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It’s all in the family for Lady Eagles

20140128 Soccer MHS Clemons Family lg-01When it comes to the Mission High School girls’ soccer team, it’s all in the family. With Aaron Clemons as the head coach, his wife Edna Clemons as his assistant and their daughter Cassie Clemons as a Lady Eagles’ star player, there’s no doubt about that.

While having a husband and wife coaching team at the high school level is somewhat of a unique situation, it certainly seems to be working for the Lady Eagles. This was definitely the case last year when Clemons’ squad breezed through an undefeated district season followed by a district, bi-district, area and sectional championship.

So how did this family-friendly scenario come to be? It started with Coach Aaron Clemons returning to his alma-matter where he once starred on the football field.

“I played football for the Eagles and I went on to play at Tarkio College in Missouri,” said Clemons. “After working in the prison system for 10 years, I was hired here as a freshman football coach and I thought I was going to be the boys junior varsity soccer coach. However, that position was filled so I became the girls’ JV soccer coach for one year before becoming an assistant to head girls’ coach, Oscar Ortiz, for three years. I then became the Lady Eagles head coach five years ago.”

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Local wrestlers qualify for regional meet

20140123 Wrestling 164A District Meet lg-185There was plenty of action on the mats last week as La Grulla and Nikki Rowe high schools hosted the 16-4A and 16-5A District Wrestling meets. Mission and Veterans Memorial High boys and girls competed at La Grulla Thursday while La Joya, Juarez-Lincoln, Palmview and Sharyland High boys and girls competed at Nikki Rowe Friday and Saturday. All for the right to claim district championships and/or advance to each district’s respective regional meets this weekend.

Nykea Salinas emerged as the only district champion for the Lady Eagles as she claimed the title in the 128 lb. weight class. Several of her teammates however qualified for the regional meet by finishing in the top four of each of their weight classes. Those included Stephanie Cedillo (3rd, 110 lbs.), Diana Espinoza (4th, 119 lbs.), Sara Castillo (3rd, 138 lbs.), Sally Ochoa (3rd, 185 lbs.) and Vaneliy Guerrero (3rd, 215 lbs.)

Andrew Mercado (160 lbs.) and Sabas Garcia (170 lbs.) both claimed district titles for the Eagles boys. Other regional qualifiers for Mission included Luis de la Fuente (second, 113 lbs.), Daniel Pena (third, 126 lbs.), Adrian Silva (fourth, 152 lbs.), Fernando Tovar (fourth, 195 lbs.), Jonathan Mares (fourth, 220 lbs.) and Esteban Garcia (third, 285 lbs.)

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Lady Eagles determined to soar high

20131217 Basketball Girls MHS vs RGC lg-10Much like a basketball being dribbled across the court, high school coaches experience many ups and downs. There are wins and losses. There are championships and there are disappointing seasons. There are hirings and there are firings. Over the years that Raquel Carmona has coached girls high school basketball she has experienced all of those and more.

With multiple district, bi-district, area and regional quarterfinal championships during her 25 years of coaching at schools like Edinburg High and Hidalgo, Carmona has experienced many highs. However, in her second year at Mission High School, Carmona and the Lady Eagles are still searching for the right formula that will allow them to minimize the lows and maximize the highs.

“Last year we had some players that didn’t come back,” explained Carmona. “We had four returning players with only two of those being starters.”

In their inaugural season under Carmona, the Lady Eagles won only one district game last year, while losing 15. Overall Mission finished with a 7-25 record in 2012-2013.

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Lady Huskies top Lady Lobos

20140121-Palmview-v-J-L-Girls-Soccer-051For the second year in a row, the La Joya Juarez-Lincoln Lady Huskies kicked off their District 30-5A season with a victory over the La Joya Palmview Lady Lobos soccer team.

Last year, it was Selena Martinez that scored both of the Lady Huskies’ goals in their 2-0 victory over the Lady Lobos. Tuesday evening it was sophomore forward Gabriela Reyes and senior midfielder/forward Ana Cobix that scored two goals for Juarez-Lincoln en-route to their 2-1 victory over Palmview.

Reyes opened the scoring at the 28:30 minute mark of the second half when she was given a second chance after having just missed a kick-on-goal that ricocheted off the top crossbar and back onto the playing field.

“I took the shot when I saw the goal was open, but I was nervous and it hit the top bar and bounced back,” explained Reyes. “Alexis (Pruneda) got control of the ball on the rebound and kicked it back to me. I reacted quickly and kicked it towards the net. Fortunately, this time it went in.”

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Sharyland Coach David Keith faces cancer challenge

20140117 Coach-KeithSharyland Rattlers head boys basketball coach David Keith is no stranger to challenges. Whether in the classroom or on the court, Keith faces the kind of challenges teachers and coaches everywhere have grown accustomed to facing on a daily basis.

Recently, however, Keith has had to face a challenge unlike any he’s faced before. The kind of challenge he cannot draw on his years of on-the-job experience to get through. The kind of challenge he has turned to his faith, his family, his friends and his doctors to help him through. It’s the challenge of cancer.

“I’ve gone to five doctors here and I have a couple of diagnoses,” said Keith. “I’ll be going to M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston this week to see what they have to say there. It’s a tumor and it’s something else that I don’t even know how to explain.”

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Jesse Pistokache returns to Sharyland

20140110-Sharyland-v-La-Joya-Boys-Basketball-009As an eighth grader, he led the Texas Titans to their third straight Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Championship. As a freshman at Sharyland, he was named the Valley’s Newcomer of the Year and he led the district in scoring. As a sophomore, he was given a full scholarship to attend Blair Academy in New Jersey and play basketball for the Bucs. And now as a junior he’s back at Sharyland and playing for the Rattlers once again. His name is Jesse Pistokache, and he is a game-changer on the basketball court.

With such an impressive background why did Pistokache choose to leave a prestigious private boarding school like Blair Academy and return to the Valley? That’s a question best answered by Teri Mata-Pistokache, Jesse’s mother.

“He used to play summer ball with an AAU team out of Dallas named the Texas Titans,” explained Mata-Pistokache. “When he moved to New Jersey he couldn’t continue to be on that team because of the distance between Dallas and New Jersey and because of the fact that at that school he had classes on Saturdays. He did join an Under Armour team but when his coach and mentor Roshown McLeod left the team to move back to Atlanta, Jesse was left without a team.”

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