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Navarro sophomore midfielder Wasila Diwura earned NJCAA First-Team All-American Soccer honors Wednesday. Diwura becomes only the third Navarro player in program history to be a two-time, first-team NJCAA Soccer All-American. She joins midfielders Trudi Carter (2013-2014) and Mandy Gomez (2004-2005) as the only Bulldogs accorded the honor. Diwura totaled 30 goals (including nine game-winners), 28 assists and 88 points during her two-year career here when Navarro soccer went 31-4-2 and earned Top 5 national recognition. She led the Bulldogs into the 2018 NJCAA Tournament after an 18-goal, 16-assist season.  Diwura had a five-goal game against Northeast Texas in the 2018 conference opener September 5....

BY MIKE MONTFORT  --- Sophomore libero Luana Almeida became Navarro volleyball's second NJCAA All-American in as many seasons Monday. Then on Wednesday, she became the first Bulldog volleyball player to earn All-America recognition on two teams, as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) named her as a third-team selection their squad. The 5-9 sophomore from Rio de Janeiro was selected as an NJCAA second-team All-American after helping to lead Navarro to its winningest season (38-7), its highest ranking (No. 3), and a fourth-seed in its first national tournament. Almeida follows the trail blazed last season by Carol Barbosa.  Barbosa, now completing her junior year at Little Rock, was a first-team All-American after leading NC to a 27-12 record and the Region XIV Tournament semifinals. Almeida led Navarro in matches played (45), sets played (155), digs (642) and service aces (48).  She averaged 4.1 digs per set during the season. She also finished second in assists. Almeida was chosen by Region XIV East Coaches as the zone's Newcomer of the Year, the Libero of the Year and a member of the first-team all-conference squad.  ...

By MIKE MONTFORT   --- Navarro goaltender Maitane Bravo and midfielder Andrea Rabanales signed national letters of intent to attend Ball State University and play soccer for the Mid-American Conference Cardinals. The two sophomores played instrumental roles as two-time regional finalist Navarro compiled a 31-4-2 record and kept coach Alicia Wilson’s Bulldogs among the NJCAA’s Top 5 ranked clubs. Bravo will enroll at the Muncie, Ind., university for the spring 2019 semester, while Rabanales will begin the fall semester in August, coach Wilson said. Bravo, from Bilbao, Spain, compiled a 30-3-1 record in goal two years for Navarro. She made 89 saves during her career and allowed only 15 goals. During the 2018 season when the Bulldogs reached the NJCAA Tournament quarterfinals, she yielded 7 goals while compiling a 14-1-1 record with 40 saves. Rabanales, a native of Guatemala, scored 19 goals and dished out 31 assists during her two-year career at Navarro. She scored 10 goals her freshman campaign and assisted on 17 in her sophomore season. Bravo and Rabanales will compete for coach Craig Roberts’ Cardinals, who went 14-3-3 last season for the third time in four years. Ball State's won four regular-season championships (2006, 2007, 2015, 2016) and has competed in the Mid-American...

HUTCHINSON, Ks. -- Quarterback Khalil McClain rushed for 185 yards and two first-half touchdowns to lift Hutchinson to a 35-6 win Saturday in The 10th Annual Salt City Bowl Game at Gowans Stadium. McClain failed to complete any of eight pass attempts on a miserably cold and blustery day, but he walked away with Offensive MVP honors after a first half in which he scored on runs of 72 and 65 yards and led the Blue Dragons to a 21-6 halftime lead. Even when he went out with injury for one play, McClain impacted the game.  His replacement, Mason Shucker, threw a short pass to Rico Nix, who tight-roped the sideline 68 yards for a third big-play touchdown during the first 30 minutes. Shucker's completion was the only one by the Blue Dragons Saturday. Navarro struggled to 199 yards offense and suffered four turnovers (two fumbles and two interceptions). The Bulldogs managed only 37 rushing yards on 31 attempts. Navarro's only score came with 1:40 remaining in the second quarter when receiver Jared Wyatt caught his 10th TD of the year on a 28-yard pass from quarterback Parker McNeil.  McNeil completed 23-of-40 passes for 161 yards with the TD and two interceptions. Wyatt led NC receivers with...

By MIKE MONTFORT  /  (Keith Speer photos)  --- James Jean-Marie recorded his third double-double of the season, scoring 24 points and grabbing 13 rebounds while leading Navarro (9-1/1-0) to a 90-71 Region XIV opening victory Wednesday over the Lee Rebels. Coach Michael Landers' Bulldogs shot 48 percent from the floor and only committed six turnovers as they extended their winning streak to seven games. NC defeated Lee for a third consecutive meeting, and 5th in the last six. The Bulldogs secured their eighth straight win over the Rebels at The Wolens Special Events Center. Jean-Marie hit 8-of-14 shots from the floor, including 3-of-5 from three-point range. Of his 13 rebounds, 10 were defensive. The 6-7 sophomore transfer now has scored 20-plus points in six of his last eight games, and posted his fourth consecutive team-high rebounding game. Over the last four games, he's averaged 12 boards. Sophomore Shakem Johnson added 20 points from 10-of-16 shooting and cleared nine rebounds in the effort . Johnson scored 12 of his points during the first half when Navarro assumed a 46-42 lead. The Bulldogs went on an 16-4 run during the first five minutes of the second half. During an 11-2 start, they seized their first double-digit lead (55-44) by...