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Pirates blowout Crystal City in final district game, head to playoffs

Jordan Ramirez, 4, was three for 92 with three touchdowns at the football game against Crystal City on Nov.8. Ramirez heads down the field just before half time. The Pirates defeated the Javelinas 20-58 and were named District Champions for 3A-29. (Photo by Luz Moreno-Lozano) Giving the younger guys a chance to play and get a feel for the field as varsity, the Pirates put in their freshman and sophomores for the last quarter. The Javelinas were able to get in one more touchdown and complete a two-point conversion still down 20-58 with six minutes left in the game. The game ended 20-58 with the Pirates as District Champions and an undefeated district record, complete with trophy ceremony at the end of the night. “I’m ready to move on,” Head Coach and Boys Athletic Director Dan Gomez said. “I am very proud of all the boys and the coaching staff.” The Pirates will take on Sinton High School in the Bi-district playoffs on Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lytle Home field. The Sinton Pirates hold an 8-2 season record and a 4-1, 3A-30 district record.

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Pirates grabbed the extra point, still leading the board 12-51. The Pirates defense anchored down again, holding the Javelinas to two possessions. Armando Martinez scored a touchdown as well with 28 seconds remaining in the third. The extra pointwas good and the Pirates were up 12-58.

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They were able to complete the two-point conversion increasing the score 0-24. Ramirez scored his third touchdown on a 75-yard punt return just before the end of the first half. They extra point was no good and left the Pirates down a point 0-30. The Pirates defense anchored down and were able to shut out the Javelinas until Crystal City scored its first touchdown of the night with 49 second remaining the half. They were unsuccessful at the two-point conversion leaving the score 6-30. Running the last drive of the first half, Montgomery scored a touchdown and with the extra point headed to the locker room ahead 6-37. “What we wanted to do is come out fine tuned and we did that in the first half,” said Defensive Coordinator Manny Martinez. “We got our young players some experience and a chance to play in the lights in the second half.” Fired up, both teams took the field for the second half. Medrano scored his second touchdown of the night at 8:54 in the third. The extra point was good and put the score at 6-44. The Javelinas were able to run in another touchdown with about eight minutes left in third. They were short the extra point trailing, 12-44. Medrano scored his final touchdown of the night at 3:32 in the third. The

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Luz Moreno-Lozano Staff Writer Claiming the district title last week, the Lytle High School football team completed its district games with a win against the Crystal City Javelinas. The Pirates defeated the Javelinas 20-58 with an undefeated district record, 5-0 and a season record of 7-3. The Lytle offense put up an unstoppable 490 yards to the Crystal City 196 offensive yards. The Pirates totaled 25 first downs while Crystal City totaled 13 first downs. Bryan Bippert threw 11 for 18 for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Nathan Medrano was leading rusher with 120 yards, two touchdowns and one reception. Ronald Montgomery ran seven for 127 yards with one touchdown and Jordan Ramirez was three for 92 with three touchdowns. The Pirates started off the game strong with the first touchdown at 10:56 by Ramirez and a successful two-point conversion leading the board 0-8. Ramirez scored again at 9:37 in the first quarter and completing the two-point conversion still controlling the board 0-16. At the end of the first quarter, the game was still within two possessions. In the second quarter, Medrano ran in his first touchdown of the night with 7:32 left in the half.

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Chaz Graham, 80, tackles a Crystal City Javelina as he heads for the end zone in the second quarter. The Pirate defense was able to limit the Javelinas to 196 offensive yards. (Photo by Luz Moreno-Lozano)

Pirates fall to Panthers in season opener Luz Moreno-Lozano Staff Writer Kicking off the season at Medina Valley High School, the Lytle varsity girl’s basketball team lost its first game 54-37, two players down. The Lady Pirates started off slow with only nine points in the first half to the Lady Panthers’ 36 points. The second half, the Pirates showed up with 28 points to Medina Valley’s 18 points. Medina Valley came out strong leading the scoreboard 15-0. The first point for the Lady Pirates came alive at the end of the first quarter when Alexis Inocencio was given two free throw shots and only scored one. Medina Valley scored one more basket ending the first quarter 17-1. Medina Valley put up the first two points in the second quarter leading the board 19-1. Andrea Gregg was fouled and given two free throws. She was able to make one increasing the score 19-2. The Panthers scored the next basket with a three pointer, 22-2 with 5:30 in the first half. The Lady Panthers then fouled Ashlynn Sevier and put one more point on the board

