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By MIKE MONTFORT --    Navarro (19-4/9-3) has regained sole possession of Region XIV's East Zone lead after a wild Wednesday night, and will try to strengthen its grip Saturday when the Tyler Apaches (18-4/8-4) challenge the Bulldogs here at Lewis Orr Court in the Wolens Special Events Center. The Bulldogs emerged victorious 69-68 Wednesday at 0:00 in their co-leader showdown with Panola at Carthage. They scored an incredible, come-from-behind road victory at the buzzer when sophomore Trey Pulliam circled left to right, drove inside, and hit a game-winning, dagger layup. Pulliam saved his best for last. The winner was his only basket of the game. Panola, which gained worthy NJCAA-ranking consideration this week at Navarro's expense, had won 10 of its last 12 and was 13-1 at Arthur Johnson Gymnasium before Pulliam and the 'Dogs ruined the evening. The Ponies (18-6/8-4) led almost the entire contest. Panola led 41-35 at halftime and extended advantages to as many as nine points throughout the game, but the Bulldogs refused to go away. Nicholas Rene, with a team-high 16 points, hit a three-pointer that forced a tie at 52 with 8:00 left. From that point, the teams traded results and created many of the game's five ties. With :21.9...

By MIKE MONTFORT --   New Navarro College head football coach Scott Parr and the Bulldogs’ coaching staff now have more reason to be excited. On National Signing Day Wednesday, Feb. 6, before 3 pm, they signed 50 incoming freshmen to letters of intent to attend Navarro College and play football for the Bulldogs. NC also announced 19 incoming mid-year transfers, plus 13 outgoing sophomores who signed or transferred to four-year university programs. “I would like to thank Dr. Kevin Fegan and athletic director Michael Landers for their support and with all the resources they have provided us to put this class together,” Parr said, “and I want to thank everyone on campus who helped with our official visits. It takes a team effort. The players felt the family atmosphere here.” Parr noted that it was “our goal to sign two-deep at every position, and we are reaching it.” To restock the defensive side Wednesday, Navarro signed 11 defensive backs, eight linebackers and six defensive linemen. To replenish the offensive side, NC signed seven offensive linemen, two quarterbacks, five running backs, 10 receivers and two kickers. “I want to thank the coaching staff for the tireless work they put in through the process,” Parr said. “About...

BY MIKE MONTFORT Photos by Keith Speer ---  Region XIV East Zone leader Navarro got double-figure scoring from five players in its 78-60 win here Saturday over the Paris Dragons. Sophomore Gavin Kensmil joined Jean James-Marie as Bulldogs with five double-doubles this season. Kensmil scored 10 points, cleared a team-high 12 rebounds and blocked a shot for the 23rd-ranked Bulldogs (18-2/8-1). It was Kensmil's second double-double in conference play -- the most recent of 22 points and 12 rebounds coming two weeks ago in a 77-75 win over Lamar State at Port Arthur. Kensmil, second in NJCAA field-goal shooting percentage at 73.7, scored the bulk of his points Saturday from the foul line with a 6-of-9 effort to go with a modest 2-of-5 shooting chart. Shakem Johnson, who is third among NJCAA players in field-goal shooting percentage at 72.7, turned in his team-high 16th double-figure scoring game by totaling 15 points from 7-of-10 shooting Saturday. Johnson added six rebounds and blocked two PJC shots. Freshman guard Ja'Quaye James bucketed a team-high 21 points in the win -- his fourth game of 20-plus scoring this season. James went 7-of-11 from the floor, including 5-of-8 beyond the arc. James also managed three rebounds, three assists and a steal...