PI 7on7 team makes it to state tourney – Port Isabel-South Padre Press

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On Saturday, June 15 Port Isabel will be hosting a Texas 7on7 State Qualifying Division II Tournament. The event will be held at the PIECHS practice field with a start time of 9 a.m. There will be a concession stand and admission is free.

The “Battle at the Bay” SQT will have the following eight teams competing Port Isabel, La Grulla, Raymondville and Robstown (Pool A) and Hidalgo, Kingsville, La Feria and Yoakum (Pool B). The winner of the tournament will advance to the state tournament held on June 27-29 at College Station, Texas.

Port Isabel’s first game will be against Raymondville at 9 a.m., followed by a game against Robstown at 10:20 a.m. In their final pool game, PI will face La Grulla at 11:40 a.m. The championship game between the Pool A and Pool B winners will be played 15 minutes after the completion of all pool games.

In preparation for the upcoming Texas 7on7 SQT, the Port Isabel 7on7 team traveled to the upper valley on June 1 to compete in the PSJA 7on7 tournament (not affiliated with the Texas SQT’s).

In their first game, the Port Isabel squad beat PSJA 13-6, but then lost to Weslaco 14-6 in their second game. In their third game, PI beat McAllen Nikki Rowe 8-7 to advance to the finals setting a rematch with the Weslaco Panthers. This time the Tarpons were victorious as they beat the Panthers 19-6 and became tournament champions.

In other Texas 7on7 SQT action featuring valley teams, Mission hosted the “Sharyland Snake Pit” 7on7 Division I SQT on June 8. The meet featured 24 teams with the following teams moving on to the state tournament, PSJA, PSJA North and Laredo United. The last opportunity for a valley team to advance to state will be during the “RGV Mid Valley” SQT held on June 22.

The last time a Port Isabel 7on7 team made it to the state tournament was back in 2012 and 2013 with quarterback Isaiah Martinez at the helm.

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