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A Breakdown of Big 7 Boys Basketball

STBig7The end of district play is a week away and Big 7 Boys Basketball teams are making their final push towards the playoffs.

While only one Big 7 team managed to qualify for the playoffs a season ago, there are multiple teams looking to extend their year on the hardwood.

Here’s a quick look at how the Big 7 Boys Basketball Teams have fared in 2018-2019.

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Pioneer HS student signs on to St. Edwards University

20190130 PHSSigningA Sharyland Pioneer High School senior already has her college plans laid out after signing on to run track at St. Edwards University.

Nydia De La Garza finalized these plans Wednesday during a signing ceremony held at her school that was attended by her coaches, family and classmates.

Thomas Lee, Athletic Director for the campus, had nothing but praise for one of his athletes.

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Former Sharyland standout Chrysler helps lead UTRGV to NIRSA Championship

20190125 DiegochryslerSTFor many, the final high school game of a football player’s career signals the end of their playing days.

For former Sharyland Rattlers quarterback, receiver and current UTRGV student Diego Chrysler, his post-high school career culminated in winning the 2018 National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Men’s National Flag Football Championship with his team, the UTRGV Ravens, in Pensacola, Florida on Jan. 6.

“We were the underdogs in high school, we were the underdogs in the national tournament, so we kind of stuck with that underdog mindset,” Chrysler said about his team’s national championship run. “People in the flag football community, NIRSA and everything, they know who UTRGV is and the next time they ask who won it last year, they’re going to say the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, so that’s cool to represent.”

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Diamondbacks look to continue perfect district run

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The bell for round two has sounded and Big 7 Boys basketball teams are preparing to make a final run at locking up a playoff spot, while one team is looking to make program history with their first district title.

Pioneer Diamonbacks
The Pioneer Diamondbacks sit atop District 31-5A at a perfect 8-0. While that may surprise some on the outside, inside the Pioneer locker room, they’ve known what they were capable of all along.

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Lady Diamondbacks, Lady Patriots on collision course

STLadyDiamondbacksGirls Basketball has wrapped up round one of district play on the hardwood, and with another half to go, several Big 7 teams have proven to be playoff and district championship contenders.

District 31-5A
The Pioneer Lady Diamondbacks and Mission Veterans Lady Patriots have emerged as the teams to beat in District 31-5A as both programs have stormed out to 7-1 records in league play, tied for the top spot.

While evenly matched on the court, it was the Lady Diamondbacks who walked away with a 41-32 victory over Mission Veterans in the first meeting between the 31-5A powerhouses back on Jan. 1. Since that point, the two teams have been on a collision course for their second meeting, a game that holds serious district championship implications.

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Pioneer welcomes 2019 with New Year’s Day wins over Mission Veterans

20190104 Basketball-Shots-B-and-G -VMHS vs PIONEERThe Pioneer Diamondbacks and Lady Diamondbacks are off to a soaring start in 2019 as the two basketball teams spent their New Year’s Day on the court bringing home big district wins over Mission Veterans, 80-48 for the boys, and 40-31 for the girls.

Both programs are rolling through district play early on and have the potential to be two of the top teams, not just in 31-5A, but across the Valley, when it’s all said and done.

Read more: Pioneer welcomes 2019 with New Year’s Day wins over Mission Veterans