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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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Even with rain delay, Sharyland Rattlers defeat Laredo Cigarroa Toros

20180928l Cigaroa vs SHSThis Friday, September 28th, the Sharyland Rattles hosted Laredo Cigarroa at Richard Thompson Stadium.

The game, which was scheduled for 7:30pm, was delayed due to rain and lightning strikes near by. As weather began to clear up spectators and school bands began to fill the stadium and the players took the field for opening ceremonies. After a 45 minutes delay the game was underway at 8:15pm.

The preceding bad weather did not get Rattler spirits down, the team hit the field strong and started moving the ball early in the game. The Rattlers scored a touchdown, with a good extra point, in the first quarter putting the Rattlers in the lead over the Toros 7 to 0.

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Lady Rattlers take Meet of Champions

Sharyland-girls-XC-team-2018The Sharyland Lady Rattlers XC (cross country) team entered the 2018 Rio Grande Valley Meet of Champions as the odds-on favorites Saturday. Twenty minutes and 31 seconds after the starter pistol was fired, three Lady Rattlers had crossed the finish line as top 10 finishers.

While the majority of runners were still on the course, it was pretty obvious at that point in the race that Sharyland was about to claim their first Meet of Champions championship since the 2013 school year, the last year the Lady Rattlers claimed district and regional championships as well.

While a Brownsville Rivera runner took the individual championship, second and third places went to Lady Rattlers. Andrea Gallardo and Ariana Gomez, both juniors at Sharyland High, crossed the finish line three and a half seconds apart from each other as they took second and third places respectively. The third Lady Rattler to finish in the top 10 was senior Samantha Guerrero, whose time of 20:31.0 earned her 10th place.

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Sharyland’s Estefania Hinojosa first to reach 1,000 kills in program history

20180925 Volleyball PSJASW vs SHSWhen the volleyball is set, Sharyland’s Estefania Hinojosa begins her attack becoming airborne as eyes in the crowd widen, and when her powerful swing connects with the ball sending it soaring onto the opponent’s side of the net for a kill, gasps and whispers of “did you see that?” spread across the gym.

Over the past four years, the senior outside hitter has perfected the art of the kill, and on Tuesday night, an excited home crowd witnessed Hinojosa reach a milestone moment as she recorded her 1,000th career kill, becoming the first in Sharyland history to accomplish the feat.

“It feels great,” she said. “I feel very honored and I feel like I’ve improved a lot over the years, and I’m not going to settle with 1,000, I’m going to keep going.”

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Diamondbacks pick up 43-14 win, move to 2-2 entering district

20180922 STFootball Rivera vs Pioneer MM-0179-2The Pioneer Diamondbacks overcame a slow start to put together a strong finish in a 43-14 win over the Brownsville Rivera Raiders at Richard Thompson Stadium on Friday night, improving to 2-2 on the year.

The Pioneer offense opened with a bang as Jacob Rosales connected with Luke Padilla on a 55-yard first quarter touchdown, but things stalled after that. The Diamondbacks entered Rivera territory five times in the first half but walked away with two missed field goals, two turnovers and the score. A fumble recovery in the Rivera end zone by Pioneer linebacker Marcos Salazar gave the Diamondbacks their only other first half points, taking a 15-0 lead into the break.

When the Diamondbacks emerged from the locker room after halftime, they turned things up a notch.

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Rattlers taking on Brownsville Hanna

20180914 STLJHSvSHS 1471Week Three of Valley high school football has come and gone and the seven teams from the Mission, Sharyland and La Joya school districts, the Big 7, have posted a combined record of 12-9 on the season. Of those twelve wins, six of them have been posted by two teams that have yet to taste the agony of defeat; the Mission Eagles and the La Joya Coyotes.

Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Especially when you take into account the fact that last year the Coyotes swept their final three District 30-6A games to punch their ticket into the UIL State playoffs, and giving them what is now a six game winning streak against Valley teams. As for the Eagles, who are coming off a 4-6 2017 record, they are in their third season under the coaching of former NFL quarterback Koy Detmer, making this the first season in which every player on the varsity roster has been part of the Detmer system exclusively. And from the looks of it, that system is paying dividends.

While the Coyotes and the Eagles are off to the best starts of any of the Big 7 teams, there are two others with winning records, the 2-1 Palmview Lobos and the 2-1 Mission Veterans Patriots. While both these teams have lost a game, those losses were against non-district opponents making them both undefeated in District 16-5A-1 play with identical 2-0 records.

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