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Navarre off to strong start to its boys soccer season

Navarre off to strong start to its boys soccer season

Hayden Richard warmed up on the sideline every chance he had, the bone-chilling wind gusting throughout this cold November night at the Navarre Soccer Complex. On the field, Richard was hot as ever, scoring twice to lead Navarre’s boys soccer team to a 3-1 season-opening victory over Pensacola Catholic Tuesday night. “I felt all right. […]

Raiders dominate opening week of soccer season

Raiders dominate opening week of soccer season

Navarre’s girls soccer team swept all three games in the opening week of the season, putting the Raiders on pace, so far, to meet their head coach’s desire for an undefeated season.  They outscored their opponents 16-6, picking up wins over Pensacola Catholic (10-2), Maclay (4-3) and Chiles (2-1). However, the “goals against” number is something head […]

Fall tends to lead to more interactions with bears

Fall tends to lead to more interactions with bears

This is the time of the year when the likelihood of a bear being hit by a vehicle rises. Last month, two bears were struck on Highway 87, including a nearly 500-pound male in the Holley area. The other bear killed was a 40-pound cub just north of Holley. They are unfortunate incidents but not […]

Potential impact fees inching forward

Potential impact fees inching forward

County commissioners did not commit to impact fees Tuesday during their regular meeting in Milton, but the board that has outright rejected the idea in the past allowed two potential proposals for fees to move forward. Santa Rosa County School District approached the commission back in May to request the board create a draft ordinance […]

Murder conviction of Rice upheld by courts

Murder conviction of Rice upheld by courts

The First District Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal in the conviction of Mary Rice, the woman who assisted in a murder spree throughout northwest Florida and across state lines According to a State Attorney’s Office press release, Mary Barbara Craig Rice was sentenced to life in prison Sept. 28, 2018 for first degree […]

New-look Raiders getting in work during fall baseball

New-look Raiders getting in work during fall baseball

There will be a new-look Navarre baseball team taking the field in 2020. After graduating 11 players, a good portion of this year’s lineup will dress for varsity for the first time. And they’ll be playing for first-year head coach Chris Williams, who was promoted from top assistant over the summer. The field was also repaired. Gone is the […]

Navarre falls in close game with rival Dolphins

Navarre falls in close game with rival Dolphins

Hailey Bastian scored twice and Autumn Slaybaugh added another goal in Navarre’s 4-3 preseason loss to Gulf Breeze last Wednesday. Head coach Robert Simon was more interested in effort than the final score. “I’m very happy,” Simon said. “To come out healthy is probably my No. 1 priority. Number 2, the girls played well. There was a lot […]

FWC working to keep Florida free of deer disease

FWC working to keep Florida free of deer disease

In nearly two decades since the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission began its Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance in the state, more than 13,000 deer—including animals killed by a hunter or vehicle, as well as those that died from an illness– have been tested for CWD. The results have come back negative every time.   […]

Navarre left out of playoffs despite strong finish to year

Navarre left out of playoffs despite strong finish to year

Kobe Johnson thought teammate Xayvion Thomas was joking around Sunday about Navarre getting the cold shoulder when it came to getting into the playoffs. After all, the Raiders went into their bye weekend Friday feeling they had done enough to punch a ticket to the postseason. Their belief was strengthened by the 52-14 win over […]

Navarre football players invited to combine

Navarre football players invited to combine

Grady Kelly watches combines on television when he gets a chance. Now, he’ll have an opportunity to be part of one. Kelly is one of the top defensive linemen in the nation. He is joining Navarre teammates Elijah Melendez and Jeremiah Chavis-Mhoon at the National Combine at the Alamodome in January. Assistant coach Antenney Hemingway […]

Navarre’s girls cross-country season ends at regional

Navarre’s girls cross-country season ends at regional

The Navarre girls’ cross-country team finished its season at the regional meet Saturday in Gainesville. The return trip to Santa Fe College pitted the Raiders against top-end teams from four districts. Chiles took the regional title. Niceville – the only other school from this end of the Panhandle competing – finished fourth in the team […]

Lighthouse drive to succeed despite obstacles

Lighthouse drive to succeed despite obstacles

Practice has just started for Lighthouse Private Christian Academy at Lion Park on a chilly Halloween afternoon in Pensacola. The team is working on kickoff coverage. It isn’t long before a hiccup occurs. A soccer coach of a youth team walks over to Lighthouse head coach Oliver Longley and tells him his team of maybe […]

