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Pioneer makes history; moves on

20191115 PioneervsSanAntonioSSCardinalsSTPlayoff games often require teams to step up their games in order to win and advance. It makes sense since your opponent is a playoff caliber team too.

After an impressive regular season putting up staggering numbers it was hard to imagine how the Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks could get any better at running their fast paced, pass oriented offense.

Their 59-14 victory over San Antonio Southside tonight at Richard Thompson Stadium was certainly impressive. The Diamondbacks scored touchdowns on all of their first half possessions to build a 42-0 halftime lead in a dominating display of both offense and defense. The offense scored six touchdowns; taking just a little more than five minutes of total possession for their part in building the big lead. Five of the six scoring drives were completed in five plays or less. All six drives were over 60 yards. Four of the touchdowns were for 46 yards or more.

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Playoff time for Pioneer, Sharyland

20191115 PioneerFootballThe intensity and drama that come with the high school football season in Texas is about to get amped up. It’s playoff time! That’s good news for the fans and all those associated with the two high schools from Sharyland ISD, as both Pioneer and Sharyland High qualified for two of the four spots from UIL District 16-5A Div. II. The paths each took to make it were as different as the two teams which greeted head football coaches Tom Lee and Ron Adame when practice opened back in August.

The 2019 Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks football team entered the season focused on unfinished business. They even had the letters D – U – B printed on the backs of their practice gear to remind them. The letters stand for “Diamondbacks Unfinished Business”, a reference to the way their 2018 campaign went.

The 2018 season, in particular two games from last year stand out. A one point, last play loss to Sharyland in a game that eventually determined the District 16-5A Div. II championship and another one point defeat in the bi-district round of the playoffs to Port Lavaca Calhoun which ended their season.

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Sharyland Pioneer athlete signs first LOI of the season

20191113 PioneerSigningA Sharyland Pioneer Diamondback will become a University of Houston Cougar after signing a letter of intent to play baseball for the university.

Evan Maldonado became the first athlete of the school year at Sharyland Pioneer High School to sign a letter of intent a Wednesday ceremony attended by his family, coaches and classmates.

“I’ve always had my eyes set on going there,” Maldonado explained, adding that he planned to study business.

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Mission Vets, Pioneer advance to area round

20191105 DiamondbacksVolleyballIt was a good start to the 2019 UIL volleyball playoffs for the Big 7 schools participating. Opening games concluded Tuesday night and two of the three Big 7 teams that qualified are moving on to the area round after sweeping their first round matches.

District 31-5A champions Mission Veterans travelled to Mercedes on Tuesday and came away with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-11) victory over Mercedes High, the fourth seed from District 32-5A. It was the eighth straight opening round win for the Lady Patriots.

The win highlighted the trio of seniors who have been part of the team’s long history of success. Kassy Lerma recorded 22 kills, Ronnie Cantu had 25 assists and Bella Dominguez 25 digs. Another senior, Karina Salinas recorded eight kills as did freshmen Rylie Barnett. The win improved the Lady Patriots record to 42-5 on the year.

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Four Big 7 teams vying for district titles

STBig7It’s Week 11 of Valley high school football and not only is it possible for six of the seven football teams from the Mission, Sharyland and La Joya school districts, the Big 7, to qualify for the UIL state playoffs, but four are playing for even higher stakes – district championships.

With the 1-5 (2-7 overall) Juarez-Lincoln Huskies being the only Big 7 team that has been eliminated from playoff contention entering the final week of district play, the 2-4 (4-5 overall) La Joya Coyotes are the only one of the other six that could also find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to the bi-district round of the playoffs next week.

Of the remaining five teams, the Mission Veterans Patriots, the Mission Eagles, the Palmview Lobos and the Pioneer Diamondbacks are all sitting atop their respective district standings; either alone or as part of a three-way tie. That leaves the 3-3 (5-5 overall) Sharyland Rattlers as the only Big 7 team that has clinched a playoff berth but is not vying for a district title.

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B.L. Gray Jr. High receives $10K donation from SPTSO

20191028 BLGrayCheckWhen students at B.L. Gray Junior High School get back to school from their Thanksgiving break next month, a new roof over the campus patio courtesy of a local organization will be completed.

SPTSO, or Sharyland Parents, Teachers Students Organization presented a check of $10,000 to B.L. Gray Principal Ericka Julie Carranza Monday during the latest school board meeting for Sharyland Trustees.

The check, SPTSO board Vice President Gina Castillo said, will build two rooftops for the patio area outside of the campus cafeteria.

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