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+ Page 2B Sports Hays Free Press January 11,2017 COURTESY PHOTO Lehman High powerlifter Brian Prickett readies for an attempt in the squat lift during the Navarro Invitational last week. Prickett finished with a squat of 480 pounds.The 2017 powerlifting season officially lifted off last week as the Hays Rebels and Lehman Lobos powerlifting teams participated in the Navarro Invitational at Geronimo-Navarro High. The Lehman gifts team highlighted the weekend with a second place overall perfor- mance, finishing one point behind first place Seguin. Lead- ing the way was Alexis Ysla, Mia Dolan, Evelyn Ramirez and Rubylee Perez, who claimed first place honors in their weight classes. The Lehman boys team finished in third place and were helped by Joseph Lopez and Abel Longoria, who claimed first place in their respective weight classes. Meanwhile, the Hays girls powerlifting team was anchored by Memory Seale, who claimed first place in her class. Cassidy McMahon finished third in her class. Both Hays and Lehman will compete at the Rebel Powerlifting meet Saturday at Joe Graham Gym. Lady Rebs: Roll past Lehman 48-20 Continued from pg. 1 B the way for Lehman were guards Meagan Zuniga and Crystal Montoya. But Lehman was un- able to generate points, allowing Hays to capitalize when given an opportu- nity. Four points from Rebel guard Gabby Bosquez helped Hays take a 10-0 lead after a quarter of play. Bosquez finished with a game-high 16 points. The Rebel offense found consistency in the early part of the second flame. Rebel head coach Danny Preuss said the team moved the ball around and obtained "good looks." Three pointers from Choon Hee Chae and Ca- mille Brown guided Hays to a 19-0 lead with 3:58 left before halffime. Lehman roared right back with a vengeance by closingthe final three-plus minutes with an 11-0 run, which cut the Rebels' lead to 19-11 at the half. Zuniga tallied all of her team-high five points during the three minute stretch, while Mon- toya scored three points. "I talked to the girls about killer instinct before the game started. I thought we did a good job of that through the first 19 points," Preuss said. "But as we do at times, we relaxed. (Lehman) stepped up, too. They stepped up and made some shots. They didn't quit." Hays forged ahead and stayed a step ahead of Lehman by'taking a 28-18 lead with roughly three minutes left in the third fl'anle. The Rebels' defense shut the Lobo offense down in the final minutes. Hays outscored Lehman 20-2 in the final 11 -plus minutes of the game. Bosquez tallied 12 points in the second half, while Chae scored nine points. "In the second half, we were more like a team," Preuss said. "It allowed us to increase our lead and get a lot of girls in the game." Hays doses the first round of district play by traveling to Vista Ridge Friday, then hosts Vandeg- rift Jan. 17. Lehman hosts Westlake Friday at the Lobo Den before traveling to Leander on Jan. 20. Lobo Soccer: Lehman takes 5th at Rebel Cup Continued from pg. 1 B schedule prior to start- ing district play. Lehman will play Bowie, McCal- len and Del Valle, Which claimed the Rebel Cup rifle, all within the next few weeks. Baker said he plans to figure out "who is playing where" and finding a solid rotation, as the Lobos have players who can play "in different spots." Allowing his young team to take on tougher Competition is also a factor. "We've got some real tough games to get these kids to understand what a real varsity match looks like" Baker said. Lehman then tackles the district schedule, which includes 14-6A champion Lake Travis, Wesflake, Vandegrift and Hays. Should the Lobos defeat the "top group" of teams in the new 25-6A, he belives the Lobos could potentially claim a playoff spot and perhaps "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 Bake~ head coach steal third place. "They haven't seen the "That would be huge playoffs in this huge dis- for this team," he said. trict in a while." Hoops: Late 3 lifts Hays in thriller Continued from pg. 1B the first half of play. While the Lobo offense controlled the tempo with its half court attack, Hays head coach Matthew Sandoval said it allowed the Rebels to run their of- fense. Bohannon lauded the team's patience on offense and defense. "I liked our patience tonight. We executed our offense and our game was executing," Bohannon said. "It's not my style. I like to play up-and-down. But we executed with our 2-3 defense and we slowed them down." The Lobos rallied in the third quarter, outscoring Hays 10-5 to take a slim 32-29 advantage in the fourth quarter. Both teams traded blows in the final frame, but the Lobos emerged with a 36-35 lead with 18 seconds left. A Lehman miscue on an inbounds play under the Rebels' basket gave Hays a chance to run a potential game-changing play. Bohannon said Leh- man's defense trapped him in the corner, leaving him unable to execute the original play, which was for him to drive the baseline. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lehman Lobo guard Kimon Home (left) clutches the basket- ball with both arms as Hays Rebel forward Matthew Rindahl attempts to wrestle possession in the fourth quarter of their Jan. 6 district game at Bales Gym. He then sawWatson open and made "the right basketball play." For Bohannon, the move was based on his confidence in Watson's play making ability. "He's hit a few shots in the game and he's one of our best shooters on the team," Bohannon said. "I was thinking, 'swing it out to him and let him do the rest of the work.'" Sandoval credited the teamwork on the play. For Watson, the shot wasn't the first time he's hit in the clutch. "I've dreamed of doing that since I was a little kid," Watson said. "Play- ing with the big boys and hitting the big shots." Despite the loss, Whit- ten said the game was a good learning experience for the Lobos. He said if they were presented with the same opportunity again, they would handle it differently. "I think it's a good learning opportunity," Whitten said. "If we're in those situations again, we won't make those same mistakes." Sandoval said the win, which was the team's first in district play, was the next step in the team's progression. "The first one is the hardest," Sandoval said. "They've got to under- stand that and they know that. I was proud of our team. We found a way to win." FARMER Debbie Thames Insurance Agency AUTO HOME LIFE BOAT HEALTH 251 N. 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CALL TODAY: 806.620.1422 LOBO MINERALS, LLC PO Box 1800 Lubbock, TX 79408-1800 LoboMineralsLLC@gmail.com Rebel Soccer: Youth guides soccer in 2017 Continued from pg. 1B Freshman Gerardo Rodriguez, brother of Javier, has scored goals in two of the Rebels' first three games this season. Burnett said the siblings are "loving" the dynamic of playing on the same pitch. He added it's also the first time he has coached a pair of siblings at the same time on the same team. "You can tell they like being on the field with Corpus Christi 14-6A last season. together and they read Calallen, followed by a While Burnett said he each other well," Burnett 1-0 loss to Anderson. didn't have knowledge of said. "You've always "So far, I'm pleased Vista Ridge, Vandegrift got that brotherly love. with everyone's and Leander, he It's good they can get performance," Burnett understood there's a "lot on each other, but it's , said. of good soccer up north." productive." Several new district "We figure every game Hays began putting opponents dot the is going to be like a the pieces together Jan. Rebels' schedule in playoff game. That's the 5 when they defeated 2017. Hays also tackles way we're going into it," Lanier 2-1 to open the Lehman, Westlake and Burnett said. "We'll hope Rebel Cup. The Rebels Lake Travis, which they for the best. Work hard, followed with a 1-1 draw took on as members of play hard." :) ii