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By MIKE MONTFORT Former Navarro and Lamar University star pitcher Ciara Luna has been named as a Bulldog Softball assistant coach. Luna served as assistant softball/volleyball coach at Class 3A Marion High School before accepting the opportunity to return to work with NC head coach Jessica Karenke-Burke’s program. Luna’s four-year collegiate career highlights include 73 complete games in 121 starts, an 80-40 pitching record with eight saves, a 1.98 earned-run average, and 613 strikeouts in 771 innings. During the 2014 and 2015 seasons at Navarro, she posted consecutive 20-win seasons, a 44-14 record with 40 complete games and 1.48 earned-run average. Such marks helped the ace righthander gain consecutive first-team all-conference honors. The 2015 Region XIV MVP earned second-team NJCAA All-American honors after a 24-7 season while leading the Bulldogs to the national tournament at St. George, Ut. At Lamar, the two-time, second-team All-Southland Conference performer went 36-26 with a 2.44 ERA. Luna threw an individual career record eight shutouts at LU, totaled a single-season-best 19 wins, and established program single-season (157) and career (269) strikeout marks. The 2017 MVP led the regional champion Cardinals to runner-up at the National Invitational Softball Championship, where she was named all-tournament. ...

By MIKE MONTFORT Rising sophomore guard Drue Drinnon, who will compete for Navarro in 2020-21, is listed among JUCOrecruiting.com's top NCAA Division I transfers into JUCO for the upcoming season. The University of New Mexico transfer is included in the first part of a series that identifies some projected top talents headed to NJCAA programs. Currently, Drinnon, a Smyrna, Ga., native,  is one of three incoming sophomore transfers on Navarro's roster. JUCOrecruiting.com is a top junior college basketball source of recruiting, news, rankings and watchlists....

Navarro Football is hosting a Combine for the 2020 season on Saturday, June 27, at the Tiger Stadium Practice Fields in Corsicana. Interested participants must pre-register online. Confirmation e-mails will serve as admission tickets to the combine. There will be two combine sessions. One is scheduled at 11 am, and the second is set for 2 pm.  Limited spaces are available. Cost is $30 per person. To register for the 11 am Session I: https://bit.ly/FBCB11 To signup for the 2 pm Session II: https://bit.ly/FBCB2pm ...

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Two-time NJCAA First-Team All-American midfielder Wasila Diwura-Soale officially transferred Saturday to LSU, where she will have an immediate impact on Tiger Soccer. Diwura-Soale, who transferred from Lamar University, joined incoming freshman Cass Romero from Highlands Ranch, Col., as the latest signees announced by Tiger coach Sian Hudson. Diwura-Soale is a dynamic midfielder that plays with exceptional pace, has great vision of the pitch, and can finish in the box when needed. A native of Accra, Ghana, Diwura-Soale made three appearances representing Ghana at the 2016 U-20 World Cup. "Wasila will become the first African soccer player here at LSU," Hudson mentioned. "With her World Cup experience and international caps for Ghana, we have great confidence that Wasila will come in and make an immediate impact on our attack. She has the ability to create goals for her teammates with her exceptional vision and final ball, but can also score goals breaking forward out of the midfield. "Her close control and explosive pace make her really dynamic on the dribble and her bursting runs beyond the forwards get her into dangerous positions in front of goal. She is one of those special players that will excite fans every time she gets...

Online nominations for the Bulldog Hall of Fame's Class of 2020 will be accepted until May 29. Go to the Navarro College Athletics website, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Hall Of Fame Nomination" to begin the process. We welcome and encourage your input in selecting Navarro's second Hall of Fame Class. ...