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nnln ql + Page 2B I Hays Free Press • January 26, 201.1 + Hays' Dylan Divine (left) hip checks a St. Michael's player for possession dunng the Lady Rebel Cup soccer toumament. Hays finished 1-1-2 in the toumament's toughest pool, beating Marble Falls and tying both Sherman and St. Michael's. PHOTO BY CYNDY SI.OVAK-BARI"ON BYJ.~ON 60ROON freepresssports@yahoo.com First-year Hays High girls soccer coach Cole Reynolds' goal was to test his team before the district sea- son started. Reynolds has certainly accom- Blanks scored an insurance goal o an assist from Jessica Cruz for th Lady Rebs in the second half. "The Marble Falls game w~ about as well as I've seen us play a year," Reynolds said. "There wasr anything m be unhappy abou Marble Falls historically has a pre ty strong team.We made good cris plished that mission so far• passes, and looked very strong Hays hosted the Lady Rebel Cup game long. It was the kind of pl; over the weekend and went 1-1-2 I hope I see out of us the rest of tl in the toughest pool in the tourna- season." ment, failing to advance to one of Hays ran up against Class 5Aju Saturday's title games, gemaut San Antonio Reagan Satu "We should be in good shape day morning, and lost to the six~ heading into district," Reynolds ranked team in the state 2-0• said. "Out of the 12 teams we've "That's al~out as dose as I cou played and scrimmaged, nine have come to being pleased with a los., been Class 5A, and all of those are Reynolds said. "No one had scan playoff teams. There's no doubt on them all season to that point at we've faced some stout competi- I think three goals was their close tion." game. Reagan has been to the fin In pool play at the Lady Rebel four in state four times that I knc Cup, Hays tied St. Michael's 1-1 with of and we played very well again the help of a Kelli Uresti goal early them." Thursday before Hays used two TheLadyRebelsfinishedoffth¢ir more Uresri goals in the first half tournament with a 0-0 tie against to coast to a 3-1 victory over Mar- Sherman High School. ble Fails Thursday evening. Megan Hays bad a chance with the game witha dramatic last-second shot, but it sailed less than a foot right of the goal. "It was our fourth game in two days and we weren't as sharp as I would have liked," Reynolds said. "We had a lot of opportuniries We didn't take advantage of. I was dis- appointed we didn't make it to any of the trophy games." ly Later Saturday, Canyon Lake High won the consolation rifle, Akins captured the third-place ,y- game andHendrickson upset San r- Antonio Reagan 2-1 to win the Lady Rebel Cup. "Overall, it was a very good tour- d nament," Reynolds said. "I think it ," should give us a good idea of whdt d the competition in the playoffs will d belike:" Hays went on to knock off GJd'- dings Tuesday night to open the w district season and will next play at home in non-district action againit Canyon Lake Friday night. The Lady Rebs will resume district play the next Tuesday night at LaGrange before returning home next Friday night to play Smithville• Lady Rebel Drive: Jones steps up to leadership Continued from pg. 1B Jones said everything changed when ]ohnson, who was leading the team in scor- ing and rebounding at the time, suffered an injury that would ultimately keep her out more than a month. Preuss assembled his se- niors and addressed each and every one of them. It was a speech that lit a fire under ]ones and the rest of her teammates. "Coach said that we had to become better leaders and make this team our own," Jones said. "He told us to trust him and what he was trying to teach us. It worked for 'me and ever since that night we've been playing good basketball." Now the Lady Rebs are primed for another playoff run. Former Hays High School head football coach and athletic director Bob Sheiton welcomes guests with his two grandkids, Rob (left) and Riley, dudng a retirement party held earlier this month. Shelton recently =tepped down after 43 years at Hays. Rebel Boys PHOTO BY JIM CULJ.EN "Jaleasa has just taken the team on her shoulders and has really become a leader," Preuss said. "She is shooting the ball exceptionally well and the team has really fed off of her play over the last seven or eight games." lanes is now flourishing in Preuss' system, shooting a blistering 50.2 percent from the field and 85-percent from the free throw line in district play. She had one of her best games in Hays' first win over Lehman over the holiday break, scoring 15 points with many of her former Lady Rebel teammates home from college in the stands watch- ing. "I was a little nervous play- hag in front of them because I looked up to players like Angeleigh Davis and Ashley Magallanez when they were here," said lanes. "But at the same time it pumps me up when they are able to come see us play." Jones is now on the verge Rebel Cup: Soccer.Undefeated Continued from 10g. 1B up soccer right now," Burner finals finished second said. "We are learning from,, play during the regular each and ecery game we play. "The boys are alwa3 One thing Bumett, who ing district rifle," Burn guided Hays 1to only its second I don't want to say it t cUstrict +eason. s thinl~-- +trt said. mt loud Rebel Cup victorylast weekend, and jinx myself. There re some doesn't have on his coaching r~- quality teams in our district. I sum~ is a district fide. ' don't have a district tith yet and Last year's Hays team that ad- to win one with this tea aa would vanced to the regional quarter- bevery special." Hays' District 49-4A also con- sists of teams from Lehman, Bastrop, Smithville, LaGrange, Lockhart and Giddings. Hays has Friday off before playing its first home district contest of the season next Tues. day against LaGrange at Sheb ton Stadium, beginning at 7:45 p.m. PILOT0 BY dl/ifff ¢00I~R Hays' Jaleasa Jams steals a pass and leads her team dowm the court dudng the Lady Rebels' first matchup with Lehman thiis year. Jones scored 15 points that night in front of many of her forrmer Hays teammates. Jones' play of/ate is a big reason the Lady Rel:ns are primed for another playoffrun. of leaving her very own lega- we're using that fort moriva- cy at Hays High. tion every time we.• step on "There were alot ofpeople' the court. Our goal, is to not who didn't think we "~re go- just make the playotffs, but to ing to be successful this year go as far as we cant once we because of the players we get there. That's alU part of Lost and the new coaching the tradition of beimg a Hays situation," lanes said. "But Lady Rebel." Lady lobes kick up the pace after slmw start RebeI-Lobo Hoops: Lehman sweeps Hays Continued from Pg. 1B i solidly in playoff contention said. "They executed much (4-3 in District 27-4A) totally better than we did on offense dominated from start to fin- and their defense was out- ish as Murry scored eight of standing." his points during a stretch in Hays shot a combined 4-for- the first quarter that saw Leh- 21 in the first half an~l weren't man surge to an early 13-4 lead able to recover from their slow which they neverrelinquished, start as leading scorer Caleb "Their post players were the Kimbro finished with only difference in this game," Hays eight points for the Rebels. head coach Dean McMullen "I can't say enough about / how well Dane (Peddycoart) and Frank (DeLeon) played Kimbro tonight," Acker said. "He's a tough competitor and ff you want to slow him down you have to work hard on der fense and they did that." Hays (1-6 in 27-4A) hosts Alamo Heights on Friday while Lehman travels to district- leader Canyon. Continued from pg. 1B "Hendrickson was a very solid team. They have a lot of girls that play club soccer and have a lot of experience," Garcia said. ' ffter the first half, we just wanted to make sure we continued to compete and prevent our players from getting hurt." Canyon Lake, which ultimately won the consola- tion rifle, also presented a challenge to the Lady Lobes, bringing in a team with speed and athleticism that emerged with a 3-1 win over Lehman in a game that was a lot closer than the score would indicate. Lehman scored its first goal of the tournament in the loss as ]azsmine Rodriguez got them on the board midway through the first half, but the Lady Lobos missed a penalty kick and other scoring oppor- tunities late to seal their fate against the Lady Hawks. Lehman (5-4) bounced back on the second day of compe. ririon on Ftiday in a big a late goal by the Lady Cards to win 3-I in their final game of the tournament, ultimately finishing with 21 points. ~: "Ov~all, I think we per formedwell considering ~t~ve played nine games~ in less than a weelfs time," Garrcia said. '~dl the games that we/lost (with the exception of the H~endfickson game at the Lady IRebel Cup) could have gone eiither way." Auto, home and life insurance... Rob White, Agent (512} 504-9484 5500~2770, Auto • H¢ome. Uf¢ Let's C0mlFare Rates and Service. Ste. 101 Kyle, TX 78640 • rwhite@txfb-ins.com FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTHY LIVING FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ) with wins over DelValle and LaGrange, almost earning back- ._ . _. , _ to-back shutouts in the process. Haley Parsons, Max Sot0, Ysenia Martinez, Lesley Gonzalez and Ingtid Aas all scored in the LadyLobos 5-0 [ Must be CPR//AED, romp over district opponent J F'~~hrouJgh the f.~ ol~mzb,~. The LadyLobosconrinued [Amer/can Red Cross orYMf_b,.For ore in4formation, their scoring outburst against i please contact Abi Detcamp: DelValle, racking up three [ abigaiLdetcamF@austinymca.org goals in the first 10 minutes of l 512-523"0099 the match and then withstood L At the McAllen Tournament just a week before, the Lady Lobes brought home the first tournament trophy in the his- tory of their program. After opening the McAllen Tournament with a loss, the Lady Lobes reeled off three consecutive wins over Edin- burg, San Antonio Warren and Brownsville Lopez to Secure the consolation trophy. The Lehman girls will now start the District 49-4A campaign. The Lady Lobes play LaGrange and Smithville i at home this week in 49-4A action. The Original Hays County Youth playing ball for 30 years League WALK-IN REGISTRATION at the :Hays Youth Sports Eomplex Located on FM 2770 LATE REGISTRATION / TRYOUTS on February 5th. See website for times. 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