The Huddle – Coach Carmona
Tony and Jake discuss the release of Coach Raquel Carmona and where she might land.Share this post:
Mercedes – 1 Lyford – 0 Bi-District
The Huddle Episode 32
Tony and the crew welcome Joe Filoteo (AD Edinburg), Michael Salinas (Edinburg Vela), and other coaches tomorrow on The Huddle.
Raymondville Wins State Powerlifting
Standing left to right is Coach Segundo Garza, Senior Greg Juarez-242 div., Senior Mark Cavazos-220 div., Senior Joseph Zaragoza-148 div., Freshman Bobby Gonzales-242 div., Jose Castaneda(Manager), and Head Coach Gerardo Villarreal.
The Raymondville Boys Powerlifting Team won the Division II State Powerlifting Championship this past Saturday. The meet was held in Abilene, TX. This is the 2nd State Championship Title for Raymondville in 3 years. The Team comprised of Greg Juarez, Mark Cavazos, Joseph Zaragoza and Bobby Gonzales. Greg Juarez won the 242 lb. Division and Mark Cavazos placed 2nd in the 220 lb. Division. Also, Mystika Garcia-State Champion won the 220 lb. Division on 3-17-12. Broke the Girls State Squat Record with 475 lbs.
Love Her or Hate Her, She’s One of the Best
As a former assistant to Raquel Carmona I am torn by the announcement of her release from coaching duties.
Seven years ago she allowed me to get my feet wet in girls basketball. I was a northerner; an outsider, and she took a chance on me.
I coached four years for coach Carmona from freshman girls to junior varsity. Over those four years I saw the good and bad that comes with coaching. I never truly saw eye to eye with coach, but I knew my role as the good soldier.
While other programs were getting hand me down jerseys, Carmona’s teams were always the sharpest dressed, organized and the model of how to consolidate one message through all levels of the program. As a coach, we were never short of shirts, shorts, or shoes.
She was the queen of head games, although sometimes those games were detrimental to the team, you can’t argue that it helped her reach the sweet 16 four times, and until this year she had made the playoffs every year.
She is not without controversy. She has been suspended before, alienated players and coaches that did not buy into her philosophy of winning. But what good coach hasn’t walked that grey area stepping onto the dark side at times?
She has made friends through the years with parents and players alike and also created enemies the same way. She is the ultimate galvanizing force in Edinburg sports. You either root for her or against her, seldom is their middle ground.
And through it all, coach Carmona endured and placed her legacy of winning as a beacon for future coaches in Edinburg. She is the measuring stick of success for all programs, not just basketball. While I can agree that a change had to be made, by no means am I happy to see her go.
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Carmona Released as Head Coach
Edinburg coach Raquel Carmona has been released from her duties as head basketball coach of the Lady Bobcats. Under Carmona the Lady Bobcats have four sweet 16 appearances.
Coach Dawn Engleman (Harlingen South) response to the release:
“I’m stunned at the release of Coach Carmona. She is a great coach that has shown her love and passion for the sport for years. She has been one of the leaders in our sport for years. Coach Carmona has always gone above and beyond in trying to help her athletes, as well as athletes in other programs.”
Willy Brown (Brownsville Hanna) response:
“She is a very good coach. I would feel extremely good if she coached one of my three daughters.”
Edinburg Vela Coaches List
Vela OC- Tom Campos
SOFTBALL – Belinda Trevino
BASEBALL – Chris D McKinley – Burleson, TX
Boys BBALL – Lalo Rios
Girls Baskebtall -Lottie Zarate
Volleyball – Areceli Ortega
Boys Track & Boys CC – Hernan Figueroa
Girls Track – Diana S Romero
Girl Cross Country - Sonia White
Boys Soccer - Amerigo Cortez
Girls Soccer – Elias A Moran
TENNIS - Monica Gonzales
Edinburg North Offensive Coordinator – Damian Gonzalez
Economedes Defensive Coordinator – Marco A Longoria
UTPA vs #18 Texas 5:50pm
LISTEN LIVE: UTPA Baseball Visits No. 18 Texas at 6:00 p.m.
AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs baseball team (12-5) visits the No. 18 University of Texas Longhorns (13-9) on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
The Longhorns are ranked 18th by Baseball America , 19th by Collegiate Baseball, 23rd by the NCBWA, and 25th by the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Pre-game coverage begins at 5:50 p.m.
What You Need to Know
This is the 49th meeting all-time between the Broncs and Longhorns in a series dating back to 1968. The Broncs have seven wins in that time.
This Broncs last beat the Longhorns in 1971, shutting them out in back-to-back games (1-0, 4-0) in the NCAA District Championships to advance to the College World Series. Including the regular season, the Broncs were 6-1 against the Longhorns in 1971. The Broncs’ only other win against the Longhorns came in 1968 in game two of the NCAA District Championships (the Longhorns won games one and three). Since then, the Broncs have lost 34-straight games to the Longhorns.
After beating No. 8 Teas A&M on March 14, the Broncs are looking to get wins against both Texas and Texas A&M in the same season for the second time in program history and first time since 1968.
The Broncs are looking for their second win against a ranked opponent this season and under Manny Mantrana. This is the Broncs’ 13th game against a ranked opponent since he took over in 2009.
The Broncs are 9-1 against teams from Texas and 3-0 against teams in the UT-system this season.
The Broncs are currently ranked a season-high 63rd in the RPI.
The Broncs are 10th in the NCAA with a team batting average of .332. Roger Bernal ranks at the top of the pack among individuals at .486.
Last Time Out
Broncs @ UTSA Roadrunners (3/27/12)
The Broncs snapped a four-game losing streak with an 18-13 victory over UTSA.
It was the Broncs’ first win over the Roadrunners since March 4, 2007, breaking a seven-game losing streak.
The 18 runs are the most the Broncs have scored in a game since February 26, 2010, when they scored 23 against UT-Brownsville. The Broncs played 122 games in-between those occurrences.
The 19 hits are the most the Broncs have had since April 29, 2011, when they had 21 against Houston Baptist. The Broncs played 34 games in-between those occurrences.
The combined 31 runs are the most in a Broncs game since a 16-15 win over Chicago State on April 10, 2011. The Broncs played 46 games in-between those occurrences.
The Broncs batted around twice and sent eight men to plate in another inning.
Roger Bernal went 3-for-6 to raise his NCAA-leading batting average from .485 to .486. In 17 games, Bernal has hit safely 16 times, with at least two this 11 times, at least three hits seven times four hits twice.
Will Klausing saw his first action of the season, starting in right field and playing the first five innings while going 2-for-3 with an RBI in the seven hole.
Adrian de la Rosa saw his first action since March 3, starting in center field and going 2-for-5 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored.
Derek Hagy recorded his sixth three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-6 with three RBI and a career-high four runs scored.
The Bronccs tied their season-high with three stolen bases, including one by Vincent Mejia, which was the first of his career in four attempts.
The Broncs open up Great West Conference play on Thursday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. when they host the New York Institute of Technology at Edinburg Baseball Stadium.
Mercedes Tops East 4-0
UTPA vs UTSA Baseball Live 3:50pm
LISTEN LIVE: UTPA Baseball Visits UTSA Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs baseball team (11-5) visits the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners (11-13) on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at Roadrunner Field.
Pre-game coverage begins at 3:50 p.m.
What You Need to Know
This is the 72nd meeting all-time between the Broncs and Roadrunners in a series dating back to 1992. The Broncs have 27 wins in that time. This is their first meeting since 2009.
This Broncs last beat the Roadrunners on March 4, 2007, 3-2 at Edinburg Baseball Stadium during the Al Ogletree Classic. The Broncs are looking to break a seven-game losing streak to the Roadrunners.
The Broncs are currently ranked 77th in the RPI. The Broncs have been as high as 71st this season (3/24).
The Broncs are 10th in the NCAA with a team batting average of .326. Roger Bernal ranks at the top of the pack among individuals at .485.
Last Time Out
Broncs @ New Mexico State University Aggies (3/25/12)
The Broncs are now 5-1 in games decided by the 10-run mercy rule after falling to the Aggies 19-2 in a game that ended after six and a half innings.
