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Sharyland tops All-District picks

Eric Gutierrez named District MVP

shraryland-logoDispite a disappointing bi-district loss to Laredo United, the Sharyland Rattlers baseball team had an outstanding season – 13-0 in district play – supported by a top-notch lineup of players. The recently released all-district list proves the point, as the Rattlers led the district with the most selections: eleven placements on the first and second teams.

Pitcher and utility player Eric Gutierrez, along with his coach Bart Bickerton, led the team in award hardware. Gutierrez was named District 30-5A MVP and Bickerton was honored as the Coach of the Year for helping the Rattlers obtain a 28-2 overall record and a 13-0 district record. Gutierrez’s strong hitting percentage of .566 went along with 58 RBIs helped him earn the top honor.

Six other Sharyland ball players joined their coach and star player on the all-district list. Second baseman Francisco Martinez, third baseman Brian Valencia, catcher Erik Garcia, outfielders Oscar Gonzalez and Fernie Martinez and designated hitter Erasmo Valdez all made the first team. Martinez also made the second team as a pitcher.

Read more: Sharyland tops All-District picks


Razorbacks excited about Navarro

20100730_Clarissa-Navarro-Baseball_003Just less than a year ago this sports page wrote a detailed feature on one of La Joya’s greatest female athletes ever: softball all-star Clarissa Navarro. At the time, Navarro was coming off a prolific high school career full of district championships, MVP trophies and placements on the all-state team.

A year later, the success continues.

Navarro just completed her first year of college softball at Butler Community College in Kansas and, just as she did at La Joya, Navarro dominated. Clarissa led her team in stolen bases and batting average, in addition to being second in RBIs and third in homeruns. In fact, of all the non-pitching categories, Ms. Navarro was in the top three of all of them.

In short, Clarissa is again playing in a league in which she is above her competitor’s level.

Read more: Razorbacks excited about Navarro


Roadrunners pound Thunder

EDINBURG, Texas—The Edinburg Roadrunners smashed out 19 hits en route to a 12-1 victory over the McAllen Thunder Wednesday night at Edinburg Baseball Stadium.

Toro Trevino (3-1) picked up the win after allowing one run on three hits in eight innings pitched while striking out three and walking none.

Read more: Roadrunners pound Thunder


Wingo, Roadrunners defeat Thunder

EDINBURG, Texas—Scott Wingo allowed one run in seven innings and struck out six leading the Edinburg Roadrunners past the McAllen Thunder 6-3 Tuesday night at Edinburg Baseball Stadium.

The game remained scoreless until the top of the fifth when Eric Eiland hit an RBI double to left field that allowed Derek Marshall to score giving the Thunder (15-23) the 1-0 lead.

The Roadrunners (17-22) answered back in the bottom of the fifth against Thunder starter Frank James.  Adam Gordon reached on after a dropped fly ball that allowed him to reach second.  After a fielder’s choice off the bat of C.J. Beatty, Robert Matlock hit an RBI single to center field that allowed Gordon to score tying the game.  Gabe Memmert then followed with a two-run single that scored Beatty and Matlock making it 3-1 Edinburg.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, Stantrel Smith hit an RBI ground out that allowed Matlock to score from third.  With two outs, Steven Wright hit a two-run single to center field scoring Memmert and Osiel Flores from second and third extending the Roadrunners lead 6-1.

McAllen added a couple of runs in the top of the ninth with a two-run home run by Blake Sanders but Julio Castro came in and closed out the game giving Edinburg the 6-3 victory.

Wingo (3-2) picked up the win for Edinburg while Frank James (1-1) got the loss after allowing three runs in four and a third innings of work.

The Roadrunners and Thunder will play the final game of their four-game series Wednesday night at Edinburg Baseball Stadium.  Toro Trevino (2-1) is expected to pitch for Edinburg with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Tickets are still available by calling the Roadrunners front office at (956) 380-4446 or for more information visit


Roth sold to the Braves

McAllen, TX – The McAllen Thunder of the North American League announced today that the contract of right-handed pitcher Robert Roth has been purchased by the Atlanta Braves.

Roth signed a three-year contract with Atlanta and will report to the Rome Braves, the single A affiliate of the Braves, with the South Atlantic League.

“Mr. Roth has joined one of the best organizations in baseball and he should do very well,” said Thunder Manager Matt Stark.

The Lewiston, Idaho native appeared in 15 games for the Thunder with a 1-1 record and one save while posting a 3.48 ERA.  He struck out 42 batters in 20.1 innings and walked just five.

“It is a big loss for us but it’s a good thing.  First and foremost for the young kid and secondly for the league,” Stark continued.  “He deserves it and we will cheer him on and we wish him the best.”

The Thunder will continue their four-game series with the Edinburg Roadrunners tonight at Edinburg Baseball Stadium with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.


Shary athlete captures national title, world record

20110629-Villarreal-Powerlifter-004Only a couple blocks from Sharyland High School is Evolution Gym, owned and operated by Eustalio Villarreal. Training individual athletes in strength and conditioning, Villarreal’s slogan for the gym is, “We build champions.”

Of the 25 or so athletes Villarreal works with, none is more important to him than his daughter Briana Villarreal, a world record holding power lifter.

Read more: Shary athlete captures national title, world record


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