after she was given two free throws. But, the Lady Panthers put up another five points before the Lady Pirates scored another free throw. Clarissa Rios was fouled and gained one more point. Six more points came from Medina Valley still leading the board 33-4. Inocencio scored the first two-point basket, increasing the board 33-6. Medina Valley answered back with a three pointer. Rios put in one more basket just before the buzzer with a score at half time bringing the score to 36-9. The Lady Pirates returned to the second half with a strong defense in mind. Sommer Ramirez scored her first basket for the Pirates after the Panthers two point gain. Another basket came from the Pirates a few seconds later put the score at 38-13. Medina Valley put up two more baskets when Gregg scored a two point basket. Emily Guerrero put in her first two points in free throw shots with just over three minutes in the third quarter. Kendra Rainey scored the next two points. A foul sent her to the line with a clear shot in the net. The Lady Panthers put in two points

and Rainey again scored a basket. Guerrero helped her team with another basket, but Medina Valley claimed the last basket in the third, leaving the score at 49-24. Gregg claimed the first point in the final quarter with a foul. Rainey was also fouled and made both baskets. The Lady Panthers scored a two-point basket. Gregg was fouled again and scores both free throws. The Lady Pirates fouled the Panthers who gained one point off the free throw. Guerrero took a shot from outside and scored, the score now 52-32. Gregg put another basket on the scoreboard. Medina Valley answered back 54-34. Guerrero was fouled driving to the basket and made one point. Inocencio closed the game with the last basket leaving the score 54-37. “I am so disappointed. It’s not what I expected,” said Head Coach and Girls Athletic Director Lori Wilson. “We have so much focusing to do to figure out each play.” The Lady Pirates will play Marion High School on Nov. 15 in Marion at 6:30 p.m. and then hit the road again to Randolph to take on Randolph High School on Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

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Pirates come home with gold from state Luz Moreno-Lozano Staff Writer Returning to the Cross Country State Meet, the boys varsity cross country team and first time State Qualifier, Natalie Cortez, hit the road to Round Rock to compete with runners from all over the state. The boys took the district title in Hondo on Oct. 19 as well as Jethro Stokes’ individual district title. The boys qualified to move on to the Regional meet and claimed second in San Antonio on Nov. 2. The team went on to the State meet this past weekend on Nov. 9 to claim its first State Champion title as they edged Alvarado on a tiebreaker and overcame another slow start with 105 points. The boys were picked to finish ninth out of 12 teams, but proved worthy with a first place finish. Stokes led his team with an eighth place finish, Elijah Marquez came in at 21st place, Alex Herrera was 31st, Landon Vasquez at 33rd place, Jacob Ivie at 57th place, Gabino Olalde was 63rd to cross and Jimmy Angeles finished 96th out of 101 runners. “All year they were never ranked higher than eighth in the state and only won two meets this year, one of them being the district meet,” said Head Coach Gilbert Ruiz. “But if there is one meet to win, the state meet should be the one. They finally put it all together and surprised everyone except ourselves.” As the only girl to ever qualify for state, Cortez was able to medal and named All-State for her efforts. Cortez set a personal best 11:53.70 to take a sixth place finish and besting everyone from the region in the process. Last week she placed third at the regional meet. According to Ruiz, she put herself in medal contention early, as she was 10th after the first mile in the two-mile race. She used her strength to move up four spots

and was close to second at the end. Second through sixth were separated by a mere three seconds. She was also able to overtake Josie Guzman from Devine, who beat Cortez at the regional and district meets this year. Stokes was also named AllState with 16:42.08 and bested everyone in the region. The 3A State Champions for the past eight years have been from the Dallas area. This marked the third time in the last five years that the Lytle boys cross country team has qualified for state and all three times, they have come home with a medal. Over the last three state attempts, the boys have worked to move from third in 2009, to second in 2012 and are now the State Champions of 2013. “It is a great weekend when all eight Lytle runners get to come home with a state medal and have their best performance ever and it comes at the state meet,” Ruiz said.

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