Bickerton retiring; staying in the game

Long time Sharyland High baseball coach Bart Bickerton recently announced his retirement after a highly successful career. He will not, however, be leaving baseball completely. Born in Los Angeles, California, Bickerton arrived in the Valley in the late 1980’s to play baseball for UT -Pan American. He started his coaching career at Sharyland High as…

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New soccer league kicks off

Several Big 7 schools participating The 2020-21 high school sports year is winding down for the teams of the Big 7 with only the La Joya Coyotes baseball team still in competition. This doesn’t mean that all of the remaining schools athletes are off until August however. Many of the sports that are contested during…

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Covering their bases

Pioneer softball readies for third round The softball diamond at Sharyland Pioneer High School was pretty quiet this past Tuesday afternoon. It wasn’t because the softball season is over though. In fact the Lady Diamondbacks will be in action tonight in San Diego; making their first ever appearance in the UIL Class 5A Region IV…

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Spring successes for Big 7 boys

After last week’s look at the achievements made by teams and individuals from the girls side of the Big 7, we look today at how the boys have fared this spring in track, wrestling, golf, tennis and soccer. As you will read, it has certainly been a successful spring for both teams and individuals by…

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Impressive spring for Big 7 girls

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…

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Tough outs

Big 7 baseball’s 5A teams all moving on Sure things in the sports world are rarities. Other than Tom Brady taking a team to the Super Bowl or a major pile up unfolding at Talladega in a NASCAR race there are few others. I have found one that is getting close though. Expect Big 7…

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Big 7 baseball: Coyotes clinch!

The La Joya Coyotes broke open a tight contest with PSJA High, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh to defeat the Bears 9-4 this past Tuesday night at C.V. Cain Field in San Juan and to claim the District 31-6A baseball title. The victory also allowed the team to remain undefeated on…

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“A real Eagle.”

Mission High’s Jose Ortiz does it all It was a busy few days for Mission High School’s Jose Ortiz the week before Easter. The Friday before Good Friday he was in the net for the Eagles boys’ soccer team as the team faced Los Fresnos in the opening round of the UIL state soccer playoffs.…

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Big 7 District track roundup

It was a busy but productive week for Big 7 track teams as three different districts held their district track meets. At the District 30-5A meet in Laredo this past Tuesday and Wednesday, the Lady Patriots of Mission Veterans could do little wrong in taking the district title with 214 points, 63 more than their…

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Soccer playoffs underway

The Juarez-Lincoln Huskies boys’ soccer team is back in the second round of the UIL state soccer playoffs after a tight and tense 3-2 victory over the Donna North Chiefs at Juarez-Lincoln High School Friday night.  The win represents the first playoff victory for the Huskies since 2018 after an opening round loss in 2019…

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