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Big 6 football – Rattlers remain perfect, Huskies stay alive

20131011 Football JuarezLincoln vs LaJoya lg-32Sharyland 49, Edinburg High 3

The Sharyland Rattlers improved their district record to 4-0 (6-0 overall) with a 49-3 rout of the Edinburg Bobcats last Friday evening. With the win the Rattlers keep pace with the 5-0 (7-0 overall) Edinburg North Cougars atop the District 30-5A standings as the two teams remain on course for what is shaping up to be a head-to head battle for the district championship Halloween night.

Sharyland wasted no time putting points up on the board against Edinburg as Brandon Garza caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Diego Chrysler 1:37 into the game. Exactly three minutes later the Rattlers had stretched their lead to 21-0 on a Michael Gonzalez one yard run and a 59-yard touchdown pass from Chrysler to Christian Garza. Sean Landez capped off Sharyland’s scoring in the opening quarter with a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown.

The Rattlers extended their lead to 49-0 by scoring one touchdown in each of the subsequent quarters – a 50-yard run by Chrysler in the second, a 65-yard punt return by Justin Harris in the third and a 32-yard pass from Chrysler to Garza in the fourth. Chrysler finished the night with 14 completions in 23 attempts for a total of 294 passing yards.

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Countdown to kickoff: Rattlers vs Redskins

20131011-Sharyland-v-Edinburg-Football dy-138As Sharyland head football coach Ron Adame sat at his desk Tuesday afternoon, a clock just outside his office showed three days, five hours, 21 minutes and 58.2 seconds as it counted down to tonight’s 7:30 kickoff of the Rattlers’ game against the Donna Redskins. The clock, which this week has “Beat Donna” written in bold letters across it, is just one of the ways Adame and his coaching staff keep themselves and their players focused on the task at hand – beating their next opponent.

While this week it’s the start of the Donna game, last week the clock was counting down to the start of the Edinburg High game, which Sharyland won handily by a score of 49-3. In that game the Rattlers put 21 points on the board in less time than it usually takes the nacho cheese in the concession stand to melt.

“Against Edinburg last week they kicked off to us and we scored our first touchdown on what I believe was our fifth play,” explained Adame. “We then stopped them on a three and out and thanks to great field position that our special teams once again gave us, we scored on our first play. We stopped them again and then we scored again on a punt return. All of that was within the first four and one-half minutes of play.”

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Huskies vs Coyotes: It’s do-or-die time

20131004-Sharyland-v-J-L-Football dy-103With three district losses each already this season, the La Joya Coyotes and the Juarez-Lincoln Huskies are both on the verge of reaching the point of no return for a chance in the playoffs. If either is going to have a realistic shot of securing a playoff spot this season, tonight’s head-to-head game at La Joya ISD Stadium between two of the three members of the pack is do-or-die.

Unlike the Coyotes, the Huskies do have one District 30-5A victory under their belts – a 13-7 win over the Palmview Lobos in Week 2. Since then, however, Juarez-Lincoln has lost three games in a row; 33-0 to Edinburg North, 14-3 to Edinburg Vela and 42-10 to Sharyland. While their three-game losing streak has dropped the Huskies into a fifth place tie with the Edinburg Bobcats in District 30-5A, a win tonight would put Coach Tomas Garcia’s squad back on track for a playoff run.

“I’ve been telling our kids all week long that this is the first round of the playoffs for us,” said Garcia. “We can’t afford to lose another one so this is do-or-die for us. We lost to Edinburg Vela who we beat last year, so we’ve dug ourselves into a hole. But La Joya is very much improved and they moved the ball really well against Economedes and stayed in the ballgame so we’re expecting a very good game.”

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Mission Vets ranked No. 16 in nation

VMHS LogoMISSION - The Upper Valley’s Big 6 volleyball season hasn’t given too many surprises, with the exception of Mission Veterans Memorial, and it seems every week that 12-year Lady Patriots head coach Diana Lerma walks onto the court, there’s a new surprise.

This week Lerma learned that her Lady Patriots were ranked No. 16 in the nation by MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Volleyball rankings after stringing together five straight weeks as No. 1 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association state rankings.

“These girls are going one game at a time,” Lerma said. “We’ve all got goosebumps. Now the expectations and communication among the girls is to step it up a notch.”

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Mission Eagles to enter ‘Black Hole’ tonight

20130927 Football ValleyView Mission lg-80Officially its name is Benny Layton Memorial Stadium, but it’s come to be known as the “Black Hole.” That is the nickname for the Edcouch Elsa Yellow Jackets home stadium and that is where the Mission Eagles will be looking to lay claim on District 32-4A supremacy over the previously top-ranked Yellow Jackets with a win tonight.

While some may find a trip to the Black Hole to be intimidating, Mission head coach Mario Peña is not among them. That is because he and his Eagles have done what few others have found a way to do. That is to neutralize the Yellow Jackets’ sting and defeat them not once, not twice, but three times in a row.

“The last three outings that we have had against Edcouch we have beaten Edcouch,” explained Peña. “Since I’ve been here at Mission, Edcouch has not been able to beat us. They’ve always been a powerhouse in 4-A, and I know that they are definitely looking forward to playing us, but I’m telling our team that they are the top rated team in 32-4A so our quest for the district title has to go through Edcouch so they know what’s at stake.”

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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.

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


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