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+ HaysFreePress.com MISSING LINK Hays CISD officials and Elm Grove parents/ neighbors differ on effectiveness of new fence. - Page 3B January 30, 2013 Page 1B + Lehman guard Bria Cheatham led the Lady Friday night's win over the Lady Buffaloes. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lobos with 14 points in BY MOSES LEOS III sports@haysfreepress.com As the regular season winds down in girls basketball, the race for playoff positioning begins. For Lehman head coach la- mie Coy and her Lady Lobos, the road to a playoff berth is predicated on one simple rule: Just win games. First up, Lehman had to get by a Seguin squad, which up- set state ranked Schertz Clem- ens on Jan. 22. While Seguin challenged the Lobos in the early going, Lehman concocted a tre- mendous second half surge to overwhelm the Lady Mata- dors 66-45 in the Lobo Den. .It was a bit of a shaky start for both teams, as neither squad could adequately take advantage of each other's mis- cues. Both teams transitioned the floor often, but failed to garner consistent buckets. Seguin (11-19, 4-7) eventually hit enough shots to jump out to a 9-5 lead. The lethargic style of play went away rather quickly in the second quarter, as both teams began to warm up from the floor. Lehman started off with a big 7-0 run which cut Seguin's lead to 14-12 at the eight-minute mark. However, the Lady Lobo defense struggled at times to contain the Lady Matadors' fast breaks. Just as Lehman would transition the floor to knock down a bucket, Seguin was right there to counter. Even with the back-and- forth gameplay, Lehman's ability tdscore en masse helped them regain ground, See LOBO BASKETBALL, pg. 2B BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ sports@haysfreepress.com In a very physical and fast paced game at Hays High Bales Gymnasium, the Lady Rebels defeated the Schertz- Clemens Lady Buffaloes in a decisive manner 64-39. Things got off to a bit of a slow start for the Lady Rebels. At the end of the first quarter, the Lady Rebels were down 8-13 and it looked like the Lady Buffaloes would run roughshod over them. After atime-out conference with Hays head coach Danny Preuss, the Lady Rebels de- fense started firing on all cylinders which also spurred their offensive play. By the end of the second quarter they had taken the lead and would not relinquish it. By the end of the first half, the score was 31-21 Hays. During the second and third quarter, the Lady Rebels held the Lady Buffaloes to only 14 points, while they scored 34 points. Throughout the entire game, there was a lot of con- tact between the players. The referees tried to control PHOTO BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ Hays players Alexis Delgado (center) struggles for the ball with help from Jordyne Dugger against a Schertz-Clemens player during Hays' 64-39 blowout. Rebels had built up. The leading scorer for the Rebels was senior guard Lindsey McCurdy (#20) with 22 points, including three 3-point shots. Junior forward lordyne Dugger (#13) scored 13 points and sophomore guard Alexis Delgado (#33) scored 10 points for the Reb- the roughness, but despite their efforts it was still a very els. physical game. About half- The top three scorers for way through the fourth quar- Schertz-Clemens were senior ter, Clemens' player Sabrina shooting guard Monica Perez Ca~igal (#11) was somehow (#32) with 11 points, followed knocked down, injured her by junior point guard Sabrina head and had to sit out the Catangal (#11) and freshman rest of the game. forward Kennedi Centers Lady Buffaloes head coach (#25) with 10 points each. John Ince stormed on to the After the game, Preuss said, court and was almost ejected "Defense wins games for from the game. us and I thought we played That's when the game got pretty good on the defensive more physical, end tonight." Game play continued after For most of the second and Catanga was lifted up off the third period, the Lady Rebels court, but there was a marked played stellar defense and difference in the physicality were able to effectively shut of the play by the Lady Buf- down the Buffaloes offense. faloes. Despite their efforts, it Next up for the Lady Reb- was not enough to overcome els, are the Seguin Matadors, the huge lead that the Lady January 29 at Seguin. .S than on Jan. 25, which saw the offs - if Champion loses all of BY MOSES LEOS III Lady Lobos team separate themselves from their final three games, while sports@haysfreepress.com The Lehman Lady Lobos are the middle of the packwith a 66- Heights couldwin no more than 16-14 overall, and are sporting a 45 win over Seguin. one. With a week remaining in the 6-5 record and a two game win However, the Lady Lobos are This means Lehmanmustwin 2012-2013 Girls basketball sea- streak i~n District 27-4A. This not necessarily guaranteed a at least one of their final three son, teams are fighting tooth would 161ace the Lady Lobos in playoff berth quite yet. Boerne games to keep their postseason and nail to secure one of four the fourth and final playoff spot Champion