Author: Sports Editor

A compilation of team and individual, career and single-season records are included in a 20-page Southwest Junior College Football Record Book linked here. The SWJCFC records also include championship games as well as member appearances and participation in NJCAA Bowls, including the league-affiliated C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl in Waco. The SWJCFC organized in 1996, and will begin its 24th year of play in August, 2019. Navarro Sports Information Specialist Mike Montfort continues to collect data for the ongoing project.  Corrections, additions, suggestions or documentations may be sent to  mikemontfort@att.net PDF LINK:   SWJCFC Record Book (1996-2018)...

By MIKE MONTFORT   -- Three Navarro College teams and 29 NC student-athletes were recognized Monday by the NJCAA for individual and team academic achievements during the 2018-19 school year. Academic Team honors, for maintaining GPAs of 3.0 or higher, went to Navarro Soccer (3.35), Volleyball (3.18), and Softball (3.09). The 29 individual awards went to Navarro student-athletes who maintained grades of 3.60 or higher during the school year. The NJCAA broke down GPAs into ranges in order to designate first-team (4.00), second-team (3.80-3.99) and third-team (3.60-3.79) status. As a result. Navarro had nine first-, eight second- and 12 third-team Academic All-Americans. The nine NC student athletes carrying 4.0s were baseball's Pepper Jones and Trey Becerra, football's Jared DeFelice and Michael Massarella, volleyball's Luana Almeida and Monica Wood, softball's Jada Woolley and Madison Pond, and soccer's Maitane Bravo. Second-team honors (3.80-3.99) went to baseball's Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo, Gage Walters, Ryan Johnston and Colin Wyman, volleyball's Deja Arnold, softball's Makensie Miller and Jessa Johnson, and soccer's Alyssa Williams. Third-teamers (3.60-3.79) recognized include baseball's Dylan Chapman, Kyle Hawkins and Riley Lambert, basketball's Gavin Kensmil and Jonah Carrasco, football's Abraham Beauplan and Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu, volleyball's Sydney Gelsthorpe, and soccer's Paityn Bretzer, Taylor Lockwood, Vianey Rivera and Wasila Diwura. By sport, baseball had...

By MIKE MONTFORT -- The St. Louis Cardinals selected Navarro College shortstop Cash Rugely in the 40th and final round with pick No. 1205 overall Wednesday as the three-day MLB Draft came to a conclusion. Two former Bulldogs also were drafted on the final day. Three picks later after Rugely at No. 1208, the Tampa Bay Rays selected Abilene Christian University senior catcher Luis Trevino, a Buster Posey Award nominee who was the Southland Conference Player of the Year. Earlier, in the 31st round at No. 920 overall, the Chicago White Sox selected Texas State University senior righthanded pitcher Connor Reich, a former Bulldog who had a three-year record of 17-10, including 8-2 during his All-Sun Belt first-team senior season. Players from other JUCO World Series qualifying teams were picked often Wednesday. Here is a list of those players, many who played against Navarro last week in Grand Junction: Round - Player, School (Drafting Team) 4 -- Ivan Johnson, Chipola 2B (Cincinnati Reds) 9 -- Cody Milligan, Cowley C (Atlanta Braves) 14 -- Lucas Knowles, Central Arizona LHP (Washington Nationals) 15 -- Alex Haynes, Walters State RHP (Colorado Rockies) 16 -- Andrew Baker, Chipola RHP (Los Angeles Dodgers) 16 -- Dakota Donovan, Central Arizona RHP (Los Angeles Angels) 19 -- Joshua Rivera, Chipola...

Two rising sophomores from coach Jessica Karenke-Burke's Navarro Bulldogs softball team were selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Midwest Region Honor Teams. Third baseman Sarah Koeppen earned first-team recognition, and outfielder Jada Woolley claimed second-team honors. Koeppen and Woolley led Navarro in most individual offensive statistical categories during the 2019 spring season. Koeppen, with a .444/.506/.863 slash line, hit a team-high 18 home runs and led the club in runs-batted-in (58), runs scored (53), total bases (132), extra-base hits (28) and walks (18). Woolley, who earned an NJCAA Player of the Week award, slugged 11 home runs, drove in 41 runs and scored 32. She was second on the Bulldogs in total bases (103), extra-base hits (23), and walks (11). The NFCA Midwest Team is dominated by Region XIV players LINK:   NFCA Midwest Team...

By MIKE MONTFORT  -- GRAND JUNCTION, Co -- Navarro Baseball's Jose Gonzalez, Jr., and Cash Rugely were named Saturday night to The Alpine Bank JUCO World Series All-Tournament Team and also received special individual honors. Awards were presented after Central Arizona won the NJCAA Division I Baseball Championship over Iowa Western, 13-8, at Suplizio Field. In addition to the all-tournament selections, Gonzalez, Jr., was named the recipient of "The Homa Thomas Sportsmanship Award," and Rugely was given "The Jay Tolman Outstanding Defensive Player" of the series. Gonzalez, Jr., hit .500 in the series (10-for-20), with individual tournament-highs of 5 home runs, 16 runs-batted-in, and 26 total bases. Gonzales, Jr. became the 12th player in JUCO World Series history to hit three home runs in a single game and the first to do it in 10 years. The Navarro designated hitter's .500 average was fifth and his 1.300 slugging percentage was second among all players. Rugely batted .474 (9-for-19), scored eight runs, hit two home runs and drove in five. The Region XIV Eastern Conference Player of the Year finished the tournament tied for fourth in hits (9), fifth in runs (8) and sixth in total bases (16). Rugely's .962 defensive prowess was recognized with the Tolman Award....