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mm GO GET IT! "Education - Go Get It!" campaign that promotes higher learning. - Page 3C ;FreePress.com January 6, 2010 Page 1B Lady Rebs stomp Rattlers to stay unbeaten in 17-4A play PHOTO BY JOEL SAN MIGUEL Hays point guard Chrissy Arias shows solid shooting form as she goes up for a basket during the Lady Rebels win over San Marcos Tuesday night at Bales Gym. BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com About the best thing that can be said about the Hays girls bas- ketball team's 40-27 victory over San Marcos Tuesday night is the Lady Rebels are still undefeated in District 17-4A play. The game wasn't pretty by any standards, as 49 total fouls were called, which made attempts by both teams to get into any kind of rhythm impossible. Hays head coach Douny Mc- Donald said the high foul count was the highest he could recall in recent memory. "I think we were going for a record," said McDonald, who saw his team improve to 4-0 in 17-4A action. "It was a win, though." When the two teams weren't fouling each other, Hays was steadily building a lead early on the strength of 10 first quarter points from Ashley Magallanez, who led the Lady Rebs with a game-high 13 points. Brooke Borreson made back- to-back short jumpers in the second quarter, one after an as- sist from Ashley Johnson, and the Lady Rebs led 24-14 at half- "We're nearly halfway through the district season." Hays will now move on to play at rival Del Valle Friday night in a game that could go a long way in deciding the district champion. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. tilne. Angeleigh sweet move down the left base- line for a layup before burying a 3-pointer to help the Lady Rebels maintain the lead in the third quarter before the Lady Rattlers made a surge. San Marcos' Ashley Crayton made a personal seven-point nm early in the fourth quarter to cut the Hays advantage to 33- 27, but Borreson's 10-footer and four straight Davis free throws helped Hays seal the win. "We just have to get more consistent, but we're running out of time," McDonald said. Davis made a Lady Rebs finish second to Del Valle in finals of Bastrop tournament Two teams that seemingly can't get away from each other met in the finals of the G.M. Blackman Tournament at Bas- trop High lastWednesday night. The Hays and Del Vane girls basketball teams met four times last season, including a Lady Rebels win in the Class 4A Re- gion III finals. In their first meeting this year, it was the Cardinals that used a strong second half effort to se- cure a 44-40 victory. DelValle improved to 22-1 on the season with the win. "We play each other a lot, but it's definitely a friendly rivalry," Del Valle head coach Tawni An- gel said. "There's a lot of mutual respectbetween the two teams so that makes the rivalry fun." After Hays' Kaiflyn Barnes stole a pass and made a layup at the buzzer to tie the game 23-23 at halftime, Del Valle guard ]os- linn Douglas took the game over after the break with her quick- ness and speed. Numerous times after Del Valle used a stall tactic to try and bring Hays (16-7) out of its zone defense, Douglas would knife in and score an easy basket or dish the ball off to forwards Summer Postell or Monique McElveen for layups. Two Douglas fast-breaklayups broke open a two-point game and helped stretch Del VaUe's lead to 40-32 midway through the fourth quarter. After Hays trimmed the ad- vantage to 42-38 on Ashley John- son's inside shot with two min- utes left, Douglas, who finished with nine points and eight as- sists, once again broke down the Rebels defense with a cross-over dribble and found McElveen for a short jumper to help seal the win. "We can't guard (Douglas) with five people," Hays head coach Douny McDonald said. "She is awfully quick." Angel said there's no doubt who she wants handling the ball during cnmch time. "Douglas is just a handful to try and guard," Angel said. "She can really control the game." McElveen had a game-high 14 points for the Cardinals. An- geleigh Davis led Hays with nine points. Rebel Cup kickoff 16 teams invade Hays High for early-season competition BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com Hays boys head soccer coach Jason Burnett hasa simple message for his team- you're only as good as you do in the playoffs. The Rebels will indeed have a challenge on their hands, as the squad hasn't tasted post- season success in more than a half-decade, but that doesn't worry Bumett. Last sea- son, Hays made the playoffs but lost to lake Travis in the first round at Shelton Stadium. : "It would abso- lutely be a disap- pointment with the talent we have on this team not to haake the playoffs again this season," Bumett said. "We tell the kids con- stantly that getting to the playoffs is something that's supposed to hap- pen and how well you do once you get there is how you're ultimately going to be judged as a team." Hays will begin its journey when it "Whichever teams get through to the Rebel Cup finals will be playing some pretty good soccer Getting through th# fieM will be a great test for anyone. --Jason BurneR, Hays head soccer coach hosts