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IIMIIlllt 11 II .I J.lllm= ......... Page 2B SWIRI i Hays Free Press January 20, 2010 Lehman girls basketball team falls short against DelValle BY MARK CAUL As he glanced up at the scoreboard inside the Del Valle gymnasium,, Lehman head coach Danny Preuss found his Lady Lobos only - four points down to the state- ranked Cardinals with only two minutes remaining in the contest. "I thought we had a good shot of pulling it off," Preuss said. "We were fight there because of the great defense we-played. We were making enough plays to put ourselves in position to win." But that's when a couple of late buckets by Monique McElveen and Joslynn Doug- las bailed out Del Voile and enabled them to hold off the feisty Lady Lobos 40-32 and remain alone in second place in District 17-4A play. A 3-pointer by Lehman senior guard Bekah Lucio brought the Lady Lobos with- in 33-29 after they had trailed by as many as nine points late in the first half. From. there, Douglas made a pair of clutch free throws down the stretch and McElveen scored four points inside for DelVaUe (24-2, 5-1) as the Cardinals finished the game on a 11-4 run. PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Bekah Lucio and the Lehman girls basketball team narrowly missed upsetting state-ranked Del Voile in District 17-4A play last week. "We shot the ball poorly in the first half or weprobably would have been a lot closer than we were," Preuss said. "But I'm very pleased with the effort our gifts displayed tonight. After the first quar- ter, they looked around at each other and felt confident that they could play with this team." The Lady Lobos shot a dis- mal 5-for-27 in the first half and leading scorer BriAnna Garza was held to only four first half points. Once the second half be- gala, the Lady Lobos began a charge with Garza, Lucio and sophomore Amara Smith all hitting'key buckets to pull Le- hman within 29-25 before the third quarter ended. "We started to get more comfortable shooting the ball and I think we started to gain a little bit more confidence after that," Garza said. "We also kept playing good de- fense. That was the key." Garza scored 11 of her team high 15 points in the second half to pace Lehman, while Lucio finished with nine points for Lehman. Del Valle's McElveen led all scorers with 20 points. Lehman (14-13, 3-4) re- mains tied with San Marcos for the fourth and final-spot in the district and according to Preuss, will need to win three big games on the road tosecure a'playoff spot. "I'm hoping that tonight's performance will remind the girls that it's not over and that we can still accom- plish our goals," he said. "If we win our remaining three road games against a couple of teams (Elgin, Lockhart and San Marcos), theft we'll give ourselves a very good chance to get in the play- offs." Lobe girls hang tough at Rebel Cup BY MK CAUL The playing surfaces at the Rebel Cup were so soggy .that Nauri Garcia and his Lady Lobos probably could have floated the eight miles to Shel- ton Stadium from the Lehman campus in a small rowboat. The seven-team event, which was played in steady downpours for much of the first two days of action saw many of the teams struggle with traction as they made their way up and down the fields. "The weather was a little bit of a factor because of how cold it was," Garcia said. "It was rainirlg pretty hard but our girls were still able to play through it and compete." Lehman, making their first appearance at the tourna- ment, squared off against four playoff teams from a year ago in Bandera, BoeYne Champi- on, Euless Trinity and St. Mi- chael's in pool play. The Lady Lobos opened with a Bandera squad that had captured the Pleasanton Holiday Classic Tournament only a week before. Lehman senior left wing Kyra Meaux got the Lady Lo- bos off to a 1-0 lead with a goal midway through the first half that stood until halftime. But early in the second half the Bulldogs were able to score an early goal in the sec- ond half and the game ended in a 1-1 tie. The moral victory of sal- vaging a draw with a talented Bandera team was damp- ened by a freak injury to Le[i- man junior center-midfielder Amanda Valdez, who' tore her ACL during a,Lady Lobo scor- ing run duringthe game. Valdez took a pass from se- nior Dominique ]aquez near the Baridera goal, crashed violently into a Bulldog player and immediately went down a heap. in "I think we played the rest of that game with the injury (to Valdez) on our minds," said Garcia. "We've never had to deal with anything like that before and it was tough on the girls. I feel sorry for Amanda because the team had just voted her as a junior captain and 'she was definitely one of our key players. It was a clean play and it was just unfortu- nate it had to happen." The second day of action which was played in torrential downpours for much of the day saw the Lady Lobos push Boerne Champion, the state's third-ranked team in Class 4A for much of the match before the Greyhounds erupted for six unanswered goals to final- ly put the game out of reach. Lehman trailed only 3-1 midway through the second half of the contest. The second day of pool play continued with another for- midable challenger in Class 5A state