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Chiefs Want to Build On A Great Season


Head Coach:                         LeRoy Rodriguez, 4th season

2016 Record:                          17–11; District: 12-3

Career Record:                     23-51

Assistant Coaches:               Rick Medina, Geraldo Alejandro, Atanislao Padron, Eric Zamora


Key Losses:                           Axel Vazquez

Eddie Pena

John Trevino

Marco Martinez

Hugo Gonzalez


Returning Starters:             Manny Ramirez (Senior), P/OF, 1st Team All-District, P and OF

Julio Hernandez (Senior), 2nd Team All-District

Oswaldo Hernandez (Senior), 3B, HM All-District, 3B

Gerardo Sanchez (Junior)

Mark Gutierrez (Senior), SS, HM All-District, SS


Returning Lettermen:         Michael Hembree (Junior)


Top Newcomer:                     Orlando Hernandez (Sophomore)

Lucciano Itzaguirre (Sophomore)


The Donna North Chiefs made the playoffs for the first time in school history last season and would like nothing more than to take this experience at least one step up. “We expect to make it to the playoffs again this season. Our goal is to win a championship, whether it is a district one or bi-district one,” said 4th year head coach LeeRoy Rodriguez. Last season the Chiefs took a very strong team in Edinburg Vela to the brink of elimination during bi-district action (3-11, 8-7, 14-0). The Chiefs do return five starters in Manny Ramirez, Julio Hernandez, Oswaldo Hernandez, Gerardo Sanchez, and Mark Gutierrez, who have led them the last two seasons. Coach Rodriguez has done an outstanding job in just three seasons, so look for more of the same in 2017. With the change in districts the Chiefs will battle the likes of Brownsville Lopez, Pace, Porter, Mercedes, and Brownsville Veterans for a playoff spot this season.





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