Henry Miller

Henry Miller is Sports Editor for The Monitor. You can reach him at hmiller@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4472.

Edinburg High cancer survivor makes triumphant return to regionals

Mia Guillen advanced to the UIL Cross Country Regional Meet as a freshman, thoughts of qualifying there four straight times — and advancing to...

Cowboys fans set for season kickoff

Porfirio Castillo’s Christmas tree isn’t up yet, but when it goes up it will be enamored with Dallas Cowboys ornaments. He and his wife’s shower...

Home gym industry seeing sales skyrocket

McALLEN – It didn't take David De Leon and his wife long to talk about their health and fitness options when COVID-19 reared its...

Betting my life on return to sports

I love living life to its fullest. However, I have Type 2 Diabetes. I fight congestive heart failure. I’m overweight, and I’m 54 years old....

RV parks, resorts waiting, hoping for winter residents’ return

The Rio Grande Valley's Winter Texan parks today might resemble an old western ghost town, the flying carports, tree limbs and debris from Hurricane...

National debate over ‘Redskins’ moniker hasn’t fazed Donna

Many high schools across Texas, and the nation, have changed their mascot name and logo in recent years — and again in recent weeks — as the debate over what's appropriate and what's offensive fight for the bigger headlines between that and the COVID-19 pandemic. Hays High School in Buda, Texas is the most recent to “retire” its nickname and “Rebels” mascot, announcing the decision Thursday, in an effort to cut all connections to the Confederacy. The move is part of a larger movement that also included the NFL's team in Washington to remove its “Redskins” moniker. Don't expect that to happen in the Mid-Valley, where the Donna Redskins continue to receive support from the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas and, according to a statement from the school district, from the community as well. Read the full story at themonitor.com

UIL taking baby steps to move forward with athletics

While many areas across Texas — especially here in the Rio Grande Valley — are fattening the COVID-19 infection rate curve instead of flattening it, the UIL continues to move forward, even at a snail's pace, in its attempts to prepare for a high school year with sports. The governing body of almost all athletic, musical and academic contests for public schools in Texas, recently emailed athletic directors and coaches across the state with its latest plan regarding schools and their athletic programs. “Schools will be allowed to include limited access to locker rooms and drills that include one or more students on offense versus one or more students on defense beginning July 13,” the email read. “Schools should consider their local conditions and plan carefully for allowing these activities. UIL will be posting updated summer activities information related to this in the coming days.” Read more at The Monitor.com.

Local ranchers feeling effects of shrinking cattle market

Anthony Cavazos' hand, like other ranchers, was forced. Cavazos, a South Texas boxing promoter and owner of the Cavazos Ranch in San Isidro, believed that the COVID-19 pandemic panic was going to permeate and have an effect on the meat market. Livestock ranchers across the country, including the hundreds across the Rio Grande Valley, had reason for concern, especially as meat processing plants — beef, pork, chicken and even seafood plants — were quickly shutting down. Read the full story at themonitor.com

UTRGV, Under Armour agree to five-year deal

Sports may be at a standstill on the field, but behind the scenes it’s still running in many places at full-court press speed. Thus is...

Casas not letting COVID-19 slow him down from ‘bigger goals’

Shaine Casas could look at COVID-19 and be devastated that his shot at the Olympics has been delayed. He doesn’t. Instead, the former McAllen High and current Texas A&M standout swimmer looks at it as being given more time to be ultimately prepared for when — not if — his shot arrives. “Sure, I was sad and bummed when they announced the NCAAs would be canceled and the Olympics were on hold,” Casas said. “With the way the training and the journey was this year , I thought I had a great shot to make it and to the finals. But, God-willing, next year I will have improved to a level where I’m not just hoping to qualify but will be certain of it. Looking at bigger goals.” Read the full story at themonitor.com.