Category: Sports

Early college students to compete at STC sports tournament

South Texas College will be hosting its annual sports tournament at the Pecan campus on Sat., Nov. 23. The tournament gives early college students an opportunity to participate in sports activities at least once a year. Students must be passing all their classes in order to compete at the event.

Students formed teams and began practicing in each of their respective sports a month before the tournament. Competitors from different early colleges will compete against each other in volleyball, three versus three basketball, and soccer. 

Coach Guadalupe Barrera is managing the teams from Carter, supervising practices, taking care that rosters are complete and accurate for the teams, and making sure there is medical equipment available for the games on Saturday. Barrera says that students need to put in the time and effort to practice if they want to do well.

“The kids practice on their own time. Some practice during lunch and some stay after school,” Barrera said.

Junior Briana Martinez, captain of the volleyball team, says that she hopes her fellow classmates will attend the event on Saturday to support the school’s athletes.

“It would really help if many people from school came to support us,” Briana said.

Briana also mentioned that the JCEC girls volleyball team has won second place for the past two years, and that she hopes the team will continue their success this year.

The event will last all day at the STC Pecan campus this Saturday. 



Go Big Or Go Home

“The undefeated team, ”Juarez Lincoln’s Girls soccer program is enjoying their first year when all three teams are victorious in both non-district and district games. Because of their excellent support and teamwork, they have achieved this.
Juarez-Lincoln offers a first period, a ninth period class, and after school to improve your soccer skills. Equipment is provided to any girl who is dedicated to the program and is willing to give it all in the field. Transportation would also be provided to those who stay after school.
To be part of this program, the girls who would like to join would have to be clear on the Rank One system. The Rank One systems include insurance information and acknowledgment form, UIL signature form, athletic participation form, and a medication permit. These prerequisites are needed in case of a medical problem or an accident that occurs either in practice or in a game.
Coach Garza, head of all three teams has reported “This is the first year, I see a great number of athletes in the program who every day show up to practice and are willing to give it all in the field. We continuously train the girls and teach them about self-discipline, which motivates them to become a strong and united team.”
Students from other academies are welcomed to the join as well. Coaches have open communication with the administration and staff from their schools as well as the interaction with head coaches. To play, the athletes must be aware of their academics grades.
Ashley Segura, Varsity captain, recently stated: “My team and I have successfully worked our way to undefeated victory and have proved cynic individuals that we are more than what they say we are.”
The girls have won the Summer/Fall League 2018, La Joya ISD tournament, the Brownsville tournaments and are heading for district champs. What leads to their undefeated victories was the amount of practice which is from Monday through Thursday from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Any athlete in the program is responsible for their acts in school and the consequences that go along with it. They also need caution in not performing in any activity that will lead the coach into making them sit out the entire game.
Coach Zarate express “the key to success is having a lot of determination and hard work that you put in throughout the week, and a major goal for this year is winning the district.”
Although the Juarez-Lincoln Soccer Program has had many losses in the past, 2018-2019 has impacted their lives for the better because it is the first year all three teams are successful and continue to work hard to keep their undefeated title.


Lady Huskies Soccer Team

Juarez Lincoln High School’s boys soccer team has built a statewide reputation for their success in soccer. However, this year the girls soccer team has built their own reputation for the successful season they’ve had.

Leslie Lopez, Jimmy Carter Early College High School student and Juarez Lincoln athlete, has played a big role in the team’s success.

Leslie Lopez initially played as a forward, a position that helped her understand the game. Mid season, Coach Garza moved Leslie to the back line. Successful in playing defense, the back line has set the record for preventing the most goals ever.

Leslie Lopez said, “ This year the team’s attitude has been different compared to other years. We can always rely on each other and sacrifice everything on the field.”

Today’s 7-0 win against Mission High School takes the Juarez Lincoln’s girls soccer team to a record of 31 wins and 1 loss. Next Tuesday, March 5th, the team will face La Joya to try to extend their record wins.


Athlete of the Month

celso.pngCelso Garcia, Junior at Jimmy Carter Early College High School, has been elected Athlete of the Month by the Red Gold News publication.

Celso plays defense in the varsity soccer team at Juarez Lincoln High School, his designated high school. Not only does he practice in the mornings for Juarez Lincoln High School, but he also plays for FC Dallas RGV Youth Academy. He is part of the 2002 Red Boys (winners of various championships) such as; 2017 State Champs, 2017 Regional Champs, 2017 National Champs, 2018 Affiliations International Tournament Champs, 2018 State Champs, and 2018 Regional Runner-up.

Our organization recognizes Celso Garcia for balancing his academic obligations and his extracurricular activities.