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+ @hfprebelsports @hfplobosports State representative aims to solve standardized testing troubles. - Page 3B February 8, 2017 PHOTO BY NATHAN LATSHA Hays High's Dre Green (35) arches his back as he at- tempts to take a shot over a Leander Lions defender during Friday's district game at Bales Gym. A 17-point effort by senior Charles Bohannon carried the Rebels to a 49-40 upset win over Leander, which is in the hunt for a playoff spot in 25-6A. Hays' Matthew Rindahl scored 13 points, while Green had 11 points. Hays closes the season Friday against Vandegrift at 7:30 p.m. BY QUIXEM RAMIREZ The Lehman Lobo boys soccer team knew what to expect heading into Friday night's district match- up against the Lake Travis Cavaliers. In four previous matchups, Lake Travis had outscored Lehm- But the expecta- tion of a Lake Travis blowout went by the wayside as the Lobos put up a fight in a 1-0 home loss at Lobo Field. "This is the first time I feel like they snuck away with a 1-0 win," Baker said. "We proved it tonight. It wasn't the Lake Travis show against Lehman. an by 19 goals. It was actually Lake "We have never Travis against Lehm- beat Lake avisi"said an, which is huge for Lehman coach Brad us. We are building in Baker. "We've never the right direction." really been in a game against Lake Travis. LOBO SOCCER, 2B BY QUIXEM RAMIREZ By halftime, Vista Ridge's Nikki Carda- no-Hillary had seen enough. It tookVista Ridge nearly six minutes to score its first points of the basketball game, af- ter missing 10 consecu- tive shots. Hays, the third- seeded team in the district, took advantage of a rare offensive funk from Cardano-Hillary to take a 35-26 lead at the break. ThenVista Ridge unleashed Cardano- Hillary in the second half. She finished with a game-high 46 points - including 40 in the final three quarters- to seal Vista Ridge's 67-59 win Tuesday night. "They have a player that can take over games," said Hays coach Danny Preuss. REBEL BASKETBALL, 2B Hays Rebel senior Maya Hood (21) eyes Stadium. PHOTO BY TRACY STIRMAN a chance to regain possession of the soccer ball during Friday's district match at Shelton nm BY MOSES LEOS III Rebel head soccer coach Brent Holcomb said he believes the wins show his young team can A slow start wasn't ..... -': belong in a tough 25-6A enough tO deter the Hays.,:,; district. Rebel gi(ls soccer team "They deserve all of from rolling to a 4-1 their success. They're very over the Leander Lions at skilled and they work hard Shelton Stadium Friday. But the victor which was the team's third straight, continued a ten- day stretch where Hays (8-3) compiled wins over rival Lehman and playoff contender Lake Travis. and they're supportive of each other, which a lot of skilled teams don't have," Holcomb said. Holcomb said the team, which is trying to fix the "epidemic" of slow starts, was pushed back by a physical Leander midfleld in the early part of the first half. The Rebels also worked to combat a stiff breeze that was prevalent in the game. But once the Rebels began keeping the ball on the ground and maintain- ing possession, Holcomb said they began to settle in. "We got it together. We started connecting our passes and finding out where we needed to go," said Maya Hood, Hays se- nior forward. "We started making the runs right and the defense connected. Everyone started connect- ing." Hays' first chance at a goal was thwarted after a penalty kick by Hood car- omed off of the crossbar at the 22nd minute of the first half. The Rebels took advan- tage of a second opportu- nity seven minutes later when sophomore ]enna LADY REBEL SOCCER, 2B BY MOSES LEOS III Ever since they roamed the halls as 8th graders at Chapa Middle School, Brian Prickett and Tyler Henderson have always maintained a strong friendship. The duo, which lives blocks away from each other, can almost always be seen at each other's houses. Even when they couldn't drive cars, the duo rode their bikes together to go and hang out. Even as the two ap- proach the final months of their senior year, the bond that ties them continued as they made historyWednesday. By signing their letters of intent Feb. 1, Prickett, who will play football at Howard Payne University, and Henderson, who will play at Baylor University, became the first Lobos to participate on National Signing Day. Henderson is also the first Lobo football player to sign on with a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) "Power 5" conference. Todd Raymond, Lehman High head football coach and ath- PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lehman High senior wide receiver Tyler Henderson (left) smiles as he watches fellow senior teammate Brian Prickett sign his national letter of intent Feb. 1 at the Lobo Den. Henderson and Prickett are the first Lobos to ink the dotted line on National Signing Day. letic coordinator, said the proud of them." ball coach, according to signings signify progress Prickett, who played at the HPU website. During for the program and for left tackle during his four his time at Texas Lu- the school, which have years at Lehman, com- theran, Harris compiled come as a result of higher mitted to Howard Paynea 25-5 mark over three expectations. Sept. 28. years. "We're on a larger The reasoning was to For Henderson, the stage, so kids are per- help rebuild a programpath toward Baylor was forming better and get- that's gone through a not quite as linear. ting more recognition," complete coaching over- In summer 2016, Raymond said. "It's a haul, Prickett said. Henderson committed good reflection of where In January, HPU hired to the Naval Academy in we're heading as a school. Braxton Harris as the I'm proud of that and I'm school's next head foot- NATIONAL SIGNING DAY, 2B q+ ! I