Girls trio shares 32-6A soccer MVP award

The Los Fresnos Lady Falcons won their third District 32-6A championship under coach Patricia K. Hernandez during the 2019 soccer season.

Leading the way for the Lady Falcons was senior defender Allison Spier, one of three players to share MVP honors on the All-District 32-6A team.

The other two MVP selections from 32-6A this season were Hanna forward Sytlaly Loyde and Harlingen South forward/midfielder/defender Mellory Grannum, also a senior.

Hanna’s Valeria Perez was named the district’s goalkeeper of the year. Hanna teammate Kristy Herrera shared newcomer of the year honors with South’s Sarah Grace Garza.

South teammates Alise Garza and Jackie Guillen were named the district’s offensive player of the year and defensive player of the year, respectively.

San Benito’s Janie Castellanos was chosen the district’s utility player of the year.

Los Fresnos (9-1, 26 points) edged South (8-2, 25 points) for the 32-6A championship. Hanna finished third, and Harlingen High was fourth.

Hernandez has coached the Lady Falcons to the 32-6A title during each of the past three seasons. During her first year as the Los Fresnos coach in 2016, the Lady Falcons shared second place in district with South.

Hernandez said she is stepping down as coach to pursue a master’s degree. She is being replaced by Diego Luna, her assistant.

Meanwhile, there are quite a few top honorees from Brownsville on the All-District 32-5A team.

The Pace Lady Vikings repeated as the 32-5A champions this season. They won district this season thanks to an 11-3 record with 34 points. The Lady Vikings advanced two rounds in the Class 5A playoffs and finished with a 23-9-3 overall record.

Pace’s Marcela “Marcy” Garza was chosen the district’s MVP. Teammate Alexis Guajardo was named the offensive player of the year. Edcouch-Elsa’s Jada De Los Santos earned the defensive player of the year award.

Pace’s Jesus O. Villarreal received the district’s coach of the year award.

Other top all-district honorees from Brownsville in 32-5A included Porter’s Denisse Romero (newcomer of the year), Lopez’s Samantha Valdez (utility player of the year) and Karyme Lozano of Brownsville Veterans Memorial (goalkeeper of the year).

For the District 32-4A girls, the La Feria Lionettes were among the top recipients of all-district honors.

La Feria captured the 32-4A championship with a 14-0 record. The Lionettes advanced two rounds in the Class 4A playoffs, finishing with a 22-7-1 overall record.

The girls All-District 32-4A selections saw La Feria’s Joscelyn Lizcano named most valuable offensive player. Lyford’s Cecilia Lopez and Port Isabel’s Celia Polsky shared the district’s honor as most valuable defensive player.

The 32-4A newcomer of the year award went to Lyford’s Aleyna Frias.

Lyford was the runner-up to La Feria in the 32-4A girls race. Port Isabel finished third, and Rio Hondo was fourth.