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Seven goals from Gonzalez leads Sharyland to 10-0 over rival Pioneer

LADY-RATTLERS-SOCCER-SHIELDThere are some nights when an athlete is feeling it, playing with an unstoppable rhythm that causes jaws to drop as the crowd stares in disbelief of what they’re witnessing.

Sharyland’s Alonso Gonzalez had himself one of those nights on the road against a rival as the junior forward scored seven straight goals to lead the Rattlers to a 10-0 win over the Pioneer Diamondbacks on Tuesday night at Pioneer High School.

“It’s just one of those nights and I guess it was his night,” said Sharyland Head Coach Rev Hernandez, who was in disbelief himself. “He scored the first seven, and I know as a forward you got to score, but today, he probably outdid himself.”

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Lady Diamondbacks capture first district title, playoff berth

20190205 SSHSvsSPHSSTThe Pioneer Girls Basketball program just added a shiny, new piece of hardware to their trophy case as the 2018-2019 Lady Diamondbacks captured their first district championship and playoff berth since the school opened five years ago.

“They put in so much work, not just this year, but the years before,” said Pioneer Head Coach Nicole Villarreal. “From last year being one game out of the playoffs to now being a district championship team, it’s a tribute to their hard work and their dedication to the program. We all had the same goal and they embraced it and they executed.”

The Lady Diamondbacks finished the year at 13-1 in district and cemented their sole possession of the 31-5A crown with a 43-35 win over Rio Grande City on Tuesday night in the regular season finale.

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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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