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

Former PSJA runner sets sights on qualifying for Olympic marathon

Starla Garcia ran in circles during a part of her life. It could have killed her. After battling with herself as well as anorexia and osteopenia, a weakening of the bones, she’s back. Now, she runs when she wants instead of when she thinks she has to. And she wants to run, especially Saturday, Feb. 29, when she will be one of more than 500 runners competing at the Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta. Read the full story at themonitor.com

STATE CHAMP: Donna High’s Precious Hernandez wins state wrestling title

Donna High's Precious Hernandez became the first female heavyweight wrestler, and just the third female wrestler overall to win a state title, doing so...

Vipers gain impressive win versus Legends; host Memphis tonight

EDINBURG — Chris Clemons, Michael Frazier and Isaiah Hartenstein combined for 49 second-half points, reminding many of last year’s championship run, and the Vipers...

UTRGV Hall of Fame: 1989 women’s tennis — focused, ferocious

The 1989 Pan American University women’s tennis team was as focused and ferocious on the tennis courts as they were in the classrooms. “We had...

Vipers miss mark from line, lose to Skyhawks

EDINBURG — Free throws are anything but free. That fact seriously hurt the RGV Vipers on Tuesday in a 117-112 loss to the College Park...

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...