Author: Sports Editor

The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission has added 14 catchers to the official watch list of the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award. Among them is Abilene Christian senior Luis Trevino, a former Navarro Bulldog, who won Region XIV East Zone Player of the Year honors in 2016 after earning Freshman of the Year honors in 2015. Trevino (15-60-1 / .420) leads the Wildcats and the Southland Conference in the triple-crown categories. Trevino also leads in on-base percentage (.507), slugging percentage (.781) and total bases (132). He's had 71 hits in 46 games, scored 40 runs, and has a 32:14 walk-to-strikeout ratio. Here are the players on the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award watch list: -Aaron Antonini JR Middle Tennessee State -Alex Brait JR Florida Gulf Coast -Zack Costello SR Mount St. Mary's -Robert Emery JR San Francisco -Brock Hallum SR LIU Brooklyn -Shea Langeliers JR Baylor -Austin Martin JR Iowa -Kyle McCann JR Georgia Tech -Keaton Rice SO Bradley -Matt Scheffler JR Auburn -Taylor Smith FR Incarnate Word -Luis Trevino SR Abilene Christian -Brock Weimer SR SIUE -Eric Yang JR UC Santa Barbara This year, ninety-one catchers were nominated for the award. The watch list will be narrowed down to the semifinalists, whom will be announced May 17, 2019. Ballots will...

BEAUMONT -- Seven members of the Region XIV East Zone Champion Navarro Bulldogs who were named to the All-Conference team in some capacity. Freshman All-Conference Player of the Year Cash Rugely heads an honors list that includes four first-teamers and two second-team selections. Rugely (.404/.497/.603) leads Navarro with 61 hits and 45 runs scored in 45 games. The freshman shortstop (5-28-11) ranks second in extra-base hits (18) and total bases (91). First-teamers include freshmen catcher Dawson Woods, third baseman Stacey Bailey and lefthanded pitcher Carson Rollins, along with sophomore closer Pepper Jones. Woods hit .343 and drove in 35 runs during the regular season. Of his 35 RBI, 17 came home on two-out hits. Woods not only hit a team-high .370 with runners in scoring position, but led in sacrifice flyouts with 5. Bailey, in a team-high 162 at-bats, tops the club in home runs (9), RBI (58), doubles (13). Rollins (6-0, 2.76) leads Navarro pitchers in starts (13) and innings (64.2) and ranks second in strikeouts. Jones, with 8 saves in 19 appearances, has 42 strikeouts on the season. He recently matched Asher Cook's single-season save mark. Sophomore centerfielder Mason Holt (3-23-9, .256) and first baseman Kyle Landers (3-37-23, .327), the usual 2-3 hitters in NC's batting...

Five members of the Navarro softball team earned Region XIV All-Eastern Conference honors. Freshmen first-team selections included third baseman Sarah Koeppen and outfielders Jessa Johnson and Jada Woolley. Second-team honors went to freshman shortstop Madison Pond and sophomore second baseman Kamryn Wells. Koeppen led the Bulldogs in eight offensive categories this season and ranked second in five others. She topped team statistics in home runs (18), runs-batted-in (58), hits (67), runs scored (52), walks (16), extra-base hits (28) and total bases (109) with a slash line of .444/.506/.863. Johnson shared the team's stolen-base leadership with 19 steals in 20 attempts, hitting .403 in 46 games. Woolley had the team's top individual slash line with .474/.519/.888 and won an NJCAA Player of The Week honor April 28. During a seven-game hitting streak that began April 19, she was 15-for-19 (.789) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and 10 RBI. In that time, she walked six times and scored 10 runs. Pond batted.405, scored 41 runs and stole 19 bases. She hit safely in 38 of the 46 games in which she played and finished the season hitting safely in 12 of her final 13 contests. She was second on the club in hits (60) with...

By MIKE MONTFORT  -- BEAUMONT -- Beginning Sunday, the road to the Alpine Bank NJCAA Division I JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Col., goes through this southeast Texas city -- and perhaps a few flooded streets and roads. Originally, the tournament was scheduled to begin on Saturday, but Beaumont-area forecasts indicated showers and thunderstorms four consecutive days -- beginning on Wednesday, and ending with a 70 percent chance on Saturday. Region XIV officials decided on Wednesday to delay the start of the double-elimination tournament one day and begin on Sunday, May 12. Then, Friday, it was announced that Navarro's first-round opponent, South-4 seed Galveston, was ineligible to participate and replaced by the Laredo Palominos. Now, after all the stops, starts, erasures and do-overs, it seems the tournament is set. Eight teams -- four from the East Zone and four from the South -- will battle it out here at Lamar University's Vincent-Beck Stadium. A new Southern District Champion will be crowned and will advance as one of 10 qualifiers to play 'JUCO' at Sam Suplizio Field in Grand Junction. The upcoming Region XIV meet will be a tournament of 'firsts'. It will be the first visit to the renovated, 3,500-seat home of the Lamar University Cardinals. ...