Thursday, January 17, 2019
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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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Mission Veterans hoopsters sweep Sharyland

20180102 Basketball VMHS vs SHS Boys LG-25The Mission Veterans Patriots and Lady Patriots basketball teams swept the Sharyland Rattlers and Lady Rattlers Tuesday in District 31-5A action. The boys’ game was played at Sharyland High at 3 pm while the girls’ game was played at Mission Veterans at 5:30. By not having the boys and girls play their games simultaneously, as is usually the case on Tuesday and Friday evening games, fans of both schools had the opportunity of attending both games, which many did.  


As it turned out, the Mission Veterans fans had more to cheer about than the Sharyland fans did, but with both games being highly competitive, everyone in attendance was treated to some of the best high school basketball action in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Big 7 volleyball players receive honors

20170818 Volleyball SPHS vs LJHS LG-10Thirty one Big 7 schools’ volleyball players received post-season honors by being named to All-district and/or All-area teams. Nineteen of those honored coming from the three District 31-5A teams, Mission Veterans, Sharyland High and Sharyland Pioneer, and 12 coming from the four District 30-6A teams, Mission High, La Joya High, Palmview and Juarez-Lincoln, that make up the Big 7.


The Mission Veterans Lady Patriots led the way among these seven teams with eight players named while the Sharyland Lady Rattlers had six and the Pioneer Lady Diamondbacks had five. Of the 30-6A teams, the Mission Lady Eagles led the way with four players named, while the La Joya Lady Coyotes and the Juarez-Lincoln Lady Huskies each had three players named and the Palmview Lady Lobos had two.


The Lady Patriots also led the way among Big 7 teams with the most players receiving either a Most Valuable Player or an Outstanding Position Player award, with three, and All-Area recognition, with two. The only other Big 7 teams with players that received either of these were the Lady Diamondbacks, the Lady Rattlers and the Lady Eagles.

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Diamondbacks experiencing growing pains

20171212 Basketball LNHS vs SPHS Boys LG-24The Pioneer Diamondbacks boys’ basketball team’s youth and inexperience was on display Tuesday evening when they fell by a score of 47-68 to the Laredo Nixon Mustangs in their District 31-5A opener.


Coming off a 2016-2017 season in which they lost nine players to graduation, Diamondbacks’ head coach Rene Gonzalez has two freshmen, two sophomores and one senior as his starting five. That youth and inexperience is something that the Mustangs exploited Tuesday as they jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en-route to their 21-point victory.


While the Diamondbacks hung close to the Mustangs through the first half, they never actually led in the game. The Mustangs jumped out to a 6-0 lead shortly after the tip-off and extended that lead to nine points at the end of the first quarter when they led by the score of 19-10. With 4:35 remaining in the first half, the Diamondbacks pulled to within three points of the Mustangs, 17-20, but the Mustangs bounced back to extend their lead to 11 at the half when they led by the score of 33-22.

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