30-6A Notebook: Coyotes’ Villarreal separating from pack

La Joya High senior running back Eddie Villarreal faced some high expectations entering the season after an incredible, break-out junior year, where he finished...

Sharyland High, Sharyland Pioneer clash in The Monitor’s Game of the Week

MISSION — Bragging rights are on the line Friday night at Richard Thompson Stadium as Sharyland High and Sharyland Pioneer, two schools separated by...

Hitters get the spotlight for all their kills, but it’s the liberos who save...

Cori Talamantez knew who she was facing. Her McAllen Memorial Mustangs were battling star hitter Lexi Gonzalez and their biggest rival, the state’s third-ranked Class 6A team in McAllen High. The Mustangs served the ball to Gonzalez, and Talamantez focused on what was happening next. “I watched as she (Gonzalez) came in for a one,” Talamantez said, referring to a low, quick set meant to catch blockers out of place and create a 1-on-1 instead of a double block. A junior libero, Talamantez barely had time to get her arms in the right spot when — “boom!” — the volleyball smashed into her readied arms from a signature thunderous attack by Gonzalez. “Somehow I was in the right position and I popped it right up,” Talamantez said. “I got her that time.” Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Ortiz lifts McAllen Rowe past PSJA North

McALLEN — Facing a third-and-long on his team’s side of the field early in the game, McAllen Rowe senior quarterback Jonas Ortiz lined up...

Defense lifts E-E to comeback victory over Sharyland

ELSA — Friday night’s matchup between Edcouch-Elsa and Sharyland High featured the top two defensive units in District 16-5A DII going head-to-head. But the Yellow...

Ortiz leading by example at Rowe

McALLEN — For McAllen Rowe senior quarterback Jonas Ortiz, it’s been a long road to a 5-0 district record. At the halfway point of the...

Duran, Villarreal help Mission edge Juarez-Lincoln

MISSION — In the closing seconds of the first half, Mission High sophomore quarterback Jeremy Duran stepped under center on the outer edges of...