Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 06 December 2013 10:20
Winning may not be everything, but when it comes to basketball, Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) head coaches Rafael Cantu, Jr. and Romeo De La Garza, Jr. have certainly turned winning into a long-standing tradition. With both the Lady Patriots and the Patriots boys having made the playoffs nine out of the 11 years the school has been in existence, it has almost become a foregone conclusion that both VMHS teams will qualify for post-season play year-in and year-out.
The winning tradition at VMHS continued for both teams last year as Cantu’s Lady Patriots not only qualified for the playoffs but went undefeated in district play and won the outright district championship, while De La Garza’s boys compiled an 11-3 district record (26-9 overall) and finished second to Roma in District 32-4A.
While last year’s regular season success did not carry into the post season as the Lady Patriots, who fell to Laredo Cigarroa by three points, and the Patriots boys, who came up short against a Corpus Christi Miller team that made it as far as the state championship game the year before, were both eliminated in the bi-district round of the state playoffs. Even so, both teams did succeed in continuing the winning tradition that has become synonymous with VMHS basketball.