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Page 2B SPORTS Hays Free Press January 23, 2013 + + BY MOSES LEOS III both of whom scored a goal each. elyn Martinez, who saved 14 shots on Tamayo had possibly the best goal goal. sports@haysfreepress.comof the tournament for the Lobos, as a Lehman girls head soccer coach shot from 25 yards out sailed past the Nauri Garcia was ultimately pleased For the Lehman Lady Lobo soccer keeper, into the net. with how the Lobos performed in the team, the goal of the Lady Rebel Cup "We took a lot of shots, which helped Cup. The ability for the squad to fur- wasnotnecessarilypredicatedonwins us set up our offense. After taking so ther progress and learn on the field and losses. The Lobos' ability to further many shots, eventually, one like that may have been the biggest attribute of congeal as a team became paramount goes in," said Tamayo after the Reagan all. more than anything else. win. "We are at the point of the season The Lady Lobos did just that, as a Skillful defense also played a big role where we are viewing what the work strong team effort helped Lehman fin- in limiting a strong Reagan offense to on the field looks like, versus the re- ish with a 2-1record in the Lady Rebel one goal. Lehman's presence in the sults,"Garciasaid. Cup, earning the team a fifth place middle-thirdofthepitchkepttheLady Additionally, players suffering from finish out of the 10 teams that partici- Raiders from making any progress, injuries from the Lady Rebel Cup and pated. "We just made sure that (Reagan) also from the McAllen Border Blast two Lehman got off to a tremendous did not work past the middle of the weeks ago, proved equaltyimportant. start on the opening day of play, as a field. We locked it down," Tamayo said. The success ofthe weekend was not determined defensive effort led to a In the final match of the tourna- lost on Garcia, who acknowledged that 1-0 victory over Elgin on Thursday. ment, Lehman faced off against a pow- the Lobos' ability to score seven goals, Forward Shayla Seeger-Avona scored erftfl St. Stephens team, which had while only allowing three in the entire the only goal of the match, via an assist gone undefeated through their first tournament was a big moment for this from freshman Dynah Ramos. three matches of the tournament, program. The first game on Friday saw the Lehman put up a fight, but the Lady The Lady Lobos beat the Wirnbefley Lady Lobos overpower Reagan 5-1. Lobos fell 2-1 to the eventual second Texans qhesday night 3-0 during Leh- Seeger-Avona had a brilliant match, place team of the tournament. Fresh- man's final non-district contest. Two scoring three goals, earning the team's man Alexis Sanchez scored Lehman's first half goals, by freshman Alexis San- first hat trick of the season. Helping lonegoal, assisted by Pamela Lasprilla. chezandjuniorShaylaSeeger, builtthe Seeger-Avona were center-midfielders The highlight of the St. Stephens lead. A goal late in the second half by Pressley Bailey and Mariah Tamayo, match was the play of goalkeeper Ev- junior Max Soto sealed the 3-0 victory. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Junior forward Shayla Seeger- Avona takes a shot during the St. Stephens game in the Lady Rebel Cup. The Lady Lobos finished in the top half of the cup, losing to St. Stephens, but beating both Elgin and Reagan. COURTESY PHOTO Hays High School senior softball player Clarissa Gonzalez (front row, center) officially signed on to play for the Temple College Lady Leopards on January 15 at the Hays High School Media Room. Clarissa will join the team for the 2013-14 season. Surrounding Gonzales are (top row, I-r) Hays High School softball head coach Aaron Fuller; Clarissa's mother and father, Carlos and Nora Gonzalez; Hays High School Softball pitching coach Frank Lopez; former Hays softbaU head coach Joanna Farr; (front row) Temple College softball head coach Kristen Zaleski; Hays Select softball coach Tommy Shannon. BY MOSES LEOS III of my life. I played other sports when I was younger, but softball became the sport that sports@haysfreepress.com stuck with me the most. I decided to keep playing softball because it is something l As family, teammates and coaches slowly felt I could excel in at the next level," Gon- filed into the Hays Highs Oran Bales room on zalez said. Jan. 15, senior softball player Clarissa Gonza- Gonzalez's parents, Carlos and Nora lez took time to soak in her surroundings. She Gonzalez, were excited on signing day. Not beamed With pride, knowing just how much only because she was continuing her life's hard workwent into where she is now. journey in softball, but because she could All of the hard work, all of the sacrifice continue her education. she and her family have made over the years "We're so proud of her. She's our only have culminated in this special day: The day daughter out of seven kids. She has made on which Gonzalez would sign on to contin- us so proud," Nora Gonzalez said. ue her softball career at the collegiate level. "We're very proud of her accomplish- The Hays pitcher/utility player will travel ments," Carlos Gonzalez said. "There was just up 1-35 to Temple, where she earned a quite a bit of travelling, dedication and scholarship to play for the Temple College support. We have travelled clear across the Lady Leopards next year. state of Texas and even out-of-state to at- Gonzalez had always known that softball tend and support Clarissa's softball games. would be something which she would put- The commitment we sacrifice for our kids sue beyond high school, has led to this day." 