Natalia Lady
Mustang Softball

Varsity Natalia Mustang #5 Skylene Gallegos makes contact with the ball. By MB.

Last Tuesday, March 7th, the Natalia Lady Mustangs defeated Luling 10-0! The Natalia Lady Mustangs racked up eight hits for the day. Threats in the batter’s box for the match include Isabel Laque,Kody Blanquiz, Kira Jimenez, and Marina Billalobos. Leading the Mustangs in hits were Jimenez with 3, and Blanquiz with 2. Blanquiz and Billalobos worked together to pitch a shut-out. Blanquiz lasted four and two-thirds innings, allowing seven hits and zero runs while striking out four and walking one. Billalobos lasted one-third of an inning, allowing zero hits and zero runs while walking zero. Stats for the match are as follows:
Batting: Singles: Blanquiz-2, Vera-1, Jimenez-1, Gallegos-1, Laque-1. Doubles: Jimenez-2. Runs: Blanquiz-2, Vera-1, Ramirez-2, Figueroa-2, Segovia-1, Billalobos-2.
Fielding: Assists: Segovia-1. Outs: Blanquiz-3, Jimenez-4, Skylene Gallegos-1, Syrene Gallegos-2, Abigail Figueroa-1, Segovia-3, Laque-1.
Pitching: Blanquiz: Hits Allowed-7, Walks-1, Strikeouts-4. Billalobos: Hits Allowed-0, Walks-0, Strikeouts-0.
Friday, March 10th, the Mustangs took on the Poteet Aggies. The Lady Mustangs were down 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning when Billalobos brought in three runs with a home run, winning the match 5-3! Billalobos pitched all seven innings as well. The Mustang surrendered three runs on eight hits over seven innings, striking out eight and walking one. Threats in the batter’s box were Billalobos with 3 hits , Gallegos with 1, Saenz with 1, and Laque with 1. Stats for the match are as follows:
Batting: Singles: Skylene Gallegos-1, Valerie Saenz-1, Marina Billalobos-1. Doubles: Billalobos-1, Isabel Laque-1. Home Runs: Billalobos-1. Runs: Kira Jimenez-2, Gallegos-1, Araceley Segovia-1, Billalobos-1.
Fielding: Outs: Jimenez-8, Skylene Gallegos-1, Saenz-2, Syrene Gallegos-1, Abigail Figueroa-3, Segovia-2, Billalobos-2, Laque-2.
Pitching: Billalobos: Hits Allowed- 8, Walks- 1, Strikeouts- 8.

Lady Mustangs win fourth Power Lifting
Regional Championship, six qualify to State

The Natalia Lady Mustangs captured their fourth Regional Power Lifting Championship March 4th. Three lifters will be advancing to the State Meet to be hosted on March 16 in Frisco, Texas, Dominique Banda, Ashley Aguirre, Araceley Segovia, Jiselle Olivarez, Abigail Fulton , and Isabel Laque.
Senior Dominique Banda : State Qualifier 114lb Weight Class Squat – 285 Bench – 140 Dead – 255 Total – 680 Senior Dominique Banda earned herself a trip back to the state meet by placing 3rd in her weight class. In the past season, Dom suffered a back injury… she approached this year with one mission, to earn herself a trip back to the state meet. She did just that! We are excited for Dom and look forward to watching her compete in her final meet of her career.
Senior Jiselle Olivarez : State Qualifier 220lb Weight Class Squat – 500 Bench – 250 Dead – 395 Total – 1145 Senior Jiselle Olivarez punched her ticket to the state meet placing 1st in her weight class at the regional meet. This is the third year in a row that Jiselle has been a regional champion. Jiselle will look to earn her 3rd state title at the state meet in Frisco.

Natalia Lady Mustang Abigail Fulton 123lb Weight Class STATE QUALIFIER.

Sophomore Abigail Fulton State Qualifier 123lb Weight Class Squat – 260 Bench – 135 Dead – 255 Total – 650 Sophomore Abigail Fulton earned a spot in the state meet by finishing 2nd in her weight class at the regional meet. Abigail competed very well but just fell short of the 1st place spot. This will be Abigail’s first me qualifying for the state meet.

