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Page 2B SPORTS Hays Free Press February 13, 2013 + + BY JOSH YOUNG day night as Lehman looks to opponent, Lehman coach Jay from both wings, Albert Per- close out the first half of district Sansom was quick to praise castegui and Manuel Diego, sports@haysfreepress.com play with a 6-0 record, the efforts of goalkeeper who have contributed often- Lehman's boys soccer team Mikey Tortes, converted de- sively and defensively during The Lobes boys soccer team would close out the first half fender Michael Diets, and all this stretch. Junior midfielder remained undefeated in district of district play with another of the defenders for their re- Fabian Mantilla nailed home play as they defeated the Gid- 4-0 shutout, this one coming cent play. a penalty kick late in the sec- dings Buffaloes Friday night, against the Lockhart Lions The forward combination end half to notch the 4-0 re- 4-1. Senior EliGnajardo opened on Tuesday night. The Lobes, of senior Eli Guajardo and sult. The Lobes have a night the scoring with 2 goals, fol- still undefeated on the sea- freshman Diego Garcia have off on Friday as they can sit lowed by sophomore Rene son, carry a 6-0 district mark caused fits for all teams as back and restbefore resuming Tortes, and finished by fresh- and a bulls-eye on their back their selfless play has allowed district play next Tuesday with men Diego Garcia with a pen- heading into the next round of the Lehman offense to thrive, a match against Cedar Creek, alty kick. A showdown with the games. After recording anoth- The duo combined for 3 of the whom they beat 3-2 to open Lockhart Lions looms on Tues- er shutout against a district goals on Tuesday with assists the season. Four Hays High School football players sign letters of intent Four Hays High football players, with former assistant coach William Gambs, signed their letters of intent to play college ball. The football players include (I-r) Reed Darragh for University of Texas in San Antonio, Devin Jennings for Howard Payne University, William ]'revillion for Tex- as State University and Calel Kimbro for University of New Mexico. PHOTO PROVIDED BY CHRISTI JENNINGS Hays Boys Basketball Continued from pg. 1B When play resumed, Tivysion of the ball away from managed to sink a two- Tivy to try to wind down the point basket just before the clock. buzzer went off and tied the Steven ]ass for Hays game at 48 points each.brought the score to 63-59 During overtime, both with 35 seconds left in the teams went all in on both game. Nathaniel Alvarado sides of the ball. At the end made another basket for of the first overtime period, Hays making it 65-59. the score stood at 53 all. On a very fast break, Zach At the end of the second Buerbywouldmakethe final overtime period, the score score for Tivy. He brought was 55 all. The only scoring the score to 65-61 with only that happened during the a few seconds left. During second OT period happened the next play, Hays' Nathan- from the free throw line. iel Alvarado would collect In the third overtime peri- a foul while driving up the od, both teams were starting middle of the court. Alva- to show signs of wear. Their rado scored the last point passes were getting sloppy of the game from the free as were their shots to the throw line, making the final basket, score Hays 66, Tivy 61. The tide turned decisively Hays boys basketball head in Hays favor after Jacob coach Dean McMullen said, Rodriguez was fouled at the "The longer the game went, 3:31 minute mark. Rodri- the more confident I was in guez sank both baskets and our guys that we were go- put Hays up by two. ing to finish with the win," As time wound down to adding that "this was a great the one-minute mark, the team victory" for Hays. score was 61-59 with the Next up for Hays is a"play Rebels in the lead. Hays in" game against Boerne again tried to keep posses- Champion. Pinckard to play at Texas PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Brayden Pinckard is flanked by her parents, Casey and DeDe Pinckard as she signs her college letter of intent. Also at the signing were (back, I-r) Coach Aaron Fuller, brother Brooks, grandmother Eileen David, sister Brianna, grandmother Janice Pinckard, grandfather Ronny Pinckard, Select Coach Wes Jacobs, and Assistant Coach Holly Long. Lobo lineman signs to Blinn Lehman High School's offensive lineman Kenny Higgins, a four- year Lobe letterman and second Team All-District this year, signs his letter of commitment to play football for Blinn College sur- rounded his mother, Brita Higgins, and Coach Michael Banning; (second row, I-r) Lobe football coaches Trey Rose, Chris Ar- matta, Toby Spivey, Luis Herrera, Athletic Director Todd Raymond and coaches Nathan Brewer, Brian Hempel and Shane Byrd. PHOTOBYJUDYCOOPER + Rebel Boys Soccer Continued from pg. 1B missed the far end of the goal. That was La Grange's only shot at goal in the first half. Hays' Christian Chavez would score again with 4:22 left in the first half making the score 3 goals to 0. La Grange would try to score once more before the end of the half, but they were called offsides and their offensive effort was sty- mied by the half time whistle. At the start of the second half, it was more Hays. The Rebels were taking shot after shot at the Leopard goal post, with some shots going wide and others being stopped by Abdiel Marroqnin the Leopard goalkeeper. The Rebel's Kevin Mendoza would make the next Rebel score at the 29:34 mark making the score 4-0. La Grange did not give up at all. They kept