Battle-tested North Mission IDEA seeks second district title, playoff run
MISSION — North Mission IDEA compiled a 22-4 overall record during the Class 3A program’s first year competing at the UIL level. North Mission IDEA head coach Isai Cabrera arranged this season’s non-district schedule, loaded with matchups against state-ranked teams from various classifications, to prepare for the ultimate goal — a deep playoff run. North Mission also took on the No. “When we’ve gone to tournaments, I’ve heard people say, ‘Oh, that’s North Mission, they’ve beat this team,’” senior guard Mauricio Garcia said. North Mission IDEA will be back in action with a matchup against Donna IDEA Academy at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.myrgv.com
UIL releases cutoff numbers for 2022-24 realignment
The UIL released conference cutoff numbers and preliminary enrollment figures for the 2022-24 reclassification and realignment Wednesday, which will result in significant changes to the high school sports landscape in the Rio Grande Valley. The cutoff number for Class 5A is between 1,300-2,224, Class 4A is 545-1,299, Class 3A is 250-544, Class 2A is 105-249, and Class 1A is 104.9 and below. The football conference and division numbers are broken down even further with Class 5A-1A split into Division I and Division II. The most notable changes include Donna North, Edinburg Vela, Harlingen South, La Joya Juarez-Lincoln and PSJA North moving down from Class 6A to Class 5A for all sports. “It’s going to make the 5A districts even more tough,” said PSJA North head coach Marcus Kaufmann.myrgv.com
Edinburg High building momentum, unbeaten in District 31-6A
When Edinburg High made a coaching change at the conclusion of the 2020 season, incoming first-year head coach Rene Guzman was tasked with not only running a football program, but rebuilding the Bobcats’ brand after the reputation was tarnished.myrgv.com
Edinburg High focused on moving forward under Guzman
EDINBURG — Edinburg High returns 30 players from last season. Edinburg High then-head football coach J.J. Leija was placed on probation and later was reassigned. New head coach Rene Guzman, an Edinburg High alum, said they’ve talked about it because it’s part of the program’s history, but the Bobcats have put the past behind them and are focused on the future. He said he’s proud to follow in the footsteps of former Edinburg High coaches Richard Flores and Robert Vela. Edinburg High has 10 returning starters to work with — five on each side of the ball.myrgv.com
PSJA Southwest’s Treviño returns home to help throwers
PSJA Southwest alum Diego Treviño won the UIL 2019 Class 5A State Championship in shot put. He’s currently preparing for his junior season in Norman, Oklahoma, with the Oklahoma Sooners track and field team. The recent rule change by the NCAA allowing athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness gave Treviño the idea to host the throwers’ camp. I want to help athletes in any way possible to succeed. The PSJA Southwest product recently wrapped up his sophomore season at OU competing in the shot put and weight throw events.myrgv.com
Smithson Valley baseball’s season ends in UIL Class 6A State semifinals against Rockwall Heath
Making the program's first appearance in the state baseball tournament since 2005, Smithson Valley fell behind early and was unable to mount a late comeback in a loss to Rockwall Heath in the Class 6A semifinals on Friday night.
Smithson Valley baseball preparing for first UIL State Tournament appearance since 2005
After defeating Los Fresnos in a one-game, winner-take-all Regional Final on Friday, the Smithson Valley baseball hit the practice field on Monday to prepare for the program's first berth in the UIL Class 6A State tournament since 2005.
Judson softball falls short of UIL Class 6A State title in 1-0 loss to Deer Park
An RBI-single in the top of the 6th ended up being the difference in a classic pitchers duel, as the Judson softball team's magical season comes up one run short of the UIL Class 6A State title in a 1-0 loss to Deer Park.
HIGHLIGHTS: Smithson Valley baseball completes regional semifinal sweep of Eagle Pass
The Smithson Valley baseball team returned to play on Saturday and completed the two-game sweep of Eagle Pass, racking up 19 hits in a 13-6 victory and punching their tickets to the UIL Class 6A Regional Final for the first time since 2005.
HIGHLIGHTS: Williams’ grand slam powers Judson softball into Regional Final
Junior Keely Williams' grand slam capped an impressive 8-run explosion in the top of the 5th, as the Judson softball team rolled past O'Connor in the decisive game of their best-of-three UIL Regional Semifinal playoff series at Somerset High School on Saturday evening.
HIGHLIGHTS: O’Connor softball roars past Judson in game 1, Reagan and Navarro baseball keep seasons alive
In the fourth round of the UIL Class 6A softball playoffs, O'Connor scored 6-runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to defeat Judson in game 1, while the Reagan and Navarro baseball teams keep their seasons alive with game two victories over Smithson Valley and Canyon Lake respectively.
