Texas rallies to edge East Carolina 9-8, forcing third game
Dylan Campbell drove in the winning run with a two-out bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning and No. 9 overall seed Texas overcame a five-run deficit to beat No. 8 seed East Carolina 9-8 and stay alive in the Greenville Super Regional.
No way through: Ordoñez anchors Hidalgo’s defense, earns DPOTY
No way through: Ordoñez anchors Hidalgo’s defense, earns DPOTYBY IVAN PALACIOSSTAFF WRITERHIDALGO — Hidalgo’s Gabriel Ordoñez looks like he belongs on the basketball court. With Ordoñez anchoring the back, the Pirates fielded one of the Valley’s stingiest defenses, allowing just two goals through 10 district contests. “Since I was little, I was taught that on all plays and against all the players, enter without fear,” Ordoñez said. Despite the loss, Ordoñez expects bigger things from the Pirates’ defense next year, with most of the back slated to return, including himself. “I hope to see our defense improve,” Ordoñez said.myrgv.com
Freshman duo’s second-half goals seal Hidalgo’s victory
EDINBURG — Just moments after scoring the game’s first goal, Hidalgo junior forward Rey Cantu went down with an injury, forcing him to miss the rest of the Pirates’ regional quarterfinal matchup against Pharr Vanguard Rembrandt. “It left us feeling sour with Rey getting injured,” Hidalgo freshman midfielder Joaquin Rosales said. So, we told him not to worry because we have a good team to keep going forward. The victory advances the Pirates to the regional semifinals for a second straight season. We have to play like it’s a final to reach our objective of getting to the regional final.”[email protected]myrgv.com
Hidalgo powers past North Mission IDEA in OT
EDINBURG — North Mission IDEA’s Melany Rubio scored an equalizer with 30 seconds left in regulation of the Warriors’ Region IV-4A area round playoff game against Hidalgo on Tuesday at H-E-B Park. But Hidalgo’s Jayline Garcia refused to let the Pirates taste defeat as she scored the game winner 17 minutes into overtime to push Hidalgo past North Mission IDEA 3-2 and into the regional quarterfinals. They did a hell of a job today and finished it strong.”Garcia recorded a hat trick to lead the Pirates past the Warriors. North Mission IDEA’s Rubio answered during the 32nd minute with her first score and punched in her second during the final minute of regulation. “It could have gone either way,” North Mission IDEA head coach Jose Ramon said.myrgv.com
Set for Battle: Cantu, Hidalgo Pirates revving up for state title hunt
HIDALGO — The Hidalgo Pirates recall the bitter taste of defeat during last season’s Region IV-4A semifinals. Fueled by the 7-0 loss to Boerne during the postseason, the Pirates entered the 2022 campaign with an “unfinished business” mentality. Before they could get the ball rolling on their district season, however, the Pirates were dealt a crushing blow. During a non-district contest against Laredo Nixon, Hidalgo star forward Rey Cantu suffered an injury to his left knee. The duo adds a mental toughness to the team that was lacking last season, Hidalgo head coach Zeke Morales said.myrgv.com
Crandall Cheer wins third state title in four years
Crandall High School's cheer squad captured their third state title in five years (2020-21, 2019-20, 2017-18) during the UIL Class 5A-Division II state championship finals on Wednesday, January 13. This title marks a back-to-back title for the Pirates cheer squad who won the 2019-2020 UIL 4A state title by a sizable two points. With the UIL realignment, Crandall moved up from 4A to 5A Division II, but that didn't keep them from bringing the heat among the other 19 finalists including former state champion San Antonio Alamo Heights. Crandall Independent School District Super Intendent Wendy Eldredge took to Twitter to express her pride in the Pirates Cheer Squad:With an average of 47.10 in Fight Song/Band Cheer and an average of 47.55 in Crowd Leading, Crandall narrowly edged out the 2019-2020 state titleholder by .20 points with a 94.65 subtotal. Alamo Heights had a subtotal of 94.45 and in third place Lucas Lovejoy had a subtotal of 90.45.