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+ HaysFreePress.com BEST OF SHOW Dahlstrom student takes top honors at Hays CISD Middle School Science Fair - Page 3B February 23, 2011 Page lu IVy In DeAndre Carson and the Lehman boys basketball . team lost to Kerrville rlvy in the first-ever playoff game in the his- tory of the program Tuesday night in - Boerne. PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER BY MARK gAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com EXCmNG RUN Despite first-round loss, the Lobos took their fans on a fun playoff ride this season. It was an historic night that warranted a standing room only crowd. The Lehman Lobos were mak- ing their first-ever playoff appear- a game high 22 points to lead the ante in boys basketball against Antlers in their 59-48 bi-district the Kerrville Tivy Antlers and the win over Lehman. pre-game atmosphere was electric The Antlers came out firing from with four buses carrying bolster- the opening buzzer with Belford, ous Lobo blue and silver fans mak- Zach Overby and Matt Perry each ing the 80-mile trek. hitting 3-pointers to spark Tivy to With Texas State men's head bas- a 16-3 lead that they never relin- ketball coach Doug Davalos also quished. among those in attendance, Tivy's "We definitely expended a lot of best player put on a show. energy trying to dig ourselves out Deron Belford, who will play for of a hole." Lehman head coach Davaios at Texas State next year, Thomas Acker said. "But I will give certainly did a lot to impress his Tivy a lot of credit, they shot the future coach as he finished with ball really well." Tivy finished 10-of-16 from be- hind the three-point arc. Lehman sophomore guard De- Andre Carson was equally as good over the final two quarters, erupt- ing for 15 of his team high 20 points to pace the Lobos. "I just wanted to be aggressive in the second half because I knew that's what my team needed me to do," Carson said. Carson connected on a pair of free throws to bring the Lobos to back within 46-37 with four minutes left in the contest. From there, Overby and Perry each bur- ied 3-pointers on consecutive trips to give the Antlers a commanding 52-37 advantage. Belford led all scorers with 22 points despite sitting out the en- tire third quarter saddled with foul trouble. But despite Belford's absence, the Lobos weren't able to cut into Tivy's double-digit lead. "I wasn't planning on sitting Deron the entire quarter but when I saw that Lehman wasn't able to gain any ground on us during that time it made my decision a little easier," Young said. "That's a state- ment as to how well the rest of our starters played." Tivy (19-13) will advance to face Austin Reagan in the second round of the playoffs on Friday night. Senior Tarale Murry is expect- ing big things from the Lobos next season. "We have a couple of good play- ers coming back and now that they know what being in the playoffs feels like. I think they will work hard and try to get back to this point next year," Murry said. PHOTO BY DOMIN MARTINEZ Lehman's Jose Rangel scored the first goal of the half with a shot in the 25th minute to jumpstart the Lobos as they used a strong sec- ond half to throttle LaGrange 5-0 and pick up an important district win Friday night. Lobo soccer holds second with 5-0 win BY MARK gAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com Fifteen minutes into their game with LaGrange, the sec- ond-place Lehman Lobos boys socceri:~ seemed deter- mined t6PUt their loss to ri- val Hays:behind them and get back:on UnfortunateS, the net seeraed as; though it had a few sheets of lya oqd in front of itas die ~bos d0minated the Leopards~but had nothing to show for iton the scoreboard. Lehman's lose Rangel even- tually scored the first goal of the half with a shot in the 25~ min- ute to jumpstart the Lobos as they used a strong second half to throttle LaGrange 5-0 and pick up an important district win. Although Lehman held a siz- LEHMAN BOYS SOCCER, pg. 2B PHOTO BY JASON GORDON New Hays High football coach and athletic coordinator Blake Feldt (left) meets Hays parent Robert Studdard during a booster club meeting last week. Feldt will officially start at Hays on March 1. He replaces Iongtime Rebel head coach Bob Shelton, who coached at Hays since the school opened in 1968. Feldt to begin new Hays High job March 1 BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com N'ew Hays High head football coach and athletic coor- dinator Blake Feldt made quite an impression as he visited Rebel country last week. Fe]dt attended Wednesday night's booster club meeting and met with his future players on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Feldt will officially start his job at Hays on March 1. "I'm ready to get down here and go to work," Feldt told Hays High booster club parents. "I can't tell you how excited I am about this opportunity." Feldt said one important transi- tion as he comes aboard at Hays is getting everyone to buy into his philosophy. At the school he's departing, Pi- lot Point, Feldt took over for Texas' all-time wins leader G.A. Moore, and at Hays he'll be taking over for Bob Shelton, the only coach the school has ever known. "I've done this before, and there are always some people that will say they like things the old way," Feldt said. "But change is a part of