Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


January 27, 2014

Navarro: Bulldogs baseball and Lady Bulldogs softball teams both earn national ranking

Corsicana — Navarro’s Bulldogs, who are hoping to return to the Juco World Series will open thir season with a doubleheader at home at noon on Friday against North Central.

And they will start the season ranked No. 5 in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Top 20 preseason poll.

The Bulldogs are ranked No. 8 in Collegiate Baseball’s Top 20 preseason poll.

The Lady Bulldogs softball team is ranked No. 13 in the NJCAA preseason poll.

The Bulldogs went 40-16 last year and came close to winning it all. They return three every day starters — Third baseman Grayson Lewis, catcher  Jovan Hernandez and outfielder J. P. Phillips — and two starting pitchers — J.D. Hammer and Jack Moffitt.

They also added LSU transfer Braden Strickland, a righthanded pitcher from Gun Barrel.

The Lady Bulldogs, who were 29-19, are loaded and added Golden Circle Player of the Year Olivia Farmer from Mildred.

The Lady Bulldogs, who bring back a lot of talent, bring back six starters, including All-American shortstop Monique Miller.

And the addition of power-hitting third baseman Kristen Ahearn,  transfer from Arkansas Tech, makes the left side of the Navarro defense one of the best in the nation.

A new rule allows two teams from the region to reach the national tournament, and that’s the goal at Navarro.

The Lady Bulldogs open their season in the Galveston Tournament, where they face Blinn at 9 a.m. on Friday.


 Here’s a look at the two polls:


NJCAA Baseball

Team        Last year’s record

1. Central Alabama       43-14    

2 Connors State              53-11

3 Grayson College         40-18

4 Palm Beach State      42-21

5  Navarro College     40-16

6 Central Arizona         43-15

7 Chipola College             40-20

8 Iowa Western            45-15     

9 Howard College         37-23     

10 Cochise College        52-19

11 Spartanburg             48-15

12 Walters State           38-18

13. Cowley County        45-11

14. Western Nevada     44-20

15 Neosho County        36-27     

16 Delgado College       47-11     

17 St. Coll. of Florida   45-13     

18 Georgia Perimeter   36-21     

19  Alvin College            38-22     

20 Crowder College     47-13

NJCAA Softball

1 Wallace State             55-12

2. Indian River                42-1

3 NE Okla. A&M               44-11

4. Pima College             50-19

5 Howard College             53-11     

6 Butler College               54-5

7 Galveston College      42-17     

8 Chipola College          45-10

9 Southern Idaho          50-11     

10 Odessa College         46-21

11 Lake Land College     50-7     

12 Iowa Western           42-14     

13 Navarro College     29-19    

14 Gulf Coast St.          43-19     

15 McLennan College   38-15     

16 Salt Lake College    53-11     

17 No. Central Texas   51-16

18 Eastern Arizona      41-17

19 Georgia Perimeter  23-16     

20 Spartanburg Meth. 41-15

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  • CHS SotfballSpence.jpg GC Softball: Playoff Time

    There  were some bumps on the road and slides in the standings and a few bruises along the way, but five Golden Circle teams have reached the softball playoffs that begin with first round games on Thursday.
    For Corsicana it was a wakeup call during the second half of district play that gave the Tigers the push they needed, and for Mildred it was the culmination of yet another splendid season as the Lady Eagles made the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Blooming Grove is back again, a regular in post season play with a chance to make a run, and Hubbard begins its quest to get to the state tournament and Austin with a one-game playoff on Thursday against Itasca in Italy.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NVSBAhearn.jpg Navarro Softball: Bulldogs split with Kilgore, win final home game

    Kristen Ahearn was mad, steaming.
    Even her peanut butter and jelly sandwich that she ate between the doubleheader games didn't taste good. Nothing fit. Nothing was in sync. Nothing felt right or even tasted right.
    Then Ahearn found the cure.
    Simple enough: Just go out and blast a three-run homer.
    That's the short version of what happened Tuesday at Navarro College, where Ahearn's three-run bomb ignited the Bulldogs in the second game against Kilgore and Navarro went on to win 8-5 to close out its regular season with a bang and a smile from Ahearn.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • KerensBBAnderson.jpg GC Baseball: Kerens beats Cayuga 5-1, wins first district title since 1981

    The wait is over.
    And it came just in time for Brett Anderson, who left it all on the mound Tuesday night at Kerens, where he pitched a masterpiece to lead the Bobcats over Cayuga, 5-1, and help the program win its first baseball district title since 1981.
    “I've got no gas left. I'm out,'' said Anderson, a senior lefty who stopped Cayuga cold, holding the three-time defending district champs to just three singles while striking out 14.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • GC Basebal Roundup: Corsicana blasts Jacksonville; BG wins huge district game

    The Corsicana Tigers wrapped up district play with a dominating 9-0 win over the Jacksonville Indians behind Trevor Nolen, who shut out the Indians and allowed only one hit over 6 1/3 innings.  Donovan Fields came on to retire the final two hitters. The Tiger pitchers limited the Indians to only 25 plate appearances in the game and no runner to reach third base.

    April 22, 2014

  • 4-23-14 Rodeo clown.jpg Rodeo: Navarro County Derrick Days -- Burton is back

    He's back.
    Professional rodeo entertainer Ronald Burton returns to the Navarro County Exposition Center  April 25-26 to entertain the crowd at the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro Rodeo.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Huggins rodeo Huggins to call shots at Derrick Days Rodeo

    West Huggins will serve as the announcer for the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro rodeo. The Gardendale native is the reigning three-time United Professional Rodeo Association Announcer of the Year.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • NC baseball Whoa 300th Dill gets 300th win in Navarro baseball sweep of Bossier Parish

    Navarro baseball’s weekend in Louisiana was significant on a number of fronts. On one hand, coach Whoa Dill notched his 300th win. On the other, and perhaps more importantly, the Bulldogs simply continued to play well. The Bulldogs swept Bossier Parish to move 14-11 in Region XIV East Zone play, and 27-17 overall.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mildred sending five to regional track meet

    Sasha Ballard set a school record in the 800 meters and paced a contingent of five Mildred thinclads heading to Stephenville for the regionals later this week.

    April 21, 2014

  • Kerens boys grab four gold medals at area track meet

    Tavion Hall and Jalon Moss each snared a pair of gold medals as Kerens boys finished second at their area track meet last week with 88 points.

    April 21, 2014

  • Area schedule for the week

    Here's a look at this week's schedule for Golden Ciircle teams and Navarro College. The schedule does not include upcoming bi-district playoff games in softball because times and sites have yet to be determined.

    April 18, 2014

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