Traditionally speaking, the splitting of a high school has a devastating effect on the original school’s sports programs, and it can take years for the new school’s programs to experience any kind of success. The opening of Sharyland Pioneer High School for the 2014-2015 school year marked the first year that Sharyland Independent School District varsity athletes would be split into two schools and how that would affect Sharyland High’s athletic program, a perennial south Texas powerhouse in most sports, was one of the questions that only time would answer.
With the school year now complete, a look back at the Rattlers’ successes on the fields, courts, tracks, courses and mats demonstrates that while they did not dominate their district in the same way they have become accustomed to in recent years, they still had more than their fair share of success. As for the Diamondbacks, their level of success may have fallen short of that experienced by their sister school; however, the school surpassed the kind of success that is typical of first-year programs.
Here are the Progress Times’ Sharyland and Pioneer High top 10 sports achievements of the year:
In what was her sixth and final throw at the UIL State Track and Field Championships in Austin, Monie hurled the discus 141 feet 8 inches to better the field and earn the highly coveted gold medal. Just one day prior, Monie threw the shot put 41 feet 4.75 inches to claim the bronze medal in that event.
Winfree became a two-time state champion when she deadlifted 365 lbs., bench pressed 305 lbs. and squatted 145 lbs. for a total of 815 lbs. at the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association’s state meet in Corpus Christi earlier this year. Having competed in the 123 lb. weight class for the Lady Rattlers last year, Winfree dropped down into the 114 lb. class this year and is now a deadlift state record holder in two different weight classes.
Ramones and Arizola made Sharyland High School history when they advanced into the finals of the UIL State Tennis Tournament held in College Station earlier this spring. While they fell one win short of claiming a state championship, they are the first Rattlers’ tennis players to qualify for the state finals.
04 Sharyland Lady Rattlers Soccer Team – District, Bi-district, Area and Regional Quarterfinals Champions and Regional Semifinalists
In their first season under Coach Aaron Clemons, the Lady Rattlers’ soccer team went 12 – 0 in District 31-5A play and advanced into the fourth round of the state playoffs. Sharyland’s dominance over their district opponents was exemplified by the fact that they scored 58 points on the season while giving up only three for a 55 point differential. After outscoring their first three playoff opponents by a total of 10 – 2, the Lady Rattlers’ season came to an end when they fell to Cedar Park 2 – 0 in the Regional Semifinals.
05 Pioneer Lady Diamondbacks Soccer Team – District Runner-ups, Bi-district, Area and Regional Quarterfinals Champions and Regional Semifinalists
With a 10 – 2 record, the Lady Diamondbacks may have come in second to the Lady Rattlers in District 31-5A, but they matched the Lady Rattlers every step of the way in the playoffs with wins over Edcouch-Elsa, Victoria East and Edinburg Vela in the first three rounds of postseason play. However a 1 – 0 loss to Austin Vandegrift in the Regional Semifinals saw the Lady Diamondbacks’ extremely successful inaugural season come to an end.
06 Sharyland Rattlers Football Team – District, Bi-district and Area Champions and Regional Quarterfinalists
After an undefeated District 31-5A season, the Sharyland Rattlers football team defeated Edcouch-Elsa 29 – 0 and Corpus Christi Calallen 28 – 0 in the Bi-district and Area rounds of the state playoffs to advance into the Regional Quarterfinals for the third year in a row. And for the third year in a row the Rattlers saw their season come to an end in that round when the the Cedar Park Timberwolves broke the Rattlers’ eight-game winning streak by a score of 52 – 24. Sharyland finished the season as the No. 1 ranked team in the Valley.
07 Girls Golf Team – Sharyland High – District Champions, Regional Runner-ups, Fourth Overall at State
Led by Region IV Champion and Second Team All-State golfer Ana Jose Erana, the Sharyland Lady Rattlers golf team placed fourth overall at the state tournament in Bastrop. Their two-day combined score of 663 was just four points behind the third place team and 11 points behind the second place team. Other state qualifiers for Sharyland included Michelle Moroles (Honorable Mention All-State), Mariana Flores, Christina Shinn-Roldan and Raquel Flores.
Led by state champion Alexandra Winfree (114 lbs.) the Pioneer Lady Diamondbacks’ powerlifting team had eight girls qualify for the THSWPA State Meet in Corpus Christi and placed fifth overall. Other than Winfree, Pioneer’s state qualifiers were Yuliana Gonzalez (sixth 97 lbs.), Nora Monie (fourth 165 lbs.), Daniela Alfaro (seventh 165 lbs.), Avery Coronado (10th 165 lbs.), Ashley Garza (fifth 165 lbs.), Monica Garcia (eighth 181 lbs.) and Lizette Guerrero (132 lbs.).
09 Girls Powerlifting Team – Sharyland High – Regional and State Qualifiers, 12th Overall at State
The Lady Rattlers powerlifting team had seven members qualify for the THSWPA State Meet in Corpus Christi where they placed 12th overall. Bryanna Ramirez (148 lbs.) was the highest placing Lady Rattler with her fourth-place finish. Beatriz Uribe (132 lbs.) placed 10th and Amanda Rodriguez (114 lbs.) placed 11th. Other state qualifiers for Sharyland included Kimberly Kelly (123 lbs.), Brissa Ramirez (132 lbs.), Priscilla Reyna (114 lbs.) and Brianna Rugerio (105 lbs.).
10 Girls Track Team – Pioneer High – District Champions, 4 x 400m Relay Valley Record, Eight Regional Qualifiers
The Pioneer Lady Diamondbacks’ 4 x 400m relay team of Lizette Chapa, Rebeca Martinez, Isabel Mendoza and Ashley Gonzalez set an all-time Valley record with a time of 22:17:10. Individual regional qualifiers included Nora Monie (Shot put, Discus), Lizette Chapa (3200m), Isabel Mendoza (400), Jayda Garcia (100m), Kassandra Torres (300m hurdles) and Ashley Gonzalez (Long Jump).