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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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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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