McAllen Thunder vs. WhiteWings 6:50 Tuesday
Jonah Goldberg and Keith Lavon lead the broadcast for the WhiteWings as they host to the McAllen Thunder for tonight’s game.
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McAllen Thunder vs. WhiteWings
Thank You For Your Service
As the son of a retired Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel I understand the sacrifices our service members go through. 956sports.com and I would like to thank our servicemen and women for there service to our country. We would like to say thank you to the families of these fallen service members and thank them for their sacrifice to our country. If we have forgotten anyone please feel free to add them in the comments section. The list below is from Afghanistan and Iraq.
Sgt. Fernando De La Rosa – Alamo, TX
Cpl. Isaac Edward Diaz – Rio Hondo, TX
Sgt. Roberto Arizola Jr. – Laredo, TX
Lance Cpl. Emmanuel Villarreal – Eagle Pass, TX
Sgt. Melissa Valles – Eagle Pass – TX
Cpl. Jose Abraham Rubio Hernandez – Mission, TX
Staff Sgt. Omar Demetrio Flores – Mission, TX
Spc. Alex Daniel Gonzalez – Mission, TX
Staff Sgt. Bradley Espinoza – Mission, TX
Sgt Javier Marin Jr. – Mission, TX
Staff Sgt. Juan Francisco Campos – McAllen, TX
Sgt. Christopher Ramirez – McAllen, TX
Spc. James Clifford Kesinger – Pharr, TX
Lance Cpl. Julio C. Cisneros Alvarez – Pharr, TX
Lance Cpl. Derek Hernandez- Edinburg, TX
Spc. Mark Anthony Zapata – Edinburg, TX
Lance Cpl. Benito Antonio Ramirez – Edinburg, TX
Lance Cpl. Dustin Micheal Sekula – Edinburg, TX
Sgt. Juan Calderon Jr. – Weslaco, TX
Spc. Tomas Garces – Weslaco, TX
Lance Cpl. Samuel Tapia – San Benito, TX
Pfc. Adriana Alvarez – San Benito, TX
Spc. Edward John Anguiano – Brownsville, TX
Pvt. Rey David Cuervo – Laguna Vista, TX
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WhiteWings vs. McAllen Thunder 6:50pm
Jonah Goldberg and Keith Lavon lead the broadcast for the WhiteWings as they host to the McAllen Thunder for tonight’s game.Share this post:
WhiteWings vs Roadrunners Full Game 6:50pm
Jonah Goldberg and Keith Lavon lead the broadcast for the WhiteWings as they travel to Edinburg for tonight’s game.Share this post:
Eagle Pass Winn vs. CC Carroll Full Game
The Eagle Pass Mavericks will face the Corpus Christi Caroll Tigers in the Regional Semifinals from Blossom Athletic Center Saturday at 2pm. Joe Bowling will be leading our broadcast of the game. Sponsoring our broadcast are the Law Offices of Victor E. Perry, Attorney at Law.
350 N Monroe St
Eagle Pass, TX 78852
WhiteWings vs. Roadrunners 6:50pm Live!
Listen Live to Jonah Goldberg and Keith Lavon as the WhiteWings take on the Edinburg Roadrunners.Share this post:
WhiteWings vs. Roadrunners Live! 6:50
Listen Live to Jonah Goldberg and Keith Lavon as the WhiteWings take on the Edinburg RoadrunnersShare this post:
Greg Selber 956sports Interview
Greg Selber, the Texas High School Sports Writer of the Year talks about the award and high school football.
David Gilpin Mission Vets
Interview Mike Burgett Weslaco East
WhiteWings at Roadrunners Listen Live! 6:50pm
Listen Live to Jonah Goldberg and Keith Lavon as the WhiteWings take on the Edinburg Roadrunners
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All Star Game Fans
All Star Game Photos
RGV Coaches All Star Game Full Game
The Rio Grande Valley’s best and brightest seniors will be playing in Weslaco today. The game begins at 7pm. Leading our broadcast will be Carlos Robledo and David Fox.
