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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”

2021 SELBERSPORTS.COM ALL-CITY VOLLEYBALL TEAM

November 27, 2021 MOST VALUABLE PLAYERJazmin Cuellar, EHS COACH OF THE YEARDeanna Dominguez, EHS FIRST TEAM Maria Sanchez, Vela Hailey Vega (soph) EHS Dana Serna (jr.) Econ Kaylee O’Bryan, North Fey Vasquez (jr.) Vela Emily Carranco (soph) EHS SECOND TEAM Etsel Ramirez (soph) North Sidni Alvarez (jr.), Econ Stephany Kotzur (jr.) North Sam Villalobos (jr.)Continue reading “2021 SELBERSPORTS.COM ALL-CITY VOLLEYBALL TEAM”

SWEET 16 FOOTBALL:  VELA-VANDEGRIFT CLASH COMES OFF FRIDAY IN CORPUS

November 23, 2021 By Greg Selber So here it is. The Big One. After the SaberCats registered a 27-24 victory in the area round of the playoffs Saturday, they turned their attention to the regional round, and for the fifth time in school history will now try to become the first Blue and Black editionContinue reading “SWEET 16 FOOTBALL:  VELA-VANDEGRIFT CLASH COMES OFF FRIDAY IN CORPUS”

LEAP OF FAITH: SABES BELIEVE, RIVERA DELIVERS IN 27-24 AREA VICTORY OVER TAFT

SIZZLING SENIOR SETS SABE STANDARD, 380 RUSHING YARDS November 20, 2021 By Greg selber Let’s see … which one was the best? Like trying to figure out your best birthday present ever. Was it the bright shiny new bike at age 8, a whole box of baseball cards at age 12 … or the slightlyContinue reading “LEAP OF FAITH: SABES BELIEVE, RIVERA DELIVERS IN 27-24 AREA VICTORY OVER TAFT”

THE RETURN OF THE QUEEN! ALL-TIME LEGEND GUZMAN TAKES REINS AS LADY COUGAR HOOPS COACH

November 16, 2021 By Greg Selber And there she was, tight and fit as a drum, animated as always, loving the game and showing her kids how to do this, or that. During timeouts, she was active, demonstrative, full of energy, and worked the refs like an old veteran, which she is not. Yes, despiteContinue reading “THE RETURN OF THE QUEEN! ALL-TIME LEGEND GUZMAN TAKES REINS AS LADY COUGAR HOOPS COACH”

VELA SET FOR AREA GAME AT HOME; TAFT RAIDERS (9-2) COME KNOCKING SATURDAY

November 17, 2021 By Greg Selber Does one see the stars floating into place, beginning to align, and promising an opportunity of a lifetime? It certainly seems possible, on first blush, for a number of reasons. Start with the site. When Vela straps it on for the second stage of the Dance, after having beatenContinue reading “VELA SET FOR AREA GAME AT HOME; TAFT RAIDERS (9-2) COME KNOCKING SATURDAY”

THE VALLEY NEMESIS: A SKETCH OF SAN ANTONIO FOOTBALL THROUGH THE YEARS

November 17, 2021 [updated November 18, 2021] By Greg Selber As Vela prepares to take on San Antonio Taft Saturday in the area round of the state playoffs, the pregame history class in now in session. The Raiders once made it all the way to the state final, in 2001, before losing to Mesquite, 14-13.Continue reading “THE VALLEY NEMESIS: A SKETCH OF SAN ANTONIO FOOTBALL THROUGH THE YEARS”

NO PLACE TO ROAM: ‘CATS STYMIED IN 21-0 BI-DISTRICT LOSS AT HARLINGEN

November 13, 2021 By Greg Selber HARLINGEN – The last time they went to battle for a day game on the road, the result was a solid 21-0 Saturday victory over La Joya, back on Oct 16. This time, though, the stakes were way higher and so was the quality of opponent. For bi-district, itContinue reading “NO PLACE TO ROAM: ‘CATS STYMIED IN 21-0 BI-DISTRICT LOSS AT HARLINGEN”

