The Econ girls took home the championship at the 31-6A cross country meet Saturday at Donna North as Dayan Lozano came third and Dianette Garcia and Francisca Alvarado also had strong top 10 runs. EHS had a fine showing from Mel Marroquin, who was third, while the North girls took spots nine and 10.

Vela got another gutty performance by Jeremy Nino, winner in the boys’ race, while teammate Ramsey Moreno was second and SaberCat Mario Salas fifth. The Sabes were tied in points with host Donna North but lost out in the tie-breaker.

Next up for the long-distance legion is the area meet, up in Corpus Christi next week.

ENRIQUEZ MAKING MARK AT COLLEGE LEVEL

Daniel Enriquez, who transitioned from defense to offense during a storied football career at Vela, is at it again for Texas Lutheran. The freshman is playing defensive back for a team that has gone 5-1 so far in preparation for a game against Sul Ross Saturday.

Enriquez has 14 tackles, three interceptions, and a fumble recovery, including a two-pick game against Hardin-Simmons; he ran one of those back 58 yards for a touchdown. He leads the team with the three INT and also places first with five pass breakups.

Meanwhile, former Vela star Jayden Borjas has bulked up to 294 pounds as a freshman at Incarnate Word, where Vela ex Antonio Arredondo is a sophomore running back. The program has several Valley stars, including Richard Lefevre (Weslaco East) and Jeriel Cervantez (Harlingen) joining Borjas on the offensive line, and former McAllen High athlete Gunnar Henderson at receiver.

VELA IN FIRST LATE IN VOLLEY SEASON

The Lady SaberCats took a break Saturday and will put their 8-1 record in District 31-6A to the test with three games to close the slate. They have Donna North Tuesday, a huge one versus EHS Saturday, and then the clincher, Oct. 29 against Weslaco East.

A step behind Vela in the race is 8-2 North, which defeated East Saturday in five sets, the sixth time the club has gone the distance in 2019, with four victories. The Lady Coogs are idle Tuesday with matches left against Econ Saturday and then at Weslaco Oct. 29.

Standing third right now at 7-2, EHS got past Econ in five sets Thursday with libero Hannah Vega compiling a prodigious total of 67 digs. The Lady Bobcats are at Weslaco Tuesday in a huge match with the 5-4 Pantherettes and finish up with Vela and Donna North. The Lady Jags (3-7) still have a slight hope of catching Weslaco; they play Weslaco East and North this week.