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June 17-August 17, 2007 Publisher & CEO David A. Amador Brent Waters RGV Sales Manager Alec D. Amador HSSM Photographer Jason O. Martinez B.B.A., C.P.T. HSSM Columnist Daniel Silva HSSM Webmaster HSSM Online Photos www.hssm.photoreflect.com HSSM Online Subscriptions

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We Made It! The Road to the Baseball

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B Y D A V I D A. A M A D O R HSSM SPORTSWRITER

Harlingen South Hawks Play In State 5A UIL Baseball Finals... by DAVID A. AMADOR HSSM Sportswriter

(Round Rock, Tx)-A Rio Grande Valley high school baseball team finally made it to the big show in 2007. The Harlingen South Hawks H.S. baseball team defeated Los Fresnos, Sharyland, Weslaco, Austin Westlake, Corpus Christi Carroll, Midland Lee, before ending their mystical season to the Cypress-Fairbanks Bobcats 6-1, in the U.I.L. State 5A Championship game at Dell Diamond Field in Round Rock, Texas. More than 7,000 fans, mostly from t he Rio Grande Valley made the pilgrimage to the town, north of Austin. “This was amazing,� says Harlingen baseball fan Brent Waters.

Double-Play. Kaleb Bryan of Harlingen South creates a double-play at the State 5A Finals against Cypress-Fairbanks with Jonathan Ogden sliding. This was the first trip to the State 5A tournament for the Hawks before falling to the Bobcats 6-1 in the finals. (Exclusive HSSM IMages/David A. Amador)

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Congratulations from Harlingen South H.S. Guadalupe Nava Principal and the entire school staff and student body.

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“It was great to see the support the Valley showed the Hawks; this is one game I’ll never forget,” added Waters. The Hawks completed their season with a parade and fan appreciation fiesta held at the Harlingen Baseball Field. Approximately 2,000 fans attended,

Road to State 5A Finals Bi-District Champions Harlingen South defeats Los Fresnos 11-1, 7-3 Area Champions Harlingen South defeats Sharyland 8-7, 5-8, 5-4 Regional Quarterfinals Harlingen South defeats Weslaco 2-1, 4-5, 12-3 Regional Semifinals Harlingen South defeats Austin Westlake 6-0, 12-1 State 5A Quarterfinals Harlingen South defeats CC Carroll 7-1, 7-2 State 5A Semifinals Harlingen South defeats Midland Lee 4-2 State 5A Championships Harlingen South 1 Cypress-Fair 6 Playoff Record: 11-3

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Tagged Out. Hawks pitcher Danny Gidora is tagged out at first by Midland Lee first baseman Taylor Childers. The Hawks defeated the Rebels (32-7-1) 42 to advance to the State 5A finals. (Exclusive HSSM IMages/David A. Amador)


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Safe at Home. Hawks catcher Adrian Ramon watches CC Carroll score its first run in the State Quarterfinals in Harlingen. The Hawks won the best of three series 7-1, 72, to advance to the state tournament. (Exclusive HSSM IMages/David A. Amador)

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Hawks Knock Out Chaps. Hawks outfielder Peter Maldonado watches home plate with Austin Westlake first baseman Nathan Sietman. Harlingen South advanced to the State 5A Regional finals with a three-game series wins of 6-0, 12-1, over the Chaps. (Exclusive HSSM IMages/David A. Amador)

along with Senator Eddie Lucio, giving a proclamation to head coach Tony Leal and his Hawks for their successful year. Overall, the Hawks ended their year with a record 38-wins and six losses. Those that defeated the Hawks were left wondering if “it could have been them instead?� The Hawks started their run for the state www.HSSMONLINE.net 10


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Big Win. Harlingen South defeats Midland Lee in their first-ever State 5A Baseball Tournament appearance. (Exclusive HSSM IMages/David A. Amador)

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Season Record: 38-6 Opponent            Score San Benito Mission Callallen Rio Grande City PSJA North Weslaco Brownsville Hanna Rio Grande City Veterans Memorial La Joya Laredo United McAllen Edinburg North Los Fresnos Rio Hondo La Joya Harlingen Harlingen Edinburg PSJA North PSJA Mem. Economedes PSJA Ed North Harlingen Edinburg PSJA North PSJA Mem. Economedes PSJA

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Bi-District Champions Harlingen South defeats Los Fresnos 11-1, 7-3 Area Champions Harlingen South defeats Sharyland 8-7, 5-8, 5-4 Regional Quarterfinals Harlingen South defeats Weslaco 2-1, 4-5, 12-3 Regional Semifinals Harlingen South defeats Austin Westlake 6-0, 12-1 State 5A Quarterfinals Harlingen South defeats CC Carroll 7-1, 7-2 State 5A Tournament Round Rock, Texas Dell Diamond Field State 5A Semifinals Harlingen South defeats Midland Lee 4-2 State 5A Championships Harlingen South 1 Cypress-Fairbanks 6


