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+ HaysFreePress.com 40 YEARS LATER Longtime employee Martinez retires from the Hays CISD. - Page 48 February 2, 2011 Page 1B nett confident his Rebs are exactly minutes without allowing Giddings final nine minutes after they made where they need to be as they head to touch the ball. it 3-2, and some of our shots that BY JASON GORDON freepresssportsOyahoo.com full steam into the first half of dis- "We wanted to come out after were going in early were just rniss- trict play. haiftime and put another quick inglate in the game.~ i It might be easy to look at the Hays led Giddings 3-0 at half- three goals on them," Burner said. Hays plays tWo. more district final score of the Hays boys sac- time, and 2-0 after the first 25 min- "It just didn't work out that way." foes they should be heavily favored cer team's District 49-4A opener utes of play, after goals by Chace Bumett wanted to get his subs to beat this week, LaGrange and against Giddings and wonder if the Sparks, Parker Thornton and ]ared some work and Giddings scored a Smithville, but Bumett said getting Rebels have gotten a bit compla- Herselman. couple of fluke goals to make the his Rebels motivated agaimt small- cent. Sparks headed his goal in,final score seem closer than it was. er schools won't be a problem. A 3-2 victory over a team that Thornton dribbled right through "It would be easy to look at the "A lot of- these kids have been normally plays at the Class 3A the defense and hammered a shot box score and say, 'Wow, what around long enough to see David level isn't exactly jaw-dropping intothebackofthenetandHersel- happened?,'" Burnett said. "I had knock off Goliath," Burnett said. "I for a Hays team that finished the man nailed a beautiful left-footed several subs in, including my IV think we did it last year when we non-district campaign with a 9-0-1 shot from 30 yards out, and it keeper, and they scored a couple of beat lake Travis in the playoffs. I record and the Rebel Cup touma- looked like the Rebels might score goals they shouldn't have. I never hear them talking before games ment championship, a double-digit win. thought we were in danger of los- how they know they can't take any- But a closer examination of the At one stretch during the first ing the game. They never even one lightly, which is very good to game has head coach Jason Bur- half, Hays went more than five threatened our goal again in the hear." PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Chaos Sparks scored a goal dudng the Rebels' 3-2 district- opening win last week. The Rebels improved to 10-0-1 over- all and 1-0 in Distnct 49-4A with the win. Carson makes in 51-35 win freepresssports jahoo.com There was a lot at stake for the Lehman Lobe boys basket- ball team as they squared off against Smithson Valley at the Lobo'Den Tuesday nighL With a win they would con- trol their own destiny and inch closer to securing the school's first-ever boys basketball play- off berth. A loss would sink them into a three-way tie with Clemens and SmithsonValley. Luckily for the Lobos, their two biggest stars made big plays down the stretch when they needed them. Lehman sophomore point guard DeAndre Carson scored 19 points and senior post Tarale Murry added 16 as the Lobes shook off a poor shoot- ing fast half to beat the Rang- ers 51-35. Carson helped stave off a late run by Smithson Valley, going 10-of-13 from the free throw line in the fourth quar- tar to help seal the win for Leh- man (5-4 in District 27-4A). "I thought we came out a little tight because it was such a big game," Lehman head coach Thomas Acker said. "But our leaders stepped up and made things happen." Lehman got out of the gates quickly at 6-0 with Murry, Carson and senior wing Larry Benson all scoring easy bas- kets. But from there, the Lobes scored only six points and trailed 14-12 at intermission in a sloppy first half that saw both teams combined for 11 turnovers. "It was really a game of two halves because in the first half they tried to take DeAndre away from us and I thought it really disrupted our offense," Acker said. "But I thought Tarale made better decisions in the post in the second half / i~0r0 ~ Ju~ C00Rm DeAndre Carson had 19 points to help lead Lehman to a comeback victory over Smithson Valley Tuesday night. The win moves the Lobos closer to clinching the first playoff berth in boys basketball history at the school. The Lobos have three games remaining in Distdct 27-4A action. and DeAndre made some clutch free throws." Three-point baskets by Ben- son and Carson, along with a breakaway dunk by Tarale Murry helped Lehman surge to its biggest lead of the contest at 35-22 midway through the third quarter. "We wanted to come out and set the tone tonight because we knew how im- portant this game was to our playoff chances," Murry said. "We want to be able to control our destiny instead of having "This is our house and we to wait and depend on other wanted to come out and be teams to handle our business aggressive against them and for us like last year." get this win," Carson said. "We The Rangers responded with know we have to stay focused a late 8-0 run to dose within and try and to win as many 40-30, but a key ejection games as we can to give us of Smithson Valleys Steven the best position to make the Martinez with just under two playoffs. That's the goal." minutes