Girls soccer team takes aim at another successful season

Girls soccer team takes aim at another successful season

With a nucleus of players who took Navarre to the regional tournament last year, Navarre’s girls soccer team returned to the practice field Oct. 21. Seventy-eight athletes tried out, and three days later, head coach Robert Simon published a list of 19 players for the varsity squad. It features eight seniors, five juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen. Last […]

Boys soccer team enters year with high expectations

Boys soccer team enters year with high expectations

Its top three scorers are all back and just four players are gone from a Navarre boys soccer team that won 16 games and finished as the district runner-up for the second time in three seasons. Expectations are high to say the least, and the Raiders understand as much. They embrace the challenge of living […]

Florida seeking input on ways to serve seniors

Florida seeking input on ways to serve seniors

People age 60 and older in Florida already number more than 5 million, accounting for a little over 25% of the state’s population. That number is projected to rise significantly in the years ahead, hitting the 8 million mark by 2040. That is why having a state plan on aging in place is critical.   […]

Losquadro, Dorsey among regional qualifiers

Losquadro, Dorsey among regional qualifiers

Luke Losquadro and Harrison Dorsey are among the regional qualifiers for Navarre’s swim team. The two Raider swimmers placed in the top 10 in two events at the District 1-4A meet in Gainesville Wednesday afternoon. The meet featured the fastest swimmers in the state, according to head coach Mary Moorer. But that didn’t faze the […]

Raiders put potential on display in win over Bulldogs

Raiders put potential on display in win over Bulldogs

Potential has been within reach all season for Navarre. The Raiders  just haven’t lived up to it. But it was different Friday night. Everything fell into place in Navarre’s 52-14 District 1-7A victory over Crestview at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The offense put up more points than it has in any other game this season […]

Navarre aims for return to top in girls weightlifting

Navarre aims for return to top in girls weightlifting

Music is blaring early on a Wednesday morning, almost to the point where it’s drowning out the sound of weights clanking inside the Navarre weight room. Forget rise and shine. This is rise and grind. The Raiders’ girls weightlifting team has a reputation for hard work, but their motivation to work entering the season has […]

Raider girls cross-country team earns regional berth

Raider girls cross-country team earns regional berth

“Our girls qualified for regionals!” announced Navarre cross-country coach Katie Fein. Both Raider cross-country teams ran the 4A District 1 championship meet Saturday in Gainesville. And, according to Fein, it’s the first time in eight years the Raider girls have qualified for the regional. The course, situated on the campus of Santa Fe College, measured as a 5K […]

Navarre still in hunt for playoff berth

Navarre still in hunt for playoff berth

Navarre is still in the playoff hunt, reviving its hopes with a 52-14 win over Crestview in its regular-season finale Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The Raiders are seventh in the latest Region 1 playoff poll with a .560 RPI. They are 6-4 overall and 3-3 in District 1-7A. Navarre finds out for […]

Raiders alive and well after big win over Bulldogs

Raiders alive and well after big win over Bulldogs

Left for dead. Doubters everywhere.  Navarre knew going into Friday night’s regular-season finale against Crestview that it wasn’t expected to do much.  Even Joe Pinkos, who picks high school games across the state, had the Raiders losing the Bulldogs by 25 points. Yet, here on a windy and warm late October night at Bennett C. Russell […]

Navarre wraps up regular season tonight

Navarre wraps up regular season tonight

Navarre wraps up its regular season tonight against Crestview and its playoff hopes are riding on it. The Raiders face the Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. at Bennett C. Russell Stadium needing a win to stay in the hunt for playoff berth. A loss in this District 1-7A game puts the hopes of an eighth consecutive […]

Fort Barrancas offers interesting glimpse of history

Fort Barrancas offers interesting glimpse of history

This is the latest in a series of articles on outdoor opportunities worth checking out both in Florida and, every so often, out of state. This story puts the spotlight on Fort Barrancas in Pensacola. On the bluffs overlooking the glistening water of Pensacola Bay on a sun-splashed fall afternoon is an historic site that […]

Navarre sees volleyball season end in district tourney

Navarre sees volleyball season end in district tourney

Navarre’s jubilation after its straight set win over Tate in the opening round of the District 1-6A volleyball tournament last Monday in Niceville lasted just under 24 hours.  Their excitement and solid play carried over into a match against top-seeded Crestview but it wasn’t enough in a three-game loss to the Bulldogs.  “We played one heck of a great team,” Navarre head coach Ryan Davenport said. […]

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