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Section B + HaysFreePress.com NAVY LOBO Lehman's Outstanding Student of 2010 nominated to Naval Academy - Pap4B January 19, 2011 Page lu BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com Although their job duties won't change, Lehman head football coach Steve Davis and whoever is hired as the new head football coach at Hays will be called ath- letic coordinators instead of ath- letic directors. "Their pa~ and their job du- ties will stay the same," said Hays CISD assistant superintendent for human resources Carolyn Hitt. "But their tides will change to athletic coordinator. Both Coach Davis and the new head football coach at Hays will have the same responsibilities of overseeing ath- letics at their high schools and the schools that feed into their high schools." : The only time this might pres- ent a problem is if an athletics decision has to be made that af- fects both Hays and Lehman high schools, then it would most likely be a group decision. ``We just work it out," Hitt said. "The decbion would be made with both athletic coordinators, both high school principals and most likely our executive director of high school performance, Elsa Hinojosa." I-Iitt said there simply isn't a need for an athletic director in a district with only two high schools. "If you look at our history, Coach Sbelton was already the head football coach and athletic director when we built Lehman," Hitt said. "At the time we needed to make Coach Davis the athletic director too or it wouldn't have been fair. When Coach Shelton decided to retire, we thought it would be a good time to change the tides." Davis said he has no problem with the title change. "I'm fine with all of that," Davis said. "There are no changes in my responsibilities." Hays CISD will most likely hire a district athletic director when a third high school is built. For a while it looked like that third high school would be con- structed sooner rather than later, but growth in the area has slowed significantly. To date, Hays CISD hasn't had a bond election to ask voters to ap- prove funding a third high school. "We have not done anything as far as building a third high school is concerned," said Carter Sherff, Hays CISD deputy super- intendent. "The conversations have come to an end because the growth has slowed down so much. We're still growing at the rate of about 700 students per ),ear, but not the 1,200 we were a few years ago. When we build a new hi,~ school it will be based on enrou- ment and need." Both Hays and Lehman high schools have a capacity of 2,250 students. Hays' current enroll- ment is 1,986 students and Leh- man's is 1,916. Hitt added that in these tough- er economic times for school dis- tricts all around the state, it would be difficult to afford a district ath- letic director. "We really don't have the money for a six-figure salary right now," Hitt said. "Especially with the un- certainty of the state budget allot- ments. That's what it would cost for a separate athletic director. It would be like buying a Mercedes when you can't afford your house ~l]Tent. We're trying to be fis- responsible." BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com ' More than 70 candidates turned in applica- tions for the Hays High head football coaching and athletic coordinator job. The deadline ended Tuesday, and now a paper screening team will trim the number of appli- cants down to approximately six to hand to an interview committee. Lake Travis offensive coordinator Matt Green is leaning toward staying put to help guide the Cavilers to what would be an unprecedented fifth straight state title next season but had not yet totally ruled himself out as a Hays candi- See HAYS ATHLETIC COORDINATOR SEARCH, pg. 2B PlfiTr0 BY JUDY C00PER Shannon Peace hit a 3-pointer early in Hays' big win at Canyon Tuesday night. In all, the Lady Rebs nailed 10 shots from behind the am in the game. in win BY MARK gAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com After beginning the district campaign with two straight loss- theI-I team knew their margin for error was getting slimmer by the They also understood that avenging an early season loss to :second place Canyon would go a long way in keeping thek hopes :for a district championship alive. :When the opening buzzer :sDunded on Tuesday night at ~tb.e Cougar Den, the Lady Reb- :el.s were ready. Hays' blistering outside shooting coupled with a de- fense geared to stop Canyon's top scorer Chamaya Turner was more than enough to spark the Lady Rebs to a 60-42 romp over the Cougarettes. It was the fifth straight Dis- trict 27-4A win for Hays (5-2), and pulled the Lady Rebels into a second-place tie with Can- yon. Smithson Valley sits atop the league standings with a 7-0 record. I~YS BRL$ l]~KEIl~L pg. 2B PHOTO BY CIIIIDY $LOWU(-BMI~ Billy BoRon leaps