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Sharyland, Veterans Memorial advance in softball playoffs

20140425 Softball CCRay vs VMHS lg-01For the majority of high school baseball and softball teams across the state, the season is over. For two Big 6 softball and three baseball teams, the best is yet to come.

Having started their playoffs a week earlier than their baseball counterparts, the Veterans Memorial Lady Patriots and the Sharyland High Lady Rattlers softball teams are both preparing for their Area Round matchups this weekend. Coach Vivian Ray’s Lady Patriots made school history last week as they won a bi-district championship for the first time and advanced by winning a one-game playoff against Corpus Christi Ray, 8-3.

Sharyland’s Lady Rattlers also advanced, but they did it the hard way. After losing the opening game of a best-of-three series against the Laredo United Lady Longhorns, Sharyland was forced to win both games at home Saturday or see their season come to an abrupt end. Much to the delight of the home faithful at the Sharyland High Softball Field, the Lady Rattlers came through as they won Game No. 2 in the series, 9-5 and Game No. 3 in extra innings, 9-8.

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Lady Patriots and Lady Eagles make playoffs

20140417 Softball PSJASW vs VMHS lg-31All nine 32-4A softball teams started the 2014 season with playoff aspirations. Four of those were successful and will be competing in the bi-district round playoffs this weekend. Mission’s Veterans Memorial Lady Patriots and Mission High Lady Eagles will be playing tonight in one-game, do-or-die scenarios against Corpus Christi teams – one at home and one on the road.

Coach Vivian Ray’s VMHS Lady Patriots will be hosting the C.C. Ray Lady Texans at 6:30 while Coach Iris Iglesias’ MHS Lady Eagles will be traveling to C.C. Flour Bluff to take on the Lady Hornets at 7:30.

As the only head softball coach the Lady Patriots ever had, Ray has led her girls to playoffs all but three of the 12 years she’s been at VMHS. Having earned the second seed in the district this year, the Lady Patriots will be looking to be the first softball team in school history to advance into the second round of the playoffs.

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Patriots avenge first round loss

20140415 Baseball VMHS vs MHS lg-33It’s been said that revenge is a dish best served cold. On an unseasonably cool evening at Mission High’s Leo Najo Field Tuesday the Veterans Memorial Patriots baseball team served up a plate-full of ice-cold revenge on the Eagles for their first round loss – a 7-6 extra inning heartbreaker in which the Patriots blew a seventh inning lead and lost it in the eighth.

Tuesday’s game was originally scheduled to be played on the Patriots’ home field but it was moved to Mission High after their first round game was moved from MHS to VMHS due to a problem with the lights. Even so the Patriots scored three runs in the first, one in the second and six in the third to defeat the Eagles by a score of 13-5.

With two outs in the top of the third and VMHS holding on to a one run lead, Coach Casey Smith’s Patriots broke the game wide open with a three run homerun over the right-centerfield fence by designated hitter Corbin Garza and a three run inside-the-park homerun by third baseman Edward Pena. Garza’s homerun was his first of the season.

Read more: Patriots avenge first round loss


Run, Rattlers, run!

20140405 Track Meet 305A District lg-10At the soon-to-be renamed Rattler Stadium in Sharyland, the Rattlers and Lady Rattlers track teams both captured 30-5A district titles Saturday. The Rattlers breezed to a 54-point win over runner-up Edinburg Vela and the Lady Rattlers pulled off an impressive 98-point win over their closest challengers, the Palmview Lady Lobos.

Sean Landez led the way for the Sharyland boys as he won individual district championships in the long jump and in the 400 Meter Dash. Landez also ran the opening leg in the 4 x 100 Meter Relay and the anchor leg in the 4 x 400 Meter Relay which the Rattlers also won.

Running three races without much time to rest in between is not easy to do. Nonetheless, Landez managed to not only win, or contribute to wins in, all three races, but he also crossed the finish line in record time in one of those events.

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Seven Big 6 soccer teams advance

20140327-Sharyland-v-Laredo-LBJ-Boys-Playoff-Soccer dy-043With nine of the 12 Big 6 schools’ soccer teams qualifying for the post season, Mission, La Joya and Sharyland high schools were certainly well represented in the state playoffs. Both of the Sharyland, Mission High School, Veterans Memorial and Juarez-Lincoln teams extended their seasons into the playoffs this year as did the Palmview High School (PHS) boys’ team.

Of those teams, all but the Juarez-Lincoln girls and the Veterans Memorial (VMHS) boys teams emerged victorious from their first or second round playoff games and will be playing in either the 5A area or the 4A sectional round this week.

Last Thursday night, the Sharyland (SHS) girls defeated Laredo LBJ, 5-0, and the boys defeated LBJ, 1-0, to advance to the area round. In Friday’s 5A bi-district action the Juarez-Lincoln boys defeated Laredo Alexander, 7-2, and the PHS boys defeated Del Rio, 2-1, to both advance to the area round as well.

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Big 6 well represented in soccer playoffs

20140321 Soccerl Boys Economedes vs Palmview lg-01Five out of the “Big 6” boys soccer teams, along with four of the girls sides, advanced to the high school soccer playoffs that kicked off on Monday and conclude with the UIL state tournament on April 17-19 at Georgetown.

The battle for supremacy in the boys District 30-5A title race was won by La Joya Juárez-Lincoln (13-3, 39) for the second straight season, four points ahead of runner up Sharyland (13-3, 35) and third place La Joya Palmview (11-5, 33). Edinburg North (9-7, 27) clinched the fourth 30-5A playoff spot in the last game of the regular season.

Juárez-Lincoln begins its playoff run against 29-5A fourth place Laredo Alexander (6-1-5, 19) on Friday at La Joya’s Pack Stadium at 6 p.m. The Huskies have won four district titles and advanced at least three games deep into the playoffs in each of their six seasons since they began play in 2009. Last year, they reached the IV-5A regional quarterfinals before losing to eventual state runner up Brownsville Hanna.

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