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Round one of playoff basketball in the books for Big 7 as Sharyland Pioneer powers through Pace

Shary-PioneerBBallAt the start of district play, the Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks felt the sky was their limit. Head Coach Rene Gonzalez knew his team had the potential, but it was up to them if they wanted to reach that level.

Fast-forward two months and 15 games later and the Diamondbacks are now raising their second trophy of the season after picking up a Bi-district Championship Tuesday night with a 61-53 win over Brownsville Pace in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs at La Feria High School.

“A lot of people underestimated us this year, so we had to just prove them wrong,” said senior post Aaron Cuevas after a 17-point playoff performance. “We came out here with the intention of getting to the second round, getting to the third round and making it to the regional tournament. We just wanted to shock the world, basically.”

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Sharyland Pioneer wrestling finishes on top

PioneerWrestling2019TeamThe Sharyland Pioneer boys and girls wrestling programs entered last week’s District 16-5A Tournament with one goal in mind: dominate.

After two days of grinding and grueling competition, the Diamondbacks and Lady Diamondbacks got the job done as they ended the day raising gold, sweeping both the Boys and Girls District 16-5A Championships for the first time in program history.

“I have never been involved in something like what happened last week in my entire coaching career, kids just stepped up,” said Sharyland Pioneer Head Wrestling Coach Richard Eckley. “It’s like they had an extra heartbeat. They did things I didn’t even think possible, they just refused to lose. I saw relentlessness, saw kids that wanted to get their pin in order to help their team win. I saw kids, they didn’t want to just win, they wanted to dominate.”

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Diamondbacks, Eagles and Patriots playoff bound

PlayoffBoundSTLast year the Juarez-Lincoln Huskies were the only Big 7 boys’ basketball team to qualify for the playoffs. 

Perennial powerhouses such as the Mission Veterans Patriots and the Sharyland Rattlers failed to extend their seasons into post-season play. And with the Huskies bi-district round loss to the South San Antonio Bobcats, the Big 7 failed to have a representative in the second round of the UIL state playoffs for the second year in a row.

The last Big 7 team to advance into the second round of the playoffs was the 2016 Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks’ team. While it is too early to tell if history will repeat itself this year, there is that possibility since the Diamondbacks are back in the playoffs for the first time since that 2016 season. As a matter of fact, not only are they in the playoffs, but they just clinched their first district title in school history by posting a 13-1 record against their District 31-5A opponents this season, equaling the Lady Diamondbacks’ same feat which they accomplished last week.

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Sharyland Pioneer, Mission Veterans suffer first round playoff exits

PlayoffCongratulationsSTThe road came to an end for Big 7 Girls Basketball on Monday night as the Sharyland Pioneer Lady Diamondbacks and Mission Veterans Lady Patriots suffered first round losses and were bounced from this year’s postseason.

Sharyland Pioneer Lady Diamondbacks
The District 31-5A Champion Lady Diamondbacks’ first trip to the playoffs ended in heartbreaking fashion Monday night as a last minute push and layup from Brownsville Pace put them over the top for a 47-46 win over Sharyland Pioneer at Sharyland Pioneer High School.

After falling behind 18-9 in the first quarter and with sophomore guard Audry Hornaday on the bench in foul trouble, the Lady Diamondbacks managed to fight back into the game with a pair of three-pointers from Danielle Rangel to force a 21-21 tie heading into the locker room.

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Seven goals from Gonzalez leads Sharyland to 10-0 over rival Pioneer

LADY-RATTLERS-SOCCER-SHIELDThere are some nights when an athlete is feeling it, playing with an unstoppable rhythm that causes jaws to drop as the crowd stares in disbelief of what they’re witnessing.

Sharyland’s Alonso Gonzalez had himself one of those nights on the road against a rival as the junior forward scored seven straight goals to lead the Rattlers to a 10-0 win over the Pioneer Diamondbacks on Tuesday night at Pioneer High School.

“It’s just one of those nights and I guess it was his night,” said Sharyland Head Coach Rev Hernandez, who was in disbelief himself. “He scored the first seven, and I know as a forward you got to score, but today, he probably outdid himself.”

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Lady Diamondbacks capture first district title, playoff berth

20190205 SSHSvsSPHSSTThe Pioneer Girls Basketball program just added a shiny, new piece of hardware to their trophy case as the 2018-2019 Lady Diamondbacks captured their first district championship and playoff berth since the school opened five years ago.

“They put in so much work, not just this year, but the years before,” said Pioneer Head Coach Nicole Villarreal. “From last year being one game out of the playoffs to now being a district championship team, it’s a tribute to their hard work and their dedication to the program. We all had the same goal and they embraced it and they executed.”

The Lady Diamondbacks finished the year at 13-1 in district and cemented their sole possession of the 31-5A crown with a 43-35 win over Rio Grande City on Tuesday night in the regular season finale.

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