Natalia Lady Mustang Ashley Aguirre 165lb Weight Class STATE QUALIFIER.

Junior Isabel Laque, State Qualifier, 259 Weight Class
Freshman Ashley Aguirre, State Qualifier, 165 Weight Class. Freshman Ashley Aguirre came out strong her freshman year representing Natalia well. We will never forget when she was just a 7th grader and so eager to lift for us and just excited to be a part of it, now she is getting that opportunity! Ashley qualified for State in the 165s with a 330 Squat 140 bench and 325 deadlift finishing with a total of 795lbs. Ashley finished 2nd in her weight class and hit the qualifying total for state. We look forward to watching Ashley compete this Thursday at the state meet! 

Natalia Lady Mustang Araceley Segovia 198lb Weight Class STATE QUALIFIER.

Junior Araceley Segovia, State Qualifier, 198 Weight Class. Junior Araceley Segovia had a great regional meet, returning home as a 198lb Regional Champion. Celey secured her title with a 465 squat, 165 bench and a 345 deadlift for a total of 975lbs. She has done a great job leading the way this season. Entering the state meet she is sitting 2nd in her weight class. We look forward to Thursday and the opportunity for her to go compete for a state title!
Senior Sam Lopez: 105lb Weight Class Squat – 215 Bench – 90 Dead – 185 Total – 490 Senior Samantha Lopez completed her power lifting career on Saturday at Regional, finishing 4th in her weight class. This was Sam’s first trip to regional and we’re excited she was able to place and earn herself a medal! Sam has been a huge part of our success this season, doing her part and placing in every meet to earn us team points. We are going to miss Sam and wish her the best of luck in her future!

Natalia Lady Mustang Isabel Laque 259+lb Weight Class STATE QUALIFIER.

Senior Ava Sanchez : 114lb Weight Class Squat – 245 Bench – 1130 Dead – 250 Total – 625 Ava Sanchez competed in the final meet of her career finishing 5th place at the regional meet. This wasn’t an easy task as she faced a potential bomb out on bench. She showed us the true competitor she is and was able to complete her last and final attempt. We couldn’t be any more proud of her fight! Ava has been someone we are able to depend on, someone who always does her part and isn’t afraid to hold others accountable when needed. With Ava being a senior, we are going to miss her commitment and leadership in the weight room and in the classroom!

Natalia Lady Mustang Jiselle Gonzales 220lb Weight Class STATE QUALIFIER.

Senior Rebekah Sanchez : 123lb Weight Class Squat – 240 Bench – 90 Dead – 250 Total – 580 Senior Rebekah Snachez completed her power lifting career on Saturday at Regional, finishing 6th in her weight class. Bekah just barely missed a medal by 5lbs! She has worked hard all season long helping lead the team as a senior. We are thankful for her commitment and leadership the last 4 years!
Senior Marina Billalobos: 181lb Weight Class Squat – 285 Bench – 130 Dead – 295 Total – 710 Senior Marina Billalobos completed her power lifting career on Saturday at the Regional Meet in Robstown, TX finishing 7th place. Marina had a great power lifting career, qualifying for regional two years in a row. We will miss Marina’s leadership and willingness to do whatever was best for the team!
Senior Valerie Saenz: 181lb Weight Class Squat – 290 Bench – 140 Dead – 260 Total – 690 Senior Valerie Saenz came out for her senior year. Having taken some me off, she did a great job competing this season and earning herself a trip to the regional meet where she placed 9th in her weight class. Val showed up on Saturday ready to compete and finished her career with a personal best in squat and dead lift. We will miss Val’s leadership and competiveness!
The chart features the rest of the Regional Championship team, all under classmen.

Natalia Lady Mustang Dominique Banda 114lb Weight Class STATE QUALIFIER.

Warhorses, Arabians, Lady Mustangs finish season at Regionals

The Devine Arabian and Warhorse Cross Country teams, as well as the Natalia Lady Mustangs finished their season at Regionals. Devine Front (l to r): Kristofer Aguirre, Jillian Guajardo, Rachel Stotts, Charlee Rangel, Kristina Morales, Yaya Rodriguez, Rebecca Mares, Ashley Mattke. Back row: Jesse House, David Gutierrez , Donovan Dixon, Joe Guerrero, Stephen Culver, Mario Vicente, Thomas Mendoza, Enrique Midobuche.