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title by posting an upset over Corpus Christi Calallen in the McAllen Invitational. The Hawks continued with a 10-game win streak but this would come to a stop with back-toback losses to Laredo United and a whipping by McAllen 7-0. Even though both losses were non-district games, the Hawks continue by staying perfect in district with wins over PSJA (21-13) and PSJA Memorial (12-7) . Neither team qualified for the state playoffs. “This was a special year. Our team worked hard to make it this far,” said head coach Tony Leal. So what made this team so special? “Heart. This team had a lot of heart,” says senior Danny Gidora. “We came together when we needed too and our defense made outstanding plays to help with many of our wins throughout the year,” added Gidora. For Gidora, the six-foot two fast-ball thrower stayed perfect on the mound throughout the season. He gunned down his opponents in the state playoffs. He led his Harlingen South Hawks to the State 5A finals. He almost won it all too. In the State 5A Regional Quarterfinals, Gidora was superb as he shutout Austin Westlake 6-0 and then held Corpus Christi Carroll to one run (7-1) to lead his team to the state tournament for the first time in school history. Like Roger Clemens, he pitched on the same mound at Dell Diamond Field in Round Rock, Texas to beat Midland Lee 4-2. In the state championship game, he came in the third inning and did not allow a hit after the Hawks trailed 5-0. Gidora ended his career with a perfect 18-0 season. Head coach Tony Leal wanted a state title too. He would dream of one day, seeing his team at the state tournament. His day would come. “What can I say? This is as good as it gets,” as Leal held on to the state finalist trophy. Leal credits his senior players like Got’Cha! Harlingen South shortstop Logan Brown tags Midland Lee’s Garrett Worrell at second base. The Hawks would clinch their first state tournament win. (Exclusive HSSM IMages/David A. Amador)


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And the Hawks Flew In. More than 7,000 Harlingen South fans filled the Dell Diamond Baseball Field in Round Rock, Texas to witness the Harlingen South Hawks high school baseball make history. The Hawks ended their season as the State 5A UIL Baseball Silver Medialist. (Exclusive HSSM IMages/David A. Amador)

shortstop Logan Brown, who was offered a baseball scholarship to play for Texas-Tech. He batted .415 and he also pitched in five games, winning four of them too. Michael Johnson, a third baseman rushed towards the dugout to catch a foul ball during the state finals. He made the catch, as his teammates almost watched him flip over the dugout rail. He batted .495 to lead his team throughout the year. However, it was the senior leadership of catcher Adrian Ramon who made sure that his pitchers would stay calm and throw the right pitches every game. “Our pitchers had great discipline. At times, I would have to calm them down. Wow, this is the

greatest feeling to hold this trophy,” said the 6’1” senior catcher. Then there was second baseman, Kaleb Bryan. In the second inning of the state championship game, he combined with Brown for a double-play. Behind the plate, he averaged .409 and made the clutch hits the Hawks would need throughout the season. The Hawks will cherish 2007, while higher expectations looms for returning lettermen Sean Messick, Joey Reyna, Peter Maldonado, Jonathon Salas, Steven Mata, and Daniel Cardenas. The road to the state baseball finals was “a dream come true” for Leal and he says that this was just the beginning. “We will have more Valley teams coming to state in the years to come,” says Leal.

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Player of the Year Danny Gidora HSSM

Harlingen South H.S.

(Harlingen, Tx)-He stayed perfect on the mound throughout the season. He gunned down his opponents in the state playoffs. He led his Harlingen South Hawks to the State 5A finals. He almost won it all too. High School Sports Magazine named Harlingen South senior pitcher Danny Gidora the 2007 Player of the Year. In the State 5A Regional Quarterfinals, Gidora was superb as he shutout Austin Westlake 6-0 and then held Corpus Christi Carroll to one run (7-1) to lead his team to the state tournament for the first time in school history. Like Roger Clemens, he pitched on the same mound at Dell Diamond Field in Round Rock, Texas to beat Midland Lee 4-2. In the state championship game, he came in the third inning and did not allow a hit after the Hawks trailed 5-0. HSSM congratulates Gidora and his perfect 18-0 season.

Coach of the Year Tony Leal HSSM

Harlingen South H.S.

(Harlingen, Tx)-Head coach Tony Leal of the Harlingen South Hawks baseball team wanted a state title. He would dream of one day, seeing his team at the state tournament. His day would come. High School Sports Magazine named Leal the 2007 Coach of Year as he led the Hawks to the State 5A Baseball finals at Dell Diamond Field. “I wished that I had known that Danny had so much energy left after his semifinal win over Midland Lee,” said Leal. Either way, Leal smiled as his team was awarded the State 5A UIL Finalist Trophy. Only six teams defeated the Hawks this year. They were Sharyland (5-8), Weslaco (4-5), La Joya (0-2), Laredo United (8-10), McHi (0-7), and the 2007 UIL Class 5A State champion, Cypress-Fairbanks (6-1). “I am proud of players,” added Leal.

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What a Year! Valley Teams Clash with Austin Westlake Chapparals along the way... by DAVID A. AMADOR HSSM Sportswriter

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State 5A Division I Regional Finalist. Jeremy Springer of Los Fresnos was named HSSM Most Valuable Player in Football. ( HSSM IMages/David A. Amador)


(McAllen, Tx)-The 2006-07 High School Sports Magazine’s Year in Pictures begins with Austin Westlake playing the Los Fresnos Falcons in the State 5A Division I Region IV Football semifinals in Victoria. Falcon quarterback Jeremy Springer spent most of his afternoon being chased by the Chaps and two quick turnovers in the first half led to scores for Austin Westlake. The final score would end up at 45-19. The Chaps would win their next two games to advance to the State finals against the four-time state champions, Southlake Carroll in December. This meeting of the Chaps-Falcons would trigger a new rivalry with Westlake verses the Rio Grande Valley in 2006-07. Beginning with volleyball, the Lady Chaps struck gold again as they defeated the Harlingen Lady Cardinals in three sets 25-17, 25-16, 25-11 in the Class 5A Volleyball Regional semifinals. Austin Westlake would then face another team, but this time, in soccer. The McAllen High School Lady Bulldogs and head coach Patrick Arney featured a senior ball club and Arney knew that his team had what it took to make it to state. He led the Lady Bulldogs to the State 5A Regional tournament where they would take on Austin Westlake in the Regional finals. With tired legs and sluggish, wet weather, the Chaps came on strong after previously eliminating the Harlingen South Lady Hawks in the Regional semifinals. The Chaps would again, prevail 2-0 in the frigid weather in San Antonio over the talented McAllen team. Thus, eliminating another Valley team from making a state run for a title. On both instances, the Chaps failed to win a state title

