It took until the midway point of the second quarter, but the disparity in experience between visiting Blinn and Temple College eventually emerged Wednesday night as the Lady Buccaneers built a lead during the middle periods that the youthful Lady Leopards couldn’t overcome.
Temple College sophomore guards R.J. Mason and Kedrian Johnson experienced the frustration of foul trouble in Tuesday evening’s early-season showdown with No. 15-ranked Navarro.
Mason, the Leopards’ point guard, went to the bench after being whistled for his second foul only 1:26 into the game and didn’t return to the floor until midway through the first half. Johnson, TC’s West Virginia-committed shooting guard, was assessed his fourth foul 4:19 into the second half and had to take a seat next to coach Kirby Johnson until just 4:49 remained.
Kirby Johnson is in good health and doesn’t have to retire. But entering his 33rd season as Temple College’s men’s basketball coach, Johnson, 65, believes the time is right to call it a career at season’s end. After all, the Temple native will have guided the Leopards for more than half his life.
Breonna Fleming was perfectly content with coasting along. Whether it was on the volleyball court or in the classroom, she knew her bare minimum was enough. Giving 100 percent seemed unnecessary.
For nearly a decade, head coach Kristen Zaleski built the Temple College softball program into one of the most consistently competitive junior college teams in the country.
ST. GEORGE, UTAH — Reigning NJCAA Division I national champion Temple College opened defense of its title with an 8-0 victory in five innings late Wednesday night over Chattanooga State.
WEATHERFORD — Ava McCoy’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning drove in Lenzi Stewart and lifted Temple College to a 7-6 victory over North Central Texas on Monday, giving the Lady Leopards the Region 5 North title and earning them a shot at their second consecutive national cha…