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Pioneer outlasts Juarez-Lincoln for first win under Lee

20180907 Football JLHS vs SPHS MM--1000Before the Diamondbacks and Juarez-Lincoln Huskies met Friday night at Richard Thompson Stadium, first year Pioneer Head Coach Tom Lee knew it was going to be a dogfight.

After 48 minutes of play between the two teams, Lee was proved right as the Diamondbacks and Huskies fought to the last seconds of their Week 2 non-district matchup with Pioneer prevailing 31-29.

To get there, the Diamondbacks had to overcome a 10-point halftime deficit and seven total turnovers, including five in the first half, to pick up their first win of 2018 and Lee’s first as a head coach in 10 years.

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Mustangs stampede the Rattlers in overtime

20180907 Football SHHS vs MMHS LG Web-92For the second week in a row, the Sharyland Rattlers found themselves tied at the end of regulation and needing a single overtime period to decide the outcome of their game. Last week they emerged victorious as they defeated Brownsville Pace by a score of 20-17.

Friday night the Rattlers and the McAllen Memorial Mustangs entered overtime tied at 21. The Mustangs had the first possession and they promptly put six points on the board to take a 27-21 lead. Knowing that they needed to score six points to force a second overtime period or seven to win the game, the Rattlers took possession of the ball. However, they could not find the end zone and as a result, the Mustangs defeated the Rattlers by a final score of 27-21.

With the loss, the Rattlers dropped to 1-1 on the season and will be looking to get back on the winning track next week when they host the 2-0 La Joya Coyotes.

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Eagles, Coyotes and Rattlers open with wins

20170908 Football ENHS vs SHS Game LG-29 1Week One of Valley High School football is in the books and of the seven teams from the Mission, Sharyland and La Joya school districts, the Big 7, only three emerged victorious; the Mission Eagles, the Sharyland Rattlers and the La Joya Coyotes. That of course means that the remaining four teams now find themselves with 0-1 records heading into their Week Two games.

Fortunately for the coaches, the players and the fans of those four teams, all Week One games were non-district. As a result, having one game in the loss column at this point of the season will in no way affect their chances of winning a district championship, or of qualifying for the playoffs.

That however is about to change for two of those teams. That’s because as members of the 10 team District 16-5A-1, the Patriots and the Lobos are opening their district schedules this week.

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Diamondbacks, Huskies looking to bounce back in Week 2

20171006 Football VMHSvPHS3With high school football officially underway across the state of Texas, teams are hoping to get off to a good start in 2018.

After a tough Week 1, two Big 7 teams looking to bounce back from season-opening losses are the Juarez-Lincoln Huskies and the Pioneer Diamondbacks, who are set to clash Friday night at Richard Thompson Stadium in Mission.

Pioneer Head Coach Tom Lee knows the Huskies will be entering the game just as hungry as the Diamondbacks to put that first W of the season on the board.

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Sharyland High, Gilpin win big at All-Valley Sports Award 2018 All-Valley Sports Awards Recap

20180619 STAllValleySportsThis article first appeared in the Friday, June 22, 2018 issue of the Sharyland Times.

On stage at Mario’s Banquet & Conference Center in Mission stood Sean Elliott, the six-foot-nine NBA champion and former college player of the year, sharing advice with standouts from across the RGV at the 2018 All-Valley Sports Awards Banquet.

“Believe in yourself ... Prepare and sacrifice ... Persevere ... Character trumps talent and ... Have fun.”

The San Antonio Spurs great delivered the five tips to athletes, coaches and others in attendance can apply not only in their respective sports, but to be successful in every aspect of life.

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SISD Top 10 Sports Achievements of the Year

20180601 PioneerBoysPowerliftingchampionwinnerWith 12 District championships, eight Bi-district championships, two Area championships, one Regional championship, one Regional Quarterfinals championship, two State bronze medals, two State silver medals and one State championship, it’s been an extremely successful school year for the Sharyland High and Pioneer High varsity sports teams and athletes. Of course, successful sports programs have become synonymous with the Sharyland Independent School District (SISD) and while it’s now been four years that the success has been spread out over two high schools, the fact that the Rattlers and the Diamondbacks are both continuing the winning tradition, should not come as a surprise to anybody that has followed Rio Grande Valley high school sports for any time at all.

Here we will look at what this sportswriter considers to be the Top 10 SISD sports achievements of the year, either by a team or an individual. It is an objective list with the primary criterion used to determine which achievements were included and how those achievements were ranked, was how well a team, or an individual athlete, did at the higher levels of competition, such as Bi-district, Area, Regional and State.

With there being only a handful of local teams and/or athletes that succeed at the State level year-in-and-year-out, any team or athlete that earned the right to go up against the best-of-the-best across the Lone Star State and returned with one or more of the highly coveted State medals and/or trophies, will be ranked highly on this list. And while some may argue that reaching, and subsequently succeeding at, the higher levels is easier in some sports than it is in others, for the purposes of this list, success at the higher levels of competition trumps success at the lower levels, regardless of the sport.

With that in mind, here are the SISD Top 10 sports achievements of the year:

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