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@hfplobosports QUICK THINKING Wallace Middle teacher awarded for aiding choking student. - Page 3B January 18, 2017 Hays Rebel guard Breajee McMillian launches a pass to a teammate during Tuesday's game at Bales Gym. PHOTO BY GREG GILLENWATERS BY QUIXEM RAMIREZ entered Tuesday couldn't secure a leadHays still didn't night's matchup with in the extra session, capitalize, leaving Gabby an undefeated districtallowing Vandegrift toBosquez with a chance record, offered a helping escape with a dramaticto tie the game. Bosquez The Hays Lady Rebels hand by failing to score 59-58 win Tuesday at pulled up from 3-point needed a break to help a point in the final Bales Gym. range and converted erase a nine-point defcit three minutes after Vandegrift missed fivea contested jump shot with three minutes left taking a 53-42 lead via consecutive free throws with eight seconds in the fourth quarter of a 3-pointer from Bee in the final minute ofremaining in regulation Tuesday's game against Gonzales. regulation to give theto send the game to the Vandegrift Vipers. But Hays, which rallied Rebels three chances at Vandegrift, which back to force overtime, a tie. LADY REBEL HOOPS, 2B "" ~11 '~ BY QUIXEM RAM Hays forward Dre Green spotted up on the perimeter, waiting for a pass from Charles Bohannon. Once his defender helped too much on Bohannon's drive to the rim, Green was wide-open and converted a 3-pointer. The bucket cut the Vista Ridge Rangers' lead to 11 points with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Greenkept the hot hand, knocking down two more 3-pointers to further cut into the Ranger lead. But Green's furious flurry wasn't enough to topple Vista Ridge, which still escaped with a 62-54 victory Friday night. Green's final 3-pointer of the fourth quarter, which was his fifth 3-pointer in what was a 19-point performance, cutVista Ridge's lead to six points. Vista Ridge, however, effectively put the game away by weaving through a Rebel full-court press for a wide-open dunk. The Rangers made five of six free throws in the last 30 seconds to earn their 17th victory of the season. "They're a good basketball team, but we're a good basketball team too and we are just trying to get better every time we step foot on the court," said Hays coach Matthew Sandoval. Vista Ridge controlled the game after taking a 17-16 lead late in the first quarter. The Rebels, which dropped to 6-18 overall and 1-4 in district, were unable to fully recover until the final few minutes. "We could never make a move until the end," Sandoval said. "To be honest, the turning point was when they took the lead because they never relinquished it." Sandoval said the Rebels made progress during the game by fighting for rebounds and "scrapping for loose balls. "We did a lot of good things and I'm proud of our kids but we are disappointed that we came up short," Sandoval said. Sandoval said the Rangers were a more athletic team that used their athleticism to "beat us to the basket a few times." Vista Ridge's experience also played a role, Sandoval said. While Vista Ridge players had zsity REBEL BOYS Illi , 2B BY MOSES LEOS III A year ago, Hays High girls soccer head coach Brent Holcomb helmed a team brim- ming with seniority. Fast-forward 12 months and a young roster now dominates the landscape. For Holcomb, work- ing to develop a yotmg Lady Rebel squad is the goal as they enter the 2017 campaign. Leading the Way for Hays are seniors Isa Hemandez, Maya Hood and Nicole Lewis. Hernandez is a "standout" starting attacking midfielder for the last two years, Holcomb said, while Lewis returns to the Lady Rebel roster after being away for a year. Hood, who is a forward, earned second-team all district honors last season. One of the key quali- ties all three exhibit is their ability to be "excellent people," Hol- comb said. They also have experience and PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS III Hays Rebel senior Delanie Jackson lets out an intense yell as she completed a squat repetition at the Hays meet Saturday. Inset, Lehman Lobo Henry Higuera focuses on completing a squat at the Rebel meet. The Lehman and Hays boys and girls powerlifting teams took on the field as they competed in Satur- day's Hays Rebel meet at Joe Graham Gym. The Lehman girls team claimed top honors by a 20 point margin, with the Rebel girls team finishing in third place. On the boys side, the Lobo boys claimed third place overall with Hays taking fifth. (Browse and buy photos at Members of the Hays Lady Rebel soccer team poses with ing 4th out of 14 teams at the Brazos Valley Classic College Station last weekend. PHOTO BY NANCY WILHITE a trophy earned after claim- soccer tournament in Bryan- can "deal with prob- they're the linking not going to change," lems and drama." group," he added. Holcomb said. "For "They are respected While having youth whatever reason, that's by their peers," Hol- may mean the team howit works.We pos- comb said. could do some thingssess the ball well, but Aiding the three differently with their we don't always put it in seniors is a"tight knit" scheme in the midfield, the rectangle." group of sophomore Holcomb said the team One challenge Hays midfielders, Holcomb plans to play to their will face is entering said. Having a strong strengths, a new district that midfield is key, as they "We're a posses- are "the transition, sion team and that'sLADY REBEL SOCCER, 2B BY MOSES LEOS III A hard-fought early second quarter run couldn't keep the Lehman Lady Lobos afloat in a 48-24 loss to the Westlake Chaparrals Friday at the Lobo Den. But as the Lobos (8-19, 0-6 in 25-6A) ready for the second round of district play, head coach James Halafin hopes to foster progress as the season winds down. "Now it's what do we do to improve," Halatin said. "Every game there has to be improvement, so this program, however the season ends, can say, 'when we see these guys LADY LOBO HOOPS, 2B -F :1 ri r',' % ~ - . !~,