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HaysFreePress.com IN Lehman forensics class learns the science of crime scene investation. - Page 1D February 20, 2013 Page 1B BY MOSES LEOS III to move into the Austin area." against Bowie last season; Round Family was a mitigating factor La Hue led Roosevelt HighRock two seasons previous. The in La Hue choosing to coach sports@haysfreepress.com SchoolinSanAntonioto football Austin area has a tremendous within Hays CISD. "l have kids state playoffs - in 2008, 2009, pool of coaching talent, l that are in grade and middle Only a few days have passed 2010 and 2012. have been impressed with the school. I believe that Hays CISD since Hays CISD announced La Hue, who was the coachchallenge that brings, which is is a great district for my children that Neal La Hue would take over and athletic coordinator at San one of the reasons I chose to take to grow up in," La Hue said. as athletic coordinator and head Antonio Roosevelt, felt that his the Hays coaching position," What La Hue brings to the football coach at Hays High. own roots in the Austin area said LaHue. Rebel football program is the Even so, the news continued to helped him make the difficult La Hue was offered theexperience of playing in a resonate within the mind of the choice of accepting the Hays position after much review by tremendously difficult district. new Rebels head coach, job. La Hue, who graduated from a district panel, and he was During his seven year tenure "It is exciting," exclaimed a Lanier HighSchool, understands chosen from a pool of almost at Roosevelt, La Hue led the proud La Hue, who takes over a just how tough the landscape of 100 applicants. Roughriders to a 29-21 record position at Hays which has only high school football is within the La Hue is currently from in District 26-5A - a district seen two other men take the region. LaVernia, and he and his wife, which has housed perennial helm as the head football coach. "In terms of high school Margaret, have three children, powers such as Smithson Valley, "Hays' reputation istremendous, football, the Austin area truly ]8-year-old Claire Elizabeth, Converse ]udson, San Antonio and their tradition is fantastic, intrigues me. While at San 13-year-oldAnaisMariaand Additionally, my familyis excited Antonio Roosevelt, we played eight-year-old Michael James. See HAYS HIGH COACH, pg. 2B PHOTO COURTESY OF SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS NEWS Neal La Hue, a head coach from San Antonio's Roosevelt High School, will replace Blake Feldt as Hays High's athletic coordi- nator/head coach. BY JOSHUA TAYLOR sports@haysfreepress.com With both teams hungry for a vic- tory, the Lehman High boys soccer team stepped onto Lobo field to face second-place Cedar Creek. The first half was definitely a physical match as both teams attempted to play their own style of play. But in the end, the Lobos pounded their opponents' net with enough shots on goal that one finally hit the back of the net. It was to be the only goal of the game, giving Lehman a 1-0 win. Each game from now on is impor- tant as Lehman looks to maintain its unbeaten season and the lead in Dis- trict 49-4A. Midfielders Bryan Percastegui and Rene Torres each had shots at the goal while Eli Guajardo had several opportu- nities to get a ball on net in the first half, only to be stifled by the Eagle defense. The Lehman backline of Victor Bravo, Edward Vargas, Manuel Diego, and Mi- dmei~Oiers-kept-Cedar Creeks offense from getting any easy chance at goal. The first half ended in a stalemate, 0-0. The second half opened with both sides seeing shots sail wide and high over the net. Guajardo missed wide left with 21 minutes to go and Tortes had another hit knocked out by the Eagles' keeper. With only 4:30 left in the game, Guajardo dribbled up the left side, crossed the ball toward the middle to midfielder Joao Reyes who then found Fabian Mantima in front of the box. Mantilla looked to shoot, then pulled it back to his left foot, striking the ball- low to the right side of goal past the keeper and into the net. Junior midfielder Mantilla is the Lobo known for stepping up in big situations. "I knew we had to do something because time was nmning out and we needed a goal. Someone had to find the ball and put it in the back of the net, and Senior Eli Guajardo drives to the goal against Cedar Creek. His pass to midfielder Joao the box, set up the only goal of the game as Lehman holds on to its unbeaten season. PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Reyes, who found Fabian Mantilla in front of when Eli and loao gave me that oppor- The Lobos were relieved to escape move around and play out of position, tunity, I made sure to take advantage of with a 1-0 tally, adding three more so a lot of people had to step up and it," he said after the game. points to their district total. Due to help out tonight." Lehmannowneededtomaintainde- injuries, Lehman had to shift players The Lobos now look forward to a fensive pressure to secure a win. Cedar around in their lineup, but were able rematch with Hays at 7:45 p.m. Friday Creek threatened as the clock moved to survive the late barrage by the Ea- night at the Lobos' home field. Each inside two minutes, but Lobos keeper gies. Lehman head coach Jay Sansom game from here on out means just a Mikey Tortes preserved the victory by was pleased with the way the players little more as Lehman looks to main- making an acrobatic diving save to his responded to the lineup changes, tain their unbeaten season and lead right to maintain the shutout. "We had a couple guys who had to in district 49-4A. