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

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.

UTRGV AD: Athletics play large role in return to normalcy

Chasse Conque was a high school senior when the devastation of 9/11 occurred. He remembers the wide-ranging disruption it caused, leaving no person or business untouched. He also recalls where a lot of the healing began — and expects much of that healing to return the same way once regulations from the COVID-19 virus are eased and the world can return to what can only be described as a new normal. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Now a doctor, former Memorial athlete and musician helping fight COVID-19

Ryan Huebinger found enjoyment in being part of a team while he was in high school. The former McAllen Memorial football player and cellist said that was one of the reasons he is now an emergency room doctor at two different hospitals in Houston. “I enjoy the team-based approach to treating people now,” Huebinger said. “That concept really translates over to emergency medicine. You can’t take care of a trauma person without surgeons, nurses, techs and others. It takes a lot of hands to save a life.” The recent COVID-19 pandemic, however, has shaken the medical and healthcare community to its core. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Virus has wide range of effects on fishing industry

Cap. Ismael “Smiley Yanez” loves to fish. He can walk out his back door and his boat is there on the Arroyo. That boat, however, hasn't moved too much — especially with other people in it. Yanez, a Weslaco native, has spent the past 15 years working as a full-time fishing guide, taking clients on the water in search of trout, reds and drum. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Many golf courses open, with restrictions

Every Saturday, Richard Salaiz and a golfing partner would hit the course at Los Lagos Golf Club in Edinburg. Salaiz once again walked the course Saturday with a partner, having what he described as an average round despite the course delivering “an eerie feeling with just a couple of other golfers on it.” While the COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted life as normal around the world, throughout the country and across the Rio Grande Valley, there is some micro-semblance of normalcy as some golf courses remain open, with restrictions in place. Read the full story at themonitor.com

UTRGV’s Chirchir turning heads, shining in cross country, track

EDINBURG — Every day, Abraham Chirchir would get ready for elementary school. And he’d start running. He’d run six miles to school and those same six...

All Area Girls Wrestler of the Year: Donna High state champion Precious Hernandez

After two days of wrestling practice, Donna High’s Precious Hernandez was ready to quit. “I told my mom that this wasn’t for me,” she said....