The view from the press box

The Lead In

Track season is underway and the Navarre Raiders are set to compete in the Patriot Invitational today in Pace. It will be another opportunity for a cast of talented athletes to showcase their skills. The meet begins at 9 a.m.

Among those athletes is Rachel Leggett, who set a school record in the high jump last week with a leap of 5-feet-6-inches.

A little over a year ago, Leggett had just started high jumping and has quickly risen up the charts. She tied for 12th in the state as a freshman.  Her current mark of 5-6 would have been good enough to place her third at state last year in the 4A meet, which is what the Raiders will be competing in this year.

Considering she comes from a family of athletes, including her brother Jordan, who plays for the Tampa Bay Bucs, it’s no surprise Leggett has shined. She is simply continuing the Leggettcy.

Chilly Night to play ball

Navarre’s baseball and softball teams braved the cold weather Thursday night to play ball. The baseball team took Tate to extra innings before falling 1-0. Meanwhile, in softball, the Raiders trailed 6-0 and 9-2 before storming back to record a 21-16 win over Milton in a wild game.

Raising the Bar

Navarre’s boys weightlifting team rolled over Niceville 55-35 earlier this week in a dual meet and keeps its streak of first-place finishes intact.

The Raiders have had just one second-place finish in the last two-plus seasons. That was at state in 2018 when they finished as the runner-up. Check out coverage of the weightlifting team and more in this week’s Navarre Press.

Impressive Start

Navarre’s flag football team got off to a great start, winning a pair of preseason games earlier this week in Fort Walton Beach. The Raiders rolled past Gulf Breeze 18-6 and then dominated Crestview 12-2 to win the preseason tournament.

Brian Out Loud!

This week’s column takes a look at how you sometimes have to look beyond the score to get to the heart of it. I used the girls soccer regional and the girls state weightlifting meet as examples. Be sure to check it out in this issue of the Navarre Press.

Cool Moment

On Thursday at Navarre, student-athletes teamed up with ESE students to play a unified basketball game. It was awesome watching the ESE students embrace the spotlight and soak up every moment of it.

The student-athletes accustomed to the spotlight also had a blast and gained a lot from the experience. Raider quarterback Marlon Courtney told me he loved seeing the ESE students smile and hearing the crowd cheer for them. You can read more about it in next week’s Navarre Press.

This Day in Sports History

On Feb. 28, 1940, the first televised college basketball game takes place. Pittsburgh takes on Fordham and wins 50-37. Also on this day in 1966, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout against the Dodgers while on this date in 1981, Calvin Murphy sets an NBA record with his 78th consecutive free throw.

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