Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Sports

February 23, 2013

Navarro hoops: Bulldogs dazed and confused after pepper-spraying

Navarro coaches, players get maced in locker room

Kilgore — Navarro lost a basketball game on Saturday night, then got pepper-sprayed by Kilgore campus police in a post-game incident that left Bulldog coaches upset and confused.

"We got maced in our own locker room," Navarro head coach Johnny Estelle said.

Navarro assistant coaches Eric Colbert and Brian Crawford and players David Woodard, Jamar Goodwin and Jaleel Cousins took the brunt of the pepper spray, getting hit for several seconds in the face.

Two Kilgore campus policeman sprayed the Navarro coaches and players at the entry way of their locker room. The pepper spray still lingered -- strongly -- in the Bulldogs' locker room and Masters Gymnasium after the game.

Players were scrambling around for water and wet towels to ease the burning in their eyes. Others were dealing with breathing issues, especially players who suffer from asthma, Estelle said.

Kilgore was celebrating a hard-fought 88-78 victory over Navarro that kept the Rangers alive in the Region XIV conference race with a week to go in the season.

"They played a good game," Estelle said. "It really tarnishes the win."

Kilgore players and students celebrated the victory at center court and lingered for several minutes after the game. Navarro came out of the locker room and into the entry way out to the floor because they heard a whistle being blown.

"We had a lot of family and friends at the game," Estelle said. "We were worried about our fans. My wife and baby were out there. Our kids were in the locker room. They came out to see what was going on when they heard the whistle."

Colbert said he was getting his players back in the locker room when one of the Kilgore campus police started spraying in the locker room. They sprayed three times in all, Crawford said.

"The policeman said, 'this isn't going to be like football,'" Colbert said. "I said, 'I don't know anything about football.'"

In a football playoff game last fall, Navarro scored two late touchdowns on Kilgore in a victory that left Kilgore coaches and players upset. Several Kilgore football players were in the crowd and added to what was a good enviroment for a intense basketball game.

But what happened in the post-game made little sense to Navarro.

"Why would he do that"? Estelle said of the campus policeman. "I can't believe it happened."

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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