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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.


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.


Battle of the Eagles in Brownsville tomorrow

20130829 Football Mission vs Palmview lg-02There won’t be any Friday night lights on when the Mission Eagles take on the Brownsville Hanna Golden Eagles at Sams Stadium in Brownsville tomorrow. There won’t be any Saturday night lights on either as the scheduled kickoff for this Week 1 non-district matchup between 32-5A Hanna Eagles and 32-4A Mission Eagles is 1 p.m.

While Mission head coach Mario Peña is not pleased at all that his team is going to be playing football during the heat of the day, he had no say in the matter.

“Hanna’s coach wanted to play an evening game, but he was basically given a directive by their athletic director to play at 1 p.m.,” explained Peña. “We have no say over it since they are the home team so that’s how that came about. Unfortunately, I don’t foresee there being a lot of people in the stands for a one o’clock game.”


Rattlers set to defend district title

20130830-Sharyland-FootballSharyland’s second-year head coach Ron Adame and his staff were late to practice last week when the school’s in-service ran a few minutes over the scheduled time. When Adame and his assistants stepped on the field, they were pleased to find over 100 players organized and warming up on their own.

“I felt like a proud father of a son that’s ridden his bike for the first time without training wheels,” Adame said. “They took it upon themselves to start the practice. It was pleasing to see the leadership within the kids. They know what to do. They just need a little bit of guidance so we’re excited about this year.”

The Rattlers are gearing up to defend the District 30-5A title. Tonight they kick off the 2013 season with a home-opening non-district game against Brownsville Hanna on Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Rattlers Stadium. Sharyland begins district play against La Joya on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. with an away game at Pack Stadium.


Lady Patriots win own tourney

20130824 Volleyball Veterans vs Memorial lg-64The Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) Lady Patriots hosted 23 other 4A and 5A teams at the Mission Varsity Volleyball Tournament last week and quickly proceeded to demonstrate why they’re the second-ranked team in the Valley. With straight set wins over Weslaco, PSJA Memorial, San Benito and Nikki Rowe, Coach Diana Lerma’s Lady Patriots took no prisoners en-route to the tournament’s championship game where they defeated the McAllen Memorial Lady Mustangs 25-10, 25-23 and 25-20 to claim the tourney title.

VMHS was led by tourney Co-Most Valuable Players Shania Gilpin (senior) and Gabby Lerma (sophomore). Darian “D.D.” Ibarra (freshman) and Kassy Lopez (senior) were also key producers for the Lady Patriots, receiving All-Tourney honors. In Saturday’s championship match, Gilpin’s contributions included 12 kills and seven aces while Lerma added 11 kills and four aces of her own. Ibarra made her presence known with her 12 assists, three kills and 23 digs.

After having to settle for a share of the District 32-4A title last year, Coach Lerma believes that this Lady Patriots team has what it takes to bring VMHS its first outright district championship since 2008.


Huskies ready to break into playoffs

20130823 Football Juarez LincolnLast year was Tomas Garcia’s first year as Juarez-Lincoln High School’s (JLHS) head football coach. Garcia, who inherited a 2-8 Huskies’ team against 4A competition, not only faced the challenge of turning a losing program into a winner but as a result of the University Interscholastic League’s (UIL) most recent realignment, he would have to do so in his team’s first year in District 30-5A.

With a 5-5 record the Huskies certainly took a major step in the right direction under Garcia’s leadership. As much improvement as JLHS showed in just one year however, the Huskies were left on the outside looking in when it came to the state playoffs.

“We actually had two different ways that we could get into the playoffs last year,” explained Garcia. “We either had to beat Donna or Economedes had to beat Palmview for us to get in. While we were up at the half against Donna it just didn’t work out. Even so, the feeling we had at the end of that game is what’s motivating us to get into the playoffs this year.”


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