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By MIKE PHILLIPS   /  Corsicana Sun    --- Here’s the good news at Navarro. It’s over. And here’s the better news: It’s just beginning. It would be difficult to find a team that has gone through so much pain, so much frustration and so much head-shaking, how-did-that-happen anguish as Navarro's women's soccer team, a group of talented and determined athletes who are finally getting a chance to play for the NJCAA national championship. The program has been denied a berth in the nationals for the last three seasons, and all three times the Bulldogs' season ended in bitter, close and controversial losses to Tyler in the playoffs. None was worse than last year when Tyler won the critical playoff showdown 1-0 by scoring on a handball goal that should have never counted. Tyler went on to win the national title. That's why when the Bulldogs play in the nationals next week in Foley, Alabama they won't be trying to win the school's first national soccer title. They're going to Alabama to win a title that felt belonged to them a year ago. “We're going with a chip on our shoulder,” said goalkeeper Maitane Bravo, who has ben one of the best goalkeepers in the nation the past two years....

By MIKE MONTFORT    --- Quarterback Parker McNeil's selection as league MVP highlights a list of 16 Navarro football players named to the 2018 All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference team chosen by the league's coaches. Coach Jim Gush's SWJCFC Semifinalist Bulldogs (6-4) placed five (5) on the first-team, seven (7) on the second unit and four (4) honorable mention selections. McNeil, whose 298.9 passing yards per game and 26 touchdowns ranked second statistically in the NJCAA, became the second Navarro player in as many seasons to earn a conference superlative award. Last year, Benjie Franklin was selected as the league's 'Defensive Player of the Year'. McNeil completed 62 percent of his passes (226-363-2989-26) as Navarro's starter.  His statistics rank second in completions and third in attempts, yardage and TD passes in a single season at Navarro. McNeil had an NC-record passing day of 552 yards against TVCC during the regular-season finale that helped to catapult the Bulldogs into the SWJCFC playoffs. Joining McNeil on the mythical all-conference first team were wide receiver Jared Wyatt, offensive lineman Josh Cooper, defensive lineman Trevon Mason, and defensive back Josh Morgan. Wyatt caught 57-970-9, and with Kaylon Geiger, created a 1-2 receiving tandem that caught 123-1917-14. Cooper was a top blocker...

FOLEY, Ala. -- Good thing happen for those who wait. Navarro Soccer waited a week and a weekend through the outcomes of eight NJCAA District Tournaments.  The 14-2-1 team that had not been ranked lower than five during the regular season of either NJCAA or United Soccer Coaches polls began to wonder if it would measure up to the test. Monday morning, coach Alicia Wilson's Bulldogs found out they were awarded The At-Large District Bid No. 1 and advanced to the national tournament.  The trip will be the program's eighth, and the first under Wilson. Navarro will be seeded sixth overall and will compete in Pool C with third-seeded Iowa Western and 10th-seeded Paradise Valley. Here is a look at the NJCAA Soccer Tournament Schedule: POOL PLAY Monday Through Wednesday (Nov. 12-14) MONDAY NOV. 12 PAIRINGS 10 am -- Pool A: (1 v 12) -- Tyler v Moraine Valley 12:30 pm -- Pool B: (2 v 11) -- Monroe College v Butler 5 pm -- Pool C: (3 v 10) -- Iowa Western v Paradise Valley 7:30 pm -- Pool D: (4 v 9) -- Arizona Western v Laramie County TUESDAY NOV. 13 PAIRINGS 10 am -- Pool A: (8 v 12) -- Monroe CC, NY v Moraine Valley 12:30 pm -- Pool B:...

BAYTOWN -- Navarro claimed three superlative, three first-team and two second-team honors on the Region XIV East Zone All-Conference team selected by coaches. Among superlatives, Coach of the Year Ronda Shirley was joined by double-winner Luana Almeida. Almeida was named the league's Newcomer of the Year and Libero of the Year. Bulldogs on the first-team included Almeida, freshman setter Emily Witt and sophomore right-side hitter Viktoria Velika. Second-team honors went to middles Bailey Foy and Deja Arnold. The mythical team was announced Sunday after the conclusion of the three-day, double-elimination tournament here. [caption id="attachment_914239" align="alignright" width="200"] Region XIV Coach of the Year Ronda Shirley from Navarro takes her ninth team to participate in a national volleyball tournament since 2004.[/caption] 2018 Region XIV East Zone All-Conference Selections Player of the Year: Taya Mitchell, Tyler Newcomer of the Year: Luana Almeida, Navarro Setter of the Year: Isabela Dobra, Tyler Libero of the Year: Luana Almeida, Navarro Coach of the Year: Ronda Shirley, Navarro FIRST-TEAM Taya Mitchell, Middle, Tyler Luana Almeida, Libero, Navarro Isabela Dobra, Setter, Tyler Juliana Vaz, Outside Hitter, TVCC Emily Witt, Setter, Navarro Viktoria Velika, Right Side Hitter, Navarro Rebecca Rabius, Right Side Hitter, Panola Lauren Castles, Middle, TVCC SECOND-TEAM Bailey Foy, Middle, Navarro Daphinie Correa, Middle, Panola Vanessa Silva, Middle, Tyler Maci Matherne, Libero, Tyler Hannah Ramirez, Libero, Panola Yasmin da Silva, Outside Hitter, TVCC Ana Paula Zondona,...

By MIKE MONTFORT   -- HUTCHINSON, Ks. -- The 2018 NJCAA National Volleyball Tournament field is near completion, with one final district champion to be determined Tuesday night and two at-large entries chosen Wednesday. The last remaining slot goes to the winner of Tuesday's match at Cahoon Armory in Roswell, N.M., between Region I champion Arizona Western and Region V West winner New Mexico Military Institute. On Wednesday, the NJCAA will offer bids to two other squads that did not qualify.  Non-qualifying programs like Snow, St. Petersburg, and, even possibly a third Region XIV East Zone team -- TVCC. Here's the incomplete list of qualifiers for the NJCAA National Tournament at Hutchinson, Ks. College of Southern Idaho (27-2) Northeastern (26-5) Laramie County (29-8) TBD (Arizona Western at NMMI on Tuesday, Nov. 6) Hill (27-6) Tyler (27-6) Navarro (37-4) Miami Dade (29-1) Polk State (21-6) Iowa Western (35-3) Mineral Area (27-3) Wallace State (33-7) Monroe College (17-11) Seward County (30-5) (Two at-large teams to be added Wednesday.)   Third-ranked Navarro leads the NJCAA field in victories (37).  The Bulldogs have played five -- and maybe six -- national qualifiers:  Laramie County, Hill, Tyler, Seward County, Ks., and Iowa Western.  They also have faced NMMI this season.  NC has a 5-1 record against the six....