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Family atmosphere helps fuel success of girls weightlifting team

Family atmosphere helps fuel success of girls weightlifting team

Natalya Garza dropped the bar and beamed with excitement. Her eyes and mouth were wide open. It was a priceless reaction to setting a new personal best in the clean and jerk at the girls 2A state weightlifting meet. She immediately ran over to Anna Bagley and leaped into the arms of her competitive cheer […]

Navarre claims district title in girls weightlifting

Navarre claims district title in girls weightlifting

Navarre’s girls weightlifting team brought 20 girls to Fort Walton Beach to compete in the district meet last Friday. All 20 competitors placed within the top six in their respective weight divisions. That performance guaranteed each lifter a spot to compete in regional this weekend in Suwannee. This team is considered one of the strongest […]

Raider lifters staying focused during holiday season

Raider lifters staying focused during holiday season

Natalya Garza is in the weight room on a Monday morning in mid-December. Just a few days earlier, the senior helped the Raiders breeze through a tri-meet with Fort Walton Beach and Crestview. Navarre’s girls weightlifting team now has a month off before it returns to the grind as far as competition is concerned. But […]

Raider weightlifting team ready for Suwannee Invite

Raider weightlifting team ready for Suwannee Invite

Navarre’s girls weightlifting team will travel to Suwannee to participate in the Suwannee Christmas Tournament Friday. It’s a big deal. “All the powerhouse schools in the state are expected to be there,” head coach Garrett Bagley said. “It is a good opportunity for us to determine our progress and what we have to work on.” […]

Weightlifting team sweeps opening meet of year

Weightlifting team sweeps opening meet of year

Navarre’s girls weightlifting team swept all 10 weight classes Wednesday at its first home meet.  In just their second meet of the season, Navarre faced Gulf Breeze and Pace in the tight quarters of the Navarre weightlifting room. It’s still early, as several lifters did well enough to win their classes, but it was in ways they didn’t expect.  Alexis Prather topped the […]

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 […]

Raiders second to no one at state meet

Raiders second to no one at state meet

One point put the exclamation point on Navarre’s first boys state weightlifting championship in program history. Behind two state champions (Josh Carter and Jordan Jefferson), as well as three other medal winners, the Raiders edged Spruce Creek by the slimmest of margins. Noah Melendez placed fourth, and the three points he received for that effort […]

Raiders hoping to jam to state championship tune

Raiders hoping to jam to state championship tune

Rap or Rock? That was the question Garrett Bagley posed to Jacobi Smith prior to the start of a mid-day workout a week before Friday’s 2A state weightlifting meet at Arnold High School in Panama City Beach. Smith chose rock. But had he chosen rap, or really, any other brand of music, that wouldn’t have […]

Navarre gearing up for run at regional title repeat

Navarre gearing up for run at regional title repeat

Rock music blares to the point where it almost shakes the weight room on a Thursday morning, the sound loud enough to carry into the parking lot. Members of Navarre’s weightlifting team are having fun and working hard as they gear up for Friday’s Region 1-2A meet, which the Raiders are hosting starting at noon. […]

Navarre’s weightlifting team picks up another win

Navarre’s weightlifting team picks up another win

Archbishop McCarthy and the Navarre Raiders demonstrated what sportsmanship is all about as they surrounded the last two lifters. As Natalya Garza and Alexis Prather each attempted their last lift, the other lifters screamed encouragement. When each successfully completed their lift, everyone in the weight room congratulated them. It did not matter which team the […]

Raider lifters back on top of the district

Raider lifters back on top of the district

Navarre is the boys weightlifting champion of the district for the the second time in program history. The Raiders won the title with 91 points Friday at Niceville. Six lifters won individual titles. “The guys have been relentless in the weight room with their effort. They are doing a great job,” strength and conditioning coach […]

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 […]

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,” […]

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 […]

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) […]