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il[,Uli m|Di]t im.m Page 2B $#0Blr$ Hays Free Press January 5, 2011 + + FROM STAFF REPORTS After a breakout 2010 sea- son, Texas State University ju- nior Carson Smith put himself on the national radar as one of the top pitchers in the country. Never was that more evident than on Monday as Smith was named a preseason All-Amer- ican by both Louisville Slugger and College Baseball Lineup. Smith was the only player from the Southland Con- ference to be honored by Louisville Slugger, while ]ace Peterson of McNeese State was also tabbed on the preseason All-American third team by College Baseball Lineup. Last season, Smith became the first Bobcat in Texas State history to earn First Team All-Region honors while also being named the Southland Confer- ence Pitcher of theYear SMITH and New- comer of the Year. Smith, a 6-foot, 5-inch Mid- land native, also earned an in- vitation to the USA Team Trials after posting a 10-4 record and 3.10 earned rtm average dur- ing the 2010 season. He struck out 94 batters while throwing six complete games, includ- ing three shutouts. Smith also contributed in relief, making 11 appearances out of the bullpen and notching three saves. Smith made his mark on the Texas State record book in his first year with the team as his three shutouts tied him for the highest single-season total in the program's history. Additionally, his 10 wins tied him for fourth most in single- seiason history, and his 94 strikeouts are the 10th most in a season. Smith and the Bobcats be- gin the 2011 seasqn on Friday, February 18, when Texas State hosts Nebraska at the Bobcat Baseball Stadium. Sendoff for Hays High's Coach Shelb)n Hays High School is hosting a Retirement Reception for Coach Bob Shelton on Sun- day, Jan. 9th, from 3-5 p.m., in the campus cafeteria. Please come for reflections, refreshments, and to extend your warm wishes to Shel- ton. This invitation is open to former students, colleagues and community patrons. Top 5 for 2010 Continued from pg. 1B in the media continue to fawn over Miami's Big Three, praise Boston's Big Four, drool upon contact with Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and love my Los Angeles Lakers. But here are the Spurs doing what they always do - win. Since Gregg Popovich took over the franchise in 1997, San Antonio has won the NBA championship four times while making the playoffs 13 consecutive seasons. Granted, the Spurs have not produced the same spark the past two years, dealing with injuries and age while adjusting to change. But a San Antonio core of Popovich, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Mann Ginobili remains intact, while recent additions such as Richard Jefferson, Antonio McDyess, George Hill and Deluan Blair have added both proven vet- eran experience and passion- ate youth. Factor in that longtime general manager R.C. Buford is still discovering diamonds such as 26-year-old rookie reserve guard Gary Neal, who is averaging 6.1 points and 2.5 assists while shooting 45.2 per- cent behind the 3-point line- and there is no doubt that the Spurs are still championship contenders. They're younger, deeper and hungrier than any team in the league right now. The demise of the Spurs has been greatly exaggerated once again. And that's bad news for the rest of the NBA. 4. LAKE TRAVlS WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT STATE TITLE What a difference a few months makes. Lake Travis, who had a 48- game winning streak snapped in the third week of the sea- son, appeared to be out of the Class 4A state rifle picture this season. A blowout loss to Cedar Park in district play appeared to spell doom for any chances the Cavs had of winning their fourth straight state rifle. The dreaded injury bug hit Lake Travis early this year like a tornado. One of their top receivers, Conner Floyd, blew out his knee in the season opener against Westlake. Things appeared to get worse when the one of the best receivers in the state, junior Griffin Gilbert, also went down with a serious knee Pffi)TO COURTESY OF BRAD NEWTON/TEXAS RANGERS Texas shortstop Elvis Andros and his Rangers teammates thrilled fans by making their first trip to the World Sedas. Texas fell in five games to San Francisco in the Fall Classic, but the youthful Rangers look to have a bright future ahead of them. injury a few weeks later. But as the injuries piled up and the adversity became stronger, Lake Travis seemed to thrive. Once the playoffs rolled around, first-year head coach Hank Carter and his troops were virtually unstoppable and were eventually parading around the House that Jerry Built with their fourth con- secutive rifle secured. They have now won 24 play- off games in a row, with three different head coaches, which is one shy of the state record. Incidentally, the last time Lake Travis lost a playoff game was to Hays in 2006. The amazing thing about Lake Travis' run is they have now won four dries with three different coaches. With a very strong junior class returning for their senior seasons in 2011, expect the scarlet-and-black Cavaliers to make a historic run at a fifth consecutive state champion- ship. 5. J)ALLAS COWBOYS' FORGETFABLE SEASON Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had circled February 6, 2011 on his calendar for quite some time. His new $1 billion stadium has hosted everything from marquee boxing matches to the NBA All-Star Game last year, but there's no question why the mega-facility was built- to host a Super Bowl. The Cowboys began the season with the pressure on them trying to become the first team to host a Super Bowl in their own stadium. But Dallas went from a team that gave up the second- fewest points in the league last year, to one that allowed the most in franchise history this season. Coach Wade Phillips was fired at midseason after an abysmal 1-7 start. Key play- ers Tony Rome, Marcus Spears, RoyWilliams, Dez Bryant and Marion Barber all missed a combined 22 games to injuries this year. The tone of the season may have been set in the regular- season opener at Washington when running back Tashard Choice was stripped of the ball on the final play of the first half by Redskins cor- nerback DeAngelo Hall, who scored on a 32-yard fumble recovery. Although Dallas rallied to finish the season 5-3 under interim head coach Jason Gar- rett, a 6-10 overall mark cer- tainly wasn't what Jones had in mind heading into 2010. 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Junior guard Cydney Ervin led the Lady Lobes defensively in their 69-26 romp over Mathis in the final game of pool play. Ervin made a couple of key steals that triggered an offensive explosion that Coy had been waiting for the entire tournament. "Cydneywas great for us defensively in that game in par- ticular," Coy said. "Once we are able to run and create turnovers, it makes things so much easier for us." By halftime, Lehman built a commanding lead and Coy was able to clear her bench. Lehman closed out the tournament with a 59-45 loss to Karnes City. "Even though I don't think we did as well as we would have liked, I think every step we take is one toward becoming a bet- ter team," Coy said. "We have a couple of important games coming up that we really need to wirff' As district play resumes, Leh- man stands at 1-2 with a pair of ve~lkditficult mad games loom- in~lbr the Lady Lobos this week. Coy has her troops pointing towards the challenge of slowing down Canyon and top scorer ChamayaTurner before facing off against SmithsonValley on Friday. "These are two games that we must win," said Coy. "Both of these teams will be a big chal- lenge for us." It was a proud moment, that moment you were born We cheered, we laughed and we cried with joy We had our new baby, our son, ourboy, r we celebrate shy little boy holding Now a confident, forthright, handsome young man Life's full of choices and your torn made the right choices again and again We're as proud of you now as we were way back then LOVe roe sent Robert, gtm 18TH BIRTHDAY +