breeze

Navarre weightlifting team pounds Gulf Breeze

The Navarre Raiders won every first place and all but one second place with a match against Gulf Breeze held at home on Dec. 16. The final score was Navarre 78, Gulf Breeze 11. “We have a lot to work on in the next three weeks before the district meet,” Coach Garrett Bagley said. “We […]

Raider weightlifters working hard over summer

Raider weightlifters working hard over summer

Inside the Raider weight room is a white board documenting the accomplishments of the girls weightlifting team. Since 2008, the Raiders are undefeated during the regular season and have captured 10 consecutive district titles. During that period, they have won eight sectional championships and were the state runner-up five times. The Raiders won state crowns […]

Webb excels in first season at NMU Olympic Training Center

Webb excels in first season at NMU Olympic Training Center

Morrigan Webb didn’t expect to compete in weightlifting once she started college. Never mind that she had the ability to do it, helping Navarre win the state championship in 2013 and earn a runner-up finish in 2014. Webb took third at state as a senior in the 169-pound weight division. “I thought I was done […]

Lady Raider weightlifting team celebrates second state title

Lady Raider weightlifting team celebrates second state title

Parents, friends and fans gathered at the girls’ weightlifting banquet Monday to honor the team for winning another state weightlifting championship. After winning the championship two years ago and placing second in 2014, only two medal winners returned for the 2015 season. Despite the challenges, the Raiders were ready and took 17 lifters to state. […]