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Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2018 9:51 pm

PHARR — A day to always remember arrived Saturday for Kim Edquist, Sammy Montalvo and Tony Villarreal III.

Those three individuals, all with ties to the Brownsville area, were inducted into the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame along with seven other honorees at the organization’s 31st annual banquet at Pharr Events Center, formerly Boggus Ford Events Center.

Villarreal, noted for his success as a Valley football coach with nearly 200 victories, said it was a pleasure to be inducted, especially along with Montalvo, a former track standout at Pace who won gold medals at the UIL state meet in back-to-back years (1979 and 1980) in the 800 meters.

“ Sammy and I grew up in the same neighborhood in Brownsville,” Villarreal said. “I was faster than Sammy only because I was older. But once he grew up, I couldn’t catch him anymore. We always used to play touch football and he was such a great athlete.

“ It’s amazing and kind of a little weird that here we are, both going into the RGV Sports Hall of Fame together,” Villarreal added.

Villarreal’s last season as a head coach was 2016 at Weslaco High. He remains a football consultant and was a part of the La Joya High program in 2017.

In 27 years as a head coach at Port Isabel, PSJA North, Hanna and Weslaco High, Villarreal amassed 197 victories and continues to rank as one of the Valley’s winningest football coaches. He coached 36 years overall.

Montalvo has been an assistant football coach at Brownsville Veterans Memmorial since 2010 with previous high school coaching stints at Pace, Los Fresnos and Lopez. In a coaching career that began in 1986, he has also coached track, including 2002 when he guided Los Fresnos to a district title in the sport.

For more on this story, please visit RGVSports.com.

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