Valley Sports: Top Stories of 2009 (Stories10-6)

POSTED: Monday, December 28, 2009 - 9:28pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:34pm

#10: McAllen's Menzel
McAllen Lady Bulldog assistant softball coach Tracy Menzel was a finalist for the 2009 NCAA Female Athlete of the Year. Menzel was a standout swimmer for Kenyon's team.

#9: Go Killer Bees!
The CHL names the RGV Killer Bees franchise of the year. The Valley's hockey team won a playoff series for the first time in their seven year history, performing well both on the ice and in the front office.

#8: Kings of Kingsville
Texas A&M Kingsville football enjoyed a seven-game winning streak to start the season and earned a division-2 playoff berth in 2009. The Javelinas were led by a pair of Valley grads. Porter's Billy Garza set 10 school passing records and will join Roma's Jorge Guerra in the 2010 Cactus Bowl.

#7: Bravos Arrive
The Valley has a professional soccer team. The RGV Bravos began play in 2009 as part of the USL/PDL. The team finished three points shy of the playoffs.

#6: Red Crush
Harlingen football was the pride of the pigskin in the Valley this fall. The Cardinals dominated on both sides of the ball, and finished the regular season 10-0 for only the third time in school history. High School Fever awarded Harlingen four different season awards. The 2009 campaign ended in the third round of the playoffs for the fourth time this decade.

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