State 5A Baseball Regional Quarterfinals. Austin Westlake’s bid for a state title in baseball ended with a loss to Harlingen South. (Exclusive HSSM IMages/David A. Amador)

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too. The Chaps luck would run out in the State 5A Boys Soccer Regional Semifinals as they met a tough Brownsville Rivera Raiders team. The Raiders wasted no time as they played tough defense to shutout Austin Westlake 1-0 to advance to the state finals. The Raiders lost to Lewisville Marcus 3-1 in the State semifinals. This gave the Chaps a 3-1 edge against Valley teams in 2006, but in 2007, the Harlingen South Hawks baseball team made sure that the Chaps would not repeat with another victory over another Valley team. Instead, the Hawks pounded the Chaps in the best-ofthree series, winning 60,12-1 to advance to the State 5A Baseball finals in Round Rock, Texas. Could this be the start of a huge rivalry? “The Valley is coming on stronger,” says Tony Leal, head coach of Harlingen South baseball team. “Many teams are beginning to break these barriers once dominated by the Central Texas schools,” State 5A Soccer Regional finals. McAllen H.S. lost to Austin Westlake in the Region IV Finals. Katie Hockema is pictured for McHi. (HSSM IMages)

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he adds. Indeed, this was the year for the Rio Grande Valley and its athletes. Beginning with cross-country, Mission’s Bianca Alvarez placed 31st at the UIL Class 4A Texas State cross-Country meet with a time of 12:00.30. Mercedes’s Alex De La Garza would finish in seventh position with teammate Raul Toscano finishing in 26th place, Robert Najera 28th, Rene De La Rosa 45th, Fernando Velasquez 72nd, Vicente Carreon 100th, and Noe Barcenas at 102nd with a time of 18:51.0. Overall, the Tiger team finished fifth at state. In Class 5A, the PSJA North Lady Raiders finished in 12th overall with Starla Garcia placing 38th with a best time of 12:06.10. In the Boys Class 5A division, Edinburg North placed 10th overall with Rolando Vela placing 26th overall. In Class 2A, the boys team finished fifth overall with Travis Villanueva taking the silver medal with a time of 16:52.10. The season would end at the UIL Track and Field Meet, where the Weslaco Panther 1600m relay team would make another state appearance and finish seventh with a Valley best of 3:15.92 at Mike Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas. “We accomplished a lot this year and breaking the Valley record was one of our goals,” said head track coach David Fuentes of Weslaco. In the shot put event, Stephen Saenz of Rio Grande City won the silver medal with a throw of 58’0.25 and he would then take fourth in the discus with a throw of 168’11”. Then the Valley struck gold with Raymondville’s Andrew Hernandez winning the 800-meter run with a time of 1:55.94. Mercedes’s Alex Trevino would also win a bronze medal in the 200m-dash with a time of 21.42 along with teammate Robert Najera also taking the bronze with a time of 9:20.54. in the 3200 meters run. And finally, if one second would ever make a difference, in the Class 5A 1600 meter run, it made all the difference in the world for McAllen Memorial’s Tricia Terry who won the silver with a time of 5:03.13, one second behind Allison Pye of Houston Cy-Creek. High School Sports Magazine salutes every athlete and coach for your dedication and let these pictures speak for themselves.

New RGV Valley record. Pictured is David Fuentes, Weslaco Panther track head coach with Michael Garza, Mishak Rivas, Juan Cruz, and Jerry Espinoza. The 1600m relay team set a new RGV record with a time of 3:15.92. (HSSM IMages)

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The 2007 Awards

Football Players of the Year Bradley Stephens-McAllen Memorial Jeremy Springer-Los Fresnos Football Coach of the Year Bill Littleton Basketball Players of the YearBoys Ty Gough-PSJA High School Edgar Segura-Weslaco HS Basektball Player of the YearGirls Eileen Pineda-Brownsville Hanna Basketball Coach of the Year Chris Kromer-Weslaco East HS-Girls Gaberial Valdez-Weslaco HS-Boys Baseball Coach of the Year Eliseo Pompa-McAllen HS

Baseball Players of the Year Logan Brown-Harlingen South HS Joaquin Hinojosa-McAllen HS Softball Player of the Year Roxanne Rodriguez-PSJA North Softball Coach of the Year Carlos Rodriguez-La Joya HS Soccer Coach of the Year Patrick Arney-McAllen HS-Girls Esequiel Morales-Hidalgo-Boys Soccer Players of the Year Juan Nava-Hidalgo Sarah Stansell-McAllen HS HSSM Coach of the Year Tony Leal-Harlingen South Baseball HSSM Player of the Year Danny Gidora-Harlingen South HS

Congratulations Coaches and players


Two-State 5A 1600m Relay Appearance. McAllen H.S. lost to Austin Westlake in the Region IV Finals. (Exclusive HSSM IMages/David A. Amador)


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2007 Baseball FINAL STANDINGS SEASON DISTRICT

26-3 11-1 21-6 10-2 21-8 8-4 16-13 6-6 9-16 4-8 12-12 3-9 1-19 0-12

SEASON DISTRICT 32-5AAAAA 19-6 12-2 1. BRO LOPEZ 23-6 11-3 2. WESLACO 3. BRO PORTER 17-11 10-4 4. LOS FRESNOS 19-8 9-5 14-11 6-8 5. BRO HANNA 6-20 3-10 6. SAN BENITO 9-18 3-11 7. BRO PACE 5-21 2-12 8. BRO RIVERA

