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“Big Six” Tuesday Night Recap: Big crowd, big defense and big shots in Shary win over Memorial

MISSION -- Freshman Jesse Pistokache took some verbal shots from a hostile Memorial road crowd last night, but it was his own shots and cool play that led his Sharyland team to victory. The frosh hit two free-throws in the final minute to put frosting on his 16 points and the icing to his team’s 44-35 win.

For head coach David Keith, he was happy to get the win, especially because “we finished [the game].”

Read more: “Big Six” Tuesday Night Recap: Big crowd, big defense and big shots in Shary win over Memorial

   

Report: Sharyland's Fred Sanchez to retire

According to The Monitor, Sharyland High School's head football coach Fred Sanchez has decided to retire. The newspaper quoted athletic director Richard Thompson as saying, "He's put in 30 years (coaching). He told me this is something that he's been thinking about and praying about."

If the report is true, Sanchez will retire as one of the Rio Grande Valley's top coaches. Year in and year out his teams have put forth some of the Valley's best squads, especially recently. In 2008 the team finished second in District 30-5A and then won two postseason games. In 2009 and 2010 his teams finished the year as district champions. This past year Shary placed second.

Also to note is the impact Sanchez has had on coaches around the Valley as many have coached under the Rio Grande City native, such as Mission's Mario Pena. 

The Progress Times will have more information in the coming days. 

   

“Big Six” Tuesday Game of the Night: Memorial Mustangs at Sharyland Rattlers

MISSION -- David Keith has no illusions about the Memorial Mustangs, his basketball squad’s opponent in tonight’s District 30-5A showdown.

“Every year it is a good game,” said Keith of his past battles with the Mustangs. “We have had some really close ones in the past. It is intense.”

Read more: “Big Six” Tuesday Game of the Night: Memorial Mustangs at Sharyland Rattlers

   

Monday’s “Big Six” Basketball Rankings

20120106-vmhs-v-weslaco-east-girls-basketball-dy-025Today’s “Big Six” rankings shuffled quite a bit from last week. In boys basketball, the Palmview Lobos dropped from first to third, due entirely to their beatdown at the hands of Sharyland. Consequently, the Rattlers moved up, though from third to first, jumping over Juarez-Lincoln. Though the Huskies beat Valley View on Friday, Shary’s large wins over Donna and Palmview were good enough to justify the leap.

In the realm of girls basketball, Veterans Memorial stayed on top, Mission dropped, Sharyland rose and La Joya makes an appearance, albeit with a slight asterisk. No justification needed for the Lady Patriots continued reign after taking down Weslaco East and winning their seventh straight district game. The Lady Eagles loss to McHi naturally dropped them, though that drop was far, all the way from first to a tie for third. La Joya is the team neck-in-neck with Mission but that tie won’t last long as the two square off tomorrow in La Joya. Sharyland quietly stayed in place and will likely stay second after Tuesday’s game with pushover Memorial.

Read more: Monday’s “Big Six” Basketball Rankings

   

‘Big Six’ Capsules for last Friday and Tuesday night games

20120106_PalmviewVMission_js_281It was a great week for many of the local Big Six schools as we have seen some teams surprise us with their play and some rebound from losses. One more week and we will have a better look at how the playoffs could look.

Perhaps the biggest surprise has been the Mission Lady Eagles, who are now 3-1 in District 30-5A, tied at the top with Sharyland and McHi. La Joya has also rebounded well after losing its first two district games and are now 2-2 after stomping on Donna and Palmview.

On the boys side, no team has been more surprising than Juarez-Lincoln, who is 4-2 in District 32-4A and are coming off a double overtime win at Mercedes. Last year this team believed it was a playoff contender but fell just short. It now appears, at least for now, this could be the year the Huskies make their first bi-district appearance.

Read more: ‘Big Six’ Capsules for last Friday and Tuesday night games

   

Big Six Friday Game of the Night: Lady Patriots face stiff challenge from visiting Weslaco East

MISSION – The Lady Patriots of Veterans Memorial are on a roll seven games into their District 32-4A season. Since losing to district leader Hidalgo exactly one month ago, Ralph Cantu’s team has reeled off six straight and seem to be on a collision course with the Lady Pirates in a couple of weeks. However, before those teams meet again, Veterans has three opponents standing in their way. One of those is tonight’s game with Weslaco East.

“It’s always tough with Weslaco East,” Cantu said. “They are going to raise their game and their level [of play]. They are well coached.”

Read more: Big Six Friday Game of the Night: Lady Patriots face stiff challenge from visiting Weslaco East

   

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