THIS AND THAT … BOTH: VELA FACES DOWN TOUGH CHALLENGE FOR BI-DISTRICT W OVER SAN BENNY

November 11, 2021 By Greg Selber Reading the echoes of Thursday night implies a case of perspective and interpretation but also one of expectations. For those who see the glass as always half full, call them the optimists, the SaberCats 17-7 bi-district victory at home over San Benito was what it was, a ticket toContinue reading “THIS AND THAT … BOTH: VELA FACES DOWN TOUGH CHALLENGE FOR BI-DISTRICT W OVER SAN BENNY”

REBOOT/RELOAD: EHS GIRLS HANDLE ST. JOE IN HOOPS SEASON OPENER

November 9, 2021 By Greg Selber Admittedly, momentary depression at an EHS roster without stars A’nnika Saenz or Daysha Tijerina for the first time in a zillion years. Those two program legends are now knocking in threes in bunches in college hoops these days, leaving their former teammates to carry on the legacy of greatness.Continue reading “REBOOT/RELOAD: EHS GIRLS HANDLE ST. JOE IN HOOPS SEASON OPENER”

SECOND SEASON AHEAD: EHS, VELA IN ACTION FOR BI-DISTRICT

November 9, 2021 By Greg Selber The football playoffs arrive this week with a pair of town teams in action: Vela on Thursday at home against San Benito in Division II and Edinburg on Saturday afternoon at Harlingen, in a Division I matchup. VELA-SAN BENITO The SaberCats (10-0) wrapped up their sixth title in 10Continue reading “SECOND SEASON AHEAD: EHS, VELA IN ACTION FOR BI-DISTRICT”

PASEN LA TAREA: SABES STUDY AND LEARN AS PLAYOFFS NEAR: ANSWERS AND LESSONS IN THE OFFIN

November 5, 2021 By Greg Selber With the league championship wrapped up and the bye week in progress, the SaberCats were taking a quick breath, using the time off to rest a bit and get 100 percent healthy. And then get back to the rockpile as the playoffs approach. “The timing of the bye isContinue reading “PASEN LA TAREA: SABES STUDY AND LEARN AS PLAYOFFS NEAR: ANSWERS AND LESSONS IN THE OFFIN”

SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES: GREAT START ENDS IN DEFEAT AS VELA VOLLEY EXITS PLAYOFFS

November 1, 2021 By Greg Selber In the playoffs, it happens fast, for better or other. You dig in and you fight, knowing that every squad that makes it this far can deal death. Sometimes you are that squad, that rolls over on an opponent, advancing on in the bracket. And sometimes, not. The suddennessContinue reading “SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES: GREAT START ENDS IN DEFEAT AS VELA VOLLEY EXITS PLAYOFFS”

THE REDEMPTION TOUR CONTINUES: COOGS BEST BEARS AT HOME, CLIMB TO PRECIPICE OF POSTSEASON PLACE

October 29, 2021 By Greg Selber When you’ve been to the brink of ruin, tasted the bitter fruits of failure but lived to grasp another chance, sometimes you come out and rise to new and greater heights, learning to re-believe every step of the way. This is the story with the football Cougars lately, asContinue reading “THE REDEMPTION TOUR CONTINUES: COOGS BEST BEARS AT HOME, CLIMB TO PRECIPICE OF POSTSEASON PLACE”

WATCH THEM GO: VELA SENIORS LEAD W AGAINST MISSION AS SABES REACH 10-0, PLAYOFF TIME

October 28, 2021 By Greg Selber As their lives cruise inexorably onward, most people at some point will feel called upon to say, musing inwardly or aloud: just where does the time go? The novelist Proust suggested as much in “In Search of Lost Time” (1913) and for a more modern version, there’s rockin’ TexasContinue reading “WATCH THEM GO: VELA SENIORS LEAD W AGAINST MISSION AS SABES REACH 10-0, PLAYOFF TIME”

