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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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Power Surge

Vargas and Guerrero among five Big 7 state champions Five boys and seven girls from the seven Mission, Sharyland and La Joya ISD high schools, the Big 7, qualified for the THSPA (Texas High School Powerlifting Association) and the THSWPA (Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association) state meets and eight of them returned home with…

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Moving on up

Rattlers and Diamondbacks hire from within Anytime a Valley high school football program hires a new head coach and athletic coordinator, it’s a big deal. After all, high school football is king in the Valley and the decision on who will be leading a particular program has as much to do with whether that team…

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Simply the best

Coyotes, Lady Diamondbacks lead All-District Selections Making history is not something that every high school athlete gets an opportunity to do. However, every member of the La Joya Coyotes boys’ and the Pioneer girls’ basketball teams had that opportunity this year as both teams had historic seasons. Now that both of these teams’ seasons are…

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Water world

Sharyland swimmer, Mission Vets diver compete at state Competitive swimmers and divers live in a different world. A world that most people only visit on occasion, but a world that people like Mission Veterans’ Ryann Ramirez and Sharyland’s Gabby Gonzalez spend hundreds of hours in year-in and year-out in an attempt at swimming a little…

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The big freeze and your yard

To prune or not to prune, that is the question. Last week’s arctic blast, and the prolonged extreme cold temperatures that it brought, not only caused many Valley homeowners to lose their electrical service, and in many cases their running water, but it also had a devastating effect on the plants, shrubs, trees and vines…

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Big 7 hoops teams roll on

For three of the four Big 7 basketball teams that qualified for the playoffs, things are going great; at least as of Wednesday afternoon. That’s because until the Mission Veterans boys’ basketball team lost their first round game Tuesday night, the Big 7 teams were undefeated in five games. Three of those wins by the…

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