to go ultimately gave After a bye Friday, the Lobos Lehman the edge they needed, will travel to Ailamo Heights After Martinez was ejected, next Tuesday. Lehman hosts Benson and Carson each made Clemens Feb. 11 and then free throws to extend the Lo- closes out the regular season at bos lead to 45-30. Lockhart Feb. 15. BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com New Hays head girls soccer coach Cole Reynolds knew he might have a few skeptics when he decided to move sev- eral freshman to the varsity team. Now, it appears that move has helped the Lady Rebs start to play their best soccer of the season. Freshmen scored all six goals for Hays in two victories last week, including a 3-I win over Giddings to start the Dis- trict 49-4A season. "l knew some people were .going to be skeptical, indud- mg our veteran players," Reynolds said. "But I think ev- eryone's a believer now. We're really starting to get things together and this is the lime to do it ff you want to finish the year strong." Agaimt Giddings, lessica PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAX,-DARTON Lena New assisted on all three of Hays' goals in the Lady Rebels' 3-1 district-opening win over Giddings. Freshmen ,scbred all six goals 4ast week in two victodes for Hays. Cruz scored the first two goals and Megan Blanks scored the other. All three were on assists HAYS GIRLS SOCCER, pg. 2B win on BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com Senior night always brings tears for both players and parents. But unlike last year, Tues- day's senior night brought only tears of joy after the Lady Rebel basketball team hung on for a 54-52 win over Clemens at Bales Gym. Hays, which lost last year's senior night game to rival Del Vane, built a 13-point lead in the third quarter against Cle- mens but had to desperately hold on late for the victory. The win also clinched a playoff berth for the Lady Rebs, who improved to 7-4 in District 27-4A play. "We played very well early on, and not very well late," said Hays head coach Danny PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Jaleasa Jones and the Hays girls basketball team got a key Dis- tnct 27-4A victory over Clemens Tuesday night at Bales Gym. Preuss. "But it's a game we forward Sabrina Catangal. easily could have fost, so we'll Hays had the possession ar- take it." row, and the play led to an Hayswas cringing to a one- Ashiee Johnson free throw. point lead inside the final Clemens had a chanceto minute of play when Lady tie the game or take the lead Rebel post Cassia Norris dove on the floor to tie up athletic I~ ~ ~ pg. 2B O Christian Sepulveda and the Lehman boys soe- osr team swept its first two games in Distnct 49-4A play last week. PHOTO BY DOMINIC MARTIEZ BY MARK gAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com Much to the delight of Lehrnan head soccer coach lay Sansom and his Lobos, the UIL realigns soccer districts every two years. After missing the playo season in an ultra-tough district, it's a pretty safe bet the l_obos will be punching a ticket to the postseason the next two season Gone are the likes of perennial g~wers Dripping Springs and Canyon m the schedule. They have been replaced by the likes of Smidwille, Giddings and La Grange, who haven~ proven to be very comped- Live in soccer over the last few yearg Nonetheless, the games still have to be played and the Lobos came out and swept their first two games of the dis- trict campaign to get off to a great staut in league play. "We have come and taken care ,of business so far," Sansom said. "Th~se are the games that we must win if we want to get to where we want to go." Senior Oscar Martinez scored two goals in a district opening 6-0 home win over La Grange. Maninez took a pass from Cory Berg- strom and sprinted downfield past a few Leopard defenders and blasted a goal just inside the left side of the net to stake l_ehman to an early 1-0 lead. Moments later, senior captain Oscar Garcia got on the board with a 20-f~t goal down the middle on a scorching pass from Cesar Ordaz. Lehman also added goals from Berg- in the second half, Ordaz and Garcla strom, lose Rangel and Hector Rodri- hooked up once again on another free guez in the second half as they cruised kick for the Lobos. to the easy victory. Ordaz was once again the recipi, "Oscar fMartinez) got us going with ent of Garcia's free kick as Lehman that early goal and we kept on putting took a 2-1 lead that stood as the game- pressure on them for the rest of the winner, with Bergstrom, Riley Higgins, game," Sansom said. "Our goalkeepers Rangel and Pablo Martinez all playing (Andres Castro and AI Ruiz) combined key defensive roles in the Lobos' pre- for a shut-out in goaL Anytime you can serving the victory. ,. , ' stop somebody from scoring yeu're i'Ve ~fesLa~g~~n~ probably going to win the game." o The Smithville Ti~ers proved to be a are doing a great job in commit, more formidable challenge than antid- ing with other on the field," San- pated and were able to answer a goal by sam said. Now we have to move on Ordaz, who finished a comer kickby as- and try and get these next two game~ car Garcia late in the first hal That would put us in a good position in A defensive miscommunication the district mee." / enable Smithville to tie the score go- Lehman will host Bastrop before ing into intermission at 1-1. traveling to Lockhart on Friday night. +