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Lobos sweep Area, keep on rolling

20140510 Baseball Palmvew vs PSJA lg-49In a game that started last Friday at 7 p.m. and ended Saturday at 10:15 p.m., the Palmview Lobos defeated the Pharr San-Juan Alamo Bears 5-4 to take the best-of-three Area Round baseball playoff series two games to none. Coach Manuel “Ricky” Garcia’s Lobos have now advanced to the Regional Quarterfinal round of the state playoffs where they will be going up against Laredo Alexander in a one game, winner-take-all playoff tonight at 8 p.m. at Coyote Field in Alice.

The game, which began as scheduled Friday evening, was suspended due to lightning with two outs in the top of the first inning and the Bears having a 1-0 lead. Play was resumed Saturday at 4 p.m. with game 3, if necessary, to be played 30 minutes after the completion of game 2. As unusual as it was to have a game suspended one day and resumed the next, it was just the beginning for what turned out to be a game to remember.

Palmview’s Ezekiel “Mookie” Huaracha started game 2 after Chris Rocha completely dominated the Bears in the series opener 2-0. In that game, Rocha struck out 12 of the 22 batters he faced while walking one and allowing only one hit. As a result, he faced only one batter more than the minimum. While Huaracha may not have pitched as dominantly as Rocha did in game 1, he kept the Lobos in the game and left in the top of the 10th with the score tied at 4-4.

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Two Mission athletes compete at state meet

20140506 Guillermo Galvan Tony Salinas lg-05 featureVeterans Memorial’s Guillermo Galvan and Mission High’s Tony Salinas made a statement at the Region IV-4A track and field meet in Heroes Stadium in San Antonio two weeks ago. They walked away with the gold and silver medals in both the shot put and the discus. With the top two throwers in both events coming from Mission schools, they left no doubt as to where the best throwing programs in the region, and possibly in the state, are located.

As Galvan and Salinas stood side-by-side atop the winners’ podium in San Antonio, they must’ve had that Deja vu feeling all over again. The two high school seniors have gone up against each other and taken first and second place in both events many times before, ever since Mission High School (MHS) joined Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) in District 32-4A two years ago.

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Palmview Lobos making playoff history

20140509 Baseball Palmview vs Sharyland lg-22For Coach Manuel “Ricky” Garcia and his Palmview High Lobos baseball team, this season has already been one to remember. Having earned a share of the 30-5A district championship, the first in school history, and having won a bi-district playoff series, another school first, the 2014 Lobos have already left their mark in the annals of Palmview High School sports history.

But they’re not yet ready to put the school’s record book away. Instead, they have their sights set on yet another first at Palmview High – an area round baseball championship.

“This is our first time to advance to the area round of the playoffs,” explained Garcia. “It is a tribute to the kids and their ability to play as a team. That is one of the main things that we’ve been talking to them about all season – playing as one. That’s what has made us tough to beat.”

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Sharyland, Veterans Memorial advance in softball playoffs

20140425 Softball CCRay vs VMHS lg-01For the majority of high school baseball and softball teams across the state, the season is over. For two Big 6 softball and three baseball teams, the best is yet to come.

Having started their playoffs a week earlier than their baseball counterparts, the Veterans Memorial Lady Patriots and the Sharyland High Lady Rattlers softball teams are both preparing for their Area Round matchups this weekend. Coach Vivian Ray’s Lady Patriots made school history last week as they won a bi-district championship for the first time and advanced by winning a one-game playoff against Corpus Christi Ray, 8-3.

Sharyland’s Lady Rattlers also advanced, but they did it the hard way. After losing the opening game of a best-of-three series against the Laredo United Lady Longhorns, Sharyland was forced to win both games at home Saturday or see their season come to an abrupt end. Much to the delight of the home faithful at the Sharyland High Softball Field, the Lady Rattlers came through as they won Game No. 2 in the series, 9-5 and Game No. 3 in extra innings, 9-8.

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Lady Patriots and Lady Eagles make playoffs

20140417 Softball PSJASW vs VMHS lg-31All nine 32-4A softball teams started the 2014 season with playoff aspirations. Four of those were successful and will be competing in the bi-district round playoffs this weekend. Mission’s Veterans Memorial Lady Patriots and Mission High Lady Eagles will be playing tonight in one-game, do-or-die scenarios against Corpus Christi teams – one at home and one on the road.

Coach Vivian Ray’s VMHS Lady Patriots will be hosting the C.C. Ray Lady Texans at 6:30 while Coach Iris Iglesias’ MHS Lady Eagles will be traveling to C.C. Flour Bluff to take on the Lady Hornets at 7:30.

As the only head softball coach the Lady Patriots ever had, Ray has led her girls to playoffs all but three of the 12 years she’s been at VMHS. Having earned the second seed in the district this year, the Lady Patriots will be looking to be the first softball team in school history to advance into the second round of the playoffs.

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Patriots avenge first round loss

20140415 Baseball VMHS vs MHS lg-33It’s been said that revenge is a dish best served cold. On an unseasonably cool evening at Mission High’s Leo Najo Field Tuesday the Veterans Memorial Patriots baseball team served up a plate-full of ice-cold revenge on the Eagles for their first round loss – a 7-6 extra inning heartbreaker in which the Patriots blew a seventh inning lead and lost it in the eighth.

Tuesday’s game was originally scheduled to be played on the Patriots’ home field but it was moved to Mission High after their first round game was moved from MHS to VMHS due to a problem with the lights. Even so the Patriots scored three runs in the first, one in the second and six in the third to defeat the Eagles by a score of 13-5.

With two outs in the top of the third and VMHS holding on to a one run lead, Coach Casey Smith’s Patriots broke the game wide open with a three run homerun over the right-centerfield fence by designated hitter Corbin Garza and a three run inside-the-park homerun by third baseman Edward Pena. Garza’s homerun was his first of the season.

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