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,u~,-~,=,-~=mxIJzJummmL~.~. IlL I] Illlllmll|ll + 40..YEAR ROAD Former Hays valedictorian retires from school district. - Page 3B January 5, 2011 Page 111 wm over PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Tarale Murray pushes the ball down the court as JT Siv- ils trails behind during Lehman's 57-48 win Friday night. Murray's 14 points and nine rebounds led the Lobos to their first-ever win at Bales Gym. BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com The Lehman boys basketball team started its New Year's Eve fire- works show early Friday night. The Lobos waltzed into Bales Gym and came away with their first win in pmgrarn history on the mad against Hays High. Lchman limited the Rebels to only 11 field goals in the entire game in a 57-48 victory in the disuict opener for both teams. "They axe a very physical ball club," said Hays first-year head coach Dean McMullen. "We have to match that the next time we play them." Lehman's hounding defense lira- Red the Rebels to only one basket play. Kimbm's three flee throws cut ers to give the Rebels their first lead HISTORIC WIN the gap to 50-48, but those were the of the game at 30-24 early in the last points Hays scored, third quarter. LoBo boys I:~lskottmll seeurecl Tarale Murray, who finished with Lehman responded as Dane their first-ever win at Hays' 14 points and nine rebounds, hit six Peddycoart assisted on a Frank De- Bales Gym New Year's Eve. straight free throws down the stretch Leon 3-pointer from the left wing for Lehman to wrap up the win. a Murray layup and an Andy Smith "Wewanted to start the NewYear 3-pointer and the Lobos never during the final four minutes, 30 right," said Lobo point guard DeAn- trailed again. seconds ofthe game. dre Carson, who had 12 points and Now the Lobos are focusing on "The kids busted their tail on the seven rebounds. "It was nice to get a endinganotherstmak-makingamn defensive end," said Lehman head win at their house." towardtheirfirst-everplayoffbertlx coach Thomas Acker. "They've real- Lehman led the entire first half, "We just cant ave off t~s one ly been coming together defensively as Carson's coast-to-coast layup and win," Carson said. "We have to stay and it showed tonight." pull-up 12-footer in the lane helped mentally focused. Our top goal is to Despite their lack of success the Lobos build a 14-10 lead after make the playoffs." on offense, the Rebels still had a the first quarter. Hays must regroup quickly in chancetopulloffthecomebackwin Four Isaiah Williams free throws what is likely to be a competitive as Caleb Kimbm, who had a game- helped Hays trim the margin to 24- District 27-4A race. high 18 points, was fouled by Larry 23 at the break, and Kimbm came "District play is a second season," Benson while attempting a three- out on fire after halftirne. McMullen said."We have to go back pointer with just over a minute to Kimbm hit back-to-back 3-point- to work." BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com Attaks we say goodbye to 2010, let's e a final look at the top sports ories in Texas in what was a very exciting year. 1. THE DEMISE OF In" FOOTBALL This was a no-bralner for the top spot. Nobody in the country saw it coming and the repercussions have been massive, especially in a foothall- crazy state like Texas. The Longhorns began the season as a prese asonAP_tol -&tp. a!xA..ge .tL, xed. ........ for great things in 2010. Months later, the Longhorns were so far out of the ranldngs that they may now need a GPS navigation sys- tem to find their way back in 2011. During the latter stages of their forgettable 5-7 season, folksy Texas coach Mack Brown told anybody who was still around to listen that every move he made in the foreseeable future would be about "fixing" the Longhorns' problems and be focused on "moving forward" instead of point- ing fingers. Brown added that the program had seen down times before in his 13 seasons and that he had been success- fui in fixing it before. He vowed to do it again in 2011. But even the highly successful Brown faces an uphill battle if he intends to repair the current mess he has on his hands down in Austin. That's because the current predica- ment happened almost overnight, just ayear after Texas posted a 13-1 record and secured a berth in the BCS National Championship Game. The program is now down four coaches since OT's loss to arch-rival A&M. One of Brown's closest friends and longtime offensive coordinator Greg Davis was the first Texas coaching departure, announcing his retirement about a week after a disappointing loss against A&M. Offensive line coach Mac McWhort-. er and defensive line coach Mike Tolleson also announced their retire- ments from coaching. McWhorter produced five current NFL players and two collegiate All- Americans during his nine years in Austin. Tolleson coached current pros Lamarr Houston and Roy Miller, plus four others, in his 13 years at Texas. PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF Highly-touted Lake Travis High School product Garrett Gilbert completed 269 of 441 passes this season with 17 intemeptions and only 10 touchdowns. Texas quickly fell from its preseason Top-4 national ranking and finished with a 5-7 record, missing out on a postsea- son bowl game for the first time in the Mack Brown-era. With the fiery Muschamp also mov- ing on to greener pastures in Florida, there have also been rumors circulat- ing that current nmning backs coach and fan-favorite Major Applewhite is set to join him in Gatorland. Brown could prevent Applewhite from moving on by naming him the new offensive coordinator to help secure incoming stud Steele tailback Malcolm Brown - who was heavily recruited by Applewhite. Brown would be the big playmaker the Texas,offense so sorely lacked this season. Losing Muschamp to Florida should spur Mack Brown to take swift action to create some positive momentum in a program stuck in a downward spiral. 