As the girls got ready for the basketball playoffs this week, the boys were about to follow suit; the only thing unsure was the list of opponents.
EHS went against Weslaco Monday night in Pharr while North had a home game Tuesday against Brownsville Lopez. The Lady ‘Cats limped into the playoffs on a 2-game losing streak and without two starters, while the Lady Coogs were on a roll after seven consecutive wins including a 2-pointer over EHS.
Meanwhile, the Jags of Econ will make their return to the postseason thanks to an overtime win at Pharr North Friday. Lalo Rios’ club (16-13) clinched the fourth and final spot from District 31-5A as John Barrientos led the way with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Diaz made some key plays in the late-going as the Jags made the dance for the first time since 2004.
The only suspense in EHS’s fine season was whether the Bobcats would conclude their second unbeaten league slate in four years. They would have to beat Harlingen Tuesday to be 14-0, and have already salted away league title No. 5 in a row.
Econ will get Brownsville Hanna in bi-district with EHS slated to play either San Benito or Brownsville Pace.
NOTES: For complete coverage of last week’s battled featuring EHS and North, access the Review’s Web site. The site also has an in-depth look at Econ’s playoff-clinching win against the Raiders.
The big soccer story coming out of the weekend was Tuesday’s pending girls’ grudge match between perennial rivals North and EHS.
The Lady Bobcats suffered their first district loss Friday, 3-0 to Harlingen South while the Lady Coogs (4-2) upended P-SJ-A Memorial on another goal from hot-shooting Viri Torres. North came into Tuesday’s game tied for third with Harlingen, with EHS (5-1) second behind South.
With four goals from Dulce Torres last week, Econ (3-3) is right in the race, having beaten Harlingen in a shootout and P-SJ-A in overtime.
The North boys continue to play well, rising to 5-1 with wins over Harlingen South and P-SJ-A Memorial last week. Josue Morales and super soph Alex Gutierrez each scored twice against the Wolverines Friday.
Coach Joe Gaspar’s club was set to take on EHS (3-3) Tuesday, after the Bobcats scored a pair of wins last week. That game has early-season significance in the standings with North tied for the top spot with P-SJ-A.
It was a bad week for the Jags over at Econ as they dropped games to Harlingen and P-SJ-A; after a 4-0 start that unit is now 4-2.