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Navarro College began its nationwide search for a new men’s head basketball coach after Michael Landers relinquished the position Monday to focus his attention toward his Athletic Director responsibilities. Landers was named Athletic Director in October 2018, but continued to serve additionally as the head basketball coach throughout the season. “You have no idea how excited I am about this next chapter, mainly because of the people in our department that I have the opportunity to work alongside,” Landers told athletic staff members Monday. “Roark (Montgomery) helped to build and shape this department for 30 years and I will do my best each day to help not only maintain, but work tirelessly to continue building on the successes, reputation and expectations for all Bulldog sports. We are in a very exciting time for our department with Dr. Fegan as District President at Navarro and we have the best possible individuals leading each of our athletic programs.” Over his six years with Navarro College Landers served as Head Basketball Coach, Kinesiology Department Chair, Interim Athletic Director and Athletic Director. His 2018-19 basketball team (25-7) reached the Region XIV Tournament finals after winning the East Zone and the tournament’s No. 1 seed, thanks to...

Region XIV finalist Navarro's 25-7 run concluded Saturday in its championship-game loss to TVCC, but six members of the Bulldogs' basketball team were accorded seven post-season honors for their banner season. Two players were named to the league's all-tournament team.  Two more players were named All-Region XIV East Zone second-teamers.  Another pair was selected as honorable mentions. And their head coach, Michael Landers, was chosen as the Region XIV East Zone "Coach Of The Year" for guiding Navarro to a 25-win season, a league-best 13-5 mark, top-seeding in the tournament and a No. 24 ranking in the final regular-season NJCAA D-I Men's Basketball Poll.  The 2018-19 Preseason Coaches Poll picked Navarro to finish fourth in its zone. Landers led the Bulldogs to their seventh appearance in a Region XIV Tournament Championship game and their first since the 2012-13 season when Navarro played Lee in a final played at The Herrington Patriot Center at UT-Tyler. Sophomores drew other honors for the NC program. Trey Pulliam and Xavier Davenport were selected All-Tournament.  Pulliam and James Jean-Marie joined a group of All-East Zone honorable-mention picks, while Gavin Kensmil and Shakem Johnson claimed All-East second-team honors.       ...

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...