Devine Homecoming is a TWO-DAY event!Oct. 13 and 14

1987 DHS HOMECOMING COURT: left to right – Fr. Cindy Gomez, Sr. Amy Buckles, Sr. Shana McGinnis, 1986 Queen Mary Wilms, 1987 Queen Tammy Langley, Sr. Anna Del Toro, Jr. Bridget Hoog, and Soph. Desiree Hernandez.

For ALL Devine Ex-Students & Teachers from ALL years
DEVINE HOMECOMING IS A TWO-DAY EVENT! There will be lots to do and celebrate at Homecoming and it is too much for just one evening! So, we have two days to celebrate! A little something for everyone!

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JV Arabians spike Pleasanton 3-1

Arabian JV hitter #6 Bella Flores goes up for a spike. Photo by Joanie DuBose.

Jerel Beaty
Staff Writer
In three exciting sets, the JV Arabian volleyball team downed Pleasanton in three sets 25-21, 19-25, 17-15. The JV Arabians played a non-district match against San Antonio FEAST last night before taking on Somerset and Pearsall Friday and Tuesday respectively.
Digs Katie Rios 10, Dani Gutierrez 8, Payton Applewhite 6, Cami Carroll 6, Margarita Vizcarra 5, Bella Flores 5 Aces Gutierrez 3, Flores 3, Rios 1 Kills Carroll 8, Flores 6, Vizcarra 3, Taylin Herrera 1 Assists Vizcarra 21.

8th Grade Fillys Earn Another Win in District

8th Grade #11 Leslie Perez sends one over the net as teamates look on.

Shana Beaty
Staff writer
The Devine Filly 8th grade volleyball A-team played against Pearsall to win an exciting game improving their district record to 3-1, and 5-2 for the season. The Fillys beat the Pearsall Dogies playing 3 sets to win 25-15, then losing 26-28, and then claiming their victory in the third game, 25-19. Coach Julie Oropeza said, “This game was certainly not our best, but these girls weathered the storm and came through with the win.

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Buentello, Rizo named NHSKing & Queen

Natalia High School named the 2023 Homecoming King & Queen Brianna Rizo and Luis Buentello (pictured on right) this past Friday night.
Other NHS Homecoming representatives were:
HOSA Representative Sarah Kanagusico Micaiah Patterson (not pictured)
Miss Mustang Angelina Solis & Mr. Mustang Luis Buentello
NHS Representatives Tyli Ventimiglia & Madison Wolf
Marvelous Mustangs Kayden Maddox & Bailey Moore
FFA Representatives Denton Nelson & Jalynn Guzman
Band Representatives Kate Robinson & Anthony Guevara
Freshman Representatives Leonardo Buentello & Sofia Vera
Sophomore Representatives Rudy Cruz & Aryanna Ramirez
Junior Class Representatives Kira Jimenez & Jason Huron
Senior Class Representatives Skylyene Gallegos & Esteban Saldaña
Senior Class Representatives Jesus Alfaro & Eliana Mason
Senior Class Representatives Brianna Rizo & Luis Buentello.

Arabians are en fuego as they cook Carrizo & Pleasanton to open 3-0

Kate Featherly sets up Aimee Carr. Photo by J DuBose. Also pictured is Brooke Thompson and Brooke Miller.

Jerel Beaty
Staff Writer
There is no possible better way to start District 29-4A than to go 3-0 in their first three games, and that is exactly what Head Coach Leigh Anne McIver and her Arabians have accomplished. They promptly waxed Uvalde and Carrizo Springs 3 sets to none before putting the screws to the Lady Eagles 3-1 in Pleasanton last Friday.

