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COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Navarro Softball Coach Jessica Karenke-Burke claimed her 600th head-coaching victory here Friday as her Bulldogs (13-7) won the first two games at NFCA's NJCAA Leadoff Classic. The Bulldogs secured No. 600 with a 10-2 win over Tallahassee Community College's Eagles in six innings.  Win No. 599 was a 6-3 tournament-opening victory over the Wabash Valley Lady Warriors. Thanks to an adjusted schedule prompted by the increasing likelihood of rain Sunday, the Bulldogs will play their crossover pool game at 6 pm CT Friday against unbeaten, top-ranked Florida SouthWestern State (26-0). The 19-team field will play Gold and Silver Bracket Tournament games Saturday....

The Region XIV Men's Tournament Semifinals are set Friday. Top-seeded East Zone Champion Navarro (24-6) clashes with the Angelina Roadrunners (18-13) in the 6 pm first game. In the 8 pm game, TVCC (25-7) and Tyler (23-6) battle for a third time this season. Winners advance to Saturday's 7 pm Region XIV Championship Game at Centenary College's Gold Dome in Shreveport, La., and play for an automatic bid to the NJCAA Tournament at Hutchinson, Ks. Tonight, Navarro will seek its first Region XIV Tournament Championship game appearance since the 2012-13 season when a 25-8 Bulldog team faced Lee College in the final at The Herrington Patriot Center at UT-Tyler. The Bulldogs face an Angelina team that remains the league's hottest into the post-season. First-year coach Nick Wade's Roadrunners enter Friday's game with an eight-game winning streak and victories in 10 of their last 11. Angelina averages 78 points with a +2.5 margin differential. AC is 6-4 in games determined by two possessions or less. During their playoff-stretch run, the Roadrunners won three zone games (two on the road) by a combined nine points. They clinched the South Zone's second seed with a 61-59 win at home over Lamar State (20-12). Angelina decisively defeated a 23-9 Panola...

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Navarro Softball participates in the National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Leadoff Classic March 8-10 at The South Commons Complex. Coach Jessica Karenke-Burke’s Bulldogs (11-7) will compete with 18 other squads during the NJCAA-version of the Leadoff Classic. Weekend weather forecasts issued Wednesday call for 70-degree high temperatures under cloudy skies with a 20 percent chance of thundershowers daily, but that won't stop the Bulldogs in their quest to reach a significant milestone for their head coach. 'Coach K' will try to secure a 600th career head-coaching victory during the classic.  Now in her 18th Navarro season, she is two wins away -- with a record of 598-339 (.638).  Karenke-Burke's led the Bulldogs to six Region XIV Conference Championships and 14 post-season tournament appearances. The 19-team field includes 11 teams ranked Tuesday in the first regular-season NJCAA Polls -- 10 that were listed in NJCAA Preseason Polls released in late January.  The group includes four Division I entries: unbeaten, top-ranked Florida SouthWestern State, No. 9 Wallace State of Hanceville, Ala., No. 14 Gulf Coast State, and No. 16 Seminole State College of Florida.  Six squads among Division II’s Top 10 will compete, including top-ranked, defending national champion Jones County, Ms., No....

Region XIV East Zone-leading Navarro baseball is scheduled to travel Thursday to Paris to face the Dragons at H.L. 'Hub' Hollis Field in the first game of another conference weekend series. The teams return to Corsicana for a noon Saturday doubleheader at Perry D. Graham Field, weather permitting. The Navarro-Paris series begins just two days after the Dragons and Panola finished their delayed opening-weekend series Tuesday.  Panola, a 3-2 single-game winner last Friday, took Tuesday's doubleheader at Paris by scores of 6-1 and 8-0. Although Navarro's non-conference single game Tuesday at Galveston was cancelled by wet field conditions and inclement weather, coach Matt Podjenski's Bulldogs remained on regular conference scheduling.  Navarro (10-7) barreled out of the gates with a three-game sweep of Angelina, taking a doubleheader Saturday from the Roadrunners. Saturday's wins were 4-3 in the seven-inning first game, and 11-8 in the nine-inning nightcap. Carson Rollins pitched a complete-game three-hitter in the opener. Jose Gonzales slugged a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Stacy Bailey's two-out double to centerfield scored Mason Holt with the tiebreaking run. The Bulldogs overcame a 3-0 first-inning deficit to win. In the nightcap, the Bulldogs used a hits-batsmen, an Angelina error and singles from Cash Rugely, Jonathan Little, Esteban...

Some general Region XIV Tournament information follows about the March 5-9 event at Centenary College's Gold Dome, located at 3483 Dixie Drive in Shreveport, La. ____ Admission Tickets Ticket prices will be $7.00 per day for adults and $4.00 for students & children (Children 5 and under will be admitted free). Tournament Passes will be available for $30.00. Pass lists will not be utilized for the tournament. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Gold Dome each day of the tournament. ____ Entrances Main Entrances The main entrances will be the glass doors on either the north or south side leading into the upper level of the Gold Dome. Tickets may be purchased at either entrance. All non-team credentials may be picked up inside the south side main entrance. ____ Gold Dome Policies (1) No outside food or drinks will be allowed into the Gold Dome for the tournament. (2) Spectators may not use any kind of flash photography. ____ Tournament Programs Tournament Programs will be available for purchase at $3 each. ____ Tournament T-Shirts Tournament T-Shirts, available in adult sizes S-XXL, may be purchased for $18. ____ Results Final scores and full box scores will be posted at the conclusion of each game on the basketball schedule page at the Region XIV website. ____ Live Stream A video live stream...