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The Lead In

Navarre’s girls basketball team is looking for an upset tonight against Pace in a 7 p.m. District 1-6A road game.

The Raiders come in at 10-11 overall and 4-5 in the district. Meanwhile, the Patriots are 17-4 overall and 8-1 in district play.

These two teams have met once already and the Dec. 19 meeting ended with Pace rolling to a 59-40 win.

“We know what to expect and are prepared for it. We just have to be tough,” Navarre head coach Abby Fogg said.

The Raiders were tough Thursday night in a 57-35 win over South Walton, notching their 10th victory of the year. Rachel Leggett and Natasha Elliott scored 14 and 13 points, respectively to lead the way.

One final game regular season game remains after tonight as Navarre hosts Pensacola Catholic next Thursday on senior night.

Five in a Row

Navarre’s boys basketball team is playing its best basketball at the right time, winning five consecutive games, including a 60-55 come-from-behind win over Crestview Tuesday night. Elijah Proby scored 14 points to pave the way while Louis Carter added 10 as Navarre improved to 13-7.

The Raiders are back in action tonight against Pace at home. They earned a 56-46 win in the last meeting against the Patriots.

Playoff picture coming into focus

The Navarre Raider boys and girls soccer teams are poised to make the regional. The girls are fifth in the current FHSAA regional playoff poll and the boys are sixth. Navarre is 11-5-2 in girls soccer and is coming off a 6-2 win over Pensacola on Thursday. Skylar Woods dished out three assists. The Raiders have senior night tonight against Milton. The boys team, which sports a 15-5-1 record, wraps up its season Monday at Fort Walton Beach.

One for the record book

Jack Patching made his mark in the school record book Wednesday night, scoring five goals in the Raiders’ 8-0 win over Mosley. Patching now has 30 goals on the year, a record for goals in a season in boys soccer.

Patching thanked his teammates after the performance for helping him reach the mark.

“My team was trying to help me out get those five goals. I appreciate them for doing that for me,” Patching said. “It was a nice accomplishment. It’s something I’ll look back on.”

Ready for Some Football?

It’s still only January but it’s not too early to think about the start of the 2020 Navarre Raider football season. It seems like the season begins earlier every year and Navarre will play its Kick-Off Classic preseason game Aug. 14 against West Florida Tech at Bennett C. Russell  Stadium.

The real season begins Aug. 21 with the Beach Bowl as the Raiders will head out on the road to take on rival Gulf Breeze. Navarre went 6-4 a year ago and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011. 

Brian Out Loud!

My column this week takes a look at the sign-stealing scandal in baseball and my thoughts on how the punishment handed down to the Houston Astros probably wasn’t enough considering the big deal that was made of it by Major League Baseball. Check it out for yourself in this week’s paper.

This Day in Sports History

On Jan. 24, 1950, baseball legend Jackie Robinson signed the highest contract in Brooklyn Dodgers history, inking a deal worth $35,000. Also, on this day in 1982, the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 26-21 in Super Bowl XVI. Joe Montana is named the MVP.

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