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RGV Heat softball teams head to World Series

20130716 Softball RGV Heat lg-03Twenty-four of the top softball players from across the Rio Grande Valley are in Dallas this weekend for the Independent Fastpitch Association-Virtual Tournament Director’s (IFA-VTD) World Series softball tournament; a tournament featuring as many as 64 softball travel teams from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Missouri.

The Rio Grande Valley’s sole representatives in this fastpitch open tournament are actually two teams in one. The RGV Heat Blue team is made up of players up to 18 years of age and the RGV Heat team is for players 16 years of age and under.

Two of the girls that have made the cut to be on the elite blue team’s roster are Mission High School’s Gabrielle Castillo and Sharyland High School’s Savannah Rendon. These two Mission girls are both playing key roles this season as pitchers for the blue team.

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Local tryouts for La Fiera F.C.

HIDALGO — The Fiera F.C., formerly Rio Grande Flash, will be hosting local tryouts at the State Farm Arena on July 8th and 9th from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

The tryout is open to anyone to the age of 18 and older and there is no cost for the tryout.

"It is an opportunity for me to see the talent that there is in the Rio Grande Valley," said Head Coach Mariano Bollella. "Last season I was able to pick up my goalie from a local tryout last season and I am hoping that the upcoming tryout will hopefully bring in a couple of faces from the area as it has produced multiple state champions at the high school level within the last few years."

La Fiera F.C. are members of the Professional Arena Soccer League with teams located across the United States

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Roadrunners’ Camilli impressive against Whitewings

20130621 Baseball Roadrunners vs Whitewings lg-09Starting pitcher Curtis Camilli had his best outing of the season Monday evening when he chalked up 11 strikeouts over eight innings to lead the home standing Edinburg Roadrunners to a 7-2 plucking of the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings. With the victory, Camilli improved his season record to 3-1 in this his first season with the Roadrunners.

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Veterans Memorial hosts All-American Throwers’ Camp

20130612 All American Throwers lg-02Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) was the place to be this week for aspiring and current shot-putters and discus throwers from across South Texas. The All-American Throwers’ Camp was held at the campus Monday through Thursday mornings.

Founder and coordinator of this specialty sports camp, Larry Howell, has seen many of his former campers succeed at state, national and international levels.

“We started the camp about 10 years ago,” explained Howell. “It is open to anyone in the Valley ages six to 18, and the object of the camp is to show these kids that they can compete with anybody in the State of Texas. Over the years we have had 10 or 11 state champions come out of our camps.”

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Patriots spring into football with Blue/White game

20130531 Football Spring Veterans Memorial lg-10It was Friday night football minus the lights at Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) last Friday as the Patriots football team took the field for its annual Blue vs White spring football game. Patriots’ head football coach David Gilpin split his team and his staff in half as the blue team lined up across from the white team in front of an enthusiastic and surprisingly sizeable crowd of spectators at the VMHS practice field.

Spring football is not something that all high school football programs across the Lone Star State participate in. That’s because the University Interscholastic League (UIL) gives each school a choice between participating in spring ball or getting a jump start in the fall.

“The UIL gives us the option of having 18 practices in the spring and starting a week later than everybody else in the fall or not having spring ball and starting a week earlier,” explained Gilpin. “Since I’ve been the Patriots head coach I’ve chosen to conduct spring ball. That extra week in the fall doesn’t mean anything to me because we’ve got a week, then we’ve got another week and we get into our scrimmage, then we get into our non-district schedule and then we have our bye week. That means that we have about six weeks before we get into our district schedule; so to me come October and November, that extra week becomes a hindrance in my opinion.

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Rattlers return to gridiron for Red/White football game

20130523 Football Spring Sharyland Varsity lg-10It was friend versus friend and teammate versus teammate as the Sharyland Rattlers football team took the field against the Sharyland Rattlers last Thursday evening in the annual Red/White spring football game. As half of Coach Ron Adame’s players donned red jerseys and half donned white, the game capped off four weeks of spring practice meant to give Adame and his staff a preview of what’s to come in what will be the Rattlers’ final season before the split which will take place when Pioneer High School opens its doors in the fall of 2014.

“We’ve had four weeks of spring ball,” explained Adame. “The fourth week we divided the kids up as evenly as we could. Our position coaches split their boys up as evenly as possible and we continued practicing in the morning, but we’d game plan for this game in the afternoons.”

“It was more of a controlled situation today and even though this was as close to a game as possible without the special teams we wanted to see how the kids would respond. Some of the boys went on both sides of the ball so this game allowed that opportunity to take place,” Adame said.

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