Kelly Hayes

Softball workouts aid in transition to high school

Softball workouts aid in transition to high school

Harmony Stafford is on the field at shortstop during Navarre’s summer league softball game against Tate. She’s in the spot once held down by four-year starter Kallie Anderson, who graduated in May as one of the best in program history. “It’s a lot of pressure, but it’s good. I’m having fun,” Stafford said. Stafford is […]

Navarre softball team hard at work in summer months

Navarre softball team hard at work in summer months

Summer practice rolls on under the hot Florida sun on a Thursday morning in late June. Navarre softball players are fielding balls in the infield and outfield and locked in on sharpening their swings as well. “It’s just about getting better, improving every day,” rising senior Allison Gutierrez said. “We had a great season last […]

Raiders pick up huge district win over Panthers

Raiders pick up huge district win over Panthers

Pressure reached a boiling point late last Thursday night. Navarre found itself on the brink of disappointment in a softball showdown at home against Milton, its two-run lead no longer as safe as it once seemed to be. The bases were loaded, the fans were on the edge of their seats and the Panthers were […]

Team effort keeps Raiders rolling in right direction

Team effort keeps Raiders rolling in right direction

Allison Gutierrez started to give up hits in the late innings against Spanish Fort last Monday night. She even allowed a run. But while her early dominance began to fade just slightly, Gutierrez didn’t back down, just as this Navarre Raiders softball team has refused to back down from any challenge that has come its […]

Rookie of the Year teachers announced

Rookie of the Year teachers announced

Santa Rosa Education Foundation announced the nominees for 2018 Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year award April 9. The foundation invited every school in the Santa Rosa School District to nominate one teacher for the award. Read the full article in the April 19 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

Navarre’s softball team falls to Niceville in district tourney

Navarre’s softball team falls to Niceville in district tourney

Navarre’s softball team was eliminated by Niceville 5-2 at Milton April 25 in the opening round of the district playoffs. Throughout the season, the Raiders demonstrated the potential to challenge any team. They were in most games until the last out. All they needed was a clutch hit or maybe a big defensive play that […]

Raiders cap regular season with thrilling win over Dolphins

Raiders cap regular season with thrilling win over Dolphins

Hanna Stapleton had the ball in her hands and prepared to fire a pitch at the plate just as she has done countless times in her career at Navarre over the last four years. She had already put away the first two Gulf Breeze batters without much trouble, making the two strikeouts she recorded in […]

Raiders fall to Dolphins in extra innings

Raiders fall to Dolphins in extra innings

Navarre’s softball team went extra innings against rival Gulf Breeze Thursday night but came up short in its bid for a victory, falling 9-8 to the Dolphins. The Raiders trailed 7-5 entering the seventh inning but Hanna Stapleton came through with a double that went off the fence in the outfield and drove in two […]

Explosive fifth inning propels Raider softball team to win

Explosive fifth inning propels Raider softball team to win

Down six runs in the top of the second inning against Choctaw Tuesday night, it wasn’t looking good for Navarre’s softball team. Head coach Kelly Hayes never stopped believing. Her team didn’t either. “The one thing about our team is they always come back no matter what,” Hayes said. “They might not always win, but they […]

Raiders show promise in preseason action

Raiders show promise in preseason action

Kelly Hayes watched as her Navarre softball team racked up hit after hit in a preseason game against Pensacola last Wednesday night in Gulf Breeze. The Raiders dominated the Tigers offensively, rolling to an 18-2 victory, and Hayes was pleased to see the team click in that manner even if the game didn’t count in […]

Hits tough to come by in loss to Bulldogs

Hits tough to come by in loss to Bulldogs

Some losses sting a little more than others and Navarre’s 2-1 setback to Crestview in a District 2-7A game last week hurt. The Raiders were within striking distance of victory all night but struck out far too often to come out on top against the Bulldogs because of a 16-strikeout performance by Taylor Rolison. “She […]