life and it happens all the time. I'll be doing some things differ- ent, and that's just because I'm a different guy, not because anything that was going on in the past was wrong. I told our players the faster everyone jumps on board the bet- ten" Feldt was an assistant coach at Appalachian State University, Southern Methodist University and Midland High School during his career, before taking over as head coach at Breckenridge High School in 2000 and Pilot Point High School in 2005. He guided Pilot Point to the Class 2A Division I state title in 2009. He said he hopes to bring at least two and possibly three assis- tant coaches with him to Hays, but isn't sure about the exact details just yet. "My goal here at Hays is to build the best athletic program in the state of Texas," Feldt said. "We want to have championship-cali- ber programs in all of our sports. I'll do all I canto make sure that happens." He said his son Boone, a 6-foot, 3-inch, 276-pound junior offensive lineman who made the Class 3A COACH VISITS CAMPUS, pg. 2B PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Jared Herselman chases down a ball during a recent match for Hays, which improved to 7-0 in district play with a win against Giddings Friday night. The Lady Rebels also beat Giddings and are 6-1 in District 49-4A play. soccer teams BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com The Hays boys and girls soccer teams both picked up easy wins over Giddings on Friday night. --.. The Hays boys stayed undefeated on the season, improving to 15-0-1 on the year. The Rebels are now 7-0 and have st~iked their claim as being the clear-cut top team in Dis- trict 49-4A. Against Giddings, the Rebs jumped ahead 4-0 by halftime on goals by Parker Thorn- ton, Billy Bolton, ChristianVarela and Omar Rangel. Uriel Hernandez added a second half goal for Hays in the 5-1 win. "Not getting complacent is something we talk about every game, regardless who we're playing," Hays head coach Jason Burnett said. "I don't think we're going to have to worry about that this week." Hays is scheduled to playClass 5AGeorge- town, which is the No. 34 team in the nation according to one poll. "We haven't seen competition like this since the Rebel Cup," Burner said. "It will be good to see where we stand. We're a little old 4A going against a strong 5A. If we can control and possess the ball versus them we'll feel like we are in pretty good shape as a team." HAYS SOCCER, pg. 2B JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com Fof~e si~ond time during his h~/~b~ball coaching ca- reer atHays~ head coach Doug Ragsdale and the Rebels will be on a drive for five. That s five district titles in a TOW. In the mid-to-late 1990s, the RebeB won four district cro~s in a row before finally finishing in second place. Hays has nowwon or shared four : strmght " distflct tides ag~i~d ~go:.~r a fifth in The Rebels wilI:have a chal- lenge on their hands as their new District 27-4A is likely to be tougher top to bottom than the league Hays competed in the last two season. 27-4A includes the likes of Smith- of the playoffs early in 2009, sity starter last year, second son Valley, Canyon, Clemens, a Hays team that wasn't ex- baseman Matt Casas, short- Alamo Heights and of course pected to do much in 2010 stop Rueben Miller, who hit cross-town rival Lehman, knocked off Montgomery and .325 and was an all-district which made its first-ever play- Nederland in the postseason performer at second base last off appearance in 2010. before losing to eventual state year, third baseman Stefen "I really don't think along champion Brenham in the re- Navarro, who hit a couple of the lines that we are going for gional quarterfinals, key homers in district play last five district titles in a row," "Last year was really spe- season, and catcherVictorRu- Ragsdale said. "Every year we cial," Ragsdaie said. "We bio, who hit.365 last season. think we can compete with the graduated a lot from the 2009 "We have a chance to be as other teams in our district and team. What was great about good as we've ever been defen- things have worked out pretty last year's team is that not one sively in the infield," Ragsdale well for us." player thought they were bet- said. "We have a lot of guys Hays outfielder Mason Cer- ter than anyone else on the with varsity experience, which venka said he and his team- team. we had great chemis- is always a good thing." mates are already thinking try." In the outfield, speedy Mas- ahead on how special it would This year's team will be a enGullywillhandlecenterfield be to win a fifth in a row. mix of players with varsity ex- duties, Cervenka will be one of "W'uming district is always perience and varsity newcom- the other full-time outfielders, a goal here," Cervenka said. ers. and Nick Cavazos and Granger "We've won it four years in a The starting infield will in- Studdard will split time at the row, so five would be a pretty dude first baseman Chaseother outfield spot. big deal." Brunnemann, who hit more After getting knocked out than .300 as a part-time var- See HAYS BASEBALL, pg. 2B PHOTO BY JASON 60RI~M 0_-r) Mason Cervenka;, Granger Studdard and Trsvor Ragsdale will be three varsity newcomers who will try to make an impact for the Rebel baseball team this season. Hays is going for its fifth straight district title in 2011. +