Though technically a smidge off the pace with a loss to P-SJ-A Memorial, EHS is tied in the standings with the Lady Wolverines at 4-1 heading into the next week of action.

The Lady Bobcats defeated North Saturday in straight sets, but each was highly competitive with wins by 2, 2, and 3 points. The Lady ‘Cats moved on to oppose 3-2 P-SJ-A Southwest Tuesday while North (3-2) faced a tough road against Memorial (4-1).

While the old rivals squared off Saturday, the Lady SaberCats of Vela got a home victory against Pharr North, following a huge win versus memorial to give the team momentum for Tuesday’s road test at 2-3 P-SJ-A.

In other volleyball news, former North standout Victoria Rogers is having a fine senior (!) season at McAllen High, though her Lady Bulldogs lost over the weekend against Rowe in a battle for first place in District 30-6A. Rogers, who poured in 24 kills despite the setback, has filled out well since her time at North, and has become a key factor in the McHigh net machine.

Word is she has her heart set on attending UCLA and focusing on academics, and says here that anything the ex St. Joseph legend wants, we all hope she is able to attain.

 

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With the beginning of action in a district featuring two cities (or areas technically), Edinburg schools will keep an eye on the Tri Cities for the next two months, and play a number of games over at P-SJ-A Stadium.

As 31-6A starts, the Bears of P-SJ-A are far and away the most impressive unit in the area, with a 3-0 start heading into this week’s clash with Southwest (0-3) Friday. The Bears have scored 122 points in beating Donna North, Harlingen South, and Brownsville Rivera, though admittedly none of those three was a playoff team a year ago. Southwest has managed just two TDs in three losses, surrendering 122 points.

The other Pharr matchup has Memorial against Pharr North Thursday, and both are winless so far in 2017. The Wolverines were obliterated by Brownsville Lopez last time out, 61-7, played McAllen well enough before falling (35-21), and began the season with a 34-7 setback versus a solid Juarez-Lincoln outfit. Meanwhile the Raiders have been disappointing with negative results against Mission, Donna, and La Joya. The thing is, each loss was narrow, by a total of 15 points in fact, meaning that one suspects the Raiders line up as the No. 2 squad in the area.

Looking ahead: after Rivalry Week, one local travels to P-SJ-A Stadium Thursday (North against Southwest) while EHS takes on Vela Friday and Econ is at home Thursday versus Memorial.