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HaysFreePress.com Realignment presents BYJASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com The competition level in both the Hays and Lehman high school athletic worlds should be a whole lot tougher over the course of the next two school years. On Monday morning, the University Interscholastic League released its redistrict- ing and realignment plan. Both Hays and Lehman will be in- cluded in the seven-team Dis- trict 27-4A in both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years. Also included in 27-4A will be Lockhart, New Braun- fels Canyon, Alamo Heights, Schertz Clemens, and Smith- sonValley. Smithson Valley, a former Hays district foe in the'1990s, has spent the last decade as a Class 5A statewide football powerhouse, advancing to the state semifinals five times and the state finals three times. Alamo Heights won the Class 4A Division I state cham- pionship in 2006, and was a state semifinalist in 2004. Cle- mens was a Class 4A Division I state semifinalist in 2006. "My initial reaction is it's tough," said Hays Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Bob Shelton. "It will be tough across the board in all sports but I'm glad we are back in Region W." One positive for Hays and Lehman comin new realignmel schools will be Im, which extei through San AI and the Rio Both Hays and spent the last tv for the first tim, which extends ( Texas-Louisian has made for rr off road trips, i in Region IV m( take place in Au cos, New Braun] tonio. "It will be a tire and tough ( glad we re headil Lehman Athleti( Head Football gout of UIL's plan is both )ack in Region Lds southward Ltonio, Corpus ;rande valley. Lehman have o school years in Region III, astward to the border and my long play- )layoff games re commonly stin, San Mar- els or San An- lery competi- istrict but I'm lg south," said : Director and Coach Steve HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTEES Forty-one Hays High School scholars join the National Honor Society. - Page 3B February 3, 2010 Page 1B challenges for Lobos, Rebs Davis. "I think in every sport if you come out of that district into the playoffs you know you have a good team. It's going to be an interesting two years with a lot better competition. We need to start feeding our kids better." Both Shelton and Davis have tentatively named Hays and Lehman's non-district oppo- nents. Both teams will play all four of their non-district foes in both 2010 and 2011. The most exciting news to come out of the non-district sched- ules is that the Rebels will re- new a rivalry with San Marcos High. The two squared off nu- merous times in front of sell- See UIL REALIGNMENT, pg. 2B Streak ends with a th'ud Lady Rebs lose first game 00ince December BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com The Hays girls basketball team had the look of a squad about to mn Del Valle out of the gym early on in Tuesday night's key matchup. But with the District 17-4A title on the line, the Lady Cardi- nals came storming back led by a smothering defense and Monique McElveen's rebounding prowess to claim a 35-26 win at Bales Gym. Hays, which lost for the first time since December, scored only six points in the second half. The loss means the Lady Car- dinals (29-2, 9-1 17-4A) and Lady Rebels (22-9, 10-1) will likely fin- ish as co-district champions. Both coaches said they expect to flip a oi afl the re season to de ...... termine playoff seeding. Del Valle trailed 8-2 early on after back-to-back 3-pointers by Hays' An- geleigh Davis and Ashley Rankine, but the Cardin took a 24-20 lead at half- time with the help of four McElveen offensive rebounds and putback Hays closed to within 24-22 early in the third quarter, but Del Valle limited the Rebels to only four points the rest of the game, creat- ing numerous turnovers. "We just never were comfortable on offense," Hays head coach Don- ny McDonald said. "We went nuts and started throwing up shots we normally don't take." While Del VaUe also struggled to find a groove offensively most of the night, McElveen, who finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds, helped the Cardinals increase their lead by scoring eight more points in the paint in the second half. Her rebounding ability helped limit Hays to one shot on the of- fensive end as the Lady Rebs were trying to claw back into the game in the fourth quarter. "Monique just knows how to find the basketball.," DelValle head coach Tawni Angel said. "She played great tonight." PHOTO BY BOZENA BARTON Things are about to get much tougher for Hays and Lehman high schools in the new District 27-4A. The Lobos and Rebels will now face the likes of Smithson Valley and Alamo Heights beginning next school year. Lehman girls fall out of playoffrace BY MARK gAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com The Lehman girls bas- ketball team had to protect the ball and play outstand- ing defense for four quarters against Manor if it wanted to stay in the playoff chase. The Lady Lobos came up short of both goals and as a result, the Lady Mustangs rolled to an easy 54-40 win at the Lobo Den to eliminate Lehman from playoff con- tention. "There was no intensity from our gifts at all," Lehman head coach Danny Preuss said "I told our girls at half- time that Manor wanted it more than we did. Every time we had our hands on the ball LADY LOBO BASKETBALL pg 2B PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Amara Smith (pictured) and