Opening plans revealed

UIL announces guidelines for return to athletics The road to getting prep sports back into gear was given a map to follow last Friday by the UIL in the area of what schools will be allowed to do over the summer. The current coronavirus pandemic that has shut down Texas prep sports since mid-March had…

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Diamond debate

Editor’s Note: The story misidentified Sharyland Pioneer High School diamondback pitcher Abel Anzaldua.  We apologize for the error. The baseball race we never got to see By now it is well known how COVID-19 affected the local prep sports scene. A total of seven different sports saw their seasons come to premature ends when all contests…

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Football focus forced to change

While the majority of news about the local prep sports scene has revolved around the suspension of spring contests by the UIL due to the COVID-19 pandemic, what many may not be aware of is that it didn’t just affect the world of soccer, baseball and softball. The sports of powerlifting, track and field, golf…

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The Big 7 reacts: A Twitter tale

The UIL released a statement Friday, April 17 cancelling all high school sports for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It wasn’t much of a surprise after Texas Governor Greg Abbot ordered all schools to remain closed for that same time period earlier in the day. It, for now, is…

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Hoop”stars” honored

District awards announced for basketball With the conclusion of the basketball season for the teams of the Big 7 last month, the respective districts that the teams are a part of have announced their top players and coaches for the 2019-2020 season. The successful seasons of both the girls and boys teams from Sharyland Pioneer…

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Area track teams, athletes experiencing success

Just days before the UIL mandated suspension of athletic events across the state of Texas a good number of area athletes got the chance to showcase their speed, strength and jumping skills at a couple of local track meets. Two team titles The Mission Veterans Lady Patriots put up 168 points in route to a…

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Big 7 soccer teams go the distance

Editor’s note: After this article was sent to press, UIL announced they had extended its suspension of all UIL athletic events until Monday, May 4. In the midst of the uncertainty currently surrounding almost every aspect of daily life in this country it would be remiss to just forget about the accomplishments of our local…

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Lady Rattlers softball coach reaches milestone

Area high school softball teams are just beginning district play but for one longtime coach, this season will already be remembered for a major achievement.  Maybe. When I told Sharyland coach Paul Cruz I was going to do a story on his 400th career coaching victory he responded, “I already forgot. We’ve got to get…

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Big 7 schools, athletes continue to excel

The signs are all here, from Daylight Savings Time to Spring Break. Winter is over. But before we say good bye to it, let’s take a moment to go back and review the accomplishments made by the schools and athletes of the Big 7 in the sports of basketball, wrestling and swimming and diving.  The…

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Pioneer boys’ basketball team reaches Sweet Sixteen

Down by four points early in the third quarter, the Sharyland Pioneer boys’ basketball team went on a 19-6 run over the rest of the third and into the fourth to take control of their 5A Region IV quarter-final game versus Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial at La Feria High School this past Tuesday night, propelling…

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