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Navarro sophomore midfielder Wasila Diwura signed to attend Lamar University and to play soccer with the Southland Conference's Cardinals. The two-time, NJCAA first-team All-American's selection ended weeks of communications with coaches of four-year soccer programs all over the country, Navarro head coach Alicia Wilson said. Diwura will enroll for the spring 2019 semester at the Beaumont, Tx., school, Wilson said. Diwura scored 30 goals (9 game-winners), assisted on 28 others and totaled 88 points during her two-year Navarro career. Her 18-goal, 16-assist season in 2018 helped the Bulldogs reach the NJCAA Tournament Quarterfinals. Coach Steve Holeman's 12-6-2 Cardinals reached the SLC Tournament Semifinals in 2018. In 2017, his first Lamar team fashioned a school-record 18-4-1 record that resulted in regular-season and tournament championships, plus an NCAA post-season bid. Holeman became the first Lamar coach to win Southland Conference Coach of the Year honors after the banner 2017 season.  He came to Lamar after building programs at Ole Miss and at Georgia.  His 16-year tenure at Ole Miss (158-119-23) included 13 straight SEC Tournament appearances and four NCAA Tournament berths.  In five years at Georgia (53-39-1), his teams landed two NCAA post-season berths. Diwura, an Accra, Ghana native, became the third NC sophomore soccer player this week...

By MIKE MONTFORT  -- Sophomore Trey Pulliam's career-high 30 points sparked Navarro to an 81-66 Region XIV men's basketball victory Wednesday over the Angelina Roadrunners at The Wolens SEC. Pulliam sank 11-of-17 shots from the floor, including two three-pointers. In addition to hitting 64.7 percent from the field, he also was a perfect 6-of-6 from the foul line as Navarro (11-1/3-0) won its ninth consecutive game and third in conference play. The 6-foot-3 guard's 30-point night was the fourth of the season by a Navarro player. Xavier Davenport had games of 33 against Temple November 20 and 31 against Fort Hood at The Lewis Orr Classic. James Jean-Marie also dropped 30 against Temple here November 6. Pulliam also dished out five assists and claimed three steals -- both categorical team-highs Wednesday. Pulliam turned in the 20th double-figure scoring game of his Navarro career Wednesday. His previous high-game was 19 in a 79-68 win over Southwestern Christian last year at Athens. The Bulldogs got 12 points from 5-of-9 shooting by Ja'Quaye James. Shakem Johnson and Gavin Kensmil each contributed 10 points and five rebounds. Johnson and Kensmil combined for 9-of-12 shooting from the floor. Navarro hit 52.5 percent of its shots from the floor (31-of-59). The Bulldogs led 39-36...

Navarro sophomore midfielder Wasila Diwura earned NJCAA First-Team All-American Soccer honors Wednesday. Diwura becomes only the third Navarro player in program history to be a two-time, first-team NJCAA Soccer All-American. She joins midfielders Trudi Carter (2013-2014) and Mandy Gomez (2004-2005) as the only Bulldogs accorded the honor. Diwura totaled 30 goals (including nine game-winners), 28 assists and 88 points during her two-year career here when Navarro soccer went 31-4-2 and earned Top 5 national recognition. She led the Bulldogs into the 2018 NJCAA Tournament after an 18-goal, 16-assist season.  Diwura had a five-goal game against Northeast Texas in the 2018 conference opener September 5....

BY MIKE MONTFORT  --- Sophomore libero Luana Almeida became Navarro volleyball's second NJCAA All-American in as many seasons Monday. Then on Wednesday, she became the first Bulldog volleyball player to earn All-America recognition on two teams, as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) named her as a third-team selection their squad. The 5-9 sophomore from Rio de Janeiro was selected as an NJCAA second-team All-American after helping to lead Navarro to its winningest season (38-7), its highest ranking (No. 3), and a fourth-seed in its first national tournament. Almeida follows the trail blazed last season by Carol Barbosa.  Barbosa, now completing her junior year at Little Rock, was a first-team All-American after leading NC to a 27-12 record and the Region XIV Tournament semifinals. Almeida led Navarro in matches played (45), sets played (155), digs (642) and service aces (48).  She averaged 4.1 digs per set during the season. She also finished second in assists. Almeida was chosen by Region XIV East Coaches as the zone's Newcomer of the Year, the Libero of the Year and a member of the first-team all-conference squad.  ...

By MIKE MONTFORT   --- Navarro goaltender Maitane Bravo and midfielder Andrea Rabanales signed national letters of intent to attend Ball State University and play soccer for the Mid-American Conference Cardinals. The two sophomores played instrumental roles as two-time regional finalist Navarro compiled a 31-4-2 record and kept coach Alicia Wilson’s Bulldogs among the NJCAA’s Top 5 ranked clubs. Bravo will enroll at the Muncie, Ind., university for the spring 2019 semester, while Rabanales will begin the fall semester in August, coach Wilson said. Bravo, from Bilbao, Spain, compiled a 30-3-1 record in goal two years for Navarro. She made 89 saves during her career and allowed only 15 goals. During the 2018 season when the Bulldogs reached the NJCAA Tournament quarterfinals, she yielded 7 goals while compiling a 14-1-1 record with 40 saves. Rabanales, a native of Guatemala, scored 19 goals and dished out 31 assists during her two-year career at Navarro. She scored 10 goals her freshman campaign and assisted on 17 in her sophomore season. Bravo and Rabanales will compete for coach Craig Roberts’ Cardinals, who went 14-3-3 last season for the third time in four years. Ball State's won four regular-season championships (2006, 2007, 2015, 2016) and has competed in the Mid-American...