THE FLAG OF VICTORY: EHS COLORS WAVE HIGH AS VOLLEY SQUAD EARNS SHARE OF 31-6A CHAMPIONSHIP

October 26, 2021 By Greg Selber It was a classic Knucklehead Moment, the kind one sees from time to time at high school sporting events, and it was equal parts hilarious and borderline inappropriate. But somehow it encapsulated the night, the rabid fanship on both sides, and the fact that this showdown for the districtContinue reading “THE FLAG OF VICTORY: EHS COLORS WAVE HIGH AS VOLLEY SQUAD EARNS SHARE OF 31-6A CHAMPIONSHIP”

OLD GOLD, REDEEMED! COOGS RESURRECT HOPES WITH TAUT W OVER BOBCATS, 20-12

October 22, 2021 By Greg Selber Their faces. That will be the enduring memory from Friday’s Rivalry showdown. Their faces. Shining with sweat, still pulsing with intensity yet weary with toil all the same, the North gang to a man was redeemed. And it showed by the huge, gleeful smiles. No posturing, no stage-managed, ESPN-copiedContinue reading “OLD GOLD, REDEEMED! COOGS RESURRECT HOPES WITH TAUT W OVER BOBCATS, 20-12”

MANY HAPPY RETURNS: NAVARRO ALL-WORLD ON PUNT RUNBACKS IN 55-7 VELA ROUT OF JAGS THURSDAY

October 21, 2021 By Greg Selber It takes quickness and guts (and a bit of crazy) to be a punt returner, because sometimes the cover team is barreling down on you – dependent on hang time, of course – just as you’re about the catch the ball and try to make a move. Half theContinue reading “MANY HAPPY RETURNS: NAVARRO ALL-WORLD ON PUNT RUNBACKS IN 55-7 VELA ROUT OF JAGS THURSDAY”

EHS-NORTH RIVALRY MATCH YIELDS SEASON NET SWEEP FOR LADY ‘CATS

October 19, 2021 By Greg Selber Whenever they get together, a little extra something is on the line, whether it’s softball, volleyball, football, or marbles. EHS-North, the original Cat Fight in town, always has drama in store. Three days before the schools would meet on the gridiron, the net units collided at North Tuesday, withContinue reading “EHS-NORTH RIVALRY MATCH YIELDS SEASON NET SWEEP FOR LADY ‘CATS”

DELAYED, NOT DENIED: BOBCATS BLANK LA JOYA ON ROAD AFTER FRIDAY TURNS TO SATURDAY

October 16, 2021 By Greg Selber LA JOYA – There was always going to be something odd about this, from the storm that washed the first attempt away Friday night to the weird, sleepy 10 a.m. start time the next morning. It these factors were not enough to introduce a splash of vertigo to theContinue reading “DELAYED, NOT DENIED: BOBCATS BLANK LA JOYA ON ROAD AFTER FRIDAY TURNS TO SATURDAY”

READY FOR THE GAUNTLET: VAN DE MERGHEL’S JAGS FACE MISSION NEXT, VELA AND RAIDERS ON THE HORIZON

October 12, 2021 By Greg Selber In the old days one used to see the word “idle” next to a college football team’s name in the sports page, if they didn’t have a game scheduled. As in “TCU is idle this week.” The bye week is what they call it now and there is nothingContinue reading “READY FOR THE GAUNTLET: VAN DE MERGHEL’S JAGS FACE MISSION NEXT, VELA AND RAIDERS ON THE HORIZON”

IT TAKES A VILLAGE: COACH AND COACH LEAD EHS TO ENORMOUS HOME WIN OVER VELA IN 5

October 9, 2021 By Greg Selber It’s something that those on the periphery might not have known during the run-up to the most important match of the season, Vela at EHS, explosion at noon. The Lady Bobcats have of late been contending for a title in District 31-6A with some of the coaching done virtually.Continue reading “IT TAKES A VILLAGE: COACH AND COACH LEAD EHS TO ENORMOUS HOME WIN OVER VELA IN 5”

THE HARD WAY NOW: SHOCK HOME LOSS TO LA JOYA PUTS COOGS IN WIN-OUT MODE

October 8, 2021 By Greg Selber In hindsight it was an obvious trap game Friday, a lower tier opponent as a speed bump on the road to what promised to be the biggie, two weeks out, with an ancient rival. But the fates conspired against the Cougars at home as visiting La Joya looked aContinue reading “THE HARD WAY NOW: SHOCK HOME LOSS TO LA JOYA PUTS COOGS IN WIN-OUT MODE”

