Two locals hoped to win the title of Last Team Standing for the baseball playoffs, but neither was able to accomplish the feat against rivals called the Bulldogs.

Vela came closest, slugging through a 3-game series with Laredo Alexander before dropping out, while North was manhandled by a solid McAllen High unit, getting outscored 22-1 in a 2-game sweep.

The SaberCats got on top Friday with a Game One victory at P-SJ-A but then Saturday lost a pair. The second match was a heartbreaker, 4-3 in eight innings and in the second game of the twin-bill out in Laredo, the Bulldogs notched a 5-1 result to advance on to play McAllen.

RECORD-SETTING RAMOS LEADS TRACK EXPLOITS AT STATE

The North contingent at Austin did a good job overall, as junior Beth Ramos ran fifth in the 3200 at the state meet. She broke a Valley record with her time of 10:40.81, on the meet’s first day, and then competed in the 1600 the next morning.

Teammates Gaston Cortina (eighth) and Aldo Nava (ninth) wrapped up top 10 finishes in the shot put and 3200, respectively.

Another city kid, Valery Tobias of Edinburg Idea Quest, competed at the state meet on the 3A level, accomplishing fifth in the high jump. Then she turned around and won the gold Saturday in the 800, her second first in that event in as many years. Despite a relative lack of visibility at Idea Quest, Tobias is among the best athletes in the state in her class, one can rest assured of that.

MORE SIGNEES

It was a busy week for the city standouts as several athletes started the move to the next level. One notable was Vianney Sanchez, the outstanding distance runner from EHS, who will now speed forward for Arkansas-Little Rock. Vela wrestler Alexis Altamira is going to be competing on the mats at Lindenwood in the fall, and classmate Brandon Aquino, a baseball catcher, signed earlier in the term to go to Phillips College in the Panhandle.