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+ @hfprebelsports @hfplobosports REPORT CARDS District contests new school assessment ratings - Page 3B January 11,2017 BY MOSES LEOS Itl ends left in the gameput it up there and hoped Lehman head coach assistance from Kameron news@haysfreepress corn proved to be the go-ahead it went in. It just hap- MichaelWhitten said the Edwards, who finished score for the Rebels' 38-36 pened to." Lobes utilized zone plays with a team high 11 win over the Lehman Lo- Hays and Lehman that helped them slowpoints. When presented with bos in a thrilling district squared offin a tight dis- the pace of play down. But missed shots, an opportunity for a game at Bales Gym. trict battle that went back The use of zone defense along with mental errors, game-changing shot Fri- "I wasn't feeling my and forth the entire way. also helped contain the proved problematic for day, Hays High freshman shot the whole game, but Hays took a 16-11 lead Rebels' offense, primarily the Lobes. Luke Watson made the I knew my teammates after a quarter of play be- guard Charles Bohannon, "It was a slow paced most of it. needed me at the lastfore Lehman rallied to cut who scored only four game, and we had good A three-pointer sunk second, so I decided to the Rebels' lead to 24-22 points, one-on-one, but what with roughly nine sec shoot it," Watson said. "I at intermission. The Lobes received was different from this game to the last game was our shots weren't falling," Whitten said. On the opposite side, the Rebels benefited from a team effort that helped them stay a step ahead of the Lobes. Hays' Matthew Rindahl tallied seven of his team high 11 points in HOOPS, 2B PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lehman High's Destiny Eberle controls the ball during a 14-6A district game pl~ed at Lobe Field on Mar 4, 2016 Eberle was one of several players who tallied a goal over the weekend for the Lady Lobes, which opened the season witha 2-1-1 mark at the McAIlen High Showcase Tournament in south Texas Lehman opened tournament play with a 4-0 win over Mis- sion Sharyiand, followed by a scoreless draw against Corpus Christi Mission Veterans Memorial The Lady Lobes maintained momentum with a 6-1 victory over Del Rio, where the team scored five goals in the sec- ond half But Lehman couldn't score a goal in its 1-0 loss to host McAIlen High. i 1 i i PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Hays Rebel senior guard Breajee McMillian (32) readies to drive into the paint during the team's district contest against the Lehman Lobes at the Lobe Den Jan. 6. BY MOSES LEOS III news@haysfreepress com A slow start didn't keep the Hays Rebels from overpowering the Lehman Lobes to claim a 48-20 win Friday. The way both teams began the game, which featured a strange back and forth pattern, pro- vided a slight surprise at the Lobe Den. Hays and Lehman trudged through the opening eight minutes as the Lobe offense controlled the tempo with a methodical half- court attack. Leading LADY REBS, 2B ( PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lehman Lobe sophomore forward Santos Hernandez Zurita (11) quite literally uses his head when the Lobes' consolation final match against the Cedar Creek Eagles at Shelton Stadium Jan. 7. it came to making a play in BY MOSES LEOS III news@haysfreepress.com Two wins and two ties over a three-day period not only gave the Lehman Lobes an unblemished start to its 2017 campaign, but rift] place honors at the annual Rebel Cup. While the Lobes fea- ture a young roster, head coach Brad Baker said the team is quickly building confidence. Lehman returns four players from last year's team including senior forward Ezekiel Gallegos and senior center mid- fielder Daniel Palacios. "Both guys control the middle of the field and make things happen," Baker said. Senior Penniel Rodas and sophomore Alex Mantilla also return for "We dropped some key players in certain spots that gave us some different looks Our fitness wore out a little bit Play dropped a little, but it was the best we looked all season" - Brad Baker, Lobe soccer coach the Lobos. The Lobos will also look to a roster filled with youth. Aiding the team is sophomore forward Santos Hernandez, who has scored four goals on the season so far. With several players injured at the start of the season, including senior Victor Ponte, Baker said the Lobe coaching staff will have a challenge find- ing the best starting 11. "Our bench is going to be pretty solid," Baker said. Baker was pleased with his team's outing at the Rebel Cup, which had the Lobos go 2-0-2. Lehman began the tournament with a 3-3 draw with former district foe Akins, followed by a scoreless tie with Elgin, which finished in second place overall. The Lobos rolled to a 5-0 win bver Lampasas, which qualified Lehman to play Cedar Creek in the consolation final contest Saturday. A pair of early goals scored in the first half allowed Lehman to cruise past Cedar Creek 2-0. While the team was "banged up" leading into the consolation final, Baker said the team played its best game of the tournament despite only suiting out 12 play- ers. "We dropped some key players in certain spots that gave us some differ- ent looks," Baker said. "Our fitness wore out a little bit. Play dropped a little, but it was the best we looked all season." The Lobos now prepare for a difficult early season LOBO SOCCER, 2B BY MOSES LEOS III news@haysfreepress corn A win over the Lanier Vikings Jan. 5 highlighted a 1-1-1 start to the season for the host Hays Rebels boys soccer team at the annual Rebel Cup at Shelton Stadium last week. For head coach Jason Burnett, the weekend not only shepherded the program's first win at the tournament in two years, but continued progress for a team looking to improve. "We got a win under our belt and a tie under our belt. I'm proud of the way we're coming togeth- er. The emotions we're playing with is good. It's positive," Burnett said. "The fact they're getting upset about tying, that's very encouraging." Burnett said Hays' roster is a younger group that also features some age. Javier Rodriguez is one of the seniors who return from last year's squad and who Bur- nett said has provided a positive influence for younger players. However, several of the seniors on the roster are getting their first taste of varsity level soccer. "Others are junior varsity juniors that have been through the system and they're now here," Burnett said. "They're humbled and happy to be here and excited to be here." Some of the younger players who could make an impact include soph- omore Joe Banuelos, who Burnett said has been a "good" utility player and that he can put him any- where on the field. Defenseman Rodolfo Leyva leads the junior class along with goal- keeper Evan Barker. REBEL SOCCER, 2B PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Hays Rebel senior Carlos Rodriguez (left) leaps past a sliding challenge from a Corpus Christi Calallen player during a Jan 6 Hays Rebel Cup match at Shelton Stadium