Area Sports

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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Big 7 baseball: Coyotes clinch!

The La Joya Coyotes broke open a tight contest with PSJA High, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh to defeat the Bears 9-4 this past Tuesday night at C.V. Cain Field in San Juan and to claim the District 31-6A baseball title. The victory also allowed the team to remain undefeated on…

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“A real Eagle.”

Mission High’s Jose Ortiz does it all It was a busy few days for Mission High School’s Jose Ortiz the week before Easter. The Friday before Good Friday he was in the net for the Eagles boys’ soccer team as the team faced Los Fresnos in the opening round of the UIL state soccer playoffs.…

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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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Big 7 District track roundup

It was a busy but productive week for Big 7 track teams as three different districts held their district track meets. At the District 30-5A meet in Laredo this past Tuesday and Wednesday, the Lady Patriots of Mission Veterans could do little wrong in taking the district title with 214 points, 63 more than their…

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Soccer playoffs underway

The Juarez-Lincoln Huskies boys’ soccer team is back in the second round of the UIL state soccer playoffs after a tight and tense 3-2 victory over the Donna North Chiefs at Juarez-Lincoln High School Friday night.  The win represents the first playoff victory for the Huskies since 2018 after an opening round loss in 2019…

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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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Springing forward

Big 7 softball teams back after shortened 2020 The cancellation of the 2019-2020 softball season hit all of the teams from the Big 7 hard, each team having their season ended just as district play was beginning. It was heartbreaking on a number of levels; no seniors would be able to finish their careers, players…

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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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