Author: Sports Editor

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 totalling 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...

Navarro Soccer has arranged a spring schedule of four matches and capped by its annual alumni game. Coach Alicia Wilson released the Bulldogs' schedule that will include April 6 matchups against Sam Houston State at 11 am, and against Midwestern State University at 3 pm here at the Roark Montgomery Soccer Complex. Navarro's spring debut will be March 29 against Texas Woman's University at Denton. The annual Alumni Game will be April 27.  ...