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Jpiummmwqm Q ........... Page 2B SPORTS Hays Free Press February 3, 2010 Rebels go wolf hunting Hays boys soccer team thumps Lehman BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com The 800-pound gorilla you might see walking around the Hays High campus over the next few days just jumped off the Rebel boys soccer team's back. Hays took several years worth of frustration out in a 5-1 win over Lehman Tues- day night. It was the first time since 2007 the Rebels have beaten the Lobos. "I've been on varsity all four years of my high school career, and I've only beaten Lehman once," said Hays midfielder Joe Garcia. "This feeling is indescribable." Hays improved to 3-0 in District 51-4A and set up a battle of district unbeatens Friday night at Shelton Stadi- um against Dripping Springs. Lehman, one of the district favorites coming into the season, fell to 0-3 in 51-4A. "We have to find a way to stop the skid we're on," said Lehman head coach Jay San- som. "We've got to play bet- ter defense. There's still a long way to go in the district race so there's still time to get back in the playoff hunt." Hays got off to a quick 2-0 start in the first half as Gar- cia scored on a header from .4-yards out after a corner kick and Hipolito Padron found the back of the net after an assist from 'Parker Thornton. Lehman made it 2-1 at the half when Oscar Marti- nez scored on a penalty kick, but it was all Hays after the break. Omar Rangel scored twice within a 10-minute span, and ]ared Herselman put the icing on the cake when he powered in Hays' final goal from close range with five minutes left in the game. "We accomplished all of our goals tonight and we executed our game plan perfectly," said Hays head coach Jason Burnett. "This was without a doubt the best we've played all year." PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Jared Herselman flies over a Lobo defender, trying to secure possession during the first half of Hays' 5-1 win. Herselman was called for a foul dur- ing the play, but his enthusiasm was evident throughout the game. Hays, Lehman girls fight to 0-0 tie BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com Never in his wildest dreams did Lehman head coach Nauri Garcia think he would feel so good after a tie. But as the time elapsed off the scoreboard at the Lobo Soc- cer Complex, Garcia and his jubilant team celebrated wildly as if they won a district cham- pionship. And for good reason. They had almost pulled off the unthinkable. Their hard-earned 0-0 tie with cross-town rival Hays, just may have just been the result the rivalry needed. Lehman had never previously beaten or tied the Lady Rebs. "To come out here and play a team like Hays to a draw feels like something you've looked forward to for a long time and it finally comes true," Garcia said. "We played our hearts out and with a lot of passion and I'm so proud of my team. Now maybe we can call it a rivalry." Each team had several chances to score in the first half with scoring runs that ultimate- ly came up empty. "You have to hand it to them, they played an ultra-defensive game," Hays head coach Ryan Race said. "We had our oppor- tunities but we just couldn't buy a goal tonight." With every missed Hays scor- ing oppommity, Garcia felt his team picking up a great deal of confidence with each and ev- ery shot the Lady Lobos turned away. "Our defense was outstand- ing tonight," Garcia said. "We picked each other up and did a great job of keep/ng them from getting any kind of momentttm. We figured that theywould have to be pretty precise to score." The Rebels best scoring op- portunity came as Sam Gonza- lez blasted a shot from about 30 yards out that hit the crossbar with 15 minutes left in the con- test. Lehman (0-1-2 in District) travels to Canyon High on Friday while Hays (2-0-1) heads to dis- trict favorite Dripping Springs. PHOTO BY RUDY GONZALEZ Lehman's Amara Smith (left) and Hays' Stephanie Segovia fight for the ball during a 0-0 tie behween the two squads. Before Tuesday night, the Lady Lobos had never b)eaten or tied the Lady Rebs. Rebel ,IV Red soccer wins St. Stephen's tourney The Hays Rebels JV Red soccer team won the Phipps JV Tourna- ment at St. Stephen's Episcopal School. The tournament was held January 22-23. Hays dominated the tournament field, scoring 15 goals and giving up none. Posing with the new trophy for the trophy case are Coach Brent Holcomb and the victorious Hays JV Red team. Hays Buzzards end season with 11-1 record The Buzzards, a Hays Youth Soc- car Association girls Academy ul0 team made up of girls from the Kyle and Buda areas, went undefeated in regular season play (8-0). They went on to win their first three games of a San Antonio Soccer postseason tour- ney before suffering their first loss of the season during the semifi- nals to end an 11-game winning streak. Buzzards are front row: Hannah NeaI-Clifton, Anna Arm- strong, Felysha Martinez, Adana Allison, Haley Cowan-Roberts, Michaela Fuentes. Middle row: Mariah Gonzales, Robin Benavides, Keely Smith, Taylor Cooper, Chasity Haas, Elisabeth Salmeron. Back row: Coaches Dan Allison and Chris Gonzales. Rebel Basketball Continued from pg. 1 B to district-leading Del Valle on the road Tuesday night, will likely have to win their final three games, at home against Elgin and Lockhart, and on the road against Leh- man, to have any shot at the playoffs. Del Valle, which is unde- feated in 17-4A, Manor and San Marcos, which improved to 5-3 in league play after Fri- day night's win, all have solid grips on postseason berths. "It's a step backward, but we're still in a fight with El- gin and Lehman for that last