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Coach Scott Parr's Navarro Bulldogs scrimmage Rezolution Prep Academy at 10 am Friday, Aug., 16, at Corsicana's Tiger Stadium. Navarro will open its 2019 season next Thursday, Aug. 22, against Georgia Military College at Davenport Field in Milledgeville, Ga.    ...

By MIKE PHILLIPS / Corsicana Sun Alicia Wilson’s not looking for any sympathy, and she sure doesn’t need any doubters around her nationally-respected women’s soccer team at Navarro, where the Bulldogs have the same goal every year: To win the NJCAA national title. That won’t change in 2019 despite the fact that Wilson has 18 (that’s right, eighteen) new faces on the field this year. “We have the same goal, the same plan,” she said at a recent practice. “Our goal is to get to the nationals and win the title.” Wilson’s team can play with any junior college women’s team in the nation — and that can be said every year she has been at Navarro. Her last two teams were both good enough to win it all, but just fell short. Her Bulldogs lost to eventual national champion Tyler two years ago 1-0 on one of the most ridiculous and controversial calls you will ever see when Tyler scored the winning goal on an obvious handball. He team fought its way to nationals last season and made it to the second round of play, where it took two overtimes and a penalty kick ending to end Navarro’s season. The Bulldogs went 15-2-2 a year ago...

A Celebration of Life for Derwood "Pop" Penney will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana. Visitation with the family will be from 6 pm until 8 pm Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. Interment will be at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Navarro College Foundation, Derwood Penney Memorial, 3200 West 7th Ave., Corsicana, Tx., 75110. Penney, the longtime volunteer coach for the Navarro College baseball program, died Saturday morning.  He was 78. He volunteered countless hours, threw millions of batting practice pitches, hit hundreds of thousands of ground balls, and has shared infinite wisdom and a love for the game with hundreds of Navarro baseball players over the last 16 years. Der married Wanda Fitch on June 2, 1962 and they were happily married for 57 years. He was a farm parts department manager for over 45 years with J.A. Penney Implement and Vitters Tractor. He loved God, Family and Baseball. Penney played in the first Corsicana Little League baseball program organized by Stuart Beebe in 1953.  He was a junior second baseman for coach Jesse Cummings' 1958 state finalist Corsicana Tiger baseball team.  Later, he attended Navarro College and was a...

CORSICANA -- Golf teams may begin to sign up here now online for the RM III Memorial Golf Tournament Saturday, Sept. 14 at Corsicana Country Club, Athletic Director Michael Landers said Tuesday. Shotgun start for the four-man scramble will be noon.  Teams will check in at 10:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd gross and 1st and 2nd net scores. Prizes also will be awarded on selected holes for closest to the pin and also for long drives. Team entry fee includes green fee, cart, driving range, lunch and gift bag. The RM III Memorial Tournament, honoring late athletic director Roark Montgomery III, benefits Navarro College athletics. SIGN UP LINK:   RM III Memorial Golf Tournament Registration...

By MIKE MONTFORT  --- LINDALE -- Southwest Junior College Football Coaches believe they play in the NJCAA's toughest conference, but believe the league is in need of a national championship to break a 10-year drought and re-establish its strength. Not since Navarro won the 2010 NJCAA Championship in the Citizens Bank Bowl game at Pittsburg, Ks., has an SWJCFC team played for the title. Parity has set in for the eight-team league.  For two seasons now, all eight found themselves battling for the four post-season positions in the final week of regular seasons.  Heading into the final set of regular-season games last year, there was an outside possibility of a five-way tie. Polls issued Friday during Media Day at Garden Valley Golf Resort suggest the balance of power may be another tug-of-war. Coaches and media agreed that coach Ryan Mahon's Blinn Buccaneers were the favorites, but some polling indicators suggest the matter may be up for debate. In the coaches poll, four teams received first-place votes.   Reigning league champion Kilgore, led by first-year head coach Willie Gooden, was picked second overall, despite receiving five first-place ballots.  Six voting points separated Blinn, Kilgore and third-place NEO.  Five points separated Tyler, TVCC and Navarro for the fourth-...