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Big Six Friday Game of the Night: Rio Grande City at Juarez-Lincoln

For the second year in a row the Juarez-Lincoln Huskies are fighting for a playoff spot. Last year’s basketball team competed hard but still fell two places short of a playoff spot in District 32-4A. The one team ahead of them was Rio Grande City, tonight’s opponent a year later.

At just 2-6, the Rattlers’ chance of a postseason appearance is all but out of reach. However, for the Huskies every game counts, including tonights.  Currently tied for fourth but in a dead heat race with Edcouch-Elsa and Brownsville Veterans Memorial, Juarez is forced to beat the teams it is supposed to while pulling an upset here and there.

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“Big Six” Q&A with JeNeva Jimenez

Veterans Memorial High School senior JeNeva Jimenez just finished playing her final season of high school volleyball, where she led the Patriots to a 25-7, 16-2 season record, a second place finish in District 32-4A and a Bi-District appearance. In December, the district’s Offensive MVP as well as a second team All-Valley performer, decided to take her skills to the next level by signing with Lindenwood University in Belleville, Illinois. We were able to catch up with the outsider hitter to ask her about her future.

Ten Questions

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“Big Six” Tuesday Night Recap: Big crowd, big defense and big shots in Shary win over Memorial

MISSION -- Freshman Jesse Pistokache took some verbal shots from a hostile Memorial road crowd last night, but it was his own shots and cool play that led his Sharyland team to victory. The frosh hit two free-throws in the final minute to put frosting on his 16 points and the icing to his team’s 44-35 win.

For head coach David Keith, he was happy to get the win, especially because “we finished [the game].”

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Report: Sharyland's Fred Sanchez to retire

According to The Monitor, Sharyland High School's head football coach Fred Sanchez has decided to retire. The newspaper quoted athletic director Richard Thompson as saying, "He's put in 30 years (coaching). He told me this is something that he's been thinking about and praying about."

If the report is true, Sanchez will retire as one of the Rio Grande Valley's top coaches. Year in and year out his teams have put forth some of the Valley's best squads, especially recently. In 2008 the team finished second in District 30-5A and then won two postseason games. In 2009 and 2010 his teams finished the year as district champions. This past year Shary placed second.

Also to note is the impact Sanchez has had on coaches around the Valley as many have coached under the Rio Grande City native, such as Mission's Mario Pena. 

The Progress Times will have more information in the coming days. 

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“Big Six” Tuesday Game of the Night: Memorial Mustangs at Sharyland Rattlers

MISSION -- David Keith has no illusions about the Memorial Mustangs, his basketball squad’s opponent in tonight’s District 30-5A showdown.

“Every year it is a good game,” said Keith of his past battles with the Mustangs. “We have had some really close ones in the past. It is intense.”

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Monday’s “Big Six” Basketball Rankings

20120106-vmhs-v-weslaco-east-girls-basketball-dy-025Today’s “Big Six” rankings shuffled quite a bit from last week. In boys basketball, the Palmview Lobos dropped from first to third, due entirely to their beatdown at the hands of Sharyland. Consequently, the Rattlers moved up, though from third to first, jumping over Juarez-Lincoln. Though the Huskies beat Valley View on Friday, Shary’s large wins over Donna and Palmview were good enough to justify the leap.

In the realm of girls basketball, Veterans Memorial stayed on top, Mission dropped, Sharyland rose and La Joya makes an appearance, albeit with a slight asterisk. No justification needed for the Lady Patriots continued reign after taking down Weslaco East and winning their seventh straight district game. The Lady Eagles loss to McHi naturally dropped them, though that drop was far, all the way from first to a tie for third. La Joya is the team neck-in-neck with Mission but that tie won’t last long as the two square off tomorrow in La Joya. Sharyland quietly stayed in place and will likely stay second after Tuesday’s game with pushover Memorial.

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