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Diamondbacks to play in state tournament

20190531 SPHS vs SHSrecap“We didn’t come this far to only come this far.”

That is the message on display on the electronic marquee at Pioneer High School. And while those timely words of encouragement could have been meant for graduating seniors, they are extremely well suited for the Diamondbacks baseball team. That’s because no Sharyland ISD baseball team has ever gone as far into the playoffs as the 2019 Diamondbacks have, and while qualifying for the UIL State Tournament is an extremely impressive accomplishment in-and-of itself, every single member of the team have their sights set on a much more impressive accomplishment; winning a state championship.

While their two games to none regional finals series win over the Sharyland Rattlers last week was the final step in the Diamondbacks’ long journey to the state tournament, one way or another their historic run is about to end. It may end as soon as tonight when the Diamondbacks take on the Georgetown Eagles in their one game, winner-take-all, state semifinal game. If however it does not end tonight, then it will end Saturday afternoon when the Diamondbacks take on the winner of the other state semifinal game between Colleyville Heritage and Corsicana for the UIL 5A state championship.

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Guide to the 5A final four baseball teams

20190530 SPHS vs SHSguideThe Pioneer Diamondbacks are in the UIL state baseball tournament. As such they are one of only four 5A baseball teams that are currently two wins away from winning the highly coveted state championship. However, each of the four teams must first win their state semifinal game to earn the right to play in the one game, winner-take-all, state championship game.

The Diamondbacks will be taking on the Georgetown Eagles in their state semifinal game tonight at 7. The other state semifinal game, being played today at 4 pm, will feature Corsicana vs Colleyville Heritage.

So let’s take a look at the four 5A teams that qualified for the state tournament and how they each earned the opportunity to compete for a state championship at Dell Diamond on this, the first week in June.

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SHS student athlete signs to play at Concordia University

20190523 SHSSigningA Sharyland High School senior, who has found success on and off the field, will play tennis for the Concordia Tornadoes.

Michael Davis signed a letter of intent Thursday, May 23, to attend Concordia University-a Division III school-in the fall to participate in their men’s tennis team.

Davis is a 3-year letter winner in SHS’ Men’s Tennis, a 3-time District Champion, a 3-time Regional Qualifier, a Mixed Doubles Regional Finalist and a State Qualifier in Mixed Doubles.

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Teammates in high school, teammates in college

20190520 SHSSigningAfter playing soccer together all throughout high school, three Sharyland High School seniors will continue playing together at the collegiate level.

Gabriel Tamez, Alejandro Castello, and Alberto Martinez signed letters of intent Monday in a triple signing ceremony to participate in Men’s Soccer for the University of Houston-Victoria, an NAIA Division I university. The Jaguars compete in the Red River Athletic Conference.

Tamez is a 3-year letter winner and starter in soccer. He was the 31-5A Newcomer of the Year in 2017, 31-5A Goalie of the Year in 2018, and was recently honored as a TASCO Academic All-State recipient in 2019.

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Pioneer sweeps Sharyland; state tournament up next

20190531 SHSvSPHSGame2STThe Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks advanced to the UIL State Baseball Tournament by virtue of their 11-1 five inning victory over rival Sharyland High Friday in front of another capacity crowd at UTRGV. Pioneer won the best-of-three series 2-0 and are scheduled to play at Dell Diamond in Round Rock Thursday. The time and opponent are yet to be determined.

Coach Casey Smith has guided the Diamondbacks the past two seasons; reaching the playoffs both times. The victory puts Pioneer at 37-8 on the year.

“I can’t describe it (heading to Round Rock) to be honest with you.” Smith said. “It was one of our goals to get there from the beginning of the year and to see it come to fruition with this group of kids is just unbelievable.”

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Diamondbacks’ road to history

20190511 CCVMHSv SPHS It’s been a historical season for the Pioneer Diamondbacks’ baseball team and if head coach Casey Smith and his players have anything to say about it, there’s plenty more history to be made before this season is over.

Their two-game-to-one regional semifinal round series win over Boerne Champion last weekend was just the latest chapter in their epic story which began way back on February 18 with their first non-district game, continued March 12 when they took on their first District 31-5A opponent and was extended even further May 3 when they began what is now their historically deep run in the UIL state playoffs.

Prior to this season, the deepest a Diamondbacks’ baseball team had advanced into the state playoffs was the area round. Their fourth round, or sweet 16, series win over Boerne Champion last week now has Pioneer in the regional finals, three rounds deeper than their previous high watermark.

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