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VMHS Patriots out to ‘Win the day’

20130322 Baseball Veterans vs Mission lg-12In his fourth year as Veterans Memorial High School’s (VMHS) head baseball coach, Casey Smith has his sights set on winning the first baseball district championship in school history. His plan is to have his players focus on improving each day and let the future take care of itself.

“Primarily our goal is to get better every day,” explained Smith. “That’s something that we talk about with the kids. We use the phrase, ‘win the day.’”

“We feel that if we come to practice every day and win that particular day and not worry about one week from now, or what’s going to happen a month from now, that’s how we get better. And if we can do that we’ll continue to improve. And if we continue to improve, the results will take care of themselves,” added Smith.

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Mission soccer teams cement district titles

20130319 Soccer Zapata vs Mission Boys lg-02The move from District 30-5A to 61-4A this year certainly seems to have agreed with the Eagles boys and girls soccer teams. After two years of competing against 5A powerhouses such as Sharyland and Donna for the Eagles and Sharyland and Nikki Rowe for the Lady Eagles, both Mission High teams have risen to the top of their respective 4A districts to claim both titles for the maroon and white.

Adding to their accomplishment this season is the Lady Eagles’ perfect 8-0 district record (19-1-1 overall). This is especially rewarding after having come off of back-to-back losing seasons in which Coach Aaron Clemons’ team failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Achieving such a dramatic turnaround in just one year and going undefeated is exactly what Clemons and his girls set out to do.

Read more: Mission soccer teams cement district titles


First place Huskies are doing it wrong

20130315 Soccer -JuarezLincoln vs -LaJoya Boys lg-18Quick! Somebody tell the La Joya Juarez-Lincoln boys soccer team that they’re doing it wrong! As a former 4A team that just this year made the jump into 30-5A, a district that includes the defending state champion Sharyland Rattlers, the Huskies are doing it all wrong! They are not supposed to have bettered the Mighty Rattlers twice this season, they are not supposed to have a 12-1 record and they are most definitely not supposed to be atop the standings in one of the toughest 5A districts in the state.

Unfortunately for the Rattlers and the rest of District 30-5A, it doesn’t look as if head coach Victor Ramos’ Juarez-Lincoln squad is going to stop doing it wrong anytime soon; case in point: The Huskies’ 2-0 Tuesday night victory over cross-town rival and 2012 playoff team the La Joya Coyotes. This came on the heels of a 3-2 victory over Sharyland last Friday.

“It was a good game,” said Ramos. “We dominated the whole game and we tried to open up spaces, but they were playing defensively so it was kind of complicated for us to go in. We finally got a goal in the second half when they started playing offensively, which opened up spaces for us.”

Read more: First place Huskies are doing it wrong


Lady Coyotes rout Lady Huskies

20130305 Softball LaJoya vs JuarezLincoln lg-25With 10 runs on the scoreboard in the top half of the first inning, the La Joya Lady Coyotes had no trouble cruising to their third district win against the Juarez-Lincoln Lady Huskies Tuesday evening. The Lady Coyotes improved their overall record to 8-8 and their District 30-5A record to 3-1.

The loss left the Lady Huskies winless in five district games and dropped their overall record to 2-11.

While Coach Adrian Trevino’s Lady Huskies managed to pull within eight runs of the Lady Coyotes with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first inning, that would be as close as they would get as they went on to lose in four innings by a score of 17-2.

Read more: Lady Coyotes rout Lady Huskies


Veterans, Juarez-Lincoln, Palmview medal at State

20130301 State-Wrestling-Tournament IMG 0106-2-PB featureIt took 580 matches over three days at two different venues to do so, but the girls 4A and 5A UIL State Wrestling Meet champions were crowned in Austin last week. With three of the medalists coming from La Joya and Mission schools, the Big 6 was well represented at the state’s toughest and most prestigious meet of the year.

Read more: Veterans, Juarez-Lincoln, Palmview medal at State


La Joya’s Rivera eyes gold medal at state wrestling meet

20130219 Wrestler Kristian Rivera lg-09The La Joya High School wrestling team has two state qualifiers among the two boys and three girls who competed at the Region IV-5A meet in San Antonio two weeks ago. The Coyotes have quality even if they do not have quantity.

As one of La Joya’s two state qualifiers, Kristian Rivera came within one win of bringing home a regional championship. Winning his first three matches in the 220-lb. weight class, Rivera advanced to the championship match where he put up a good fight but fell short against last year’s regional silver medalist Nick Mabry from New Braunfels’ Canyon High School.

Despite his championship match loss, Rivera’s season record currently stands at 32-2. He went two and out at last year’s regional meet. That combined with dealing with a less than ideal home situation makes his success this year even more impressive, according to first year La Joya Head Wrestling Coach James Muzquiz.

Read more: La Joya’s Rivera eyes gold medal at state wrestling meet


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