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Raiders battle misconceptions and pressure of balancing academics with sports

Raiders battle misconceptions and pressure of balancing academics with sports

From the outside looking in, life looks good for high school student-athletes. Popularity. Success. The opportunity to play the sport they love in front of adoring fans. They have it made. Or so it seems to those who don’t see life through the eyes of an athlete.   Read the full article in the July […]

Opening day for Miracle League play

Opening day for Miracle League play

Braves, Angels, Cubs, Pirates, Mets and Red Sox lined up Saturday for opening day of the Miracle League in Tiger Point Park. A total of 12 teams, with somewhere around 100 players, will play their inaugural a six-week spring schedule on a newly constructed adaptive baseball field in Gulf Breeze. Read the full article in […]

School district increases security measures for sporting events

School district increases security measures for sporting events

Santa Rosa County School District has increased its security measures for sporting events. All bags are prohibited except for diaper bags, bags necessary for medical reasons and bags that are 12x6x12 or smaller. Bags that are permitted will be searched prior to entry. Other items not allowed into games are outside food or drinks, skateboards […]

Young athletes enjoy soccer camp

Young athletes enjoy soccer camp

Campers arrived at the NYSA complex on June 4 to begin a fun-filled week of soccer. “We have about 80 campers this year,” coach Rob Simon said. “We attempt to encourage and foster the camper’s love of soccer. Read the full article in the June 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Recruiting hype

Recruiting hype

Before social media became the hotbed for finding out anything and everything about someone else’s life, athletes around the nation had no idea who was getting what offer from what school. At least not instantly. Times have changed, according to Tony Carter, an assistant football coach at Navarre. Read the full article in the June […]

Sports editor publishes his greatest season

Sports editor publishes his greatest season

  Navarre Press reporter, sports editor and now published author Brian Lester, took the time to sit down with us to talk about his book just recently published. As he recounts the historic season for University of Findlay, Ohio’s men’s basketball team, the emotion is palpable. Read the full article in the Mar. 29 issue […]

Super Bowl spending on the rise

Super Bowl spending on the rise

While TV viewership for the biggest sporting event in the U.S. is expected to be roughly on par with last year’s, projected spending has jumped to $15.3 billion for Super Bowl LII, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual Super Bowl survey. As the Philadelphia Eagles square off with the New England Patriots, about 188.5 […]

Sports provides opportunities for special needs children

Sports provides opportunities for special needs children

Carson Greenhaw knows no limits. His dreams have no limits either because autism isn’t something he allows to be a barrier. “He thinks he’s as big and tough as the big guys,” his mother Stacey said. “He truly believes he is a Raider and will play for them. He’s determined and certainly has perseverance. He […]

Silence on the sports front

Silence on the sports front

Football fields, volleyball courts, swimming pools and cross country courses will be silent this weekend. Due to the threat of Hurricane Irma and the evacuations resulting from it, Governor Rick Scott ordered Thursday night that all public schools, state colleges, state universities and state offices to close Friday through Monday. Schools in Santa Rosa County […]

Pace of play hot topic of discussion in baseball

Pace of play hot topic of discussion in baseball

Danny Darwin pitched for eight different Major League teams during a 21-year career, so he understands as well as anyone that the game of baseball is not meant to be played fast. Yet it seems in this era of a sport affectionately known as the national pastime, it’s hard to ignore the discussion of the […]

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 […]

Three-time World Series champion manager returns to Southern League roots during all-star break

Three-time World Series champion manager returns to Southern League roots during all-star break

Tony La Russa got his start as a manager in the Southern League, spending half of the 1978 season managing Knoxville, the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. No one knew it at the time, but it was the beginning of a remarkable career for a manager who went on to become one of […]

Pickleball players test skills at first tournament

Pickleball players test skills at first tournament

Mildred Hudson plays pickleball every week at the recreation center in Gulf Breeze. On Saturday, she was among the nearly 30 seniors competing in the first ever tournament at the center. “It’s fantastic,” Hudson said. “All of us play recreationally every week, but the tournament is good because it gives us a chance to see […]

Wounded vets find purpose in preparing for competition

Wounded vets find purpose in preparing for competition

Scars on the arms and legs of Brian Williams make you want to cringe at first glance, the injuries telling a story no words ever will. Williams is a single amputee who is at Eglin this week training for the Warrior Games and he can still recall the moment he was injured. A K-9 handler […]