This was the first time the Broncs were swept in a series this season.
Travis Neslony made his Broncs debut, starting and facing three batters, one of whom reached on an error and two of whom walked.
Nolan Atkins pitched a career-high three and one-third innings.
Chris Torres started at catcher, marking the first time he has caught on back-to-back days this season.
Lee Rios recorded his first-career hit, singling as a pinch-hitter in the sixth.
4×100 Meter Relay (Boys)
Randy Bermea and Harlingen were behind during the final exchange but blew away the competition on the final 100 meters to win first place at the meet of champions.
Friday Boxing Recap
Local welterweight Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (31-3, 21 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Antwone Smith (21-4-1, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Pharr Convention Center in Pharr, Texas. Scores were 98-92, 97-93, 97-93.
In a clash of jr middleweights coming off their first losses, James De la Rosa (21-1, 12 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Tyrone Brunson (21-2-1, 20 KOs). Brunson was credited with a knockdown in round two, but De la Rosa was in command for most the fight.
2012 Meet Of Champs
Joe Bowling leads our broadcast of the Meet of Champs with KWES from Bobby Lackey Stadium in Weslaco, Texas.
The Huddle Episode 31
Tom Campos, Randy Bermea, Jonah Goldberg (UTPA), Omar Figueroa, and Bryan Benway join Tony on the show Saturday morning.
Catch the show on Fox Sports Radio 840am or online at 956sports.com.
La Amenaza – Border Explosion Preview
Carlos Robledo breaks down tomorrow’s Border Explosion from the Pharr Events Center.
Mercedes Edges Roma 2-1
Omar Figueroa Post Fight
Figueroa blasted Ramon Ayala out in just two rounds, while Caballero struggled a bit with Jose Luis Araiza in the co-feature.
Michael Salinas Vela Football
Head coach Michael Salinas makes his debut on the Huddle and talks about his staff and picking his other head coaches.
Stephanie Cantu Rowe Softball
After a wee of blow out victories, Stephanie Cantu joined Tony Forina on the Huddle.
Marco Guajardo PSJA Baseball
Head coach Marco Guajardo talks about the PSJA Bears baseball team and district 31-5a
Isaac Torres & Raul Casarez On The Huddle
PHARR- What do you get when you have two highly anticipated pro debuts and a local favorite fighting his toughest opponent to date? You get the return of Golden Boy Promotions to the Rio Grande Valley.
Pharr’s Enrique Alvarez and Mission native and amateur sensation Isaac Torres will step in the ring as a pro for the first time and Raul “El Tigre” Casarez (18-2, 9 KO’s) of Edinburg will be battle tested in the main event as Golden Boy Promotions, in association with Don Chargin Productions, Telefutura and Marines Promotions presents “Fight Night Showdown” on Saturday, March 17th at the Pharr Events Center.
Boxing trainer James Gogue works with all three fighters and said that they will definitely be ready come fight night.
“I have worked with these guys on a daily basis and they are ready to go,” said Gogue. “Enrique has been training with me since he was 13 years old. He has over 30 amateur fights and has sparred against some of the best fighters in the Valley. Enrique brings a pro style to the ring and he has definitely earned this right. Isaac is totally different than Enrique though. Isaac has over 225 amateur fights, has won 14 national titles, has beaten some of the top amateurs in the nation and fought in the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2012. Isaac is a very mature fighter and has pro ability and talent.”
“As for Raul, he is going to be in a tough test. His opponent J.C. Candelo (30-10-4, 21 KO’s) is a proven veteran fighter and has faced some of the best fighters in the world. In fact, he lost a close fight to Winky Wright for the world title back in 2003. However, Raul has been working hard in the gym and has had some good sparring work with James De La Rosa and Robert Garcia. Raul needs this test to evaluate where he is at. This fight will prove is he is ready to get to the next level.”Share this post:
The Huddle Episode 30
Tony Forina and the Huddle will be talking NCAA hoops, boxing, girls softball, baseball and of course football this morning.