playoff spot," Hays head coach Kris Fuller said. "If we can win our last three games, we'll make it interesting." Hays cut San Marcos' lead, which had grown to as many as 11 points in the second quarter, to 31-30 on Caleb Kimbro's 3-pointer from the right wing 15 seconds into the second half. From there, however, San Marcos took advantage of numerous Hays turnovers and Rebel shooting as cold as the blustery weather outside. The Rattlers went on a 15-3 run, including a 10-0 surge during one stretch, to take a 46-33 lead with three min- utes to play in the third quar- ter and the Rebels never got within single digits again. During the impressive stretch for San Marcos, Chriff Threadgill stole a pass and went coast-to-coast for a layup. Hunter Burttschelt stole a pass and turned it into a three-point play after being fouled on a drive to the bas- ket, and Collin Hart nailed a 3-pointer, one of eight shots made from behind the arc by the Ratters on the night. "We just couldn't find the bottom of the basket in the third quarter, and they were making everything they pu{- up," Fuller said. "We also had - some key unforced turnover{ ; and they made us pay for them." Kimbro scored 17 of his game-high 19 points in the second half, including a personal 8-0 run midway through the fourth quarter, but the game was already out of reach for the Rebels. Hart paced the Ratters with a team-high 17 points. "They just outplayed us tonight," Kimbro said. "They were getting easy layups, and we weren't executing on of- fense. When you're not mak- ing shots on offense, it throws your entire game off." The Hays boys host Elgin Friday night at Bales Gym. Ti- poffis 7 p.m. Lehman Powerlifting: Eyes on state Continued from pg. 1B been able to score valuable points by finishing strong in the team's first three meets. "You always want your young guys to do well be- cause they will be the future of your program," Ray said. "They have all put in the time in the weight room and have been very Solid for us this season." Other members of the squad include Richard Porsche, Johnny Limon, Rus- sell Reynolds, Richard Smith, Kevin Ibanez, Bobby Pet- mec, Ethan Martin, Matt Silbas and Jeremie Rodri- guez In a few weeks, the Lobos will have one final meet at Del Valle to fine tune and get ready for the regional meet which will be held in Drip- ping Springs on March 6. The top three teams and individ- uals will advance to the state on March 27 in Abilene. Garza hopes to be among the top lifters in the state vy- ing for both an individual and team title at the state meet. "Winning a state cham- pionship would be a great way to end my career at Leh- man," Garza said. "My team- mates all know what we need to do so we have to just keep pushing ourselves every day in practice. If we do that, we will have a chance to accom- plish our goal." UIL Realignment: Tough years ahead00 r Continued from pg. 1 B -" - out crowds, including more than 16,000 fans at San Mar- cos' Bobcat Stadium. The last time the Rattlers and Rebels faced each other on the grid- iron was 2003. In this order in 2010, Hays is scheduled to play Akins (zero week), Anderson, San Marcqs and Hutto. The sites of the non-district games have yet to be determined. In district, Hays will play, in order, at home against Leh- man, at Alamo Heights, at home against Clemens, at Lockhart, and will then have an open week in week eight, before finishing the regular season with a game at home against Canyon High fol- lowed by a game at Smithson Valley. "It's going to be good to play San Marcos again," Shel- ton said. "It should be fun for our players, coaches and fans. We played a lot of very close ballgames in the past." In 2010, Lehman will face, in order, Austin-St. Michael's (zero week), San Antonio- Edison, Austin-Crockett and San Antonio Jefferson be- fore getting into its district lineup. In district, the Lobos will play, in order, at Hays, at home against Canyon High, at Smithson Valley, and then will have an open week in week seven, followed by games at home against Ala- mo Heights, at Clemens, and at home against Lockhart. "Our non-district scheduld will give us a chance to see where we're at athletically before we get into district," Davis said. "St. Michael's, Crockett and Edison should be good tests, and we don't know a whole lot about lef- ferson." Other interesting UIL redis- tricting movement includes San Marcos, Seguin, Steele, and Del Valle high schools all moving up to Class 5A. Lady Lobe Basketball Continued from pg. 1 B in those first two quarters, they took it away from us." Bri Garza scored the first points of the game on a 3-point bomb from the cor- ner and a short jumper to stake Lehman to a quick 5-0 lead. But from there, the Lady Mustangs forced 12 Leh- man turnovers to go on an 18-0 run with Kaylin Monroe scoring six of her team high 16 points during the run. '?ffter they jumped on us early our kids were able to step up our defense and force them into some early turn- overs," Manor head coach Kerri Kirby said. "From that point, we were able to gain some confidence and settle into our offense and play the way we like to play." Garza, who finished with a game high 25 points, helped the Lady Lobos close within 46-33 midway through the fourth quarter with a couple of short jumpers. But Manor's ReneeVillegos answered by scoring a pair of baskets inside to halt the late Lehman surge. Lehman (14-17, 3-7 17-4A) travels to San Marcos on Fri- daynight. Tipoff is scheduled for 7p.m. ADWARE SPYVrARE MALWARE VIRUSES On-Site Removal (requires broadband COM P UTEitWERKS - internet access) . Norton Internet Security and Anti-Virus 2009 I ] FARMERS'. 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