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By MIKE MONTFORT  ----     That Navarro and Georgia Military will play this year’s first NJCAA Division I football game is not new or unusual; the two teams have played first game dates since 2015. The 21st renewal of “The Battle of The Bulldogs” occurs Thursday, Aug. 22, at historic Davenport Field in Milledgeville, Ga. The game date matches the 2015 season opener as the earliest for both programs. The matchup, featuring one of the Southwest Junior College Football Conference’s top squads and one of the best independents, generated early attention nationally for junior college football the last four years. A consistent, advance billing is almost guaranteed: two storied programs with high NJCAA preseason rankings and even higher hopes collide in a season opener that figures to be settled by a scant few points. Sure enough, those games have delivered the quality to match the hype. Outcomes of three of the last four meetings have been determined by four points or less. Last year, Jace Ingram’s 30-yard field goal on the final play lifted Navarro to a 31-29 win. In 2016, NC erased a 16-7 halftime deficit and used two fourth-quarter field goals by Adolfo Chavira to secure a 27-23 victory. In 2015, Trezvan...

UH-Victoria head softball coach Lindsey Ortiz announced the signing of two junior college transfers for the 2020 season, according to The Victoria Advocate. Signing with the Jaguars are Zoe Miranda from Navarro College and Dominque Garcia from San Jacinto College. During her two-year Navarro career, Miranda played in 92 games, batted .378 (99 hits in 262 at-bats) and scored 52 runs. Miranda slugged 13 home runs and 20 doubles and drove in 84 runs for the Bulldogs. Miranda, a 2017 graduate of Burleson High School, was a three-time. first team all-district selection. She was also recognized on the all-district academic team all four years. In her 2019 sophomore season, she compiled a .408 average with 40 RBI, 29 runs, seven home runs and seven doubles in 42 games for NC. UH-Victoria, a member of the Red River Athletic Conference, finished 33-12 overall and 18-3 in conference play last spring....

Freshman guard Jesse Zarzuela signed with Navarro, head basketball coach Grant McMillan announced Monday. Zarzuela, regarded as a three-star recruit, transfers here from The University of Texas-El Paso. The 6-foot-3 playmaker from Spring Woods High School in Houston averaged 22.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 steals his senior season when he won District 17-6A MVP honors. He led the 26-8 Tigers in total points (591), assists (89) and steals (58). An 82 percent foul shooter, Zarzuela shot 53 percent from the floor, including 36 from beyond the arc. A four-year varsity letterwinner at Spring Woods, Zarzuela scored 1851 points in 116 career games (16.0 ppg). He produced double-figure scoring in 52 of his final 56 varsity games, with a personal-high 32 in a 63-46 win over Memorial on December 14, 2018. Earlier this month, 6-foot-8 power forward Brian Washington from Nation Wide Academy signed with the Bulldogs. Washington, originally from Kailua, Hi., relocated to Las Vegas, Nv., and played his junior and senior seasons at Cimarron-Memorial High School. He played last season for coach Kenneth Roy’s Nation Wide Academy Bengals in Oklahoma City, Ok. Washington was highly recruited by Division I schools and junior colleges before finalizing his decision to attend Navarro. Washington averaged 16.1...

Coach Scott Parr's Navarro Bulldogs scrimmage Rezolution Prep Academy at 10 am Friday, Aug., 16, at Corsicana's Tiger Stadium. Navarro will open its 2019 season next Thursday, Aug. 22, against Georgia Military College at Davenport Field in Milledgeville, Ga.    ...

By MIKE PHILLIPS / Corsicana Sun Alicia Wilson’s not looking for any sympathy, and she sure doesn’t need any doubters around her nationally-respected women’s soccer team at Navarro, where the Bulldogs have the same goal every year: To win the NJCAA national title. That won’t change in 2019 despite the fact that Wilson has 18 (that’s right, eighteen) new faces on the field this year. “We have the same goal, the same plan,” she said at a recent practice. “Our goal is to get to the nationals and win the title.” Wilson’s team can play with any junior college women’s team in the nation — and that can be said every year she has been at Navarro. Her last two teams were both good enough to win it all, but just fell short. Her Bulldogs lost to eventual national champion Tyler two years ago 1-0 on one of the most ridiculous and controversial calls you will ever see when Tyler scored the winning goal on an obvious handball. He team fought its way to nationals last season and made it to the second round of play, where it took two overtimes and a penalty kick ending to end Navarro’s season. The Bulldogs went 15-2-2 a year ago...