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Sharyland takes on Laredo United in bi-district playoff

20111111-Sharyland-v-McHi-Football_dy-012Sharyland is the lone school in the Mission-La Joya area to make the football playoffs this year. Though any of the other local schools would be thrilled with a 9-1 record, the Rattlers are still nursing their ego after suffering a 28-14 loss to undefeated McAllen Memorial three weeks ago. The game ended a three-year win streak for the Rattlers.

Sharyland came back with another victory last week as they took down the McHi Bulldogs, 38-21, in the team’s final game of the regular season. Big Red finished their regular season the same way they began it, with a win. Although there was very little at stake in the Rattler’s matchup against the McHi Bulldogs, both teams having secured their playoff spots, both still played hard in what was a tune-up for two programs undoubtedly peeking past each other.

Sharyland stalwart quarterback Tres Barrera, did most of the damage with three touchdown runs and throwing 18 completions on 22 attempts for 227 yards and two touchdown passes. Barrera has been the picture of consistency for the Rattlers this year and much of the team’s post-season plans and hopes rest on his shoulders.

Read more: Sharyland takes on Laredo United in bi-district playoff


Volleyball playoffs in full swing

20111104_TEAM_SHARYLAND_Volleyball_dy-001Rattlers slide past Laredo United

Last Monday High School volleyball playoffs kicked off with the Sharyland Rattlers (31-14) defeating Laredo United for the 30-5A Bi-District Championship which the Rattlers won in four games.

Sharyland started slow, dropping the first game 17-25 and going down by 5 at the start of the second game. But once the lady Rattlers settled in they returned to the form that made them such an imposing team all year winning the next three games 25-17, 25-15, 25-20.

Read more: Volleyball playoffs in full swing


Shary takes down upset-minded McHi

20111103-sharyland-v-mchi-football-dy-084-smallIn reality, Thursday night’s season finale between the McHi Bulldogs and the Sharyland Rattlers was merely a tune-up game for next week’s bi-district matchups. After all, the Bulldogs are solidified as the second seeded DII representative while the Rattlers will be the top seed for DI. However, there were a couple things learned from Shary’s 38-21 win.

First, the Rattlers can withstand a comeback. Fred Sanchez’s squad led 28-7 after three quarters but the Bulldogs (6-4, 4-3) made rallied with two quick touchdowns minutes into the fourth quarter. Despite giving up some big plays—including an onside kick after the first touchdown—the Rattlers smoothly responded with ten points behind the leadership of Tres Barrera to seal the win.

Second, Sharyland (9-1, 6-1) might be able to withstand a comeback but it will need to learn the knockout punch if it wants to make a decent playoff run in the next couple weeks. The Rattlers started the game off slow, allowing McHi to move the ball easily on its first two drives. Though the received the early wakeup call, Shary seemed to dose off in the third quarter and early in the fourth when they fumbled twice, gave up an onside and got burned for two deep touchdown passes.

Read more: Shary takes down upset-minded McHi


Palmview’s playoff hopes lost

20111028-Palmview-v-McHi-Football-dy-075-SmallFor the second year in a row, the Palmview Lobos’ playoff hopes have been dashed after a promising start. The Lobos fell big to McHi, 31-17.

Manny Flores’ team started district off with high hopes after they won their first two games over Mission and rival La Joya. The two wins showed a dual-quarterback offense and talented receivers. However, as in times past, Palmview struggled to play with the district’s powerhouses. The Lobos have lost four straight since their win over La Joya, only one of which was within ten points.

The final game for the red and black will be next Friday verses the Memorial Mustangs. McAllen Memorial will be looking to complete an undefeated run in district to obtain sole ownership of the 30-5A championship. On Friday the team took down the Donna Redskins.

Read more: Palmview’s playoff hopes lost


Palmview looks to keep playoff hopes alive

20111007_Football_Sharyland_v_Palmview_spd_011This Friday, when the Palmview Lobos take the field on their home turf against McHi (5-3), the key will be consistency. After an up and down season that began with two impressive wins against Rio Grande City and Brownsville Porter but more recently has seen the Lobos drop three in a row, Palmview (4-4) find themselves still with an outside shot at making the playoffs.

The Lobos’ recent woes may be misleading. Two of their last three games and subsequent losses have come against two of the more powerful teams in the area, Sharyland and Donna, both of whom began the season scorching hot and undefeated through their first four games.

Read more: Palmview looks to keep playoff hopes alive


Sharyland rebounds, crushes Eagles

20111021-Mission-v-Sharyland-Football-dy-023-SmallWell it was close for at least a quarter. The Sharyland Rattlers entered Tom Landry Stadium last night, coming off it first district loss in three seasons. Apparently, a date with a struggling Mission squad was all that was needed as the Rattlers crushed their cross-town rivals, 52-23.

Mission came out competing in the first quarter, trading punches with the Rattlers. Fred Sanchez’s team fell behind 10-7 just before the first quarter ended and then 45 unanswered points. Nearly every Rattler player got in the game and the team used four different quarterbacks.

Next week, Sharyland hosts a 2-6 La Joya team. In the midst of that game, the Rattlers will be hoping for Donna Redskin upset over Memorial as Shary still has a chance of at least a co-district title.

Read more: Sharyland rebounds, crushes Eagles


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