Florida High School Basketball

Lighthouse wins first state championship

Lighthouse wins first state championship

Lighthouse Private Christian Academy’s boys basketball team set its goals high this season. The Stingrays wanted a state championship. On Saturday, they won one, crushing Elite Academy out of Fort Lauderdale 86-36 in the 2A Florida Independent Christian Athletic Association title game in Jacksonville. “We wanted to win state. That was our biggest goal,” Lighthouse […]

Navarre’s hoops team has new coach, new hope

Navarre’s hoops team has new coach, new hope

David Melega will be the first to tell you there is a different feeling surrounding this year’s edition of Navarre’s boys basketball team. Under the direction of a new coach in Terry Posey, the Raiders also have a new sense of hope and optimism as they head into the new season this week. “It’s been […]

First time for everything! Raiders knock off Eagles

First time for everything! Raiders knock off Eagles

Navarre usually stumbles in games against Niceville. But not on Tuesday night. For the first time in program history, the Raiders prevailed against the area powerhouse, stunning the Eagles 61-50. Taf Bentley has been the coach for seven seasons at Navarre and has waited for this moment. He wasn’t able to witness it, however, sitting out […]

Mr. 1,000! Harshany reaches scoring milestone

Mr. 1,000! Harshany reaches scoring milestone

Just call Matt Harshany Mr. 1000. Navarre’s talented senior point guard reached the 1,000-point milestone in Tuesday’s 49-40 loss to Pensacola Catholic. Needing only nine points, the senior guard hit the mark in the opening quarter on a reverse layup. He went on to finish with 20 points, scoring 10 of them in the first […]

Bentley reaches coaching milestone

Bentley reaches coaching milestone

The interview was just about over and then Navarre head boys basketball coach Taf Bentley remembered something pretty significant. “Oh, 100 wins,” Bentley said. The win total is in reference to the milestone he reached Tuesday night after Navarre’s 80-42 dismantling of Escambia. It was the 100th win of Bentley’s career at the school. This […]

Harshany lights up scoreboard in win over Panthers

Harshany lights up scoreboard in win over Panthers

Matt Harshany had more points than Milton did as a team in the first half of Tuesday’s season opener. Navarre’s senior point guard is just that good and he ended up with 37 in the Raiders’ 59-49 win over the Panthers at home. Harshany finished the first half with 23 of the Raiders’ 29 points. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Raiders shine in all-star game

Raiders shine in all-star game

Marcus Richardson only scored seven points in Friday night’s Subway High School All-Star Basketball game but the impact the Navarre Raiders senior had on the outcome of the game was hard to ignore. Richardson hit three clutch free throws late in the final two minutes of action to help lift the East to a 100-91 […]

Raiders counting on senior leadership to fuel success

Raiders counting on senior leadership to fuel success

Navarre boys basketball coach Taf Bentley is excited about the season ahead.  Part of that excitement stems from the fact that he has an experienced group of players, particularly the seven seniors on the roster. “I’m excited about what those guys bring to the table,” Bentley said. “It’s a good group of kids who work […]