Matt Harshany

Five Navarre athletes sign letters of intent

Five Navarre athletes sign letters of intent

Five Navarre athletes signed national letters of intent Wednesday afternoon in the high school cafeteria. Matt Harshany is taking his basketball talents to Cornell where he will play NCAA Division I hoops. Volleyball player Caitlin Bethell will continue her career at Lincoln Memorial, an NCAA Division II school in Tennessee, and Emma Thomas is headed […]

Raiders compete in all-star basketball games

Raiders compete in all-star basketball games

The high school careers of Navarre basketball standouts Matt Harshany, Andre Smith, Killian Casey and Arleigh East came to a close Friday night at the Subway All-Star Games at Pensacola State. All four represented the East squad at the event, which features seniors from Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa County schools. Read more about the […]

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 […]

Raiders tame Tigers to notch big road win

Raiders tame Tigers to notch big road win

Elijah Proby’s two free throws with seven seconds remaining lifted the Navarre Raiders to a 56-53 win over Pensacola Tuesday night. A desperation 3-pointer by the Tigers as time expired bounced off the rim, setting off a celebration among the Raiders (7-2), who defeated Pensacola (8-2) on the road for the first time in program […]

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. […]

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 lay foundation for success during summer hoops season

Raiders lay foundation for success during summer hoops season

An industrial fan set up in a doorway to the gym blows air on a muggy summer afternoon. With the air conditioning not functioning properly in the gym, the somewhat cool air from the fan is the only relief from the heat for the players warming up before their game and the handful of fans […]

Harshany on radar of college recruiters as he gears up for senior season at Navarre

Harshany on radar of college recruiters as he gears up for senior season at Navarre

He once took a Chinese course at the University of West Florida. His ACT score is a 33. The military academies — Navy, Army, Air Force — along with Ivy League schools Princeton and Yale are showing interest in him. Then there is Duke. It’s willing to throw an academic scholarship offer Matt Harshany’s way. […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]