'Tve been playing softball for almost all Gonzalez, who was named to the All- District 27-4A team as an honorable men- tion, finished the 2012 softball season with astounding stats. Gonzalez owned a .369 batting average, driving in 18 RBI's, hi~ing for 15 doubles, 11 triples and a .386 on-base percentage in 84 at-bats. While Gonzalez's batting stats are excep- tional, her pitching stats are what caught the eye of Temple College head coach Kris- ten Zaleski. Gonzalez, who is a left-handed pitcher, finished the year with 26 strikeouts and an ERA of 6.30 in 40 innings pitched. "Initially, what drew me was that (she) is a lefty. I've been looking for a left-handed pitcher to compliment my pitching staff for quite a while. You can have several pitchers in a pitching staff, but you need the balance of (right- to left-handed pitchers) to make it great," Zaleski said. Both coaches are eager for Gonzalez to help the Rebels in the upcoming 2013 sea- son, labeling her involvement as a "big as- set" to the collective of the team. Lobo Boys Basketball Continued from pg. 1B It began early and often, asbursting out of the locker the Rebels hit the floor ran- room on a 4-0 run. Sopho- nlng, going on an 11-0 run in more forward Tyrell Williams the first five-and-a-half min- led the Lockhart charge, scor- utes of the game. Eventually, ing the first four points of the Hays built up a staggering half. Williams led all scorers 21-6 lead after one quarter with 19 points on the night. of play. Hays' versatility from However, Hays found ways the three-point arc became to maintain superiority over increasingly apparent, as Lockhart. the Rebel offense maneu- Enter junior point Keion vered around the perimeter, Jackson, who finished with constantly finding the open 11 points, five scored in the shooter on the floor, third quarter alone. His abll- "Instead of taking the shot ity to penetrate the paint, when we got the ball, our earn layups and trips to the shooters stayed patient and foul line kept Hays' offense passed off to the next man. churning. We felt that if we could pass it The Rebels would outscore around, eventually, we could Lockhart 27-24 in the second work around the floor to get half, as the Rebels cruised to more open looks," said Hays' the easy win. sophomore wing Heath Ag- Hays head . basketball new, who led the Rebels with coach Dean McMullen com- 19 points, plimented the Rebels' ability Hays would drain eight to stay proficient from the pe- three pointers during the rimeter. course of the game, seven "Ourplayersdidagoodjob made in the first half. of knowing where everyone The Rebel defense played was on the floor. Finding the equally stellar, taking advan- open man and hitting shots tage of an overly aggressive when we needed them was Lockhart backcourt. The Lion key," McMullen said. guards constantly played into The Rebels' ability to re- double-teamsand'traps along bound from three consecu- the baseline, which Hays eas- rive losses, two of the losses ily turned into turnovers and by two points, may have been points, the most important aspect of "That was the first time we Tuesday night's game. ran that particular defense on "We knew we could bounce the floor. We knew that Lock- back from the losing streak. hart's guards were good at We just want to start winning handling the ball. We just put games. We want to make the pressure tO force them into playoffs," said Rodriguez. mistakes," explained Hays ju- With the victory, the Rebels nior guard Jacob Rodriguez. improve their record to 16-12, Rebounding played a criti- 5-3 in District 27-4A, keeping cal role in the Rebels control- themselves in the top half of ling the contest. Hays' ability the district standings with to take advantage of an un- just six games remaining. dersized Lockhart squad kept McMullen kept an idealis- the Lions offense at bay, while tic view of the Rebels' chanc- allowing the Rebels multiple es at earning a postseason chances to put up points, bid, "We're right in the middle "Ourgoalwastokeep Lock- of the playoffrace. In the first hart from the bucket. They half of district play, we went had a few good shooters on 4-3, with two close losses. We their team. If we could limit believe our kids are ready to Lockhart's guards from pen- make another (playoff) run." etrating the paint, and grab Hays' path to a playoff rebounds, we could perform berth begins on the road, as well to win," said Agnew, who the Rebels travel to face off along with Reed Darragh and against Schertz Clemens on Keion Jackson controlled the Friday. Game time is sched- action in the paint, uled for 7 p.m. Hays earned a halftime 41- Other leading scorers were: 11 lead, taking the fight from Hays junior guard StephenAy- the Lions. ala with five points. Lockhart's Lockhart began the second Jacob Roland with five points, half with a determined fury, lared Johnson with four. Lobo Boys Basketball: Chargers take charge Continued from pg. 1B Champion held the ball for 10-20 second possessions," Acker said. Lehman's standout guard De'Andre Carson attributed the shooting woes to a shortage in rebounding. "We did not grab as many re- bounds as we usually do tonight. Because of that, we did not get many opportunities to score," said Carson, who finished with 9 points. Champion's play, along with Lehman's shooting issues, al- lowed the Chargers to take a 25- 10 lead into the halftime break. The Lobos began the second half with vigor, attacking the tough Champion defense with Carson and jtmior point Kraig Shields, who finished with a team-high 10 points. "We were trying to cut into their lead little by little. Our mindset was to get the ball to the hole as often as possible," Car- son said. However, no matter what Le- hman did, the Chargers stayed one step ahead. Champion con- tinued to drill home their jump- his team's chances as the sec- ers, keeping the Lobos at bay all ond half of the district schedule evening lon~ eventually pulling comes forth. away for the 14-point win. "This team will bounce back. Boerne Champion improvesThey'll bounce back. We've just their record to 17-11, 4-3 in dis- got to rebound better and take tfict play, Other leading scorer for better shots. We've got a tough the Chargers was senior guard one against Alamo Heights, so TreyWehrmeyer with 11 points, we've got to be ready for it," Ack- Leading Lehman in scor- ersaid. ing was senior guard Danny Carson was equally opfimis- Blakemore with 6 points,tic. "We just need to work a little While the Lobos fall to 14-15 harder. We need to execute bet- and 2-3 in 27-4/t play, Coach ter, to step up and take the ballto Acker remained optimistic about the hole more often," he said. 468-4451 122 Main Street Downtown Buda at the traffic light Open every day 295-6008 Vanilla is a sweet 8 year old Chihuahua mix. She is a little chubby, but still cute as can be. She likes other dogs and would like to go to a new home where she will receive lots of hugs! Please come by the Shelter today! Sunday is a beautiful black and white long haire(:l kitty. She is about 3 years old. Sunday is fine with other cats. She is also very friendly towards people. 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