The Devine Arabian and Warhorse Cross Country teams, as well as the Natalia Lady Mustangs finished their season at Regionals. Devine Front (l to r): Kristofer Aguirre, Jillian Guajardo, Rachel Stotts, Charlee Rangel, Kristina Morales, Yaya Rodriguez, Rebecca Mares, Ashley Mattke. Back row: Jesse House, David Gutierrez , Donovan Dixon, Joe Guerrero, Stephen Culver, Mario Vicente, Thomas Mendoza, Enrique Midobuche. The Lady Mustangs pictured on right are: Ritzi Robles-Ocanpo, McKyenzie Flores, Yahdi Lujan, Tyli Ventimiglia, Jasmine Riso, Kiara Garcia.

The Lady Mustangs pictured on right are: Ritzi Robles-Ocanpo, McKyenzie Flores, Yahdi Lujan, Tyli Ventimiglia, Jasmine Riso, Kiara Garcia.

Natalia Junior Varsity Lady Mustangs stay home to play D’Hanis squad

Junior Varsity Natalia Mustang’s #17 and #18 set up a block.

By Noah Gilkey
The Lady Mustangs Junior Varsity volleyball team played D’Hanis high school in Natalia on Tuesday, September 13th, and played hard in front of their energizing home crowd. Starting the game off with the first set the girls unfortunately couldn’t get enough points going and fell 15-25. The second set was then much too similar to the first, ending again in 15-25 to leave the Junior Varsity Ladies with a 0-2 loss.
Highlighting the game was Abigail Firgueroa with 2 kills, Makayla Rodriguez with 2 assists and 1 ace, Aryana Ramirez with 6 digs, and Aracely Segovia with 5 digs. The ladies take a chip on their shoulder and will be back on Tuesday, September 20th to play Cotulla.
Complete Stats:
Kills: Abigail Figueroa 2
Assists: Makayla Rodriguez 2
Aces: Makayla Rodriguez 1
Digs: Aryanna Ramirez 6 and Araceley Segovia 5

Natalia Varsity Lady Mustangs play tough 3 sets against D’Hanis

Varsity Natalia Mustang #9 sets the ball outside Also pictured is #8.

By Noah Gilkey
The Natalia Varsity Lady Mustangs volleyball team stayed at home for the second consecutive week and welcomed D’Hanis high school to their home court last week on Tuesday, September 13th to compete against a strong varsity squad. Starting the game off with a 16-25 first set, the girls kept their hopes up moving in to the rest of the game. Another tough set of 14-25 put the Ladies down 0-2. With one more chance to keep the game going and potentially come back from their deficit the Ladies unfortunately couldn’t pull together enough points to keep the D’Hanis squad at bay. With a score in the final set of 7-25 the game finished on a hard note for the Ladies.
Leading their varsity squad throughout it all this game was Anaya Jones with 4 kills and 3 digs, Angelina Solis with 2 kills and 3 digs, Tommie Gunn with 7 assists Abigail Fulton with 2 aces and 3 Digs, and Angelina Duenes with 3 digs.
The Lady Mustangs continue to work hard and look forward to playing Cotulla on Tuesday, September 20th.
Complete Stats:
Kills: Anaya Jones with 4 and Angelina Solis with 2
Assists: Tommie Gunn with 7
Aces: Abigail Fulton with 2
Digs: Anaya Jones, Angelina Duenes, Abigail Fulton, and Angelina Solis with 3

Natalia wins 8th straight vs. rival Lytle

Lylte Pirate #4 Connor Martin soars up to try and secure a catch as Natalia’s #9 Paul Zapata closes in. Photos courtesy of Mike Quintero/Texas Sport Shots, www.texassportshots.

