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Rattlers and Patriots still perfect

20181019 STSHS VS SPHSWeek Eight of Valley high school football is now in the books and for four of the seven teams from the Mission, La Joya and Sharyland school districts, the Big 7, it was a week to remember. For the other three however, it was a week they’d like to forget.

From a last second field goal that enabled one Big 7 team to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat to a shutout win that kept another Big 7 team in the thick of the playoff race, Week Eight had something for everyone.

With their victories, the Mission Veterans Patriots and the Sharyland Rattlers remained undefeated in district play. As for the La Joya Coyotes and the Palmview Lobos, their victories kept them in control of their own playoff destinies.

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Last second FG puts Sharyland over Pioneer in thriller

20181019 SnaskinClassicsHOWAfter 47 minutes and 58 seconds of non-stop action between the Sharyland Rattlers and Pioneer Diamondbacks, it was fitting the Snakeskin Classic be decided on the final play of the game.

With :02 left on the clock, Sharyland’s Gabriel Tamez stepped up and nailed the game-winning 21-yard field goal to seal a 38-37 victory for the Rattlers, their fourth over Pioneer in five tries.

“That finish gives you an incredible feeling knowing you grinded all week just for that one moment” Tamez said. “To be able to execute really feels good, and to come out with a win against our rival and sister school, I’m proud of all our guys.”

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Game of the Week: Diamondbacks, Rattlers ready for 5th edition of the Snakeskin Classic

ST-GOW ART 101918After district realignment in February when football teams found out who they’d be battling against in the fall, one thing was clear: the Sharyland Rattlers and Pioneer Diamondbacks were on a collision course in the chase of the 16-5A DII championship.

Now, in Week 8, both the Rattlers (4-3, 3-0) and Diamondbacks (4-2, 2-0) boast unblemished district records and are set to clash Friday night at Richard Thompson Stadium in the fifth edition of the Snakeskin Classic.

On the line? Pride and the inside track to a district title.

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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.

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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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