Two city girls’ soccer teams were ranked in the Valley’s Top 10 as the first half of play in District 31-5A came to a close. North was No. 8 with EHS No. 9 in the latest poll.
The Lady Coogs ended the first half with a comeback win on the road against EHS, as Gisela Ledezma scored the equalizer in the second half and North went on to win on shootout mode. The two blemishes on the record for the first half came against Harlingen (4-0) and Harlingen South (4-0).
EHS had begun the district season with five straight wins before losing to South and Edinburg North. The Lady Bobcats looked strong in the first half versus the Lady Coogs, with Andrea Solis bouncing in a long goal of a free kick; they pressed all half long with Alyssa Perez racing downfield to attack, but missed a number of tries in the second half that could have won the game.
The group rebounded Friday with an easy 4-1 win over P-SJ-A Memoral with Barb Paez scoring twice.
Meanwhile, Econ is hanging tough thanks to a three-game winning streak after beating Harlingen, P-SJ-A and P-SJ-A Memorial before Friday’s action against Pharr North.
On the boys’ side, North finished the first half 5-2 with defeats against city rivals Econ and EHS. All three locals look good for a playoff run, with the Bobcats (4-3) ands Jags (5-2) right there with North. Econ scored seven times Tuesday in trouncing P-SJ-A Memorial as Roberto Soto for three goals and Abel Farias two.
Econ came in No. 6 in the Valley midseason Top 10 with North at No. 9.
North scored a victory Saturday in softball with a 1-0, 11-inning win against McAllen High. Senior pitcher Iliana Hinojosa hurled a 1-hitter and struck out a career-high 16 batters for the Lady Coogs.
The Cougar football team received a mention in Dave Campbell’s Texas Football recently. The winter edition named North as the Class 5A Breakout Team of the Year for its three-deep run into the playoffs, the program’s best season since its inception in 1991.