It was a battle, with the Lady Bobcats leading by as many as nine in the first half Friday night in Corpus. But the area playoff game ended with a 5-point deficit against Laredo United, leaving EHS 31-9 for the season.
Coach J.D. Salinas loses stars Mercedes Hernandez and Jayla Santa Maria to graduation soon, but the Lady ‘Cats will have five of the top seven kids back in action including Jenessah Santa Maria for her senior campaign.
Vela also went down last week, in bi-district at San Benito, finishing 25-13 for 2017-18. Lottie Zarate’s Lady Sabes say goodbye to long-time leader Bianca Cortez but most of the supporting cast returns for another go next season.
QUARTET OF SABERCATS HEADING ONWARD
One can count on a consistent flurry of activity from Vela, regarding signings. The program has celebrated four in recent weeks, from volleyball pounder Jackie Calvillo to football standout Julio Cuello, with two baseball pacts thrown in for good measure.
Calvillo agreed to attend Cisco College and continue her volley exploits, after a fine senior season in which she scored in bunches at times and helped the Lady Sabes to another winning campaign. Cuello will be a Lamar Cardinal in the fall, following his terrific senior season in which his pass blocking skill at right tackle was a huge part of the team’s 12-1 football record.
While the Vela baseball team is just cranking up this spring, two teammates, Adam Alviso and Joey Recio, are making plans for the future. The former signed with Northeast Texas Community College, the latter with Hill College in Central Texas.
On the track Saturday, the SaberCat boys turned in a fourth-place finish at the Sams Relays in Brownsville. Seniors Nick Enriquez and Brandon Guzman have been mulling their college offers right now, and Guzman is expected to sign with McPherson College in Kansas, joining his older brother Orly, who plays football for the school.
BASEBALL SET TO BEGIN
After a series of scrimmages, city horsehide crews start the regular schedule Tuesday, with North at Harlingen South, EHS in Corpus against CC Vets. Vela travels to the Border Olympics in Laredo later in the week along with EHS and North, with Econ working at the PI/Los Fresnos event to commence.
The city loses a number of stars from each squad, but plenty of prospects and veterans return to the mix, after three of four clubs made the postseason in 2017. Vela was ranked No. 3 in the preseason Valley-wide poll.
TRACK JAGS SOLID AT DONNA
Econ performed admirably at the Indian Nation Relays Saturday with Britney Cantu winning the shot put and finishing second in the discus. Teammate Pete Segura took home gold in the high and long jump with Gustavo Vazquez sweeping to first in the triple jump. EHS thrower Jorge Ayala won the discus event and came runner-up in the shot, while Bobcat Erik Cano was second in the 200. Team-wise, the Jags clinched gold in the 4x400 relay at Donna.
STATE WRESTLING REPORT
A dozen city kids placed within the top six of their weight division at the state wrestling championships in Austin last weekend. Top finishers included Hannah Martinez of North, second at 148 and Ramon Lopez of EHS, third at 138.