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Top Ten Memories from the 2011 prep football season

20111230_VMHS_Somerset_FB_021. Sonny Detmer meant a lot to the Mission community both on the field and off it. On Aug. 27 the legend, along with his son, former star Eagle quarterback Koy Detmer, returned to their old stomping grounds to face David Gilpin’s Veterans Memorial Patriots. The Detmers and their new school, Somerset, were warmly welcomed and then went on to win in a classic shootout, 41-34.

2. Gilpin’s Patriots were fresh coming off their best season in school history in 2010, but had lost nearly all their top players to graduation. The one key piece was Adrian Morales, the deadly dual-threat quarterback. However, in an unfortunate turn of events, Morales went down in the teams’ rivalry game with Mission and, along with it, the Patriots’ season.

 

 

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Lobos take home easy win, 1-0 in district

MISSION – The Palmview Lobos took a 12-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and didn’t look back in a 64-37 stomping of the Mission Eagles. The game was both teams first of district play in 30-5A.

Despite the wide margin of victory Lobo head coach Andy Saenz was disappointed by his team’s play, saying they lacked in execution and tried too much freelance play, settling for one-on-one play rather than running the system.

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Friday Game of the Night: Palmview at Mission

District 30-5A boys basketball kicks off tonight and the race for the championships is, in many ways, an open race. Nikki Rowe won it last year but Sharyland has received a lot of the hype due to the duo known as the Pistokache Boys. However, the Rattlers have struggled to play on all cylinders.

One team who seems poised to make an ironic run for the title could be the Palmview Lobos, as a dark hourse. The Lobos are 15-3 and have come down with big wins over Weslaco and Harlingen High School. For a team that finished with only two district wins last year to be even considered a contender for a playoff spot is remarkable.

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Palmview blows out Rivera

20111216_Palmview-v-Brownsville-Rivera-Boys-Basketball_dy-034What a difference a year makes. Last year the Palmview boys basketball team was abysmal. They went 5-27 on the season and were pushed around by most everyone, not the least of which was Brownsville Rivera who beat the Lobos by 30 points. This year, Palmview is sporting an 11-3 record and a new confidence. After Tuesday night’s game in La Joya, Rivera is sporting a few bruises.

Palmview head coach Andy Saenz credits his team’s new identity to a new work-ethic.

“I didn’t get the job last year until August,” said Saenz. “This year, as soon as the season was over, we got in the gym the very next day and I got the kids playing in tournaments. They showed up every day to work.”

Against Rivera, the work paid off. Coming off a game against Grulla where, although eventually winning big, the Lobos started slow, Palmview was hoping to impose their will early against the Raiders. The engine of the Lobo offense, point-guard Mario de la Garza, was primed early. De la Garza was directly and indirectly responsible for the Lobos first seven points as he made a strong move to the basket on their first possession, a graceful off-balance bank shot on their second possession and a head’s-up outlet pass to Jaime Garza who sank a three-pointer.

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Mission man to tour with Harlem Globetrotters

20111209_AlexDeBarrio_GlobeTrottersWhen Alex Del Barrio was in high school he played basketball for the Mission Eagles. By his own admission he was no superstar although he was enthusiastic about sports and certainly committed.

“I wasn’t the best player but I was there and never missed practice,” said Del Barrio. “When I was a junior I broke my teeth diving for a ball. The specialist didn’t want me to play. The varsity team needed someone to announce the starting lineups for the games so I offered to do it. Afterwards the coach asked me to do it for all the rest of the games because I enjoyed it so much.”

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Sharyland team features brothers in the backcourt

20111209_Shary-v-San-Benito-069Most brothers spend their young adult years butting heads, forging their identities and their personal views often by contradiction to each other if not outright conflict. However, Sharyland varsity basketball starters, Joaquin and Jesse Pistokache, are a different breed of brother altogether.

Joaquin “Quino” Pistokache blazed the trail. Quino, the 6’2, 190 pound elder Pistokache, is a senior and a fourth-year starter on the Sharyland varsity basketball team. Quino, as older brothers often are, is a natural leader. In his second year as team Captain, Quino is the vocal leader of the team. Spend just a few minutes watching the Rattlers play and that much is obvious. Quino can be seen exhorting his teammates when they’re down and admonishing them when they’re wrong. But he can also be counted on to congratulate them when they succeed. However, lest you think Quino is merely a figurehead, he has also led the Rattlers in scoring for the past two seasons. Quino also leads the team in offseason workouts.

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