The finalists for Class 6A boys and girls teams of the year had incredible individual talents. Those talents, however, were enhanced by a group of teammates where synergy – the sum of the parts being greater than the whole as individuals – brought great success.
Below are the finalists for the Class 6A Boys and Girls Teams of the Year. Winners will be announced Thursday at the All Valley Sports Awards Banquet, co-presented by DHR Health and Lone Star National Bank. Schools are listed in alphabetical order.
6A GIRLS TEAM OF YEAR
Harlingen South Hawks soccer: The Lady Hawks won four games in the Class 6A playoffs and reached the Region IV-6A final for the first time since 2003. The South girls finished with a 23-4 record, including an 8-2 record for second place behind Los Fresnos in District 32-6A. In the playoffs, the South girls defeated Donna North 5-3, McAllen Rowe 3-0, McAllen High 1-0 and Austin Westlake 2-1 (OT) before falling 3-0 to Austin Lake Travis in the regional final, finishing one win shy of making their first trip to state.
La Joya Juarez-Lincoln soccer: The Huskies’ girls soccer team told the boys to move over because it was their turn to shine on the pitch for an unforgettable campaign. With a young, but skilled team, they were able to outpace and outclass many of its opposition. They challenged and split the season series against powerhouse McAllen High and made the regional tournament for the first time in program history. Juarez-Lincoln went 13-1 in district play to finish a point behind the district winners and stepped up to defeat Del Rio, Harlingen High and Laredo Alexander in convincing fashion before falling to state semifinalists Austin Lake Travis.
McAllen Memorial volleyball: The Mustangs volleyball team had a lot to play for this season and they showed it time and time again on the court. Memorial had 40 wins to just 4 losses and put together an impressive 14-0 district record in the same district with cross-town rivals hoping to spoil the party. Head coach Lorena Lopez finished her final season on top of the Valley. So did senior Jocelynn Everage with 533 kills, 30 aces and 63 blocks along with her right-hand woman Valeria Trevino who chipped in 393 digs, 50 aces and 398 kills,
6A BOYS TEAM OF YEAR
Brownsville Hanna football: Hanna went 11-2 on the season with an undefeated District 32-6A title and a run to the third round of the playoffs for the first time in school history.
Harlingen High boys track team: Won the District 32-6A co-championship and the District 31/32-6A area meet boys championship. Sprinter Jose Garcia set an RGV Regional meet record in the 100-meter dash and qualified for state. Garcia’s time of 10.31 was .4 seconds better than the nearest competitor in the Valley. His time of 21.30 was .7 seconds better than the Valley’s second fastest time.
Los Fresnos basketball: The Falcons won a fifth straight District 326A title and made it to the area round of the playoffs.
The banquet, hosted by RGVSports.com and AIM Media Texas in conjunction with the RGV Sports Hall of Fame, will see 33 awards presented to athletes, coaches and teams across all 12 UIL sports. The prestigious Tom Landry Award of Excellence will honor a student athlete for outstanding achievements.
Dallas Cowboys great Randy White, a Super Bowl MVP and NFL Hall of Famer, will be the guest speaker.
The banquet, which will run approximately 6 to 8 p.m., returns to Mario’s for a second consecutive year. The venue has a seating capacity of more than 500 people.
Tickets are on sale for $40 per person. For sponsorship opportunities, call Marcia Kitten at (956) 683-4463 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.