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Patriots ready to take success to next level

20130813 Football VMHS Patriots Preview lg-04Veterans Memorial High School head football coach David Gilpin is always ready, willing and able to talk about his Patriots football team. Ask him one question about his team and he’s off and running. That demonstrates his passion for his job, his school, his team and especially his players.

Having qualified for the playoffs last year was a huge improvement over the Patriots’ 2-8 record the year before, but just making the playoffs is not what Gilpin and his staff are out to accomplish.

“We’re really proud of the fact that we’ve made the playoffs three out of the last four years,” said Gilpin. “Just making the playoffs is not satisfactory, but compared to where the program was prior to that, with only one playoff appearance in seven years, I am very proud of our recent success.”

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Coyotes looking ahead to better days

20130813 Football LaJoya Coyotes Preview lg-1In George Espinoza’s inaugural season as head football coach at La Joya High School (LJHS) last year, the Coyotes managed only one district win against seven losses. That one win came in their district opener against an eventual winless Edinburg Vela team. The same Sabercats team will face the Coyotes in this year’s district 30-5A opener Thursday, Sept. 12.

If all goes as planned for Espinoza and his Coyotes, history will repeat itself against Vela but instead of finishing the season with a seven game slide there will be several wins en-route to the first playoff berth for LJHS since the three-way split in 2008.

To turn that plan into reality, the Coyotes will be relying heavily on four key players; junior quarterback Julio Garcia, senior receiver Omar Ozuna, senior outside linebacker Eric Rodriguez and senior strong safety Sergio Martinez.

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Patriots’ sophomore named All-State

201300809 VMHS-Edward-PenaOn the mound he had a perfect record. However, it was as a third baseman that Veterans Memorial High School’s (VMHS) Edward Peña received an honor that many covet but few receive. Peña has been named first team All-State by the Texas Sports Writers Association (TSWA).

Receiving this recognition his sophomore year makes his achievement all the more impressive. Only one other player did so this year in all of 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A baseball; that was first baseman Chris Andritsos from The Woodlands. Of the remaining honorees, 48 were seniors and 14 were juniors.

“Edward actually received three different All-State honors,” explained VMHS head baseball coach Casey Smith. “He received third team All-State honors as a pitcher from the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association. He received First Team All-State honors in 4A as a third baseman from the TSWA and he received honorable mention All-State honors as a pitcher also from the TSWA.”

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Mission Eagles set to defend district title

20130806 Football Mission Eagles Preview lg-04The 2012 season was one of highs and lows for the Mission Eagles football team. The highs included winning their first nine games and clinching a share of the District 32-4A championship. The lows included falling one game short of a perfect 10-0 record and a heartbreaking 36-30 bi-district round loss to Corpus Christi Ray.

The Eagles’ success last year came as a result of a two-pronged attack that included the Valley’s top ranked defense and the district’s second ranked quarterback. If Mission is going to successfully defend their district title this year, they will have to do so with a revamped defense and with a new signal caller on offense.

“We would’ve had seven starters returning on offense and five on defense, but I’m moving one of our defensive ends to quarterback and one of our offensive starters decided not to return. Therefore, we will have four starters returning on defense and seven on offense,” explained Mission head football coach Mario Peña.

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Season football ticket sales to begin August 1

VMHS LogoMHS-Eagle-Logo-AthleticsMission CISD (Consolidated Independent School District) is offering all 2012 season ticket holders the opportunity to renew the same seats for the 2013 football season.

Season ticket holders from last year may go by the Mission CISD Athletic Office located at the Central Office Building (1201 Bryce Drive, Mission) to purchase season tickets beginning Thursday, August 1 through Friday August 16.

The general public will be able to purchase season tickets beginning on Monday, August 19 through Friday, August 23. There will be no season tickets sold after Friday, August 23.

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La Joya ISD football tickets to go on sale

LA-JOYA-LOGOS-new-3-schoolLa Joya ISD has announced the schedule for this year’s high school varsity football tickets for the district’s three high schools – La Joya High School, Palmview and Juarez-Lincoln High School.

Season ticket holders will be able to purchase tickets Tuesday, Aug. 6 through Aug. 16. Reserve tickets will go on sale to the general public Monday, Aug. 19 until Friday, Aug. 23.

La Joya High School and Juarez-Lincoln High School each have five home football games this year. Tickets are $7 per game, and the full-season price for the five home games is $35 per high school.

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