The Huddle Episode 36
Tony Forina and the crew will be talking baseball, softball, UTPA, and RGV Magic today on the show. Watch the show live online or mobile using the 956sports.com App. Show starts at 8:00am on Fox Sports Radio 840am.
Mercedes vs Flour Bluff Live 7pm!
The Lady Tigers travel to Falfurias to take on Flour Bluff in Bi-District. Game starts at 7.
Los Fresnos vs Edinburg Full Game
The Los Frensos Falcons meet the Edinburg Lady Bobcats in the bi-district round tonight. The Lady Bobcats enter the playoffs with a 23-3 record.
Users can view the game in the Watch Live Portion of our app.
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Mercedes’ Flores Is Hard To Stop
Carlos Robledo takes a look at Stephanie Flores of Mercedes. Flores has lead her team to the district title and possibly the MVP for herself.
Online users can view the video in the video section.
PSJA Guajardo The Huddle
PSJA’s head coach Marco Guajardo talks about the Bears’undefeated season and the playoffs. The PSJA Bears have locked up their fourth district title in a row.
Introducing The New 956sports App
956sports.com is proud to introduce the new 956sports.com app. The new app allows users to find schedules, photos, videos like the previous app, however it offer so much more. Users can now watch live games straight within the app. The Huddle on Fox Sports Radio 840am can now be heard on the app as a podcast and video, and users can converse back and forth using our “Fan Wall.”
The “Fan Wall” allows users the ability to converse thru the app using their twitter/facebook accounts as their login. Fans can also use the “Fan Wall” to post pictures from events and our interactive wall keeps track of it all.
Mercedes Claims 32-4A Title
The Lady Tigers claim the crown for 32-4A softball with the victory over the Roma Lady Gladiators.
Sharyland Takes State in Shoot-Outs
Video courtesy of Time Warner Cable and Fox Sports Southwest
GEORGETOWN — The Sharyland Rattlers defeated Katy Morton Ranch 3-2 in a shootout Saturday to claim the UIL Class 5A state boys soccer championship.
This is the first soccer title for Sharyland and the first for the valley since Hidalgo’s victory in 2009.
The Rattlers finished their historic season 31-3-3.Share this post:
The Huddle Episode 35
Sharyland’s Bart Bickerton, PSJA’s Marco Guajardo, the RGV Magic’s Ric Miller, and many other guest join us in “The Huddle” this morning. Join us from 8-10am every Saturday morning on 840am Fox Sports Radio or watch live on 956sports.com.
State 7 on 7 Qualifying Tournaments
QUALIFYING TOURNAMENTS SET FOR 2012
FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST 7-on-7 STATE TOURNAMENT
Qualifying tournament sites and dates for the 15th annual FOX Sports Southwest 7-on-7 State Championship Tournament presented by adidas and Academy Sports & Outdoors have been set. State Qualifying Tournament action begins May 19-20 to determine the 128 teams that will compete in the 2012 state tournament.
Thirty-two qualifying tournaments will be held May 19-June 30 throughout Texas to determine the 64 teams that will compete in the Division I (Class 4A-5A) state championship tournament July 20-21 on the Texas A&M campus.
In addition, 32 qualifying tournaments will be held May 19-June 23 throughout Texas to determine the 64 teams that will compete in the sixth annual FOX Sports Southwest 7-on-7 State Championship. The Division II (Class 1A-3A) state championship tournament will be held July 19-20 on the Texas A&M campus.
Following are the 32 state qualifying tournaments for Division I (Class 4A-5A):
May 19 Houston Texans
May 20 Sam Brown (Houston Texans)
May 26 Arlington Bowie
June 1 Mesquite
June 2 Colleyville Heritage
June 8 Plano West
June 9 Belton
Corpus Christi Calallen
El Paso Hanks
June 15 Wylie
June 16 Abilene
Fort Bend Dulles
June 23 Central Catholic (San Antonio)
Katy Cinco Ranch
June 30 Mission
Following are the 32 state qualifying tournaments for Division II (Class 1A-3A):
May 19 Altair Rice Consolidated
May 26 Crane
Houston Second Baptist
June 1 Bullard
June 2 Whitney
June 3 Midwestern State University
June 8 Columbus
June 9 Alpine
June 16 Bandera
Texas A&M – Commerce
Tyler Junior College
PSJA Travels to EHS, Live 7pm!
