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Raiders win district championship

Raiders win district championship

Navarre’s baseball team celebrated its first district title since 2015 Friday night by engulfing Ben Waschenko under a dogpile just off the pitching mound on Niceville’s home diamond. The bench erupted and cleared the instant Eric Anderson gloved Garon Finley’s flip from second base to cap a 9-8 win over Niceville. Although Navarre has made the regional postseason twice in the previous three years, the team’s 12 seniors won its first district championship, […]

Clutch at-bat by Taylor helps Argos advance in tourney

Clutch at-bat by Taylor helps Argos advance in tourney

Callan Taylor had just talked things over with her teammates and coach in a quick huddle. She now waited patiently for a pitch to hit in a pressure-packed situation. There were no outs and two on in the bottom of the seventh inning of an NCAA Division II South Regional game at the University of […]

State track meet a success for Raiders

State track meet a success for Raiders

Navarre had two individuals and a relay team come away from the 3A state track meet with medals Saturday at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville. The 4×100 relay team of Dante Wright, Jaylen Shropshire, Nathan Crews and Evan Gourley clocked in with a time of 42.28 to place eighth. All four […]

Raider tennis team makes school history

Raider tennis team makes school history

All season Navarre head tennis coach Rob Whitley talked about this team being good enough to contend for a district title. The Raiders proved their coach right last week, finishing as the runner-up in the District 1-3A tournament at Shoreline Park in Gulf Breeze. It’s the first time in program history it’s happened. Gannon Casey […]

Raiders expect greatness heading into regional meet

Raiders expect greatness heading into regional meet

Navarre track coach Tony Carter expects the best from his team every time it competes. The expectation intensifies this week as the Raiders compete in the Region 1-3A meet Saturday at Sherman Robinson Stadium in Pensacola. “You hear me say it all the time. I expect greatness,” Carter said. “If you practice great and approach […]

Navarre wins the week in baseball

Navarre wins the week in baseball

Navarre swept a pair of non-district baseball games last week, one in convincing fashion and the other by scrappy play. Head coach Jon Boddy called it a tale of two games. Navarre rolled over Fort Walton Beach 7-2 last Tuesday and edged Tate 6-5 last Wednesday. Both games started similarly, as both opponents held a two-run lead before Navarre’s offense […]

Four Raiders sign letters of intent

Four Raiders sign letters of intent

Abigail Pantlitz was nervous as she awaited the start of signing day at Navarre Wednesday afternoon. More nervous, in fact, than standing at the starting line for the 100- or 200-meter dash. “At the start line, I can just focus on the race,” Pantlitz said. “I can block out everyone. I’m locked in. Up there […]

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 […]

Seniors set tone for Raiders’ run to title

Seniors set tone for Raiders’ run to title

Jacobi Smith was almost brought to tears by the fact that he and his fellow seniors have helped put the Navarre boys weightlifting program on the map, leading the Raiders to a 2A state championship Friday at Arnold High School in Panama City Beach. “It almost makes you want to cry, having grown up together. […]

Jefferson redeems himself by winning first title

Jefferson redeems himself by winning first title

Jordan Jefferson was supposed to contend for a state title a season ago. After bench pressing 375 pounds, he scratched in the clean and jerk.  He finished at the bottom of the standings in the heavyweight division, a long way from contention. But he was back at Arnold High School in Panama City Beach on […]

Just call Carter a champion again

Just call Carter a champion again

Josh Carter admits there were moments when he wondered if the hard work would pay off. That it would lead him down a path to another state championship in the 219-pound weight class. With a gold medal around his neck Friday afternoon at Arnold High School in Panama City Beach, the Navarre senior looks back […]

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 […]

Several Raiders experience soccer life in England

Several Raiders experience soccer life in England

Hunter Wallace now has a better idea of just how serious soccer is in England. The freshman was one of several from Navarre who made a trip overseas during spring break to play games and train. Her father, Craig, the director of football and recruitment for the International Football Institute, heads up the opportunity for […]

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. […]

Casey continues chase of NFL dream at pro day

Casey continues chase of NFL dream at pro day

Gatlin Casey sprinted down the field with everything he had, doing his best to impress those watching during a pro day at the University of West Florida’s Pen Air Field. Amid the crowd of onlookers was Rick Reiprish, a senior scouting assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Casey displayed his speed in the 40-yard dash and […]

Melega reunites with former teammate at all-star game

Melega reunites with former teammate at all-star game

Friday night’s Subway All-Star Game at Pensacola State’s Hartsell Arena provided Navarre’s David Melega the opportunity to play one last high school basketball game. He enjoyed every minute of it, especially with the East prevailing over the West 96-94 in a wild comeback win between senior standouts from Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa County schools. […]

Kane enjoys all-star experience

Kane enjoys all-star experience

Lauren Kane had a cheering section just for her at the Subway All-Star Game Friday at Pensacola State’s Hartsell Arena. Navarre head coach Abby Fogg and several players from the basketball team came out to watch her play in this event featuring seniors from Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa County schools. Raider softball coach Kelly […]

Wright time for a school record to fall

Wright time for a school record to fall

Dante Wright brought his own school record to its knees Saturday afternoon at the Steve Garst Wildcat Invitational in Pensacola. Sprinting down the track on a chillier than usual March afternoon, the Navarre senior came across the finish line in blazing fashion, clocking in with a time of 10.89 to win the 100-meter dash and […]

Raiders repeat as district champs

Raiders repeat as district champs

Cody Thompson admits he didn’t have his best performance of the year Thursday afternoon at the District 2-2A weightlifting meet at Choctaw. But he still won a district title, one of five Navarre lifters to do so, and the Raiders left town with the trophy they came for, repeating as district champions and winning their […]

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