Eric Smith
Staff Writer
The Lytle Pirate offense came out and looked sharp in their opening drive last Friday night vs. rival Natalia. They used a 10 play, 70 yard drive before settling for a field-goal. Natalia made adjustments defensively, and this would be the only three points for the Black and Gold. Natalia on the other hand reeled off 47 points en route to a 47-3 win.
“I felt like we finally got into a rhythm for the first time all year and we didn’t put ourselves in bad situations,” Natalia Head Coach Ilyan Martinez said when asked about his team’s first win of the season.
The Pirates received to start the game and got the ball at their own 30 yard line. Lytle used a nice mix of runs by Connor Martin and passes by Freshman QB Toby Davila to players like Darren Martinez and Rudy Cepeda to get down to the Natalia 11 yard line. Unfortunately for the Black and Gold, they had to settle for a 28 yard field goal by Marcos Alvarado with 8:15 to go in the 1st quarter.
Natalia got the ball at their own 42 yard line and went to work quickly. Jaieden Burford came out with a nice pass to Josh San Miguel for a 33 yard gain to set the tone. Two runs in a row by Luis Buentello was capped off with two runs by QB Burford and a Natalia touchdown with 6:38 to go in the 1st quarter. This capped off a 5-play 58 yard drive. The PAT by Miguel Sanchez was good, as Natalia led 7-3.
Lytle came out with their second drive of the evening, but unfortunately could not get anything going as the Natalia defense rose to the occasion forcing a 3 and out punt.
Natalia got the ball at the 50-yard line with 5:58 to go in the 1st quarter and went to work. Natalia used 15-plays of a good pass and run mix to score as Burford found Elijah Banda to score his first of four touchdowns on the night on a 23 yard receiving touchdown. The PAT by Sanchez was good, as Natalia extended their lead to 14-3.
Things only got worse for Lytle in their opening quarter, as their third drive of the game went south quickly. Freshman Davila, who had shown lots of positives early with his arm and mobility, threw up a long ball for a receiver over the middle, but Natalia’s Paul Zapata soared into the air and intercepted it. Natalia got the ball at the Lytle 14 and needed one play to strike. Burford found David Silva for a 14 yard play to give the Stangs a 21-3 lead with 11:32 to go in the 2nd quarter following a Sanchez PAT.
On the ensuing drive, Lytle began to find success as they started at their own 34 yard line. Lytle used eight plays to march down field to their own 48 yard line before the Natalia defense ended the threat again, this time with a David Silva interception.
Natalia got the ball at their own 42 yard line with 7:31 to go in the 1st half and went back to work. Natalia needed just eight plays to march down field and score on a nice hard run by Elijah Banda. The PAT by Sanchez was blocked, but Natalia’s lead was now 27-3 with 4:36 to go in the 1st half. This is how the score would stand at the half.
Natalia scored their first touchdown in the second half with 4:20 to go in the 3rd quarter, as Banda capped off a six-play 40 yard drive with a 3-yard run. The PAT was blocked again by Lytle, but Natalia’s lead was now 33-3.
The Mustangs went on to score two final touchdowns in the game. One came as Burford found Justin Curiel on an 11 yard strike and the final touchdown was on a 37 yard run by Banda giving Natalia a solid 47-3 victory.
“Everything we do starts up front and offensively we were physical and sound in our assignments,” Martinez said. “This allowed our RBs to have a big game on the ground and allowed for our QB to have time to make some plays downfield.”
Coach Adrian Trevino was asked his thoughts on the loss vs. Natalia and had the following to say: “We felt that there were some things offensively and defensively that our team did well,” Trevino said. “There were also some things we didn’t do well enough to keep us in the game. Our kids continued to play hard and if we capitalized on some of the opportunities given, we feel we could have possibly changed the momentum of the game.”
Final Team Stats: Natalia led offensively as they used 62 plays to account for 413 yards of offense which included 162 passing and 251 rushing. Lytle used 51 plays to account for 240 yards of offense which included 164 passing and 76 rushing. Rushing wise, Natalia ran 44 times for 251 yards for an average of 5.7. Lytle rushed 26 times for 76 yards for an average of 2.9. Receiving Natalia had 13 for 162 for an average of 12.5 as Lytle had 9 for 164 for an average of 18.2. Penalties- Both teams had too many as Natalia had 12-107 and Lytle 13-105. Lytle had 4 turnovers and Natalia had 2. Natalia dominated the 1st down mark with 21 compared to 11 by Lytle. Neither team was great on 3rd down, as Natalia was 4-11 and Lytle 3-12.
Individual Stat Leaders: Burford led Natalia at QB and was 12-17-141-3TDs-1INT. Toby Davila was 9-25-164-4INTs. Rushing: Banda was 9-94-3TDs as Buentello was 18-94 and Burford was 14-90. Davila led on the ground for Lytle as he was 13-56 as Martin was 2-14. Receiving: San Miguel led Natalia was he was 3-71 as Silva was 7-55-1TD. Cepeda led Lytle with 4-112 as Martin was 2-32.
Defensive Stat Leaders: Natalia: Assists: Simon Garcia 6, Austin Sutton 3, Luis Buentello 3, AZ Zapata 3. Solo Tackles- Sutton 6, Garcia 5, RJ Velasquez 3. Pass break-ups: Silva 1, Gerardo Colchado 1, Zapata 1, David Rodriguez 1. Interceptions: Silva, Zapata, San Miguel 1 each.
Lytle: Albert Aguilar- 12 solo tackles/4 assists/1 forced fumble; Anthony Perdomo 7 solo tackles/4 assists; Roland Cordova 3 solo tackles/2 assists; Drew Gonzales- 4 solo tackles/1 assists/1 tackle for a loss/1 QB Sack; Luke Estrada- 3 solo tackles/ 1 assist; Jake Guevarea- 3 solo tackles/2 assists/1 QB sack.
Coachs final comments
“We need to continue to work on being consistent in all phases of the game,” Trevino said. “We feel if we could have executed better in the red-zone and in the goal-line areas, it would have given us more momentum early.”
Martinez was asked his thoughts on winning 8 straight vs. Lytle.
“We feel fortunate to be a part of that, but I am really proud of our player’s approach to the tradition that was built here and the importance of the game to the alumni and community,” Martinez said. “Our guys understand the significance of the game and we were focused on the task at hand. We enjoyed and are happy with the outcome, but we need to re-focus and get ready for a tough district.”
Upcoming Games
Natalia will have the week off as they enter the open week 1-3 in a tough four slate of contests ion non-district. Natalia opens district play on Friday, September 30th on their brand new turf field vs. the Comfort Bobcats.
Lytle will prepare for their final non-district game at home Friday vs. Pearsall. See the preview story for further details.

