Area Sports

Picking up their game

Big 7 soccer teams in action again With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing their 2020 seasons to an unexpected end, Big 7 soccer teams like the Sharyland Rattlers and the Sharyland Lady Rattlers are ready to pick up where they left off last year. Both of these teams had already clinched their respective district titles and…

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Togetherness: Lady Diamondbacks continue winning ways

After two straight District 31 -5A titles the Sharyland Pioneer Lady Diamondbacks basketball team find themselves in a familiar position as the 2020-2021 district race nears its halfway point. Wednesday night’s 53 – 14 win at Pioneer High School over the Sharyland High Lady Rattlers improved their overall mark to 10 – 2 and, more…

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Leaving home; going home

Koy Detmer accepts new position in Somerset Koy Detmer is leaving Mission High School again. The first time, in 1992, was expected. The newly graduated high school student was off to college. The second time, set to happen in the near future, was not. He is, however, moving on to another challenge. Somerset High School…

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Gridiron greats

Big 7 All-district football selections revealed It was another good year for the teams of the Big 7 on the football field. Just a glance at the recently announced all-district teams from the respective zones the teams of the Big 7 were a part of in the 2020 season will tell you that. Top awards…

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UTRGV: WAC realignment could bring football program to the university

After a realignment and expansion of the Western Athletic Conference was announced Thursday, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley revealed conversations regarding a football program in the university will be revisited. The WAC expansion added Abilene Christian, Lamar, Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, and Southern Utah to the group of competing sports teams in…

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2020 in hindsight – Part 2

A look back at the year in Big 7 sports – Post-UIL shutdown Last week we took a look back at our sports stories for the year and we featured those that included accomplishments by Big 7 teams and individual athletes that we felt were worthy of revisiting. They were stories written by yours truly,…

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Coyotes stay hot; take down Mission

With a solid core of players back from last year’s playoff squad, the La Joya Coyotes boys’ basketball team is looking like they are ready to return. Their 69 – 57 win over the Mission Eagles Tuesday night at the Neuhaus Gym in Mission was their sixth straight win,  improving  their overall record to 14…

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Diamondbacks rally, fall short of playoff victory

Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks head football coach Tom Lee got a little emotional when describing his teams’ performance tonight in the Class 5A Div. II Region IV final at Heroes Stadium in San Antonio, a 56 – 53 loss to Liberty Hill. “I couldn’t be more proud of my kids . . . the way they…

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Pioneer football: the year isn’t over yet

Diamondbacks face Liberty Hill Saturday The calendar has turned to 2021, something most of the world is probably happy to see. January 1st almost always brings feelings of renewal and restoration.  After what transpired in 2020 most of us are waking up today with some sense of relief as well. On paper, it is a…

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2020 in hindsight – Part 1

A look back at the year in Big 7 sports – Pre-UIL shutdown On this, the first day of 2021, we are taking a look back at 2020 and some of the Big 7 sports highlights. While the COVID-19 pandemic affected local high school sports in ways nobody ever imagined possible, the effects of the…

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