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Gilpin and Mission Vets enjoying stellar season - Undefeated Lady Patriots retain No. 1 state ranking

20130927 Shania-GilpinMISSION - Mission Veterans Memorial middle blocker Shania Gilpin almost gave up playing volleyball, and sports all together, if it wasn’t for her mother.

Gilpin was involved in track, basketball and volleyball at a young age through the local boys and girls club and school. However, she realized she wasn’t very good at them when she reached junior high school and wanted to quit.

“I loved track and basketball, but as it turned out in the end I wasn’t any good, but I was at volleyball, and we can thank my mom for that,” Gilpin said. “She told me, ‘you are not quitting volleyball.’ I guess she saw something I didn’t see in me.”

Even after her mother convinced her to keep playing volleyball, she was afraid of the ball coming anywhere near her vicinity and preferred a comfortable spot on the bench. That’s changed.

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Eagles to host Valley View tonight

20130927 Football MissionThe last time the 1-1 Mission Eagles played at Tom Landry Stadium was 42 days ago. And that wasn’t even a game, it was a scrimmage against Edinburg High. Since then Coach Mario Peña’s Eagles have been on the road more often than Willie Nelson – first at Edinburg North, then at La Joya Palmview and most recently at Corpus Christi Tuloso Midway. Mission had yet another road game scheduled, at Brownsville Hanna September 7, but that game was cancelled due to bad weather.

Fortunately, of the seven games they have remaining on their schedule, all being District 32-4A match-ups, five will be played at Tom Landry Stadium. That includes their Oct. 25 game against Veterans Memorial in which the Patriots will occupy the home side of the field but will, of course, still be played at the friendly confines of Tom Landry Stadium.

First on Mission’s agenda, however, is their game against the Valley View Tigers tonight – a rematch of last year’s district opener in which the Eagles blanked the Tigers 41-0.

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Young Lady Eagles rebuild, aim for playoffs

20130917-VMHS-v-Mission-Volleyball dy-140MISSION – Despite losing eight seniors to graduation and another pair to off-season injuries, Mission fourth-year volleyball head coach Edna Clemons and her Lady Eagles are quite optimistic about reaching the playoffs again.

“This is a rebuilding year for us at Mission High School,” Clemons said. “I’ve had to replace 10 total because I lost two early on this season to ACL’s.”

The Lady Eagles lost Alyssa Olivarez and Karyme Rocha to ACL injuries, but have managed to hold together and post a 14-12 overall record, 2-3 in District 32-4A, so far this season with the leadership of senior captains Cassie Clemons and Sara Stubbs.

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District 30-5A: Huskies to host Cougars tonight

20130913-Palmview-v-J-L-Football dy-097For Coach Tomas Garcia and his Juarez-Lincoln Huskies, there’s no place like home. The Juarez-Lincoln coach, Garcia has never lost a home game. Unfortunately for Huskies’ fans it has been a completely different story on the road as Garcia’s squad failed to win a road game all of last year and lost to Rio Hondo in their first road game this year. But with the Huskies’ 13-7 win over the Palmview Lobos last Friday, however, Juarez-Lincoln’s six game road losing streak has finally come to an end.

The fact that it was both teams’ District 30-5A opener made the outcome much more meaningful than the continuation or termination of any streak. Even so, Garcia is glad to get the streak behind him.

While the Huskies could only manage 32 yards passing against the Lobos, their 214 yards of rushing were enough to give Juarez-Lincoln a 1-0 district record entering tonight’s game against the Edinburg North Cougars. Unfortunately for Garcia and his squad, the victory over Palmview came at a cost no coach ever wants to have to pay.

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Huskies and Lobos set to battle tonight

20130906 Football Veterans vs Palmview lg-79It will be Huskies vs Lobos: Part Two tonight at La Joya Stadium as the Juarez-Lincoln Huskies and the Palmview Lobos take to the gridiron and face off for a rematch of last season’s 17-15 Juarez-Lincoln victory. The game had increased significance since it was the Huskies first year in District 30-5A, making it the first district matchup between two of the three La Joya football teams.

As the season played out last year, both teams fell short of qualifying for the state playoffs. As a result, both teams are even more determined to break into post-season play this year. The victor of tonight’s intra-city clash will take a major step towards that goal.

With the Huskies falling to Rio Hondo, 19-13, and the Lobos losing to Veterans Memorial, 56-7, last week, neither team is entering the first round of district play with any kind of momentum. While both coaches would’ve preferred to be coming off of victories as they head into district action, neither is dwelling on what could’ve been.

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Lady Patriots ranked No. 1 in state

20130824 Volleyball Veterans vs Memorial lg-10Mission Veterans Memorial volleyball head coach Diana Lerma was on the bus with her team on Tuesday enroute to Valley View to play their second District 32-4A match of the season when she found out that the Lady Patriots were ranked No. 1 in the state by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.

“This is a first, we’re excited and it got the girls all pumped before the game,” said Lerma. “We always have big goals to try to achieve and break school records because we have a lot of tradition here. Going to Corpus Christi and getting first at that tournament was a huge accomplishment, then at our own tournament we took first and then the Laredo tournament. We’ve been going through good competition from Corpus to Laredo with teams that we will be facing in the playoffs so it was exciting to find out. In the past nobody heard of the Lady Patriots, but now we have a big target painted on our backs.”

Mission Veterans is ranked ahead of Canyon Randall and is the only Valley team in the Top 20.

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