Harlandale Braves complete historic season

Harlandale Middle School seventh grade student Joseph Rodriguez remembers his father telling him stories about winning a basketball championship during his time as a Brave. Now, Joseph can do the same one day.

Joseph and the rest of the seventh grade boys basketball “A” team put together a perfect 12-0 record to bring home another championship to Harlandale Middle School.

“My dad won a championship here at Harlandale Middle so I wanted to make history too,” Rodriguez explained.

Leading the historic season was third year head coach Emilio Vasquez and assistant coach Frankie Lara. Vasquez explained his appreciation for the team’s execution throughout the year but is most proud of the team’s main characteristic - teamwork. 

“What makes this team so special is their unselfishness. They knew they had talent but more importantly, they played together. They weren’t afraid to pass to each other. They didn’t care who scored the points. All they cared about was coming out on top and playing as a team,” Vasquez said.

Harlandale Middle School Principal Richard Marroquin was happy to see the team come out on top but even more fulfilled by the student athletes themselves.

“Winning a championship could not have happened to a better group of student athletes. They are great on the court but they are even better young men off the court,” Marroquin said.

The seventh grade boys basketball “B” team also won their tournament championship after entering the end of the year tournament as the lowest seed. The team went 3-0 on Jan. 14 to earn the championship at Brentwood Middle School.

Pre-Season Tournament:

Defeated TW, Leal, and KMS to win tournament 

HMS 51, Scobee 43
HMS 56, Terrell Wells 43
HMS 64, Kingborough 28
HMS 60, Zamora 25
HMS 54, Leal 46
HMS 78, Floresville 39
HMS 68, McNair 33

End of Season Tournament:

HMS 64, Dwight 41
HMS 62, Kazen 35 (Championship)​

HMS A Team

HMS B team
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