Navarre Raiders

Jefferson, Raiders gear up for dress rehearsal

Jefferson, Raiders gear up for dress rehearsal

Jordan Jefferson has a small window of time to talk with a reporter before the start of practice Monday afternoon. Navarre’s standout senior defensive lineman walks into the fieldhouse fresh off the first day of school and hits on a full plate of topics. There’s the scrimmage that took place Friday night at Bennett C. […]

Raiders banking on culture change to help fuel success

Raiders banking on culture change to help fuel success

As much as this preseason for the Navarre volleyball team has been about being prepared to play when the games start to count, it’s also been about instilling a new mindset and attitude, one that will help carry this program to a turnaround season. First-year head coach Ryan Davenport has emphasized the importance of changing […]

Ethan Green takes canoeing trip through Louisiana

Ethan Green takes canoeing trip through Louisiana

Ethan Green had quite an adventure over the summer. One he won’t forget. For the first time in his life, he went canoeing in a swamp. Provided with the opportunity to join a Boy Scout troop on a trip through the Atchafalaya Swamp in Louisiana was something too cool to pass up. Read the full […]

Raider offensive line prides itself on hard work and being the best

Raider offensive line prides itself on hard work and being the best

They come off the field sweaty and aching, even a little tired, the grind of a two-hour practice on a hot Friday afternoon clearly taking its toll, but they feel good about the work they have put in, not just for this day but the first week of preseason  camp as a whole. Navarre’s four […]

Main ready for senior season with Panthers

Main ready for senior season with Panthers

Dylan Main almost didn’t play football in college. “I didn’t necessarily know if I was going to play. I was planning to just go to school and get my degree,” Main said. “But I got a call from the coach and felt drawn to play. I’m glad I did.” Four years later Main is gearing […]

Raider volleyball team building foundation for success

Raider volleyball team building foundation for success

Friday afternoon was fun for Navarre’s volleyball team. The Raiders spent six hours in a lock-in type setting, going over goals and standards they have set for themselves for the upcoming season. First-year head coach Ryan Davenport said the day served as an opportunity to lay the groundwork for success. “If we don’t have a […]

Catching up with Michael Carter

Catching up with Michael Carter

Don’t get Michael Carter wrong. He’s honored to be on the Doak Walker Award Watch List. But the list of 62 college football stars in contention for best running back in the nation is just that. A list. “The recognition was cool, but it’s not enough for me,” Carter said. “I need the award. That’s […]

Jacobi Smith uses versatility to his advantage on the field

Jacobi Smith uses versatility to his advantage on the field

Jacobi Smith was introduced to University of West Florida head football coach Pete Shinnick after the Argonauts’ camp last week by Navarre running backs coach Tony Carter. Carter didn’t define Smith by one position during the introduction, instead telling Shinnick that Smith can basically play wherever you need him to. That versatility is something Smith […]

Carter named to Doak Walker Watch List

Carter named to Doak Walker Watch List

Michael Carter is among the 62 college football players named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List. The list was released Wednesday. The all-time leading rusher at Navarre, Carter is entering his sophomore season at North Carolina. The Doak Walker Award was first given out in 1990 and is awarded to the top running back […]

Raiders seize opportunity to get better at UWF football camp

Raiders seize opportunity to get better at UWF football camp

College football camps provide an opportunity for players to improve their skills and, if fortunate enough, make a lasting impression on coaches. Several Navarre Raiders seized the opportunity to do just that last weekend at the University of West Florida’s Friday Night Lights camp at Pen Air Field. “I was able to get some extra […]

Raiders take advantage of summer baseball opportunities

Raiders take advantage of summer baseball opportunities

Summer baseball ended last week, and as Navarre head coach Jon Boddy looks back on it, he’s pleased with the strides that have been made. “Watching our guys play, I feel like we’ve played really well, especially the last week,” Boddy said. “We’ve had some guys step up that we weren’t sure would, and that’s […]

Collegiate National Team next stop for Cronin

Collegiate National Team next stop for Cronin

Matt Cronin isn’t done playing baseball yet. His next stop is North Carolina. He arrived there this past weekend to join the Team USA Collegiate National team. Cronin and his teammates will play a handful of games in the United States before wrapping up with a trip to Cuba July 10-15  for the USA vs. […]

Razorbacks’ run to title ends in heartbreak

Razorbacks’ run to title ends in heartbreak

The dream of a championship ended Thursday night for the Arkansas Razorbacks. In a winner-take-all Game 3 of the College World Series, Arkansas came up empty in a 5-0 loss to Oregon State at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. The momentum of this best-of-three series swung a night earlier. Navarre grad Matt Cronin was on […]

Arkansas’ championship dream on hold – game 3 tonight

Arkansas’ championship dream on hold – game 3 tonight

Championship glory is on hold. At least for now. With Arkansas holding a 3-2 lead and one out away from its first national championship in school history, the Razorbacks couldn’t close the door on Oregon State, which rallied for a 5-3 victory and kept its own hopes for a title alive. The two teams will […]

Risk of concussions not exclusive to football

Risk of concussions not exclusive to football

Three female Olympic athletes pledged to donate their brains for research to the Concussion Legacy Foundation earlier this year. It’s a big deal. Of the 2,800 who have pledged to donate their brains in the last decade, less than 600 pledges are from females. Every pledge helps. After all, female athletes deal with concussions, too, […]

Cronin, Razorbacks earn shot at championship

Cronin, Razorbacks earn shot at championship

Goodbye Florida. Hello national championship opportunity. With a spot in the College World Series final on the line Friday night, Arkansas earned a title shot with a 5-2 win over the Gators at Ameritrade Park in Omaha. Clutch pitching by Matt Cronin over the final two innings helped Arkansas defeat the reigning champs on a […]

Raiders counting on Garner to lead on the line

Raiders counting on Garner to lead on the line

One might be a little surprised to find out Bryson Garner played quarterback when he was younger. Typically, you don’t think of linemen playing anywhere but on the line. Garner is now tasked with the job of protecting the quarterback. He said he ended up on the line because of his size. And that’s okay […]

Cronin embraces role as Arkansas’ closer

Cronin embraces role as Arkansas’ closer

Arkansas’ charter bus is loaded up and ready to roll out of Fayetteville on a 90-degree Thursday afternoon in June. The ultimate destination is Omaha, Neb., the home of the NCAA College World Series. But first up is a trip to Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport and a charter flight to Nebraska. As Matt Cronin settles […]

Arkansas wins its College World Series opener

Arkansas wins its College World Series opener

Arkansas is one step closer to a national championship. The Razorbacks rolled past Texas 11-5 Sunday in their College World Series opener at Amritrade Park in Omaha. Navarre’s Matt Cronin is the team’s closer and has played a key role in its success this season. But he did not make an appearance in Sunday’s game. […]

Four Raiders compete for East in all-star game

Four Raiders compete for East in all-star game

Navarre softball standouts Emma Thomas, Nathalie Holbrook, Britney Silver and Morgan Marquis competed for the East in the Subway All-Star Game Thursday night at the University of West Florida Softball Complex in Pensacola. For the first time in their career, the final score did not matter. It was an honor just to be chosen for […]

Taylor, Cocker close out prep careers in all-star game

Taylor, Cocker close out prep careers in all-star game

Cade Taylor and Ryan Cocker are playing college baseball next year, but Thursday night they had one last chance to experience life as high school athletes. The two Navarre standouts competed for the East in the Subway All-Star Game at the University of West Florida’s Jim Spooner Field in a game that ended with the […]

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