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Page 2B Education Hays Free Press February 15, 2017 First title for e's semi-pro soccer team in first year STAFF REPORT Less than a year in existence and the Central Texas Lobos now have hardware to place on its mantle. Earlier this month, the Lobos knocked offAustin Real Cuauht6moc, who is the two-time defend- ing Texas Premier Soccer League and Texas Cup Champions, in a thrilling 4-3 win in penalty kicks in Harker Heights to claim the Texas Cup. TPSL president Bren- dan Keyes called the final "historic" because no TPSL expansion team has ever won the Texas Cup in its inaugural season. The Lobos took a 1-0 lead shortly before halftime on a goal byAli Eldrasi. Cen Tex took a 2-0 lead after Omar Rangel, a Hays High alumnus, tallied a goal early in the second half. Austin Real, however, countered by scoring on a penalty kick that was awarded after officialsl called a handball on the Lobos. Austin scored an equal- izing goal with seven "They fought hard and played well We never take anything for granted when we play them. However our team philosophy, and the hard work by the Lobos players and Coach Jose Ramos, paid off today." - David Walding, Lobos president and General Manager minutes left in the match, which was enough to force a penalty kick shootout. The Lobos prevailed by winning the match 4-3 in the shootout. Helping their efforts was goalkeeper Al- lan Chehadi, who stopped Austin's first penalty kick. "We are thrilled to bring home the Texas Cup tro- phy to Kyle," Lobos presi- dent and General Manager David Walding said. He added Austin Real Cuauht6moc is an "accom- plished team" with four trophies in the past two years, and had players who have professional experi- ence with the Austin Aztex semi professional team, and players who played in Europe. "They fought hard and played well," Walding said. "We never take anything for granted when we play them. However our team philosophy, and the hard work by the Lobos players and Coach Jose Ramos, paid off today." The Central Texas Lobos advanced in the tourna- ment after defeating Ft. Hood FC in the group stage. A 1-0 loss to the Hous- ton Hurricanes pitted the Lobos against league-lead- ing Twin Cities FC in the semifinal where the Lobos prevailed 2-1. The Lobos were matched against Austin Real Cuauht6moc in the final, which defeated the Houston Hurricanes 3-2 in the other semifinal match. FARMERS" Debbie Thames Insurance Agency AUTO HOME LIFE BOAT HEALTH 251 N. FM 1626 #2C * Buda, TX 78610 Office: (512) 312-1917 Fax: 312-0688 Email: dvthames @ austin.rr.com Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Your Business & Referrals Are Appreciated PHOTO BY NATHAN LATSHA Four Lehman Lobo players ready to jump as they await a free kick delivered by a Leander Lion player during Tuesday's district game at Lobo Field. A pair of second half goals carried the Lobos to a 3-1 win over Leander, which improved the Lobos record to 5-5-4 overall. Goals were scored by Edson Hernandez, Edwin Beltran and Juan Rabago. PHOTO BY BECKY TENNEY PHOTO BY CARY RATLIFF Hays Rebel girls soccer player Maya Hood (21) speeds past a Vandegrift Viper defender toward the ball Friday at Shelton Stadium. Hays High's Mariah Gonzales battles with Vande- grift's Kayla Streber for possession Friday. Vendegrift got the upper hand early on the Rebels Friday and never looked beck as they defeated Hays 3-1. Hays' Maya Hood scored the Rebels' lone goal in the second half of the game. Rebel Basketball Continued from pg. 1 B transition, amounted to half of the "We didn't play well," Rebels' points, but it Sandoval said. "We didn't wasn't enough. execute. We couldn't Following the game, score, make layups, turn- he walked off the Rebels overs, bad shots. Just bad court and receded in to offense. Defensively, we the home locker room for did (execute). Offensively the last time. His team- we didn't." mates followed his lead, Even as his team like they did during the struggled to score, game. Bohannon continued to "Outstanding group press the Vandegrift de- of young men, a great fense. He made two deep senior class," Sandoval 3-pointers in the final said. "I think this senior three minutes, got to the class has come a long foul line four times and way and they've made it made another two-point through together on the jumper. He was a bright varsity team. I'm lucky to spot in a game without have been their coach. I many bright spots, wouldn't have it any other Bohannon had a game- way. I just hate to see high 23 points, which them go." HAYS FREE PRESS FILE PHOTO Hays Rebel senior Charles Bohannon (25) takes to the air for a layup during a game played against Crockett High at Bales Gym earlier this season. Bohannon and his senior teammates played their final games at Bales Gym in a loss to Leander Friday. " ": & ~ '~"~G"~! ~ ~ i%i ~ ~.~ ~,~: ~ ~' d'"~ ~:.~. ,L~ ~ ~. 1% ~ ~ ~ ~ ~, ~ , [ Rebel Softball: Getting ready for 2017 Continued from pg. 1B first base. struggling to throw with scoring runs are key "We have to get used to strikes, she told Abbie points of emphasis in the each other and gel a little to come out and they early going of the season. bit," Cone said. "Once we talked," Cone said. "They Working to improve on get to that point, we'll be got on the same page pitchers who have move- fine." and Max began to throwment is also a short-term Assisting the Rebels strikes." goal the team hopes to fix will be the combo of Val- While Hays works out as the season goes on. dez and Blackwell, who the kinks on defense, a "We do well with hard, worked with each other more aggressive style at flat pitching. The spin last season, the plate will be sought gives us some trouble," Cone said she could as well. Cone said. "We need to tell that the two are used Cone said the team waslook at pitches and be ag- to each other as battery taking more pitches and gressive at the plate." mates. She said Blackwell hasn't "been aggressive A new district is also is supportive of Valdez, at the plate as I want us a hurdle that Hays must which came into play to be" during the first few overcome this season. It during a recent scrim- scrimmages, will include Lake Travis, mage against San Marcos. Timely hitting and put- Westlake and Lehman, "Whenever Max was ring the ball in play, along which the Rebels squared off against last season. Joining the fray are Vista Ridge, which is two years removed from winning the Class 5A championship, Leander and Vista Ridge, which were all part of a vaunted 25-5A district last year. Despite the challenging district slate, Cone said the run would prepare the Rebels for the possi- bility of the playoffs. "I don't think there's going to be a team in the district where it will be a walk in the park," Cone said. "It will be a tough competition every game." SPRING FEMALE SALE 55 F-1 Tiger Stripe Heifers- Pairs- Angus 35 F-1 Tiger Stripe Heifers- Open- 700# 100 Black Brangus Heifers- Pairs- Bred- Angus 80 Black Brangus Heifers- Pairs- Angus 50 Black Brangus Heifers- Pairs- Angus 55 Black Brangus Baldie Heifers- Bred- Angus 30 Black Brangus Baldie Heifers- Open- 750# 25 Black Brangus Heifers- Open- 750# 10 F-1 Black Brangus Heifers- Pairs- Angus 5 F-1 Black Brangus Heifers- Open- 750# 45 Beefmaster Cross Heifers- Pairs- Bred- Angus 20 Grey Brahman Heifers- Open- 700# 20 3/4 Hereford 1/4 Brahman Heifers- Bred- Angus/Heref0rd 10 3/4 Brahman Cows (4-5 yrs)- Pairs- Hereford I K' ark Hagan: 361-293-8116 + : I ]i! I ill ill ii i[i!i !il iii :t:i i[ i' iii![i ii i ;!