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Eagle Pass Winn vs. Laredo United 8-2 Full Game
After shocking Sharyland in the opening round, the Longhorns of Laredo United outlasted Edinburg in a 1-0 victory. This week they face Eagle Pass Winn who dominated La Joya and Weslaco. Both teams will face each other in a one game series. Game starts at 7:30 pm Friday. This game is being brought to you by the Law Offices of Guillermo G. del Barrio, Jr. and the Law Offices of Eduardo A. Castillo, proud sponsors of Laredo United Baseball
Weslaco vs. Eagle Pass Winn GM 3
Eagle Pass Winn defeated Weslaco in game one 7-0, but Weslaco bounced back with a 10-4 victory. The rubber match will start shortly. Carlos Robledo and David Fox will lead the broadcast.Share this post:
Weslaco vs. Eagle Pass Winn Gm 2
Eagle Pass Winn defeated Weslaco in game one 7-0. Weslaco needs a win in game two to stay alive. Game starts at 5 PM from Laredo. Carlos Robledo and David Fox will lead the broadcast.
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Edinburg vs. Laredo United Full Game
Edinburg will face Laredo United in Alice, Texas Friday night in a one game series. Laredo United pulled off the upset of Sharyland last week, while Edinburg defeated Brownsville Hanna in the bi-district round. Special Thanks to the Law Offices of Guillermo G. del Barrio of Laredo for sponsoring this game.
Weslaco vs. Eagle Pass Winn Live
Carlos Robledo and David Fox lead the broadcast for 956sports.com between Weslaco and Eagle Pass Winn. Game time starts at 7:30 from Laredo, Texas. Sponsoring this game is the Law Office of Fernando Saenz, located at 200 E. Pike Blvd. Weslaco, TX 78596.
8th Annual Gridiron Heroes Golf Tourney
8th ANNUAL RIO GRANDE VALLEY GOLF TOURNAMENT
BENEFITING GRIDIRON HEROES
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Tierra Santa Club – Weslaco, TX
CALLING ALL RIO GRANDE VALLEY COACHES, BOOSTER CLUB PARENTS & THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY!
GET INTO THE SWING OF THINGS AS GRIDIRON HEROES SPINAL CORD INJURY FOUNDATION TAKES AIM AT HELPING PARALYZED ATHLETES.
Check-in begins at 7:30am, Tee-Time is at 8:30am and lunch will be provided by Rudy’s BBQ.
Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation was formed with a specific mission to provide immediate as well as long-term resources and support to individuals sustaining a catastrophic spinal cord injury during a high school football-related event.
Founded in 2003, the organization continues to support the needs of injured high school athletes and their families dealing with the day–to-day challenges that living with a spinal cord injury presents. These athletes and their families must pay the tremendous cost on several levels- physically, mentally, emotionally and financially.
In 2006, this became a little more personal for those of the Rio Grande Valley as we added to our Gridiron Heroes family Fernando Enriquez from Rivera High School of Brownsville.
There are several ways to get involved by Sponsoring, Donating and/or Playing. Area Coaches and Gridiron Heroes are reaching out to our community leaders for support. We would like to invite you to join our efforts and help us meet our commitment to raise as much money as possible for this great cause. As Gridiron Heroes a 501(c) (3) Non-Profit organization, a portion of your contribution is tax-deductible.
Make all checks payable to Gridiron Heroes. Send Donations, Registration Fee and/or Sponsorship Fee to:
1340 Tulip Circle
McAllen, TX 78504
For questions or more information, please call Roberto Valdez at 956-330-9276, Eddie Canales Founder/Director of Gridiron Heroes at 210-849-9250 or Joey Rios @ Tierra Santa 956-447-0406
Thank You in Advance for your support!
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Dez Bryant Football Camp
Location: McAllen – Valley View High School
Kids ages five and up are invited to be a part of The Rio Grande Valley’s biggest football event of the year! Dallas Cowboy star wide receiver Dez Bryant will host the event along with other Cowboys players to teach fundamentals of the game! The camp teaches basic football skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Athletes will learn how to run, throw, catch, defend, form block, form tackle, and explode out of their stance. This camp provides a fun and encouraging environment, athletes of all ages will build their confidence on the field.
Each Camper Receives
- Camp T-Shirt
- Autographed Camp Team Photo with Dez
- A day of Expert Instruction
- Opportunity to Win Contests and Prizes
- A Fun and Educational Experience Guaranteed!
Stations and Fundamentals
Campers will experience various stations, specializing in fundamental skills of football. Individual groups will be small to assure that each camper gets maximum instruction from the top football coaches in the Rio Grande Valley area.
Games and Competition
Campers will participate in daily games, stations, and skill contests during the Dez Bryant Football Camp. Each camper will be placed on a team according to his or her age.
Dez Bryant will give talks highlighting the finer points of the game of football and beyond. Parents and guests will be able to listen to camp guests in designated areas at each location.
Snacks, drinks and assorted football camp items available for purchase.
