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RGV SPORTS HALL OF FAME

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Tommy Barker is the only person born in raised in the Rio Grande Valley to play in the National Basketball Association. He is also the best high school basketball player the Valley has ever seen.

Tommy was a force that nobody could reckon with during his high school days at Weslaco High. He was 6-foot-10 as a junior for the Panthers, averaging 25 points per game. As a senior, he was an inch taller and averaged 32 points a game. He earned All-State honors both seasons.

He played collegiately at The University of Minnesota as a freshman, at the University of Southern Idaho as a sophomore, and at the University of Hawaii for his junior and senior seasons.

He was taken in the fourth round of the 1976 NBA Draft by Atlanta, and played 59 games for the Hawks in 1976-77, averaging 8.1 points and 6.8 rebounds a game. Some teammates on those teams included Nate Archibald, Jo Jo White, Bob McAdoo, Dave Cowens, Rick Barry, Mike Dunleavy, Calvin Murphy, Moses Malone, Rudy Tomjanovich, Robert Reid, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Michael Ray Richardson, and Spencer Haywood. He left the Hawks after one season and played in the CBA in 1977-78. Tommy rejoined the NBA in 1978-79, playing with three teams – the New York Knicks, the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets. After 22 games with the Knicks, Barker left to play in Holland. In 1981 his rights were traded to the Portland Trailblazers, although he never reported there.

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Uribe tabbed new Wolverine head football coach, athletic coordinator

By Eladio Jaimez

PSJA ISD administrators on Monday named Mike Uribe the new head football coach and athletic coordinator at PSJA Memorial High School.

The announcement comes one year to the week that Uribe was reassigned from the same post at Mercedes High School.

Uribe said he was grateful for the opportunity to be back on the sidelines as head coach.

“I firmly believe that God puts you where you need to be when you need to be there,” Uribe said. “And this is a golden opportunity for me to do something I’m passionate about…coaching the game I love and leading these young men.”

Uribe brings 18 years of coaching experience to the Wolverine program.

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Weslaco Girls Capture District 31-5A Swimming Title

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By: JOHN CANNON
956Sports.com
(WESLACO) – The Weslaco High Girls Swim Team made quite a splash on Saturday afternoon as they took home the district title at the 31-6A Swimming and Diving Championships at the Weslaco ISD Aquatic Center.
Weslaco won the meet with a total score of 106 points and now have their sights set on the Regional Swim Meet which will take place at the Margaret M. Clark Aquatic Center in Brownsville next week.
Besides winning the meet, the Lady Panthers made history as they finished the 200 freestyle relay with a first-place time of 1:52.24 which is now a new school record.

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McHi Shakes Off Two Game Losing Streak; Defeats Mission 49-45

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By: SCOTT HARRISON
956Sports.com

(MCALLEN) — The McAllen Bulldogs overcame an 11-point deficit and went on to defeat Mission High 49-45 on Tuesday night at McAllen High School.

The fifth ranked Bulldogs ended their two game losing streak and improve to 5-2 in District 30-5A with the win.

Mission (2-5, 12-14) looked solid in the first half as they were hot from the three-point line and took a 25-16 lead into the half. The Eagles connected on 5-three pointers through the first two quarters with three of them coming in the second quarter alone. Ricky Martinez led the Eagles offense in the first half as he connected on three of his four-three point shots and finished the evening with a game-high 16 points.

“I think the boys were kind of shocked at how well the Eagles came out shooting the ball and we took a while to get going,” said McAllen head coach Ryan Flores. “In the first half, we were just settling for outside shots and were not aggressive toward the basket. Also, we didn’t go for the higher percentage shots in the first two quarters of play.”

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Cervantes Proves That Any Obstacle Can Be Overcome With Hard Work And Sacrifice

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By: JOHN CANNON
956Sports.com

(DONNA) – When Donna North head basketball coach Jose Armando Perez took the job two years ago after working as a varsity assistant under Brian Molina at Harlingen South High School, he knew that he was going to have to literally build the program from the ground up.

Not only did he have to work on building the program, but also had to mold some of his kids into playing the sport of basketball since some of them had never stepped on the hardwood.

Such was the case for senior Richard Cervantes.

donna north feature-3 copyCervantes transferred to North during his junior year and decided to give basketball a shot while at registration.

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