Rattlers, Adame look to continue winning ways

As the football teams of the Big 7 get ready to open their seasons beginning tonight, it will be in an environment not ever before seen. Stadiums are expected to have limited capacities and may be missing some of the things that make the Friday night experience of Texas high school football, like marching bands…

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Big 7 volleyball returns

More than two months later than it would be compared to past seasons, teams from the Big 7 are finally back on the volleyball court competing. Six of the seven schools began a shortened regular season last week consisting almost entirely of district matches due to the effects of and guidelines put in place in…

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Pioneer preparing to “Finish the Fight”

There are times in sports when one play or one game creates a rallying cry for a team’s future. The 2019 Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks football team was partially fueled by the way their 2018 season ended; a one point loss to Port Lavaca Calhoun in the first round of the playoffs. Last years’ Diamondbacks squad…

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Looking back; looking forward

It happened so fast it is very difficult to put in order the exact chain of events. The NBA suspended games, calling some off with players and fans still in the arena. It was the same for the NCAA. Hockey, baseball and golf followed. High school sports were called off as well.  For me, filling…

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Sonny Detmer remembered

Sonny Detmer, the winningest coach in the history of Mission High School football passed away after a brief illness this past Tuesday in Somerset, Texas. He was 76. Detmer was currently serving as the head coach at Somerset High School.  Detmer came to Mission High prior to the 1989 season and continued the pass-first philosophy…

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Play Ball!

Mission CISD approves return to athletics The local prep athletic scene got a big boost from Mission CISD administration this week when they announced plans to re-open the district’s high schools for the purposes of varsity athletics. The re-opening date is set for Monday, September 28. “After cautiously and meticulously assessing all data gathered, the…

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La Joya ISD cancels fall sports

No Friday night lights for Coyotes, Huskies and Lobos It will be a quiet night across the Rio Grande Valley prep sports scene tonight as local high school teams continue to wait for the fall sports season to begin. This weekend was originally scheduled to be the opening weekend of high school football contests for…

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Lasting impressions

You may have never heard of John Neeley, but you have heard him. You have, that is, if you’ve attended a Sharyland High or Sharyland Pioneer football game at Richard Thompson Stadium in the past 20 years or listened to Q94.5 for much of that same time period. If you are having trouble remembering then…

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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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