With the 2018 World Cup set to begin on Thursday, players and coaches from Edinburg’s RGV FC Toros and UTRGV Vaqueros offer takes on their favorite sides and World Cup memories, plus the teams, matchups and players to keep an eye on.

EDINBURG — In the weeks after the UTRGV women’s basketball head coaching position came open on April 21, athletics director Chris King received 40 applications. Of that group, at least 26 had Division I coaching experience in some capacity.

EDINBURG — Anthony Magallon said he looked like a “shot dog” during his first warmup laps as a freshman walk-on at UTRGV in 2016.

EDINBURG — After graduating from high school in his hometown of Eldoret, Kenya, in 2014, Abraham Chirchir spent more than two years training in pursuit of his dreams.

As Lane Lord went through the process of interviewing for the head women’s basketball coach opening at UTRGV, he saw an athletics program on the rise.

EDINBURG — Last season, Ryan Jackson often parked just beyond the outfield fence at UTRGV Baseball Stadium and watched his old team run through practice.

EDINBURG — The UTRGV baseball team scored three runs in the sixth inning to come from behind and beat Sacramento State 7-6 on Saturday at UTRGV Baseball Stadium.

EDINBURG — Jorge Flores knew he was in for some bad news when he was called into the Louisiana Tech trainer’s office. If the MRI on his pitching elbow showed little cause for concern, they would’ve told him over the phone.

BELLEVUE, Wash. — The UTRGV baseball team scored twice in the seventh and four times in the eighth to come from behind and beat Seattle U 6-2 on Saturday at Bannerwood Park.

EDINBURG — After a five-year run that established him as the winningest head coach in UTRGV women’s basketball program history, Larry Tidwell is resigning to become the Chief of Staff for Texas Tech women’s basketball.

EDINBURG — Before the start of the 2018 season, UTRGV senior Austin Siener had never played first base.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The UTRGV baseball team dropped the series to UC Santa Barbara after falling 7-2 in the middle game of their three-game set on Saturday at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. 

EDINBURG — Senior and PSJA High alum Jorge Flores pitched a career-high eight shutout innings to lead the UTRGV baseball team past CSU Bakersfield 5-0 on Saturday at UTRGV Baseball Stadium. 

EDINBURG — UTRGV baseball coach Derek Matlock said the Vaqueros looked like they were swinging underwater on Friday.

EDINBURG — Coming through fall practices and the early part of the spring, first-year UTRGV baseball coach Derek Matlock had plenty of questions about his pitching staff. As the team’s mid-February season opener drew closer, he began to find answers in unexpected places.

EDINBURG — Standing on third base more than 10 hours after he first arrived at UTRGV Baseball Stadium for Saturday’s doubleheader, Tyler Torres was ready to go home — in more ways than one.

As UTRGV’s Terry Winn stepped to the line for a pair of free throws on Wednesday with his team down by three and less than two minutes to play, he started to hear the typical heckling from the crowd at New Orleans’ Lakefront Arena.

EDINBURG — The Gazelle Group’s Ray Cella begins reaching out to schools about participating in the CBI about a month before the brackets are announced on Selection Sunday. Typically, the response from the programs is 50-50. Some are content to let their season end, while others want the oppo…

EDINBURG — UTRGV men’s basketball senior Nick Dixon thought his college career was finished after last week’s WAC Tournament loss to Seattle.

The UTRGV men’s basketball team is going to the postseason for the first time since the 1980-81 season, receiving a spot in the College Basketball Invitational to face New Orleans on the road on Wednesday.  

The Vaqueros won game two of their afternoon-evening doubleheader. 

Edinburg Vela's Jon Maples is The Monitor's All-Area Softball Coach of the Year. 

Edinburg Vela senior Naomi Reyes is The Monitor's All-Area Softball Pitcher of the Year. 

McAllen Rowe freshman third baseman is The Monitor's All-Area Softball Newcomer of the Year. 

Weslaco High catcher Audrey Escamilla is The Monitor's All-Area Softball Offensive Player of the Year. 

Edinburg High junior Erika Cortez is The Monitor's All-Area Softball Player of the Year. 

Stephanie Blount of Cimarron Country Club won the TSWGA championship in May. 

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With the 2018 World Cup set to begin on Thursday, players and coaches from Edinburg’s RGV FC Toros and UTRGV Vaqueros offer takes on their favorite sides and World Cup memories, plus the teams, matchups and players to keep an eye on.

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EDINBURG — Entering Saturday’s match with six draws in seven home contests, the RGV FC Toros came out with a pressing, aggressive mentality, upping the chances of a breakthrough for one side or the other.

EDINBURG — Minutes before the RGV FC Toros boarded the bus for Monday’s match against Real Monarchs SLC, coach Gerson Echeverry learned defender Kai Greene had to be scratched due to illness.