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....... l ................ 1 ..... F 4- @hfprebelsp0rts @hfplobosports ALL-STATE CHOIR Rebel choir girls earn All-State spots at TMEA Clinic/Convention - Page 3B January 20, 2016 Page 1B; PHOTOS BY TRACY STIRMAN Above, Hays Rebel goalkeeper Abel Garcia watches as the soccer ball glides toward the net during Tuesday,s district game against the Del Valle Cardinals at Shelton Stadium. Del Valle defeated Hays 4-0. Left, Hays High senior Rafael Estrella (19) tries to regain his balance while a Del Valle Cardinal defender lies on the ground during a play made Tuesday at Shelton Stadium. Browse and buy photos online at www.haysfreepress.com under the photos link. m BY KYLE LEHNICK fenders were caught out ofpo- news@haysfreepress.com sition on that one and had to play catch-up and just didn't have the wheels to get there," The HayS Rebel boys sOc~i~ ........ !"The Cardinals tagged ten team took a 4-0 loss at home shots on goal in the first half Tuesday against the Del Valle compared to the Rebels' two. Cardinals. Del Valle found the net with Del Valle didn't waste time 7:50 left in the first half and in notching its first goal of the seemed to ease off the gas match. The Cardinals scored with a safe lead. their first goal within the first Burnett said focusing on five minutes of play. playing hard for the full 40 Rebel head coach Jason minute half was the goal. Burnett said the Cardinals "We set a couple of team had "speed up front" and that goals and that's what we're the team got caught off-guard shooting for, not necessarily with an attacker "breaking free points on the board but are on the outside." we achieving what we want "That's how the first goal to achieve," Bumett said. "I happened. Sometimes you thought in the second half we don't know what their speed met more of those goals that is in the first 10 minutes of the we set for today than we did in game," Bumett said. "Our de- the first." just "knock the ball" is one COMING UP aspect. Hays next match will be on the "We're trying to get num- east side of 1-35 at Lehman bers on the ball and play ag- High School on Friday night, gressively. Stepping out of Kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. that shelf of being the nice guy--they're a great group of kids but stepping that part of Hays picked up its defensive the game up is what we were pressure in the second half looking for tonight," Burnett and only allowed a goal via an said. '~Mad we saw a lot more impressive one-timer from of that especially with our set 90 feet out with 21 minutes pieces both offensively and remaining. The Cardinals did defensively." find the net one more time Burnett said the Rebels with 10:18 left, where the were getting progressively bet- score settled, ter and that they're staring to Despite some of the work more as a team. struggles on the soccer pitch, "That's what we've talked primarily putting goals on the about from the beginning is scoreboard, Burnett said there that we don't have a team of are things the team is working individuals, we're going to be on. Trying to get the team to as good as we are together," "pass with purpose" and not Burnett said. BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ news@haysfreepress.com PHOTO BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ Lehman Lady Lobo freshman Makayla Coy (33) and Hays Lady Rebel se- nior Haley Carmona (13) both take to the air in order to secure a rebound during Tuesday's crosstown rivalry game at Bales Gym. Right, A pair of Hays Lady Rebel defenders attempt to halt Lehman Lady Lobos guard Crystal Montoya from driving the lane Tuesday at Bales Gym. Browse and buy photos online at www.haysfreepress.com under the photos link. The Hays Lady Rebel Basket- ball team handily won 72-36 over the Lehman Lady Lobos on Senior & Parents night at Bales Gym. Hays' junior Choon Hee Chae scored a team high 13 points, while senior guard Lauren Cano scored 10 points. Lady Rebel sophomore Gabby Bosquez finished with nine points. Lehman High freshman Makalya Coy led all scorers on the night by tallying 17 points. Lady Lobo senior Crystal Mon- toya finished with eight points while Maggie Castillo had six points. The Rebels played an even keeled game and fired on all cylinders throughout the matchup. All of the Lady Rebel passes were sharp and on target and they remained aggressive and attacked the ball consistently throughout the game. Hays head coach Danny Pre- uss started an all senior squad in the first quarter of the game. After the game, Hays senior guard Amanda Benjamin said "this was the best game that we've ever played against Lehman." COMING UP Lehman hosts Lake Travis at the Lobo Den on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Hays travels to play at An- derson on Friday, then returns home to play Austin on Jan. 26 at Bales Gym. Benjamin also said that starting an all senior squad brought back memories of her freshman year at Hays. Preuss said that he was happy to be able to give all of his players some on the court time. He said he was especially happy that he happened to have five senior players he could start on senior and par- ents night. BY SPENCER SPILMAN news@haysfreepress.com The cross-town rivalry be- tween the Hays Rebels and Lehman Lobos didn't disappoint Tuesday at the Lobo Den. The Rebels, who led by as much as 15 in the game, outlast- ed a furious Lobo rally behind a loud home crowd to earn a nail- biting 56-50 win. The atmosphere was electric from the beginning as both fan bases were loud and into the game. Hays jumped out to the early lead with Charles Bohannon and Dustin Bruno leading the offense. Lehman stayed close as the Lobos' Aaron Rodriguez knocked down shots from three point range. Following a low scoring first quarter, both offensives picked up the pace in the second. Lehman got a dunk from Kalnemn Edwards which fired up the crowd. Less than 30 seconds later, Bohan on stole a pass and threw down a two- handed dunk of his own to bring the Hays faithfifl on their feet. The Reb- els outscored the Lobos 14-10inthe second quar- ter to take a 28-16 lead into halftime. The sec- ond half was filled with excite- ment from both sides, along with a plethora of "Marcos Rivera had a great game. He was fighting his tail off. It just shows the character of those kids and how hard they work every single day." -Mike Whit- ten, Lehman head coach fouls called from officials. Hays, which finished the game with three'players scoring in double-digits, led the Lobos by as much as 15 points in the second half. Bohannon led Hays with a game high 19 points, while Hayden Hoekstra finished with 11 points to go with Bruno's ten. Hays coach Sam Lunz wasn't thrilled with his team's play after opening up a big lead. "I thought we played a good first half and even into the fourth, but we struggled to make free-throws down the stretch," Lunz said. Lehman trailed 41-33 going into the fourth quarter before turning up the heat. Rodriguez finished with 10 points, but it was Kimon Home who caught fire in the fourth. Home knocked down several late threes and scored an old- fashioned three point play after a steal. He finished with a team- high 13 points. The 'x-factor' for Lehman was Marcos Rivera, who came offthe bench and gave the Lobos huge minutes. Rivera finished with eight points and eight rebounds, but a majority of those rebounds came on the offensive glass. Lehman head coach Mike Whitten was extremely proud of his team, and especially the way Pdvera worked during the fourth quarter. "Marcos Rivera had a great game. He was fighting his tail off," saidWhitten. "It just shows the character of those kids and how hard they work every single day." The young Lobos battled back to cut Hays' lead to four points with just less than a minute left in the game. After an exciting comeback, with the crowd in the game, the Lobos missed some key free throws that kept them from completing the comeback. +