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Hard to say goodbye

20120511-SPORTS_Coach_Rene_Garza_Mission_Girls_Basketball_100108_0305_DYMission’s Garza looks to future after basketball

If there is any quit in Rene Garza, it isn’t easy to see.

Sixteen seasons coaching at Mission and 28 years overall, the Mission High School icon announced recently he is stepping down to focus on his health. The longtime coach was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2006 and the long battle against cancer has taken its toll.

“Very difficult decision to make,” said Garza in one-on-one interview with the Progress Times. “It’s time. It is very hard and very difficult for me.”

While it is Garza’s health that is forcing him to step down, it is the idea of giving up his passion for the game that is the most difficult.

“I am going to miss it,” Garza said with a tear in his eye. “I had sixteen wonderful, great and exciting years. Just amazing years. Incredible. It has been a joy and experience just to be the head basketball coach. A privilege and honor. I am the lucky one.”

Read more: Hard to say goodbye


Shary only Big Six team to advance in baseball playoffs

20120511-Juarez-Lincoln-v-Flour-Bluff-Playoff-Baseball-019Shary had a beast of a team a year ago, but couldn’t get past bi-district. This year they were expected to be rebuilding, but they took care of business, winning district with an undefeated record, then winning bi-district by sweeping Eagle Pass Winn, 7-2, 12-0, last weekend.

Senior Eric Gutierrez played a key role in the first game, scoring two runs and batting .500.

Read more: Shary only Big Six team to advance in baseball playoffs


Baseball playoffs begin this weekend

20120504-Sharyland-v-Mission-Baseball-052Is this the year for Sharyland baseball?

A year after climbing the state polls to no. 2 in Texas, only to be upset by Laredo United in bi-district, the Rattlers are readying themselves for another shot at making an historical run through the postseason. Bart Bickerton’s ball club is now no. 7 in the state polls and will be facing Eagle Pass Winn.

Fortunately, there is at least one thing going the team’s way.

Read more: Baseball playoffs begin this weekend


Shary boys and girls take home titles, Palmview and Juarez clinch playoff spots

20120427_Softball_McHi_v_Sharyland_lg_031Back-to-back champs. Again.

On the heels of their soccer teams’ remarkable run to a UIL state title, the boys and girls from Sharyland baseball and softball, have taken home their respective second straight district titles.

For softball’s Paul Cruz, his fielders’ second straight title is worth noting. Why? Well, prior to last season, District 30-5A was dominated by La Joya and their six straight district championships. Now, with number two in his back pocket, Cruz and his girls can rightly claim to be the district’s new powerhouse.

Read more: Shary boys and girls take home titles, Palmview and Juarez clinch playoff spots


Sharyland wins state championship in shootout

20120423_IMG_0559GEORGETOWN – Hundreds of Sharyland soccer fans made the trip to Georgetown to support their team in the school’s debut appearance at state. This became the trip of a lifetime as they witnessed the most electrifying match of the state tournament as two evenly matched teams battled back and forth for the victors’ crown.

Read more: Sharyland wins state championship in shootout


Sharyland Boys Win State Semi-final

20120420-5-of-5GEORGETOWN, TX – While the Mansfield Tigers had a clear height advantage, they were no match for the skillful ball handling of the Sharyland Rattlers in this evening’s State UIL Boys Semi-final Soccer Tournament.

Read more: Sharyland Boys Win State Semi-final


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