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Veterans Memorial hosts All-American Throwers’ Camp

20130612 All American Throwers lg-02Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) was the place to be this week for aspiring and current shot-putters and discus throwers from across South Texas. The All-American Throwers’ Camp was held at the campus Monday through Thursday mornings.

Founder and coordinator of this specialty sports camp, Larry Howell, has seen many of his former campers succeed at state, national and international levels.

“We started the camp about 10 years ago,” explained Howell. “It is open to anyone in the Valley ages six to 18, and the object of the camp is to show these kids that they can compete with anybody in the State of Texas. Over the years we have had 10 or 11 state champions come out of our camps.”


Patriots spring into football with Blue/White game

20130531 Football Spring Veterans Memorial lg-10It was Friday night football minus the lights at Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) last Friday as the Patriots football team took the field for its annual Blue vs White spring football game. Patriots’ head football coach David Gilpin split his team and his staff in half as the blue team lined up across from the white team in front of an enthusiastic and surprisingly sizeable crowd of spectators at the VMHS practice field.

Spring football is not something that all high school football programs across the Lone Star State participate in. That’s because the University Interscholastic League (UIL) gives each school a choice between participating in spring ball or getting a jump start in the fall.

“The UIL gives us the option of having 18 practices in the spring and starting a week later than everybody else in the fall or not having spring ball and starting a week earlier,” explained Gilpin. “Since I’ve been the Patriots head coach I’ve chosen to conduct spring ball. That extra week in the fall doesn’t mean anything to me because we’ve got a week, then we’ve got another week and we get into our scrimmage, then we get into our non-district schedule and then we have our bye week. That means that we have about six weeks before we get into our district schedule; so to me come October and November, that extra week becomes a hindrance in my opinion.


Rattlers return to gridiron for Red/White football game

20130523 Football Spring Sharyland Varsity lg-10It was friend versus friend and teammate versus teammate as the Sharyland Rattlers football team took the field against the Sharyland Rattlers last Thursday evening in the annual Red/White spring football game. As half of Coach Ron Adame’s players donned red jerseys and half donned white, the game capped off four weeks of spring practice meant to give Adame and his staff a preview of what’s to come in what will be the Rattlers’ final season before the split which will take place when Pioneer High School opens its doors in the fall of 2014.

“We’ve had four weeks of spring ball,” explained Adame. “The fourth week we divided the kids up as evenly as we could. Our position coaches split their boys up as evenly as possible and we continued practicing in the morning, but we’d game plan for this game in the afternoons.”

“It was more of a controlled situation today and even though this was as close to a game as possible without the special teams we wanted to see how the kids would respond. Some of the boys went on both sides of the ball so this game allowed that opportunity to take place,” Adame said.


Lady Eagles’ Gallegos and Rodriguez to be honored

20130524 Vaness-RodriguezA Mission High School student athlete and her coach have been selected for honors by the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA). Outstanding girls track athlete Vanessa Rodriguez has been selected as a TGCA All Star. Her coach, Irene Gallegos, has been selected to be the TGCA Track and Field All Stars coach for conferences 4A and 5A.

Each year at the UIL State Track and Field Meet the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) Track Committee selects 15 girls from conferences 1A, 2A and 3A and 15 from conferences 4A and 5A as TGCA Track and Field All Stars. Selections are made from nominations submitted by member coaches with only high school seniors being eligible to be selected.

Rodriguez, who won the long jump and the 200m dash district championships this year and also placed second in the triple jump, is one of only two Valley girls to be selected as a TGCA All Star. She also placed second in the long jump, fourth in the triple jump and first in the 200m dash at the area meet, which made her a three event regional qualifier. She will be attending the TGCA Summer Clinic in Austin.


Rattlers file UIL incident report after controversial loss

The Sharyland Rattlers baseball team entered their third round playoff game against the Eagle Pass Eagles last Friday thinking that they’d be competing on a level playing field. As the game progressed, however, it soon became so obviously clear to Rattlers’ players, coaches and fans that the umpires’ calls were not going their way that they began to suspect foul play.

As the No. 2 ranked 5A team in the Lone Star State, the Rattlers breezed through an undefeated district season and easily won both their bi-district and area round best of three playoff series in straight games over Del Rio and McAllen High by combined scores of 46-9. With those wins Sharyland improved its season record to 31-1 and seemed to be on the verge of making a run deep into the state playoffs as they prepared for their one game winner-take-all regional quarterfinal game against Eagles Pass in San Antonio last Friday. However, the Eagles emerged victorious in an extremely controversial fashion.


Sharyland’s Alanis gives boys West All-Stars showcase victory

5-9-13 Soccer All-Stars west-boys-hiresWest girls hang on to down East in PKs

MISSION—Sharyland midfielder Gilberto “Tito” Alanis closed out his high school soccer career on Thursday, May 9, by doing what he’s always done, come through in the clutch. Alanis scored the game-winning goal to lift the West All-Stars over the East 3-2 in the Sixth Annual Rio Grande Valley Soccer Coaches Organization Senior Showcase at Rattler Stadium.

The win was the West squad’s second in a row over the East. The West defeated the East 2-0 in 2012 at the Brownsville Sports Park and leads the all-time RGVSCO Senior Showcase series 4-2.


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