With their playoff lives on the line, the Pioneer Diamondbacks proved why they belong amongst the Valley’s top teams.
The Diamondbacks met the Mercedes Tigers in the Bi-District round of the 5A state playoffs Tuesday night in front of a packed house at PSJA Southwest High School.
Pioneer came storming out of the gate, finding a rhythm in the first half. Senior center Michael Madrigal led the Diamondbacks through the first two quarters with 10 points as they went into the locker room holding a 32-26 lead.
The Sharyland Independent School District has passed a measure that could save over $800,000 on the cost of financing the construction of Sharyland Pioneer High School.
On Feb. 21, the school board voted to implement the refinancing plan that Miguel De Los Santos, executive vice president for the Dallas-based Estrada Hinojosa Investment Bankers firm, said would cut the interest rate in half on a bond that financed the high school’s construction.
In November 2011 voters passed a bond election for construction of the new $55 million high school, approving a $0.097 cent tax increase.
A winning culture is what every sports program attempts to build. The La Joya Coyotes and the Pioneer Diamondbacks are doing just that in the 2016-2017 basketball season as they’ve earned their way into the state playoffs.
Each team’s journey to the postseason didn’t come without facing adversity.
In District 31-5A, the Pioneer Diamondbacks locked up the third-seed after a roller coaster in league play.
Sharyland Utilities, the electric utility provider serving the Sharyland Plantation area, has made application with the Public Utilities Commission of Texas to increase electric rates for its customers.
The utility serves about 3,000 customers in parts of Mission and McAllen, according to Paul Schulze, Sharyland Utilities vice president of public affairs.
“The proposed rate increase will affect approximately 2,700 residential customers,” he said.
The Sharyland Rattlers swim teams may have missed out on both district championships, but they more than made up for it over the weekend at the UIL Region VIII Swim Meet in Corpus Christi. At regionals the Rattlers qualified more swimmers for the UIL Swimming and Diving State Meet in Austin than all the other District 31-5A teams combined.
Even though the Rattlers boys had more individual champions than the Pioneer Diamondbacks boys had at the district meet held two weeks ago, it was the Diamondbacks that claimed the district championship. At last week’s regional meet, however, the Rattlers’ boys qualified for state in three individual events and two relays while the only other boy swimmer in the district to qualify was from Roma.
As the Rattlers swimming and diving coach for the past 19 years, Tina Jensen explained a change in the UIL’s rules that allowed her boys, who all placed second at regionals in their respective events, to qualify for state this year when they wouldn’t have qualified last year.