CC Carroll vs PSJA Full Game
CC Carroll vs Harlingen Full Game
Corpus Christi Carroll and star baseball player Courtney Hawkins battle Harlingen South at 2pm from Harlingen Baseball Stadium.Share this post:
Baseball Looks for Split with #8 Texas A&M at 3:05 p.m
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs baseball team (8-1) looks to split their two-game series with the No. 8 Texas A&M University Aggies on Wednesday at 3:05 p.m. at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
What You Need to Know
- This is the 75th meeting all-time between the Broncs and Aggies in a series dating back to 1968. The Broncs have 17 wins in that time.
- The Broncs last beat the Aggies in 2002, 3-2. The Broncs last beat the Aggies in back-to-back games in 2000, 3-1 and 5-3.
Last Time Out
Broncs @ #8 Texas A&M University Aggies (3/13/12)
- The Broncs suffered their first loss of the season, 10-4.
- The Broncs had been of to an 8-0 start for the second time in program history. The last time the Broncs were previously 8-0 was 1979, when they started the season a program best 9-0.
- The Broncs held the lead for the first half of the game, leading 3-0 after the top of the first and staying ahead 4-3 after the top of the fifth. The Aggies tied it in the bottom of the fifth and scored four runs in the sixth to take the lead for good.
- Derek Hagy led all batters with three hits, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.
- Mike McCarthy went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
- After making his first 36-career appearances in relief, Palm View-native and junior right-hander Guadalupe Barrera made his first career-start, pitching a career-high 4.1 innings while allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks to go with two strikeouts.
- Bryan Maxwell made his first relief appearance of the season, striking out three in 1.1 innings while allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits and one walk.
The Broncs host Texas A&M University-Corpus Chrisit in a doubleheader on Tuesday, March 2 at 3:00 p.m.
Baseball Visits #8 Texas A&M Tuesday
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs baseball team (8-0) leaves the Rio Grande Valley for the first time this season for the first of two games against the #8 Texas A&M University Aggies (13-3) on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
What You Need to Know
- This is the 74th meeting all-time between the Broncs and Aggies in a series dating back to 1968. The Broncs have 17 wins in that time.
- The Broncs and Aggies last met last season, with the Broncs falling 4-1 and 7-0. The Broncs last beat the Aggies in 2002, 3-2. The Broncs last beat the Aggies in back-to-back games in 2000, 3-1 and 5-3.
- The Broncs are off to an 8-0 start for the second time in program history. The last time the Broncs were 8-0 was 1979, when they started the season 9-0.
- After winning four-straight and then five-straight games to start the season over the last two seasons, the Broncs are winners of eight-straight this season.
- The only other coach in program history to achieve a start of at least 8-0 is Hall of Famer Al Ogletree, who did so in 1979 (9-0).
Last Time Out
Broncs vs. Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon Tigres (3/10/12)
- The Broncs beat the Tigres 10-0 in their first ever matchup with the Tigres. The game was called in the bottom of the eighth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.
- Angel Ibanez went 2-for-4 with a triple, three RBI and two runs scored.
- Derek Hagy was the table setter as he went 3-for-4 and scored three runs in the leadoff spot.
- Chris Torres drove in three runs and went 2-for-4.
- Bryan Maxwell took a bid for a no-hitter into the seventh inning for the second time this season before it was broken up by a Cristo Munoz single, the Tigres’ only hit of the game.
The Broncs and Aggies complete this two-game series on Wednesday at 3:05 p.m.Share this post:
PSJA North vs Edinburg Full Game
The PSJA North Raiders travel to Edinburg Field (formerly Roadrunners Stadium) for a district match-up with Edinburg High.
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956sports Bracket Challenge
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Sharyland’s Ron Adame
Ron Adame talks about the upcoming football season, taking over for Fred Sanchez, and his new district.
Kenyon Murray – NCAA Tourney
Kenyon Murray of the Big Ten network helps educate the “The Huddle” on the NCAA tournament and who to look for from the sleepers and the power house programs.
