Just pick a high school sport played by the Big 7 this spring and you can be almost certain that there is a girls’ team or individual that found success. While Luciano Guerra has pointed out the achievements of the playoff qualifying Big 7 softball teams in this week’s other sports feature; I will focus on the ones from track, golf, wrestling, tennis and soccer. All in all it has been an impressive spring for both the teams and the individual girls who competed or are still competing this school year.
Two of those individuals who still have competitions left are from Sharyland Pioneer. Last weekend at the Region IV Track Meet in San Antonio, Lady Diamondback Daisy Monie qualified for the state meet in two events in the 5A division. The senior, headed to The University of Houston next fall, finished first in the discus and second in the shot put. A state qualifier on two previous occasions, Monie finished second in state in the discus in 2019. She is scheduled to throw at the state meet in Austin on Friday May 7.
Earlier in that same week, golfer Kaylee Cruz, a junior, finished 11th in the Region IV 5A Golf Tournament, also in San Antonio. Her 36-hole score of 173 earned her a spot in the state tournament in Georgetown May 10 and 11. The Lady Diamondbacks, who won the District 31-5A team title, finished tied for 4th overall as a team in the Regional tournament. Cruz was also the 31-5A individual champion. Other team members for the Lady Diamondbacks are Joslyn Lopez, Mariela Elizondo, Gabriela Astorga and Rebeca Salinas. The team is coached by Susan Lopez.
Both the track and golf regional events saw plenty of other female athletes from the Big 7 as well. After Monie, the next top athlete from the Big 7 that placed at the Region IV 5-A meet was La Joya Palmview’s Jeslynn Flores who finished third in the high jump but cleared the same height (5’1”) as the first and second place finishers. Sharyland High’s Danielle Salinas finished fifth in the 1600 meter run, an event that featured five runners from the Big 7 out of the 16 who ran. Her teammate, Daylah Vega, finished in the top half of the field in the same race. Salinas and another teammate, Carolyn Tudor, both finished in the top half of the field in the 3200 meter run. Other finalists from the meet include the 1600 Meter Relay team from Sharyland High. Team members were Ely Chavez, Milana Dunaway, Paulina Garcia and Carla Sabala. Lady Rattler Haley Combs reached the finals in the 100 meter hurdles as did triple jumper Morelia Moreno. Mission Veterans Carla Guerrero was a finalist in the 200 meters. The Lady Patriots, under the direction of Kathy Howell, won the team title in District 30-5A last month.
Beside the Lady Diamondbacks, three other Big 7 teams participated in the Region IV 5-A golf tournament. The Lady Rattlers of Sharyland High finished in 6th place as a team, 14 strokes behind the Lady Diamondbacks. Mission Veterans, the District 30-5A team champion placed 11th and La Joya Palmview finished 13th in the 16 team field. Valentina Barron, Kayla Rodriguez and Imelda Perez were the low scorers for each of their respective teams. Both the Lady Rattlers and Lady Lobos finished second as a team in their respective district meets. Rodriguez was also the 30-5A individual champion. Other team members for the Lady Patriots are Amy Perez, Madison Davis, Lillian Marroquin and Nyla Lerma. The team is coached by Tony Ocana.
At the state wrestling meet in Cypress last weekend two wrestlers from the Big 7 placed for their respective schools. La Joya High’s Judith Rivas finished 4th in the Class 6A 185 pound weight class in her third time competing at the state tournament. Rivas was a state alternate her freshmen year. Sharyland Pioneer’s Emily Trevino, a four time state qualifier as well, finished 4th in the Class 5A 119 pound weight class after placing sixth in the same weight class last year.
The Class 5A and 6A regional tennis tournaments took place earlier this week in San Antonio. Participants from the Big 7 included two girl’s doubles teams from Sharyland High. Andrea Fernandez and Olivia Sorce were the District 31-5A champions and sisters Monica and Mariela Castellanos finished second. Pioneer’s Sarah Lagrange was district runner-up in girl’s singles and the Pioneer mixed doubles team of Alyssa Cantu and Angel Martinez was second as well. The mixed doubles team of Natasha Charles and Eddie Garcia from Mission Veterans also qualified for the regional tournament with a second place finish in District 30-5A. Cantu and Martinez won their opening round match this past Tuesday.
While the soccer season ended for Big 7 girl’s teams in late March, the accolades earned for the players’ success on the field have not.
Leading the way were the recognitions awarded to the Lady Patriots of Mission Veterans after winning the District 30-5A title with a perfect 10-0 mark, the first of three district team titles won by Vets this spring. (Track and golf were the other two.) The District 30-5A coaches recognized Mia Sanchez as Most Valuable Player, Zarahy Campos as Utility Player of the Year, and Arely Espinoza as Goalie of the Year for the role they all played in the Lady Patriots big season. Coach Kenan Nunez was named the district Coach of the Year. La Joya Palmview’s Margarita Lopez was recognized as one of the district’s Newcomers of the Year.
In District 31-5A, coaches recognized Sharyland High’s Xochitl Nguma as the Most Valuable Player and Chloe Ribera as Utility Player of the Year. Pioneer’s Monica Meza was the district’s top goal keeper. La Joya Juarez Lincolns’ Ana Rocha was the District 31-6A Utility Player of the Year.
In addition, a total of 21 other players from Big 7 teams were named to spots on their respective district’s First Team.
With competition in softball, track and golf still continuing there could be more accomplishments to be recognized later as well. Next week I’ll look at how the boys of the Big 7 stacked up.