Double “W’s” for D’backs

A quartet of basketball teams, each with playoff aspirations, squared off at Mission Veterans Memorial High School in Mission this past Tuesday night in a pair of UIL District 31-5A games. All of the schools in the Big 7, whether in District 31-5A or District 30-6A, are currently playing their games in a double-header format…

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A “walk-off” through 2019

“Walk-off” is a sports term that has emerged over the past few years, one used to describe the winning of a contest on the game’s last play. There are numerous examples. Kirk Gibson’s pinch hit home run in the bottom of the ninth off of Dennis Eckersley in Game One of the 1988 World Series…

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Big 7 girls’ hoops teams begin district play

Texas high school sports teams get to take a much needed break next week when the UIL mandated five day off rule comes into play.  For basketball teams it comes at a point where most teams need it, having wrapped up a healthy dose of tournament play and numerous non-district games. Most of the girls’…

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Subs spark Coyotes

Awards are a big part of the sports world. They can be for a variety of achievements like most valuable player or newcomer of the year. Some sports awards are specific in what they honor. Professional baseball awards the Gold Glove to players who excel at defense. The NBA has a Sixth Man award to…

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Juarez-Lincoln wrestling continues winning ways

The 2019-20 high school wrestling season started just a few weeks ago and the Huskies of Juarez-Lincoln appear to be doing what they did last year: win. The defending champs from District 15-6A have already won two outright tournament titles and tied for another this year.  Their latest success came this past weekend at the…

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Recipe for success

Diamondbacks defeat Eagles The Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks used four quarters of defense and one big quarter from Miguel Angel Gonzalez to rout the Mission Eagles 66-36 this past Tuesday at Pioneer High School in an early season non-district boys’ basketball match-up between Big 7 schools. Both the Diamondbacks and Eagles enter 2019-20 with hopes of…

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Fantastic four

Numerous Big 7 football, volleyball, cross country and tennis teams excelled this fall The fall 2019 slate of games, matches and meets for the schools of the Big 7 ended this past Saturday and by any measure it was a successful performance. A total of seventeen teams across four sports qualified for competition beyond the…

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Cantu Jr. records 400th career win

Mission Veterans girls’ basketball coach Rafael Cantu Jr. didn’t really want to talk about his 400th career victory. It came last Friday against Corpus Christi John Paul 49-32 as part of the McAllen/Valley View Border Bash/Border Brawl basketball tournament. Cantu Jr. seemed more interested in how his team, the Lady Patriots, had just defeated a…

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Boerne Champion bests Pioneer in OT

The Boerne Champion Chargers survived a wild comeback by the Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks to win the Region IV 5A Div. II semi-final 45-38 in overtime Saturday afternoon at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Trailing 38-23 going into the fourth quarter Pioneer scored 15 unanswered points and got a strong defensive effort to get the game…

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More Magic

The fact that the 2019 Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks football team is having a magical season cannot be denied. Their 28-21 win over Pflugerville Weiss last Friday night in Corpus Christi was their eleventh straight, earning them a trip to the Alamodome in San Antonio for a UIL 5A Div. II Region IV semi-final game against…

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