Location: McAllen, TX
Dates: Jul 9-Jul 9, 2011
Register to get updates as discounts become available
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Congratulations to the Steadmans!
South Padre Island was a place of beauty this weekend. There was not a cloud anywhere in the sky on Saturday, nor could there be. Not on the day it became official. Vipers assistant coach Jai Steadman got married to the now former Sally Delgado of Pharr at Beach Access 7 on Gulf Blvd.
Outdoor weddings can be scary. What if it rains? What if it’s windy? What if it’s cloudy? But, like the relationship Jai and Sally have had for a good year now, it was a perfect day. You could not find a better day to have a beach wedding.
It was a true Vipers event. When we walked in, we walked past the Vipers bus, with Homer in the driver’s seat, which contained the bride. As we walked we got our photos taken by Dana and Dutch Cowgill, the best team photographers in the NBA Development League. Our staff was there, there was even an Austin Toros coach (Taylor Jenkins) in the groom’s party. Vice President Shu Muthyala was the best man. Not that our titles or rolls mattered for this day. It was not ours, but Jai and Sally’s.
Sally was escorted down the aisle by her two sons. The wedding contained many traditions from their cultures and, like the day and the occasion, it was perfect.
I was happy to see it happen for a number of reasons. Jai has been a close friend of mine for at least a year and a half, if not longer. I like to see him happy. What’s more is that Sally embraced all of Jai’s friends right away, including many feasts (can you say lasagna?) at their house in which Sally cooked for staff and players.
Pretty much from the first time I saw Jai and Sally together, I knew it would be forever. When Jai told me he was going to propose, to me he wasn’t really asking a question that he needed to be nervous about. We all knew what the answer would be.
Working for the Vipers has given me an extended family. From the front office to the coaching staff, we’re a tight-knit group. It certainly helps to ease being 2,000 miles away from home. So this was an extra special event. To add to it, Jai and Sally allowed me to bring my girlfriend, who they had never met, and yet were extremely nice to. I would imagine that, if I was getting married, I’d find it strange to be meeting people for the first time at the wedding. Not Jai or Sally. They brought us up to take pictures with them after the ceremony and we had a great time at the reception.
Still, this was their night. From the first dance as a married couple to the kiss with the grapefruit sun setting in the background to the groom’s cake shaped as the state of Nebraska (there really is nothing better for a man with as much pride in his home as Jai), everything was simply perfect.
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Harlingen South Football
Coach Leal enters 2011 with a team that desperately wants to improve from the past two seasons.
Noe Longoria Reporting.
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I’m watching the Lakers-Mavericks game right now. At halftime ESPN’s Hannah Storm said something along the lines of: the Lakers are trying to avoid falling into an “insurmountable” 3-0 hole.
The word insurmountable really stuck out to me. If the Lakers lose Game 3 and the deficit is insurmountable, then why play Game 4 (or any of the other games if the Lakers win a or some games)?
This wasn’t the first time I’ve heard something like this… I hear it all the time. A few years ago I co-hosted a sports talk show called The Monday Night Sports Block on WTBU in Boston. When it was time to make out picks for the 2006 NBA Playoffs, I chose the eighth-seeded Golden State Warriors over the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks. Boy did I hear it after that. My fellow co-hosts and some callers chimed in to inform me that, with the first round now being seven games, there was no way an eight seed would ever beat a one seed. No way, no how. I kept my argument based in basketball. Among my arguments was that the Warriors had the advantage at four out of five starting positions. But I left out the most important argument, one that I’m more apt to use today. It really is one that so much simpler:
If an eight seed can’t beat a one seed, then the eight seed should not be in the playoffs. Give the one seed a first-round bye.
Of course, I was right. The Warriors won that series, though they fell in the second round. This year the Grizzlies proved me right again. Not because I picked Memphis over San Antonio, but because an eight beat a one and now an eight is leading a four 2-1 in the second round. Those eight seeded Grizzlies could very easily advance to the Conference Finals.
It’s the same argument I use when picking an NCAA Tournament bracket. This year I picked 16th-seeded BU over top-seeded Kansas. Yeah, I was biased. No doubt about that. I will always pick BU because that’s where I went. But if you’re telling me a 16-seed will NEVER beat a 1-seed, then there should not be any 16 seeds. Give the top seeds first round byes. You can’t tell me an America East school will never win a game because #13 Vermont upset #4 Syracuse in 2005 and then came within five minutes of knocking off eventual champion Michigan State. Heck, #16 Albany came within a matter of minutes of knocking off #1 UConn in 2006.
