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GALA FOR VELA? HOOPS SQUADS WITH NARY A LOSS AFTER FIRST HALF OF LEAGUE PLAY

January 16, 2022 By Greg Selber A truly memorable season rolled on for Vela Friday as the girls defeated La Joya, 64-31 and the boys posted an overtime triumph over the Coyotes, 90-78. The solid night of work over in eastern Hidalgo County means that each of the program’s basketball outfits remains undefeated in DistrictContinue reading “GALA FOR VELA? HOOPS SQUADS WITH NARY A LOSS AFTER FIRST HALF OF LEAGUE PLAY”

‘D’ UP, SHUTDOWN: VELA STIFLES SCORING KING TO REMAIN UNBEATEN IN DISTRICT

December 31, 2021 By Greg Selber In a way it was the epitome of sportsmanship, a bit of camaraderie after the fact, as the two adversaries met at halfcourt near the scorer’s table. They’d just spent the last 32 minutes tearing each other’s eyes out basically, in a monumental duel that highlighted the day’s activityContinue reading “‘D’ UP, SHUTDOWN: VELA STIFLES SCORING KING TO REMAIN UNBEATEN IN DISTRICT”

A RAY OF BRILLIANT LIGHT SHINING FROM ABOVE: ECON’S DE LEON AN ALL-TIME GREAT, YET WITH WORK STILL TO BE DONE

December 30, 2021 By Greg Selber Patience is a virtue, though notoriously elusive. But please to bear with it. Begin. There have been many outstanding basketball players in Edinburg history, from the early glory days in the 1920s and 1930s into the title-winning era of the mid-1960s, and from the exploits of the Fab FourContinue reading “A RAY OF BRILLIANT LIGHT SHINING FROM ABOVE: ECON’S DE LEON AN ALL-TIME GREAT, YET WITH WORK STILL TO BE DONE”

GROWTH SPURT: EHS WORKING TO GAIN STRENGTH AFTER 1-1 DISTRICT BEGINNING

December 17, 2021 By Greg Selber One can always count on him to tell it like it is, because he comes from the Old School and is never loath to let his kids know in no uncertain terms what’s what. These days, Zeke Cuellar is in the midst of a youth movement – with justContinue reading “GROWTH SPURT: EHS WORKING TO GAIN STRENGTH AFTER 1-1 DISTRICT BEGINNING”

CLOSE FOR A HALF: VELA USES 15-0 RUSH TO CLOBBER NORTH BY 23 ON THE ROAD IN LEAGUE OPENER

December 14, 2021 By Greg Selber The stage seemed set for a down-to-the-wire Rivalry Game for the league opener Tuesday, as North came in 12-7, Vela 14-6, the teams having played to a 1-point decision at the La Joya Tournament back in November. Aside from that, the teams shared five common opponents, each having beatenContinue reading “CLOSE FOR A HALF: VELA USES 15-0 RUSH TO CLOBBER NORTH BY 23 ON THE ROAD IN LEAGUE OPENER”

HOOPS OUTLOOK: PLAYING FOR KEEPS, STARTING DEC. 7/14

November 30, 2021 By Greg Selber December has arrived and with it, the impending start of the district basketball schedule in the Valley. The girls get going Tuesday, Dec. 7, the boys a week later, and city squads should be smack dab in the middle of the races in District 31-6A. On the boys’ side,Continue reading “HOOPS OUTLOOK: PLAYING FOR KEEPS, STARTING DEC. 7/14”

31-6A ALL-DISTRICT BOYS’ BASKETBALL TEAM, 2020-21

March 21, 2021 CO-MVP Ray de Leon (jr.) Econ OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Ray de Leon, Econ NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR Ian Garcia (soph) EHS CO-COACH OF THE YEAR Rudy Garcia, North ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM Aaron Gonzalez, North Ethan Garza, North Ray de Leon, Econ Tony Requena (jr.) Vela FIRST TEAM Garza, North M.J. BarrientosContinue reading “31-6A ALL-DISTRICT BOYS’ BASKETBALL TEAM, 2020-21”

SelberSports.com: ALL-CITY BOYS’ BASKETBALL TEAM 2020-21

March 14, 2021 MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Ray de Leon (jr.) Econ COACH OF THE YEAR Rudy Garcia, North FIRST TEAM Ethan Garza, North Ian Garcia (soph), EHS Tony Requena (jr.) Vela Aaron Gonzalez, North M.J. Barrientos (jr.) Econ SECOND TEAM Jacob Rodriguez (jr.) Vela Christian Faz (soph) North Ethan Gomez, North Orly Martinez (jr.) EconContinue reading “SelberSports.com: ALL-CITY BOYS’ BASKETBALL TEAM 2020-21”

DOWN FIGHTING: JAGS EXPIRE IN BI-DISTRICT AFTER HARD-HITTING SLUGFEST WITH WESLACO

Feb. 20, 2021 By Greg Selber Fact: it was not the lowest-scoring playoff game in Valley basketball history. The search for that would take one back to February 1959, when Class A entry Rio Hondo matched up against a bi-district school called Sundeen (Corpus area, doesn’t exist anymore) and stalled the ball for nearly theContinue reading “DOWN FIGHTING: JAGS EXPIRE IN BI-DISTRICT AFTER HARD-HITTING SLUGFEST WITH WESLACO”

BOYS’ HOOPS PLAYOFF PREVIEW

Feb. 17, 2021 By Greg Selber WESLACO AT ECON, 7 P.M. FRIDAYEcon returns to the playoffs again this year, for the fourth time in six seasons, the most successful stretch in program history. In fact, there were only three such postseason trips from the school’s inception in 2000 to 2016, two of them early onContinue reading “BOYS’ HOOPS PLAYOFF PREVIEW”