the Rebel Cup, which will run January 7-9. The tournament will once again bring in some of the most talented squads from the area. The 16-team event will include 2009 Rebel Cup champion Eagle Pass CC Winn, '08 champ Corpus Christi King, as well as perennial area powers V'tsta Ridge, Akins and Hays' always- tough cross-town rival Lehman. "We have some pretty stout competition com- ing in," Bumett said. "We always do." The Rebel Cup is broken down into four four- team pools. Hays, which finished fourth in the Rebel Cup See REBEL CUP PREVIEW, pg. 2B PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Hays senior lann Tennille leaps hligh into the air during the Rebel soccer team's annual preseason alumni game. Head coach Jason Burnett is holPing his team begins a journey to playoff success this season as Hays hosts the 16-team Rebel Cup beginninlg Thursday. Lehman senior guard BriAnna Gar7_a became the first bas- ketball player in school his- tory to eclipse the career 1,000-point mark in the Tomball Rose- hill Christian Tournament, where her team lost in the championship game. PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Lobo's Garza hits 1,000-point mark BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com Lehman senior sharpshooter BfiAnna fidjust 16 points to eclipse the 1,O00-point plateau entering play at the Tomball Rosehill Christian Tournament over the Christmas holidays. It only took her a game to put the hallowed mark in her rearview mirror as the Lobos opened the tournament with a 56-50 overtime win over Faith Victorian. See LEHMAN GIRLS BASKETBALL, pg. 2B PHOTO BYJUDYCOOPER Jose Ramirez art the Lehrrm etJf tearn heads back into Disbict 17-4A sctJon af- ter going 1-3 in the Sinton High Toumarnent last week. Lobos fall short of consolation title BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com A few missed baskets down the stretch in their final game against Salado ultimately cost the Lehman boys basketball team a chance to collect a consolation tide at the very competi- tive Sinton High School Rotary Classic in Cor- pus Christi over the holidays. See LEHMAN BOYS BASKETBALL, pg. 2B Lehman boys soccer team aims high in 2010 PHOTO BY J,R EggS Lehman's Juan Gordillo fights for possession during a district match last year. The Lobo soccer team should be primed for another big run this season. BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com Intensity and focus - two vi- tal ingredients you must have in order to be successful at any level. And ffyour program is still basically just past its infancy stage, add a diligent work ethic and a stronger sense of disci- pline and you just might have a better chance of competing against much more established programs. lay Sansom begins his fifth season at the helm of a Leh- man boys soccer program that is coming off a second consecutive postseason appearance. His Lo- bos have endured a few growing pains along; the way; including two straight:heartbreaking loss- es in the firs;t round of the play- offs the prewious two seasons. But Sansom, the 2008 Region IV Coach of theYear, believes his teams have already delivered a resounding statement by their success against some of the state's top teams. "We have really progressed as a program in five years," San- som said. "We have gone from having only nine guys on the field at one point to being able to compete against some of he strongest teams in the area. And it was nice to be recognized for that." Last years team finished sec- ond in District 51-4A and bowed THEY'RE READY Lobo boys soccer team is ready to once again prove it is among area's best squads Lehman's goal this season is progress in the postseason out in the bi-district round to Austin Travis 1-0 as the Rebels scored the only goal of the game with less than two minutes to play in reguhdon. Gone are four seniors who made up one of the best back lines in the district in Femando Castro, Tanner Rojas, Jmi Rodri- guez and Jacque Rogers. Castro, a three-time unani- mous All-Region selection was also the team's leading scorer. "We certainly will miss those guys because they were very hard workers and they set the bar pretty high for these other guys to follow," said Sansom. "But we have a lot of offensive weapons coming back and it will be interesting to see how much they have matured this year." This year's edition returns much of the talent responsible for last season's playoff nm in- cluding seKlor cap'ttn'Juan ,or- diUo along with junior scoring tandem of Oscar Martinez and Oscar Castro, two of the Lobos' top scorers last season. Gordillo begins his fourth campaign at the varsity level and will be one of team's biggest as- sets on the field. "Each year our senior lead- ership has cultivated and Juan has been an impact player for us since he was a freshman," Sansom said. "When he was a freshman he was more of a vo- cal leader, but now he just goes out there and plays the game the right way and leads by ex- ample." While Martinez missed the first ten games of the 2009 cam- paigu last year alter suffering a foot injury in a summer league game, he appears to be fully healthy and ready to roll this See LEHMAN SOCCER, pg. 2B