The first place PSJA bears travel to Edinburg and look to continue their undefeated district season, while Edinburg is trying to position themselves for the playoffs. First pitch starts at 7pm from Edinburg High.
Jose Yebra Talks BISD
Tony Forina and Nikki Rowe’s Jose Yebra talk about his interest in the opening for athletic director at Brownsville ISD.
Coach Yebra is currently the boys basketball coach at Nikki Rowe High School.
JD Salinas The Huddle Interview
Newly named EHS Lady Bobcat coach, John David Salinas, took time from his Saturday to talk about his new program and building his own style.
Tony Hill – Cowboys Interview
Tony Hill took time to talk about his Cowboys community event at UTPA.
EDINBURG, Texas – The University of Texas-Pan American Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced on Monday that they are hosting a basketball game featuring a team of Dallas Cowboys to raise money for the UTPA Athletics scholarship fund on Saturday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m. at the UTPA Fieldhouse.
Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased now online at utpabroncs.com or by calling the UTPA athletics office at (956) 665-2221.
“This is going to be a huge event. It will help us to continue to pay for the education of our student-athletes while also providing a great experience for our fans throughout the community,” UTPA Director of Athletics Chris King said.
Seven current members of the Cowboys are scheduled to be in attendance, including running back Demarco Murray, who led the Cowboys in rushes (164), rushing yards (897), average rushing yards (5.5 per carry) and rushing touchdowns (2).
Murray will be joined by quarterback Stephen McGee, who played all but one series in Week 16 against the Philadelphia Eagles, completing 24-of-38 passes for 182 yards and one touchdown.
Other Cowboys participating include running back Phillip Tanner, who rushed for 76 yards and one touchdown, tight end John Phillips, who caught 15 passes for 101 yards and one touchdown, offensive tackle Tyron Smith, who recorded two tackles and Jesse Holley, who caught seven passes for 169 yards as a wide receiver, had one punt return and seven tackles as well. Teddy Williams, who has not seen any action for the Cowboys during the regular season but has been on either the active roster or the practice squad at various times since 2010 and was an All-American in track at UTSA, rounds out the Cowboys’ roster.
The Cowboys will play the UTPA All-Stars, which include alumni of the Broncs men’s basketball program, UTPA leaders, community leaders and local police officers and firefighters.
The game will consist of four quarters of eight minutes each. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.
Former Cowboys great Tony Hill will serve as the in-arena announcer. A three-time Pro Bowler, Hill ranks second in team history with 7,988 receiving yards during a career that lasted from 1977 through 1986 while playing under Mission-native and hall of fame head coach Tom Landry.
Fans will have the opportunity to win autographed memorabilia, including football and helmets, which will be raffled off throughout the game.
UND vs UTPA Live!
EDINBURG, Texas — The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs baseball team (17-7, 5-0 Great West Conference) hosts the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (2-21, 0-5 GWC) in a doubleheader on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Edinburg Baseball Stadium.
Pre-game coverage begins at 12:50 p.m.
Game one is scheduled to last seven innings while game two is scheduled to go the full nine.
What You Need to Know
This is the 11th meeting all-time between the Broncs and Fighting Sioux in a series dating back to 1966. The Broncs are 5-5 in that time, including a 4-5 record in Great West Conference play.
The Broncs need to sweep today’s doubleheader to get off to their best-ever start in Great West Conferece play. The Broncs are currently 5-0 after going 6-0 last season.
Roger Bernal is fourth in the NCAA in hitting with a .452 batting average. This marks the first game day since March 25 that Bernal is not the either first or tied for first. He is, however, on a 15-game hitting streak and has hits in 24-of-25 games. During the streak, Bernal is hitting .443 (27-for-61).
Angel Ibanez is currently on a 13-game hitting streak. He’s hitting .392 (20-for-51) during that time.