Is it more likely that the #1 seed wins? Sure. That doesn’t mean it will always happen. A #16 already beat a #1 in the women’s game, when Harvard knocked off Stanford in 1998. Considering that the women’s game is not very deep and the best way to pick your bracket is to take all the #1 and #2 seeds making the Elite 8, that’s pretty impressive. Did you know this year was only the second time in women’s NCAA history that there was no #1 seed in the championship game? The analysts talked a lot about how huge that was. It was a pair of #2 seeds. In the men’s game no one would bat an eye because there’s more depth. Yet it’s the men’s game in which there can’t be a huge upset? Give me a break.
#11 VCU made the Final Four after playing a play-in game. Afterwards there were those who said it would never happen again. Coach Finch and I chatted about it and he had the same conclusion as me. Every team playing post-season ball has a chance to win. Yeah, it’s better to have a higher seed, but once you’re in the playoffs, you have a chance to win it all. And that’s all you can ask for.Share this post:
Laredo United vs. Sharyland Full Game
Laredo United upset the 2nd ranked Sharyland Rattlers in Sinton, Texas Friday evening. Laredo United came into the bi-district round as the forth seed after forfeiting 15 games. The Rattlers hung onto a 2-1 lead in the 7th inning until the United Longhorns caught fire scoring 2 in the inning.
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Weslaco vs. Harlingen South Game 2
Weslaco travels to Harlingen South. The Panthers can end the Hawks season with a win. South is looking to continue the series with a win.Share this post:
Harlingen South vs. Weslaco Game 1
The Harlingen South Hawks travel to Weslaco for tonight’s bi-district baseball game. This is a three game series. Game 1 on Thursday begins at 7 PM. Carlos Robledo and David Fox will lead our broadcast tonight.Share this post:
Playoff Baseball Watch Live!
Harlingen South vs. Weslaco
956sports.com playoff baseball coverage presented by Steve Bazan – Farmers Insurance Agency- will begin Thursday in Weslaco as the Harlingen South Hawks take on the Weslaco Panthers in the bi-district round. Leading our broadcast will be Carlos Robledo and David Fox. Carlos and David will call the best of three series. Friday night’s game will be in Harlingen and if needed, Saturday’s game will be in Weslaco.
Sharyland vs. Laredo United
Joe Bowling will take the lead for this game between Sharyland, Maxpreps.com’s 2nd ratied team in the nation and Laredo United. United has had to deal with some forfeitures of games, but is far better than their record indicates. Both teams will be traveling to Sinton, Texas. Broadcast starts at 7:30.
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Olvera To Sign With Lon Morris
Edinburg’s Aaron Olvera will sign his letter of intent to Lon Morris College Wednesday at Edinburg High School. Aaron was the MVP of the Rio Grande Valley this year and an All State selection for the Bobcats.
Aaron averaged 21 points per game, to go along with 3.8 assists and 6 rebounds per game while leading the Bobcats to the team’s best season in the school’s history. The Bobcats posted a 33-3 record making it to the state sweet sixteen in the 5A ranks.
Lon Morris is located in Jacksonville, Texas and is part of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Lon Morris is coached by Dale Dotson. Lon Morris went 21-10 last year, reaching the Regional Quarterfinals. Since 2002, Coach Dotson has produced 36 Division I players, and During his tenure at LMC, he has produced eight All-Americans and sent more than 35 players to the Division I level with his players having a 94% graduation rate.
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Omar Figueroa Press Conference
HIDALGO, TEXAS, OCTOBER 22- On Friday, November 12, Golden Boy Promotions returns to the Rio Grande Valley to feature one of the Valley’s own at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Weslaco native Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. (10-0, 8 KO’s) will fight against Arturo Quintero of Las Vegas, Nev. in the main event of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate,” while Houston’s undefeated welterweight prospect Jermell Charlo faces top Mexican prospect Luis Enrique Grajeda in the eight round co-featured bout.
“We are excited to bring boxing back to the Rio Grande Valley,” said president of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar de la Hoya. “With a young star like Omar in the main event in a tough fight like he is in against Quintero, and a co-feature between two top undefeated prospects like Charlo and Grajeda, this is a show you do not want to miss.”
