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Shary athlete captures national title, world record

20110629-Villarreal-Powerlifter-004Only a couple blocks from Sharyland High School is Evolution Gym, owned and operated by Eustalio Villarreal. Training individual athletes in strength and conditioning, Villarreal’s slogan for the gym is, “We build champions.”

Of the 25 or so athletes Villarreal works with, none is more important to him than his daughter Briana Villarreal, a world record holding power lifter.

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Martin, Thunder snap Roadrunners streak

EDINBURG, Texas---Kendrick Martin struck out nine in six and a third innings leading the McAllen Thunder to a 3-2 victory over the Edinburg Roadrunners Monday night at Edinburg Baseball Stadium. The loss snaps the Roadrunners four-game win streak.

The Thunder (14-17) got their only runs in the top of the first against left-hander James Giulietti. Eric Eiland hit a one-out double and then moved to third on an infield single by Yaibel Tamayo. With runners on the corners, Yordanys Perez hit an RBI fielder’s choice driving in Eiland from third. D.J. Dixon followed with an RBI single to right that allowed Tamayo to score from second. A fielding error then allowed Perez to score from second giving McAllen the 3-0 lead.

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Patriots Post Record Year in Athletics

20110624_Rudy-Gonzalez-Wrestling_001Simply put, it was a great year for the athletics program at Veterans Memorial High School. At the Rio Grande Valley Sports Banquet held last week the Patriots were nominated for multiple categories, including Boys Program of the Year, Moment of the Year, Coach of the Year and Girls Team of the Year. Though no actual hardware came home, the nominations themselves proved 2010-11 was a special year.

It all started in the fall when Patriots’ football, volleyball and girls cross-country emerged from the regular season as district champions. It was about as good of a start to the school year as any program could ask for.

Headlining the success were those under the Friday night lights. Coach David Gilpin's football team went 10-2 on the year, were named district co-champs and won their first ever bi-district game. All three successes—record, co-champs and bi-district win—were firsts for the Patriots.

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Individuals shine for La Joya

20110617_Sharyland-v-La-Joya-Girls-Basketball_060In terms of post-season appearances, the sports teams at La Joya shied a bit from that accomplishment as they competed in 30-5A. However, through the course of the 2010-11 season, plenty of individuals showed their coaches, teams, school and fans that their hard work and preparation paid off.

Starting with football in the fall, Ray Trdla's team showed it had plenty of athletes. On offense, quarterback Victor Leanos, halfback Ives Santisteban, tackle Jonathan Cortez, tight end Baldimir Salinas and kicker Jesse Martinez all achieved honorable mention status.

Martinez perhaps proved to be the team's top overall athlete. Not only did Martinez earn the offensive honor, but was also named to the First Team All-District for his punting duties. Further, the kicker/punter garnered honorable mention as an outside linebacker. Joining Martinez were defensive end Gerardo Elizondo, center Devid Benavides and safety Jorge Aguilar.

Like football, the volleyball team did not have the strong season it was hoping for. However, Melissa Cienega was a bright spot for first year Coach Lyrissa Molina as she earned her place as Second Team All-District middle blocker. Teammate Lauren Moreno received honorable mention for her play.

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Vet’s ‘Four Horsemen’ graduate, look to college ball

20110610_VMHS-v-RGC-Football_111If playing spring ball without them wasn’t enough to adequately show they would not be back, perhaps the month of June will. An unfortunate acknowledgement by David Gilpin is coming as his own version of the “Four Horsemen” will not be around to lead voluntary team workouts at 7:30 in the morning this summer as they did last year. Yes, the workhorses of Veterans Memorial Football are on to greener pastures.

The four—Jacob Garza, Kent Warren, Raul Becerril and Randy Lee Flores—are all scheduled to take their talents to the next level. While the occasion is bittersweet, the athletes are excited about what is next.

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New school, new results for Juarez-Lincoln athletics

34334636The Huskies have been sick of getting kicked around. For the first two years of their existence as a school, Juarez-Lincoln was forced to attend school in a building too small for its enrollment as well in the shadow of La Joya High School.

Last December, the Huskies were finally able to transition to their new, permanent campus on SR 107. With new facilities, a weight room big enough to allow the entire football team to use (at the old school they had to use two weight rooms: one at their school and the other at Jimmy Carter Junior High) and two basketball gyms that amplify sound, allowing the home crowd to really get into the games. In short, it has been a complete turnaround from the former school.

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