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From Greece to the Valley

Eagles’ soccer coach has come a long way The World Cup is over but high school soccer teams across the state of Texas are just beginning their 2022/2023 seasons. This includes the Mission Eagles boys’ team whose coach is now in his 31st season on the job. With coaching being a, “What you have you…

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Running eXCellence

Rattlers boys and girls top ranked The fact that the high school XC (cross-country) season coincides with football and volleyball seasons, oftentimes results in XC being overshadowed by those highly popular sports. Add to that the fact that distance running is not exactly a spectator sport, and XC has two strikes going against it when…

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Tom Landry Stadium Lives Again

​The Friday night lights were shining bright at Tom Landry Stadium once again for the first time in over a year as the Mission Eagles hosted the McAllen High Bulldogs in Week 2 of Valley high school football. That’s because the repairs project on the stadium’s home side stands finally reached the point of “substantial…

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The path to the Elite 8

A look back at the Diamondbacks’ season For the second time in four years, the Pioneer Diamondbacks baseball team finds itself in elite company; the state’s Elite 8. That means that of the 128 5A teams across the Lone Star State that earned the opportunity to punch their tickets into the UIL State Playoffs, only…

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Championship power times two

Marquez and Rodriguez strike state gold Historically speaking, state championships have not only been few and far between for Valley high school teams and individual athletes, but they’ve actually been extremely hard to come by. That is what makes the fact that Mission and Mission Veterans high schools both had powerlifters claim gold medals at…

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Adapting, overcoming and changing lives

Longoria, Krell and Galindo do it all Now that the football teams from the seven Mission, Sharyland, and La Joya high schools, the Big 7, have closed out their 2021 football seasons, we’ve decided to ask the three first-year head coaches, Mission Eagle’s Daniel Longoria, Pioneer Diamondback’s Eddie Galindo, and Sharyland Rattler’s Craig Krell, to…

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Championship drive

Patriots in the hunt for third gold ball Coming off a 2020 season in which they went 1-5, the 2021 Mission Veterans Patriots football team may have caught some people by surprise by winning seven of their eight District 16-5A Div. II games and claiming a share of the district title. But while there is…

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Two weeks to go

Three Big 7 teams vying for district titles! Don’t look now folks but there are just two weeks left in the 2021 Valley high school football season. How time flies when you’re having fun, huh? And while the 2021 season has been more fun for the players, coaches and fans of some Big 7 teams…

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Lerma on pace to 700 wins

Celebration planned to honor volleyball coach Diana Lerma may not be the only volleyball coach the Mission Veterans Lady Patriots have ever had, but she has been there from the very beginning. That’s because she was hired in 2002 to start the program and with the exception of half of the 2016 season and all…

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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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