Friday night at La Vega has been circled on a lot of Central Texas calendars since the summer. That's when the Pirates host their old rivals from China Spring.
These two programs are two of the best in Central Texas. La Vega won a state title at the 4A level two seasons ago and beat China Spring in the playoffs on their road to the title.
China Spring went to the 4A state semifinals last year, beating La Vega on their way to the final four.
This time around the meeting is in the regular season and both teams have plenty to play for. The Pirates and Cougars are unbeaten in district play so far. Both have a chance to be District champs again this season and winning Friday is a huge step in that direction.
Plus, there's the history of the rivalry. It's been tense at times, but both coaches acknowledge that it's now a rivalry built on mutual respect for what the other program has accomplished.