Lady Mustangs fight hard agiant Sabinal and Devine Tourney opponents

Varsity Natalia Mustang #5 Angelina Duenes puts the ball into play.

By Noah Gilkey
The Natalia Lady Mustangs kicked off their season last Tuesday, the 16th at home against Sabinal High school. The Ladies played a tough three round series against Sabinal, and while unfortunately fell 0-3, showed potential for a promising season ahead.
Sophomore Lady Mustang Tommie Gunn led the team in assists, earning 18 assists throughout all three matches against Sabinal. Sophomore Abigail Fulton made a showing as well, earning 18 digs, 2 aces, and 8 kills.
With a 3 day turnaround the Varsity Lady Mustangs travelled to Devine high school on Saturday, the 19th to take part in the Devine Varsity Tournament. Slated for 3 games, the Varsity Lady Mustangs competed first against Three Rivers High School and played hard before falling in two games. Sophomore Anaya Jones led the team with an impressive 9 kills and 7 aces. Sophomore Tommie Gunn again led in assists with 10 from her hand, and Abigail Fulton had 8 digs.

Varsity Natalia Mustang #2 Anaya Jones receives a tough serve from middle back.

A few hours later the Lady Mustangs were up again against the Devine Arabians. The Lady Mustangs fought hard but fell just short against the Arabians on their home court. Sophomore Anaya Jones again led the Lady Mustangs across notable stats with 7 kills and 1 block, Angelina Solis made her presence known with 5 digs, and Tommie Gunn did what she does best and put the ball up for 11 assists.
Moving to their last game of the day the Lady Mustangs played a hard fought game against Fox Tech High School but again fell just short of the win. Anaya Jones and Angelina Solis led in kills with 6 to each of them, Angelina led in digs with 8, and Angelina Duenes earned 3 aces.
Day two of the tourney began for the Lady Mustangs against Somerset High School, with sophomore Tommie Gunn leading across stats for the Lady Mustangs with 3 kills and 3 aces. The Lady Mustangs played a tough game before falling to Somerset.
Moving to their next game the Lady Mustangs were hungry for a win and earned themselves one against Ingleside High School. Angelina Solis put up an impressive 8 kills and 2 blocks, and Anaya Jones led in digs with 6.
The Lady Mustangs closed out the tournament competing well against Crystal City High School, unfortunately falling short of the win in the end. Sophomore Anaya Jones led no matter which direction the ball was being sent with 5 kills and 9 digs by the end of the game. Sophomore Abigail Thompson put up 2 blocks, Sophomore Angelina Solis put down 4 kills, and Sophomore Abigail Fulton earned 7 digs.
Overall a great two days of competition and learning for the Lady Mustangs, they are more ready and hungry for the rest of their season and eager to improve as it moves along.

