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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...

By MIKE MONTFORT  /  Photos by Keith Speer Trey Pulliam scored a team-high 17 points and led four Bulldogs in double figured as Navarro returned from a 24-day layoff and won a Region XIV conference game Friday over the Cougars at Beeville. Pulliam dished out a team-high nine assists and cleared four rebounds as coach Michael Landers' Bulldogs (14-1/4-0) extended their winning streak to 12 games with their 14-point road victory. Three Bulldogs scored 14 points apiece: Shakem Johnson, Gavin Kensmil and Ja'Quaye James. Johnson and Kensmil combined for 11-of-15 shooting from the floor with 11 rebounds. James handed out three assists and made two steals. Navarro shot 53% from the floor (28-of-53), including 6-of-18 from three-point range. NC totaled 34 rebounds (28 defensive), led by James Jean-Marie (8 + 1 blocked shot), Johnson (6 + 1 blocked shot), Kensmil (5) and Sherman Robinson (4). The Bulldogs led 48-37 at halftime and increased their lead to as many as 20 points during the second half. Navarro hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 7 pm Monday Region XIV conference game at The K. and Ida Wolens Special Events Center. SCORE BY HALVES: Navarro                48 - 37 -- 85 Coastal Bend       37 -...

Navarro Soccer's Valentina Carvajal signed Friday to attend Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls and play soccer for the Mustangs of the Lone Star Conference. Carvajal, a Cali, Colombia, native, will transfer to MSU for the 2019 spring semester, according to Navarro coach Alicia Wilson. Carvajal was the top goalscorer (19), third in assists (10) and second-leading pointmaker (48) for Navarro's 15-2-2 NJCAA Tournament Qualifiers. The sophomore forward had two hat tricks during conference play, and also had a two-goal game in the Bulldogs' 3-2 win over Tyler here at The Roark Montgomery Soccer Complex. Midwestern State, now coached by Ryan Spence, has competed at or beyond the conference tournament semifinal level 19 of 24 seasons. The Mustangs also have advanced to NCAA Division-II South Central Regionals five times since 2010. Carvajal is the fourth member of Navarro's Region XIV finalists to sign and announce transfer plans. Earlier this month, Maitane Bravo and Andrea Rabanales signed with Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and Wasila Diwura opted for Lamar University in Beaumont....

For the fifth time in the last eight years, Navarro has placed three players on the NJCAA All-American Football Team. The mythical squad, revealed Tuesday, Dec. 18, one day before the start of the early signing period, features Navarro quarterback Parker McNeil (first team), offensive lineman Josh Cooper (second team) and wide receiver Jared Wyatt (honorable mention). Navarro now has a total of 88 NJCAA Football All-Americans in its history, with a breakdown of 43 first-teamers, 20 second-teamers and 25 honorable-mention selections. McNeil is the second Navarro quarterback to earn NJCAA first-team All-American honors, and the first since 1999 when Jeremy Denson claimed the honors. Cooper follows Levon Livingston as back-to-back All-American offensive linemen. Wyatt becomes the first Navarro wide receiver to earn All-American notation since 2011 when Marquez Clark established then-NJCAA single-season records for catches (96) and yardage (1658). MORE INFORMATION: Navarro individual career and single-season football records have been updated through the conclusion of the 2018 season....