Bart Bickerton Interview
Sharyland baseball head coach Bart Bickerton talks baseball with Tony Forina and the Huddle.Share this post:
The Huddle Episode 29
Tony Forina have Bart Bickerton (Sharyland Baseball), Ron Adame (Sharyland Football), and Kenyon Murray from the Big Ten Network on this morning.
UTPA vs UND (Women’s Basketball)
CHICAGO, Illinois — The fourth-seeded Univerity of Texas-Pan American Broncs women’s basketball team (13-16, 5-5 Great West Conference) face the top-seeded University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (19-10, 9-1 GWC) in the semifinals of the GWC Tournament on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Jones Convocation Center on the campus of Chicago State University.
The winner advances to the championship game on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against either second-seeded Utah Valley University or third-seeded New Jersey Institute of Technology.
What You Need to Know
Broncs Postseason History: The Broncs are 2-2 all-time in the Great West Conference Tournament, with wins in the 2010 and 2012 quarterfinals … This is the Broncs’ first meeting with North Dakota in the Great West Conference Tournament … The Broncs were 3-6 all-time in the National Independent Tournament … The Broncs competed in the Sun Belt Conference from 1991 through 1998 and the American South Conference from 1987 through 1991, but did not win a conference tournament game.
vs. North Dakota: The this is the ninth meeting all-time between the Broncs and North Dakota in a series that dates back to 2007 … The Broncs have picked up two wins in that time … The Broncs fell at North Dakota earlier this season, 93-60 (2/4), and followed that up with a 60-58 loss at the UTPA Fieldhouse (2/23) … The Broncs have won three-straight since then … After missing the first game, LaQuita Garner played 18 minuets, all in the second half, in the second game, scoring 10 points.
Wins Record in Sight: The Broncs are one win away from tying the program record for wins in a single season with 14. The Broncs have done it twice, during the 2004-05 (14-14) and 2008-09 (14-16) seasons.
Historic Three-Year Stretch: The Broncs are in the midst of their winningest three-year stretch in program history with 38 wins. The mark was previously achieved with 36 wins from 2006 through 2009 under former head coach DeAnn Craft. Current Broncs head coach Denny Downing is off to the best three-year start by a coach in program history, recording 13 wins in his first season, 12 in his second season, and 13 so far this season. Craft held the previous mark with 34 wins in her first three seasons, with marks of 13, 14 and seven wins.
Last Time Out
#4 UTPA 57, #5 Chicago State 51 (3/8/12):
The Broncs picked up their first-ever win against the host school during the Great West Conference Tournament.
The Broncs advanced to the semifinals for the second time in three years.
The Broncs led by as many as 20 points midway through the second half, and although that lead shrunk to one late in the game, the Broncs did hold the lead for the final 37:58 of the game.
The Broncs opened the game on a 13-2 run.
Keandra Goodson recorded her third double-double of the season with a career-high 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Adanna Opara recorded her second double-double of the season with 11 points and a season-high tying 12 rebounds.
The Broncs out-rebounded the Cougars 43-24 overall and 12-6 on the offensive glass.
The Broncs out-shot the Cougars 46.8%-to-32.1%.
Season Series vs. North Dakota
North Dakota 60, UTPA 58 (2/23/12):
The Broncs out-shot North Dakota 39.7%-to-33.3% and hit half of their shots (14-for-28) in the second half.
The Broncs were 6-for-8 (75%) from the foul line while North Dakota was 18-for-28 (64.3%).
Bianca Torre scored eight of her team-high 11 points in the final 1:45, using a pair of three-pointers and two free throws to nearly bring the Broncs back from a seven-point deficit.
Johnondra Patterson recorded a career-high nine rebounds and dished out a career-high four steals while scoring eight points.
In her first game since January 21, LaQuita Garner scored 10 points off the bench.
North Dakota 93, UTPA 60 (2/4/12):
Keandra Goodson scored 12 points with seven rebounds in her first start since January 21.
Bianca Torre score a team-high 14 points while hitting all four of the Broncs’ three-pointers and playing the full 40 minutes.
Erin Lewis set new season-highs in points (12), field goals made (4), free throws made (4), free throws attempted (5) and steals (3).
The Broncs held leads of 1-0 and 3-2.