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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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Big 7 powerlifting sending 17 to state

20180309 PioneerGirlsPowerliftingAfter a solid performance at regionals last weekend, the Big 7 ladies’ powerlifting programs are sending 17 athletes to compete at the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association 2018 State Championships March 16 and 17 in Waco.

The THSWPA Region 5 Division 1 Championships were held March 3 at PSJA Southwest Early College High School, where the Big 7 had a strong showing. The list of state qualifiers includes six Sharyland Lady Rattlers and five Palmview Lady Lobos.

After all the workouts, countless repetitions and hours spent in the gym, these 17 athletes are ready to compete against the best the state of Texas has to offer.

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Seventeen Big 7 wrestlers state-bound

20180219 Wrestling SPHS State Qualifiers LG-01The seven high schools from the Mission, Sharyland and La Joya school districts, otherwise known as the Big 7, will be sending 17 wrestlers to the UIL State Wrestling Tournament being held next weekend at the Berry Center in Cypress, Texas. With 17 state qualifiers this year and 16 qualifiers in each of the previous two years, the Big 7 schools’ wrestling programs have proven that they are doing a good job of keeping up with the competition, at least at the district and regional levels.


While keeping up with the competition, when the competition continues to improve, is hard enough, there is one Big 7 school whose wrestling programs are actually leaving the competition in their dust; the Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks and Lady Diamondbacks wrestling programs.


Case in point, of the 17 Big 7 schools’ wrestlers that qualified for the state tournament, and of the 10 5A wrestlers that qualified, five are Diamondbacks and four are Lady Diamondbacks for a total of nine qualifiers. That is up from Pioneer’s four state qualifiers last year and three the year before. La Joya High is second among the Big 7 schools with four state qualifiers, Mission High is third with two, while Juarez-Lincoln and Sharyland High each have one wrestler going to state.

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Pioneer High School hosts annual Special Olympics basketball competition

20180217 STOpening-CeremonyMore than 1,000 Special Olympians gathered at Sharyland Pioneer High School last Saturday to display their skills on the court as Pioneer hosted the annual Rio Grande Valley Special Olympics basketball competition for the third consecutive year.


RGV Special Olympics Area 1 Director Lauro Garza said the competition has grown every year and Pioneer High’s five basketball courts gives the athletes plenty of room to have fun while showcasing their dribbling, passing and shooting skills.


As the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities, the Special Olympics transforms the lives of 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries through its sports competitions.

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