Valley Sports: Top Moments of 2009 (Moments 5-1)
POSTED: Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 8:31pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 11, 2010 - 4:44pm
#5: Kings of the Ring -- On November 22, Brownsville's Sergio Perales became the first Valley fighter to win two belts in one night. He improved to 13-and-0 and earned a world ranking. The very next weekend, Pharr's Roel Alvarado won bronze at Muay Thai's world championships. Both are on their way to successful careers.
#4: Wrestle Me This -- In the Spring, McAllen High's Sam Mangum became the first Valley wrestler to be crowned state champion. It capped one of the most success sports years in Valley athletics.
#3: Ending the Drought -- Hanna football surprised the landscape of gridiron fans by claiming the 32-5A district title outright. It's the first time the Eagles have done so since they were just Brownsville High back in 1969.
#2: The No-No -- On March 19, Weslaco grad Jacob Venegas stepped on the mound for UTB/TSC. Through the next six innings of play, the Scorpion gave up one run, but NO HITS. His team forced the mercy-rule win 11-1, and Venegas goes into the record books with UTB/TSC's first no-hitter since the school joined the N-A-I-A.
#1: The Champions -- Hidalgo soccer won the state championship. While the athletic program currently faces probation, nothing takes away the Pirates title. Looking ahead to 2010 -- Lopez is ranked by ESPN as the number eight high school team in the country.