Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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Six Big 7 teams still in playoff hunt

STBig7It’s Week Seven of Valley high school football and the district races are starting to take shape. With only the top four teams in each district qualifying for the playoffs, the time is now for the cream to rise to the top and for the rest to start looking forward to next year.

In District 30-6A, the 3-0 PSJA Bears and the 2-0 Nikki Rowe Warriors are the only undefeated teams remaining. The Mission Eagles, the La Joya Coyotes and the McAllen Memorial Mustangs have all split their two district games for 1-1 records. That leaves the 1-2 PSJA North Raiders and the 0-2 McAllen High Bulldogs and Juarez-Lincoln Huskies all needing to put a string of wins together pretty quickly if they have any aspirations of post season play.

In District 16-5A-2, the Sharyland Rattlers and the Valley View Tigers are both atop the standings with 2-0 records. Nipping at their heels however are the 1-0 Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks and the 1-1 Mercedes Tigers. As for the remaining teams in the district, the 0-2 Roma Gladiators and Edcouch Elsa Yellow Jackets and the 0-1 Laredo Cigarroa Toros seem destined to remain at or near the bottom while the top four teams battle it out for the district championship and the remaining three playoff spots.

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Sharyland tops Pioneer for first sweep in four-year rivalry

20181009 Volleyball SharylanRattlersvsPioneerDiamondbacksDistrict play is winding down on the volleyball court as some Big 7 teams are preparing for their final run at a district title and playoff spots, while others are looking to turn things around for a strong finish to the season.

The Sharyland Lady Rattlers made history at home Tuesday night with a 3-1 (25-19, 20-24, 25-20, 25-17) victory over sister school Pioneer to earn the first sweep in the four-year rivalry between the two.

“You always want to make history and we’ve always been battling with them,” said Sharyland Head Coach Raul Castillo. “I told the girls this is our year, we have to take it from them. If we don’t, they’re going to come to our court and beat us.”

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Even with rain delay, Sharyland Rattlers defeat Laredo Cigarroa Toros

20180928l Cigaroa vs SHSThis Friday, September 28th, the Sharyland Rattles hosted Laredo Cigarroa at Richard Thompson Stadium.

The game, which was scheduled for 7:30pm, was delayed due to rain and lightning strikes near by. As weather began to clear up spectators and school bands began to fill the stadium and the players took the field for opening ceremonies. After a 45 minutes delay the game was underway at 8:15pm.

The preceding bad weather did not get Rattler spirits down, the team hit the field strong and started moving the ball early in the game. The Rattlers scored a touchdown, with a good extra point, in the first quarter putting the Rattlers in the lead over the Toros 7 to 0.

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Lady Rattlers take Meet of Champions

Sharyland-girls-XC-team-2018The Sharyland Lady Rattlers XC (cross country) team entered the 2018 Rio Grande Valley Meet of Champions as the odds-on favorites Saturday. Twenty minutes and 31 seconds after the starter pistol was fired, three Lady Rattlers had crossed the finish line as top 10 finishers.

While the majority of runners were still on the course, it was pretty obvious at that point in the race that Sharyland was about to claim their first Meet of Champions championship since the 2013 school year, the last year the Lady Rattlers claimed district and regional championships as well.

While a Brownsville Rivera runner took the individual championship, second and third places went to Lady Rattlers. Andrea Gallardo and Ariana Gomez, both juniors at Sharyland High, crossed the finish line three and a half seconds apart from each other as they took second and third places respectively. The third Lady Rattler to finish in the top 10 was senior Samantha Guerrero, whose time of 20:31.0 earned her 10th place.

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Sharyland’s Estefania Hinojosa first to reach 1,000 kills in program history

20180925 Volleyball PSJASW vs SHSWhen the volleyball is set, Sharyland’s Estefania Hinojosa begins her attack becoming airborne as eyes in the crowd widen, and when her powerful swing connects with the ball sending it soaring onto the opponent’s side of the net for a kill, gasps and whispers of “did you see that?” spread across the gym.

Over the past four years, the senior outside hitter has perfected the art of the kill, and on Tuesday night, an excited home crowd witnessed Hinojosa reach a milestone moment as she recorded her 1,000th career kill, becoming the first in Sharyland history to accomplish the feat.

“It feels great,” she said. “I feel very honored and I feel like I’ve improved a lot over the years, and I’m not going to settle with 1,000, I’m going to keep going.”

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