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+ HaysFreePress.com STA Government study questions the effectiveness of 47-year-old program. - Page 3B February 6, 2013 Page 1B Hays' Keion Jackson defends the ball against Seguin defend- ers at the Bales Gym. Hays fights for the fourth place playoff spot. PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON BY MOSES LEOS III with a 6-5 mark in District 27- Champion in the friendly con- ning out the remainder of 4A, which places Hays in a tie fines of Bales Gym. their schedule, fnish in a tie sports@haysfreepress.com for the fourth and final playoff The latest loss suffered by for fourth place with Boerne spot with Boerne Champion. the Rebs took away the tie- Champion, and participate in It has been a tough season If the regular season ended breaker advantage Hays held a one-game playoff at a neu- for both of the boys basketball today, Hays would be forced over the Chargers. As a result, tral site. teams within Hays CISD. Both into a neutral site, one-game the scenarios involved for the Hays' trek began with a dif- squads have had to navigate p]ayoff with Champion to de- Rebels to make the postseason ficult road matchup against through a tremendously dif- termine who takes the fourth are now meager at best. state ranked and district lead- ficult district, which houses playoffspot in the district. There are only two ways the er Alamo Heights on Tuesday. some of the strongest oppo- It was only three weeks ago Rebels can make the playoffs, Hays lost that game 63-47 in nents in the Austin/San Anto- that the Rebels were unbeaten one of which forgoes a tie- San Antonio. nio region, in district play, tied for the top breaking one-game playoff. Following the Heights game, As a result, only the Hays spot in 27-4A with a much That scenario would require Hays will participate in the Rebels are poised to earn a touted Alamo Heights team. Boerne Champion to fall off always heated rivalry game playoff spot. Even so, the Reb- However, since the Rebels lost the pace, losing one or more against Lehman on Friday on els must work diligently to en- their first meeting with the of their final three games of Senior Night for the Lobos. sure that other teams do not MulesonJan.ll,Hayshasgone the year, while Hays wins at The final game of the yearwill surpass them in the final three 2-4 in league play. The most least two of their final three take place on the road, where games of the regular season, damaging loss came on Feb. contests, the Hays Rebels will play cur- Currently, the Hays Rebels 1 when the Rebels dropped The only other playoff sce- rent third place team Kerrville hold an overall record of l6-15, a 47-37 decision to Boerne nario has the Rebels win- TivyonFeb.12. + Lady Lobo cruises past Lockhart on Senior Ni BY MOSES LEOS III sports@haysfreepress.com OnTuesday night, the Lady Lobos lost 71-60 to Schertz Clemens, forcing them into a winner-take-all playoff with Boeme Champion for a play- off spot. Details to come later this week. But it was a different scene ona nightwhen Lehman fans bid farewell to six seniors as the Lady Lobos would post one of their most important basketball victories of the 2012 season. Lehman's defense would force 23 turnovers off of the Lockhart Lady Lions, en route to a decisive 72-37 win in the Lobo Den on Feb. 1. Early on, nerves and amd- ety hindered the Lobos, as Lehman began the contest rather sluggishly. Inconsis- tent passing~ fundamental errors and some missed easy buckets translated into a 15-4 Lehman lead; a lead which could have been much more substantial. "The first quarter woes were a result ofthe nerves and anxiety of Senior Night. Our starting five were all seniors; all of them wanted to go out and play well for family and friends. We were a little out of balance due to that. They were a bit nervous," said Leh- man head coach Jamie Coy. Nerves continued to dis- rupt the Lady Lobos style of play, as Lehman would en- gage in a turnover parade with Lockhart. In the second quarter,, both Lehman and I:Ockhart combined for 20 turnovers, eleven committed by the Lady Lobos. Lehman's issues allowed Lockhart to crawl back into the contest, cutting the Lady Lobos' dou- ble digit lead to 21-17 with four minutes remaining in the half. Lockhart was led by juniors Raven Reed and Cas- sandra McClelland, who both scored a team high 11 points. That would be the closest Lockhart would get to the Lady Lobos for the remain- der of the contest. From that point on, the game would be- long to Lehman senior post player Ariana Gallegos. From the three-minute mark of the second quarter until the end of the game, Gallegos would score 21 of her game high 27 po'mts, block three of her five total shots and force at least four of the 23 total Lady Lion turnovers. With Gallegos' help, the Lady Lobos emerged from their lethargic start. Lehman's lead would balloon once and for all, as the team took a 32- 20 advantage into the half- time break. "We were not playing on all cylinders during the first half. We were a little over- confident, which showed in LADY LOBO HOOPS, pg. 2B Lehman junior midfielder Albert Percastegui jukes Hays' Omar Rangel (in white) during the first beat Hays 7-1, with freshman Diego Garcia scoring four goals during the game. PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON crosstown rival boys soccer game last week. Lehman BY JOSH YOUNG know they are a good team, start and complimented his Field. At Friday night's game, but tonight we were ready to players' effort on the night. Lehman beat La Grange 6-0 sports@haysfreepress.com go." "I thought we came out with behind three goals from Diego The Rebels would get a goal energy and played very well Garcia and one each from Eli The Hays and Lehman boys from Christian Varela to make as a team tonight. I feel that Guajardo, Michael Diers and soccer teams waited one extra the score 2-1 halfway through (midfielder) Bryan Percastegui Manuel Diego. Defensively, day to get their match going, the first half, but it was all Leh- in particular had