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By MIKE MONTFORT Head basketball coach Grant McMillan presented his 2019-2020 Navarro Bulldogs Tuesday on paper as the reality of daily practices has begun. [caption id="attachment_916241" align="alignleft" width="158"] GRANT McMILLAN[/caption] McMillan and assistants Cody Hopkins and D.J. Pavlovic welcome four returning sophomores from last year's Region XIV Tournament finalist squad. They've also signed 10 players, including some sophomore transfers and an array of quality freshman talents and skill sets. Here is a thumbnail sketch of each member of McMillan's first Navarro squad:   RETURNING SOPHOMORES: Tyrese Ross Patterson (6-2, 185, New York City) -- Patterson played in 32 games as a true freshman, averaging 2.6 points, shooting 46.2 percent from the floor, and making 42 total steals. He has a 3.0 GPA and was a leader on and off the floor for the 2018 Region XIV Tournament Finalist Bulldogs. Before Navarro, Patterson played at Tennessee Prep in Memphis, Tn., for coach Harold Rayford. Sherman "Nosey" Robinson (6-7, 185, Freeport, The Bahamas) – Robinson averaged 6.6 points and 3.5 rebounds while playing in 31 games as a true freshman. He shot 38 percent beyond the three-point line for the 25-7 Bulldogs. Robinson played high school basketball at Legacy Charter in South Carolina. He was invited to the All American Juco...

BY MIKE MONTFORT  -- GRAND JUNCTION, Co -- Navarro's 23-8 run-ruled victory Thursday over tournament-unbeaten Iowa Western assured that The Alpine Bank JUCO World Series Championship Game will be played Saturday night. The Bulldogs (41-17/ 3-1) and the Reivers (51-10, 3-1) will meet again in a 7 pm MT Friday game, with the winner advancing to Saturday's 7 pm MT championship game against Central Arizona (49-20). Coach Matt Podjenski's Bulldogs are looking for Navarro's second NJCAA Division I Baseball Championship; Coach Marc Rardin's Reivers are seeking their fourth and Anthony Gilich's CAC Vaqueros will be bidding for their third JUCO World Series Championship. Navarro left little doubt Thursday that the JUCO World Series would extend to a possible Game 19 for all the three once-beaten teams. The Bulldogs dismantled the ninth-ranked Reivers in front of 8,762 fans on Challenger Night. Leadoff-hitting second baseman Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo went three-for-five, scored four and drove in five runs in the five-inning contest. Cardoza-Oquendo lacked only a home run for a potential cycle, but other teammates took care of that business. The Bulldogs parlayed home runs from Stacey Bailey, Jose Gonzalez, Jr., and Kyle Landers with a miserable performance from six Reiver pitchers that included 13 walks, 1 hit-batsmen and five wild...

By MIKE MONTFORT  --  Sophomore Day, conference championship and tournament top seed all rolled into one big post-game celebration Saturday. Navarro basketball (23-6/13-5) got 57 points from its sophomore core during a 78-52 romp past Panola for the Region XIV East Zone Championship and the top seed for next week's post-season tournament at Shreveport, La. Coach Michael Landers' 24th-ranked Bulldogs, coming off a season-low 38 percent shooting Thursday and a shorter-than-routine game-preparation, could do no wrong Saturday. They emptied an ammunition-belt of 12 three-pointers, and, on the other end, limited an opponent to 60 points or less for the third time in the last four outings. For only the fourth time this season and first since Game 8 on November 20, Xavier Davenport pumped in a game-high 20 points as the Bulldogs improved their record at Lewis Orr Court to 13-3. 'X' marked the spot, and deadly Davenport sank four three-pointers. He set early tones by nailing Navarro's first three in each half. Davenport, one of seven Bulldogs to score 25-plus in games this season, turned in his most productive scoresheet since he canned 33 in November 20 in a three-overtime win at Temple against the 24-6 Leopards, who qualified for the Region V Tournament. James...

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...