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A Celebration of Life for Derwood "Pop" Penney will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana. Visitation with the family will be from 6 pm until 8 pm Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. Interment will be at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Navarro College Foundation, Derwood Penney Memorial, 3200 West 7th Ave., Corsicana, Tx., 75110. Penney, the longtime volunteer coach for the Navarro College baseball program, died Saturday morning.  He was 78. He volunteered countless hours, threw millions of batting practice pitches, hit hundreds of thousands of ground balls, and has shared infinite wisdom and a love for the game with hundreds of Navarro baseball players over the last 16 years. Der married Wanda Fitch on June 2, 1962 and they were happily married for 57 years. He was a farm parts department manager for over 45 years with J.A. Penney Implement and Vitters Tractor. He loved God, Family and Baseball. Penney played in the first Corsicana Little League baseball program organized by Stuart Beebe in 1953.  He was a junior second baseman for coach Jesse Cummings' 1958 state finalist Corsicana Tiger baseball team.  Later, he attended Navarro College and was a...

CORSICANA -- Golf teams may begin to sign up here now online for the RM III Memorial Golf Tournament Saturday, Sept. 14 at Corsicana Country Club, Athletic Director Michael Landers said Tuesday. Shotgun start for the four-man scramble will be noon.  Teams will check in at 10:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd gross and 1st and 2nd net scores. Prizes also will be awarded on selected holes for closest to the pin and also for long drives. Team entry fee includes green fee, cart, driving range, lunch and gift bag. The RM III Memorial Tournament, honoring late athletic director Roark Montgomery III, benefits Navarro College athletics. SIGN UP LINK:   RM III Memorial Golf Tournament Registration...

By MIKE MONTFORT  --- LINDALE -- Southwest Junior College Football Coaches believe they play in the NJCAA's toughest conference, but believe the league is in need of a national championship to break a 10-year drought and re-establish its strength. Not since Navarro won the 2010 NJCAA Championship in the Citizens Bank Bowl game at Pittsburg, Ks., has an SWJCFC team played for the title. Parity has set in for the eight-team league.  For two seasons now, all eight found themselves battling for the four post-season positions in the final week of regular seasons.  Heading into the final set of regular-season games last year, there was an outside possibility of a five-way tie. Polls issued Friday during Media Day at Garden Valley Golf Resort suggest the balance of power may be another tug-of-war. Coaches and media agreed that coach Ryan Mahon's Blinn Buccaneers were the favorites, but some polling indicators suggest the matter may be up for debate. In the coaches poll, four teams received first-place votes.   Reigning league champion Kilgore, led by first-year head coach Willie Gooden, was picked second overall, despite receiving five first-place ballots.  Six voting points separated Blinn, Kilgore and third-place NEO.  Five points separated Tyler, TVCC and Navarro for the fourth-...

The RM III Memorial Golf Tournament, honoring late Athletic Director Roark Montgomery III, has been scheduled Saturday, Sept. 14, at Corsicana Country Club. The four-man scramble format is a fundraiser to benefit Navarro College Athletics. More information will be released soon....

At a press conference on Friday, July 12, Navarro College announced names for the inaugural class of the Bulldog Hall of Fame. The newly established Bulldog Hall of Fame will honor its former student-athletes, coaches, teams and supporters who have enriched the legacy of the institution through intercollegiate athletics. “We are excited to celebrate and recognize those who have exhibited exceptional ability and performance in their selected field of athletics and have represented Navarro College in an exemplary manner,” said Athletic Director Michael Landers. The inaugural class includes coaches whose records and successes helped to enrich the legacy of Navarro’s athletic tradition, student athletes, and one of the college’s most enthusiastic and loyal backers. They are: Roark Montgomery (athletic director/golf coach), Lewis Orr (basketball coach), Arthur ‘Skip’ Johnson (baseball coach), Randall ‘Whoa’ Dill (baseball coach), Bob McElroy (football coach), Herschel Stephens (tennis coach), Monica Aldama (cheer coach), Brian Cole (baseball), James David Stubbs (golfer), and Brenda Duncan (loyal past employee and fan). An induction ceremony will be held during a luncheon on Saturday, September 27 at the Cook Education Center. Honorees will receive ‘Bulldog Red’ blazers and plaques commemorating their induction and be introduced during halftime of the football game on the same night....