31-3AAA 1. FALFURRIAS 2. ZAPATA 3. LYFORD 4. RAYMONDVILLE 5. SAN DIEGO

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23-4 14-7 9-11 7-14 5-12

SEASON 32-2A 1. HEBBRONVILLE 7-3 10-3 2. FREER 4-7 3. BISHOP 4-6 4. PREMONT 3-7 5. BANQUETE 3-7 6. SANTA ROSA 0-10 7. RIVIERA

8-0 6-2 3-5 2-6 1-7 DISTRICT

6-0 5-1 4-2 3-3 2-4 1-5 0-6

Class 1A

Bi-District La Villa defeats Falls City 2-0, 16-6 Area Championships D’Hanis defeats La Villa 7-0, 5-1

Class 2A

DISTRICT BY DISTRICT 30-5AAAAA 1. LA JOYA 2. SHARYLAND 3. MCALLEN 4. RIO GRANDE 5. NIKKI ROWE 6. MEMORIAL 7. DONNA

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SEASON DISTRICT 31-5AAAAA 27-3 14-0 1. HAR SOUTH 17-9 11-3 2. EDINBURG 14-12 7-7 3. ED NORTH 13-12 7-7 4. HARLINGEN 14-11 6-8 5. PNORTH 14-13 5-9 6. PSJA 9-15 4-10 7. PSJA MEM 8. ECOMOMEDES 4-18 2-12

32-4AAAA 1. MISSION 2. MERCEDES 3. ROMA 4. MIS VETERANS 5. ED-ELSA 6. WES EAST 7. VALLEY VIEW

SEASON DISTRICT

19-8 11-1 10-13 8-4 6-6 8-17 5-7 8-14 10-14 5-7 4-8 6-16 3-9 7-17

Bi-District Bloomington defeats Freer 10-0, 4-14, 12-1 Taft defeats Hebbronville 15-5, 8-4 Area Championships Bishop defeats Poth 9-6, 6-3 Regional Quarterfinals Bishop defeats Cotulla 4-3, 5-4 Regional Semifinals Trinity defeats Bishop 7-6

Class 3A Bi-District La Feria defeats Lyford 6-3, 6-7, 8-6 Port Isabel defeats Zapata 5-16, 9-8, 20-9 Area Championships Rio Hondo defeats Cuero 10-4, 10-9, 6-4 Yoakum defeats La Feria 12-1, 7-6 Sinton defeats Port Isabel 12-1, 7-2 Falfurrias defeats Mathis 2-1, 9-1 Regional Quarterfinals Sinton defeats Rio Hondo 8-3, 4-0 Falfurrias defeats Yoakum 5-4, 3-4, 16-6 Regional Semifinals Falfurrias defeats Medina Valley 11-6, 6-3 Regional Finals Sinton defeats Falfurrias 11-6, 6-3

Class 4A Bi-District Alice defeats Mercedes 3-0, 5-1 CC Calallen defeats Roma 13-0, 19-1 Area Championships South San defeats Mission 2-0

Class 5A

32-3AAA 1. RIO HONDO 2. LA FERIA 3. PORT ISABEL 4. HIDALGO 5. PROGRESO

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14-9 14-5 10-11 7-14 2-14

7-1 5-3 4-4 3-5 1-7

SEASON DISTRICT 32-1A 1. LA VILLA 11-1 5-0 2. BEN BOLT 6-4 4-1 3. BRUNI 7-2 3-2 4. BENAVIDES 3-5 2-3 5. SANTA MARIA 2-7 1-4 6. AGUA DULCE 1-8 0-5

Bi-District L. United defeats Rio Grande City 10-0, 6-4 Weslaco defeats Edinburg North 6-5, 11-1 Harlingen South defeats Los Fresnos 11-1, 7-3 Sharyland defeats Laredo Alexander 12-2, 10-1 La Joya defeats Eagle Pass 11-0. 6-2 Porter defeats Edinburg 3-0 Bro Lopez defeats Harlingen 6-7, 9-6, 5-2 McAllen defeats Laredo Martin 5-0, 14-4 Area Championships Weslaco defeats Laredo United 5-3, 8-6 Har South defeats defeat Sharyland 8-7, 5-8, 5-4 La Joya defeats Porter 2-1, 11-1 McAllen defeats Bro Lopez 2-1, 0-1, 2-1 Regional Quarterfinals Harlingen South defeats Weslaco 2-1, 4-5, 12-3 McAllen defeats La Joya 12-0, 0-4, 9-1 Regional Semifinals Harlingen South defeats Austin Westlake 6-0, 12-1 CC Carroll defeats McAllen HS 4-7, 4-3, 5-1 Regional Finals Harlingen South defeats CC Carroll 7-1, 7-2 State 5A Semifinals Harlingen South defeats Midland Lee 4-2 State 5A Championships Cypress-Fairbanks defeats Harlingen South 6-1

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Class 1A-Div I Bi Districts Shiner defeats Ben Bolt 27-0

Class 1A-DIV II Bi-District La Villa defeats Pettus 33-6 Falls City defeats Bruni 35-6 Area Championships La Villa defeats Sabinal 18-13 Regionals Thorndale defeats La Villa 18-14