The Broncs are fifth in the NCAA with a team batting average of .327.
Team Batting Average
Hofstra .332 (373-1,123) (.33214604)
No. 4/8/12 Arizona .332 (375-1,131) (.33156499)
No. 18/19/22 Purdue .328 (370-1,129)
Campbell .329 (405-1,231)
UTPA .327 (262-801)
No. 1/3 Kentucky .323 (387-1,200)
No. 23/25 New Mexico State .323 (387-1,199)
No. 19/20/22/24 San Diego .320 (373-1,165)
Western Carolina .318 (388-1,221)
No. 19/20/26 Louisville .317 (370-1,168) .31834215
Individual Batting Average
Ralph Rhymes (LSU), .466 (54-116)
D.J. Peterson (New Mexico) .464 (58-125)
Joey Cujas (VCU) .454 (54-119)
Roger Bernal (UTPA) .452 (47-104) (.45192308)
Danny Poma (Hofstra) .452 (61-135) (.45185185)
Michael Felton (Campbell) .448 (65-145)
Adam Hilker (Northern Colorado) .442 (46-104)
Zach Stephens (Tennessee Tech) .438 (53-121)
Tyler Smith (Oregon State) .433 (45-104)
Andrew Deeds (Morehead State) .430 (61-142)
Last Time Out
Broncs vs. University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (4/13/12)
The Broncs used a 10-run seventh inning to come from behind to beat the Fighting Sioux 14-8.
The Broncs sent nine batters to the plate and scored seven runs and six hits and three walks during the seventh inning before recording an out. In total, 14 batters came to the plate as the Broncs got 10 runs (nine earned) on eight hits, three walks, a sacrifice fly and a passed ball. It was the Broncs’ biggest inning of the season. The Broncs were trailing 7-3 entering that inning.
The Broncs have now reached double-figures in scoring in 11-of-24 games (45.8%).
The Broncs drew three bases loaded walks. Overall they walked nine time.
Chris Torres, who had been 2-for-15 over his last five games, went 4-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a career-high tying three runs scored.
Derek Hagy, who had been 2-for-18 over his last four games, went 3-for-5 with a walk, a career-high four RBI and one run scored.
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The Huddle Episode 34
Tony welcomes JD Salinas (EHS Lady Bobcats Basketball), Jose Yebra (Nikki Rowe Boys Basketball), Gabe Pena (Economedes Football), and Tony Hill (Dallas Cowboys) onto the show this morning.
Watch the show live between 8-10 Saturday mornings on 956sports.com or listen to it on Fox Sports Radio 840am.
Broncs Baseball vs. North Dakota Friday 6:50 Live!
WATCH LIVE at 6:50: Broncs Baseball vs. North Dakota
UTPA Baseball Looks to Start New Home Winning Streak
EDINBURG – The UTPA Broncs baseball team (16-7, 4-0 Great West Conference) won their first 13 home games of the season.
It looked for a while that they would make it 14-straight, but UTSA scored five runs over the final two innings to beat the Broncs 7-3 on Tuesday.
Tonight, when the Broncs open up a four-game conference series against the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (2-20, 0-4 GWC) at 7 pm at Edinburg Baseball Stadium, the Broncs will look to start a new home winning streak.
“All good things must come to an end,” Broncs head coach Manny Mantrana said. “But if we can win another 13 in a row and lose one every 14 games, I’ll take it.”
If the Broncs win tonight, they will have a chance to continue the winning streak right away, with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 pm and a single game on Sunday at 12 pm.
Pre-game coverage begins at 6:50 pm tonight, 12:50 pm Saturday and 11:50 am on Sunday. Jonah Goldberg and Danny Elizondo have the call of all four games right here on 956sports.com.
“Our goal is [to win] conference weekends,” Mantrana said. “Our guys know what’s at stake.”
What’s at stake is a high seed in the Great West Conference Tournament in late May. After one weekend of conference play, three teams, UTPA, Utah Valley and Houston Baptist, are 4-0. NJIT is 3-1, suggesting the race to the top may be between four teams.
