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Championship power times two

Marquez and Rodriguez strike state gold Historically speaking, state championships have not only been few and far between for Valley high school teams and individual athletes, but they’ve actually been extremely hard to come by. That is what makes the fact that Mission and Mission Veterans high schools both had powerlifters claim gold medals at…

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Adapting, overcoming and changing lives

Longoria, Krell and Galindo do it all Now that the football teams from the seven Mission, Sharyland, and La Joya high schools, the Big 7, have closed out their 2021 football seasons, we’ve decided to ask the three first-year head coaches, Mission Eagle’s Daniel Longoria, Pioneer Diamondback’s Eddie Galindo, and Sharyland Rattler’s Craig Krell, to…

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Championship drive

Patriots in the hunt for third gold ball Coming off a 2020 season in which they went 1-5, the 2021 Mission Veterans Patriots football team may have caught some people by surprise by winning seven of their eight District 16-5A Div. II games and claiming a share of the district title. But while there is…

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Two weeks to go

Three Big 7 teams vying for district titles! Don’t look now folks but there are just two weeks left in the 2021 Valley high school football season. How time flies when you’re having fun, huh? And while the 2021 season has been more fun for the players, coaches and fans of some Big 7 teams…

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Lerma on pace to 700 wins

Celebration planned to honor volleyball coach Diana Lerma may not be the only volleyball coach the Mission Veterans Lady Patriots have ever had, but she has been there from the very beginning. That’s because she was hired in 2002 to start the program and with the exception of half of the 2016 season and all…

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Reset rejuvenates Patriots

Mission Vets, Mercedes meet tonight The tight race for the District 16-5A Div. II football title could open up a bit tonight. The gap between the top teams could also get tighter than it currently is. That all depends on the outcome of a couple of games. The key game involves Mission Veterans, the current…

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OLIVER PADILLA NAMED WAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – The Western Athletic Conference announced on Monday that senior goalie Oliver Padilla of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Vaqueros men’s soccer team has been named WAC Defensive Player of the Week. Padilla made one save to post a clean sheet and lead UTRGV to a 1-0 win over…

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McAllen mulls name change for Palm View Golf Course

The McAllen City Commission may change the name of the Palm View Golf Course to avoid confusion with the nearby city of Palmview. While the golf course is located on South Ware Road — miles away from Palmview — the name occasionally confuses business travelers, Winter Texans and other people unfamiliar with the area. “No…

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Volleyball races heating up

Five Big 7 teams in the hunt With less than two weeks remaining in the high school volleyball regular seasons, things are really heating up in all three of the districts the seven teams from the Mission, Sharyland and La Joya ISDs, the Big 7, are members of; 31-6A (Mission, La Joya and Juarez-Lincoln), 30-5A…

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Another classic Classic?

Sharyland High, Pioneer meet tonight The Sharyland High Rattlers (4-2, 3-1) host the Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks (4-2, 3-1) at Richard Thompson Stadium tonight on the campus of Sharyland High School in Mission in the 8th edition of the Snakeskin Classic. Whether or not the game actually turns into a classic is yet to be determined,…

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