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Page 10 The Free Press Sports/Ourrem Events February 27, 2003 Rain dampens Hays baseball schedule, but not the players' performances BY BILL PETERSON Editor HAYS CISD-A week ago, we were bragging about how great it is to be in Texas because the February weather is mild enough for baseball. Maybe we'll have better luck with the March weather. Rain, cold winds and icy oads turned the Hays baseball Schedule upside-down in the last week. All the Rebels' games were postponed. But the Rebels managed to play a cou- ple, anyway. Following rainouts at last w eekend's Fredericksburg Tourn-ament, the Rebels scraped together a three-team triple header with New Branufels and Kerrville Tivy Saturday afternoon at New Braunfels. After the Rebels lost, 10-2, to Tivy, they came back with a 3-2 win against New Braunfels, improving their record to 2-1. The Rebels had hoped they could play the frozen-out Tuesday game against Smithson Valley on Wednesday, but the schools decided to call it off because the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was to be administered Thursday morning. "We could play here, now" Ragsdale said on the baseball field at Hays High School Wednesday afternoon. It was damp and cold outside, with the icy ground frost melting its way into the field. "The sun will be out in another hour and a half," Ragsdale said. By the way, that didn't hap- pen. "I'm a baseball coach," : Ragsdale said. "If I don't have optimism..." Ragsdale needs it with this young team, which returns only two players - Jeff Summers and Keith Crabell - from last year's outfit. It's a group that will need to support strong pitching with a strong fundamental game. Wednesday afternoon, Ragsdale taught bunting. Ragsdale took encourage- ment from more that half of last Saturday's game against Tivy, but was less heartened by the result. Tivy, one of the better Class 4A teams in Texas, con- siderablty trumps the Rebels in terms of experience. The differ- ence made itself known in the late innings. The Rebels held a 2-1 lead through four innings. Tivy scored two in the fifth for a 3-2 lead. Then, in the sixth, the Rebels made an error, they walked another hitter and the gates opened up. By the end of the day, the Rebels were 10-2 losers. "Our inexperience just came up and bit us," Ragsdale said. However, Ragsdale and the players regrouped in a ten- minute chat between games and came back out with a stronger performance. The Rebels scored three in the fifth inning to take a 3-0 lead, then hung on behind Crabell for a 3-2 win. Next up for the Rebels is two tournaments. This week- end, they will join four other teams for the Converse Judson Tournament, a round robin that will feature a game on Thursday, another on Friday and two games on Saturday. Next weekend, the Rebels are off to the Victoria Tournament, which will be their last chance to tune up for a dis- trict schedule that figures to be challenging. One would guess it will be important for the Rebels to be ready at the beginning their dis- trict schedule, because three of their first four District 25-5A games will be at home. Among those games are the district opener against Bowie (March 11), along with games against San Marcos (March 18) and Austin High (March 21). TAKS Break, from pg. 1 , J , i i ,' The TAKS replaces the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS). Schools don't know what to expect from the test because this is the first year of the TAKS. What schools do know is the new test raises the bar and will cause test scores to be lower. Most schools are raising i.heir expectations as opposed to !owering them because of the possibility of lower test scores. "If we set the expectations high for the kids, then they'll try ]nard to meet those expecta- tions" Hall said. "If they don't Xvork their hardest to do their best right now, they're cheating hemselves." Not all grades are taking the [est this go around. Only fourth, eventh, ninth, tenth and :S '1%.':' *!' eleventh grade students will take the exam. Fourth graders will have all day to finish an essay on a topic decided by the state. Seventh graders also will have a writing portion as a part of their testing. The second section of testing contains 30-35 questions dealing with spelling and gram- mar. The high school students will be tested in language arts and social studies. Kyle Elementary Principal Elaine Meyer visited the class- rooms of her fourth graders recently to talk with them about the stress related to the test. Meyer told her students that some stress is good, but the stu- dents should talk about it with someone if they are feeling too much stress. None of the nurses for area schools reported a large increase in stress-related illness- es over the past weeks. More TAKS dates are scheduled for this spring. In late April and early May, ele- mentary and middle school stu- dents will be tested on math and reading. High school stu- dents will be tested on math and science. The state has a policy to hold back third graders unable to achieve acceptable reading levels. A third grader unable to pass the reading portion is afforded three opportunities to pass. Only the recommendation of a committee made up of the principal, a parent or guardian and the child's teacher can pass the student to the fourth grade. The schools also have stricter guidelines from the state. Every subgroup in each school must pass the test. The requirement is used to prevent a school from using its strongest subgroup to cover up its weak- est subgroup. The state defines several subgroups such as white, Hispanic, African- American, economically disad- vantaged, assisted meals, non- assisted meals, etc. Test results will be available to the schools in May. Schools won't be rated by their test scores, since this is the first year of the TAKS test. Hinojosa said her students won't be phased by the new test. ''his generation is accus- tomed to testing," Hinojosa said. "They've had the TAAS for many years. It's a new name, but it's the same test." Winter Storm, from page 1 ioads are steeper. Kyle Public Works Director Jimmy Haverda said Kyle didn't have a lot of ice to deal with and the city only had to use one dump truck of sand to combat the ice. Cars slipped off the roads throughout the day Tuesday, but there were no major accidents in Hays County, according to Hays County Sheriff's Department Spokesman Allen Bridges. Much of Buda shut down for the day because of the road con- ditions, but some businesses opened as usual. The Buda Post Office kept its regular hours and accepted mail throughout the day, even though packages could not be sent out because of flights being shut down at Austin Bergstrom International Airport. The office didn't receive any mail from out of town until around 3 p.m. because of the treacherous con- ditions in Austin. Post Office employees were sent home at noon because there was no mail to deliver and the weather made many of the routes impossible to traverse. Buda Grocery also opened its doors to travelers brave enough to slush through the ice. One of its employees came to work despite the more than two hour journey from Austin to Buda. No other businesses opened their doors on Main Street, but it doesn't seem to have hurt them. Many people hibernated in their houses on Tuesday and weren't outdoors enough to shop down- town. Main Street Caf6 said it decided not to open its doors because it wasn't worth the risks of fighting the ice. 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