Category: Features

RISING STAR- SBHS senior makes semi-finals in Dallas Cowboys cheerleader tryouts

By PETE BANDA   Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com On most Sundays, you could probably find Marissa Nicole Maldonado and her family huddled around the television to watch the Dallas Cowboys play. But if Maldonado has it her way, the family will soon be watching Cowboy games for an entirely different reason. Maldonado, an 18-year-old San Benito …

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RORY’S STORY- Infant defies odds against rare birth disorder

By STEVEN RAY HERNANDEZ   Editor Editor@sbnewspaper.com Autism reportedly affects one in 68 children at birth.  The statistics are so alarming that awareness events can be seen throughout cities across the Nation during April, which is Autism Awareness Month.  But there’s another birth disorder that doesn’t get as much attention and awareness, and according to …

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Valedictorian, Salutatorian ink college deals

By PETE BANDA   Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com The two top ranked students of the 2016 graduating class of San Benito High School have decided on what colleges they will be attending, and they are mighty impressive. Despite having her eyes set on Princeton University for most of the year, a recent trip up to South …

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Rodriguez wins gold, qualifies for Nationals

By PETE BANDA    Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com They say some things get better with age. If you need any proof of that, look no further than Rey Rodriguez. When he’s not busy working in the counselor’s office at San Benito High School, Rodriguez can be found training with the San Benito boy’s track team after …

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#1 in the Nation- Lady ‘Hounds only undefeated 6A team in Texas

By PETE BANDA    Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com  Despite coming off a brilliant season that saw them reach their second state tournament in the last three years, and fall painfully short of a shot at the state championship, the San Benito Lady ’Hounds still entered this season with more questions than answers. The team graduated a …

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Citizen’s Academy takes part in “shoot, no shoot” training

By PETE BANDA      Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com In continuance with the second annual San Benito Citizen’s Academy, approximately 15 individuals participated in “shoot or no shoot” scenarios among many other things with the San Benito Police Department this past weekend. Individuals who enrolled in the three month event got the full experience of a …

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World champion Ava Knight visits Valley with STFC champion Montalvo

By PETE BANDA     Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com Former San Benito High School graduate and current South Texas Fighting Championship (STFC) 145lb champion Josh “Manic Mayhem” Montalvo paid a visit to the Valley this past week in an effort to help give back to some local MMA gyms. Montalvo wasn’t alone though as his training …

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A WALK TO REMEMBER- Man honors Good Friday with 55 mile trek

By PETE BANDA    Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com Just a few years ago, Dave Rempe was best known as owner and operator of Dave’s Gym in Harlingen. The gym was wildly popular for its MMA classes and owning the only Octagon training center in the area. On Good Friday, however, Rempe became best known for something …

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Freddy Fender Humanitarian award winners announced

Freddy Fender

By PETE BANDA Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com San Benito legend Freddy Fender may have died ten years ago, but that hasn’t stopped the people down at the START center from keeping his name alive. This past Thursday at a joint luncheon with the Rotary Club, Ron Rodgers, the president of the START center, formally announced the …

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THE GIFT OF SIGHT- Teen victim saves lives with organ donation

By PETE BANDA   Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com In early June of last year, the local community was rocked by the tragic murder of 19-year-old Christopher Gallegos. It was a tragedy and one that the teen’s family has had to cope with over the last year. Almost ten months later, however, that tragedy has saved another …

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