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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Cruz Control

Longtime softball coach reassigned Winning over 400 games is an achievement that only a select few high school coaches ever attain. It is a milestone that can only be reached by coaches that put their heart and soul into their jobs; coaches that have a passion for their sport, a devotion to their team and…

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Last team standing

Coyotes advance to third round The La Joya Coyotes baseball team may not be the last Valley team still alive in the playoffs, but they are the last team from the Mission, Sharyland and La Joya ISDs, the Big 7, to still be playing. And with the Edinburg Vela Sabercats and the Los Fresnos Falcons…

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Rattlers and Coyotes play on

And then there were two. Of the five Big 7 baseball teams that qualified for the UIL state playoffs, the Coyotes, the Diamondbacks, the Lobos, the Patriots and the Rattlers, only the Coyotes and the Rattlers won their bi-district round matchups and earned the right to play on. Will they continue their winning ways? Only…

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A season to remember

Coyotes out to make 2021 even more memorable Three weeks ago Progress Times sports writer John Hamann wrote about the La Joya Coyotes baseball team clinching their first outright district championship since the 2008 season. They had just defeated the PSJA Bears by a score of 9-4 to remain undefeated in district play with a…

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Lady Lobos making history

Big 7 softball teams open playoffs It’s taken 12 years but the Palmview Lady Lobos softball team is making its first ever appearance in the UIL state playoffs this weekend. Actually, if all went as planned, Coach Jessica Cardenas-Russell’s Lady Lobos opened their best of three series against the 9-4 Flour Bluff Lady Hornets at…

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Championship state of mind

Nine Big 7 wrestlers state bound Five boys and four girls from the seven Mission, Sharyland and La Joya high schools, the Big 7, have qualified for the University Interscholastic League’s (UIL’s) State Wrestling Championship tournament which is being held today and tomorrow at the Berry Center in Cypress, Texas. Three of them did so…

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Big 7 softball: Three are in, one more may join them

With four of the seven varsity softball teams from the Mission, Sharyland and La Joya school districts, the Big 7, having either already clinched a playoff berth or being just one win away from doing so, the second season, as the playoffs are often referred to, should be an exciting one for Big 7 softball…

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Taking it to the mat

MHS hosts 15-6A wrestling tourney With up to three matches taking place at the same time, wrestling tournaments are one of the best kept secrets when it comes to high school spectator sports. The action is not only intense, but it’s also non-stop as wrestlers ranging in weight from 95 lbs. to 215 lbs. for…

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