Author: Sports Editor

Navarro Soccer has arranged a spring schedule of four matches and capped by its annual alumni game. Coach Alicia Wilson released the Bulldogs' schedule that will include April 6 matchups against Sam Houston State at 11 am, and against Midwestern State University at 3 pm here at the Roark Montgomery Soccer Complex. Navarro's spring debut will be March 29 against Texas Woman's University at Denton. The annual Alumni Game will be April 27.  ...

By MIKE MONTFORT Photos by Keith Speer --  Sophomore Gavin Kensmil scored a personal-season-high-equaling 31 points to lead the Bulldogs (17-1/7-0) to their 15th straight win. Kensmil hit an efficient 11-of-13 from the floor, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots in the victory. The Bulldogs shot 50.9 percent (29-of-57), but also turned in perhaps their finest defensive effort of the season -- particularly during the first half when they raced to a 41-19 lead. The Cavaliers, averaging 90 points per game, featured two of Region XIV's Top 6 individual scorers in Eric Parrish (20.3 per game) and Jason Holliday (18.4). Parrish and Holliday finished with five points apiece, and Holliday fouled by the 10-minute mark of the second half --the first of three BPCC players to foul out. Parrish's three-pointer pulled BPCC within 10 (22-12) at the 10:30 mark of the first half. Navarro turned up more defensive intensity that spawned a 19-7 run to the finish and included nine unanswered points during a span of 4:30. The Cavs managed only two buckets inside those final 10 minutes of the half -- both on breakaways. Bossier Parish, one of the last 11 unbeaten NJCAA Division I teams on January 5, dropped its third in its last...

Play Ball! It's almost time! Navarro Softball and Baseball have been preparing for their 2019 regular seasons, and their openers are just days away. Bulldog Softball makes its official debut Friday, January 25, when it plays in Galveston College's two-day Island Invitational at The Lassie League Complex. The Bulldogs are scheduled to play five games in two days. Navarro's Friday schedule includes games with Chipola College at 9 am, Lake Land College, Ill., at 1 pm, and the University of Houston-Victoria at 5 pm. On Saturday January 26, NC is set to face Snead State, Al., at 11 am and LSU-Eunice at 3 pm. Navarro's home-opening doubleheader is scheduled at 1 pm Wednesday, January 30, against Western Texas College. Meanwhile, Bulldog Baseball opens its season at Temple College against the Leopards with a 2 pm Friday single game. Then, the teams will conclude a three-game, non-conference series with a noon doubleheader at Graham Field on Saturday, Feb. 2. Softball and baseball schedules are posted online and in printable pdf form here at the Navarro College Athletics website....

After four polling periods of landing just outside the NJCAA Top 25, Navarro Bulldogs basketball broke through Tuesday and climbed into the No. 24 slot in the latest Men's Division I rankings. The Region XIV East Zone leading Bulldogs (16-1/6-0) carry a 14-game winning streak into league play when they host the Bossier Parish Cavaliers (14-2/4-2) at 7 pm Wednesday on Lewis Orr Court at The Wolens Special Events Center. Navarro, the only unbeaten team remaining in Region XIV conference play, shares the best overall record among Region XIV and V programs with No. 21 Collin and second-ranked South Plains (16-1).  Navarro, Collin, South Plains and No. 23 Hill all claim the most wins among Region XIV and V teams. Nine Navarro players are among Region XIV's Top 20 statistical leaders in nine different categories. The Bulldogs have six players who average in double figures: Gavin Kensmil (17.0), Shakem Johnson (15.6), James Jean-Marie (15.4), Ja'Quaye James (12.6), Trey Pulliam (12.5) and Xavier Davenport (11.6). Kensmil (72.7 percent) and Johnson (71.7 percent) now rank among the NJCAA's Top 5 in field-goal shooting percentage for an NC squad that leads the NJCAA (55.8 percent). Faculty, students and fans are encouraged to come out Wednesday and support the...

Navarro College’s head volleyball coach Ronda Shirley has been named to the head coaching position The University of South Carolina Upstate Spartans volleyball team. “While it is a major loss for Navarro College, we are very excited for Ronda and her family for this great career opportunity,” said Michael Landers, Athletic Director. “She changed the culture of our volleyball program the moment she stepped on campus and has set us up to continue to build on the success the program has had over the past two seasons.” Shirley, an NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Famer, takes over a struggling USC Upstate Spartan program that’s experienced 11 losing seasons in its first 12 of NCAA Division I volleyball as a member of The Big South Conference. The Spartanburg, SC, university enjoyed great success at NAIA and Division II levels, but its most successful D-I season since 2007 was a 15-15 finish in 2015. Rebuilding projects are nothing new to Shirley, whose two Navarro teams went 65-19 with unprecedented successes after transforming the culture of a program that went 6-30 in 2016. Last season, Shirley’s school-record-setting Bulldogs went 38-7, earned a program-high No. 3 ranking, claimed a No. 4 seed in their first-ever NJCAA Tournament...