2.1BOk RI I6B RE# I RL0 SBII The Rangers have spent decades wandering in search of a winning formula. They almost got derailed by ownership woes the past couple of years but found stability in the nick of time under the tutelage of their own legend, team president Nolan Ryan. When reliever Neftali Feliz struck out former Ranger Alex Rodriguez in a perfectly scripted ending to preserve the win, many bitter, barren years became ancient history. It was a monumental upset that brought tears of joy to longtime fans and had others in the media scratch- ing their heads. Even though they disposed of the talented Tampa Bay Rays in the divi- sion series, the Rangers were viewed by many as only a stepping-stone for the Yankee ballclub that seemed destined to win another one for their longtlme owner George Steinbrenner, who had recently passed away. I felt as though the Rangers were the younger, hungrier and more talented team. And over the next week of that se- ries, they proved me right. The ease in which they beat the Yankees, clicking offensively and pitching almost flaw- lessly, was a thing of beauty. Texas went on to lose to San Fran- cisco in the World Series, but a new and exciting chapter has definitely begun in Ranger baseball history. 3. SPURS RACE OUT TO BEST START IN TEAM HISTORY Even though they are by far the hottest team in the NBA, as always, : the San Antonio Spurs are operating under the radar. San Antonio (29-4) currently sports the best record in the NBA while many TOP 5 FOR 21)I0, lag. 2B PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER L.m girls basketball teammates finished sixth in the Sinton Invitational Tour- nament over the holiday break. Lehman girls sixth in Sinton BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com After they spent much of the Chrismm holidays unwrap- ping gifts and hanging out with family members, the Lehman Lady Lobos headed to the Sinton Invitational Toumament for their final non-disttict action of the basketball seasorL Unfortunately, by the time they arrived at the two-day event, the Lady Lobos appeared to still be in holiday mode as they dropped the first two games of bracket play en route to a sixth place finish. "We played consistent enough to win a few of these games but we seem to still he having that one had quarter that kills us," Lehman head coach Jamie Coy said. "There were spurts where we really played well and then there were limes where we didn't seem to be focused enough." Orange Grove jumped to an early 12-6 lead in Lehman's toumament openeL Junior guard Amara Smith, :: who finished the game with 12 points, hdped bring the Lady. Lobos within two points midway through the second quarter, but LOB0 GIRI.S pg. 2B ct win over Hays guard Nicole Alcantara scored seven points to help lead the Lady Rebs to a win over Alamo Heights Tuesday night. PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER BY JASON GORDON attacked them," Hays head coach Danny Preuss said. freepresssports@yahoo.com "This was a huge win - a game we had to win. Now we The Hays gifts aren't used to control our own destiny as far must-win basketball games in as theplayoffs are concerned. early January. We definitelydidn't want to be With district losses coming 1-3 in this district." few and far between for the Hays fell behind 5-2 with Lady Rebels in recent seasons, two minutes gone in the game this year's squad found itself when Alamo Heights guard in unfamiliar territory enter- Sally Stecher banked in a long ing its home game against 3-pointer from the left wing, Alamo Heights with a 1-2 re- but that seemed to inspire the cord in 27-4A action. Lady Rebels. The Lady Rebs responded Nicole Alcantara fed Cassia by using intense defense and Norris with a sweet pass for a blitzing fast-break offense to a layup to give Hays the lead, roll to a 48-38 victory Tuesday and Javon Saucedo and Shan- night at Bales Gym to even its non Peace added 3-pointers to district mark at 2-2. help give the Lady Rebs an 18-9 "I was proud of the way we lead after one quarter of play. Hays led 26-17 at the break trailed by double-digits the before Alamo Heights rallied rest of the way. behind seven third quarter "We were very focused to- points from Stecher to trim night," Jones said. "This is the the margin to 35-30 heading best we've played in district to the fourth quarter, so far." laieasa Jones, who finished Hays, which should get in- with 21 points and seven re- jured guard Ashlee Johnson bounds, took the game over back in the starting lineup from there for Hays. within the next two weeks, Jones took passes from travels to Clemens Friday Peace, Norris and Saue~do night before returning home and converted them all into to play Lockhart next Tues- layups within a two-minute day. stretch. "We have to win all our Saucedo, who finished with home games in district and seven points, five assists and then try to pick up a few five steals, then swiped a pass on the road where we can," and went coast-to-coast for Preuss said. "I liked the inten- a layup to put the Lady Rebs sity I saw out there tonight. up 42-32 with three minutes The girls knew how important remaining and Alamo Heights this game was." +