Author: Sports Editor

By MIKE MONTFORT   -- Five sophomores who led Navarro soccer to consecutive NJCAA National Tournament appearances have signed national letters of intent to attend four-year institutions and continue to play soccer. Roneisha Frank opted to sign with Sam Houston State, Brianna Garza and Claudia Loredo chose Stephen F. Austin State, Samantha Moran inked with Prairie View A&M, and Tateyana Pitter signed with Alabama A&M. Frank scored 18 goals, issued 13 assists and totaled 49 points during two seasons at Navarro as the Bulldogs went 30-7-2. Frank, a St. George's Grenada, native, totaled five game-winning goals among 11 she scored during her sophomore season. The All-Region XIV performer scored two or more points in seven of her final nine matches, including two goals and an assist in a 4-1 NJCAA Tournament win over Hill. "We are very excited to sign Roneisha," Bearkats coach Tom Brown said. "She is a proven goal scorer in one of the most competitive junior college regions in the country. She has played with the Grenada Women's National Team and we feel these experiences will help continue to move our team forward." Meanwhile, at fellow Southland Conference program SFA, new coach Tom Minnati signed Garza and Loredo among his early recruits after his...

From The NJCAA, Monday, March 16:   Following the recent recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the NJCAA has made the difficult decision to cancel all upcoming basketball championships as well as spring competition, effective immediately. "In light of the progressive evolvement of the COVID-19 situation, the NJCAA has decided to end all competition for the remainder of the academic year," stated Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA President & CEO. "As an association, the NJCAA exhausted all possible avenues to potentially postpone competition for both upcoming basketball championships and spring sport competition. We believe following the recommendations of the CDC is in the best interest of our member colleges and our student-athletes." Spring competition includes all practices, regular season, postseason, and national championship play. Regarding eligibility for spring sports, no spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled at a member college in 2020 will be charged a year of participation. Along with the cancellation of competition, all on and off-campus recruiting for all sports will be halted until April 15 with further evaluation to be assessed at that point in time. The NJCAA will explore the opportunity to expand allowable Letters of Intent for spring sports for both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years under...

Navarro and Bossier Parish split Wednesday's conference-opening doubleheader. BPCC won a run-ruled 9-0 opener, while Navarro rallied for a 5-4 win in Game 2. _____ GAME 1 -- BPCC 9, Navarro 0 BPCC pitcher Mabry Smith hurled a two-hitter and struck out 10 as the Cavaliers extended their winning streak to 13 games and won their 20th of the season. Home runs by Rebecca Shepherd and Haily Ebey powered BPCC's 12-hit attack. Shepherd, Ruby Butler and Hailey Pence each knocked in two runs. Navarro managed only a one-out single by Sarah Koeppen in the fourth and a fifth-inning leadoff single by Jessa Johnson. Game 1 -- FINAL: BPCC 9, Navarro 0 (5 Inn., Run-Rule) SCORE BY INNINGS...

East-Zone leading Navarro completed a doubleheader sweep Thursday from the Bossier Parish Cavaliers by scores of 12-1 and 6-4. Coach Matt Podjenski's Bulldogs (14-10/7-1) claimed their third zone series sweep, with only a single nine-inning game against the Cavaliers scheduled for the weekend. GAME 1: Navarro 12, BPCC 1 (6 Innings, Run-Rule) Navarro belted three home runs among eight extra-base hits, and sealed the run-ruled win with a two-out, seven-run rally in the fifth. The Bulldogs took a 3-1 lead in the third as Cash Rugely slugged a two-run home run to left with Riley Lambert aboard. NC struck for seven, two-out runs during a fifth-inning rally fueled by six hits, including consecutive doubles by Logan Letney, Alex Vergara and Kyle Hawkins, and finalized by a two-run homer from catcher Nico Patrick. Starter Spencer Arrighetti (2-2) claimed an 80-pitch, route-going victory -- a two-hitter punctuated by seven strikeouts. GAME 1: FINAL -- Navarro 12, BPCC 1 (6 Inn., Run-Ruled) SCORE BY INNINGS...

By MIKE MONTFORT Sunday's non-conference doubleheader sweep here against Coastal Bend catapults Navarro Softball into its conference-opening doubleheaders this week at Bossier Parish and at TVCC. Coach Jessica Karenke-Burke's Bulldogs (10-10), winners of four of their last five, enter league play during spring break against perhaps the two hottest East Zone clubs right now.  BPCC (19-6) has won 12 consecutive games, while TVCC (17-6) has won seven in a row. Navarro celebrated Sophomore Day last Sunday with 3-2 and 9-1 wins over the CBC Cougars (13-6), but a Monday doubleheader was cancelled by rain. Summaries of Navarro's sweep follow: GAME 1 -- Navarro 3, Coastal Bend 2 Jada Woolley's tiebreaking, two-out double in the sixth brought home Faith Fernandez with what proved to be the game-winning run as the Bulldogs won Game 1. Reliever Braylee Forse, working in her third inning, yielded a one-out single in the seventh but struck out two batters and nailed down the victory. Forse and starter Lindsay Garner combined on a four-hitter with nine strikeouts. Fernandez went 1-for-3 at the plate and scored twice. Her hit was a leadoff home run to rightfield off a 3-2 pitch. Fernandez' home run was her eighth of the season. Navarro took a 2-0 lead in the third...