power Euless Trinity. As the tWO teams continued to struggle through the sloppy conditions, it was the Lady Trojans who would answer the bell and open the scoring in the middle of the first half with Katie Langford's shot finding the left side of the net and a 1-0 Trinity lead that they would never relinquish iff a 3-0 win. "Our girls were already tired from the Champion game and we had to face a good team like Trinity who was playing it's first game of the day," Gar- cia said. "They are a great team and it didn't help'that they had fresher legs than we did." The final day of Rebel Cup competition saw St. Michael's score an early goal and hold on for a 1-0 win over Lehman in the Lady Lobos last game of the tournament. Overall, Garcia believes that the strength of the Rebel Cup will enhance his team's chances of competing in Dis- trict 51-5A. "We kind of expected to get kicked around a little bit dur- ing this tournament because the teams were so strong," Garcia said. "It was a tough weekend for us, But I've seen our girls put together really good stretches of defense so far this season. All 'it takes is one good game, you never know." Garcia and his Lady Lobos will now regroup and travel to Austin Crockett for their fi- nal non-district before open- ing league play ]an. 26 at San Marcos. Lehman's Murry: Injury plagued Lobo ready for action Continued from pg: 1 B summer league schedule. In addition, he was also healthy enough to participate in the exclusive Texas Longhorn Elite Camp. At that point, all signs point- ed to Marry having a breakout year as a sophomore in 2009 as he was one of four returning veterans on a team poised to make a playoff run. But at the beginning of his sophomore year, Marry was again forced to battle through " a myriad of injuries and for the second straight season was un- able to achieve his. full poten- tial. Over this past summer while preparing for summer league, Marry suffered yet another setback. While jostling for an offensive rebound, the 6-foot, 4-inch Marry landed awkward- ly on his foot on the way down and the result was a fractured foot that left him in a cast for six weeks. So a frustrated Mar- ry spent the entire summer watching from the sidelines as his Lobo teammates struggled throu,h without their leader. "It killed me to watch all my teammates out there and not be able to help them win," said Marry. "But it definitely made me miss the game and helped push me to get healthy enough to p!a,y again." tuthough he continued to attend every game in street clothes to cheer on his friends from the bench, it was a tough seven months for Marry physi- cally as well as emotionally. Running was rough. Sprints were practically impossible. And to this day, Marry still ap- pears to have a few limitations on the basketball Court. But Acker continued to en- courage his prized center, re- peatedly telling him not to give up, that his time would come. "Tarale really worked his tail off to get himself back on the court - maybe a little too hard," Acker said. "We expected him to be one of our primary scor- ers this year because he has a lot of ability. Not only that, he is one of our hardest workers in practice. He really wanted to get back on the court. It was killing him not to be out there with his teammateS. I felt sorry for him." After his doctor initially ad- vised him to sit out his junior season to allow the foot to fully heal, Marry relented and worked hard during his reha- bilitation in case there was a small chance he could return to the court. A couple of weeks of physi- cal therapy and hard work later, Murry has returned to the line- up against all slim odds. Although he may be com- pletely back to full strength, Murry readily admits getting himself back into game shape was extremely taxing to say the least. "It took a lot ofhardwork and dedication but I made it back," Murry said, "Even though the doctors weren't real optimis- tic about me coming back I wanted to prove them wrong. I owed it to my teammates and coaches to try and play." Though Murry may not have been very stellar statistically in his first game back, his mere presence in the team huddle, lay-up lines and in the paint excited his Lobo teammates. "I was glad to see him out Rebel Cup: Hays Cup runs over , Continued from pg. 1 B which was the first to be played on the girls side in sev&al years, was a success. Champion was the overall winner of the toumament, and Hays went 2-1-1, with wins over St. Michael's (2-0) and Bandera (5-1) and a loss to Class 5A Euless Trinity (3-0). Against Bandera, Hays' Stephanie Segovia scored i three-goal hat trick in the first half alone. "We were very glad to have a girls Rebel Cup tournament for the first time in awhile," Race said. "The tournament went offvery well, and our players took pride in hosting it. in the future, we'd love to make it a 16-team tournament like the boys do." Mendoza agreed she'd love to see the tournament grow at HI-IS. "It was extremely exciting because I've never had a chance to play in a Hays High tournament," Mendoza said. "It was great to represent our own school." Hays opens the District 51-4A season Tuesday at home against Canyon Lake, High. "Now that district is here, it's crucial we stay in synch so we don't