Three city football teams went through drills this spring, with Econ being the exception. Now the summer arrives, with 7-on-7 and weight room duties, in anticipation for the 2018 high school season.
The Jags missed the playoffs last year and will start the climb back into contention Aug. 30 against P-SJ-A Southwest, followed by games against CC Moody, Laredo LBJ, and Roma before 31-6A play begins Sept. 27 against Weslaco.
North, with a coaching reboot, begins with Mercedes Sept. 1 and takes on McAllen, Rowe, and Edcouch-Elsa in preps for the league starter, Sept. 28 versus Vela.
The SaberCats, defending 31-6A champs, have Laredo United Aug. 30, continuing with Hanna, Memorial, and Los Fresnos; the league starter, as stated, is against the Coogs.
Finally, EHS, coming off back-to-back playoff trips, kicks off 2018 against Harlingen South Aug. 31, and has bouts with Rivera, Juarez-Lincoln, and Mercedes before teeing it up with Weslaco East Oct. 4.
GALVAN OFF FOR STATE ALL-STAR BASBEALL GAME JUNE 16
After a stellar senior season with Vela, Aaron Galvan received a significant honor last week when he was selected to play in the Texas High School Coaches Association all-star game, June 16 in Round Rock.
Galvan, signed with UTRGV, will be at the Dell Diamond in Central Texas with the South team, for a prestigious game featuring the best of the best statewide. He drove in 37 runs this year and won six times on the mound in helping lead the SaberCats to the regional quarterfinals for the first time ever. He is the first Vela player to make the state game.
GOLF GREATS RECOGNIZED
Three local linksters achieved the heights in golf recently, with a place on the RGV Golf Coaches Association All-Valley team. Ethan Galvan of Vela and Malachi Esparza of North were second team boys’ picks while Beatriz Chavez of EHS made the third girls’ group.
Their athletic exploits were outstanding but for a handful of city competitors, the icing on the cake came at semester’s end, the news coming from the classroom. Great runner Beth Ramos of North was named the salutatorian of her school while Karina Alfaro, cheerleader and track athlete, copped MVP honors in academics, as the valedictorian of EHS.
Jesus Cantu, EHS’s four-year stud in hoops, was a top 10 graduate, along with soccer star Cecelia Oros, part of North’s district champ on the pitch. Classmate Tilly Villarreal, of basketball fame, was a top 5 student as well.
SABES SIGNINGS CONTINUE
A banner crop of athletes heading to the next level got more fecund last week, as four Vela kids inked pacts to play in college.
Rugged Sam Valenzuela is off to join the Guzman Clan at McPherson in Kansas, while softball slugger Audrey Guerra – so instrumental in the program’s rise to the Sweet 16 – will play at Texas Southern along with teammate “Monie” Reyes. Off Hernan Figueroa’s track squad, Christopher Hill and Jacob Rodriguez will represent at Incarnate Word in San Antonio, in the fall.