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Patriots avenge first round loss

20140415 Baseball VMHS vs MHS lg-33It’s been said that revenge is a dish best served cold. On an unseasonably cool evening at Mission High’s Leo Najo Field Tuesday the Veterans Memorial Patriots baseball team served up a plate-full of ice-cold revenge on the Eagles for their first round loss – a 7-6 extra inning heartbreaker in which the Patriots blew a seventh inning lead and lost it in the eighth.

Tuesday’s game was originally scheduled to be played on the Patriots’ home field but it was moved to Mission High after their first round game was moved from MHS to VMHS due to a problem with the lights. Even so the Patriots scored three runs in the first, one in the second and six in the third to defeat the Eagles by a score of 13-5.

With two outs in the top of the third and VMHS holding on to a one run lead, Coach Casey Smith’s Patriots broke the game wide open with a three run homerun over the right-centerfield fence by designated hitter Corbin Garza and a three run inside-the-park homerun by third baseman Edward Pena. Garza’s homerun was his first of the season.


Run, Rattlers, run!

20140405 Track Meet 305A District lg-10At the soon-to-be renamed Rattler Stadium in Sharyland, the Rattlers and Lady Rattlers track teams both captured 30-5A district titles Saturday. The Rattlers breezed to a 54-point win over runner-up Edinburg Vela and the Lady Rattlers pulled off an impressive 98-point win over their closest challengers, the Palmview Lady Lobos.

Sean Landez led the way for the Sharyland boys as he won individual district championships in the long jump and in the 400 Meter Dash. Landez also ran the opening leg in the 4 x 100 Meter Relay and the anchor leg in the 4 x 400 Meter Relay which the Rattlers also won.

Running three races without much time to rest in between is not easy to do. Nonetheless, Landez managed to not only win, or contribute to wins in, all three races, but he also crossed the finish line in record time in one of those events.


Seven Big 6 soccer teams advance

20140327-Sharyland-v-Laredo-LBJ-Boys-Playoff-Soccer dy-043With nine of the 12 Big 6 schools’ soccer teams qualifying for the post season, Mission, La Joya and Sharyland high schools were certainly well represented in the state playoffs. Both of the Sharyland, Mission High School, Veterans Memorial and Juarez-Lincoln teams extended their seasons into the playoffs this year as did the Palmview High School (PHS) boys’ team.

Of those teams, all but the Juarez-Lincoln girls and the Veterans Memorial (VMHS) boys teams emerged victorious from their first or second round playoff games and will be playing in either the 5A area or the 4A sectional round this week.

Last Thursday night, the Sharyland (SHS) girls defeated Laredo LBJ, 5-0, and the boys defeated LBJ, 1-0, to advance to the area round. In Friday’s 5A bi-district action the Juarez-Lincoln boys defeated Laredo Alexander, 7-2, and the PHS boys defeated Del Rio, 2-1, to both advance to the area round as well.


Big 6 well represented in soccer playoffs

20140321 Soccerl Boys Economedes vs Palmview lg-01Five out of the “Big 6” boys soccer teams, along with four of the girls sides, advanced to the high school soccer playoffs that kicked off on Monday and conclude with the UIL state tournament on April 17-19 at Georgetown.

The battle for supremacy in the boys District 30-5A title race was won by La Joya Juárez-Lincoln (13-3, 39) for the second straight season, four points ahead of runner up Sharyland (13-3, 35) and third place La Joya Palmview (11-5, 33). Edinburg North (9-7, 27) clinched the fourth 30-5A playoff spot in the last game of the regular season.

Juárez-Lincoln begins its playoff run against 29-5A fourth place Laredo Alexander (6-1-5, 19) on Friday at La Joya’s Pack Stadium at 6 p.m. The Huskies have won four district titles and advanced at least three games deep into the playoffs in each of their six seasons since they began play in 2009. Last year, they reached the IV-5A regional quarterfinals before losing to eventual state runner up Brownsville Hanna.


MHS and VMHS soccer teams playoff bound

20140212-Mission-v-VMHS-Girls-Soccer-020Four for four. All four soccer teams from Mission High School (MHS) and the Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) have finished their District 61-4A schedule and all four teams are heading to the playoffs – boys and girls.

With the old and politically incorrect adage of ladies first in mind, here is a breakdown of how the Lady Eagles and the Lady Patriots finished up in their district race.

For the second year in a row the MHS Lady Eagles soccer team has taken the district title. Last year, they posted a perfect 8-0 record and advanced to the regional quarterfinals, also known as the Elite Eight, where they lost 1-0 to the Jones High School Lady Trojans of Beeville.

This year, Coach Aaron Clemons’ Lady Eagles are 7-1 with their only loss coming at the hands of their cross-town rival VMHS Lady Patriots. Mission outscored their district opponents this season 23-3.


Juarez-Lincoln Huskies are for real

20140307 Soccer Boys LJJL vs LaJoya lg-07Surprise! That’s what the La Joya Juarez-Lincoln (LJJL) Huskies boys soccer team did to their District 30-5A opponents last year. They caught them by surprise. They not only compiled an impressive 15-1 record in their inaugural 5A season, but won the championship in a district that included the defending state champion Sharyland Rattlers. While achieving so much success so quickly may have left some wondering if their 2013 season was a fluke, their continued success this season has proven that the Huskies are indeed for real.

Currently at 12-2 and in sole possession of first place with 35 points, Juarez-Lincoln has a rather comfortable seven point lead in the standings over second place Palmview, and an eight point lead over third place Sharyland. However, since the Huskies have played one more game thus far this season than Palmview and Sharyland have, their lead over one of those teams will be reduced tonight as the Lobos and the Rattlers face off against each other while the Huskies are off.

As the Huskies’ and the district’s top scorer, senior Angel Quintero is one of the reasons behind Juarez-Lincoln’s success. Quintero believes he knows why his Huskies have managed to continue their winning ways despite that they are now in one of the toughest districts in the state.


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