is only one game hopes alive. Boerne Champion coveted playoffpositions, if the postseason started today, behind Lehman in fifth place, would then be forced to win two For the Hays CISD nigh Theseniorityofthegrouphas with a 5-6 record, while Alamo or more contests to tie or sur- schools, playoff dreams are been the strong point, as the Heights trails by two games at pass Lehman; Heights would slowly coming to fruition. How- Lady Lobos have relied upon 4-7. have to win three, plus have ever, the need to keep the inten- the experience ofseuiorsAshley Only one scenario exists help to force a tie-breaker situa- sityduringthewaningmoments Stephens, Karsholyn Brown and where Lehman could lose the don with the Lady Lobos. oftheregularseasonwillbevital Ariana Gallegos to guide the remaining threecontests of the to both teams' successes, group to big wins. None more so season, yet still make the play- See PLAYOFF HOPES, pg. 2B PHOTO BY CYNDYSLOVAK-BARTON Hays' Heath Agnew (#35) fights against a Seguin defender in Tuesday night's raucous basketball game in Bales Gym. Seguin came within three points in the last minutes of the game, but Hays pulled ahead, driven by free throw shots from Stephen Ayala (#11 ) in the last 30 seconds of the match. See Marbridge half-time photo, page 2B. BY MOSES LEOS III sports@haysfreepress.com Trailing by as many as 12 points in the second half, the Lehman High boys' basketball team mounted a fu- rious fourth quarter rally, only to fall short to Kerrvilie Tivy 42-40 at the Lobo Den on Tuesday. Led by senior guard De'Andre Car- son's 27-point effort, Lehman (14-18, 2-8) began its resurgence by hitting important buckets with six minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Eventu- ally, Lehman whittled down Tivy's double-digit second half lead to only two with 52 seconds to go in the con- test. "We had to step up as a team. In the first half, our shots were not falling. We just kept encouraging each other to keep taking shots, telling everyone that eventually they would fall. Sure enough, they did," said Carson, who was assisted by senior guard Chris Hicks, who finished with six points. After a couple of Tivy missed free throws down the stretch, Lehman would have one last possession with 1.9 seconds remaining to either tie or take the lead. Unfortunately, a coura- geous three point attempt by Carson fell short; Lehman's comeback bid was not to be. "Our kids fought extremely hard tonight. We pressured (Tivy's offense) into mistakes in the fourth quarter, which affected them. We were able to deny their star players the ball, while we hit our shots. Unfortunately, we just ran out of time," said Lobo head coach Thomas Acker. Lehman's next game will be on the road at Lockhart on Friday. Leading Kerrville Twy in scoring were Blake Ray and Rowdy Winters with 10 points. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lehman senior guard De'Andre Carson drives the lane against Kerrville Tivy's defense late in the fourth quarter. De- spite a furious rally, Lehman would fall 42-40 to Kerrville Tivy on Tuesday. Carson led all scorers with 27 points. STAFF REPORT Two plus weeks have passed since Blake Feldt an- nounced that he would leave Hays for the bright lights of Odessa Permian High School. Since then, fans, students and citizens around the dis- trict have been left to pon- der: Who will take over the job, and when would Hays CISD hire the next Rebel head coach/athletic coordi- nator? One of those questions has finally been answered, but not the one many fans were hoping to find out. According to Interim Hays CISD Superintendent Carter Scherff, the district is plan- ning to hire the next Hays Rebel football coach/athletic coordinator within the next month. "We are hoping to have the position filled by February. Our intent is to have the job filled in time for the spring football season," said Scherff. However, he would not openly discuss any applicants, citing district policy. "It is a normal process that we do not discuss applicants who are applying for an open position," Scherff said. A formal re- quest has been submitted via the Freedom only the next head football of Information Act regarding coach at Hays High School, any applicants that have ap- but also someone who can plied for the position, adequately take over as the Scherffdid explain who school's next Athletic Coor- would overview the dinator." hire of the next Still, like most in the Hays Rebel coach, asdistrict, the departure of well as what Coach Feldt continues to the district ul- resonate with the Interim timately hopes Superintendent. to find. When asked about the "The hiring subject, Scherff replied, "I process will beam very excited for Blake handled by a (Feldt). That particular job is combination an opportunity, with it being of the Central Permian High School and Office and prestige it brings...but yes, the school at I was very surprised that he large," explained was one of the three flnal- Scherff, "Our ists that were named for the oal is to position. However, I am not find surprised that he got the job. not He is a very good coach."