Nathaniel Mata

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Nathaniel Mata covers for The Monitor. He can be reached through email at nmata@themonitor.com or by phone at 956-683-4431.

Super sophomores: Class of 2020 key to McAllen High’s state appearance

NATHANIEL MATA | STAFF WRITERMcALLEN — On the goal that sent McAllen High to the state tournament, Westyn Henderson lobbed a soaring pass to...

State-bound high school soccer teams learn semifinal opponents

Each of the three remaining Valley soccer programs will have a day in the spotlight next week at the UIL state soccer championship in...

McAllen High becomes first Valley girls soccer team to reach state, beating Austin Lake...

SAN ANTONIO — One late goal was all the McAllen High Bulldogs needed to punch their ticket as the first Rio Grande Valley girls...

McAllen High reaches first regional final since 2007, beating San Antonio Johnson

SAN ANTONIO — Westyn Henderson was a mine of chances for McAllen High, and with 15:35 remaining in her team’s fourth-round game against San...

PSJA High girls soccer finds consistency, returns to postseason

PHARR — After a 12-0 loss in their first scrimmage of the season, the PSJA High Bears were determined to not let another year...

Santos comes from behind to beat Chivas in Edinburg Liga MX match

EDINBURG — Liga MX soccer returned to H-E-B Park in Edinburg on Wednesday night when fan favorites Club Deportivo Guadalajara, known as Chivas, took...

Killer Bees, ice hockey to return to Rio Grande Valley in 2018

HIDALGO — Nostalgia was in the air, but so was fresh excitement with Wednesday’s announcement that the RGV Killer Bees would be returning to...

Eight buck-wild seconds: Professional cowboys compete in bull riding at livestock show

MERCEDES — The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Xtreme Bulls competition barreled into the Livestock Show Grounds Wednesday night. Nearly 40 riders from around rural...

RGV Barracudas FC can’t complete comeback against Sonora

HIDALGO — RGV Barracudas FC has had a tough time earning wins in its inaugural season in Hidalgo. The team’s struggles continued despite a...

Weslaco East’s Cardenas is The Monitor’s All-Area Defensive Player of the Year

For about 114 days, Weslaco East middle linebacker Freddy Cardenas is in bliss. It’s the most wonderful time of the year — football season.A...