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Section B HaysFreePress.com I SWEEPSTAKES WINNERS Hays High UIL take top honors at Lehman meet. - Page 3B February 17, 2010 * Page 1B Death of homecoming queen, star athlete shocks Lehman PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Former Lehman student Audrey Gaytan participated in many athletic activities before her graduation in 2009, including the powderpuff football game last year. Gaytan died on Saturday in Harlingen. Z BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com The terrible news spread quickly throughout the close-knit Lehman High School community. As they returned to school on Tuesday, many students and teach- ers learned one of the most popular student-athletes in school history passed away over the weekend. Audrey Gaytan was captain of the girls soccer team and a homecoming queen. Gaytan, who also excelled on the powerlifting team, graduated in May from Lehman High. She died Saturday at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen. It was difficult for her former Lobo coaches and classmates to contain their emotions when talking about Gaytan. 'udrey was our soccer captain last year, but she was more than that," current soccer captain Domin- ique ]aquez said. "She was a big sister to us. She was full of life and whenever we, as a team, needed a smile or uplift- GAYTAN ing, there she was putting a smile on our face. Words could never describe her fun and posi- tive personality, and on behalf of the whole soccer team, we didn't just lose a teammate but a family member." Lehman girls head coach Nauri Garcia was also blindsided by the loss of Gaytan. He called her the "heart and soul" of his program over her four year career as a Lady Lobo. "Ifs unbelievable. I'm still in shock," said Garda. '.udrey always played the game hard and she was one of the main reasonswe were able to get into the playoffs last year. Her defensive presence gave the rest of our team the confidence they needed to be successful. She was an outstanding leader on the field and an excellent role model off the field." Gaytan will be remembered as a very popular, gifted, beautiful young lady who was always willing to put her Leh- man pride on display. When she wasn't playing one of, the two sports she participated in, she could usually be spotted leading the cheers as a supporter in the stands. "She was one of our biggest fans," Lehman boys head soccer coach Jay Sansom said. "When she wasn't play- ing, she was right there in the stands rooting us on." Although she only stood 5-foot, 6-inches tall, Gaytan was among the four Lobos who made the trek to the state powerlifting meet last year. Lehman senior David Garzawas amazed at the strength she showed as a powerlifter. "I wasn't too surprised that she would be successful in power lifting, because I knew how hard she worked in the weight room," said Garza. "To accomplish what she was able to accomplish for some- body her size was just unbelievable." But as great as she was athletically, Gaytan was also a young lady who had her priorities in order. She turned down an offer to play college soccer at Huston-Tillotson College in Austin to concentrate on a career in nursing. "She really Wanted to play soccer in college, but she decided to just get a good education so she would be able to help people," said Garcia. "It just shows the kind of person Audrey was. There are a lot of sad people in the Kyle com- munity now because she's gone." Ha s vs. Lehman Lobos dasl00 hool00,s playoff dreams for Rel: :ls BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com The Hays boys basketball team entered Tuesday night's tilt against rival Lehman with a lot on the line. A possible playoff berth was in the Rebels' sights, which seemed very unlikely as re- cently as a few weeks ago for a Hays team compiled entirely of underclassmen that started the season with a 2-14 overall record and an 0-4 mark in Dis- trict 17-4A. On this night, however, it was the Lobos who saw their playoff hopes fade with a loss to Elgin last week, who played spoiler. Lehman slammed the door on their cross-town rival's postsea- son hopes with a 51-45 win over the Rebels at the Lobo Den. A Hays win would have meant a one-game playoffwith Elgin Friday night for District 17-4A's fourth and final post- season berth. Lehman's Jonathan Garrion scored 17 of his game high 20 points in the first half as the Lobos built an early 12 point advantage. "I was ready to play because I didn't want to go out in my last game with a loss," Garrion said. "It feels good to knock them out of the playoffs because we felt like we let one slip away the last time we played them." Hays head coach Kris Fuller was disappointed his team didn't have a better showing with so much to play for. "We just couldn't buy a buck- et when we needed one," Fuller said. "It's pretty disappoint- ing to fight that hard to put ourselves in position to go to the playoffs and shoot the ball so poorly in a game we had to have." Hays, who trailed the entire contest, forged within 51-47 late in the fourth quarter on a pair of free throws by freshman Caleb Kimbro. But Lobo guard Dane Peddycoart scored on a breakaway layup seconds later to end the threat. Lehman's Larry Benson swats a shot out of midair during the Lobos' victory over Hays Friday night in the last game of the season for both teams. With a win, Hays could have forced a one-game playoff with Elgin Friday night for District 17-4A's fourth and final postseason spot. Lady Rebs coast to win in first round ofplayoffs BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com Don't be too surprised if one day a few of the Hays girls basketball team members have a desire