try- ing to put offense together but they were just not able to make something happen against Hays, even from a flee kick. At the end of the game, La Grange coach Mark Maxey said his team needed to "start faster and have more anticipa- tion and playwith more energy from the beginning." He stated that Hays comes out strong from the beginning and La Grange needed to match their intensity. The Leopards did manage to put one in the net, but the goal was called back because of a foul. The last official score of the game would come at the feet of Christian Varela with 6:42 left in the game. The final score was Hays Rebels 5, La Grange Leopards 0. Hays High head coach Jason Burnett said that the team still "has a lot of catching up to do" since they are only playing at about 85% due to both injuries suffered during non district play and illnesses on the team. Lady Rebel Basketball Continued from pg. 1 B The Lady Rebel offense would go ice cold to finish the game. The final 16 minutes of the contest saw the Lady Rebs only score twelve more points, as the team could not get the ball to fall into the cylinder. Making matters worse, the Braekenridge defense began to make their mark in the contest. Braek's high-tempo style of play constantly disrupted the Lady Rebel passing lanes, forc- ing Hays to attempt dangerous passes, with limited success. "We felt that we should have been communicating more on the floor tonight. We did not do that as often as we should have," said Duggar. Hays would struggle on de- fense in the second half, as Brackenridge powered their way into the paint, posting up and drawing numerous fonls underneath the bucket. The Lady Eagles utilized the domi- nance in the interior to over- whelm the Lady Rebels late in the game, both from the floor and the free throw line. Helped out by senior guard Miranda Acuna's 14 points, Bracken- ridge would outscore Hays 30- 12 in the final two quarters, as the Lady Eagles would eventu- ally cruise past Hays. "We did not play good enough to win. Brackenridge looked the more polished team tonight,"said Preuss after the ball game. "We did not play strong in the first half. We were hoping to perform better in the second. However, we had more turnovers in this game than in any other contest this season. I believe we committed close to 30. When you Commit that many turnovers, it is difficult to get a victory." With the loss, Hays con- cludes their 2012-2013 season with a 24-10 record and finish- es as co-champions of District 27-4A. Lobo Girls Basketball Continued from pg. 1B to work with. "In the beginning, we ran our transition game really well. Midway through, we started to slow down, as we did not con- nect on easy passes," said se- nior post Ashley Stephens. As a result, Champion's of- fense began to take shape, as their three-point shooters gar- nered the hot hand. The Lady Chargers would knock down four three-point buckets m the second quarter, eventually turning a nine-point deficit into a four-point lead. However, a tremendous sev- en foot jump-shot by Stephens at the end of the first half kept the Lobos within two points at 30-28 going into intermission. The third quarter would see Champion further pick apart the Lady Lobo defense. Champion utilized an offense that motioned around the floor at a frantic pace, implement- ing screens to allow shooters to have open looks. The quick- ness of the Charger haif-court offense created chaos for Leh- man, with the team struggling to keep tabs on their defensive assignments. It would be Champion's Heather Hormuth who would place the most damage to the Lady Lobo effort on the eve- ning. Hormuth, who scored a game-high 21 points, seem- ingly found every which way to knock down crucial buckets down the stretch. Both teams wound up tied at 39 after three quarters, but the Lady Chargers had sole posses- sion of momentum. As the contest drew to a close, Lehman just could not keep up with Champion's teem- ing offense. The Lady Chargers continued to hit shot after shot, while the Lady Lobos could not get shots to fall. Ultimately; Champion built up a sizeable six point lead with four minutes remaining in the game. Lehman would mount a cou- rageous final charge, aided by a gutsy defensive effort from the team. The Lady Lobos would whittle down the Charger lead to only one possession twice within the final thirty seconds, but could not hit the big shot to surpass Champion. In the end, two final three- point shots by senor post Ari- ana Gallegos, who finished with a team-high 15 points, and se- nior guard Karsholyn Brown would arrive too late. Champi- on will move on to the postsea- son, as the Lady Lobos' season concludes. "In the first quarter, we tran- sitioned and moved the ball re- ally well. We had a decent sec- ond quarter, but we struggled to hit our shots in the third and fourth. We tried to make up the difference, but it was too much," said Lehman head coach ]amie Coy, who has overseen quite an improvement during her ten- ure, progressively increasing the win total for the program over the past three seasons. Despite the loss, the team understood just how much has gone into revamping this Lady Lobo basketball program. "I'm proud of our season; one of the best seasons in girls' team history. It is difficult to know that we will not make the play- offs, but I am proud of how my teammates worked this year. How we all worked so hard to get to where we are now," said a tearful Marzullo. The 2012-2013 Lady Lobos finish the season with an 18-18 record. GREAT DEALS ON WIX FILTERS! FEBRUARY 13-26. 2013"