The Fighting Sioux have struggled this season and are currently riding a 10-game losing streak that spans nearly a month. Last weekend at Utah Valley, their four-game sweep included a 20-4 loss and a 13-3 loss. They have allowed 20 or more runs in a game three times and 10 or more runs in a game 11 times. Opponents are hitting .350 against the Fighting Sioux and averaging 10.2 runs per game.
That plays into the Broncs’ strength as they are hitting .323, fifth in the nation, and averaging eight runs per game. They are led by Roger Bernal, who is batting .465 and in a virtual tie for first in the nation with LSU’s Ralph Rhymes, who is less than three thousandths of a point ahead of Bernal.
Conversely, the Fighting Sioux are hitting just .212 and averaging 2.9 runs per game.Share this post:
Salinas New Coach For Lady Bobcats
Longtime assistant John David Salinas has been tapped to be the new head coach of Edinburg. Salinas had been the first assistant to Raquel Carmona until two years ago when he went to the boys program. While with the girls program the team went to three sweet 16 appearances.
Harlingen South head coach Dawn Engleman says that “JD Salinas is a great asset to girls basketball in the Valley. He knows the game well and definitely deserves having his own program.”
Salinas is a native of Hebronville, Texas.
“Panterita” Signs with Big Name Manager
Omar Figueroa has signed with Al Hayman one of the top names in boxing. Hayman will manage Figueroa’s career helping him with endorsements, training, public relations and placing him in boxing cards. Hayman has already worked his magic getting Figueroa a spot on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto fight taking place in Las Vegas on May 5th. “Panterita’s” opponent has yet to be announced.
Al Hayman, who graduated from Harvard with a degree in economics, at one time was one of the top concert promoters in the country working with artist such as Whitney Houston, M.C. Hammer, Mary J, Blige he also co-promoted Eddie Murphy’s “Raw” tour.
Hayman’s stable of boxers includes the biggest name in boxing over the past 10 year Mayweather. He also manages the careers of other boxers including Andre Berto, Paul Williams, Jermian Taylor, Adrien Broner and Gary Russell Jr.
Hayman contacted Omar Figueroa Sr. after watching his son defeat two top prospects in dominating fashion on Showtime over a three-month period. On January 6th Omar defeated Michael Perez who was previously unbeaten at 15-0-1 and favored to beat Omar. Perez took some brutal body blows from Omar and could not answer the bell after the 6th. On March 16th Omar beat Ramon Ayala who was 23-2-1, Omar won the fight in a 2nd round KO.
Omar’s father Omar Sr. will continue to co-manage. He will also train his son along with Joel Diaz who is out of Southern California. Right now Omar is in California training for his May 5th fight.
Omar is still being promoted by Golden Boy promotions.
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UTSA vs UTPA Watch Live 6pm
UTPA Baseball Clicking on All Cylinders
EDINBURG – They were No. 1, if only for a brief moment.
When the UTPA Broncs baseball team (16-6, 4-0 Great West Conference) took the field to complete the sweep of NYIT on Saturday, they had the highest batting average in the nation at .332.
When they take the field for today’s 6 pm game against UTSA at Edinburg Baseball Stadium, the Broncs will rank third in the nation at .327.
The Broncs will also be trying to extend a 13-game home winning streak, their longest to open a season since going 19-0 in 1975, a year in which the Broncs made the NCAA Tournament.
They do still boast the nation’s leading individual hitter in senior first baseman Roger Bernal at .468, but the Broncs know it’s pitching, not hitting, that will allow them to continue to be successful.
“The pitching was good. That’s where the pitching needs to be,” Broncs head coach Manny Mantrana said. “All of our starters did a nice job of taking us deep into games and our bullpen responded well.”
In four wins over NYIT to open the conference season, Broncs starters combined to go 26 innings, allowing eight runs (four earned) on 21 hits while striking out 27 compared to just nine walks.
Palmview-native Guadalupe Barrera recorded two saves, including one on Saturday in which he entered a one-run game with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth.
