Author: Sports Editor

By MIKE MONTFORT   -- November 4 and 5, 2018.  Consider them 'red-letter dates' for NC. On back-to-back calendar dates, Navarro College athletics earned NJCAA National Tournament Championship qualifications in two Division I sports. Coach Ronda Shirley's third-ranked volleyball team (37-4) defeated Trinity Valley for a fourth time this season and earned the school's first-ever national volleyball tournament berth on Sunday at Lee College in Baytown.  Navarro's Region XIV runners-up will compete in the three-day, 12-team meet at The Sports Arena in Hutchinson, Ks., Nov. 15-17. Then, on Monday, coach Alicia Wilson's fifth-ranked Region XIV runners-up endured a long week of wait-and-see when the NJCAA selected them as an At-Large District qualifier for the NJCAA national women's soccer tournament championship.  The 14-2-1 Bulldogs will be making the program's eighth national tournament appearance, and first under Wilson.  The week-long, 12-team tournament will be played at the Foley Sports Complex in Foley, Al., Nov. 12-17. The last time Navarro athletics produced multiple national qualifiers during a school year occurred in 2005 when soccer and softball advanced. Navarro also had a big first during the 2010-2011 calendar school year when it claimed national championships in football and in baseball -- the first to achieve that in the NJCAA men's...

BAYTOWN -- The Region XIV Volleyball Tournament -- also known as Little National -- begins its three-day, double-elimination format Friday, Nov. 2, at Lee College. Five teams ranked among the Top 17 in the NJCAA's final regular-season poll will be competing for two berths at the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Ks., November 15-17.  The ranked teams include all four East Zone members: (3) Navarro, (9) Tyler, (11) Trinity Valley, (13) Panola, plus (17) Blinn. Third-ranked, East Zone champion Navarro (34-3) makes its debut at 1 pm Friday against the South Zone's No. 4 seeded Coastal Bend Cougars. The opening-day pairings: Championship Bracket (2-South) Laredo v (3-East) Trinity Valley, 9 am (2-East) Tyler v (3-South) Lee, 11 am (1-East) Navarro v (4-South) Coastal Bend, 1 pm (1-South) Blinn v Play-In Winner (4-East Panola v 5-South Wharton), 3 pm Consolation Bracket Loser Match 1 v Loser Match 3, 5 pm Loser Match 2 v Loser Match 4, 7 pm   STREAMING LINK    ...

By MIKE MONTFORT     -- It’s making for a long week, but soccer coach Alicia Wilson and her Navarro Bulldogs are watching and waiting. WHAT THEY ARE WATCHING: First, it’s all about the outcomes of eight NJCAA District Tournament Championships occurring November 1-3. Eight District winners automatically advance to the NJCAA National Tournament at Foley, Al., November 12-17. Here is a list of those district tournament championships, the regions involved, dates, locations and pairings with season records. Final regular-season NJCAA Poll rankings in parentheses precede the team; UR = unranked.) CENTRAL (Regions 7, 16, 24) at Godfrey, Ill., Nov 1-2 (6) Lewis and Clark (16-0-0) v (UR) Motlow State, Tn (11-4-2) (UR) MCC-Maplewood (6-8-1) v (UR) Southwestern Illinois (15-5-2) GREAT LAKES (Regions 9, 11, 13) at Council Bluffs, Ia., Nov 2 (3) Iowa Western (15-2) v (UR) Western Wyoming (13-6-1) NORTH CENTRAL (Regions 3, 4, 12) at Palo Hills, Ill., Nov 3 (16) Moraine Valley (19-0-1) v (9) Monroe Comm Coll (13-4-0) NORTHEAST (Regions 15, 19, 20, 21) at Newark, NJ., Nov 2-3 (UR) Sussex (7-5) v (17) Harford (13-2) (2) Monroe College (10-0-1) v (UR) CCBC-Essex (10-1-1) PLAINS (Regions 2, 5, 6) at Cleburne, Tx., Nov 2-3 (UR) Rose State (15-3-2) v (11) Butler (16-4-0) (18) Hill (12-1-0) v (20) Barton (15-3-1) SOUTH (Regions 14, 23)...

TYLER -- Maria De La Fuente's goal at 4:51 of the first half was all the Tyler Apache Ladies needed Sunday to win the Region XIV Women's Soccer Championship. Coach Corey Rose's Apache Ladies (19-1-1) won their 10th consecutive match and advance to host the NJCAA South District Championship later this week against Region XXIII Champion Jones County, Ms., at Pat Hartley Field. Winner of the District Championship advances to the NJCAA Women's Soccer Championships at Foley, Al., November 12-17. Coach Alicia Wilson's Bulldogs (14-2-1) stand by and wait for the possible offer of an at-large bid to the NJCAA Tournament.  The Bulldogs, ranked No. 1 for three weeks and no lower than No. 6 all season, have sustained only 1-0 losses to Tyler this season and yielded a total of eight goals in 17 matches.    ...

By MIKE MONTFORT  -- Navarro Volleyball celebrated Sophomore Day and completed its regular season Saturday by overpowering 13th-ranked Hill, 3-0. Four sophomore members of coach Ronda Shirley's team were recognized for their efforts in leading the 34-3 Bulldogs to national prominence and the program's highest-ever ranking at No. 3.  Sophomores Hannah Barosh, Viktoria Velika, Luana Almeida and Bailey Foy were featured during pre-match festivities at the Wolens SEC. All four played major roles in the match as the Region XIV East Zone champions dismantled the Region V Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference (NTJCAC) Champions.  Navarro disposed of the 13-ranked Lady Rebels by scores of 25-20, 25-16 and 25-9, won its 10th straight match, 16th in its last 17, and recorded its 24th sweep of the season. Before Saturday, Hill (24-6) had beaten Navarro in three consecutive five-game matches. Hill beat the Bulldogs in the second match of this season at the Rose City Invitational in Tyler by rallying from a 2-0 deficit.  The Rebels came here on a seven-match winning streak with sweeps in six of their previous seven matches and completed an unbeaten, 10-match NTJCAC season. The Bulldogs protected the house Saturday Barosh, Velika and Foy combined to account for 23 of Navarro's 37...