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Navarro College selected Michael Landers as its new Athletic Director, District President Dr. Kevin Fegan announced Tuesday. Landers has been with Navarro College since August of 2013, and has served as Assistant Athletic Director, Head Basketball Coach and Kinesiology Chair. “Our nationwide search centered on finding an individual who not only met the required position qualifications, but also believes in the vision, mission and values of Navarro College. Coach Landers understands the changing landscape of college athletics and the important role that student athletes play as members of the campus and Corsicana communities,” Dr. Fegan said. “After reviewing candidates from across the country our leadership team knew that the right candidate was currently within our staff.” With over 24 years in collegiate sports and 10 years in athletic administration, Landers’ experience demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all sports and the associated support that is necessary to sustain a high-profile athletic program. Before coming to Navarro College, Landers began his career at Baton Rouge Community College as Director of Athletics and Head Basketball Coach. He then moved to Trinity Valley Community College as Assistant Vice President for Student Services and Head Basketball Coach. He has served as Interim Athletic Director for Navarro College...

MIAMI, Ok. -- Tenth-ranked Northeastern Oklahoma A&M stopped high-powered Navarro on three field goals Saturday, and used Tommy Heatherly's 39-yard field goal with 7:56 left as a difference as the Golden Norsemen edged the Bulldogs, 10-9. NEO (4-1/2-1) scored the game's only touchdown after its opening drive as Tariq Bitson caught a 25-yard Clayton Sims pass to end a nine-play, 52 yard march with 10:51 left in the first period. The Golden Norsemen were held scoreless on nine consecutive drives until Heatherly was called upon in the fourth quarter to hit his second field goal of the season. Coach Jim Gush's Bulldogs (3-3/2-3) battled through some missed opportunities, but kept chipping away at NEO's lead as freshman Jace Ingram nailed field goals in each of the final three periods of play. Ingram, who missed a 41-yard, first-quarter attempt, connected on 37, 38, and 38-yard attempts. Ingram's 37-yarder in the second period occurred at the end of a 14-play, 63-yard drive of 6:05.  He added a 39-yarder with 2:14 left in the third quarter that pulled NC within 7-6. Following a shanked punt that gave NEO position near midfield, Heatherly countered with a 39-yard field goal at the end of a 10-play, 4:32 possession and lifted...

By MIKE MONTFORT The Navarro Bulldogs have stated their case and made their claim. Coach Alicia Wilson's Bulldogs (9-0-1/7-0) completed an eventful week Saturday by getting goals from five players and recording their seventh shutout of the season during a 5-0 Region XIV Women's Soccer victory over the Blinn Buccaneers. [caption id="attachment_913915" align="alignleft" width="261"] DIWURA: 13 goals, 10 assists[/caption] Last Wednesday, the Bulldogs stopped No. 1 ranked Tyler’s 19-match unbeaten streak and beat the Apaches for the third straight season in Corsicana. Against first-year program Blinn Saturday, the Bulldogs successfully tested the visitors' side of the new soccer scoreboard at Brenham's Rankin Field, lighting it up with three first-half goals. Sophomores Andrea Rabanales (3), Valentina Carvajal (10), Maresa Carter (1), Wasila Diwura (13) and Lorraine Canavan (3) accounted for Navarro's goals. Diwura and Rabanales each assisted on two goals. Diwura dished out assists on the goals by Rabanales and Carvajal; Rabanales, on the goals by Diwura and Canavan. Carvajal assisted on Carter's first goal of the season. [caption id="attachment_913824" align="alignleft" width="243"] Carvajal: 10 goals[/caption] Navarro, winner of eight straight matches, appears poised to take over the No. 1 positions next Tuesday when new NJCAA and USCA polls are released. The Bulldogs have appeared in 27 consecutive NJCAA soccer polls since...

By MIKE MONTFORT TYLER -- Seventh-ranked Navarro (20-2) faces more nationally ranked challenges at the Tyler Junior College Invitational that begins Friday at Floyd Wagstaff Gym. Coach Ronda Shirley's Region XIV East-Zone-leading Bulldogs test the No. 6 Seward County Saints (17-2) at 11 am Friday -- the first of four matches scheduled during the two-day meet. The Navarro-Seward match pairs squads among the NJCAA's top 8 in kills (NC 884, Seward 883).  First-year coach Tony Trifonov's Saints own an NJCAA-best .397 hitting percentage that meets a Bulldog squad leading the nation in block total (214) and block-assists (293 / 13.32 per match). The Kansas Jayhawk Conference West leaders, led by sophomores Luz Sierra (6-6), Giovanna Tapigliani and freshman outside hitter Djuly Schmorantz, are riding a recent wave of success that includes wins over ranked Mineral Area College, No. 2 Iowa Western and Missouri State-West Plains last weekend at the Blue Dragon Invitational in Hutchinson, Ks., plus a 3-0 sweep of 18th-ranked Colby Monday in a Jayhawk West battle. Navarro is enjoying its most successful runs in years, en route to the program's highest-ever NJCAA volleyball ranking.  Riding a two-match win streak overall and three in conference play, the Bulldogs are 7-2 against ranked opposition and...

By MIKE MONTFORT Navarro Soccer broke top-ranked Tyler's 19-game unbeaten streak Wednesday with a 3-2 win in a Region XIV conference match between the NJCAA's top two rated women's D-I programs. Valentina Carvajal, one year removed from ACL surgery, scored twice for NC and team-leading scorer Wasila Diwura added her 12th of the season during the first half for coach Alicia Wilson's Bulldogs (8-0-1/6-0). Carvajal hit her eighth goal at the 23-minute mark of the half to break the scoreless battle.  Diwura scored her 12th at the 12-minute mark and Carvajal extended the margin to three with five minutes left before intermission. Coach Corey Rose's Apaches (9-1-1/5-1) scored twice within a four-minute span inside the final 30 minutes. All goals in the match were scored at the south end of the Roark Montgomery Soccer Complex.  Both teams were advantaged by a 15- to 20-mile-per-hour gusty north wind on the cloudy afternoon. The Bulldogs secured their third consecutive win at home over TJC.  In Corsicana, Navarro defeated the Apaches, 4-1, in 2016, and 1-0 in 2017 -- a year in which all three matches were 1-0 decisions. Navarro and Tyler played Wednesday for the 32nd time in their series since it began in 2008.  Half of the matches...