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HaysFreePress.com ROSY MEMORY Former Lobo and U.T. musician shares Rose Bowl experience. - Page 3B January 20, 2010 Page 1B Lehman's Murry ready to ,:,00ntribute despite injuries Tarale Murry recently made his 2010 debut for the Lobo basketball team after an injury- plagued start to his career. PHOTO BY ADAM REYNA BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com Tarale Murry was being tout- ed as a basketball superstar at Lehman High School before he took the court as a freshman t three years ago. But in every classic story of courage triumphing over ad- versity, the hero or heroine must first fall into the depths of despair, rise again, then con- front the enemy, all the while proving the skeptics wrong. Unfortunately for Murry, the Lobo captain and start- ing center, the road to playing competitively on the varsity "I knew it was a pretty seri- level has been paved with'one ous injury but I tried to play disappointing injury after an- other. The hardship began in the third week of practice as fresh- man when he took a charge from then-junior KennyWeber in a team practice session and suffered a groin injury that left him at less.than full strength for the remainder of his inau- - gnral campaign. Initially, Murry' undeterred by the injury, tried valiantly to play through it, which proved to be detrimental to his devel- opment into Thomas Acker's system. through it because I didn't want my older teammates to think I wasn't tough enough to play varsity basketball," Murry said. Still, Murry ignored the pain, continuing to play until the throbbing and the soreness just became unbearable. Luckily, the Lobos were a squad loaded with experience that season so there wasn't a need to hurry him back into the lineup. Because little did Murry know that injury would linger until the last few weeks of district play. All in all, it was a forgettable freshman season that provid- ed its usual first-year supply Of harder courses, teammate bonding and a one-way ticket to the training room. "It was pretty frustrating to not be able to play because I had never missed games be- fore," said Murry. "But it also made me realize I needed to get stronger over the summer." During the early part of the summer of 2008, Murry was finally cleared to practice and in June he joined his team- mates for all ten games of their See LEHMAN'S MURRY, pg. 2B Rebels, Champs tie it up BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com Hays girls head soccer coach Ryan Race has never been more proud of a team after .a tie. The Lady Rebs went into Saturday's Rebel Cup game at Shelton Stadium as under- dogs against Boerne Cham- pion, which is ranked b/o. 3 in the state in Class 4A. That's the same Boerne Champion team, led by All- State player TabriaWilliford, which knocked Hays out of the playoffs by a dominating 7-1 score last year. This time around would be a totally different story,, . as Hays came out from the get-go and showed Boeme Champion it meant business. The game was a hard- fought defensive struggle, as the two played a scoreless first half despite the Lady Rebs having several realistic scor- ing chances. Hays had a chance to put the nail in Champion's coffin with five minutes left in the game, but Sam Gonzalez's shot bounced just off the post, and the Lady Chargers survived. "That would have been the dagger in their heart," Race said. "Even though we didn't beat them, I've never been more excited about a tie. Our team played their hearts out. Our defense was amazing. We were definitely motivated coming into that game and it showed." Hays senior Katy Mendoza said playing Boerne Cham- pion, which was undefeated and untied before Saturday afternoons match, wasn't like your regular pre-district tournament game. "It was exactly like a playoff atmosphere and playing in games like that is always a blast," Mendoza said. "I feel like we showed them what kind of team we really are. I think the way we played will give us a boost the rest of the. season." The Rebel Cup at Hays, See REBEL CUP, pg. 2B PHOTO BY RUDY GONZALEZ Hays' Kelli Uresti shows grit and determination as she fights her way through two defernders during a Rebel Cup match against Euless Trinity. The Lady Rebs went 2-1-1 in the tournament, including a 0-0 tie against Boerne Champion, the third- ranked team in the state in Class 4A Saturday afternoon. What district will we be in? t's almost that won- erful time every ead coach in Texas has either been looking forward to or dreading for much of the past two