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4- HaysFreePress.com Student learns he has skin cancer after learning about it in class. - Page 3B January 23, 2013 Page 1B PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lehman's Diego Garcia dribbles the ball down the field in the second half of the Lobos' 2-1 win over Schertz Clemens on Jan. 18. BY MOSES LEOS M sports@haysfreepress.com The Lehman Lobo boys soccer team re- mains undefeated, closing Tuesday's game against the Wlmberley Texans 3-1. The boys came out attacking and, behind the strength of three first half goals from the duo of freshman Diego Garcia and senior Eli Guajardo, the Lobos' defense stifled the Texans. In an earlier game against Schertz Cle- ments, two first half goals were enough for the team to prevail 2-1, improving the Lo- bos' record on a cold Friday night. The Lobo attack garnered a few scoring chances in the first few minutes of play, but the best opporUmity came in the 20th minute with a free kick from senior defen- seman Chris Piedra. On that set piece, Pie- dra lofted the ball into the 18-yard box, al- lowing attacking midfielder Rene Tortes to settle underneath and redirect the kick into the goal. "Chris did a good job of chipping the ball over the defense. I just happened to slip past their defenders, into an open area, de- flecting the ball with my head into the net," said Torres. The Lobos' final goal of the match was scored via a penalty kick by senior Eli Gua- "Chris (Piedra) did a good job of chipping the ball over the (Clemens) defense. I just happened to slip past their defenders, into an open area, deflecting the ball with my head into the net." -Rene Torres, Lehman midfielder jardo. Guajardo was running for a clear lane to the goal, but was tackled from behind before getting a shot off. Guajardo's right- footed penalty shot went in, giving the Lo- bos a two goal advantage with less than 7 minutes to go in the first half. Schertz Clemens would counter a few minutes later, as they scored a goal with just a couple of minutes left before halflime. However, a controlling defensive effort by the Lobos kept the Buffaloes from ever finding the back of the net the remainder of the match. Clemens did mount a last minute flurry of shots, nearly scoring on a couple of looks, but the Lobos were savvy enough to thwart the threat. "We had to organize defensively after the first goal. We were able to mark our man, step into balls more, communicate and win the '50-50 balls'. In the last few seconds, we defended as well as we could until time ran out," said Piedra. Lehinan head soccer coach Jay Sansom talked about the strength of Clemens mid- fielders and how they helped his team ad- just. "Clemens' midfielders were a little faster than what we've seen so far this season. De- fensively, we had to rotate, to fill in the gaps. We've been working on defense quite a bit so far this year. Tonight, we got a glimpse that we are a much better group," Sansom said. Torres said the Lobos worked around the issue of Clemens midfielders. "We got by them through small, short passes. It helped us position the ball. The shorter passes also helped us to tear apart their midfield at key moments," Tortes said. Overall, Sansom was happy at the effort his students put forth to keep the Lobos unbeaten. However, he would also stress the need to continue to strive beyond the team's recent run of success. +- PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Hays junior point Keion Jackson drives to the basket during the Rebels' game against Lockhart. Jackson brought 11 points to the winning score of 68-35, five of those in the third quarter. Rebels rebound from skid after Lockhart win BY MOSES LEOS III sports@haysfreepress.com Torrid three point shooting, along with aggressive defense helped guide the Hays High boys basketball team to a 68-35 victory over Lockhart (3- 19, 0-8 in district) in Bales Gym on Tuesday, ending a three game losing streak. See HAYS BOYS BASKETBALL, pg. 2B COACH UPDATE Rebel assistant coach departs for Permian, also BY MOSES LEOS III Sports@haysfreepress.com The Hays High School Athletic Department confirmed Tuesday that Hays assistant football coach/ offensive coordinator Bill Gambs will depart for Odessa Permian High School. Gambs joins former Rebel head coach Blake Feldt at Permian High, where Feldt accepted the Permian head coaching position on Jan. 11. This news ends any speculation that Hays would promote Gambs to fill the Rebel head coaching vacancy. Feldt, whose final day at Hays was Jan. 18, retains a coordinator that helped the Hays offense amass over 4,000 total yards over the past two seasons. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Hays' Lindy Mendoza challenges a St. Stephens midfielder during Hays Team #1 's January 18th match against the Spartans in the Lady Rebel Cup. Hays Team #1 finished 4th in the Lady Rebel Cup, while Team #2 won the tournament title. 