Class 2A Div I

DISTRICT BY DISTRICT 2006 FOOTBALL FINAL STANDINGS

30-5AAAAA 1. MCALLEN 2. MCALLEN MEM 3. LA JOYA 4. RIO GRANDE 5. DONNA 6. MCA ROWE 7. SHARYLAND

SEASON DISTRICT

32-5AAAAA 1. LOS FRESNOS 2. WESLACO 3. SAN BENITO 4. BRO LOPEZ 5. BRO PACE 6. BRO PORTER 7. BRO RIVERA 8. BRO HANNA

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8-2 8-2 5-5 7-3 2-8 2-8 3-7

10-0 8-2 7-3 5-5 3-7 1-9 1-9 1-9

5-1 5-1 4-2 3-3 2-4 1-5 1-5

7-0 6-1 5-2 4-3 3-4 1-6 1-6 1-6

SEASON 31-3AAA 6-4 1. ZAPATA 2. RAYMONDVILLE 6-4 4-5 3. LYFORD 2-8 4. FALFURRIAS 0-10 5. SAN DIEGO

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SEASON DISTRICT 31-5AAAAA 10-0 7-0 1. PSJA NORTH 8-2 6-1 2. HAR SOUTH 6-4 5-2 3. HARLINGEN 5-5 4-3 4. PSJA 5-5 3-4 5. ECONOMEDES 2-8 2-5 6. ED NORTH 3-7 1-6 7. EDINBURG 3-7 0-7 8. PMEMORIAL SEASON 32-4AAAA 10-0 1. ED-ELSA 7-3 2. MISSION 6-4 3. MERCEDES 4. MIS VETERANS 4-6 3-7 5. ROMA 3-7 6. WES EAST 7. VALLEY VIEW 0-10

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6-0 5-1 4-2 2-4 2-4 2-4 0-6

Bi-District George West defeats Hebbronville 70-33

2A Div II Area Championships Freer defeats Dilley 27-26 2A Div II Regional Finals Lexington defeats Freer 31-7

Class 2A Div II Bi-District Freer defeats Taft 35-14 Refugio defeats Bishop 58-14

Class 3A Div I Bi-District La Feria defeats Zapata 31-26 Area Championships Ingleside defeats La Feria 31-28

Class 3A Div II Bi-District Port Isabel defeats Lyford 34-6 Rio Hondo defeats Raymondville 37-0 Area Championships Cuero defeats Rio Hondo 21-8 Orange Grove defeats Port Isabel 12-7

Class 4A Div I Bi-District Flour Bluff defeats Mission 35-21

Class 4A Div II Bi -District Ed-Elsa defeats Kingsville High 42-20 CC Calallen defeats Mercedes 27-0 Area Championships Ed-Elsa defeats Calhoun 39-18 Regional Finals Clemens defeats Ed-Elsa 56-14

Class 5A Div I

32-3AAA 1. PORT ISABEL 2. RIO HONDO 3. LA FERIA 4. HIDALGO 5. PROGRESO

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8-2 9-1 7-2 5-5 3-7

4-0 3-1 2-2 1-3 0-4

SEASON DISTRICT 32-1A 1. LA VILLA 11-1 5-0 2. BEN BOLT 6-4 4-1 3. BRUNI 7-2 3-2 4. BENAVIDES 3-5 2-3 5. SANTA MARIA 2-7 1-4 6. AGUA DULCE 1-8 0-5

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Bi-District Los Fresnos defeats PSJA 45-38 La Joya defeats L Alexander 45-29 Weslaco defeats Harlingen 40-37 L United defeats Rio Grande City 48-7 Area Championships L United defeats Weslaco 38-34 Los Fresnos defeats La Joya 55-28 Regional Championships Austin Westlake defeats Los Fresnos 45-19

Class 5A Div II Bi-District Har South defeats San Benito 21-16 McAllen defeats L Cigarroa 45-12 PSJA North defeats Bro Lopez 57-14 McA Memorial defeats L Martin 69-14 Area Championships McA Memorial defeats PSJA North 35-16 Harlingen South defeats McAllen 38-34 Regionals SA McArthur defeats McA Memorial 35-34 San Marcos defeats Har South 27-7


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DISTRICT BY DISTRICT 2006-07 BASKETBALL BOYS FINAL STANDINGS

30-5AAAAA 1. MCA MEM 2. MCALLEN 3. SHARYLAND 4. MCA ROWE 5. LA JOYA 6. RIO GRANDE 7. DONNA

SEASON DISTRICT

32-5AAAAA 1. WESLACO 2. SAN BENITO 3. LOS FRESNOS 4. BRO PORTER 5. BRO LOPEZ 6. BRO HANNA 7. BRO PACE 8. BRO RIVERA

SEASON DISTRICT

19-12 10-2 18-14 9-3 16-14 7-5 12-20 6-6 14-17 6-6 9-20 2-10 8-21 2-10

28-4 22-8 21-9 18-11 19-13 19-14 10-20 7-22

SEASON 31-3AAA 1. RAYMONDVILLE 12-20 13-7 2. SAN DIEGO 6-11 3. ZAPATA 8-18 4. LYFORD 4-12 5. FALFURRIAS

32-2A 1. SANTA ROSA 2. FREER 3. BISHOP 4. PREMONT 5. BANQUETE 6. RIVIERA

14-0 11-3 9-5 8-6 5-9 5-9 3-11 1-13 DISTRICT

8-0 5-3 4-4 2-6 1-7

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16-16 10-3 4-7 4-6 3-7 0-10

8-0 5-1 4-2 3-3 2-4 1-5

SEASON 31-5AAAAA 1. EDINBURG HS 28-5 27-7 2. PSJA NORTH 23-9 3. PSJA 4. HAR SOUTH 21-12 5. HARLINGEN 16-16 8-23 6. ED NORTH 7. ECONOMEDES 7-28 2-28 8. PMEMORIAL

