HARLINGEN - The buzz was that it has been a tremendous year at EHS, perhaps the best the school has enjoyed in its long history. And last week, the Bobcats received feedback that it had indeed been one for the ages.
At the fourth annual All-Sports Awards ceremony Tuesday at MMA, EHS won the prize for Program of the Year in voting by the Freedom Communications media group.
“We had a feeling we might win it, but we were still a little worried because you never know,” said AD and football coach Joey Caceres over the weekend. “I think the fact that we had so many teams go so deep in the playoffs had something to do with it. We’re really excited about the award, and it was just a super year all around for us.”
With Sweet 16 teams in basketball (girls and boys), football and softball, plus a state qualifier in golf, the Bobcats were winners in just about everything for the 2010-2011 campaign.
City athletic director Joe Filoteo praised the work of the EHS coaches and players, saying that the award fulfilled a goal the city has been striving toward.
“We want all our schools to excel in all sports, not just a few,” said the former Bobcat basketball coach. “This award is an indication that they are doing just that. I think EHS was a deserving winner.”
In the first two weeks of the summer volleyball season, North is looking strongest of the three city outfits, as the Lady Coogs recovered from a slow start against Roma Wednesday to defeat the Lady Gladiators in three games.
The club has got most of the girls back who went to the playoffs last year, with the major graduation loss being middle blocker Christy Brandt. Other than that, they’ve got some size, some leapers, and super libero Vanessa Salazar.
Senior-to-be Jessica Martinez, who can play middle or outside, said that though the team had trouble getting going, it was able to turn things around versus Roma and stay undefeated.
“We had some communication issues early,” said the springy veteran. “But this is going to be a good team again. I think we have a chance to win district.”
A Bobcat legend was honored Saturday down in Brownsville, as Bob Brumley was inducted into the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame. Brumley was an EHS star in the 1930s in three sports and went on to a great college football career at Rice and Oklahoma, making All-Conference twice. He had a brief stint in the NFL with the Detroit Lions in 1945, making him the first local kid to ascend to the pro ranks.
Another inductee with Edinburg ties was Donald Guillot, the Port Isabel native who set the NCAA stolen base record that still stands, 107 in 1987. He is the holder of four different Pan Am Bronc baseball records.
The Edinburg Roadrunners discovered their power stroke last week, but lost to handle on the pitching mound, leading to a 2-3 week against McAllen and San Angelo.
The ‘Runners (9-15 heading into a homestand starting Tuesday against McAllen), lost the last game of a series versus the Thunder Monday, and then split four at San Angelo with the Colts.
After having just eight home runs through the first 20 games, Edinburg hit nine in four games on the road, but surrendered 46 runs during that stretch. Friday and Saturday UTPA exes Aaron Guerra and Scott Wingo were bombed out early as surging San Angelo scored 16-4 and 19-7 victories.
In the first game of the series, infielder C.J. Beatty had homered twice in a 6-4 victory, while the next night Ozzie Flores keyed the 10-7 triumph with a long shot; Flores went deep three times last week and appears to be coming out of a prolonger slump at the plate.
2011 ALL-VALLEY SOFTBALL TEAM
FIRST: Sam Arciba, EHS; Annie Badillo, North; Victoria Cardenas, North; Torie de Leon, EHS; Leanne Hinojosa, EHS
SECOND: Myranda Hinojosa, EHS; Brittany Davila, EHS; Anissa Gonzalez, EHS; Claire Garcia, North; Cynthia Granado, North
2011 31-5A ALL-DISTRICT TEAM
Coach of the Year: Jesse Banda
Defensive Player of the Year: Granado, North
Utility Player of the Year: L. Hinojosa, EHS
Designated Player of the Year: Lauren Salaiz, North
Pitcher: Arciba, EHS; Badillo, North
Catcher: Cardenas, North
First base: Davila, EHS
Second base: Gonzalez, EHS
Shortstop: Garcia, North
Third base: DeLeon, EHS
Pitcher: M. Hinojosa, EHS
Outfield: Desriee Dominguez, North
HONORABLE MENTION: P Kayla Silva, Econ; C Cassandra Garcia, EHS; 2B Vanessa Salazar, North; 2B Leah Lopez, Econ; 3B Rachel Rodriguez, Econ; 3B Sam Cantu, North; SS Z Borrego, EHS; OF: Kassy Rodriguez, EHS; OF Melina Sanchez, North; OF Bobbie Medrano, Econ; OF Ana Delgado, EHS; OF Audrey Trevino, North