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Diamondbacks historic season comes to an end

20190223 CCMHSvsSPHSSTSharyland Pioneer’s season on the hardwood may have come to an end on Saturday in the area round of the state playoffs, but the 2018-2019 Diamondbacks will go down in school history as one of the best teams to ever take the court at SPHS.

The Diamondbacks earned the first district championship in program history after a 13-1 record in 31-5A action, and in advancing to the second round, added Sharyland Pioneer’s third bi-district championship to the trophy case.

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Big 7 wrestlers state bound

STBig7Seven boys and seven girls from the seven Mission, Sharyland and La Joya high schools, the Big 7, have qualified for the University Interscholastic League’s (UIL’s) State Wrestling Championship meet which is being held today and tomorrow at the Berry Center in Cypress, Texas.

With six wrestlers qualified for state, Sharyland Pioneer leads the way among the Big 7 5A schools while La Joya Juarez-Lincoln leads the way among the 6A schools with four wrestlers qualified.

Here is a list of the Big 7 State Championship qualifying wrestlers by school and weight class:

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Round one of playoff basketball in the books for Big 7 as Sharyland Pioneer powers through Pace

Shary-PioneerBBallAt the start of district play, the Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks felt the sky was their limit. Head Coach Rene Gonzalez knew his team had the potential, but it was up to them if they wanted to reach that level.

Fast-forward two months and 15 games later and the Diamondbacks are now raising their second trophy of the season after picking up a Bi-district Championship Tuesday night with a 61-53 win over Brownsville Pace in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs at La Feria High School.

“A lot of people underestimated us this year, so we had to just prove them wrong,” said senior post Aaron Cuevas after a 17-point playoff performance. “We came out here with the intention of getting to the second round, getting to the third round and making it to the regional tournament. We just wanted to shock the world, basically.”

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Sharyland Pioneer wrestling finishes on top

PioneerWrestling2019TeamThe Sharyland Pioneer boys and girls wrestling programs entered last week’s District 16-5A Tournament with one goal in mind: dominate.

After two days of grinding and grueling competition, the Diamondbacks and Lady Diamondbacks got the job done as they ended the day raising gold, sweeping both the Boys and Girls District 16-5A Championships for the first time in program history.

“I have never been involved in something like what happened last week in my entire coaching career, kids just stepped up,” said Sharyland Pioneer Head Wrestling Coach Richard Eckley. “It’s like they had an extra heartbeat. They did things I didn’t even think possible, they just refused to lose. I saw relentlessness, saw kids that wanted to get their pin in order to help their team win. I saw kids, they didn’t want to just win, they wanted to dominate.”

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Diamondbacks, Eagles and Patriots playoff bound

PlayoffBoundSTLast year the Juarez-Lincoln Huskies were the only Big 7 boys’ basketball team to qualify for the playoffs. 

Perennial powerhouses such as the Mission Veterans Patriots and the Sharyland Rattlers failed to extend their seasons into post-season play. And with the Huskies bi-district round loss to the South San Antonio Bobcats, the Big 7 failed to have a representative in the second round of the UIL state playoffs for the second year in a row.

The last Big 7 team to advance into the second round of the playoffs was the 2016 Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks’ team. While it is too early to tell if history will repeat itself this year, there is that possibility since the Diamondbacks are back in the playoffs for the first time since that 2016 season. As a matter of fact, not only are they in the playoffs, but they just clinched their first district title in school history by posting a 13-1 record against their District 31-5A opponents this season, equaling the Lady Diamondbacks’ same feat which they accomplished last week.

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Sharyland Pioneer, Mission Veterans suffer first round playoff exits

PlayoffCongratulationsSTThe road came to an end for Big 7 Girls Basketball on Monday night as the Sharyland Pioneer Lady Diamondbacks and Mission Veterans Lady Patriots suffered first round losses and were bounced from this year’s postseason.

Sharyland Pioneer Lady Diamondbacks
The District 31-5A Champion Lady Diamondbacks’ first trip to the playoffs ended in heartbreaking fashion Monday night as a last minute push and layup from Brownsville Pace put them over the top for a 47-46 win over Sharyland Pioneer at Sharyland Pioneer High School.

After falling behind 18-9 in the first quarter and with sophomore guard Audry Hornaday on the bench in foul trouble, the Lady Diamondbacks managed to fight back into the game with a pair of three-pointers from Danielle Rangel to force a 21-21 tie heading into the locker room.

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