4 ,( STAFF REPORT A week after claiming the Marble Falls Mustang Classic Tournament Championship, the Hays Lady Rebel soccer team were out to stake a claim on their own tournament- the Lady Rebel Cup. Despite splitting the team into two groups, both Lady Rebel teams posted top 5 finishes, with Team #2 winning the Lady Rebel Cup Cham- pionship, beating Canyon Lake 3-1 for top honors. The Lady Rebel Cup began with Hays splitting the varsity team into two separate groups, due to a last- minute cancellation by a previously scheduled team. Team #2 kicked off the tourna- ment against Austin Akins on Thurs- day, cruising to a 3-1 victory over the Lady Eagies. Sophomore left wing Tabitha Ro- driguez played a big part in the Reb- els opening match win, scoring two goals - one in the first and one in the last minute of play. "It was a pretty intense game," said Rodriguez. "The first goal, I got an as- sist from Mary Fowler, which placed the ball right in front of me. I looked up and took the shot. I'm so happy it Sophomore left wing Lake 3-1, allowing the team to claim the overall championship via points Tabitha Rodriguez and goals scored. Hays Team #1 completed the Rebel played a big part in Cup in fourth place, with a 2-1 tour- nament record. the Rebels opening Their trek through the Rebel Cup match win, scoring began against a tough Reagan team, which took Team #1 to the brink. two goals- one in the Hays had to stave off a late rally from the Lady Raiders, holding on first and one in theto a 4-3 victory. play, The second contest for Team #1 last minute of came against St. Stephens, which would finish second in the final went in. With the second goal, I did standings of the tournament. Hays not expect to get the ball, but I got Team #1 struggled in the match, it anyway, and took the shot for the unable to halt an experienced and score. It was a win-win situation at seasoned Lady Spartan team. St. Ste- the time." phens eventually overpowered the After the Akins match, defense Lady Rebels 6-0. would be the name of the game for The final match of tournament Team #2, as they continued playwith play for Team #1 saw the Lady Reb- a 2-0 win over Fredericksburg on the els rebound from the tough loss to same day. The group then followed St. Stephens. Stellar play by the Lady that performance with a 4-0 win over Rebel offense helped the team defeat Georgetown EastView on Friday. Elgin 3-1. Team #2 did not give up a goal in Both of the Lady Rebel teams will more than 170 minutes of play and it combine again for the next match, would not be until Canyon Lake scored which will herald the beginning of one goal in the final match of the tour- district play. The Lady Rebels will trav- nament that the slreak would end. el to Lockhart for a 7:45 p.m. game on The Rebels dispatched Canyon Jan. 25 against the Lady Lions. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lehman senior guard Manny Santibanez drives the lane against Boerne Champi- on's defense on Jan. 18. Santibanez fin- ished with 3 points on the night, as Leh- man fell 51-37. pion too BY MOSES LEOS III sports@haysfreepress.corn A couple of days after a stirring 63-61 overtime victory over arch-rival Hays Rebels, the Lehman boys basketball team hoped to continue their winning ways against district foe Boerne Cham- pion on Friday evening. However, Lehman could not curtail the torrid shooting of the Champion Chargers, as the Lobos fell 51-37 in Lobo Gym. From the onset, Boeme Champion showed a level of perimeter shooting Lehman had not seen in quite a while. After Lehman pulled out to a 2-0 lead to start the game, Champion finished the quarter on a 13-3 run, taking a 13-5 lead. The second quarter seemed to be a mirror image of the first, with Boeme Champion starting off on a quick pace, never looking back in the process. The Chargers worked around the three point line, taking contested shots and mak- ing them from all over the floor. Before anyone in the Lobo Den could realize it, Champion had built up a healthy dou- ble digit lead on the Lobos. "It was not an issue of defending. Champion did not show us anything we did not expect. They just executed their game plan at a very high level. Cham- pion just played better tonight," Lobos head basketball coach Thomas Acker said. Not helping matters were the Lobos' snuggles from the floor. Lehman had difficulty shooting the ball well, partially due to the play of the Chargers. "Champion ran a 'passing lane zone' against us. They did a good job of stop- ping the play of (senior guard) De'Andre Carson," Acker said, "part of that prob- lem stemmed from the Chargers' ability to hold on to the ball for lengthy periods of time. We did not get too many op- portunities for shots in the first half, as See LOBO BOYS BASKETBALL, pg. 2B