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Sharyland High School students signs on to Texas A&M University - Kingsville

20190502 PioneerSigningA four-year letter winner in girls golf at Sharyland High School has signed to compete at Texas A&M - Kingsville.

Carolina Cantu signed a letter of intent Thursday, May 2 to attend the Division II University that competes in the Lone Star Conference.

“These four years have been amazing and I love how you all have helped me grow,” Cantu told the crowd who attended her signing event. The crowd included her team, classmates and coaches from Sharyland High School and TAMUK’s golf team.

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Lady Rattlers state bound

20190507 SharylandRattlersGolfersFive members of the Sharyland Lady Rattlers golf team are preparing to go up against the best of the best in the state of Texas at the UIL State Golf Tournament in Georgetown Monday and Tuesday of next week. The team, which is made up of one freshman, one junior and three seniors, will be looking to live up to the success of previous Lady Rattlers’ golf teams one of which, the 2018 team, placed second at the state tournament.

Coached by Ashley Garza, the Lady Rattlers earned the right to compete at the state tournament by placing second at the Region IV tournament. They actually tied for first at regional but lost the tiebreaker to Alamo Heights Blue to place second. While the Lady Rattlers would’ve rather won that tournament, it really did not affect their qualifying for state since the top three teams at each regional tournament all advance.

The five members of the Lady Rattlers golf team are freshman Samira Salinas, junior Maialen Eraña and seniors Gabby Osuna, Paulina Flores and Carolina Cantu.

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Pioneer, Smith Keep On Winning

20190503 SPHSvsCCCarroll

Three Big 7 schools are still alive in the UIL state baseball playoffs following impressive performances in last week’s first round bi-district contests. District 31-5A representatives Sharyland Pioneer, Sharyland High and La Joya Palmview all recorded shut-out victories over their opponents from District 32-5A in one game winner-take-all matchups. All three begin second round area contests tonight.

The Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks picked up their second straight bi-district title with a 10-0 five inning victory over Brownsville Lopez. The win improved the Diamondbacks record to 29-5 in what has been a record breaking season for victories for the five year program.

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Rattlers, others ready for playoffs

STBig7The 2019 baseball playoffs are here and the Big 7 schools will be well represented. Three 31-5A schools (Sharyland, Sharyland Pioneer, La Joya Palmview) and one 30-6A school (La Joya) all enter the postseason at the right time with each playing winning baseball when it has counted the most.

In District 31-5A, there is no one hotter than the Sharyland Rattlers. The Rattlers survived a three team battle with Sharyland Pioneer and Rio Grande City to win the district title and enter the postseason riding a nine game winning streak, outscoring their opponents 77-13 during the run. Overall, the team finished the regular season with a 27-4 record; going 12 -2 in district. The Rattlers got it rolling after a 3-2 record to start the district season.

“Sweeping Rio Grande City really got it turned around for us,” said Sharyland coach Bart Bickerton. “This year’s team ranks as one of the best I’ve had because it is a team. There are no superstars here.”

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Pioneer High School athlete signs with Hendrix College

20190430 SarahOdaleA student athlete officially signed on to continue playing softball at Hendrix College Tuesday.

Sarah Odale officially signed her Letter of Intent to play softball at the private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas.

“It’s pretty exciting and nerve wracking and sad, I’ll be departing my family but there's happiness because playing softball is what I’ve been wanting to do,” Odale said. “I knew in my heart I should be coming here once I got my acceptance letter.”

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Sharyland Pioneer student signs with William Penn University

20190423 PeteVillanuevaA Sharyland Pioneer High School student will be playing soccer for William Penn University in Iowa.

Pete Villanueva signed a letter of intent Tuesday to join the private, liberal arts university where he plans to major in business.

“I’d like to open a retail store and a restaurant with my business degree,” Villanueva said. “It’s nerve wracking being here. I’m happy I got to this point and that I am going to college, something I’ve been waiting for my whole life. It wasn’t easy, but I’m here.”

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