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Two sophomore members of coach Ronda Shirley's Navarro Bulldogs volleyball team -- Bailey Foy and Viktoria Velika -- graduated in December. They now are enrolled for spring semester classes at four-year university programs in Florida with the intent to continue to play volleyball. Foy, an NJCAA All-Tournament selection, will be at NCAA Division I Jacksonville University, playing for the Dolphins of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Velika, a first-team All-Region XIV conference outside hitter, will attend NCAA Division II Barry University of Miami Shores, Fla., and play for the Buccaneers of the Sunshine State Conference. Foy and Velika helped Navarro to a school-best 38-7 record, the No. 3 NJCAA ranking and an Elite Eight finish in its first-ever NJCAA Volleyball Tournament appearance.        ...

BY MIKE MONTFORT --  Scott Parr returns to Navarro College as the Bulldogs’ 15th head football coach. Parr last season served as offensive coordinator at NCAA Division I-FCS Eastern Illinois University after a three-year stint in the same capacity at Navarro, where his offensive units ranked among the NJCAA’s Top 10 in yardage and scoring (2015-17). [caption id="attachment_915294" align="alignright" width="199"] SCOTT PARR[/caption] “I know what a special place Navarro is as a school and from an athletics standpoint,” Parr said. “I’ve always had a dream to become a head football coach somewhere, and I was hopeful to have an opportunity. It’s great to be back. “I’m very appreciative of Dr. Kevin Fegan and Athletic Director Michael Landers for their confidence and support,” Parr said. “My family and I are grateful for this opportunity. I’m really pumped up about representing this college and a program with so much tradition that’s produced so many All-Americans and professional players.” Another factor Parr recognizes is his association with NC’s current assistant coaches. “I know most everyone on that very talented, hard-working staff,” he said. “Familiarity is a big thing and automatically helps the process of stepping in.” “We are excited to have Scott become the next leader of our Bulldog football program,”...

BY MIKE MONTFORT Photos By Keith Speer --- East Zone leader Navarro (15-1/5-0) won its 13th consecutive game and stood as the only unbeaten squad remaining in Region XIV conference play after a 90-82 win here Monday over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sophomore transfer Gavin Kensmil led four Bulldogs in double-figure scoring with 19 points from 8-of-10 shooting. He grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots. Sophomore Trey Pulliam pitched in 17 points, grabbed three rebounds, handed out a team-high five assists and made a team-high three steals. The Bulldogs, now at 5-0, are the only unbeatens left in conference play after Monday.  Navarro's next opponent, Lamar State-Port Arthur, went on the road and edged Kilgore (3-1) at Masters Gym, 72-70, on a last-second shot by the Seahawks' Nathan Bailey.  Meanwhile, the Angelina Roadrunners went to Bossier Parish (3-1) and snapped the Cavaliers' perfect record, 82-79. Navarro, sporting the NJCAA's top team field-goal percentage, shot 50.7 percent from the floor Monday, hitting 34-of-67 shots. Of that total, the Bulldogs connected on 47.8 percent of their three-point attempts (11-of-23). Navarro hit threes liberally during the first half -- 8 of them -- as it raced to a 52-29 advantage. Nicholas Rene and Ja'Quaye James each contributed 14 points to round...

Former Navarro College head football coach Jim Gush officially was named new defensive coordinator at McNeese State on Thursday, Jan. 4. Gush resigned here December 14 after coaching the 2018 Bulldogs to a 6-5 record, the SWJCFC Semifinals, and a berth in the 10th annual Salt City Bowl at Hutchinson, Ks.  He had been promoted after one season as the Bulldogs' defensive coordinator. Gush was among early target choices on coach Sterlin Gilbert's newly assembled staff at McNeese.  Gilbert, the former University of South Florida Offensive Coordinator, had been hired Wednesday, Dec. 5, by the Lake Charles, La., school as its new head coach.  Upon taking the job, Gilbert scrambled to put together an entirely new coaching cadre, as well as hold and attract recruits during the NCAA's early signing period, December 19-21. Joining Gush on McNeese's staff is a former Bulldog assistant, Jimmy Fowler, who was named as the Cowboys' new Director of Football Operations. Gush was the third Southwest Junior College Football Conference head coach to resign after NJCAA Bowl Weekend, Dec 1-2. On Tuesday, Dec. 4, Danny Palmer resigned after 13 seasons at Tyler, but will continue to work in TJC’s athletic department. On Thursday, Dec. 12, Kilgore’s J.J. Eckert officially was named...

By MIKE MONTFORT  /  Photos by Keith Speer Trey Pulliam scored a team-high 17 points and led four Bulldogs in double figured as Navarro returned from a 24-day layoff and won a Region XIV conference game Friday over the Cougars at Beeville. Pulliam dished out a team-high nine assists and cleared four rebounds as coach Michael Landers' Bulldogs (14-1/4-0) extended their winning streak to 12 games with their 14-point road victory. Three Bulldogs scored 14 points apiece: Shakem Johnson, Gavin Kensmil and Ja'Quaye James. Johnson and Kensmil combined for 11-of-15 shooting from the floor with 11 rebounds. James handed out three assists and made two steals. Navarro shot 53% from the floor (28-of-53), including 6-of-18 from three-point range. NC totaled 34 rebounds (28 defensive), led by James Jean-Marie (8 + 1 blocked shot), Johnson (6 + 1 blocked shot), Kensmil (5) and Sherman Robinson (4). The Bulldogs led 48-37 at halftime and increased their lead to as many as 20 points during the second half. Navarro hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 7 pm Monday Region XIV conference game at The K. and Ida Wolens Special Events Center. SCORE BY HALVES: Navarro                48 - 37 -- 85 Coastal Bend       37 -...