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BY MIKE MONTFORT Shakem Johnson's 26 points led five Bulldogs in double-figure scoring as Navarro (13-1/3-0) closed out the fall semester with its 11th straight victory -- a 95-51 drubbing of the Louisiana Christian School Disciples. Johnson, logging his third game of 25-plus scoring this season, sank 10-of-14 shots and led Bulldog rebounders with nine. The Bulldogs' 13-1 start is the team's best since the 2009-10 campaign when Johnny Estelle's club went 12-1 before Christmas of a school-record-equaling 30-7 season that ended with a fourth-place finish at the NJCAA Tournament. Navarro's current 11-game winning streak is the program's longest since Estelle's 2009-10 team fashioned a 13-game streak during its march into Hutchinson, Ks. That squad won its final eight regular-season, three Region XIV Tournament and two NJCAA Tournament games in succession. Trey Pulliam and Ja'Quaye James each hit 14 points Tuesday for Navarro, which shot 53 percent from the floor (38-of-72) and cruised to the easy victory. Pulliam's 14 came from 6-of-7 shooting. He led the team in assists for the seventh straight game, totaling five. James was part of a 30-point bench brigade Tuesday, contributing his 14 from 5-of-8 shooting Starters James Jean-Marie added...

Navarro Basketball was a fourth-place pick in the East Zone by league coaches Tuesday when preseason polls were released at the 21st Annual Region XIV Conference Media Tipoff in Athens. Here are the coaches polls, including first-place ballots in parentheses and total voting points. EAST ZONE 1. TVCC (8) 80 2. Tyler (3) 75 3. Panola (1) 66 4. Navarro 44 5. Kilgore (1) 41 6. Paris 30 7. BPCC 28 SOUTH ZONE 1. Blinn (6) 68 2. Jacksonville (5) 58 2. Lamar-PA (2) 58 4. Lee 35 5. Angelina 29 6. Coastal Bend 25 Coach Michael Landers' Bulldogs open their season at Lewis Orr Court in The Wolens Special Events Center on Friday, Nov. 2, against Dallas Diesel. Navarro dedicates Lewis Orr Court on Saturday, Nov. 3, during halftime of its 4 pm game with Creating Young Minds (CYM) Academy....

By MIKE MONTFORT The floor at Wolens Special Events Center officially will be renamed "Lewis Orr Court" to honor Navarro's Hall of Fame Basketball Coach. [caption id="attachment_913987" align="alignright" width="181"] Wolens SEC floor dedicated as 'Lewis Orr Court' to honor NJCAA Hall of Fame Coach November 3.[/caption] Coach Orr will be honored with a luncheon preceding the dedication of the floor at halftime on Saturday, Nov. 3, Navarro Athletic Director Michael Landers announced Thursday. Orr's name is synonymous with Navarro Basketball.  He spent 37 years as an NJCAA head coach -- 32 of that here.  He collected 678 wins -- third most among Texas junior college basketball coaches -- and was inducted into NJCAA Hall of Fame in the Class of 2009.  That year, Navarro reached the NJCAA Basketball Tournament in Hutchinson, Ks., for the first time. Work began Thursday on the Wolens SEC court that will soon bear his name, Landers said. Landers thanked donors and Bulldog supporters that have helped make this possible. For more information, or to make a contribution to the project, please contact us at 903-875-7488 or via email at michael.landers@navarrocollege.edu. The rendition of Lewis Orr Court at The Wolens Special Events Center: ...

Navarro College selected Michael Landers as its new Athletic Director, District President Dr. Kevin Fegan announced Tuesday. Landers has been with Navarro College since August of 2013, and has served as Assistant Athletic Director, Head Basketball Coach and Kinesiology Chair. “Our nationwide search centered on finding an individual who not only met the required position qualifications, but also believes in the vision, mission and values of Navarro College. Coach Landers understands the changing landscape of college athletics and the important role that student athletes play as members of the campus and Corsicana communities,” Dr. Fegan said. “After reviewing candidates from across the country our leadership team knew that the right candidate was currently within our staff.” With over 24 years in collegiate sports and 10 years in athletic administration, Landers’ experience demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all sports and the associated support that is necessary to sustain a high-profile athletic program. Before coming to Navarro College, Landers began his career at Baton Rouge Community College as Director of Athletics and Head Basketball Coach. He then moved to Trinity Valley Community College as Assistant Vice President for Student Services and Head Basketball Coach. He has served as Interim Athletic Director for Navarro College...