over a Pflugerville player for control of the ball in Hays' 2-1 win ower the Panthers in the Rebel Cup final Saturday night at Shelton Stadium. Hays High swept through teams from Eagle Pass, Corpus Christi Kiing and Elgin to reach the finals, then jumped out to a 2-0 lead against Pflugerville on goals by Jamd Herselman and Adam Simmons before h~olding off a late Panthers rally. It was the first time Hays won the Rebel Cup title since 2001. p Hays wins Rebel Cup crown in 2-1 thriller over Pflugerville BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com Anyone that's ever seen Hays head coach Jason Burnett's intensity during a match, no matter ffhis team's winning or losing, probably wouldn't peg him as the dancing type. Bumett's ferocity can definitely be an intimidating force. But by the time the Rebel Cup) tour- nament ended late Saturday nigllht at Shelton Stadium, and despite thee fact the temperature was barely abowe 40 degrees and rain was pelting dowvn, Burnett was doing his best Dancing with the Stars impression. Playing with a team full ofmossdy varsity newcomers, Hays capture~ the Rebel Cup championship with a: 2-1 win over Class 5A area power Pflugerwi]le. "They have this giddy little dance they do, and told me before the tourna- ment if they win the Rebel Cup I would have to do the dance," Bumett said. "I said sure, whatever. In all honesty not in my wildest dreams did I think we would win the Rebel Cup title. But after the match, I did the dance." The reason Bumett wasn't confident See RIBBB. WP, pg. 2B PflOTO BY DOMINIC MARTINEZ Jose Rangel and the Lehman boys soccer team went 1-1-1 at the Rebel Cup, a toumament they won last season. The Lobos open district play at home against LaGrange Tuesday night. BY MARK GAOL freepresssports~/ahoo.com What a difference a year makes. At the conclusion of last year's Rebel Cup, the Leh- man Lobos were the last team standing after their hard fought 2-0 victory over arch- rival Hays in the champmn- ship match. While many of the Hays players stood and watched glumly, the Lobos celebrated a fourth consecutive victory in the rivalry. Fast forward to this season - the Hays Rebels dominated the competition en route to the title- while the Lobos never lived to see the final day of play at the annuaJ event after finishing 1 - 1- I during pool play and failing to defend eir tournament crown. The Lobos finished with 13 points, which equaled the tally of Corpus Christi King, but failed to advance past See LORO BOYS SOCCB], pg. 2B I ,q BY MARK CAUL freepresssports~jahoo.com As one of the hottest teams in District 27-4A coming into Friday night, the Lehman boys basketball team was expected to give state- ranked Alamo Heights a run for its money in front of a boisterous crowd at Lobs Gym. But ultimately the Lobos offered very little resistance to the inside presence of Shelby Lane, as the six-foot, 5-inch senior poured in 18 first half points and added 15 rebounds as the Mules drubbed Lehman 58-38. "I thought we would give them a the Lobos after falling behind 20-11 to do to win tonight," Acker said. better game tonight," Lehman head in the end of the first quarter. "They forced us to do some things coachThomasAckersaid."Wepret- "Hewasaverybigguythatmoved we weren't comfortable doing and ty much let him do what he wanted his feet Well and got good position," they did a really good job on the inside.We needed to do a better job Woodworth said. "He gave us prob- boards. That was the difference in as a coaching staff to prepare our lems inside." the game." The fouls piled up for Lehman kids. They outplayed us." W'ith three starters on their ros- ter at 6-5 or taller, the Mules were a force inside as Lane scored the first eight points for Alamo Heights over Lehman's frontline of Tarale Murry and Adam Woodworth. Both Murry and Woodworth were instrumental in a win over Burnet a few days prior but weren't able to slow down the Mules captain in what would be an uphill climb for Lane shot a blistering 10-for-14 from the field to lead all scorers with 21 points. Alamo Heights stretched their lead going into halftime with guard Brandon Garcia (who added 14 points in the win) burying a pair of three-point bombs as the Mules closed out the second quarter with an 18-9 run to virtually put the game on ice. "They did what they needed (2-2 in district) in the second half as the tempo of the game slowed down and Alamo Heights took ad- vantage of LeE, nan's cold third quarter shooting to coast to the road victor,. The Lobos will regroup and try to close out the first half of district play this week with games against league-leading Canyon and cellar- dweller Lockhart. PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Andy Smith and the Leh man boys basketball team fell behind state- ranked Alamo Heights early and never could a 58-38 loss to the Mules Fri- day night.