years. Yes, it's nearly uni- versity Interscholastic League district realign- ment and reclassifica- tion day. It's a day that can either make br break the future athletic postsea- son fate of many high schools. It's also a day that can ultimately cost coaches their jobs if they don't fare too well in the new district the UIL has tossed them into. On Feb. I at 9 a.m., the UIL will unfold its realignment and reclas- sification plan for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years. I've learned through BETWEEN "E LINES the years trying to get any information out of the UIL before that date is like trying to steal the Mona Lisa. When it comes to its realignment and reclas- sification plan, the UIL is a secret society every two years. As far as predicting what the UIKs going to do, Colt McCoy would have had a better chance hitting a bullseye with a dart after he took the game-changing hit dur- ing the national champi- onship game. 1 lINES, 0g. 2B Carson steal Sparks Lehman 42-39. victory BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yatioo.com Lehman freshman guard De'Andre Carson looked like a first-year varsity player one minute and a seasoned veteran on tho very next play. Carson stole the ball from Elgin's Cmmartie Faulks and made a pair of crucial free throws with 15 seconds left to give the Lobos a 42-39 victory at the Lobo Den Tuesday night. "Ihe game-changing steal came only seconds 'after Carson had missed a free throw that could have iced the game for Lehman (6-16, 2-3) with 30 seconds left. "De'Andre came up with a huge play for us when we needed it," Leh- man head coach Thomas Acker said. "He did a good job of not getting down on himself after he missed that free throw." The Lobos surged out to an early 18-7 first quar- ter lead but struggled to find an offensive rhythm for the rest ofthe game as Elgin fought its way back and eventually forged ahead 39-38 on a bucket by Faulks with less than two minutes left in the game. lonathan Garrion led Lehman with 14 points, while Carson added 11. Lehman travels to ri- val Hays, a 65-49 winner against Lockhart Tues- day, on Friday. Tipoff is 7 p.IiL Hays girls basketball team timmps anoiher district foe Julia Birch drives to the basket during Hays' easy win over the Lady Lions Tuesday night. PHOTO BY TONY SMITH BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com The Hays girls basketball team sur- prisingly needed a spark Tuesday night against a Lockhart team that Came in winless In District 17-4A play. No matter what the Lady Rebels tried for two-plus quarters, they just couldn't shake the pesky Lady Lions. It was finally Hays guard Ashley Rankine, who is normally most com- fortable making her mark on the defen- sive end of the court, who caught fire at exactly the tight time on offense. Rankine seemingly couldn't miss in the second half, draining three long 3-pointers to help Hays turn what was STILL PERFECT Hays improves to 7-0 in District 17-4A play with easy win over Lockhart., Lady Rebs play at Lehman Friday night. a four-point lead with three minutes to play in the third quarter into a 75-48 blowout. Rankine's scoring onslaught helped the Lady Rebs end the game on a 36-13 run. In addition to her trio of 3-poiaaters, the key stretch. As a result, Hays improved to 19-8 overall and stayed perfect in District 17- 4A, improving its record in league play to7-0. "l didn't want to lose.to Lockhart," said Rankine, who scored a career-high 18 points. "I've been working on my shot a lot in practice and tonight it paid off." Rankine's performance didn't sur- prise her teammates. "We have alot ofconfidertce"mark- ine," said guard Chrissy Arias. "In prac- rice, she tears it up. When she's hot, we definitely want her shooting the ball." Things were doing so well for Rank- Rankine hit a pu//-up jumper and ine Tuesday night that even when she scored on twofast-bmak layups during did miss a shot, the ball fell right into the arms of teammate Angeleigh Davis, who promptly converted it into an easy basket. "We defmitelyneeded somethingto- night, and Rankine started hitting from eve rhere on the court," Hays head coach Donny McDonald said. Rankine also contributed heavily on defense, blocking five shots, grabbing five rebounds and swiping three steals: Davis, who made a thrilling reverse- layup after driving the right baseline huimg'ha nm mat put LOCKnart away, was the only other Lady Rebel in double figures in scoring with 17 points. Hays will put its undefeated record in 17-4A on the line Friday night at Leh- man. Tipoffis scheduled for 7 p.m.