At home on stage: Aaron Blount named a top one-act play performer at state
HARLINGEN — Aaron Blount has received many accolades as a singer and actress. However, being named a top performer at the UIL state high school one-act play competition earlier this month is by far the most note-worthy. “Honestly it feels really, really crazy,” said Blount, 16, who earned the distinction for her performance as June Muldoon in the play “Anatomy of Gray” presented by Harlingen High School South. “Her father passed away at the beginning of the play and so she’s kind of questioning why God would allow that to happen,” she said. “I really feel at home on the stage during live performances and plays,” she said.myrgv.com
Judson names Christina Camacho new head girls basketball coach
After leading Veterans Memorial to a pair of state runner-up finishes over the past three seasons, head coach Christina Camacho has taken on a new challenge: taking over the Judson girls basketball program after former head coach Triva Corrales stepped down to become Judson ISD's athletic director.
Triva Corrales assumes new role as Judson ISD Athletic Director
After leading the Judson girls basketball team to five straight UIL State semifinal appearances, head coach Triva Corrales is stepping down to assume a new role: serving as Athletic Director for Judson ISD. Corrales replaces Mike Miller, who is retiring.
UIL State Track & Field Championships Recap: Class 5A, 2A Friday
The second day of the UIL State Track and Field Championships brings state records and more champions to the greater San Antonio area, including thrilling performances from Boerne Champion, Alamo Heights, Southwest, Shiner and Yorktown.
Four RGV tennis players punch ticket to state
Four Rio Grande Valley tennis players punched their tickets to the UIL Class 5A State Tennis Meet next month by earning top-two finishes at the Region IV-5A Meet on Wednesday at Northeast ISD Tennis Center in San Antonio. This time around, however, Salazar avenged the loss in straight sets to be crowned the Region IV-5A boys singles champion. McAllen Rowe’s Diana Park (32-2) advanced to the girls singles quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Donna High’s Hiromy Rodriguez. PSJA North’s Alondra Gonzalez (32-2) advanced to the girls singles quarterfinals by defeating San Antonio Health Career’s Sarah Byrd in two sets 6-4, 6-2. Harlingen High’s Brandon De Los Reyes (33-2) advanced to the boys singles quarterfinals by taking down S.A. Health Career’s Arthan Rao 6-0, email@example.com
Boerne boys soccer preparing for UIL Class 4A State Championship game
On Thursday afternoon, the Boerne Greyhounds held their final practice prior to competing in Saturday's UIL Class 4A State Championship Game against Fort Worth Diamond Hill Jarvis. The match is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown.
LEE boys soccer defeats Jersey Village 2-0, returns to UIL State championship game
Julian Sanchez tallied a goal and an assist, as the LEE Volunteers defeated Jersey Village in the UIL Class 6A State semifinals on Tuesday night, punching their tickets to the championship game for the second time in the last three seasons.
CHAMPIONS: Cole boys defeat Tatum, win first state title since 1989
On the exact anniversary of the 2020 University Interscholastic League (UIL) state tournament’s cancellation due to COVID-19, the Cougars used a third-quarter surge to knock off Tatum in the Class 3A State Championship Game at the Alamodome, 77-60. Trailing 9-7 after one quarter of play, Cole found some separation in the second quarter. Cole then outscored Tatum 31-12 in the third quarter, providing all the separation they would need to cruise to the title. Congrats to Cole High School on winning the Class 3A boys state basketball title! #KSATsports @RGC_BBasketball @SHAQ https://t.co/FGNKcY3yAK pic.twitter.com/GylwsuZHII — KSAT 12 Sports (@InstantReplaySA) March 13, 2021This is the program’s first state championship since Shaquille O’Neal led the Cougars to the Class 3A title in 1989.
Cole boys defeat Little River Academy, advance to second straight UIL Class 3A State Championship Game
“It feels great,” Blackmore said. “We’re going back to the championship game, and we actually get to play it this year. I love how we can come through in a tight game like this against a great team. “You never know if you’re going to get back to state or if you’re ever going to have a chance to get back to a state championship. They think they’re going to win every game.”The Cougars will return to the Alamodome on Friday, March 12 to take on Tatum in the UIL Class 3A State Championship Game.
HIGHLIGHTS: Cole boys roll past Santa Rosa, clinch third straight UIL State berth
SAN ANTONIO – A year after their championship game was canceled due to the burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic, the Cole boys basketball team rolled past Santa Rosa in the Class 3A Regional Final and clinched the program’s third straight trip to the UIL State Tournament.
HIGHLIGHTS: Styles’ buzzer-beater sends Boerne boys to State
SAN ANTONIO – Devin Styles scored the game-winning layup at the final buzzer, and the Boerne boys basketball team defeated Somerset 61-59 in the Class 4A Regional Final to clinch the program’s first trip to the UIL State Tournament since 2008.
HIGHLIGHTS: Boerne girls advance to UIL State Tournament for the first time in 21 years
SAN ANTONIO – Junior Jordyn Lemm keyed a fourth quarter rally by scoring 10 straight points, and for the first time since the turn of the millenium, the Boerne girls basketball team is heading to the UIL State Tournament.
