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Hays CISD debate teams take down the competition. - Page 4B @hfplobosports January 27, 2016 Page 1B With a steady flow of blood pouring from his nose, Kyle Police Department officer referee gives a 10-count to his opponent during the third round of a bout in the 2016 is Hays County Sheriff's Deputy Manny De La Rosa on the right. PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS III Matthew Wilson (left) watches as a boxing Battle of the Badges event in Austin. Below Local law enforcement officers fight for worthy cause BY MOSES LEOS III Hays Free Press Editor Smoke billowed from a makeshift doorway while rock music blared in the Austin Convention Center Friday as Kyle Police De- partment officer Matthew Wilson walked down a runway. After six months of training, Wilson was tak- ing a bold step few others have taken before. But what he trained for wasn't to use a newweap- on, or a new tactic related to his job. His training was done to prepare for the rigors of three rounds of boxing in the 2016 Battle of the Badges event. ForWilson, the abil- ity to not only represent Kyle Police, but also fight for a worthy cause, was meaningful. "It means a lot, as I'm the only person that came down [to participate] from Kyle," Wilson said. "It meant a lot to come down here and show them what we've got." The Battle of the Badges, hosted by the Tra- vis County Sheriff's Office, is a sanctioned boxing event that pits Austin area law enforcement officers against members of area fire departments. Proceeds from the event went to area non- profit Partnerships for Children, which provides Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworkers with resources needed to assist children in the commu- nity. For Hays County Sher- iff's deputy Manuel De La Rosa, who also participat- ed in the event, the cause was one that hit close to home. De La Rosa said he pre- viously worked as a detec- tive investigating crimes against children. He said the experience "hurt me. Hurt me bad." "Doing this, no matter what happened, it helps me," De La Rosa said. "It helps kids get through what they're going to go through." De La Rosa's experience with the Battle of Badges began when he attended the 2015 event. He was so impressed with what he saw that he inquired about possibly competing in the event, despite the fact De La Rosa had no previous boxing experi- ence. "I told them, 'hey, if you need someone to box, let me know,'" De La Rosa said. ' md so here I am. They remembered me." He began his training in Austin, which allowed him to "get in better shape." All of the train- ing culmi- nated in his fight against Austin firefighter Ryan Whitton. But a few quick and successful punches from Whitton brought the fight to a speedy end. "He caught me with a good right hook. Right on the button," De La Rosa said. "I was standing up, but I was somewhere else." Despite the loss, De La Rosa cherished his ability to experience life in the ring. It's something he be- lieves he could try again But Wilson responded in the future, by fighting back in the " dthough it didn't show latter two rounds. Wilson in the ring, physically, I said he listened to his lost 20 pounds," De La fight coach, who told him Rosa said. "I'm in better to step left, which paid health now." dividends. Much like De La Rosa,"I was trying to stop Wilson also had not getting hit in the face," boxed before. But his de- Wilson said. "I don't mind sire to try something new getting hit anywhere else, drove him but getting hit in the face to sign upis annoying." "1 was trying andbegin But as the fight wore his quest on, blood continued to to stop getting to squarepour from Wilson's nose. off in the It led to the fght doctor hit in the face. ring. halting the bout on two Over six occasions to check on the I don't mind months, bleeding. Wilson "I was a little mad getting hit conductedbecause my nose was his train-bleeding and they kept anywhere else, ingby stopping (the fight)," Wil- sparring son said. "But I'm an easy but getting hit and going bleeder, so I kept going... through it was fun." in the face is other regi- Both pugilists went mens. He toe-to-toe in the final annoying." prepared round, trading punches himself for and blows, much to the -Matthew Wilson, his bout approval of the crowd. Kyle Police Officer against Wilson said he fed off firefighter their energy as the bout Grady closed. Fowles. While Wilson fell in a But it was clear earlysplit decision, he was ex- in the first round that cited to have participated their fight was going to in the event. be a knockdown, dragout "I'd like to try and keep affair. A quick flurry of doing it, but my girlfriend punches from Fowles isn't too fond of that idea," rendered Wilson's nosehe said. "We'll see what bloody, happens." PHOTO BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ Hays Lady Rebel sophomore Gabby Bosquez (2) works around an Anderson Lady Trojan defender during a game played at Bales Gym on Dec. 11. On Tuesday, Bosquez's game-high 15-points guided Hays to a 54-26 win over the Austin High Maroons. Browse and buy photos online at under the photos link. BY BRIANA AMARO points. The Lady Rebels offense hit the ground running from the onset. The Hays Lady Rebel Hays maintained its basketball team (20-9, lead by securing of- 9-4) rolled to a 54-26 fensive rebounds, which victory over the Austin gave its offense extra High Lady Maroons (3- time and opportunities 15, 3-9) Tuesday night at beneath the basket. Bales Gym. But defense also Hays sophomore played a pivotal fac- Gabby Bosquez led the tor in the Lady Rebels' Lady Rebs with a game success. That extended high 15 points. Junior to securing rebounds on Choon Hee Chae was the defensive end. right behind with 13 "That was our goal points and Jada Finis- ter finished with eight LADY REBS HOOPS, 2B PHOTO BY LINCOLN RAMIREZ Cards slam Lobos 86-60 Lehman High junior Tracy Malrey (23) extends beyond the reach of a Del Valle Cardinals defender during Tuesday's district game at the Lobo Den. Del Valle defeated Lehman 86-60. Browse and buy photos online at www.haysfree- under the photos link. tat, n Is No 3 great locations near Austin Dripping Springs 11740 Manchaca Rd. 3990 Highway 290 292-1060 894-3888 you: Kyle 21681 IH-35 262-101 Check the status of your vehicle online! www,