volleyball

Volleyball goes on despite unresolved shorebird issues

Volleyball goes on despite unresolved shorebird issues

Bulldog Beach Volleyball held its inaugural tournament Sunday for new volleyball courts built alongside the Springhill Suites on Navarre Beach. The successful beach volleyball program is an arm of Navarre Beach Sports and Recreation LLC, owned by volleyball professional Judd Smith and Kim Larson. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre […]

Navarre volleyball team pushes Wildcats to limit

Navarre volleyball team pushes Wildcats to limit

Navarre’s volleyball team traveled to Booker T. Washington last Tuesday to battle the Wildcats. Head coach Ryan Davenport started ball handler, Samantha MacFarland, for her passing skills. Amber Morrow and Veronica Ruiz substituted for each other in the back digging hard hit Wildcat shots. Davenport used a different set of jumpers in each game. In […]

MacFarland embraces role as Raiders’ setter

MacFarland embraces role as Raiders’ setter

Samantha MacFarland is having quite a season with Navarre’s volleyball team, establishing herself as one of the best setters in the area. And here’s the thing. She’s only a sophomore. Does that surprise her head coach? “Not at all,” Ryan Davenport said. “All through club season I saw her set and knew she had a […]

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 […]

New courts on Navarre Beach could disrupt nesting

New courts on Navarre Beach could disrupt nesting

Work is underway to bring new volleyball courts to Navarre Beach, but feathery residents and conservation laws could derail that project – and the tourist revenue that would come with it. Plans call for construction of 10 to 15 volleyball courts on the vacant property directly west of the Springhill Suites by Marriott. Read the […]

Raiders fall to Panthers and Dolphins in district volleyball action

Raiders fall to Panthers and Dolphins in district volleyball action

The Raiders volleyball team played a rematch with Milton at home on Sept. 18. The first time these two teams met, the Raiders prevailed in a five-game marathon match. The rematch was similar in intensity, though the result was not. After winning the third and fourth games against Milton to tie the match, the Raiders […]

Beaches to Woodlands returns early this year

Beaches to Woodlands returns early this year

Labor Day weekend marks the end of the traditional tourism peak season, and that can mean months of fewer visitors and lower profits known as the shoulder season. Bed tax collections, the money paid to the county by visitors for temporary lodging, tend to be lower. Despite July posting 32 percent bed tax growth, many […]

Raider volleyball team rolls past Eagles in home opener

Raider volleyball team rolls past Eagles in home opener

Navarre’s volleyball team won its home opener with a three-game sweep of Pine Forest last Tuesday. After playing inconsistently against Milton and losing against Gulf Breeze the week before, the Raiders came ready to play against the Eagles. “There was a definite improvement in our play tonight,” Coach Michelle Lee said. “We were able to […]

Popularity of beach volleyball continues to rise

Popularity of beach volleyball continues to rise

Volleyball on the beach never seems to stop. More than a dozen tournaments are scheduled through the efforts of Judd Smith and Bulldog Beach Volleyball at Lagerheads on the Gulf. Smith once called Navarre Beach a diamond in the rough when it comes to the beach volleyball scene, and it’s one that continues to shine. […]

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 […]

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 […]

West goes extra mile with random act of kindness

West goes extra mile with random act of kindness

Navarre High School student Savannah West wanted to go the extra mile during Love is Louder Week, a week started in 2010 that highlights the fact that love and support is more powerful than external and internal voices that cause pain and feelings of hopelessness. So the junior started writing down positive messages on hearts […]

Navarre youths ace first beach volleyball season

Navarre youths ace first beach volleyball season

The Navarre Beach Volleyball Club’s (NBVC) inaugural beach season has almost wrapped up for the season. Michelle Lee, the club’s new director, coached nearly 30 young women through practices at Juana’s Pagodas and tournaments from Mobile to Panama City. “I told the girls in the very beginning that I am not keeping wins and losses,” […]