Florida High School Boys Basketball

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. […]

Navarre has no answer for Indians on senior night

Navarre has no answer for Indians on senior night

Navarre basketball head coach Terry Posey was in his office late Friday night talking with the media about his team’s latest game. It was a tough one. Arguably the toughest defeat of the year. Navarre had no answer for Choctaw, specifically, TCU signee Diante Smith, in a 92-51 loss to the Indians at home. Smith […]

Navarre suffers OT loss to Gulf Breeze

Navarre suffers OT loss to Gulf Breeze

With a little over five minutes left in the opening half of Friday night’s rivalry game against Gulf Breeze, Navarre had a double-digit lead. It appeared the Raiders were on their way to their biggest win of the season. By the end of the regulation, the game was tied, the Raiders and Eagles headed to […]

Posey comes out of retirement to coach Raiders

Posey comes out of retirement to coach Raiders

Terry Posey didn’t initially plan to coach again after announcing his retirement from Jefferson Davis High School earlier this year. He’s now the new head boys hoops coach at Navarre. Prior to that, he spent 20 years with the Volunteers in Montgomery, AL., leading the team to a state title in 2006 and a runner-up […]

Raiders struggle offensively in overtime loss to Eagles

Raiders struggle offensively in overtime loss to Eagles

A lead at halftime. No points in the third quarter.  A furious comeback attempt in the fourth. And ultimately an overtime loss and the end to the season. It was that kind of night for the Navarre Raiders in a 42-37 loss to Niceville in the semifinal round of the district boys basketball tournament in […]

Raiders stumble in district showdown with Aggies

Raiders stumble in district showdown with Aggies

Navarre didn’t make enough shots and Tate just didn’t miss. That is what Thursday night’s District 1-8A battle at Fryman Gymnasium came down to between the Raiders and Aggies. In a showdown with the No. 1 seed in the district tournament on the line, Navarre fell 66-46. “I felt like Tate hit great shots,” Navarre […]

Twice as Nice! Raiders complete regular-season sweep of Eagles

Twice as Nice! Raiders complete regular-season sweep of Eagles

Navarre made program history Friday night in a 50-39 win over Niceville, sweeping the Eagles in the regular-season series for the first time. Matt Harshany scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds while Andre Smith added 11, helping Navarre improve to 10-7 overall and 4-1 in District 1-8A. “It’s something we were hoping to do […]

Harshany’s 51 not enough in OT loss to Aggies

Harshany’s 51 not enough in OT loss to Aggies

Navarre boys basketball coach Taf Bentley told his team it needed three stops down the stretch to survive a crucial District 1-8A showdown with Tate Friday night. The Raiders got two. That led to overtime, where an opportunity was missed for Navarre to stay unbeaten in district play. The Raiders fell 77-74 to the Aggies […]

Coach Bentley under investigation

Coach Bentley under investigation

Navarre High School boys basketball coach Taf Bentley is under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct. Santa Rosa County Schools Assistant Superintendent Conni Carnley, who is in charge of human resources, could not provide details on what the investigation involves or how long it will take, but did say Bentley is on paid leave at the […]

Raiders play tough in tip-off tourney losses

Raiders play tough in tip-off tourney losses

Navarre’s boys basketball team held its own in a challenging tip-off tournament in Tallahassee this week. The Raiders faced off against state runner-up Lincoln Monday and fell 53-45 before dropping a 53-44 decision the next day to Georgia state champion Tift County. Matt Harshany poured in 21 points in Monday’s game. He scored 20 on […]

Raiders fall to top-ranked Trojans in regional

Raiders fall to top-ranked Trojans in regional

Navarre’s boys basketball team saw its season come to a close Thursday night in a 67-53 loss to top-ranked Lincoln in the quarterfinal round of the 8A regional tournament. The Raiders, on the road in Tallahassee, trailed the Trojans just 14-11 after one quarter but went into halftime down 34-24. Matt Harshany poured in 20 […]

Raiders fall in district title game

Raiders fall in district title game

Navarre’s boys basketball team went into halftime with a two-point lead over Niceville in the District 1-8A championship game Friday night. Head coach Taf Bentley knew the advantage wasn’t safe. “I felt like they were going to come out and be really strong, and I was right,” Bentley said. Strong might be an understatement. Trey […]

Raiders survive tourney showdown with Dolphins

Raiders survive tourney showdown with Dolphins

As each shot was launched up, including two from beyond the arc by Gulf Breeze’s Luke McHenry, in the final frantic seconds of a riveting District 1-8A tournament semifinal showdown Tuesday night, Navarre head coach Taf Bentley could only hope his Raiders would find a way to hang on and extend their season. Bentley, in […]

Raiders ride into postseason with momentum

Raiders ride into postseason with momentum

Momentum is on the side of Navarre’s boys basketball team as it heads into the postseason. The Raiders capped off the regular season Thursday night with a hard-fought 52-39 win over Milton in an intense non-district showdown. It’s the third win in the last four games, which have all been played on the road. Matt […]

Raiders gain valuable experience at shootout

Raiders gain valuable experience at shootout

Taf Bentley would have loved to see his Navarre boys basketball team knock off Crestview Saturday night in the final game of the Johnny Huston’s Shootout. It didn’t happen. The Raiders fell 51-44 to the Bulldogs one night after knocking off West Florida Tech 57-44 in their shootout opener. Yet, the reason this event was […]

Raiders show a lot of heart in loss to Indians

Raiders show a lot of heart in loss to Indians

Leads shifted hands several times. There were even a few ties. But ultimately, Navarre’s boys basketball team couldn’t get the stops it needed down the stretch in a 67-57 loss to Choctaw last Thursday night. Sure the scoreboard didn’t flash the result the Raiders had hoped for against their rival from neighboring Okaloosa County, but […]

Raiders seek to forge identity, contend for district crown

Raiders seek to forge identity, contend for district crown

Taf Bentley could spend all day talking about everything last year’s Navarre boys basketball team accomplished. The fourth-year head boys basketball coach of the Raiders could point to the school-record 17 wins, the district runner-up finish and the first trip to the regional in more than a decade. Accomplishments, however, don’t carry over into the […]

Regional loss doesn’t overshadow successful season

Regional loss doesn’t overshadow successful season

The toughest thing for Navarre head basketball coach Taf Bentley to deal with Thursday night in Tallahassee wasn’t that his Raiders were eliminated from postseason play by Lincoln, it’s that the 2015-16 season is over. Navarre had a season to remember, winning seven more games than it did a year ago and playing in the […]

Navarre battles back for first district win

Navarre battles back for first district win

Tre Baker was determined to play more aggressive in Friday night’s District 1-7A game against Tate. The Navarre senior accomplished his mission. Baker lit up the scoreboard for 19 points and also grabbed 13 rebounds as the Raiders knocked off the Aggies 65-56 to improve to 10-7 overall and to 1-1 in the district. “I […]