The Arabians improved to 21-13 for the season before playing a non district opponent in San Antonio FEAST last night.
No disrespect, but the wins against Uvalde and Carrizo Springs was an afterthought after how well the Arabians played in big school tournaments and against perennial powers in their predistrict schedule.
“It was a great way to start district!” McIver emphatically stated after walking the Lobos out the DSAC door in game one of league action. “In games like this the key is to keep our focus and I think the girls did a good job of this for the majority of the night. We started the third set out a little slow but the girls regrouped and took control of the set and never looked back.”
Carrizo Springs fought the good fight in parts of the second and third sets, but Devine willed their way to a three set victory. Devine pounced the Cats 25-12, 25-21, 26-24.
“It was great to get our second district win! I thought the girls really stepped up in the third set when they needed to. They put their mind to it and were not going to let Carrizo take that set. We had some great plays during the games and I look forward to that continuing.”
Devine exorcized a couple of demons from 2022 as Pleasanton defeated the Arabians three times last season, including twice in district.
The Lady Eagles will have their crack at Devine October 10 in the DSAC. This could be a pivotal matchup for either the top spot or runner up in District 29-4A depending on how things iron out against Floresville in the next couple of weeks.
“This was a big win for us, keeping us alive for the district championship and 3-0 in district. We started slow but once we picked our tempo up we were able to take control of the sets. In set two, we just had too many miscues for us to overcome but I feel we took care of those in set three and four.”
Devine dominated the first set 25-15 before stumbling momentarily through set two losing 22-25. The Arabians got their train rolling smoothly through set three as they won by nine 25-16 and took the win into the station in set four 25-19.
“There are still some things we need to sharpen for the rest of the games in district but we are definitely on the right track.”
Devine players Rylee Esquibel, Kate Featherly, and Brooklyn Miller have all reached key milestones in their volleyball careers. Esquibel recorded her 1000th dig during the Columbus Tournament and Featherly notched her 1000th assist against Leakey.
Miller joined the 1000-something club with her 1000th kill against the Lady Cats.
Congrats to these outstanding senior players and best of luck the rest of your careers!
Stats vs Uvalde
Kills Rylee Esquibel 10, Skylar Blanton 7, Brooklyn Miller 6, Maddie DuBose 2, Airyanna Rodriguez 1, Aimee Carr 1, Brooke Thompson 1, Kate Featherly 1 Aces Miller 6, Kaylee Romano 5, Kelsey Dishman 4, Esquibel 3, Featherley 2 Blocks DuBose 3, Blanton2, Miller 2, Carr 2, Brooke Thompson 1 Digs Miller 10, Kynedie Cruz 7, Dishman 4, Romano 3, Esquibel 3, Featherly 3 Assists Cruz 15, Featherly 8, Romano 2, Dishman 2.
Stats vs Carrizo Springs
Kills Miller 18, Esquibel 12, Rodriguez 4, Blanton 2, DuBose 2, Cruz 1, Thompson 1 Aces Miller 4, Romano 1, Esquibel 1, Kishman 1, Cruz 1 Blocking DuBose 3, Blanton 2 Digs Cruz 9, Miller 9, Featherly 7, Esquibel 7, Dishman 7, Romano 1, Rodriguez 1 Assists Cruz 20, Featherly 15, Dishman 1, Romano 1.
Stats vs Pleasanton
Kills Miller 24, Esquibel 20, Thompson 4, DuBose 3, Featherly 2, Blanton 2, Carr 2, Rodriguez 2 Aces Esquibel 2, Romano 1, Dishman 1, Miller 1 Blocks Rodriguez 2, DuBose 1 Digs Dishman 20, Esquibel 11, Cruz 10, Miller 8, Featherly 8, Rodriguez 5, Romano 3, Carr 2, Thompson 1, Blanton 1, DuBose 1 Assists Featherly 31, Cruz 22, Dishman 4, Carr 1.
Up next
The Arabians had FEAST on their table in the DSAC last night. Devine plays at Somerset Friday, September 22 and at home against Pearsall Tuesday, September 26.

Arabian XC 5th @ Islander XC; Stotts, Carr, Rodriguez, Rangel, & Jones prep for Regional

Arabian runners with a quick snapshot after their 5th-place finish at the Islander Splash in Corpus Christi. Pictured above is: Charlee Rangel, Airyanna Rodriguez, Claire Jones, Aimee Carr, Kenadi Marek, Rachel Stotts, and Angelina Garcia.

Jerel Beaty
Staff Writer
The Arabian Cross Country team left many runners in their wake the annual Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islander Splash. Devine placed 5th out of a whopping 35 complete teams that toed the line to begin the race.

In a race that started with an even 300 runners at the mark, Rachel Stotts, Aimee Carr, Airyanna Rodriguez, Charlee Rangel, and Claire Atkinson were the first five Arabian runners to cross the finish line.
Devine scored 156 points to place fifth. La Vernia was just ahead of the Arabians with 147 points while Pleasanton came after in the sixth spot with 175 points.
Stotts ran an amazing race, finishing in 7th place with a time of 13:13.84. She was less than four seconds behind the sixth place runner.
Carr placed in the top 20 as well as she came in 16th with a time of 13:31, almost ten full seconds ahead of 17th place.
Rodriguez came in at 36th place with a time of 14:06. Rangel was next at 51st place with a time of 14:42 then Jones at 59th place with a time of 14:48.
Angelina Garcia placed 112th with a time of 15:45.
Top 10 team rankings
1st Boerne 102, 2nd Poth 108, 3rd Sinton 110, 4th La Vernia 147, 5th Devine 156, 6th Pleasanton 175, 7th Lytle 182, 8th Robstown 189, 9th Gonzales 353, 10th Schulenburg 395.

Horses will try to stop 3-game Uvalde roll this Friday

Devine Warhose Seniors #5Gabe Esquivel, #22 Aaron Bonilla, #55 Corey Dirck, #68 Wyatt Lafond take the field. Photo by Brigid Howard.

Jerel Beaty
Staff Writer
With Devine coming off a loss against the Owls in Hondo last Friday, they try to start a new winning streak of their own while extinguishing Uvalde’s three-game streak of their own. After consecutive victories against Crystal City and Natalia, the Warhorses had to endure the dad-gummed bell-ringing at Barry Field in their most recent game.

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