Henry Miller

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

How Kobe’s death connected communities here, everywhere

I cried a little on Sunday when I heard Kobe Bryant and his daughter died. I cried again Monday when I watched the video of the crashing helicopter. I cried a bit again as I hugged my daughter, knowing that there are never enough moments in a day to tell those you love that you love them. The reality that Kobe’s fame and fortune couldn’t protect him or his daughter from this tragedy was a huge reminder to me of how fragile our lives are. Sports transcends so many things. There’s nothing wrong with that. I remember a story I wrote years ago about a high school girl whose mom committed suicide during the summer. Teachers, forgive me when I say this but that girl didn’t return to school for chemistry class, she didn’t find solace and comfort in her sixth period history class. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Vipers have big runs, beat Clippers for third straight win

EDINBURG — Earlier in the season it was apparent that the RGV Vipers’ Brandon Sampson was frustrated. During warmups and games, he was struggling...

Vipers stumble down stretch, fall at home

EDINBURG — The Northern Arizona Suns came into Bert Ogden Arena with a dismal 3-16 record after snapping a 14-game losing streak in their...

Vipers hit 18 3-pointers, still fall at home

EDINBURG — When the RGV Vipers convert 18 3-pointers in a game, like they did Tuesday morning, that’s usually a good sign. Unless the opponent...

Volleyball stars shine at showcase

McALLEN — On a day when the senior high school volleyball stars from across the Rio Grande Valley shined bright, it was only fitting...

Senior volleyball players show off skills at showcase

On a day when the senior high school volleyball stars from across the Rio Grande Valley shined bright, it was only fitting that one of the most brilliant of those stars ended the day with her patented modus operandi, a kill. McAllen High senior Lexi Gonzalez helped lead the three-game sweep by the Class 6A West All Stars with an exclamation point, blasting away a kill that ended the match, concluded the day and wrapped up her illustrious career Sunday, at the 18th annual RGV Volleyball Showcase at McAllen Memorial High School. “My career with McHi under the leadership of coach (Paula) Dodge has been one of the most incredible experiences of my lifetime,” Gonzalez said. “She is so much more than a coach; she is a mentor to us all. There is no coach that is more loving and caring of her players and pushes us to believe in ourselves.” Read the full story at themonitor.com.

PURPLE REIGN: Dodge named The Monitor’s All-Area Coach of the Year

McALLEN — During her first week teaching physical education outside at J.T. Canales Elementary in Brownsville, Paula Dodge vividly remembers how hot it was. “It...

Time will start over for Mika Vento after signing

MERCEDES — One by one, each coach took their turn at the microphone. Exemplary student, great attitude and behavior, work ethic, commitment. All those words...

Hartenstein, Clemons lead Vipers to dominant win

EDINBURG — This was an RGV Vipers performance that fans have become spoiled with. The defending NBA G League champions flexed their muscles in a...

Vipers end losing skid before long month on road

EDINBURG — Angel Rodriguez said that when he thinks on the basketball court, he’s not himself. “I need to play by instinct,” the RGV Vipers...