HIGHLIGHTS: Clark boys edge Harlan late, Antonian rolls into third round
SAN ANTONIO – Plenty of great boys basketball action on Tuesday night, as Al Emerllahu’s late shot gives Clark a 49-48 victory over Harlan in the regional semifinals, O’Connor comes up short in a back-and-forth battle with Westlake and Antonian rolls past Houston St. Pius in the second round of the TAPPS playoffs.
HIGHLIGHTS: Judson girls knock off Reagan in overtime, win fifth straight regional title
SAN ANTONIO – In a showdown between two of the best teams in the San Antonio area, Kierra Sanderlin scored a game-high 30 points to lift Judson past Reagan 58-52 in overtime, helping the Rockets claim their fifth straight regional title.
HIGHLIGHTS: Boerne Champion wins relay title at UIL Girls 5A State
Alamo Heights 1:50.87 200 yard Freestyle 9. Peyton Brehmer (Boerne Champion) 57.7559.00 200 yard Freestyle Relay 1. Boerne Champion 1:36.92 100 yard Backstroke 5. Elizabeth Walsh (Alamo Heights) 1:06.91 400 yard Freestyle Relay 3. @swimWACdive's Clark, Garcia, Ziemba & Brehmer combine to win the 200 yard Freestyle Relay at #UILState!
Harlan boys use 4th-quarter rally to top Warren, advance to Regional Semifinals
SAN ANTONIO – Trailing by two at the start of the fourth quarter, the Harlan boys basketball team took control of their third-round playoff game against Warren with an 8-0 run and hung on late to defeat their District 29-6A rivals 45-42 and advance to the Regional Semifinals.
HIGHLIGHTS: Reagan girls knock off Stevens, advance to Class 6A Regional Final
SAN ANTONIO – In the fourth round of the girls high school basketball playoffs, Reagan gets 20-point performances from Christeen Iwuala and Samantha Wagner en route to a 65-52 victory over Stevens, punching their tickets to the Class 6A Regional Final.
New Standard: Edison’s Christian Rangel returns to UIL State for second straight season
SAN ANTONIO – Three years ago, as a sophomore at Edison High School, Christian Rangel started diving on a whim. Put simply, Rangel has transformed himself into one of the best high school divers in Texas. “I did have a lot of anxiety when I first started diving because I was scared I’d get hurt. Then and now, Rangel has always been proud to represent both Edison and SAISD at high school diving’s highest level. When he finishes his high school career this weekend and officially graduates this spring, that is precisely the legacy he wants to leave behind.
South San boys earn District 27-6A’s final playoff berth with two wins on last day of regular season
SCHERTZ – For the first time in three years, the South San boys basketball team is heading to the playoffs after defeating both Wagner and Smithson Valley on the final day of the regular season to clinch District 27-6A’s final playoff berth.
Cole girls use fourth-quarter surge to knock off Karnes City in Area Round
SAN ANTONIO – Junior guard Nadja Babilonia-Lopez pours in 18 points, Vivian Iwuchukwu adds 16, and the Cole girls basketball team defeated Karnes City 52-43 at Paul Taylor Fieldhouse to punch their tickets to the third round for the first time since 2016.
Could high school games be played with empty bleachers?
Could high school games be played with empty bleachers? Photo: Tom Reel, San Antonio Express-News / Staff Photographer Photo: Tom Reel, San Antonio Express-News / Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Could high school games be played with empty bleachers? Once the UIL lifts its suspension of competition, could area high school games be played under the same format? High school teams generate their own noise. But the community thrives on high school sports.mysanantonio.com
UHS one-act play cast, crew prep for contest
Ellenore DorrisUHS JournalismUvalde High School drama students are running through last rehearsals in preparation for taking their one-act play to the first level of UIL competition set Tuesday. The play selected by theatre teacher Christela Mendoza this year is an unusual one. Its about a group of actors rehearsing a play within a play. When things start to get really confusing, they start to forget who they really are as well. Mendoza saw the amount of interest in one-act play among UHS students and wanted to find a show with a large cast.uvaldeleadernews.com
HS Volleyball Playoff Highlights: November 5th
The UIL volleyball playoff kick off with a five-set thriller, as Pleasanton advances past the Bi-District round for the 4th consecutive season with a win over Devine. In Class 6A play, Clark knocks off Johnson and Churchill cruises past Warren. Copyright 2019 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
Devine Debate teams qualify for State – The Devine News
Two DHS teams qualify for State UIL XC Debate Meet in MarchThe teams of Emilie Dudley and Tristan Woods and Michael Meek and Gabriella Romano qualified for the State UIL Cross-Examination Debate Meet in March by winning 1st and 2nd place in the District Meet held Feb. 1 at DHS. The State Meet will be held at The University of Texas at Austin March 13-18. The DHS team of Lindsey Spannagel and Trinity Woods placed 4th at the District Meet and will be State Alternates. “UIL debate competition motivates students and provides them with practical application for the skills they are developing,” said Jana Riggins, UIL State Debate Director. Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China.”Through participation at the UIL Academic State Meet, students qualify for Texas Interscholastic League Foundation scholarships.devinenews.com