32-4AAAA 1. ED-ELSA 2. M VETERANS 3. ROMA HS 4. WESLACO EA 5. MISSION 6. MERCEDES 7. VALLEY VIEW

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13-1 11-3 10-4 9-5 5-9 4-10 4-10 0-14

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28-5 29-4 19-11 13-17 15-16 11-19 5-23

SEASON 32-3AAA 24-6 1. HIDALGO 12-13 2. RIO HONDO 13-18 3. LA FERIA 4. PORT ISABEL 8-18 4-16 5. PROGRESO

11-1 10-2 7-5 6-6 4-8 3-9 1-11

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8-0 4-4 3-5 3-5 2-6

SEASON DISTRICT 32-1A 5-0 1. LA VILLA 24-2 4-1 2. BEN BOLT 6-4 3-2 3. BRUNI 7-2 2-3 4. BENAVIDES 3-5 5. SANTA MARIA 15-10 1-4 0-5 6. AGUA DULCE 1-8

Class 1A-Div I Area Championships La Villa defeats Louise 77-50 Regional Qtrs La Villa defeats Sabinal 54-52 Regional Semifinals Thorndale defeats La Villa 72-56 Class 1A-DIV II Bi-District San Perlita defeats Nordheim 67-53 San Isidro defeats Runge 60-51 Area Championships Richard Springs defeats San Isidro 56-51 D’Hanis defeats San Perlita 76-48 Class 2A Bi-District Premont defeats Refugio 56-55 Area Championships Santa Rosa defeats Gervin Academy 66-65 SA Cole defeats Premont 65-43 Regional Qtrs SA Cole defeats Santa Rosa 70-56 Class 3A Bi-District San Diego defeats La Feria 52-32 Rio Hondo defeats Zapata 57-48 Area Championships Gonzlaes defeats Rio HOndo 61-45 Cuero defeats Raymondville 52-33 West Oso defeats San Diego 39-32 Aransas defeats Hidalgo 74-51 Class 4A Bi-District Mission Veterans defeats CC Calallen 62-49 Roma defeats Tuloso-Midway 62-53 Area Championships Calhoun defeats Ed-Elsa 71-62 OT Roma defeats CC Moody 67-63 SA Harlandale defeats M Veterans 56-52 OT Regional Qtrs Roma HS defeats Calhoun 52-45 Regional Semifinals New Braunfels Canyon defeats Roma HS 67-37 Class 5A Bi-District L Alexander defeats Mca Rowe 58-52 San Benito defeats PSJA 57-41 Edinburg defeats Bro Porter 92-63 L United defeats McAllen HS L Martin defeats Sharyland 66-53 Weslaco defeats Harlingen So 56-40 PSJA North defeats Los Fresnos 64-60 OT McA Memorial defeats L Nixon 54-50 Area Championships Weslaco defeats L Martin 68-51 McA Mem defeats PSJA North Laredo United defeats Edinburg 63-59 L Alexander defeats San Benito 69-57 Regional Qtrs Weslaco defeats McAllen Memorial 46-32 Regional Semifinals SA Madison defeats Weslaco 68-34

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DISTRICT BY DISTRICT 2006-07 BASKETBALL GIRLS FINAL STANDINGS

SEASON DISTRICT 30-5AAAAA 32-6 12-0 1. MCALLEN 25-9 10-2 2. SHARYLAND 3. MCA MEMORIAL 17-17 7-5 15-22 7-5 4. MCA ROWE 14-18 3-9 5. DONNA 7-23 3-9 6. LA JOYA 0-18 0-12 7. RIO GRA CITY

SEASON DISTRICT 31-5AAAAA 1. HARLINGEN SO 28-7 14-0 25-10 12-2 2. HARLINGEN 3. ECONOMEDES 19-13 8-6 19-16 7-7 4. EDINBURG 20-16 7-7 5. PSJA NORTH 11-21 4-10 6. PSJA 8-24 4-10 7. ED NORTH 2-25 0-14 8. PMEMORIAL

32-5AAAAA 1. BRO HANNA 2. BRO RIVERA 3. WESLACO 4. SAN BENITO 5. LOS FRESNOS 6. BRO PACE 7. BRO PORTER 8. BRO LOPEZ

32-4AAAA 1. WESLACO 2. M. VETERANS 3. MISSION 4. VALLEY VIEW 5. ED-ELSA 6. MERCEDES 7. ROMA HS

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29-3 18-12 18-16 16-13 13-20 13-19 4-26 10-21

14-0 10-4 9-5 8-6 7-7 5-9 2-12 1-13

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26-7 12-0 23-12 10-2 15-13 6-6 12-17 5-7 16-15 4-8 12-17 4-8 12-19 1-11

SEASON DISTRICT 31-3AAA 1. SAN DIEGO HS 21-11 6-2 2. RAYMONDVILLE 14-14 6-2 16-16 6-2 3. ZAPATA 8-17 2-6 4. FALFURRIAS 2-24 0-8 5. LYFORD

32-3AAA 1. HIDALGO 2. LA FERIA 3. PORT ISABEL 4. PROGRESO 5. RIO HONDO

SEASON DISTRICT 32-2A 1. HEBBRONVILLE 7-3 6-0 10-3 5-1 2. FREER 4-7 4-2 3. BISHOP 4-6 3-3 4. PREMONT 3-7 2-4 5. BANQUETE 5-7 10-19 6. SANTA ROSA 0-10 0-6 7. RIVIERA

