October scrimmages scheduled for NC hoops

By MIKE MONTFORT

Navarro Basketball, preparing for the 2018-19 season, will be participating in a pair of October scrimmage events.

Coach Michael Landers’ Bulldogs will be in the 66-team field of the 19th Mullen/Mitchell Dallas JC Blowout October 5.  Navarro will scrimmage Northern Oklahoma College-Enid at 2 pm, Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa at 4 pm and Region V member Odessa at 6 pm.  The Wranglers are coached by Kris Baumann, a former head coach at Trinity Valley Community College.

NC also will participate in the 12-team Chic-Fil-A/FCA Scrimmage on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Betty Jo Crumm Graber Activity Center at Weatherford College against two more region V opponents.  The Bulldogs face the host Weatherford Coyotes at 3:15 pm and square off against coach Billy Clyde Gillispie’s Ranger Rangers at 6 pm.  Gillispie returns to coaching at Ranger after kidney transplant surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis, Mn., last April.

Sandwiched between those scrimmage dates will be The 21st Annual Region XIV Conference Media Tipoff at 10 am Tuesday, Oct. 16, at TVCC in Athens.

There, men’s and women’s basketball coaches from the member schools will offer previews of their teams for the upcoming season as well as provide rosters and schedules to media members.  Preseason coaches polls also will be released on that date.