Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

January 1, 2013

Navarro Hoops: Runnin' Bulldogs resume workouts

Returns to action Wednesday night at Ranger

By Todd Wills
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Just because the Kiwanis Classic high school games ended around 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday night didn’t mean basketball was done at the Wolens Special Events Center the last few days.

Not with the Navarro Runnin’ Bulldogs basketball team back in town after Christmas break.

The Bulldogs resumed workouts with two-a-days over the weekend, holding practices in the afternoon and then after the final Kiwanis game until around midnight.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs swing back into action at 6 p.m. Tuesday night at Ranger in a non-conference game.

Navarro (11-4), tied at 4-1 for the conference lead with three teams, resumes league games at 4 p.m. Saturday against Lamar State-Port Arthur at the K. and Ida Wolens Special Events Center.

Lamar State, San Jacinto and Coastal Bend are all 4-1 and tied atop the South Zone. Navarro is a game in front of Kilgore in the North.

This is a crucial time of the season as Navarro coach Johnny Estelle has seen all of his players up close during games in the fall semester,. Now it’s time to find out what they’ve learned and which players on the roster are ready to step up and lead the team back to nationals.

“This is the most important of the season,” Estelle said. “No classes. No other students around. It’s just us.”

The Runnin’ Bulldogs are going through conditioning and also working on fundamentals such as transition offense and free throws. It’s also an important bonding time with late-night meals.

It’s all about using some midnight madness to get ready for the rest of the season.