Complete stats: At Sabinal 
Kills: Anaya Jones and Abigail Fulton with 8
Assists: Tommie Gunn with 18
Aces: Abigail Fulton with 2 
Blocks: Abigail Thompson with 1
Digs: Abigail Fulton with our 18 and Anaya Jones with 8

Devine Tourney
Game 1 against Three Rivers 
Kills: Anaya Jones with 9 and Angelina Solis with 2
Assists: Tommie Gunn with 10
Aces: Angelina Solis and Valerie Saenz with 2
Digs: Abigail Fulton with 8 and Anaya Jones with 7

Game 2 against Devine 
Kills: Anaya Jones with 7 and Angelina Solis with 3
Assists: Tommie Gunn with 11
Aces: Abigail Fulton with 2
Blocks: Anaya Jones with 1
Digs: Angelina Solis with 5

Game 3 against Fox Tech
Kills: Anaya Jones and Angelina Solis with 6
Assists: Tommie Gunn with 17
Aces: Angelina Duenes with 3
Digs: Angelina Duenes with 8, Anaya Jones and Abigail Fulton with 6

Game 4 against Somerset
Kills: Tommie Gunn and Abigail Fulton with 3
Assists: Anaya Jones with 6
Aces: Tommie Gunn with 3
Digs: Marissa Castro and Valerie Saenz with 3

Game 5 against Ingleside 
Kills: Angelina Solis with 8 and Anaya Jones with 7
Assists: Tommie Gunn with 15
Aces: Valerie Saenz with 5
Blocks: Abigail Thompson and Angelina Solis with 2
Digs: Anaya Jones with 6

Game 6 against Crystal City
Kills: Anaya Jones with 5 and Angelina Solis with 4
Assists: Tommie Gunn with 9
Aces: Abigail Fulton with 3
Blocks: Abigail Thompson with 2
Digs: Anaya Jones with 9 and Abigail Fulton with 7

Natalia XC opened at Pearsall; Medina Valley next up

The Natalia Cross Country team opened their season in Pearsall on Saturday the 20th. 

Jerel Beaty
Staff Writer
Head Coach Kendra Spangler and her Natalia Cross Country teams opened their 2022 season last Saturday in Pearsall. This weekend has that Lady Mustangs and Mustangs running in the Panther Invitational at Medina Valley.
Collin Corker led the Mustangs at the Maverick Invitational with his 9th place finish. Corker came in with a 5K time of 20.11.
Yahdi Lujan impressed with a top five finish, placing third overall in the varsity girl division. Lujan ran 13.57.
McKyenzie Flores was just out of the top 10 with an 11th place time of 15.20. Yadi Mendez ran 16.52, Jasmine Riso finished with 17.01, and Tyli Ventimiglia was soon thereafter at 17.35.

Devine to host first home football game Friday, Natalia and Lytle on the road

Ethan Santos runs the ball up the middle and down the right side.

The Devine Warhorses will host their first football game at home this Friday, August 26, kickoff is 7:00 pm against SA Memorial in a non-district game. JV does not have a game on the schedule for this week.
Natalia Mustangs will travel to Jourdanton to take on the Indians; kickoff is 7:00 p.m. in a non-district game. The JV will host Jourdanton on Thursday at 5:30 at home in Natalia.
The Lytle Pirates will travel to Jefferson; kickoff is 7:30 p.m. in a non-district game. The JV will play at Jefferson on Thursday at 5:0 0 p.m.