get caught off guard," Mendoza said. "We can't let down on defense, and our offene has got to score as often as possible. I think the teamwork.we displayed'at the Rebel Cup can definitely be carried over to the district season." Between the Unes: Secret kept in UIL realignment Continued from pg. 1 B ' It's something that can't be done. Who could have igredicted what took place in 2008 with Hays and Lehman High Schools? Everyone I knew was pre- dicting Del Valle was a sure thing to move up to Class 5A, and figured Hays and Lehman would be at-the north end of a district that included some familiar Class 4A foes like Can- yon High, Lockhart, Clemens and Steele. When the OIL gods placed their powerful hands on Hays and Lehman, the Rebels and Lobos couldn't have asked for a better fate. A district with Del Valle (which stayed in Class 4A by the slimmest of margins), Locldaart, Elgin, and Manor (and add San Marcos High for all other sports but football) has meant playoff appearances aplenty for Hays and Lehman. Now that a whopping four teams get into the playoffs in every sport, the Rebels and the upstart Lobod have been a postseason fixture in many sports over the past two years. The kicker Hays and Leh- man was delivered by the OIL the last time realignment rolled around was that for the first time in Hays CISD history, its schools Were included in Re- gion III, which extends east to the Texas-Louisiana border. That made for some long road trips and interesting play- off matchups. The Lady Rebels advanced through Region III last spring and made it to the state tournament in gifts bas- ketball, thrilling its fans along the way through miles and miles of travel. So while Region Ill hasn't been without its interesting and exciting moments, I don't think there will be anyone in Hays and Lehman country that will be disappointed if the OIL sticks both schools back in its more comfortable surround- ings in south-based Region W. A playoff trip to San Marcos, Austin, New Bmunfels or San Antonio sounds so much more appealing than a roadie to Co- lumbus, Houston, or Huntsville. While I did say it's pointless to predict where the OIL will place Hays and Lehman, I'll give you a few possibilities. First of all, both Hays and Leh- man will assuredly be Class 4A schools for another two years. The word on the street is that San Marcos High, Steele and Seguin could move up to Class 5A, and Bastrop and Smithson Valley High could move back down to Class 4A. So the OII could make a' Class 4A district consisting of Hays, Lehman, Lockhart, Can- yon High, Clemens, Smithson Valley and Alamo Heights. Hays and Lehman could also stay right where they are, with DelValle, Elgin, Manor, and Lockhart, and just add familiar foe Bastrop to the mix. While there are a few other theories out there, like one that has Hays and Lehman getting thrown into a district with Lake Tmvis and Dripping Springs, I don't think that's very likely. aafever the case, OIL reclassification and realign- ment day will be sure to turn a few heads and raise a few eyebrows. Some coaches will be mad enough to file a formal protest to the OIL which will more than likely get shot down FARMERS" Debbie Thames Insurance Agency AUTO HOME LIFE BOAT HEALTH 251 N. FM 1626#2C Buda.TX 78610 Office: (512) 312-1917 Fax: 312-0688 Email: dvthans @ Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Your Business & Referrals Are Appreciated quicker than the time it took to write it. So let the countdown begin, the day the OIL reigns supreme and decides the two-year fate of high schools across Texas will be here before we know it. there," senior forward Ion Gar- rion said. "He is a real big part of our team." When he moves around e paint, there are brief flashes of what he can be when he's healthy. "I don't think Tarale is any- where close to where he'll be by the end of district play, but I know he will put the time in after practice to work himself back into the player he is," Ack- er said. "When he's on the floor, he makes things happen." One can almost cue the mo- tivational music thundering in the background, as Marry at- tempts to show the rest of Dis- trict 17-4A he is ready to be the force everybody fully expected him'to be. "I wouldn't ever wish my in- juries on anybody, and I feel for anyone who has to go through what I did," Marry said. "But at the same time I've learned how to deal with injuries and disap- pointment." For fans of Lehman bas- ketball, the last few pages of Murry's legacy at Lehman will be written over the next two seasons. But for Tarale Marry, it will put the finishing touches on a- long and arduous prologue. '::::-: ,::: . Mail-in Registration Forms must be Postmarked by Jan. 23rd WALK-IN REGISTRATION at the Hays Youth Sports Complex Located on FM 2770 Tuesday, Jan 19th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan 21st, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan 23rd, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. LATE REGISTRATION and TRYOUTS is February 6th. See website for times. Printable form available online on the spring information page at VVVVVV.HAYsBALL.NET Online Registration is available check out through PAYPAL Baseball/Softball info Contact Jeff or Alice Reeves at 295-4314 or email "1--