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After four polling periods of landing just outside the NJCAA Top 25, Navarro Bulldogs basketball broke through Tuesday and climbed into the No. 24 slot in the latest Men's Division I rankings. The Region XIV East Zone leading Bulldogs (16-1/6-0) carry a 14-game winning streak into league play when they host the Bossier Parish Cavaliers (14-2/4-2) at 7 pm Wednesday on Lewis Orr Court at The Wolens Special Events Center. Navarro, the only unbeaten team remaining in Region XIV conference play, shares the best overall record among Region XIV and V programs with No. 21 Collin and second-ranked South Plains (16-1).  Navarro, Collin, South Plains and No. 23 Hill all claim the most wins among Region XIV and V teams. Nine Navarro players are among Region XIV's Top 20 statistical leaders in nine different categories. The Bulldogs have six players who average in double figures: Gavin Kensmil (17.0), Shakem Johnson (15.6), James Jean-Marie (15.4), Ja'Quaye James (12.6), Trey Pulliam (12.5) and Xavier Davenport (11.6). Kensmil (72.7 percent) and Johnson (71.7 percent) now rank among the NJCAA's Top 5 in field-goal shooting percentage for an NC squad that leads the NJCAA (55.8 percent). Faculty, students and fans are encouraged to come out Wednesday and support the...

Navarro College’s head volleyball coach Ronda Shirley has been named to the head coaching position The University of South Carolina Upstate Spartans volleyball team. “While it is a major loss for Navarro College, we are very excited for Ronda and her family for this great career opportunity,” said Michael Landers, Athletic Director. “She changed the culture of our volleyball program the moment she stepped on campus and has set us up to continue to build on the success the program has had over the past two seasons.” Shirley, an NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Famer, takes over a struggling USC Upstate Spartan program that’s experienced 11 losing seasons in its first 12 of NCAA Division I volleyball as a member of The Big South Conference. The Spartanburg, SC, university enjoyed great success at NAIA and Division II levels, but its most successful D-I season since 2007 was a 15-15 finish in 2015. Rebuilding projects are nothing new to Shirley, whose two Navarro teams went 65-19 with unprecedented successes after transforming the culture of a program that went 6-30 in 2016. Last season, Shirley’s school-record-setting Bulldogs went 38-7, earned a program-high No. 3 ranking, claimed a No. 4 seed in their first-ever NJCAA Tournament...

Expanded Region XIV and Region V Men's Basketball Standings, as well as results on team schedules, have been updated Sunday, Jan. 13.  Links to the printable pdf files are posted on this page. Exp Reg XIV and V MBB Standings 2018-2019 (Jan 13) 2018-2019 Region XIV and V MBB Team by Team Schedules (Jan 13)...

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.        ...