It was a clear but muggy morning, perfect for a good hard sweat at the Edinburg High Invitational cross country meet. Saturday the Vela boys finished fourth overall with the Bobcats seventh, while the girls from Econ (seventh) and EHS (ninth) also came home in the top 10, team-wise.

Mario Salas, Vela sophomore, nearly won the race, coming second in a breakneck finish at 16:13.5, with teammate Jeremy Nino fourth at 16:30.6. Other top runners included EHS’s Juan Garcia in fifth and SaberCat Ramsey Moreno eighth. The girls’ group was paced by Econ veteran Dayan Lozano (third at 20:11.5), though she was the only city kid in the top group.



North enjoyed a successful volleyball weekend at Sharyland, advancing to the silver bracket finals before losing to Donna. The Lady Cougars (14-9) had put together four straight-set wins in a row before the final. Vela (13-9) had a solid showing save for twin losses to McAllen, while Econ (5-15) claimed victories against Mercedes and Palmview at the Sharyland event. The Lady Jags went down in the first set but rebounded to take the Lady Lobos out, 25-16 and 17-15.



The football season arrives this week, with all city squads in action, starting with Vela hosting Laredo United plus Econ at P-SJ-A Southwest Thursday. Friday has EHS at home against Harlingen South followed by North hosting Mercedes Saturday at 4 p.m. Of the Week One matchups, Vela-United should be the signature ball game, as the Longhorns are a perennial power with fine team speed. Mercedes has been a 5A regular in the playoffs for the last decade or more, while Harlingen South is looking to rebound from a few sub-par seasons. Southwest, a district for the city teams a year ago, has moved down to 5A, and the Jags should be a solid bet to compete for the W.