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Hays' Mariah Gaitan attempts to con- trol a teammate's pass during the second half of the Lady Rebels game against Lockhart on Feb 19. The Lady Rebels would hold on to a 2-0 victory, improving their district mark to 5-1-1. soccer tames BY MOSES LEOS III sports@haysfreepress.com On Feb. 15, the Lady Rebels soc- cer team defeated the Giddings Lady Buffaloes 3-0. Sophomore striker Mila Bustos scored two goals in the match, with sopho- more left wing Tabitha Rodriguez scoring one of her own in the big win. Then again on Tuesday night, Bustos scored one goal in the first half and junior Samantha Hol- lensbe added another, giving the Hays High Lady Rebel soccer team a 2-0 win over Lockhart on a cold evening at Shelton Stadium. Tuesday Hays would hit the ground running, as the Lady Reb- LADY REBEL SOCCER, pg. 2B + success in BY MOSES LEOS III sports@haysfreepress.com As the calendar turns to March, and the weather begins to warm, softball fans get ready to yell and players are looking for glory. It will be a difficult road for the Hays Lady Rebels and the Leh- man Lady Lobos, as both squads will have to navigate through a perilous District 27-4A, which houses some tough teams. Last year Seguin finished in the third round of the 5A playoffs and Lock- hart finished in the third round of the 4A playoffs. This year Lock- hart is ranked 15 in the first Texas Girls Coaching Association Soft- ball poll of 2013. Rebel head coach Aaron Fuller summed it up best, "In this district you better show up ready to play each and every night because any team is capable of knocking you off on any given night." Here is a preview of what fans can expect from both Lehman and Hays softball in 2012. See SOFTBALL PREVIEW, pg. 2B IES HOOPS wlnnln BY MOSES LEOS III sports@haysfreepress.com This was a fruitful year for Hays and Lehman, as their women's basketball teams both had winning campaigns. Lehman Lady Lobos Lehman High had an inspirational year, as head coach ]amie Coy led her Lobos to an 18-18 record - an improvement over the previous two seasons, where the Lady Lobos only garnered 21 wins. Remarkable play by seniors shaped the season. Led by seniors Ashley Stepheqs, Karsholyn Brown and Bria Cheatham, the Lobos played with a powerful offensive attack, over- whelming the staunchest of oppo- nents with dominant interior pres- ence. Defensively, the Lobos were dili- gent, harassing opponents to com- mit turnovers. The highlight of the defense's season came on Senior Night, when the Lady Lobos forced Lockhart into 23 turnovers, en route to a 72-37 win. The efforts paid off, giving Lehman a chance at a playoff spot. They tied Boerne Champion for fourth, forcing a one-game district tiebreaker. In that game, Lehman made a cou- rageous effort, rallying to get within one possession late in the contest. However, Champion proved to be too much in the 57-55 loss, ending Leh- man's season. This was a groundhreaking sea- son for the Lobos. Junior guard Ol- ivia Marzullo said, "I'm proud of our season; itwas 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 team- mates worked this year.., how we all worked so hard to get to where we are now." Hays Rebels For the third year in a row under head coach Danny Preuss, the Hays High Lady Rebels earned a trip to postseason, completing the season with a 25-9 record. This year was the pinnacle, as the Lady Rebels earned the title of Co-Champions in the difficult 27-4A district. "Winning a district title was one of our goals before the season, and we did accomplish that. We knew there were good teams night in and night out, and we always had to bring our 'A' game," said Preuss. The highlight of the season? When the Lady Rebels upset then-state ranked Schertz Clemens 64-39 in a raucous Bales Gym. Hays' defense was the leading fac- tor to their success, as Hays had a penchant for stifling opposing of- fenses. Prior to the playoff game against San Antonio Brackenridge, the Lady Rebs allowed only 35 points per game, helped out by Jordyne Duggar and Jill Borreson. Their pres- ence in the paint created issues for many teams. Offensively, Hays had standout pe- rimeter shooting from all of the play- ers. 'Any girl on any given night could have been the leading scorer. It is good to have a well balanced team because the opponent does not know who to key on," said Press, describing the parity in scoring, which was key to the Rebel's success. Those attributes helped in post- season, where the Rebels faced off against SA Brackenridge. Hays fought with heart, but were defeated by the state-ranked Lady Eagles 61-35. Preuss and the Hays players were excited at the finish of the season, saying expectations within the Lady Rebel basketball program are always at a high level. "It was great to make the playoffs, but we expect more. We need to be a team that sustains long playoff runs. Success is expected at Hays; the girls know that and work hard to achieve this," Preuss said. "We had a good season. We finished with lots of wins and a district championship." Correction: Hays' overall record was incorrectly reported as 24-10 in the Bi-District playoff article last week. The Rebels finished with a 25-9 re- cord. Apologies for the oversight. .S ;r BY MOSES LEOS III sports@haysfreepress.com Despite an up-and-down year in 27-4A district play, the Hays High boys basketball team fought tooth and nail to win three of their last five games to keep pace in the district playoff race. Hays closed the regular season on a two-game winning streak, pulling even with fourth place Boerne Champion to force a one-game tiebreaker for the district's last playoff spot. The premise was simple in the Feb 15 district tiebreaker game between Hays and Boeme Cham- pion: Win and get in the playoffs. Lose, and your season ends. Hays had a top-notch perfor- mance, but early shooting woes, along with a late Champion surge, ultimately allowed Boerne Cham- pion to win 53-46, ending the Reb- els' season one game shy of reach- ing the playoffs for the second straight season. The Rebels began the contest ice cold from the floor, taking nearly REBEL BOYS BASKETBALL, pg. 2B +