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The women of the Pharr Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) and PSJA ISD's Second Chance Initiative program have beat the odds as well as teams on the road to winning the title of Division II Rugby State Champions.
The students are all enrolled at Buell Central High School, an alternative school for delinquent students from PSJA's other campuses.
"Throughout the season, people would come to me and ask if I thought the team was going to win the next game or tournament and I'd say, 'Don't ask us that, ask us in the future when these girls are great mothers, good sisters, or when they are going to college if they have made it. That's when we will know if we won or not,'" said Bracamontes.
The team is comprised of Head Coach J.C. Silva, P.A.L. Division Head Carlos Bracamontes, Assistant Coach Mario Bracamontes, and players Loren Calderon, Suneidy Y. Cano, Alondra G. Cruz, Marleen Cruz, Litzy De Angel, Lorisha Lee De Leon, Tameka Lee De Leon, Ashley Kristine Garza, Adamari Sara Sandoval, Karma Celeste Westby and Jayleen Torres.
"Their coaches spent countless hours mentoring and training the team in preparation for the journey through this year's victorious rugby tournaments," said Armando Garza, Chief of Staff to Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu, as he presented a resolution in honor of the team's successes on and off the field.
These young athletes have overcome adversity and have displayed incredible discipline, determination and success, bringing great pride to their families, school, city, Hidalgo County and the sport of rugby, said Commissioner Cantu, who sponsored the resolution.