Area Sports

SHS alum hits first MLB home run

Tres Barrera, a 2013 Sharyland High School graduate turned professional baseball player, hit his first major league home run against the Miami Marlins Monday night. With the Washington Nationals up by four, Barrera led off the bottom of the second inning by launching the ball into the left-center field stands on a first-pitch hit, earning…

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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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Bickerton retiring; staying in the game

Long time Sharyland High baseball coach Bart Bickerton recently announced his retirement after a highly successful career. He will not, however, be leaving baseball completely. Born in Los Angeles, California, Bickerton arrived in the Valley in the late 1980’s to play baseball for UT -Pan American. He started his coaching career at Sharyland High as…

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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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New soccer league kicks off

Several Big 7 schools participating The 2020-21 high school sports year is winding down for the teams of the Big 7 with only the La Joya Coyotes baseball team still in competition. This doesn’t mean that all of the remaining schools athletes are off until August however. Many of the sports that are contested during…

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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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Covering their bases

Pioneer softball readies for third round The softball diamond at Sharyland Pioneer High School was pretty quiet this past Tuesday afternoon. It wasn’t because the softball season is over though. In fact the Lady Diamondbacks will be in action tonight in San Diego; making their first ever appearance in the UIL Class 5A Region IV…

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What does Loyalty look like at Sharyland ISD?

Loyalty is a word that Mr. Hector Madrigal former long time principal at Sharyland High School spoke about often. Mr. Madrigal would tell incoming staff that he expected loyalty. Loyalty to the school, the district, and the community. In turn for their loyalty employees would gain his respect. What does loyalty look like now at…

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