As for that offense, if possible, it may actually be getting better. Senior second baseman Vincent Mejia had a big weekend, going 5-for-11 with six walks, two doubles, a home run, six RBI and six runs scored.
“Vinnie’s beginning to heat up,” Mantrana said. “He’s been a good hitter for us the two years he’s been here. It’s just a matter of him warming up, and I think he’s warming up at the right time.”
This is the second meeting of the season between the Broncs and Roadrunners. The Broncs won 18-13 in San Antonio on March 27.
Edinburg North vs Edinburg Live 7pm
Edinburg North travels to Edinburg tonight. The Bobcats were defeated at the Cougars in their first meeting. This game has playoff and home town champion implications.
Eliseo Pompa McHi Baseball
Coach Pompa talks about his young team and MLB baseball with Tony Forina and “The Huddle.”
Harlingen Girl’s Soccer Coach Oxford
The Huddle and Tony Forina welcomed Harlingen girl’s soccer coach onto the show. The Lady Card’s defeated Rowe in shoot outs and advanced in the playoffs.
The Huddle Episode 33
Tony Forina welcomes Phillip Oxford (Harlingen Lady Cards Soccer), Eliseo Pompa (McHi Baseball), Jonah Goldberg (UTPA), and the RGV Magic to The Huddle this morning.
Show starts at 8:00am until 10:00am every Saturday morning.
Back On Track: Mercedes Alex Trevino and Team Aim For National Title
After breaking two of the most prestigious Valley track in records in 2008 Mercedes Alex Trevino ended up working at a convenience store instead running. Trevino graduated from Mercedes High School in 2009, before receiving his diploma Trevino broke the Valley record in the 100 and the 200. He was a regional champion in track and won two bronze medals at the state meet during his career. His records indicate he is one of the best the Valley has ever seen. He broke Rey Ramirez record from 1986 in the 100, Ramirez went on to greatness at the University of Texas being named All-American and All-Southwest Conference. Trevino also broke Bobby Morrow’s record in the 200. That record had been standing for over 50 years. It was a hard one to break because Morrow is the best the Valley has ever been in track. He went on to win three gold medals in the 1956 Summer Olympics and was on the cover of Sports Illustrated and Life magazine.
Now, Trevino’s chance to capture greatness is back. After being out of track for a couple years Sul Ross coach Demon Flemings tracked Trevino down and talked him into making a comeback.
“We talked all summer and I told him I would only comeback if he would help me graduate.” Trevino told me during a phone interview.
Flemings put together a 4×100 team made up of former high school track stars from Texas that have the potential to run D-1 but for whatever reason did not.
“That was another reason I came back because with the team he put together we have a chance to win a national title.”
Sul Ross competes in NCAA Division III .
So far through three track meets Trevino and his Sul Ross team have won a 1st and a 2nd place on the 4×100 relay team.
Trevino just turned 21 on March 28th and says he is much more mature than he was when he was in high school.
“I just want to tell all the people in Mercedes that I’m really sorry for the mistakes I made in the past.” During Trevino’s senior year he was suspended from the football playoffs for not passing a drug test. “I’m here trying to prove everyone wrong I want to graduate and become a personal trainer.” It was evident that his maturity has grown over the years when Trevino asked me to do him a favor. After our phone interview Trevino text me and ask that I also recognize his teammates on the relay team and his coach during this article. No problem.
Coach Flemings should get a lot of credit for persuading Trevino to comeback to track. Trevino was doing fine in college attending STC and working. He also was thinking about joining the United States Marines. “He promised to help me get through school and he has come through.” Trevino said of Flemings who has set up tutoring and has encouraged Trevino and others on the track team to be upstanding students at Sul Ross.
Trevino’s teammates are from all over Texas and all participated in the state UIL championship meet. Akibule Collins is from San Antonio Sam Houston, Anthony Martin is from Mart, TX, which is near Waco, and Miles McCloyen is from Lewisville, TX near Dallas.
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Edcouch Elsa vs Mercedes Softball
In a battle of 32-4A Mercedes and Edcouch Elsa went head to head Tuesday night. Mercedes came out ahead with a 10-3 victory.