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Two former Navarro Bulldogs playing major league baseball again are among 30 nominees for The Roberto Clemente Award. That’s the Boston Red Sox’ Brock Holt and the Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis. Again. Yes, again. It’s a fourth nomination in the last five years for Holt; for Davis, it’s his third consecutive. Holt and Davis will be recognized in each of their games during The 18th annual Roberto Clemente Day on Wednesday, Sept. 18. There are no better nominees for the prestigious Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB to recognize players from each club who best represent the game through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy, and positive contributions, both on and off the field. For the uninitiated, Holt and Davis are deeply involved in many ways with major projects in their communities. Here are just a few reasons they’ve received multiple Clemente Award nominations: HOLT: Since arriving in Boston in 2013, Holt has cemented himself as a community fixture via his extensive work with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Home Base Program and several other causes. He’s served as the Jimmy Fund Captain since 2015, raising funds for cancer research and adult and pediatric cancer care for Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Before the holidays, Holt joins...

A Celebration of Life for Derwood "Pop" Penney will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana. Visitation with the family will be from 6 pm until 8 pm Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. Interment will be at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Navarro College Foundation, Derwood Penney Memorial, 3200 West 7th Ave., Corsicana, Tx., 75110. Penney, the longtime volunteer coach for the Navarro College baseball program, died Saturday morning.  He was 78. He volunteered countless hours, threw millions of batting practice pitches, hit hundreds of thousands of ground balls, and has shared infinite wisdom and a love for the game with hundreds of Navarro baseball players over the last 16 years. Der married Wanda Fitch on June 2, 1962 and they were happily married for 57 years. He was a farm parts department manager for over 45 years with J.A. Penney Implement and Vitters Tractor. He loved God, Family and Baseball. Penney played in the first Corsicana Little League baseball program organized by Stuart Beebe in 1953.  He was a junior second baseman for coach Jesse Cummings' 1958 state finalist Corsicana Tiger baseball team.  Later, he attended Navarro College and was a...

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...

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....

By MIKE MONTFORT   -- GRAND JUNCTION, Co. -- Navarro's magnificent, memorable march to the pinnacle of The Alpine Bank JUCO World Series ended Friday, but rewarded coach Matt Podjenski's Bulldogs with a third-place finish. In an elimination semifinal play-in game, ninth-ranked Iowa Western (52-10) reversed Thursday's result and run-ruled the Bulldogs in eight innings, 15-7. Coach Marc Rardin's Northern District Champion Reivers advanced to their fourth JUCO World Series Final and faced Central Arizona's Vaqueros  (49-20) for the title in Saturday's 7 pm MT contest at Sam Suplizio Field. Navarro, lightly regarded among Texas junior college baseball programs during the spring, concluded a 41-18 season that featured a magical run of 22 wins in their final 27 games (15 of 17 regular-season and 7 of 9 postseason).  The Region XIV Tournament Champion Bulldogs used an awesome power display with their searing bats and stormed their way to 103 runs over those final nine contests that included four run-ruled wins. During a week-long stay at Grand Junction, the Bulldogs hit .338, scored 61 runs and slugged 14 homers. On Friday, Iowa Western took charge early against the Bulldogs and freshman lefthanded starter Carson Rollins.  The Reivers chased Rollins after 1.1 innings, and took a comfortable 6-0...