to become Aggies. For the second year in a row the Lady Reb- els won a playoff game in the Bryan/College Station area. After winning in Bryan on their way to the state tournament in 2009, Hays started off this year's Class 4A Region III postseason run by coasting to a 49-28 opening-round win over MagnoliaWest at A&M Consolidated High. Hays (25-9) now advances to play Beau- th montCentral, the 18 mnked team in Class 4A, Friday evening in the second round at a site to be determined. The Lady Rebs are ranked No. 19 in the same statewide poll. Early on against MagnoliaWest, Hays for- ward Angeleigh Davis was unstoppable. She scored 10 points in the frame to stake the Lady Rebs to a 12-8 lead. Magnolia West, led by forward Angelique Guillory, fled the game at 15 in the second quarter, but soon after Hays guard Ashley Rankine made the Lady Mustangs pay for switching to a zone defense by nailing three of her four 3-pointers on the night to help the Lady Rebs take a 25-17 lead at the break. Davis (22) and Rankine (16) eventually combined to score 38 of Hays' 49 total points. "I've never seen them that hot," Hays head coach Donny McDonald said. 'kn- geleigh didn't miss a shot in the first quarter, and Rankine just bombed away after they went to that zone." In the second half, the Lady Rebels played their trademark style of smothering defense, creating numerous turnovers and allowing MagnoliaWest only 11 points as Hays pulled away for the easyvictory. "We played some awesome defense," McDonald said. "I told our team at halftime that Magnolia West is team that has come back in the fourth quarter many times this year, but we just wore them down.'.' Gulllory led MagnoliaWest with 17 points, one below her season's average. She was one of only three Lady Mustangs to score in the game. PHOTO BY RUDY GONZALEZ Ashley Magallanez (pictu,red) and the Hays girls basketball beat Magnolia West in the first round of the Class 4.A Region III play- offs Tuesday night in Colllege Station. Lobo boys winless no mOre in district BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.corn For the first time in his coaching career, Jay Sansom took a team into its fifth dis- trict matchup without a win. But the Lehman boys soccer team collected a pair of road victories last week in District 51-4/t action with wins over Wimbefley and Canyon Lake to get back into the hunt for a playoff berth. The fifth-place Lobos, who still remain a game out of a postseason spot, had very little trouble with the Canyon Lake Hawks, scoring four of their goals during a 15-minute span midway through the first half, including two from senior Elias Diegas. One of the goals was a header that found the back of the net for a Lehman goal that got the Lobos off to a blazing start. "Our guys have been adjust- ing to a lot of the things we're trying to do this year but now we're still starting to get some of our pieces back," Sansom said. "Elias has done a great job of tracking the ball down and really has played well this season." Junior Oscar Martinez joined the scoring barrage eight min- utes into the contest with a shot that barely squeezed in- PHOTO BY J.P. EDDS Oscar Prado (left) and Juan Gor- dillo helped led the Lehman boys soccer team to its first two district victories last week. side the left corner of the net to spark Lehman to a 2-0 lead. Minutes later, Diegas beat a Hawks defender and scooted free, firing a shot which skid- ded past the Canyon Lake goalkeeper for the Lobos sec- ond goal of the game. Sophomore Alfonso Luna also contributed a goal for the Lobos on a pass from fresh- man Femando Mercado. "We had an opportunity to get our offense clicking against a solid team which gave us some confidence early in the game," Sansom said. "We know that we have to win as many LOBO BOYS SOCCER, pg. 2B Lady Lobos drop 2 district games BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com Canyon Lake's Danielle Car- penter scored four goals as the Lady Hawks used a first-half eruption to rout Lehman 7-3 and keep the Lady Lobos win- less in District 51-4A play, Carpenter got the Lady Hawks off to a 2-0 lead after scoring goals on a pair of as- sists from Michelle Roberts and Megan Jacobs. "We just weren't as focused as we needed to be and they jumped on us," Lehman head coach Nauri Garcia said. "It puts us in a tough situation because that was definitely a game we needed to win if we wanted to make the playoffs." The Lady Hawks added to their 5-2 halftime advantage soon after the second half be- gan with Carpenter banging in her fourth goal of the night on a breakaway run with an assist from teammate Syndi Hubnik to increase the Canyon Lake lead to 6-2. Roberts, Hubnik and Noelle Riordon also got into the scor- ing column for the Lady Hawks (7-5-3, 3-2-1 51-4A). Seniors Rebekah Johnson and Dominique Jaquez both had goals for Lehman. Lehman also lost a close game to district rival Wimber- ley on the road with the Lady Texans scoring a goal midway through the second half to se- PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Annalena Hinojosa and her Leh- man girls soccer teammates are still searching for their first district win. cure a 2-1 win. Both losses kept Lehman out of the district win column after a promising start in which they opened the campaign with a pair of ties against San Marcus and rival Hays. "We have been battling through some injuries and we just got one of our key play- ers back on a full-time basis, so we're still trying to find a rhythm as a teamY said Gar- cia. "If we're going to have a chance to make the playoffs we have to find a way to get some wins. But I know our team isn't going to give up and we will go out there and try to finish the season strong."