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BY MIKE MONTFORT  -- PORT ARTHUR -- Free throws by Trey Pulliam, Xavier Davenport and Ja'Quaye James inside the final :20 helped Navarro turn back Lamar State, 77-75, Saturday in a battle of Region XIV Zone leaders at The Carl Parker Center. Navarro (16-1/6-0) won its 14th consecutive game, remained unbeaten in conference play, and completed a sweep of all six regular-season South Zone crossover games.  Coach Michael Landers' Bulldogs seized a second two-possession win that maintained their unbeaten road record (5-0) and broke the Seahawks' five-game winning streak. While handing coach Lance Madison's Seahawks their second homecourt loss of the season, NC's season record equals the best compiled among Region XIV and Region V teams with Collin (16-1) and matches Collin, Hill and TVCC for the most wins. The Bulldogs had opened their second nine-point lead (69-60) with 2:53 to go, but the Seahawks stormed back by tallying seven unanswered -- finally pulling within 69-67 on Devin Ellis' layup with :48 remaining. Ellis led Seahawk scorers with 19, 17 in the second half. Pressed for time, Lamar State fouled NC, but sent the Bulldogs' three top percentage free-throw shooters to the line. Guards Pulliam, Davenport and James finished off the win and the team's...

Two sophomore members of coach Ronda Shirley's Navarro Bulldogs volleyball team -- Bailey Foy and Viktoria Velika -- graduated in December. They now are enrolled for spring semester classes at four-year university programs in Florida with the intent to continue to play volleyball. Foy, an NJCAA All-Tournament selection, will be at NCAA Division I Jacksonville University, playing for the Dolphins of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Velika, a first-team All-Region XIV conference outside hitter, will attend NCAA Division II Barry University of Miami Shores, Fla., and play for the Buccaneers of the Sunshine State Conference. Foy and Velika helped Navarro to a school-best 38-7 record, the No. 3 NJCAA ranking and an Elite Eight finish in its first-ever NJCAA Volleyball Tournament appearance.        ...

BY MIKE MONTFORT --  Scott Parr returns to Navarro College as the Bulldogs’ 15th head football coach. Parr last season served as offensive coordinator at NCAA Division I-FCS Eastern Illinois University after a three-year stint in the same capacity at Navarro, where his offensive units ranked among the NJCAA’s Top 10 in yardage and scoring (2015-17). [caption id="attachment_915294" align="alignright" width="199"] SCOTT PARR[/caption] “I know what a special place Navarro is as a school and from an athletics standpoint,” Parr said. “I’ve always had a dream to become a head football coach somewhere, and I was hopeful to have an opportunity. It’s great to be back. “I’m very appreciative of Dr. Kevin Fegan and Athletic Director Michael Landers for their confidence and support,” Parr said. “My family and I are grateful for this opportunity. I’m really pumped up about representing this college and a program with so much tradition that’s produced so many All-Americans and professional players.” Another factor Parr recognizes is his association with NC’s current assistant coaches. “I know most everyone on that very talented, hard-working staff,” he said. “Familiarity is a big thing and automatically helps the process of stepping in.” “We are excited to have Scott become the next leader of our Bulldog football program,”...

BY MIKE MONTFORT Photos By Keith Speer --- East Zone leader Navarro (15-1/5-0) won its 13th consecutive game and stood as the only unbeaten squad remaining in Region XIV conference play after a 90-82 win here Monday over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sophomore transfer Gavin Kensmil led four Bulldogs in double-figure scoring with 19 points from 8-of-10 shooting. He grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots. Sophomore Trey Pulliam pitched in 17 points, grabbed three rebounds, handed out a team-high five assists and made a team-high three steals. The Bulldogs, now at 5-0, are the only unbeatens left in conference play after Monday.  Navarro's next opponent, Lamar State-Port Arthur, went on the road and edged Kilgore (3-1) at Masters Gym, 72-70, on a last-second shot by the Seahawks' Nathan Bailey.  Meanwhile, the Angelina Roadrunners went to Bossier Parish (3-1) and snapped the Cavaliers' perfect record, 82-79. Navarro, sporting the NJCAA's top team field-goal percentage, shot 50.7 percent from the floor Monday, hitting 34-of-67 shots. Of that total, the Bulldogs connected on 47.8 percent of their three-point attempts (11-of-23). Navarro hit threes liberally during the first half -- 8 of them -- as it raced to a 52-29 advantage. Nicholas Rene and Ja'Quaye James each contributed 14 points to round...

Former Navarro College head football coach Jim Gush officially was named new defensive coordinator at McNeese State on Thursday, Jan. 4. Gush resigned here December 14 after coaching the 2018 Bulldogs to a 6-5 record, the SWJCFC Semifinals, and a berth in the 10th annual Salt City Bowl at Hutchinson, Ks.  He had been promoted after one season as the Bulldogs' defensive coordinator. Gush was among early target choices on coach Sterlin Gilbert's newly assembled staff at McNeese.  Gilbert, the former University of South Florida Offensive Coordinator, had been hired Wednesday, Dec. 5, by the Lake Charles, La., school as its new head coach.  Upon taking the job, Gilbert scrambled to put together an entirely new coaching cadre, as well as hold and attract recruits during the NCAA's early signing period, December 19-21. Joining Gush on McNeese's staff is a former Bulldog assistant, Jimmy Fowler, who was named as the Cowboys' new Director of Football Operations. Gush was the third Southwest Junior College Football Conference head coach to resign after NJCAA Bowl Weekend, Dec 1-2. On Tuesday, Dec. 4, Danny Palmer resigned after 13 seasons at Tyler, but will continue to work in TJC’s athletic department. On Thursday, Dec. 12, Kilgore’s J.J. Eckert officially was named...