Part II: Depression Era Basketball: Junior Tarpons brought home the bacon at Cameron County Championship

By RENE TORRES Special to the PRESS Rio Grande Valley high school and junior high division basketball got a boast in the 1930s by the La Feria Lions Letterman’s club.  C. E. Vail, La Feria coach and Cameron Country director of sports was the leader in promoting athletics in the entire Rio Grande Valley. Beginning …

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PI-ISD staff receive COVID vaccinations

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Point Isabel ISD employees have been vaccinated for COVID-19, two days after the Texas Department of State Health Services announced teachers, child care and Head Start program staff were eligible for vaccines.  All PI-ISD staff who wanted the COVID-19 vaccine were vaccinated during a clinic at Port Isabel High School on …

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Beach restrictions lifted: Mask, business occupancy mandates ordered and rescinded during spring break

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  On the same day Texas Governor Greg Abbott lifted mask and business occupancy mandates statewide, the City of South Padre Island has rescinded their beach restrictions just as spring break approaches.  Beachgoers no longer have to distance themselves fifteen feet from each other. Canopies are now allowed on the beach, with …

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A story never told: Podcast chronicles night of Causeway collapse

  By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  The Queen Isabella Causeway collapse is a story more recited than told. But a new podcast is seeking to tell the collapse’s story in more detail than ever before, from those who were there, nearly 20 years later.  “The True Story of the Queen Isabella Causeway Collapse” podcast first debuted …

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Quartet of Lady Tarpons Off to State

By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS Four Port Isabel High Lady Tarpon powerlifters have qualified for the state meet in Corpus Christi next week.  Sophia Aguilera, Madalyn Galvan, April Puente, and Chelsea Gonzalez will all advance to state competition by finishing in the top four of their respective weight classes at Tuloso-Midway High School …

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Camacho Double Gold at Rio Hondo

By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS Will Camacho earned two gold medals at last week’s Roberto Garza, Jr. Relays in Rio Hondo. Camacho won the long jump and triple jump events at Bobcat Stadium.  Camacho also showed up well in the 400-meter run with a fourth-place finish in that event.   The Press found head …

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Ramos Gets Gold at Rio Hondo

By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS Madison Ramos was golden at the Roberto Garza, Jr. Relays at Rio Hondo last Saturday.  She won the high jump competition with a personal best leap of five feet two inches, and took home the gold medal for her efforts.   “She did an amazing job,” head P.I. girls …

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Tarpons Make “Sweet 16,” Fall to Boerne

By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS The 2021 season has come to an end for the Port Isabel Tarpon Basketball squad.  They dropped a hard-fought game to Boerne, 68-55, in the regional semi-final contest Tuesday night in Corpus Christi.   The loss followed two playoff wins last week, the second of which, a 95-70 win …

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Galvan Lone Tarpon Placer at Hidalgo

By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS Evan Galvan was the lone top-six finisher at last Saturday’s Pirate Relays track and field meet at Hidalgo. Galvan, a middle-distance runner, ran 5th in the 400-meter race with a time of 59.84 seconds.  He was a little over three seconds behind the winner of the event, Noah …

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Good Start for Lady Tarpons Track

By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel High girls track team was finally able to get in its first meet of the 2021 season last week, and the results were pretty good.  The PRESS found head Lady Tarpons track coach Julie Breedlove at the high school on Monday, and she certainly liked …

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