Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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Four Rattlers swimmers headed to state

20180212 Sharyland Boys Swim Team LG-03Four members of the Sharyland Rattlers’ boys swimming team are among the eight Big 7 schools’ swimmers or divers to qualify for the UIL State Swimming and Diving Meet being held this weekend at the University of Texas at Austin. The four are Luciano Farias Ramirez, Javier Suarez, Alvaro Garza and Brandon McCormick.


Suarez, Garza and McCormick earned this by being part of the Rattlers’ 200 yard medley and 200 yard freestyle relay teams, both of which placed second at the UIL Region VIII-5A Swimming and Diving meet held two weeks ago at the Corpus Christi ISD Natatorium. As for Ramirez, he is a member of the two relay teams as well, however he also qualified in two individual events; making him a rarely seen four event state qualifier.


With only the top two finishers in each event at the Regional meet qualifying for state, it took a complete team effort for the Rattlers to qualify in two of the three relay events.

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Diamond backs-to-back

20180129 Pioneer Boys Swim Team LG-02One year after claiming the first swimming district championship in school history, the Sharyland Pioneer Diamondback boys’ swim team made it back-to-back district titles by leaving the competition in their wake at last Friday’s 31-5A District Swim Meet held at the Bannworth Aquatic Center in Mission. You could even say that the Diamondbacks, who bettered the second place Sharyland Rattlers by 37 points (171 points to 134 points), swam circles around their district opponents at this meet, but only figuratively of course.

While Pioneer’s dominance over the district runner-up Rattlers was impressive, the fact that they almost doubled the third place Roma Gladiators’ score of 88 points and more than doubled the fourth place Mission Veterans Patriots’ score of 81 points was even more-so. In addition, Diamondbacks swimmers won five individual events and one relay event to take six of the 11 events. The Rattlers took first place in the other five events, three individual events and two relays, giving the two Sharyland teams a first place clean sweep over the remaining 31-5A teams.

Pioneer junior Andrew Adkins took first place in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard freestyle and was a member of the Diamondbacks’ first place 400-yard and the second place 200-yard freestyle relay teams. In only his second year of competitive swimming, Adkins was pleasantly surprised by how well he did at this meet.

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Tom Lee to lead Diamondbacks

20180122 TomLeeThe Sharyland ISD school board made its decision Monday when it tapped Pioneer High School Athletic Coordinator Tom Lee to be the new head football coach for the Diamondbacks.

Lee returns to the football field after four years away from the game in which he served as  athletic coordinator and head coach of the Pioneer track team. He said he’s grateful for the opportunity to lead the Diamondbacks out on the football field in the school district that he loves.

“I sat down with my wife about a month ago and talked about whether I wanted to get back to coaching football again,” Lee said. “When you’ve done it for so many years, it’s in your blood. When you get an opportunity to do it in the school district that you love to do it in, it would have been really hard to pass up that opportunity. Getting back in those trenches is going to be an unbelievable experience.”

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Pioneer Boys, La Joya Girls take All-Valley Championships

20180122 STWrestling Boys SPHS Team LG-01Sharyland Pioneer High School hosted the All-Valley Wrestling Championships Friday and Saturday of last week. It featured 25 boys teams and 24 girls teams from all over the Rio Grande Valley and Corpus Christi including six of the seven Mission, Sharyland and La Joya ISD schools’ teams.

With 250 wrestlers competing in the 14 weight classes of the boys’ tournament, the competition was fierce. Yet when all was said and done, the Diamondbacks took their own tournament championship with three of their wrestlers winning their respective weight classes; Diego Serna (106 lbs.), Juvel Castillo (126 lbs.) and Dominique Rodriguez (182 lbs.). The only other Big 7 boys’ wrestlers that won their weight classes at this tournament were both from Mission High; Alberto Juarez (113 lbs.) and Aaron Cuevas (120 lbs.).

Pioneer (547.5 points) took the team championship by a very comfortable margin of 122 points over second place Edinburg High (425.5 points). La Joya’s 361 points earned the Coyotes fifth place, Mission’s 259 points earned the Eagles ninth place, Sharyland’s 179 points earned the Rattlers a tie for 15th place, Palmview’s 76 points earned the Lobos 23rd place and Mission Veterans’ 37 points earned the Patriots 25th place.

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Big 7 boys hoopsters have work to do

20180102 Basketball VMHS vs SHS Boys LG-25Last week we looked at how the Big 7 girls’ basketball teams were doing against their 30-6A and 31-5A competition thus far this season. This week we’re looking at the boys’ teams. While two of the girls’ teams are in the thick of their respective playoff and district championship races, the boys aren’t doing quite as well; especially in District 31-5A which we’ll look at first.


District 31-5A
Last year the Pioneer Diamondbacks were the only boys’ 31-5A Big 7 team to qualify for the playoffs. They posted a 10-6 record which was good enough for third place behind Laredo Martin (16-0) and Laredo Nixon (12-4). In the playoffs the Diamondbacks defeated Mercedes (75-73) in overtime in the bi-district round but lost a close one to Corpus Christi Moody (60-54) in the area round.


So far this season it’s Laredo Nixon that is undefeated with an 8-0 record while Laredo Martin and Laredo Cigarroa are tied for second at 6-2. Roma and Rio Grande City are tied for fourth with 4-4 records. That leaves the three Big 7 teams and Valley View occupying the bottom four spots.

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