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Huskies boys, Lobos girls claim district titles

Cross country running may not be as popular a sport as football, baseball, basketball and volleyball are, but for those who compete in it it’s much more than a sport – it’s a way of life. So much so that while most high school students spend their summer vacations doing things like hanging out with their friends and going to the beach, cross country runners spend their summers running and training in preparation for their upcoming season.

That dedication and devotion to the sport paid off for many local runners at Saturday’s District 30-6A CC championship meet held at Palmview High School (PHS). None more-so than two Palmview High School runners, Natali Gonzalez and Eliseo Rodriguez, who bettered the girls’ and the boys’ fields respectively to claim both individual district championships for the Lobos.

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Patriots round-up Diamondbacks

Even without their main offensive weapon in the lineup the Veterans Memorial Patriots improved their overall record to 5-2 and their district record to 2-1 with a 33-19 victory over the Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks Friday night at Tom Landry Stadium. Patriots’ senior quarterback Santos Villarreal, who is still recovering from a high ankle sprain he suffered two weeks ago against the Sharyland Rattlers, watched from the sidelines in street clothes as his backup, sophomore Diego Hernandez, led his team to victory for the second week in a row.

The Patriots led-off the scoring with a field goal at the 9:43 mark in the first quarter and never gave up the lead the rest of the night. VMHS' first touchdown of the game came when John Garcia ran the ball in from the two yard line with 4:08 remaining in the first quarter. Garcia's touchdown was set up by a Kevin Liebano interception and return to the Diamondbacks' two yard line.

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Rattlers defense stifles Gladiators

Sharyland platooned three quarterbacks, scored four touchdowns and played solid defense en route to a 28-6 homecoming game victory over Roma on Friday at Richard Thompson Stadium to remain undefeated in the District 31-5A and in the hunt for the title.

“I’m happy and proud of our boys,” Sharyland head coach Ron Adame said. “Roma came in and they didn’t lay down for us, they gave us their best. In my humble opinion, that team is going to make the playoffs in this district.”

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Palmview redies for Rowe: Overconfidence could spell disaster

Riding a three-game unbeaten streak, including two straight wins in District 30-6A play, La Joya Palmview isn’t taking any chances against McAllen Rowe on Friday at 7:30 p.m. when they host the battered Warriors at Pack Stadium.

McAllen Rowe (2-5 overall, 1-2 district) has given up over 50 points in each of their last two district matchups and scored more than 19 points only twice in seven games this season.

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Patriots vs Diamondbacks: Winning could mean district championship

Don’t tell Coach Laura Cavazos and her Sharyland Pioneer Lady Diamondbacks, but they are having the kind of season first-year programs are not supposed to have. With an 8-1 district record (27-9 overall) and sole possession of second place, the Lady Diamondbacks are in the thick of the District 31-5A volleyball playoff race and are still in the running for a possible district championship.

With only three games remaining on their schedule, Cavazos’ squad is all but assured of securing a playoff spot. However, if the Lady Diamondbacks are going to keep alive their lofty aspirations of earning a district championship or co-championship in their very first season, they will have to do something tomorrow that many have tried but very few have accomplished – defeating the Veterans Memorial Lady Patriots.

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Palmview wins game of pride against La Joya

La Joya Palmview head coach Margarito Requenez couldn’t find the words to describe how he felt as he ran back onto the field after the Lobos defeated school rival La Joya 23-16 on Friday at Pack Stadium in game that’s fast-becoming a traditional La Joya ISD classic.

“It’s very special,” Requenez said. “We’ve worked so hard to get where we are right now and I’m just glad that we pulled it off. Everytime you play your sister school, it doesn’t matter how good you are. Everybody plays to a higher level because it’s a rivalry and I’m just proud of my kids right now.”

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