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Future remains bright for Sharyland girls’ soccer

20180403 Soccer Girls CCVMHS vs SHS LG-19Sharyland’s season came to a close this week as the Lady Rattlers (25-6) fell in the Area Round of the 5A Soccer State playoffs by a score of 3-1 to Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial, but if the past four years are any indication of what’s to come, the future remains just as bright at Sharyland High.

Senior forward Kaitie Watson has been a large part of Sharyland’s success on the soccer field over the past four years, winning four district championships and awards like Newcomer of the Year in 2015 and All-Area Player of the Year in 2016. As fellow seniors Elise Townsend and Adlee Simoneaux call it a career at Sharyland High, Watson said what will stick with her are the memories shared with teammates and coaches, along with the bright future the seniors helped build for the Lady Rattlers.

“It’s unfortunate that we lost tonight, but what’s going to stand out to me is how great a family we were and how close we were,” she said. “This team is young, so it’s not the end, it’s still a developing program. I know they’re going to carry it on in future years without us and they’re going to be just as amazing.”

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Lady Patriots defeat Sharyland Rattlers

20180316 STSoftball SHS vs VMHS LG-08Ten games into the 16 game softball season the Mission Veterans Lady Patriots are sizzling! Not only have they won four in a row, and six of their last seven, but their 8-2 District 31-5A record (11-7 overall) has them in sole possession of second place, just one game behind the first place Rio Grande City Lady Rattlers and half a game ahead of the third place Pioneer Lady Diamondbacks.

While their .800 winning percentage is impressive enough, the fact that the Lady Patriots have outscored their opponents 130-54 over that 10 game stretch is proof of how dominant Coach Vivian Ray’s squad has been thus far this season.

Furthermore, in a recent three game stretch, Mission Veterans defeated the Sharyland Lady Rattlers 15-4, the Valley View Lady Tigers 15-7 and the Laredo Martin Lady Tigers 26-0. That’s a total of 56 runs scored over three games.

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Big 7 powerlifters win big at state Palmview, Pioneer powerlifters bring home gold

Pioneer-PL---SaenzObedThe Big 7 sent a total of 28 boys and girls powerlifters to the THSPA and THSWPA State Meets on March 16 in Waco and March 24 in Abilene, and came home with two newly crowned state champions and 18 top 10 finishes as a group.

Boys powerlifting
Pioneer’s powerlifting pair of Obed Hernandez and Robert Saenz performed their best on the biggest stage once again, propelling the Diamondbacks boys’ team coached by John Lopez to a 3rd place finish.

Hernandez was crowned state champion in the 198-pound weight class, Pioneer’s first in program history, as the junior lifted a total of 1,610 pounds, putting up a personal best 640 pounds on squat and 610 on deadlift, while bench pressing 360 pounds. The 1,610 is also a personal-best on the year and 10 pounds heavier than Hernandez lifted at Regionals on March 10.

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Big 7 soccer gearing up for playoff run

20180306 Soccer Girls SHS vs SPHS LG-13The chase for a state championship kicks off next week as soccer teams across Texas prepare for the playoffs. The Big 7 is well represented in this year’s postseason on both the boys and girls side with eight qualifiers, including two district champions.

Boys Soccer
Juarez-Lincoln Huskies
The Juarez-Lincoln Huskies and Head Coach Victor Ramos earned another district title in 2018 after cruising to an 11-1 record in 30-6A play. With one goal already accomplished, the Huskies are focused on making a run at the state title after falling one game short of a championship appearance last year. Led by the dynamic play of seniors Manuel Castrejon, Gerardo Reyes and Leonardo Pruneda, the Huskies finished the regular season with a 27-5-1 record and ranked 7th in the state among 6A programs. The Huskies enter the playoffs riding a nine-game winning streak and hope to extend that win streak to double-digits when they face Del Rio in the first round. Time, date and location are to be announced.

Mission Eagles
Mission High is the only team that holds a win over the district champion Huskies, proving that the Eagles can play with top talent. The Eagles are locked into the second seed in 30-6A with a 7-4 record and the team’s final district contest coming tonight against the last place McHi Bulldogs. The Eagles first round playoff matchup is slated for Thursday, March 29 against Laredo Lyndon B. Johnson High School at 7 p.m. in the Tom Landry Stadium in Mission.

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Big 7 boys’ powerlifters ready for state

20180316 PioneerObedandRobertLast weekend may have marked the beginning of Spring Break for many, but boys’ powerlifters across Texas were gearing up for their shot at qualifying for the state championships.

After a successful showing in the Region Five Division One Championships at Weslaco East High School last weekend, the Big 7 is sending 11 powerlifters to compete at the Texas High School Powerlifting Association State Championships Saturday, March 24 in Abilene.

Of the 44 schools that competed at regionals, Sharyland Pioneer finished in fourth place as a team, while Palmview powerlifting finished tenth overall.

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Lady Rattlers in position to claim another district title

20180306 Soccer Girls SHS vs SPHS LG-13Anytime the top two teams in District 31-5A step onto the soccer field, there’s sure to be fireworks. The Sharyland Lady Rattlers have long been a powerhouse on the pitch in the RGV, while the Pioneer Lady Diamondbacks have quickly turned into a serious contender since the start of the program just four years ago.

The crosstown rivals clashed in a rematch Tuesday night with the top spot in District 31-5A up for grabs and Sharyland (12-1, 36 points) put a stranglehold on its district lead, emerging victorious 2-1 on penalty kicks over Pioneer (11-2, 33 points).

For the second time this season, the closely matched teams required a penalty kick shootout to decide a winner. This time around, it was the Lady Rattlers who delivered to even the season series at one win apiece.

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