SEASON DISTRICT 32-1A 1. LA VILLA 18-13 5-0 2. BEN BOLT 6-4 4-1 3. BRUNI 7-2 3-2 4. BENAVIDES 3-5 2-3 5. SANTA MARIA 2-7 1-4 6. AGUA DULCE 1-8 0-5

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29-4 22-11 12-14 9-16 5-20

8-0 6-2 3-5 2-6 1-7

Class 1A-Div I Bi Districts Pettus defeats La Villa 59-39 Area Championships Moulton defeats Ben Bolt 47-25 Class 1A-DIV II Bi-District San Perlita defeats Waelder 76-33 Agua Dulce defeats Nordheim 66-51 Area Championships Comstock defeats San Isidro 45-36 D’Hanis defeats Agua Dulce 59-42 Rochelle defeats San Perlita 52-27 Class 2A Bi-District Skidmore defeats Bishop 76-59 Area Championships Navarro defeats Riviera-Kaufer 73-42 Banquete defeats Natalia 61-43 Regional Qtrs Navarro defeats Banquete 75-31 Class 3A Bi-District La Feria defeats Raymondville 61-48 Port Isabel defeats Zapata 62-60 Area Championships Hidalgo defeats Ingleside 48-34 Cuero defeats San Diego 51-47 Gonzales defeats La Feria 52-44 Regional Qtrs CC West Oso defeats Hidalgo 49-32 Class 4A Bi-District Alice defeats Mission HS 43-23 Tulso-Midway defeats Mis Veterans 69-63 Area Championships Beeville defeats Weslaco East 57-50 Class 5A Div I Bi-District L Alexander defeats McA Memorial 82-56 Bro Hanna defeats Edinburg 69-40 Harlingen defeats Weslaco 64-37 McAllen HS defeats L Cigarroa 72-46 Sharyland defeats L Johnson 48-37 Harlingen South defeats San Benito 40-36 Economedes defeats Bro Rivera 44-41 L Nixon defeats McA Rowe 62-25 Area Championships L Nixon defeats Economedes 47-31 Harlingen South defeats Sharyland 57-46 McAllen HS defeats Harlingen 64-59 L Alexander defeats Bro Hanna 55-50 Regional Qtrs Laredo Alexander defeats McAllen HS 65-63 Laredo Nixon defeats Harlingen South 53-38


LastWORD BY DAVID “TOUCHDOWN DAVE” AMADOR HSSM PUBLISHER

High School Sports in the Rio Grande Valley went to another level of competition by surprising teams from Region IV which is made up of schools from the Laredo, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Austin areas. As the Rio Grande Valley grows in population with new business, this brings in more residents from different parts of the world. This means that more schools are being built and high schools no longer want to exceed the 2,500 capacity level. So instead, more high schools are being constructed to give more students opportunities to compete at all levels offered by the University Interscholastic League (UIL), the governing body of students in Texas. Back in the 1980’s when I was attending Weslaco High School, only the first place team advanced in the state playoffs. There was no Division I or II levels of competition in any classification. It was rare that Weslaco would make any appearances in the state playoffs during my high school days. How times have changed. At the Class 5A level, four teams now advance to the playoffs, while the rest of the lower classes only qualify the top three teams. It now makes things difficult for the media to cover all the playoff teams. Sometimes, demograpically, I find myself attending three games in one night, or even six games in a two-day span. All this, for one great photo. It was gratifying to witness baseball teams from Weslaco, McAllen, and Harlingen South all advance to the third round of the state playoffs, with the South Hawks making it all the way to the state finals. What makes this job worth covering, is watching coaches like Eliseo Pompa of McAllen H.S. shed tears as his Bulldogs lost to Corpus Christi Carroll. A loss, he knew he should have won. But after all his years of being a head coach, he still showed me that he still had the competitive spirit. A spirit that is alive and doing well. I thought for several minutes, wondering how to end this “last word” and realized that the “last word” ends with all these photos that were captured this past season.

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Great Spike. McAllen HS Lindsie Currie gets the ball past Laredo Alexander defenders in the state playoffs. (HSSM Images)

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S T R I K E A P O S E.

Its time to shout. Sharyland celebrates a shot against their opponent. It was smiles like this that captured the 30-5A for the Lady Rattlers. (HSSM Images)


The 2,000 Yard Rushing Season. Junior running back Mishak Rivas of Weslaco led the Panthers to the State 5A Division I playoffs and a second round appearance at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Tx. (HSSM IMages)

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R I V A L R I E S A N D

G R E A T N E S S.

Undefeated Season. The PSJA North Raiders 11-0, captured the city championships with wins over PSJA and PSJA Memorial. They also won the 32-5A title. (HSSM IMages)

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We’re No.1! The McAllen Memorial Mustang football team clinched their first-ever bi-district title in school history. The Mustangs also advanced to the third round after defeating PSJA North in the Class 5A Division I Area Championships. (HSSM IMages)

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V I C T O R I E S A N D

L E G E N D S.

Twenty-Five Seconds! Edinburg Bobcat head coach Robert Vela, who once led the Bobcats football team to the State 5A Semifinals in 1999 was stricken with stomach cancer. Many say he will return and coach in 2007. He also led the Bobcats to State 5A quarterfinals in 1998. (HSSM IMages)

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We Are The Champions! The Los Fresnos Falcons clinched their first Class 5A district title with a win over Weslaco in 2006. The Falcons went also advanced to the third round of the state playoffs. (HSSM IMages)

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P U R O P R I D E.

Puro Coyote! La Joya Coyote senior running back Juan Martinez provided most of the work for the 30-5A team. He led the Coyotes to back-to-back playoff seasons. (HSSM IMages)

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Bird Bowl! The Harlingen South Hawks prevailed with a win over cross-town rival Harlingen. The Hawks also advanced to the State 5A Division II third round of the playoffs. The Cardinals would lose to Weslaco in the Class 5A bi-district championships. (HSSM IMages)

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B O W L S A N D

S E A W A L L S.

