Area Sports

Opening plans revealed

UIL announces guidelines for return to athletics The road to getting prep sports back into gear was given a map to follow last Friday by the UIL in the area of what schools will be allowed to do over the summer. The current coronavirus pandemic that has shut down Texas prep sports since mid-March had…

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Sharyland ISD honors athletes

 There was a lot of traffic on the campuses of Sharyland Pioneer High School and Sharyland High school last week as the two schools held drive-thru parades to recognize their athletes for their accomplishments during the 2019-2020 school year.  Like most celebrations there were cheers, waves and smiles. I’m going to assume there were smiles;…

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SHS holds first athletic signing outside of campus

With schools continuing to be closed for the rest of the school year, Sharyland High School ensured that one of its top golfers was still celebrated. Maialen “M” Erana, a senior on the Sharyland High School Women’s Golf Team, signed a letter of intent Tuesday to continue playing golf at Concordia University, an NCAA Division…

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Diamond debate

Editor’s Note: The story misidentified Sharyland Pioneer High School diamondback pitcher Abel Anzaldua.  We apologize for the error. The baseball race we never got to see By now it is well known how COVID-19 affected the local prep sports scene. A total of seven different sports saw their seasons come to premature ends when all contests…

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Volleyball coach doing what she does best during pandemic

Mission Veterans Lady Patriots’ head volleyball coach Diana Lerma has made her mark as the premier volleyball coach in the Rio Grande Valley. The volleyball program that she has built at Veterans Memorial High School is not only second to none in the Valley, but it is also among the best in the state. The…

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VMHS athlete signs on to play at Central Methodist University

A hand sanitizer station and courtesy face masks greeted visitors eager to see Veterans Memorial High School senior Kaylee Flores commit to attending Central Methodist University in the fall and play on their basketball team. Unlike other college signing events, Flores’ signing was held at Balli’s Social Event Center due to VMHS being closed for…

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Football focus forced to change

While the majority of news about the local prep sports scene has revolved around the suspension of spring contests by the UIL due to the COVID-19 pandemic, what many may not be aware of is that it didn’t just affect the world of soccer, baseball and softball. The sports of powerlifting, track and field, golf…

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For the Love of Sports

If you’ve attended more than a handful of high school sporting events in the Rio Grande Valley over the past 26 years, chances are that you’ve seen Ben Lopez. That’s because Lopez has attended thousands of football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, tennis, wrestling, track and swimming games, matches and meets over the past quarter…

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The Big 7 reacts: A Twitter tale

The UIL released a statement Friday, April 17 cancelling all high school sports for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It wasn’t much of a surprise after Texas Governor Greg Abbot ordered all schools to remain closed for that same time period earlier in the day. It, for now, is…

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