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Volleyball races heating up

Five Big 7 teams in the hunt With less than two weeks remaining in the high school volleyball regular seasons, things are really heating up in all three of the districts the seven teams from the Mission, Sharyland and La Joya ISDs, the Big 7, are members of; 31-6A (Mission, La Joya and Juarez-Lincoln), 30-5A…

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Halfway point

Week 6 of Big 7 football is upon us With this being Week 6 of Valley high school football, the mid-point of the 2021/2022 season is upon us. While some teams have played one game more or less than others, depending on when they each had their bye weeks scheduled, going into this weekend, five…

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Bad news, good news

Big 7 teams have rough Week 2 Six of the seven football teams from the Mission, Sharyland and La Joya ISDs, the Big 7, found themselves on the losing end of their games last week. That’s the bad news. All but one of those games were non-district matchups. That’s the good news. Coming off a…

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Friday night matchups

Week 1 roundup, Week 2 previews High school football is back across the state of Texas as Week 1 games are now in the books. And of the seven teams from the Mission, Sharyland and La Joya school districts, the Big 7, four opened their respective seasons with wins. While that of course means that…

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Beating the odds

Lobos open season against Coyotes tonight Twenty-twenty was a good news/bad news year for the Palmview Lobos’ football team. The good news is that unlike their two sister schools, the La Joya Coyotes and the Juarez-Lincoln Huskies, the Lobos did not have their entire season cancelled due to COVID. The bad news is that they…

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2020 hindsight

Patriots looking forward to new season There’s no doubt that 2020 will be remembered as a year most of us would like to forget; the COVID-19 pandemic being the major reason. And while the death and destruction the pandemic has caused world-wide will always be its major impact, we’ve all suffered from its effects in…

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New beginnings

Diamondbacks’ new era begins To say that the Pioneer Diamondbacks were successful under former head coach Tommy Lee would be an understatement. Not only did Lee lead his teams to the UIL state playoffs each of the three years of his head coaching tenure, but his Diamondbacks are coming off back-to-back undefeated district championships in…

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Comeback kids

La Joya Coyotes returning to the gridiron How long has it been since the La Joya Coyotes football team played a football game? As of today, it’s been 637 days. That’s the equivalent of one year, eight months and 29 days. Why so long? Because the Coyotes were one of two football teams from the…

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Coaching matters

Mission Vets wrestling coach retires When Bensavio “Ben” Yzaguirre began coaching at Mission Veterans High School, not a single one of the wrestlers on this year’s Patriots and Lady Patriots wrestling teams had been born yet. That’s because he just completed his 19th and final year of coaching at Mission Vets. And while hanging up…

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Revving it up

State championship winning coach retires He’s coached soccer at Sharyland High School for over 20 years. He’s led the Rattlers to 21 playoff appearances over that span. He’s one of only a handful of Valley coaches in any sport to ever lead a team to a state championship. He’s Coach Reveriano “Rev” Hernandez, and with…

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