It was a big weekend for the Lady Bobcats, as the track team finished second at the Lady Warrior Relays hosted by McAllen Rowe, and the softball girls were runners-up at the La Joya Tournament.
Veronica Tabb paced the field in the 100 and 200 Friday to help the EHS thinclads tie for second with McAllen behind first-place Sharyland.
Coach Jesse Banda’s softballers lost to Harlingen South, 3-0 in the final, after having dispatched host La Joya, 6-2 to reach the title tilt.
The baseball Bobcats were also over in La Joya, battling to the finals of the La Joya Tournament before running into an old friend. North, which had defeated the host Coyotes 6-5 in the semis Saturday while EHS was nipping Brownsville Hanna, took out its city rival, 5-4 with a late rally, in an all-Edinburg final.
North got a two-run single from Rick Fuerte in the sixth to eke out a 5-4 win. Erick Casillas and Luis Del Rio of North made the All-Tourney team along with Bubba Anthony of EHS; both teams are 8-2 and off to a good start early as District 31-5A play was set to kick off Tuesday.
The Econ softball team had a productive trip south, as the Lady Jags reeled off three straight wins at the BISD Tourney in Brownsville before expiring in the consolation championship game, 5-0 to Eagle Pass. Econ has already won as many games in pre-district play as it did all of last year, and the future looks brighter for the Orange.
UTPA HEADLINES: SCHU’S OUT
The big news over at The University of Texas-Pan American was the firing of men’s basketball coach Tom Schuberth after three seasons. The Broncs went just 10-17 this season after an 18-win campaign and the popular Schuberth was not rehired after his contract expired last week.
Meanwhile, the Lady Broncs had a chance to set a program record for wins in a season but dropped their final game of the National Independent Tournament in Orem, Utah, to New Jersey Institute of Technology. UTPA will have to settle for tying the mark of 14 victories set four seasons back, after losing 49-45 Saturday.
On the campus bright side, the Bronc baseball team finally got its first win of the year, after 11 straight losses, beating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on the road Sunday. Sophomore infielder Andrew Perez (Corpus Christi Moody) had three hits, as did Iradier Hernandez of Sharyland.
Perez and McAllen Memorial ex Abe Garcia are each batting .357 through the first 12 games. Under new coach Manny Mantrana, the Broncs have hit just .246 as a team and given up 100 runs in a dozen matches, with a 7.71 team ERA, but Sunday’s 9-3 victory was a step in the right direction. After Tuesday’s doubleheader back up at Corpus, UTPA is next in action at the Notre Dame Tournament, to be played in San Antonio March 13-15.
BOXING: Local fighter Raul “El Tigre” Casarez scored an eighth-round TKO over Vance Garvey Friday night at the Casa de Amistad in Harlingen, to run his career boxing record to 14-2 (7).
Fighting in the main event of the Julio Marines Productions card “Friday Nigh Challenge,” the Edinburg native battered his foe into submission at 1:36 of the eighth round in front of 1,500 spectators. He won the Texas Title belt for his efforts.
LADY WARRIOR RELAYS
Team Results: 1. Sharyland 207; 2. EHS 74; 9. ECON 19
High jump: 4. Any Avila, EHS 4-8;
Pole Vault: 2. Angelica Cantu, EHS 9-6
Long Jump: 1. Shayvon Hernandez, Econ 16-0; 4. Robin Galloso, EHS 15-2; 5. Stephanie Vasquez, EHS 15-1
Triple Jump: 6. Hernandez, Econ 32-3
Discus: 6. Leslie Gracia, EHS 93-5
Shot Put: 4. Gracia, EHS 34-9
3200 Run: 2. Hilda Galloso, EHS 12:27.61; 6. Karla Moreno, Econ 13:15.0
400 Relay: Econ 55.06
100 Hurdles: 4. Jessica Saenz, Econ
100: 1. Veronica Tabb, EHS 12.39; 6. Hernandez, Econ 13.51
800 Relay: 2. EHS 1.53:61
300 Hurdles: 4. Dani Vela, EHS 53.31
200: 1. Tabb, EHS 27.14
1600: 4. H. Galloso, EHS 5.43:03