the Lehman girls basketball team fell out of the District 17-4A playoff race with a 54-40 home loss to Manor Tuesday night. Rattlers strike fast against Rebel boys PHOTO BY RUDY GONZALr:Z ning two of their last three Del Valle's Monique McEIveen swats away the shot of I-ays forward Angeleigh David during the Lady Cardi- games. nals 35-26 win at Bales Gym Tuesday night. McEIveen /as unstoppable in the paint, scoring 17 points and Even the loss during that grabbing 13 rebounds. Del Valle and Hays Will likely finiTh the season as co-district champs, stretch was an impressive Lehman boys power]ifting squad, eyes state title BY BON:  one - a 55-53 eartbreL,= '. ,- , '  , "ingdefeat on theroad at rmepre/arloo.com  hands of second 'lace M -'I :i. : or - in a game Hays held The Hays boys bastbaU lead with less fli a mintite team  ally on a ill - to play and had ashot to win ter goi.through a sasons it at the end. i :! ,i worth ofg pains:head: After taking a few mom ing into fiday nightshome tous steps forw the past matchup against SanMar - couple of week.si, the Rel cos. were shoved bacard Friday Despite playing with no night at Bales G in a 70-50 seniors, and mostly sopho- loss against San Marcos. :;i mores and freshmen, the The defeat seriously d*- Rebels found themselves in ages the team's chances to get the thick of the playoff chase into the playoffs as one of the in District 17-4A after win- district's four postseasonrep' resentatives. The ::Rebels (6- 20, 2-7 17-4A), who also lost REBEL BASKETBALl., I:J 2B BY MARK CAUL potential." first in his division at each of vidual finishes this season for freepresssports@yahoo.com When Eric Ray took over the Lehman High School power lifting program three years ago, his goalwas to get the most out of a program that was already making great strides. Ray's goals for his team were both difficult and simple - he challenged his athletes to have success at the state level. Ray, who was a former power lifter in his own right at nearby Texas State University, has po- sitioned the Lobos to become one of the premier schools in the sport by simply changing the mentality of his athletes. "I told Coach (Steve) Davis that if there was ever an open- ing to coach powerlifting that I wanted it," Ray said. "The thing I tried to stress to our kids is that we wanted to go to each event with the mental- ity that we were going to try and win each and every meet instead of just trying to place. They have done a great job of working hard to reach their full The Lobos already boast one of the state's strongest power lifters in senior David Garza, who was one of the three Lo- bos that competed at the state meet in 2009. Garza, who competes in the 220-pound level, has posted the top scores in every catego- ry in his weight class including the squat (570 pounds), the bench press (390 pounds) and the dead lift (535 pounds). "David is an extremely hard worker that goes above and beyond the call of duty to do everything you ask of him," said Ray. "Last year he was try- ing to really get a feel of what the sport was all about. But this year I fully expect him to be in Abilene in March fighting for a state title." A state title would be poetic justice for Garza, who believes that the endless hours spent in the weight room preparing for both football and power lifting have indeed paid off for him this season. "I always try to go all out and work as hard as I can every PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Lehman's David should be a shoo-in to return to the state meet this year in Abilene. end his Lobo career with an individual and team state title. / practice and every meet," Gar- self a good chance of winning za said. "If I continle improv- a state rifle That would be a ing before the regipnal meet big accomplishment for me." comes around I will give my- Garza has easily finished the three events the Lobos have competed at in 2010 and has shattered every Lehman record in the process. His closest competitor in the region thus far is DelValle's James Limon who Garza is ex- pecting to face off against in both the district and regional meets. "It will definitely be a battle between us when that time comes," Garza said. "It will push me to work that much harder." Lehman has gone from a team that had 10 or 11 lifters when the program started to a full squad of 19 competitors who have made their mark as a unit this season, finishing first at the season-opening UTSA Invitational and placing sec- ond behind Canyon in both the Hays and San Antonio Southside meets. Junior Jon Frazier (165 pounds), along with seniors Lehman. Jacob Torres (132 pounds), who was Lehman's top rusher in football this season with 825 yards and nine touchdowns, also has performed well this season for the Lobos in pow- er!!fting. ;:i  Each one off'these gti brings something different !o the table and allibf them in the top three of four in their weight class," Raysaid. "If they keep working as hard as th have been so far is season, they will be suceessful and have a good chance at regiS: als." :.  While the top flY, lifters w all experienced verans of Lobo varsity foot team 1 fall, there have been a coup, of underclassmeii,:who ha also been solid ntributd to the success offe Lehmaa power lifting team;ln the fi three meets ofthe,sleason. ::.!) Cameron Bai: Brandoh Orlando Banda (242 pounds) Scott, JoshRamirRudyM, and MatthewTirk (180 pounds) tinez and Kennygins ha are among the Lobos who have : ! also secured first place indi- LBIW I pg.