a great game the Lobos got great play from but it was the Lobos who only man after that. After Garcia and the' toughest task in con- Chris Piedra, Sam Zamora, needed one minute to get the scored another pair of goals, trolling Hays' best playmaker." Victor Bravo, Luis Cortes and scoring started in what would he hit a perfect cross finished Asked if the rescheduling of Edward Vargas, along with be a lopsided 7-1 final. Fresh- by Manuel Diego to give the the game made a difference keeper Mikey Tortes to keep man forward Diego Garcia Lobos a 5-1 lead. Junior Mi- for either team, Sansom com- the shutout intact. scored the first two goals of chael Diers followed with a mented that it wasn't an issue. Hays played a tough game the game as he took advan- rebound goal off the crossbar "When you have a great sur- against Cedar Park last Friday tage of the opportunities cre- and senior Eli Guajardo drib- face to play on and no threat night before taking a week off. ated by the Lehman attack. He bled through two defenders of the game being stopped or Cedar Park ended up with the would go on to finish with four to put in the final goal of the delayed, it works out for every- win, 4-3, but Hays actually goals and one assist, but he night, one." controlled the match. Chris- was quick to give credit to his The Lobos moved to 2-0 in The Rebels and Lobos both tian Varela had three goals - teammates for assisting him. district and remain unbeaten have tough district games two in the first half and one in "I was excited to get that on the year, while the Rebels ahead of them in the coming the second. Hays will be back first chance and finish it. The have a 1-1 district record. Leh- weeks, and they will have to in action against La Grange on chances just kept coming for man head coach Jay Sansom wait until Feb. 22 for the next FridayatSheltonStadium.Var- us and it was our night. We was excited about his team's edition of the series at Lobo sity play begins at 7:45 p.m. rI BY MOSES LEOS III ally, a cold start on the offensive end for the Rebels led to an 8-8 sports@haysfreepress.com fie after a quarter of play. Even with the struggles on An explosive 11-0 run to start offense to start the game, Hays' the second half helped propel defense began the contest with the Hays Lady Rebels to a rous- tremendous pressure, continu- ing 52-26 victory over Alamo ing that trend all evening long. Heights Tuesdayevening, secur- The length and speed of the ing the Lady Rebels a share of Lady Rebel defenders proved to the 27-4A district championship be an issue which Heights could on SeniorNight. not overcome. Led by junior The game would begin on forward Jordyne Duggar and the highest of notes, as the Lady her presence underneath, Hays Rebels honored the four seniors shut down the paint, forcing that played in their final regular Alamo Heights to shoot the ball season home game of their high from the perimeter with little school careers, success. "We were going through ev- "We worked hard on defend- ery emotion before, during and ing Height's 'in and out' style of afterthegame.Bytheendofthe play in the post. Our size and game, we were in tears. Even so, length advantage gave us a it was an exciting moment," said chance to see where their pass- senior post player Kamryn Kent, es were going, giving us a better reflecting on the contest where chance at defending them," said she finished with a game high Duggar. 10 points. However, Hays' offensive Initially, both squads strug- woes would continue, as the gled from the onset, as Hays and team could not hit a breakout Alamo Heights committed a to- bucket to rally the cause. De- tal of twelve turnovers in the first eight minutes of play. Addition- LADY REBEL HOOPS, pg. 2B PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Rebel senior Jennifer Colonetta plays aggressive ball during the second half, helping to lead Hays to a 52-26 win over Alamo Heights for a share of the district championship and a playoff position. blues follow Texans fans once again FROM THE SIDELINE "must confess: As a fan of both of the professional .football teams in the state of Texas, no other day makes me feel as jaded as the Super Bowl. Now, that is not to say that the Super Bowl does not illicit some semblance of excitement for me. I have always been astounded by the pageantry, excitement and gallantry of the big game. It is about as close to an American holiday as one particular day can get, without actually gaining a holiday status. Yet, no matter how excit- ing a game the Super Bowl is, or what clever com- mercials air, or what deli- cious food is served, one thought still races through my mind: There has not been a team from Texas in the Super Bowl in nearly two decades. Heck, the city of Houston has not seen a team reach the champion- ship game in the NFL era. Sure, there have been players that have hailed from the Lone Star State to root for. Still, fans in Texas have been relegated to just watching the Super Bowl, rather than having a stake in the big game. But it seemed that 2012 would be the year the Super Bowl drought would end. After a decade of wal- lowing in mediocrity, the Texans franchise finally seemed to turn the corner. Matt Schaub, Andre John- son and the Texan offense offered a beacon of light to a franchise that has been progressively overlooked. Dallas also seemed primed for a run at the big game. Most fans felt that Tony Romo and the Cow- boys could finally live up to the hype that constantly surrounds them. However, it was not to be. Injuries and inconsistency plagued the Lone Star State teams, as both teams fal- tered down the stretch late. In Houston's final four games of the regular sea- son, the team went 1-3, los- ing key games against New England, Indianapolis and Minnesota; all teams which made the postseason. I was discouraged at the inconsistency of the Tex- ans during the last part of the year. Against teams that provided a playoff-caliber 'level of difficulty, Houston failed to pass the test ad- equately enough. THE GREAT DIVIDE, pg. 2B +