Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


February 22, 2013

Navarro Hoops: Navarro can clinch regular season title at No. 20 Kilgore

— Navarro has basically been atop the Region XIV basketball standings for three months now. The Runnin’ Bulldogs have a chance to lead this race wire-to-wire.

They’re like a prize fighter who’s won the first 14 of 15 scheduled rounds. And now it’s time to finish the opponent off.

Navarro (22-5, 14-2) can win the regular season conference title on Saturday at Kilgore against the No. 20-ranked Rangers (23-4, 13-4) in a 4 p.m. showdown.

That’s right — Kilgore is ranked and Navarro isn’t, despite a 69-59 Runnin’ Bulldogs win back on Feb. 2. But that’s another story.

The bigger one is about finishing things off. Navarro coach Johnny Estelle wants to see his team close out the deal and clinch a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament.

“We’ve done a great job up to this point,” Estelle said. “We have to prepare for this moment. You’re only as good as your last game.”

So he’s warned his team all week about not letting  its guard down with three tough games left against Kilgore, Tyler and Trinity Valley, the three teams behind Navarro in the East standings.

Estelle,  a huge boxing fan, has used December’s Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez fight as a reference point.

If you haven’t seen the bout — even if you’re not a boxing fan — you should find a way to see the replay. Watching it live was one of those monumental sports moments.

In the fight, the fourth between the two, Pacquiao was ahead on most unofficial scorecards. He was mostly in control. For the first two minutes, 50 seconds of the sixth round, he was getting the better of Marquez and seemed to be gaining momentum.

Then, in a heartbeat, everything change. Pacquiao let his guard down, and Marquez floored him with one of the most powerful right hands in boxing history. Pacquiao was out cold and the title was lost.

Estelle doesn’t want that to happen to Navarro. The Runnin’ Bulldogs  have come all this way, in front in a difficult conference race, and he doesn’t want to see them give it up.

“I don’t want them to lose focus and not get the prize,” Estelle said.

Navarro dominated the first game against Kilgore, leading by as much as 19 points in the second half. Point guard Harrison Hawkins had 16 points to lead the way.

The game was disrupted flow wise by 63 fouls whistled, 36 of them on Navarro. Kilgore shot 51 free throws, several late in the second half to help the Rangers close the gap.

Navarro has won four straight games since an overtime loss at Tyler and 19 out of 21 overall. Kilgore has won five straight games by an average of 13.6 points since losing at Navarro.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs will be playing to clinch. The Rangers to stay alive. It makes for the showdown of the year in Region XIV.

“It’s going to be sophomore night for them,” Estelle said. “Both teams still have to play the game. This is like a tournament game for us. We’ve told our team that.”


Text Only
  • 7-30-14 Davis.jpg Former Cowboy Keith Davis delivers motivational speech

    Keith Davis believes in dreams.
    He lived his.
    That was one of the messages Davis, a former Dallas Cowboys safety, delivered to a standing-room-only crowd of youngsters Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club, where he spoke with enthusiasm and energy about life inside and outside of the NFL.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-30 web Wortham TTBA picture.jpg TTBB: Wortham takes second at state tournament

    The Wortham Bulldogs made an impressive run at the Texas Teenage Baseball Association High School Eligible State Tournament in Buffalo and took second in the state.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-29-14 tiger sharks.jpg Tiger Sharks make splash at state meet

    There are leaps and bounds, and then there's what the Corsicana YMCA Tiger Sharks did over the weekend at the Lone Star state swimming meet in Frisco.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-27 Shimonek all-star.jpg Mildred's Shimonek transferring from Iowa, will walk on at Texas Tech

    Former Mildred quarterback and Golden Circle Del Thrash Player of the Year Nic Shimonek is leaving the University of Iowa after one red-shirt year and transferring to Texas Tech because of Iowa's pro-style offense.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • RON MORGAN.jpg Morgan; Remembering House and a better era

    The Cowboys started training camp the same week that Robert Newhouse died.
    In a way, that’s very unfortunate for Jerry. Thinking back to the “Human Bowling Ball” and the teams of that era might lead to the inevitable comparisons to today’s product on the field.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • weights.jpg GC Football: Blooming Grove's Williams expects to win

    His father was a head coach for years at Pecos High and his brother-in-law is the head football coach at DeSoto, but Lawrence Williams Jr., a man who loves coaching football, never had any ideas about being the head man.
    “I love coaching,'' said Williams as he sat at his desk in Blooming Grove, where he became the Lions' head coach this summer. “I just never thought about being the head coach and I never applied to be a head coach. With this job I can still coach.''

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kevin Reese mug.jpg Outdoors: Kevin Reese: Summer time means summer tracking

    With only two months before opening day of archery season you should already have your bow maintenance complete, be shooting daily and chomping at the bit for our favorite day to arrive!
    Let’s face it, few animals turn our rotors like whitetail deer.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • All-State Baseball: Corsicana's Harlan and Wolver honored on TSWA/Collin Street Bakery 4A All-State Baseball team

    Corsicana junior Brady Harlan and sophomore Layton Wolver were honored on the Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery Class 4A All-State Baseball team that was announced Tuesday night.

    July 22, 2014

  • 7-23-14 Kayana.jpg Gymnastics: Kaylana Dickson celebrates national title with fans and her uncle David Hawthorne

    Kaylana Dickson got the name Bebop on her way to winning a national title in gymnastics this summer, and boy did it catch fire.
    Kaylana, a Corsicana native, picked up fans from all over the country and many bought Bebop T-shirts to help pay her expenses to Spokane, Wa., where she won the 8-and-under title in the double-mini trampoline event and finished third in floor exercise.
    More than 100 of her friends, family members and fans showed up at the Corsicana YMCA on Saturday to celebrate the national title and be on hand for a drawing for an autographed New Orleans Saints football jersey from David Hawthorne, a star defensive lineman for the Saints and Kaylana's uncle

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • All-State Baseball: TSWA/Collin Street Bakery All-State 3A baseball team is announced

    The Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery Class 3A All-State Baseball Team was announced Tuesday.


    July 22, 2014