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June 7, 2013

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Scholarship Signings

Veterans Memorial High School senior Keilah Garcia signed her four-year scholarship for Track and Field Throws with the University of Texas at San Antonio on May 16. Garcia signed with the support of her father Chris Floodine, mother Connie Floodine and sister Kendra Garcia. Coaches in attendance were Kathy Howell, Simon Mendoza and MCISD Athletic Director David Gilpin.

Sharyland High School Athletes Sign Five Sharyland High School seniors signed letters of intent last week. Wrestler Karlo Hinojosa signed with Lindenwood University in Illinois. Soccer player Miriam Garza signed with Wiley College in Marshall. Maegan Hidrogo, soccer, signed with Texas Lutheran University in Seguin. Cross-country and track star Savannah Antley signed with the University of Texas-Pan American. Melissa Peña, track and pole-vaulter, signed with Texas Southern University in Houston. Pictured left to right are Hinojosa, Hidrogo, Antley, Garza and Peña.

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games when the teams could be here,” added Chapa. “We started playing on Saturdays but it became easier to play on Sundays so we switched to Sundays.” In order to follow University Interscholastic League (UIL) rules, each team had to be coached by someone other than their school coach. In the case of the Lady Patriots team #2, they were coached by Lety Ibarra who is the sister of Lady Patriots’ head coach Diana Lerma and the mother of incoming freshman Darian

Patriots spring into football with Blue/White game By Luciano Guerra It was Friday night football minus the lights at Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) last Friday as the Patriots football team took the field for its annual Blue vs White spring football game. Patriots’ head football coach David Gilpin split his team and his staff in half as the blue team lined up across from the white team in front of an enthusiastic and surprisingly sizeable crowd of spectators at the VMHS practice field. Spring football is not something that all high school football programs across the Lone Star State participate in. That’s because the University Interscholastic League (UIL) gives each school a choice between participating in spring ball or getting a jump start in the fall. “The UIL gives us the option of having 18 practices in the spring and starting a week later than everybody else in the fall or not having spring ball and starting a week earlier,” explained Gilpin. “Since I’ve been the Patriots head coach I’ve chosen to conduct spring ball. That extra week in the fall doesn’t mean anything to me because we’ve got a week, then we’ve got another week and we get into our scrimmage, then we get into our non-district schedule and then we have our bye week. That means that we have about six weeks before we get into our district schedule; so to me come October and November, that extra week becomes a hindrance in from pg. 6

Ibarra. Coach Ibarra explained why it was VMHS team #2 that won the tournament and not team #1. “Our other team was named team #1 because they joined the league from the very beginning. Team #2, which is made up of the Lady Patriots starters, could not join until after two weeks had passed because they were involved in other tournaments as a club team,” said Ibarra. The importance of spring and summer leagues, such as the one hosted by the Mission

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Parks and Recreation Department, is something that Ibarra considers to be invaluable in helping the girls remain at top form year round. “We need to keep the girls focused,” shared Ibarra. “The more touches, the more reps, the more game experience they get it just betters their overall game all the way around. For information on the City of Mission Parks and Recreations Department’s upcoming summer leagues and programs, contact Jorge Chapa at 5228745.

A VMHS player holds nothing back as he dives into the endzone for a touchdown. Progress Times photo by Luciano Guerra

my opinion. “It’s just another week of physical wear and tear, of mental wear and tear on the kids and on the coaches and just another week of body and mind and soul getting worn out; that’s my belief,” added Gilpin. “Plus we need to see what these boys can do because some of them put the pads on and they drop off a little bit while others put the pads on and they play at a higher level.” Based on what Gilpin saw during the Patriots’ three weeks of spring ball this year, VMHS has more kids that fit into the latter category than the former. “We’ve found some surprises this spring on guys that we thought were going to be OK turned out to be pretty dad gum good. So this spring has really panned out well for us,“ shared Gilpin. The Patriots’ head coach realizes that not all his colleagues agree with his way of thinking but that’s not any-

thing he’s at all concerned about. “Everybody’s got their own philosophy and that’s mine,” said Gilpin. “When the others start practicing on August fifth we’ll still be in coaches meetings and we’ll still be lifting and doing all those things but that’s fine.” As for his team’s performance on the field last Friday, it may not have been up to the typically high standards of a David Gilpin coached team. But the objective of the game was evaluation of players, which was why Gilpin and his staff decided to divide the talent up equally between both teams. “Our blue/white game was a little different this year,” explained Gilpin. “If we had gone with our first offense against our first defense then we would’ve looked better. Our first offense would’ve been more polished and our first defense would’ve been more polished. Instead my coaches and I got together at

my house a week ago last Friday evening and we held a draft. We drafted players for each team position by position until all of our kids were split right down the middle.” On the scoreboard the blue team defeated the white team 21-14 last Friday night but as the players huddled together at the completion of the game and listened to their head coach’s words of encouragement, the two teams came together as one and it no longer mattered what color jersey each was wearing because they were all simply Patriots once again.

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