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Navarro softball made short order of Paris here Saturday, sweeping the Dragons in a pair of five-inning games by the count of 12-3 and 14-1. Coach Jessica Karenke=Burke's Bulldogs improved to 15-11 overall and 4-2 in East Zone play, heading into Wednesday's doubleheader in Athens against Trinity Valley at Cain Park. In Saturday's first game, the Bulldogs paraded 14 hitters to the plate in the first inning and scored 11 runs -- featuring grand slams by third baseman Yasmin Melero and designated hitter Zoe Miranda.  Two Paris pitchers threw 60 pitches to get through the first inning against Navarro. Miranda went 2-for-2, scored twice and knocked in five runs in the abbreviated contest.  Melero went 1-for-2, scored a run and knocked in four.  Leftfielder Maddie Moore walked twice, scored two runs and knocked in another. In the nightcap, Navarro exploded for seven runs in the third and in the fourth innings to coast past the Dragons. Moore went 2-for-5, scored twice and knocked in four runs to lead the Bulldogs.  Second baseman Kora Heine went 2-for-3, scored twice and plated two more runs. Pitchers Katlynn Kaminski and Elisa Suarez combined on a two-hitter in the second game....

Unbeaten Navarro, based on shutout wins over preseason Top 10 ranked programs, vaulted from 10th into a fourth-place tie in the latest United Soccer Coaches Junior College Division I Women's Poll. Coach Alicia Wilson's Bulldogs (4-0) made the biggest leap in the first regular-season polling after 2-0 wins over preseason No. 6 Iowa Western and No. 7 Butler on neutral turfs in consecutive weekends. The Bulldogs share fourth place with Laramie County Community College (4-0) in the poll released Tuesday, Sept. 5. Region XIV rival Tyler (4-0) reaffirmed its grip on the No. 1 ranking, followed by Monroe Community College and Eastern Florida State (both 2-0).  Paradise Valley, the preseason No. 2 team, slipped to 2-2 with 2-1 losses to Phoenix and Chandler Gilbert and dropped to No. 14. The Bulldogs, 2-0 winners Tuesday in a non-conference match at Chesley Field in Cisco, play their 2017 home openers Friday and Saturday. Navarro hosts Cisco in a return engagement at 4 pm Friday and also welcomes Ranger at 4 pm Saturday. The United Soccer Coaches Junior College Division I Women's Poll (Sept. 5) 1. Tyler 2 Monroe Community College 3. Eastern Florida State 4. Navarro 4. Laramie County 6. Monroe College 7. Lewis & Clark 8. Daytona State 9. Butler 10. Chandler-Gilbert 11. Peninsula 12. Cape Fear 13....

Navarro College on Monday welcomed new licensed athletic trainer Cameron Hieb on staff, athletic director Roark Montgomery announced. Hieb, a Midwestern University graduate, worked the last two years on the Nicholls State University athletic training staff in Thibodaux, La., primarily with football, cross-country and track-and-field, and softball. He has a Master's in Educational Leadership from Nicholls State and a B.S. in Athletic Training from Midwestern State with a minor in psychology. Hieb graduated from Grapevine High School.  ...

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Three Navarro College athletic programs earned honorable mention recognitions among the NJCAA's All-Academic Team competition for 2016-17. The NJCAA reported a record 740 teams to maintain grade-point averages of 3.0 during the school year. The three Navarro sports programs honored were coach Alicia Wilson's women's soccer, coach Jessica Karenke-Burke's softball, and coach Matt Podjenski's baseball. Navarro's Region XIV finalist soccer squad combined to post a 3.07 GPA -- one of 48 qualifying NJCAA women's soccer teams. Softball compiled a 3.15 GPA and was one of 132 NJCAA programs to qualify for the honor. The Bulldogs' Region XIV tournament-finalist baseball squad put together a 3.09 GPA -- one of 82 NJCAA teams recognized with academic honors. Earlier this summer when individual student-athletes were accorded NJCAA All-American Academic honors, a total of 15 Navarro student-athletes who maintained GPAs of 3.60 or higher were  featured. Navarro's student-athlete breakdown by sport: 8 from baseball (Paul Dickens, Robert Salazar, Brady Mehl, Dalton Blake, Eric Sandoz, Johnny Panatex, Mark Geisel and Scott Hastings), 2 each from softball (Ashley Smith and Taylor Goulet), volleyball (Carolina Barbosa and Sara Parson) and football (Matt Wright and Kyle Fuller), and 1 from basketball (Calvin Anderson)....

BRYAN – The Second Brazos Valley Bowl features No. 16 Navarro (8-3) and No. 14 Hinds CC, Ms. (7-2) at 11 am Saturday, December 7, at Merrill Green Stadium. The Brazos Valley Bowl, sanctioned in 2012, was created by The City of College Station, the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Blinn College. This year’s game has been moved to Bryan ISD’s Merrill Green Stadium since renovations already have started at the site of the first bowl game – Kyle Field on the Texas A&M University campus. Coach Brian Mayper’s Southwest Junior College Football Conference runners-up will be seeking their ninth win of the season and 70th over seven seasons when they challenge coach Gene Murphy’s Eagles.  Navarro will be attempting to secure its sixth consecutive bowl victory.  The Eagles, from Raymond, Ms., finished in a third-place tie in the South Division of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC), and failed to qualify for the playoffs despite finishing the season on a five-game winning streak.  Perhaps the season’s signature win was a 24-20 win over Jones County JC at Ellisville that occurred in the middle of the winning streak.  “This bowl invitation and the chance to play in December was...