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Bella Navarro is shown signing her national letter of intent to play NCAA Division I softball for Colorado State University.
Photo credit: —Courtesy of the Navarro Family

Spartan grad Navarro signs to play Division I softball

~Signpost Staff

Bernalillo High School (BHS) graduate Isabella "Bella" Navarro is moving up from junior college to play NCAA Division I softball for Colorado State University (CSU). She signed her national letter of intent to join CSU in May after two years at shortstop for Trinidad (Colorado) State Junior College (TSJC) where she was a two-time Academic All-American. In those two seasons she collected every TSJC hitting record, maintained an overall .511 batting average, and finished the 2017 season second in the nation with thirty home runs.

FastPitch News named her its 2017 offensive player of the year in National Junior College Athletic Association Division I.

"I am so proud of Bella for reaching a goal that she set a long time ago," TSJC softball coach Steve Swazo said. That goal wasn't just to play ball for CSU but to study veterinary medicine there, he added.

Navarro will be the first player in team history and the first female BHS Spartan graduate to compete at the Division I level, according to TSJC and her former BHS volleyball coach Joseph Moreno.

"Bella is a shining example of hard work on the field and in the classroom," Moreno said. "On behalf of the Spartan nation, the town of Bernalillo, and the communities that comprise the Bernalillo Public Schools District, we wish Bella continued success in her future endeavors as a CSU Ram… Once a Spartan, Always a Spartan."

The 2015 BHS graduate is the daughter of Pat and Debbie Navarro.

Summer offers Scouts hiking, camping, parades

~Suzann Owings

“The boys keep busy all summer,” chuckles Cub Master David Gardner. The scouts and their families continue their Pack’s weekly meetings and take advantage of the opportunities summer provides, Mr. Gardner says.

After participating in the July 4 Placitas Parade, the scouts will prepare for their Rock and Mineral hike on July 19. Identifying and collecting rocks and minerals will help the boys achieve Cub Scout rank advancements.

This month, one of the Bear scouts will become a Webelo and another will be moving to Bear. A couple of younger scouts also will have earned advancements.

As scout parent Amanda Griego says, “close by and very far away” might be a good way to describe the location of the Cub Scout Family Campout.

Formerly known as the Presbyterian Camp Grounds, the Sandia Mountain Retreat is up the road from Placitas on Highway 165 and completely surrounded by densely vegetated forest and cooler temperatures. Scheduled for July 21 to 22, the campout will give the boys and their families time to practice what they have been learning as scouts.

Pack 708’s meetings are held at the LDS Church Center in Bernalillo, west of I-25 Exit 240. The weekly meetings meet on Wednesdays, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. New scout members always are welcome in the Pack. Planning meetings with parents are held on the month’s fourth Tuesday.

For further information about the Cub Scouts, contact David Gardner at 867-4689 or Snow Watson, Coronado Optimist Club’s Scout Liaison, at 867-2047.

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