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Big Six Tuesday Night Recaps: Lady Coyotes take down Palmview with ease

LA JOYA -- In their first two district games, La Joya fell to Sharyland and Nikki Rowe by a combined margin of ten points. The 0-2 start was a tough start for a veteran team. However, since those two losses, the Lady Coyotes have responded with two decisive wins, including a 72-36 thumping of rival Palmview Tuesday night.

“I am proud of the way we played,” said head coach Dan Morales following the game, “but we still have some work to do.”

Read more: Big Six Tuesday Night Recaps: Lady Coyotes take down Palmview with ease


Big Six Tuesday Game of the Night: Lady Lobos at Lady Coyotes

Elva Hinojosa and her coach, Dan Morales, are sick of coming so close, just to fall short. If you have followed the Lady Coyotes of La Joya the past couple years, you may recall the program has neither been a powerhouse nor a laughing stock in District 30-5A. In fact, for the past three seasons, Morales’ team has finished district in the fifth spot, left to look through the glass as the district’s top four teams enjoyed the postseason.

This year could be different. Morales’s is in his final year with Hinojosa, his star point guard and an All-Valley and All-District performer from a year ago. Hinojosa has helped her team reach a solid overall record of 13-7, contributing by scoring and distributing the ball. Two games ago, in a close 67-64 loss to Sharyland, the senior guard dropped 34 points. On the other hand she can distribute the ball, averaging about six assists per game.

Read more: Big Six Tuesday Game of the Night: Lady Lobos at Lady Coyotes


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.

Read more: Lobos take home easy win, 1-0 in district


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.

Read more: Friday Game of the Night: Palmview at Mission


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.

Read more: Palmview blows out Rivera


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