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By MIKE MONTFORT   /   (Photos by Keith Speer)  --- CARTHAGE -- Region XIV East Zone volleyball champion Navarro (30-3/4-1) completes its league season here Wednesday when it tangles with the Panola Fillies (22-5) at Arthur Johnson Gymnasium. Coach Ronda Shirley's Bulldogs, winners of six matches in succession and 12 of the last 13, continue their drive for higher seeding in the Region XIV Tournament scheduled November 2-4 at Lee College in Baytown. For NC, it's all about getting stronger, better and adding more momentum heading to the tournament. A win Wednesday would assure the Bulldogs an East Zone title win by two games over their nearest nationally ranked competitors. Eighth-ranked Navarro clinched the zone title last Wednesday with a 3-1 win over 10th-rated Trinity Valley at Athens High School's Sports Arena, in the process of becoming the third NC volleyball team to win 30 matches in a single season. Heading into final regular-season matches Wednesday, the other three teams -- (13) Panola, (10) TVCC and (11) Tyler -- have 2-3 records and remain in battle for the East Zone's three automatic qualifications to the regional tournament.  In Wednesday evening's other matchup, Tyler (23-6) will carry an 11-match winning streak to Cardinal Gym in...

By MIKE MONTFORT They weathered every storm the tumultuous Saturday had to offer – heavy rains, tornado sightings, delays, distractions, mistakes, overtime – and ultimately, NMMI. In a game finish that may have been more erratic than the weather conditions, Navarro (5-3/3-3) managed to survive all the threats and escape league injury during homecoming with a 56-49 win over the New Mexico Military Institute Broncos. Tre Brown's third interception of the game ended overtime and denied Cody Frampton a potential sixth touchdown pass on his fourth-down heave into the end zone. Frampton, facing fourth-and-goal from Navarro’s nine-yard line, scrambled out of the pocket to his right to avoid Trevon Mason’s pressure, and lofted a throwback for receiver Kaleo Aloha Piceno in the left corner of the end zone.  The 5-foot-10 Piceno first appeared to out-jump 5-foot-9 Brown for possession of the football, but Brown, an Arlington sophomore, was ruled in possession when the battling players fell to the south end zone turf. Aloha meant goodbye to the Broncos’ bid for a road victory, and also goodbye for Brown, who made a jet-propulsion sprint out of the end zone to celebrate with his jubilant teammates after the final play that secured Navarro’s second straight victory –...

NEW YORK -- Ex-Bulldog Brock Holt hit for the first post-season cycle in major league history Monday as the Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 16-1 in the American League Division Series Game 3. Starting in place of Ian Kinsler at second base, Holt went 4-for-6, scored three runs and knocked in five as the Red Sox clubbed the Yankees with their most-lopsided playoff loss in history at Yankee Stadium and took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five game series. Holt singled to start a seven-run fourth inning, and also belted a two-run triple to right to cap the rally that gave Boston a 10-0 lead. In the eighth inning, he added a run-scoring double to centerfield. He hit a one-out, two-run home run into the rightfield bleachers off catcher-turned-relief pitcher Austin Romine in the ninth inning that provided Boston its final runs. Holt's cycle is the second of his career. He first cycled on June 16, 2015, during a 9-4 win over Atlanta at Fenway Park. In that game, as a leadoff hitter, he went 4-for-5, scored twice and knocked in two runs against Braves starter Julio Teheran and reliever Sugar Ray Marimon. Holt is the second Red Sox player to hit for the cycle...

LAFAYETTE, La. -- Top-ranked Navarro's women's soccer program saw a third non-conference match cancelled Saturday. The Bulldogs were scheduled to meet LSU-Eunice at Moore Park in Lafayette, but lightning and thunderstorms delayed the 1 pm start.  The teams attempted to move to Clark Field, but the match was canceled because of unplayable field conditions. Saturday's forecast for Lafayette area by The Weather Channel indicated a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Navarro now has seen scheduled matches against Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa, Butler and LSU-Eunice wiped out this season. The NOC-Tonkawa cancelation occurred one day after Lady Mavericks' coaches resigned and the school didn't have any other coaching personnel available to drive the team to Corsicana for a 10 am Saturday match.  The match against Butler CC, Ks., scheduled at Rose State College in Midwest City, Ok., was cancelled in advance of severe weather outbreaks in Oklahoma. Coach Alicia Wilson's Bulldogs (10-0-1/8-0) return to Region XIV match play Friday, October 12, when they travel to Lufkin to face the Angelina Roadrunners at Jase Majors Field....

By MIKE MONTFORT Navarro scored four touchdowns within a 2:56 span of the first period and cruised to a 70-8 non-conference win Saturday over the Texas A&T Drillers.Coach Jim Gush's Bulldogs led 49-8 at halftime. The teams agreed to play 10-minute quarters with running clock during the second half of the game. The Bulldogs amassed 19 first downs on 37 offensive plays, resulting in 463 yards. Quarterbacks Parker McNeil, Michael Massarella and Zadock Dinkelmann combined to complete 9-of-10 passes for 191 yards and 4 touchdowns.  After McNeil completed 6-of-7 for 108 yards and three scores in the first half, Massarella took snaps during the third period and Dinkelmann came on in the final quarter. Jared Wyatt caught TD passes of 19 and 27 from McNeil in the first period. Josh Lister snagged a 27-yard scoring pass from McNeil in the second quarter. Massarella, during a 16-play third period, threw a 51-yard scoring pass to Keaton Dudik for his first TD of the season. Dudik accounted for 120 yards offense and three touchdowns. He scored on first-half scoring runs of 61 and 4 yards before making the TD reception. Jordan Humphrey led Navarro rushers with 11-109-2. NC's defense contributed a score when linebacker Kody Fulp picked up an A&T fumble...