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Sharyland's Jenna Garza: The magician in the middle

20110924-Sharyland-v-Mission-Volleyball_dy-114For the casual observer, all the tired tropes about teamwork seem to vanish the minute there’s a change in the score. But coaches will tell you that it isn’t just the wide-receiver who dances into the end-zone or the big bats in baseball that determine a team’s success.  It’s the blocker or the catcher. It’s the specialist. For the Sharyland Lady Rattlers, it’s their setter Jenna Garza.

Sharyland’s 25-7, 25-12, 25-17 dismantling of a strong up-and-coming Mission team last Saturday encapsulated exactly how integral their stalwart setter is to the Rattlers, currently ranked No. 24 by the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s top 25 state volleyball poll.  Time and time again, Garza found her big hitters with sublime sets swinging high left and right, or just placed quick and short.

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Shary withstands comeback of upset minded Redskins

20110930-Sharyland-v-Donna-Football-dy-062-SmallMISSION - It wasn’t easy, but the Sharyland Rattlers took home a last second win over visiting Donna last night, 17-15. Joey Martinez’s 49-yard field goal as time ran out gave the Rattlers their second district win and their first close game of the season.

Donna pounded the ball all night, running the clock and keeping Shary’s offense off the field as the Rattlers only had the ball three times in the first half. The beginning drive was the best for quarterback Tres Barrera and his teammates. Using short pass routes, draws and zone read runs, Barrera marched his squad down the field efficiently.

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Sharyland vs Donna: Battle of the unbeatens

20110930_Sharyland-v-Donna-Football_171In Sharyland’s 45-13 victory last week over McAllen Rowe, the Rattlers began District 30-5A with a solid start. Sharyland, whose offense is usually most talked about, showed they’re quickly developing a defense that is every bit as opportunistic and perhaps just as lethal.

Unbeaten Sharyland forced three Warriors turnovers and blocked two punts to help pad a score that began to get away from Rowe before halftime. But this week, Sharyland can ill afford to expect the same opportunities against a Donna team that boasts a perfect record of their own and quite a bit of momentum in their own right.

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Hidalgo cruises past Huskies

The Hidalgo Pirates finally got a win as they rolled over the Juarez-Lincoln Huskies 21-7 Thursday night in La Joya. The Huskies are still looking for their first win as they drop to 0-5.

The Pirates got on the board first and continued to put pressure on the Huskies defense with a steady diet of slashing runs up the middle by running back J.D. Rodriguez and two very nice 30-plus yard catches by wide receiver Jonathan Cantu. The Pirates held a comfortable, if not huge, 14-0 lead after Silvestre Gutierrez scampered into the end-zone with 48 seconds left in the first half.

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Lady Eagles ‘getting it done’

20110923-Mission-v-La-Joya-Volleyball_dy-071Mission Eagles Varsity Volleyball Voach Edna Clemons has a very simple philosophy.

“My practices consist of getting it done,” said Clemons. “I set goals for the girls. I push them to communicate and work as a team and they just have to reach those goals.”

Considering the Eagles’ muscular dismantling Tuesday night of La Joya Lady Coyotes 25-10, 25-17, 25-19, it would seem her girls have taken the philosophy to heart.

The Eagles jumped to early leads in all three games. Time and time again the Coyotes just couldn’t match up with the Eagles’ height at the net. Seniors Ruth Ruiz, Mayra Garcia and Gaby Martinez posed an almost impenetrable wall above the net that frustrated even crafty killer Lauren Moreno.

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Lobos begin district with victory, send Eagles home frustrated

20110923-Mission-v-Palmview-Football-dy-065-SmallThe bad news for the Palmview Lobos is star receiver Santiago Munoz went out last night with a possible stress fracture in his foot, potentially ending his season. However, the good news is the Lobos had plenty of talent and more to make up for the loss as the red and black took down the Mission Eagles, 25-7.

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