LATEST RIVALRY CLASH COMPETITIVE BUT SHARPER VELA SWEEPS PAST NORTH TO RETAIN SHARE OF FIRST IN 31-6A

October 5, 2021 By Greg Selber At this stage of the season, they know each other all too well and there are few surprises, the denouement boiling down to which team executes better, which keeps mistakes to a minimum, and which is able to enforce its will on the familiar foe. Which, Tuesday was Vela.Continue reading “LATEST RIVALRY CLASH COMPETITIVE BUT SHARPER VELA SWEEPS PAST NORTH TO RETAIN SHARE OF FIRST IN 31-6A”

PATTERN HERE: LATEST FOE (EHS) COMPETES HARD, FALLS OFF MARK IN TUSSLE WITH NO. 1 VELA

October 1, 2021 [updated] By Greg Selber There was ample buzz heading into Friday’s Rivalry Game between Old and New Cats, banter in person and otherwise, and the EHS fans made sure to hang a sign up on the railing that read “Coach Vela Wore Red.” It had to be one of the biggest crowdsContinue reading “PATTERN HERE: LATEST FOE (EHS) COMPETES HARD, FALLS OFF MARK IN TUSSLE WITH NO. 1 VELA”

TALK OF THE TOWN? EHS WORKING ON COMMUNICATION AS PLAYOFF RACE GETS HEATED

October 2, 2021 By Greg Selber It is a consistent line of reasoning in the game of volleyball, and you hear it all the time from coaches and players: communication, talk out there, etc. It may seem a cliché but the truth is, these factors can be key to a winning effort. And it’s notContinue reading “TALK OF THE TOWN? EHS WORKING ON COMMUNICATION AS PLAYOFF RACE GETS HEATED”

PLAY HARD IN THE ARENA: JAGS CARVE OUT HOMECOMING W, A 19-0 WHITEWASHING OF LINCOLN THURSDAY

October 1, 2021 By Greg Selber Homecoming is supposed to be a joyous occasion, the kids dressed to the nines and waiting nervously on stage for halftime, the parents springing into action at the appointed time by jostling for position on the railing – smartphones ablaze – while the young royals resplendently march along theContinue reading “PLAY HARD IN THE ARENA: JAGS CARVE OUT HOMECOMING W, A 19-0 WHITEWASHING OF LINCOLN THURSDAY”

GOT ONE! ECON VOLLEY PUMMELS LA JOYA SATURDAY FOR MOMENTUM HEADING INTO 31-6A SECOND HALF

September 25, 2021 By Greg Selber Sometimes, it’s just your day, when the light is brighter, the popcorn in the gym smells better, and the hits are harder, flatter. On a day like this, the points are adding up in bunches to your side of the scoreboard, and you re-engage with the feeling of beingContinue reading “GOT ONE! ECON VOLLEY PUMMELS LA JOYA SATURDAY FOR MOMENTUM HEADING INTO 31-6A SECOND HALF”

AND THEN IT HAPPENED: VELA ERUPTS FOR 28 IN SECOND ON WAY TO 63-12 ROUT OF NORTH

September 24, 2021 By Greg Selber Halftime had arrived but a handful of North players did not take the customary jog into the lockers. They remained on the bench for a minute or two, apparently unaware that the first half had concluded. One could not blame them really, because they had to have been decidedlyContinue reading “AND THEN IT HAPPENED: VELA ERUPTS FOR 28 IN SECOND ON WAY TO 63-12 ROUT OF NORTH”

ONE WAY OR ANOTHER: EHS QB ABREGO STARRING IN 2021 AS THREAT IN MULTIPLE MODES

September 23, 2021 By Greg Selber The running quarterback slides in and out of fashion amid the dynamism of the football eras but always, in its stride, provides another option for an offense and potentially pleasing runs for the fans to cheer. And headaches for the D. It was all the rage in the halcyonContinue reading “ONE WAY OR ANOTHER: EHS QB ABREGO STARRING IN 2021 AS THREAT IN MULTIPLE MODES”

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