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SHS student athlete signs to play at Concordia University

20190523 SHSSigningA Sharyland High School senior, who has found success on and off the field, will play tennis for the Concordia Tornadoes.

Michael Davis signed a letter of intent Thursday, May 23, to attend Concordia University-a Division III school-in the fall to participate in their men’s tennis team.

Davis is a 3-year letter winner in SHS’ Men’s Tennis, a 3-time District Champion, a 3-time Regional Qualifier, a Mixed Doubles Regional Finalist and a State Qualifier in Mixed Doubles.

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Teammates in high school, teammates in college

20190520 SHSSigningAfter playing soccer together all throughout high school, three Sharyland High School seniors will continue playing together at the collegiate level.

Gabriel Tamez, Alejandro Castello, and Alberto Martinez signed letters of intent Monday in a triple signing ceremony to participate in Men’s Soccer for the University of Houston-Victoria, an NAIA Division I university. The Jaguars compete in the Red River Athletic Conference.

Tamez is a 3-year letter winner and starter in soccer. He was the 31-5A Newcomer of the Year in 2017, 31-5A Goalie of the Year in 2018, and was recently honored as a TASCO Academic All-State recipient in 2019.

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Pioneer sweeps Sharyland; state tournament up next

20190531 SHSvSPHSGame2STThe Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks advanced to the UIL State Baseball Tournament by virtue of their 11-1 five inning victory over rival Sharyland High Friday in front of another capacity crowd at UTRGV. Pioneer won the best-of-three series 2-0 and are scheduled to play at Dell Diamond in Round Rock Thursday. The time and opponent are yet to be determined.

Coach Casey Smith has guided the Diamondbacks the past two seasons; reaching the playoffs both times. The victory puts Pioneer at 37-8 on the year.

“I can’t describe it (heading to Round Rock) to be honest with you.” Smith said. “It was one of our goals to get there from the beginning of the year and to see it come to fruition with this group of kids is just unbelievable.”

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Diamondbacks’ road to history

20190511 CCVMHSv SPHS It’s been a historical season for the Pioneer Diamondbacks’ baseball team and if head coach Casey Smith and his players have anything to say about it, there’s plenty more history to be made before this season is over.

Their two-game-to-one regional semifinal round series win over Boerne Champion last weekend was just the latest chapter in their epic story which began way back on February 18 with their first non-district game, continued March 12 when they took on their first District 31-5A opponent and was extended even further May 3 when they began what is now their historically deep run in the UIL state playoffs.

Prior to this season, the deepest a Diamondbacks’ baseball team had advanced into the state playoffs was the area round. Their fourth round, or sweet 16, series win over Boerne Champion last week now has Pioneer in the regional finals, three rounds deeper than their previous high watermark.

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Rattlers on the verge of making history

20190525 KTHSvsSHS Going into this season, the Sharyland Rattlers’ baseball team was not expected to accomplish anything special. S

Sure they were coming off a season in which they were the District 31-5A runner-ups and yes they did go on to win a bi-district championship, but while they were expected to contend for one of the district’s four playoff spots this year, they really weren’t considered to be district champions or post second round playoff material.

Much to everybody’s surprise, not only did the Rattlers take the district championship but they now find themselves just two wins away from qualifying for the state’s final four for the first time in school history.

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Pioneer Holds On For Game One Victory

20190530 SPHSvsSHSSTIt was a standing-room only crowd last night as more than 5,000 fans lined up at the UTRGV Stadium last night to witness the Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks withstand a seventh inning rally to defeat the Sharyland Rattlers 7-6 in Game 1 of their best-of-three 5A Region IV Finals series at UTRGV. Pioneer had built leads of 5-1 and 7-3 before the Rattlers scored multiple times in both the sixth and seventh innings to keep it close.

The Diamondbacks got an RBI single from Ray Hernandez and a homerun from Evan Maldonado to lead 2-1 after five innings. The two teams combined for ten runs in the game’s last three innings. Pioneer scored once in the fifth and twice in both the sixth and the seventh courtesy of a number of Rattlers fielding and throwing errors.

Pioneer gave the Rattlers two runs on two errors of their own in the sixth but held on for the win as Sharyland fought back with a walk and four hits in a three run seventh. The Rattlers got RBIs from Saul Soto, Diego Pena and two from Randy Garcia to keep the pressure on Pioneer.

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