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Pioneer High School athlete signs with Hendrix College

20190430 SarahOdaleA student athlete officially signed on to continue playing softball at Hendrix College Tuesday.

Sarah Odale officially signed her Letter of Intent to play softball at the private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas.

“It’s pretty exciting and nerve wracking and sad, I’ll be departing my family but there's happiness because playing softball is what I’ve been wanting to do,” Odale said. “I knew in my heart I should be coming here once I got my acceptance letter.”

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Sharyland Pioneer student signs with William Penn University

20190423 PeteVillanuevaA Sharyland Pioneer High School student will be playing soccer for William Penn University in Iowa.

Pete Villanueva signed a letter of intent Tuesday to join the private, liberal arts university where he plans to major in business.

“I’d like to open a retail store and a restaurant with my business degree,” Villanueva said. “It’s nerve wracking being here. I’m happy I got to this point and that I am going to college, something I’ve been waiting for my whole life. It wasn’t easy, but I’m here.”

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Last inning heroics push Lady Patriots past Sharyland Pioneer

20190409 VMHSvsPIONEERSTThe Mission Veterans Lady Patriots scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to stun the Sharyland Pioneer Lady Diamondbacks at Mission Veterans High School by a score of 5-4 Tuesday night.

Freshman pitcher Jazmine Villarreal’s RBI single tied the game before junior outfielder Arielle Quijada sent a line drive over a drawn-in outfield with one out to bring in the game winner. In addition to her game tying hit, Villarreal pitched a complete game for the Lady Patriots.

And with the help of a solid defensive performance behind her, improved the Lady Patriots to 5-6 in District 31-5A with three games left on their schedule. In addition, the come-from-behind victory kept the race for the four 31-5A playoff spots tight.

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Sharyland Pioneer boys/girls sweep 31-5A track meet

20190409 TrackGirlsSPHSTeamEach April and May as the school year starts winding down and students and teachers alike start looking forward to summer vacation, the high school track and field seasons start heating up. And so far this year it is the Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks’ boys’ and girls’ teams that are proving to be on fire. Case in point, Saturday’s District 31-5A track and field meet, held at PSJA Stadium, in which the Diamondbacks and the Lady Diamondbacks both took the district championships.

While the Lady Diamondbacks faced some stiff competition for their title, their 146 points held up as the Sharyland Lady Rattlers, and their 140 points, came in a very close second. The other two Big 7 5A girls track teams, the Palmview Lady Lobos and the Mission Veterans Lady Patriots, placed third and fourth with their 113 and 98 points respectively.

First year Lady Diamondbacks’ head track and field coach, Claudia Garza, shared what it is about her girls that enabled them to win a district title in just their first year under her leadership when she said, “I am blessed to have a senior group that is very, very talented and very hard working. That made it easier for my younger girls to fill in where they were needed. Also, I have a junior class that is very passionate and extremely hard working and they helped out in the relays. Finally, I had a really strong group of freshmen that understood what my expectations were and they adapted right away.”

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Diamondbacks come from behind to beat Rattlers

20190326 SHSvsSPHSIt took extra innings but the Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks defeated the Sharyland Rattlers by a score of 7-6 Tuesday evening. After falling behind by a score of 6-4 in the top of the ninth, the Diamondbacks scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to pull out the come-from-behind victory.

The Diamondbacks opened the scoring in the bottom of the third when shortstop Jacob Rosales drove in one run with a single and right fielder Johnny Lugo drove in two with a triple. The Rattlers tied the score in the top of the fourth with RBIs by shortstop Andy Lozano and center fielder Saul Soto.

Sharyland Pioneer regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth when first baseman Ray Hernandez drove in a run with a double making the score 4-3 in favor of the Diamondbacks. The Rattlers tied the score again in the top of the fifth when catcher Abraham Alvarez scored on an errant throw.

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Sharyland High School senior to wrestle at Heidelberg University

20190328 SHSSigningA Sharyland High School senior will become the first Sharyland athlete to attend the prestigious Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio.

Gabriel Martinez signed a letter of intent Thursday to participate in Men's Wrestling at Heidelberg University.

Heidelberg is a major Division III university and their team, the Student Prince, compete in the Ohio Athletics Conference. Gabriel is a 4-year letter winner in varsity wrestling at Sharyland High School. He is a three-time regional qualifier, a two-time district champion and qualified to the state wrestling tournament his senior year. His career record is 103 wins and 23 losses. He also is a three-year starter in varsity football at Sharyland High School. Gabriel has also excelled in the classroom, is one of our top ranked students and has earned Academic All-State honors in wrestling and football while a student at SHS.

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