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HILLSBORO -- Unbeaten Navarro survived yet another one-point game, but claimed its first road victory Tuesday with a 79-78 triumph over Hill College at The Bob Bullock Sports Center. Dondre Griffin sank a team-high 19 points  that included four three-pointers to pace the Bulldogs.  Jahlil Nails added 18 points and a team-high nine rebounds.  Odessey Keeling returned with a 16-point, six-assist game, plus a steal and a blocked shot for the 5-foot-10 freshman guard. More key contributions came up front from Emmanuel Egbuta, who pitched in eight points, cleared seven rebounds and blocked a shot.  Kelvon Fuller threaded seven points and grabbed another eight rebounds. Coach Michael Landers' Bulldogs (3-0) shot 47 percent from the floor (32-of-67), and 32 percent from the perimeter (9-of-28), The Bulldogs host the annual two-day Lewis Orr Classic beginning Friday.  NC will face off against the Fort Hood Phantom Warriors at 7 pm Friday and against El Centro at 3 pm Saturday....

By MIKE MONTFORT   -- Carolina Barbosa was selected as Region XIV North Zone Volleyball Player of the Year and two other sophomores vital to the success of the 27-12 semifinalists joined her on the first team when post-season honors were announced by head coach Ronda Shirley. Libero Alice Bermudez and setter Biatriz Berti  joined Barbosa, a middle-blocker and outside hitter from Rio de Janeiro, on the league coaches' honor roll that celebrated the accomplishments of players most instrumental in Navarro volleyball's dramatic turnaround and rise in power. Among NJCAA statistics, Barbosa finished third in matches played, fourth in sets played and fifth in kills (459) and points (541). The six-footer had 26 matches with double-figure kill totals -- including a stretch of 13-of-14, plus six straight to end the season.  Her most spectacular, season-best efforts came during the Region XIV Tournament, when she made 79 kills during four matches in the double-elimination meet.  Singularly, she made 30 kills and 22 digs in the five-game, first-round loss to San Jacinto. On the team, Barbosa was second in kills-per-set (3.14) and fifth in hitting percentage (.302). Berti, a 5-foot-8 sophomore from Sao Paulo, Brazil, who transferred here from Western Nebraska Community College, ranked fourth in nationally...

HILLSBORO --  Unbeatens Navarro and Hill renew their neighboring-county rival Tuesday as the Bulldogs travel west of Highway 22 for their first road game of the season. Coach Michael Landers' Bulldogs posted back-to-back, season-opening wins at home this weekend.  Navarro, featuring returning sophomore Emmanuel Egbuta with a mostly freshman cast, came through with an 84-60 Friday victory over Creating Young Minds (CYM) Academy of Irving.  The Bulldogs followed it up Saturday with a 102-101 overtime win over Lone Star-Cy Fair's Falcons. [caption id="attachment_911779" align="alignright" width="368"] Emmanuel Egbuta[/caption] Coach Swede Trenkle's Rebels will be playing their home opener at the Bob Bullock Sports Center.  Hill scored wins of 83-64 Friday over Houston Community College and 127-89 Saturday over El Centro College at the McLennan Classic in Waco. Tuesday's Navarro-Hill matchup is scheduled for a 7 pm tipoff.  Hill returns the favor by playing in Corsicana November 20. The Bulldogs will return home to host the two-day Lewis Orr Classic that begins on Friday at the K. and Ida Wolens Special Events Center. In the Orr Classic, Navarro face Fort Hood at 7 pm Friday and El Centro at 3 pm Saturday...

By MIKE PHILLIPS / Corsicana Sun CARTHAGE -- Navarro's incredible volleyball season ended Sunday in a loss to San Jacinto in the Region XIV Tournament at Panola. The Bulldogs (27-12) had fought their way back in the double-elimination tournament to reach Sunday's semifinals, but lost to San Jac for the second time. Navarro lost the opening match of the tournament to San Jac in five sets Friday morning, but stormed back to sweep Wharton to stay alive Friday evening. The Bulldogs then swept Blinn, the top-seeded team in the tournament, on Saturday to forge ahead as one of the four teams -- Navarro, San Jacinto, Panola and Tyler -- remaining on Sunday. [caption id="attachment_911786" align="alignright" width="462"] Graphic for @NavarroSports[/caption] The Bulldogs, who have never made the trip to nationals in volleyball, were literally two wins away from reaching the national tournament. The top two teams from the region advanced to the national tournament at The Sports Arena in Hutchinson, Ks, next week. Panola (25-6) defeated San Jacinto in four sets Sunday to eliminate San Jac (26-7) and become one of the two teams headed for Kansas along with Tyler. Navarro split a pair of games against Panola in Zone play this season. The Bulldogs had a...

By ROB LUDWIG / Special To The Corsicana Sun                                    Keith Speer Photos ATHENS -- Navarro's road to the postseason was too long and arduous to let a 31-7 halftime deficit to keep the resilient Bulldogs from making a game of the Southwest Junior College Football Conference semifinal at Trinity Valley. [caption id="attachment_911782" align="alignleft" width="441"] Navarro's Kaylon Geiger upended during a return.[/caption] The No. 14-ranked Bulldogs (6-4) rallied for more than 315 yards and 27 points in the second half, but it was failures in the return game and key penalties that ended Navarro's season at Bruce Field, 47-34.  The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for NC, which had climbed back as the No. 14 team in the most recent NJCAA Football Poll. Behind the running of back DeAndre Cook (160 yards, three touchdowns) and key passes from quarterback Harry Woodberry (23 of 43 for 236 yards) the Bulldogs rallied in the second half to close within 11 twice. But Navarro could not overcome a whopping 301 Trinity Valley return yards and seven drives that started at the Cardinal 40 or better. Five times No. 7 Trinity...