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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.”

Read more: Patriots’ sophomore named All-State


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.

Read more: Mission Eagles set to defend district title


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.

Read more: Season football ticket sales to begin August 1


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.

Read more: La Joya ISD football tickets to go on sale


Varsity football schedules now available for 2013-2014

20130719-footballAre you ready for some football?  The high school varsity football seasons are set to kick off in early August. The Progress Times has assembled the schedules for Sharyland, Mission, an La Joya school districts.



Read more: Varsity football schedules now available for 2013-2014


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.

Read more: RGV Heat softball teams head to World Series


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