Continuing their winning ways, the Lady Coogs wrapped up the 31-6A soccer championship Friday by beating P-SJ-A Memorial, Vela coming second with the final day of the regular season looming Monday and the playoffs after that. Heading into a finale against P-SJ-A, North was 12-1, good for 35 points, and the Lady SaberCats (10-3, 31) would finish with slumping Econ Monday with the runner-up slot assured.
Coach Americo Cortez has piloted his Vela side to eight wins in nine outings following a 5-0 home result over P-SJ-A Friday, and for the league season his high-scoring attack has netted 53 goals. Freshman Ody Leal netted a hat trick against the Lady Bears – the fourth-place entry from 31-6A – and struck quickly to set the tone; her looping centering ball from an acute angle, left wing, bounded into the twines with less than two minutes gone.
The Vela boys picked up a win in penalty kicks Friday as goalkeeper Tate Scott stopped a pair of shots in the extra session to aid the team’s first success since the season opener against North.
Speaking of North: the Cougar boys won for the sixth time in seven outings Friday, besting Memorial, 3-1 as a 0-6 start is now a distant memory. Coach Elias Moran’s group moved into third place at 23 points last week and EHS dropped to fourth, at 21. North finishes with P-SJ-A while the Bobcats drew Pharr North. Econ was two points shy of leader P-SJ-A Southwest despite having beaten the Javelinas Tuesday. The Jags have won four times through PKs, and those four lost points have come home to roost. They had to hope for a win Monday versus Vela combined with a Southwest loss to Memorial to get the title trophy.
COOGS, SABES ON TOP AT ALL-AMERICAN CLASSIC
North ripped off four victories and a tie at the inaugural ECISD All-American baseball tournament Thursday-Saturday, and Vela went 3-1. The tourney, sponsored by the Edinburg Development Council and the school district, withstood a sprinkly Friday to get all games in.
Struggling coming into the event, North got it together in style by scoring liberally in beating Rowe, Mission Vets, and Donna, pushing across 42 runs. The only blemish was a 4-4 tie with Sharyland Pioneer and the Coogs finished with an 8-inning defeat of CC Ray Saturday.
The SaberCats started with wins over Roma and San Benito Thursday, and clobbered CC Ray 12-3 Friday before dropping the finale, 5-3 against Sharyland. Eric Martinez had a two-homer game and Ramsey Amador also knocked one out during the weekend.
Vela and North face off Tuesday in the District 31-6A opener, with EHS and Econ also matching up to get the league chase going. The Bobcats were 1-2-2 at the All-American Classic, while the Jags compiled a 1-3 mark.
EHS SLOWS VELA DOWN WITH 7-1 SOFTBALL VICTORY
The big softball showdown at Vela Friday saw the Lady SaberCats go down, 7-1 against EHS, as Erika Cortez fanned 10 and drove in two runs in a 3-run first inning for the Lady Bobcats. In a clash between state-ranked entries, EHS was sharp while Vela committed four errors and tossed a couple of wild pitches.
This week the Lady ‘Cats have Memorial and P-SJ-A on tap, with Vela set to contest games with Southwest and Memorial. North, 15-0 victor over Southwest Friday, drew Pharr North and Econ during Spring Break with games Tuesday and Thursday – most with an early start time – as the norm for the city softball during the break.
The Econ girls and Vela boys copped titles at the Cats Relays as the Lady Jags did their usual strong work in distances, got ample throwing points, and nipped the Vela girls in the sprint relay. For a photo gallery from the Cats, see the web site at EdinburgReview.com.