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COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Navarro middle-infielder Kamryn 'Kamo' Wells was named to the NFCA's NJCAA Leadoff Classic All-Tournament Softball Team last weekend in Columbus, Ga. Wells went 11-for-19 (.579) at the plate during the five games.  She doubled twice, scored six runs and stole six bases for the Bulldogs against Wabash Valley, Tallahassee, Florida SouthWestern, and Seminole State College of Florida during the classic.  She had two hits in each of Navarro's first four games and wrapped with a 3-for-4 against Seminole State. Navarro (13-10) is scheduled to host Western Nebraska Community College (10-12) for a Thursday non-conference doubleheader.  The Bulldogs open the Region XIV East Zone campaign here Friday against Bossier Parish. Leadoff Classic All-Tournament Team Amber Parker, Central Alabama Mia Ruther, Des Moines Area Rebeca Laudino, Florida SouthWestern State Hannah Poole, Gulf Coast State Sam McKee, Illinois Central Dawn Bodrug, Indian River State Kayla Collins, Jones County London Jackson, Kirkwood Taylor Hulett, Lansing Jensen Howell, LSU-Eunice Kamryn Wells, Navarro Makiya Giles, Northwest Florida State Paige Webster, Rock Valley Ashley Ramber, San Jacinto College-South Taylor Langworthy, Seminole State College of Florida Hailey McEldowney, SinclaIr Mirah Clark, Wabash Valley Mabry Norris, Wallace State...

HILLSBORO -- Second baseman Travis Washburn hit a three-run homer, scored four runs and stole four bases Monday as Navarro defeated Hill, 15-6, in a run-ruled, seven-inning non-conference game. Washburn's homer gave Navarro a 5-0 second-inning lead. Catcher Justin Moore slugged a two-out, two-run homer in the fifth inning that expanded a 7-6 Navarro lead. Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo went 2-for-2, scored, and drove in three runs. His one-out double in the fourth plated Washburn and gave NC a 7-4 lead. Cardoza-Oquendo's two-run single in the sixth brought home Kyle Hawkins and Riley Lambert to make it 13-6. Starter Kade Pechanec worked 2.1 innings and got credit for the pitching victory. Trent Padron, Corbin Hall and Brady Mehl worked in relief. Hall and Mehl combined for 3.1 innings of hitless relief with two strikeouts apiece. SUNDAY:  Game 2 -- Navarro 8, Paris 0 (7 innings) Monday's single game followed up a Sunday conference doubleheader split here with the Paris Dragons. PJC squeezed out a 4-3 win in Sunday's opener, but the Bulldogs rolled to an 8-0 run-ruled win in Game 2 behind lefthander Angelo Gennari's one-hit shutout with 14 strikeouts. Gennari (3-1) threw 62 strikes among his 95 pitches in the seven-inning second game.  He pitched a perfect game...

On To The Championship! Top-seeded East Zone winner Navarro (25-6) advanced to Saturday's 7 pm Region XIV Men's Championship Game with a 73-64 semifinal victory Friday over the Angelina Roadrunners. Navarro next will face TVCC (26-7) at Centenary College's Gold Dome in Shreveport, La., for the regional championship and the automatic bid for the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Ks. Coach Guy Furr's Cardinals defeated Tyler 77-72 in Friday's other semifinal matchup. TVCC twice lost to TJC (23-7) during the regular season (84-66 at Athens and 74-72 at Tyler). In Friday's first semifinal, the Bulldogs scored the final nine points of the game, breaking from a 64-64 tie with 1:57 to play. Sherman Robinson's third three-pointer of the game broke the final deadlock with 1:36 left on the clock. Shakem Johnson's turnaround jumper at 1:29 after an Angelina inbounding turnover gave the 'Dogs a five-point lead. Free throws by Trey Pulliam and Xavier Davenport extended the margin. The 24th-ranked Bulldogs will be making their first Region XIV Basketball Championship Game appearance since the 2012-13 season when a 25-8 Navarro team played Lee in the title game at The Herrington Patriot Center at UT-Tyler. Saturday's championship-game appearance will be Navarro's seventh since the 2006-2007 season. It will mark coach Michael...

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...