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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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RGV Killer Bees sting Brahmas

20140104 hockey killer bees vs brahmans lg-63On a night dedicated to local heroes, it was only fitting that it took last-minute heroics for the Killer Bees to overcome an early 0-2 deficit and emerge victorious over the Lone Star Brahmas. Heroics provided by RGV’s Rob Marsanico as he scored his second goal of the season after 60 minutes of regulation, five minutes of sudden-death overtime and five rounds of head-to-head shoot-out action failed to decide the outcome of the game. Marsanico’s clutch shot gave the Bees a 3-2 victory and allowed RGV to improve its record to 19-10-7 and move into a third place tie in the North American Hockey League’s (NAHL) South division.

After the game, the 17-year old Allendale New Jersey native explained the scenario in which he scored one of the biggest goals of his young career.

“When the score is tied after the five-minute sudden-death period like ours was, there’s a shoot-out in which each team gets five shooters,” explained Marsanico. “Since both teams scored one goal in the shoot-out we remained tied so went to a one-on-one shoot-out that would end when one team scored and the other didn’t. Their first shooter missed his shot and I made mine so we won.”

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Lady Lobos rally to top Lady Huskies

20140107 Basketball Girls Palmview vs LJJL lg-34This time last year La Joya Palmview head girls’ basketball coach Anisa Reyna was coaching the La Joya Juarez-Lincoln Lady Huskies. Tuesday night Reyna returned to Juarez-Lincoln for the first time since her departure for a District 30-5A matchup between her Lady Lobos and her former Lady Huskies.

As is oftentimes the case when a program undergoes a coaching change, it takes time for the new coach to instill his or her system. As a result, wins are oftentimes few and far between in a coach’s first or even second year on the job. While the Lady Lobos’ 2-7 district record so far this season is proof of that this year, their 45-33 come-from-behind victory over the Lady Huskies Tuesday evening was a definite step in the right direction.

“One thing that we’ve emphasized this season is utilizing our team’s speed and quickness,” said Reyna. “That is not something that they’ve done here in the past but it’s part of our new program because those are our strengths as we demonstrated in the second half of tonight’s game.”

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Lady Huskies pin down competition at district

20131220 Wrestling CA0G2442Juarez-Lincoln High School state medalist Danae Sanchez credits her teammates for the championship trophy the school earned last weekend. Defeating every school they faced at the Team Dual District Wrestling meet, the Lady Huskies claimed the girls championship for the fourth time in five years.

But Sanchez certainly led the way for her team. With an 11-0 record so far this year, Sanchez is once again displaying the dominance she became known for in both the 148 lb. and 165 lb. weight classes last year.

“Last year was a pretty good year for me,” said Sanchez. “I won the district championship, the regional championship and I missed the state championship by one point.”

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Huskies boys place second at district

20131220 Wrestling CA0G2559In last weekend's District 16-5A Team Dual Championship wrestling competition, Juarez-Lincoln High School emerged as the only school to qualify both boys and girls teams for the championship match. The girls emerged as district champs, while the boys took second place, falling to Nikki Rowe in the final match. 

In what is traditionally an individual sport, team dual wrestling is as much a team sport as football, basketball, baseball and soccer. While the matches do pit individual wrestlers against each other, the points each wrestler earns are credited to his or her team and are tallied to determine the winner of each team vs team matchup.

In the boys tournament the LJJL Huskies came as close to bringing home the championship trophy as they could. After wrestling their way to the championship match, they took Nikki Rowe High School to overtime in the final match of the day before falling three points short.

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