Title Lost! Rio Hondo lost the 32-3A district title to Port Isabel. Both teams advanced to the second round of the State 3A playoffs. (HSSM IMages)

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Tough Loss! The San Benito Greyhounds lost to the Weslaco Panthers in a critical 325A battle. With the loss, the Greyhounds finished third. Head coach Mario Pena talks to players after the game. (HSSM IMages)

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Friday Night Lights! The Edcouch-Elsa Yellowjackets continued to stay undefeated in District 32-4A. The winstreak gave the Yellowjackets their third consecutive district title and second straight third round state playoff appearance. (HSSM IMages)

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D E F E N D I N G

C H A M P S.

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Tough Defense! The Edcouch-Elsa Yellowjackets defense made sure that Kingsville High did not advance past the first round of the Class 4A Division II playoffs. (HSSM IMages)

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T O U G H D E F E N S E A N D

Tigers on the Prowl! The Mercedes Tigers made the state playoffs in 2006 for the first time since 1989. The Tigers lost to Calallen in the first round of Class 4A Division II playoffs. (HSSM IMages)

O F F E N S E.


The Perfect Season. Weslaco East finished District 32-4A with a perfect 12-0 season and captured their first ever district title. (HSSM Images)

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M V P S.

HSSM MVP. Brownsville Hanna’s Eileen Pineda led the Valley in scoring with an overall average of 22.0 points per game. Here she guards Weslaco’s Kim Armstrong. Great defensive photo. (HSSM Images)

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Bi-District ChampionsThe Edinburg Economedes Lady Jags won their first ever State 5A Bi-District title in 2007. It took some hard playing throughout the year. (HSSM Images)

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B A L L.

Tough Bear. PSJA’s Ty Gough will now play for TexasState University of San Marcos in 2007-08. (HSSM Images) June 17-August 17, 2007

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Get the Ball. McAllen HS Anthony Wilkerson goes up high for a rebound against La Joya. The Bulldogs made the playoffs for the first time since 1998 with new head coach Roy Swift. (HSSM Images)

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B L O C K.

Blocked. McAllen Memorial’s Lazaro Perez blocks a shot by a PSJA North shooter in the second round of the State 5A playoffs in 2007. (HSSM Images)

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Going for Two. Francisco Rodriguez of Weslaco HS led his team to the State 5A Regional Tournament against San Antonio Madison for the first in school history. (HSSM Images)

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P U R E

B A L A N C E. Great Balance. Lupe Martinez of Brownsville Hanna managed to get over this hurdle and win the 300m event at the Sam Relays. (HSSM Images)

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Up and Over. Chase Riley of Sharyland High School was one of the top Pole Vaulters in the Region. This photo was taken by eighth grader, Alec Amador/ HSSMImages.

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H E I G H T S A N D

L E A P S.

Great Leap. Vanessa Sanchez of Rio Grande City caught HSSM’s eye with her expression and pigtails. (HSSM/Images)

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Head lock. Wrestling in the Rio Grande Valley drew more interest as this sport continues to grow at the high school level. Teams from McAllen HS, Mission Veterans are the few teams who compete. (HSSM IMages)

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G E T T I N G

P I N N E D

B O T H W A Y S.

All Smiles. This wrestler from La Joya H.S. took time to smile as he pinned his opponent at the La Joya Wrestling Invitational. (HSSM IMages)

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Home Run. It was a magical year for Will Mettlach and his McAllen HS Bulldogs.The Bulldogs advanced to the Class 5A Regional Semifinals. (HSSM IMages)

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Coming Home. The Weslaco Panthers reached the Regional Quarterfinals of the State 5A playoffs after defeating Edinburg North in the first round for the first time in school history. (HSSM IMages)

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A L W A Y S N U M B E R O N E. Still Number One. The Edinburg North Cougars baseball team show their pride despite losing to Weslaco in the state playoffs. (HSSM IMages)

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30-5A Champions. The La Joya Coyotes advanced to the State 5A playoffs Regional Quarterfinals with wins over Eagle Pass and Brownsville Porter. (HSSM IMages)

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N O P R E S S U R E.

No Pressure. The Sharyalnd Lady Rattlers softball team listen to head coach Paul Cruz . The Lady Rattlers won the Bi-District title with a win over Laredo United. (HSSM IMages)

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Safe! Safe! Kristy Leal gets tripped up as Clara Navarro of La Joya slides safely back to first in the second round of the state playoffs in Class 5A. (HSSM IMages)

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Y O U

M A K E

T H E

C A L L.

31-5A Champions. PSJA North captured their second straight district title. The Lady Raiders defeated Sharyland in the second round 1-3, 2-1, 9-4 to advance to the third round of the 5A playoffs. (HSSM IMages)

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Great Catch! Harlingen South Lady Hawks finished in second place in District 31-5A with a record of 11-3. The Lady Hawks lost to Weslaco in the first round 8-4, 3-7, 12-11. (HSSM IMages)

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G R E A T C A T C H A N D G R E A T A M A T U E R.

Two-Time Defending Champion! Edinburg North’s Felicia Espericueta captured her second 31-5A district title. The sophomore also qualifed for the U.S. Amatuer Womens Public Links Championships. Last year, as a freshmen, Espericueta made her first State 5A Appearance. (HSSM IMages)

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High School Sports Magazine-June 2007 Issue  

The Year in Pictures. HSSM takes a look back in sports in South Texas. The photos that made a difference.