Mi Familia club mixes volleyball with life lessons

Mi Familia club mixes volleyball with life lessons

Jason Rangel and his wife Carolina both love volleyball and have always thought of starting a club of their own. When they moved to Navarre from Japan, where Jason was stationed with the Air Force for five years, they saw an opportunity to do it after a short time coaching at another volleyball club. “We […]

Field Day brings family fun, sportsmanship

Field Day brings family fun, sportsmanship

Holley-Navarre Primary School students took a break from the books to run, waddle, scoot, jump and play as part of Field Day. The April 4 event allowed students to burn off some energy, teacher Victoria Washington said. Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as […]

First Tee teaches life lessons one golfer at a time

First Tee teaches life lessons one golfer at a time

For Golf Instructor Luticia Boozer, golf is more than a sport. Golf is the vehicle through which life lessons are learned and futures are built. Golf is an opportunity to shape young minds and build up the community. That is her mission as an instructor with First Tee of Northwest Florida, a junior golf instruction […]

18-consecutive regular season wins for Raiders

18-consecutive regular season wins for Raiders

Navarre’s football team kept its perfect record intact Friday night with a 17-13 come-from-behind win over Escambia at Emmitt Smith Field. The Raiders trailed 13-0 less than six minutes into the game but shut the Gators out in the second half. Down 13-3 at halftime, Caine Adamson and Michael Carter both rushed for touchdowns to […]

Growth of volleyball tournament spikes interest in Navarre Beach

Growth of volleyball tournament spikes interest in Navarre Beach

Navarre Beach is known as Florida’s best-kept secret but volleyball enthusiast and former pro Judd Smith is changing that reputation to a degree with his efforts to make the beach a volleyball destination. “We have a diamond in the rough here and it’s turned out to be awesome,” Smith said. “I love it. It definitely […]

Pen Air gives UWF million dollars for field

Pen Air gives UWF million dollars for field

What’s the name of a field worth? Apparently a million dollars. Pen Air Federal Credit Union took its partnership with the University of West Florida to another level Wednesday morning with a $1 million gift to the Pensacola school. In doing so, the artificial turf field, which is expected to one day be the site […]

Athletes not afraid to express their faith in God

Athletes not afraid to express their faith in God

It isn’t uncommon to hear an athlete thank God for his or her success in sports or to see athletes from both teams gather together for a prayer circle after a game. In a world where faith in God is sometimes looked down upon, many athletes aren’t afraid to express it. That group includes Navarre […]

Door to free agency opened in high school athletics

Door to free agency opened in high school athletics

Florida is one step away from opening the door to free agency in high school athletics. All that is needed now for House Bill 7029 to become a law is a signature from Governor Rick Scott. The massive education bill, which includes allowing student-athletes to transfer between seasons and be eligible to play right away, […]

Leggett takes time to give back to alma mater

Leggett takes time to give back to alma mater

It was impossible to ignore the excitement beaming from members of the Student Government Association as they filed into a Navarre High School classroom Friday afternoon. A celebrity was in the room, at least as far as the students, many of whom were decked out in orange shirts, were concerned. Former Navarre standout and current […]

Navarre High School youth group serves school and community

Navarre High School youth group serves school and community

While pop culture and social media are filled with negative images and influences for America’s youth, many young people across the country are looking to better themselves and bring glory to God. One such group of young people is the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), a local-area branch of an internationally known ministry and devotional […]

Landscape of high school sports on verge of major change

Landscape of high school sports on verge of major change

Patrick Keele considered what he would do if he had the freedom to attend one high school while playing a sport for another. The Navarre swimmer admits the idea is intriguing. The junior also knows there is a negative side. “It would hurt the core of school spirit,” Keele said. “However, some schools just have […]

Raider boys soccer district champs

Raider boys soccer district champs

Move over Pace. Step aside Niceville. At least for now, the Raiders are the kings and queens of District 1 4A soccer. One week after the Lady Raiders captured their first ever district crown in dramatic fashion over Niceville, the boys followed suit with an 8-0 victory over Fort Walton Beach in the title match of their […]