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Rattlers struggle; fall to Mustangs

20190906 SHSRattlersvsMcAllenMustangsSTThe Sharyland Rattlers had a tough night keeping the Mustangs of McAllen Memorial corralled in their 51-10 loss at Richard Thompson Stadium Friday night.

The Mustangs scored on the game’s opening drive and then forced a Rattler turnover on Sharyland’s second play from scrimmage to get the ball back. Memorial scored nine plays later to put the Rattlers in an early 14-0 hole.

Sharyland responded with a 65 yard drive that included a 38 yard pass from Benjamin Valdivia to Kevin Chavez and ended with a 28 yard field goal from Kali Nguma to make it 14-3.

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GOTW: McAllen Memorial running game to test Rattlers tonight

20180907 SHHSvsMMHSSTThis article originally appeared in the Friday Sept. 6, 2019 issue of the Progress Times.

The game of football has changed. Just a glimpse of what you see of most games now, the pros, college or high school will probably prove my point. Offenses these days have fallen in love with the forward pass. Having a talented athlete at the quarterback position who can throw is now seen as the easiest way to ensure success on game day.

Don’t tell that to McAllen Memorial’s Bill Littleton. The long-time coach of the Mustangs has done a lot of damage and won a lot of games over the years with a different approach. The Mustangs are going to run. Opponents have to stop them to come out on top. Not many have in Littleton’s previous 16 years at Memorial.

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Smith and Bickerton – In their words, Part 1

20190606 SharylandPioneerCoachesThe remarkable season for Sharyland ISD baseball is over. The Rattlers and the Diamondbacks went where no two Valley teams have gone before, a head-to-head matchup in the UIL’s regional finals between two teams from the same school district. And while their respective paths during this historic season were similar, they each had different obstacles and challenges to overcome along the way.

One of the similarities that both teams had was great coaching. While it is the players that ultimately have to perform on the field, it is the coaching that gets the most out of each and every player, and it is the coaching that holds a team together during the rough times and keeps a team striving to excel even more during the good times.

In the case of the Rattlers and the Diamondbacks, it was the latter of these two scenarios that coaches Bart Bickerton and Casey Smith mastered this season. While most Valley teams falter once they’re matched up against teams from the Corpus Christi area and beyond, Bickerton and Smith both had their boys believing that they were as good as, if not better than, any team or teams in the state.

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Regional Final Recap – We All Won

20190606 SharylandPioneerBaseballFinaleIf you haven’t heard by now, the Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks swept past rival Sharyland Rattlers last weekend in the UIL 5A Region IV Final of the 2019 baseball playoffs. The victories last Thursday and Friday at the UTRGV baseball stadium propelled Sharyland Pioneer to a spot in the 5A state tournament in Round Rock. They were scheduled to play Georgetown last night so by the time you read this their season may be over or they could be playing tomorrow for a state championship.

Either way the Diamondbacks have had a magical season.

Of course it could have been very easy to switch everything from my opening paragraph to read Sharyland High instead of Sharyland Pioneer because last week’s regional final series marked a rare occurrence. Two teams from the same UIL district and the same school district, neighbor meeting neighbor for a spot in the state tournament. It was a matchup we should remember for many reasons, the least of which being who beat who.

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Pioneer Falls to Georgetown

20190606 SharylandPioneervGeorgtwonEaglesThe Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks historic season ended last night in Round Rock as they were defeated by Georgetown 8-2 in the semifinal round of the UIL 5A state baseball tournament.

Already having defeated some of the state’s higher ranked teams in getting here, Pioneer quickly showed the 7,000 plus fans crowded into Dell Diamond they were up to the task against another.

A lead-off walk and two hits in the first inning gave the Diamondbacks an early 1-0 lead. Second baseman Juan Rivera scored when pitcher Jacob Rosales singled to left. Another walk loaded the bases but Pioneer couldn’t capitalize.

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