Anthony Cavazos, president of Cavazos Boxing and co-promoter of the event, said that he is excited to see Figueroa get this golden opportunity in front of his hometown fans. “Omar is a rising star and this is an exciting time for him to get an opportunity like this,” said Cavazos. ”He signed with Golden Boy a year ago and now he is close to a shot at a title. Also, he gets a chance to fight his first eight rounder in a main event fight in front of the Valley fans. Omar has been training really hard with former world champion Jesse James Leija and I am sure he will be in tremendous shape.”
Figueroa vs. Quintero, an eight round bout which headlines a night of world-class professional boxing, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Cavazos Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate. Doors open at the State Farm Arena at 6:00pm PT, the first bell rings at 7:00pm and the TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:30pm ET / 8:30pm PT (10:30pm CT). Fans at home can also be part of the action by voting for the fighter in the main event who displayed the most character during the telecast by sending a text message to 55333.
A two-fisted banger who has earned the nickname “Panterita” for his ability to destroy any opponent in his path, 20-year-old Omar Figueroa (10-0, 8 KO’s) has blasted his way to eight knockout victories since his professional debut in 2008. As he continues his third year as a professional on November 12, the native of Weslaco, Texas looks forward to battling Arturo Quintero in front of his hometown crowd.
26-year old Arturo Quintero (15-4, 9 KO’s) is blessed with power and poise in the ring and he’s used both to win 15 of 19 bouts. A rugged competitor who never shies away from a challenge, the Las Vegan makes plans on showing the young gun Omar Figueroa a thing or two.
In 13 professional fights, Houston’s Jermell Charlo (13-0, 7 KO’s) has barely lost a round, dazzling opponents with his speed, combinations and ring savvy. Perhaps the scariest part of Charlo’s ring resume is that he’s accomplished all that he has at only 20 years old. On November 12, fresh off of back-to-back knockout wins over Adan Murillo and Quinton Whitaker, Charlo will get a chance to battle it out with fellow unbeaten prospect Luis Enrique Grajeda.
Two-time Mexican national amateur champion Luis Enrique Grajeda (10-0-1, 7 KO’s) is one of his country’s top prospects, blessed with poise and power in the ring. A two-year professional, Grajeda has already defeated the likes of Osvaldo Rojas and veteran Cristian Favela in 2010. However, he showed more than just skill in his September bout against Alan Sanchez when he rose from two knockdowns to battle his way to an eight round draw, displaying the heart many believe will one day take him to a world championship.
Also appearing on the event is Weslaco native Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (28-3, 21 KO’s) who will make his much anticipated return to the Valley following his battle with former World Champion Antonio Margarito which Garcia lost via a hotly contested unanimous decision.
“Even though Robert lost the 10 round war, he can honestly say he hung in there with one of the most feared fighters in the world and came out of it pretty clean,” said Cavazos. ”I am excited to see Robert come back and fight here in the Valley. In fact, the buzz is already on the streets and the phones have been ringing off the hook due to the fact Robert is fighting here once again.”
The hard hitting undercard will also feature local favorites Raul Tovar (8-4-1, 3 KO’s) and Juan Manuel Lopez (7-4, 5 KO’s).
Tickets, priced at $25, $55, $75 and $105 on sale now and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or at the State Farm Arena Box Office. For VIP seating and table information, contact Anthony Cavazos at 956-369-0742.
“This is going to be a big night of boxing here in the Rio Grande Valley” said Cavazos. “We are expecting a big crowd so get your tickets early.”
Tecate, cerveza con carácter, is the largest beer brand to sponsor boxing matches in the U.S. Part of its commitment to make boxing accessible to consumers is the title sponsorship of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate,” which creates an opportunity for local fans to witness some of the most exhilarating fights by today’s up-and-coming prospects. Additionally, Tecate has been a primary supporter of Golden Boy Promotions’ marquee events since 2007, and has launched a variety of initiatives to ensure consumers are part of the boxing experience, including boxer autograph signing sessions, commemorative cans, PPV mail-in rebate offers, and most recently the launch of a mobile museum “Tecate Museo de Boxeo,” which showcases decades of the most memorable moments in the sport.
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Former Texan Roy Swift takes over Overland boys basketball
By Neil Devlin
Overland messed with Texas and landed a new boys basketball coach.
The Aurora school in the Class 5A Centennial League has landed Roy Swift.
Actually, Swift has served on the school staff as a security specialist while working toward a physical education position.
Swift formerly was at McAllen High School in Texas, where he compiled a four-year record of 114-35. On an assortment of levels, Swift owns a 304-140 mark, including 18 years with Texas schoolboys.
He replaces Ron Garcia y Ortiz, who now will focus on administrative duties as an athletic director.Share this post: