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Section B HaysFreePress.com HEALTHCARE UP CLOSE Academy students get a behind-the- scenes look at Seton Hospital. - Page 3B March 3, 2010 Page 1B Hays gi]r ls soccer exacts revenge on Lel: an 5-3 BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com Hays head coach Ryan Race knew his team would be ready to exact revenge on rival Lehman the minute they stepped onto the Shelton Stadium field Friday night. After battling the Lady Lobos to a 0-0 tie earlier in the season, the conditions were right for the Lady Rebels to eliminate their crosstown counterparts from playoff contention. Hays was able to get their of- fense rolling early and often in a 5-3 win. "We have really been working hard in practice and I was very proud of how we kept our com- posure when they made a run at us," Race said. "We're trying to put ourselves in position to make a playoffnm and this was a game we really wanted to win." While the two teams struggled to find a rhythm in their last matchup, Hays wasted no time getting on the board this time around with Stephanie Segovia scoring the first of her three goals early to spark the Lady Rebels to an early 3-1 advantage late in the first half. "They got offto a great start on us and I think our players start pressing a little bit," Lehman head coach Nauri Garcia said. "But we were playing to win this game and once we settled down, we were able to make a run at them. I will give our girls a lot of credit, they didn't quit." Lehman stormed back with a goal just before the half with Am- ara Smith taking a pass from Do- minique Jaquez and finding the net to pull Lehman within 3-2 at intermission. After another goal by Lehman's Valerie Murillo tied the score at 3-3, the Lady Rebels responded with two goals of their own from Marissa McCann and Natasha Anderson to close out the scoring for Hays. "I was glad to see us respond quickly to the goal they had to tie the game," Race said. "I was es- pecially happy that we were able to score five goals without two of our best players out there." While the loss officially elimi- nated Lehman from the playoffs, Garcia believes the gap between the two programs has narrowed based on this season's results. "You never want to lose, but Hays has a very strong program and these are games that we may have lost by big margins in the past," Garcia said. "We have re- ally played well against them this year and hopefully if we are able to beat them next year it will be- come an even better rivalry." Hays went on to tie district- leading Dripping Springs Mon- day night 0-0, and the news will get even better for the Lady Rebs as they head to the final three games of district play in third place. Hays will get two of its leaders, Sam Gonzalez and Lena New, back starting Friday. Both have missed time with injuries. "We want to use Monday night's game with Dripping Springs, where we had a realistic chance to beat them, as a spring- board into the playoffs," Race said. "Getting Sam and Lena back will hopefully give us even more confidence during the most im- portant time of the season." PHOTO BY RUDY GONZALEZ Hays' Savanah Derrick (right) leaps high over Lehman's Valerie Murillo dur- ing the Lady Reb- els' 5-3 win over the Lady Lobos Friday night at Shelton Stadium. PHOTO BY JOEL SAN MIGUEL Hays pitcher Sam Breyfogle tossed a one-hitter, striking out seven in his first start of the sea- son, a 10-0 win over East Central. Rebels take another run at distdcttitle BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com Hays head coach Doug Rags- dale is realistic when talking about his 2010 Rebel baseball team. He knows they won't hit 46 home runs, and probably will Rot have a team on-base per- centage of more than .500 like the Rebs did in 2009. In fact, it may be a genera- tion or two until anyone wit- nesses a Hays squad put up the kind of prodigious numbers the '09 team that finished 27-2 and swept through District 17-4A in undefeated style did. Gone to graduation is almost every starter from that team, but that doesn't mean Ragsdale has any notion of his Rebels giv- ing up their grasp on the district rifle. "We obviously had some players that had incredible years last season," Ragsdale said. "This years team will be what you're used to seeing in the past out of Hays baseball teams. We'll be long on pitching, play good de- fense and try to get rtms across with aggressive play at the plate and on the base pads. I fully ex- pect us to be a team that's in the mix for the district rifle." Already this season, Hays has proven itself against some tough competition at the San Marcos Tournament. Hays beat always-tough New Braunfels High 3-2 thanks to See HAYS BASEBALL, pg. 2B PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Hays keeper lan Allison makes a diving save and then dodges leaping Lobo Fernando Mercado in the Rebels' 3-0 win over Lehman. The game included a melee in which officials handed out multiple yellow cards and two red cards. Playing with a passion Lehman gets fightin' mad in 3-0 loss to Hays boys soccer team BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com f you think the Hays-Lehman high school rivalry isn t intense, then you probably weren t among the several hundred spectators at Shelton Stadium Friday evening. Despite the fact the Lobos and Rebels played on a chilly night, things got quite heated on the field. In a high octane contest in which play had to be stopped because of a major altercation between the two teams, the Rebels used a relentless defense to blank Lehman 3-0 and move into second place in the District 51-4A standings. It was the second Hays win over Lehman this district season after the Rebs had only beaten the Lobos once in league play the previous three years combined. After Hays forward Joe Garcia opened the scoring two minutes into the contest to give the Rebels an early 1-0 lead, the game took a wild turn with 16 minutes and 55 seconds left in the first half. That's when Hays junior forward Park- er Thornton made an aggressive charge on a Lehman player. Once Thornton stood up, Lehman's Oscar Martinez came from behind the play and charged after him, throwing several punches. The fire- works began as both teams charged each other and went at it for several minutes as punches continued to fly from players See HAYS-LEHMAN SOCCER, pg. 2B Hays softball hopes for repeat trip to playoffs BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com R might be a bit early in the season for Hays head coach Jo Farr to fully know the potential of her 2010 softball team. One thing is certain, however, Farr is ecstatic about the positive attitude both her veteran and younger players are displaying so far. "The chemistry this team has is amazing," Farr said. "The coaches see it, our fans see it, and the parents see it and have commented about it. This is going to be a tim, fun team to coach." Farr hopes it's not only an en- joyable group to coach but also a winning one. Back are six starters from a team that fled for third in Dis- trict 17-4A last season but lost to Magnolia in the first round of the playoffs. Catcher Dani Alvarado, third baseman Ashley Miller, pitcher Amanda Ruiz and outfielders McKinna Kinsey, Emily Opheim and Taylor McDaniel return to the lineup as veterans for the Lady Rebs. Newcomers to the starting lineup this season are second baseman Mary Ann Rizo, short- stop Hannah Ramsey and the first base platoon of Leah Couch and Kelsea Sadler. Key backups will be middle infielder Traci Green and catch- er Brittany Pape. "We are very strong at catcher with Dani and both Hannah and Miller have very good gloves and strong arms on the right side of our defense in the infield," Farr said. "We've got great athletes in the outfield who have speed and the ability to throw people out if they try for an extra base." Ruiz, who started almost ev- ery game in the pitcher's circle last season for Hays, will be out until spring break, so the Lady Rebels will have to rely on a pair of freshmen pitchers, Gahi Alva- rez and Ali Gleason, to start the first few games of district play. "I have a lot of confidence in both Gabi and Ali," Farr said. "I See HAYS SOFTBALL, pg. 2B Double-'{)T nailbiter dashes Lady Rebs' state hopes BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com After finding a way to win nearly every postseason game they played over the last two seasons, the Hays girls basketball team finally ran out of p layoff magic last Wednesday night in a double-overtime loss to Huntsville in the Class 4A Region III quarterfi- nals. The Lady Hornets' sting proved deadly in a 66-63 victory over the Lady Rebels at Brenham High School. Hays trailed most of the game but found itself leading 48-44 with 12 sec- onds remaining in regulationi That's when Huntsville's Karla Kizzie went strong to the basket for a lay-up. She was fouled on the play with five seconds left and missed the subsequent free throw on purpose. Ronisha Major swooped in for the of- fensive rebound and putback to tie the game. "We never stopped believing," Huntsville head coach Jay Oliphant said. "We just kept working hard. I never thought we were going to lose the game." In overtime, Hays (26-10) found it- self trailing by two points as Kaitlyn Barnes drove the length of the floor as the clock wound down. She was fouled with two-temhs of a second remaining. She calmly swished both free throws to send the game into double overtime tied at 54. In double-overtime, Hays was trail- ing 62-56 before rallying. Bames' steal which led to an Ashley Rankine lay- up tied the game 62-62 with a minute left. A Barnes free throw gave the Lady Rebs a one-point lead but Breanna Fuller's offensive rebound and lay-up and her fast-break lay-up put Hunts- ville ahead 66-63 with under ten sec- onds left. Rankine had a good look from the left wing behind the three-point arc but her shot that would have sent the game into triple-overtime hit both sides of the rim before rattling out. The Lady Rebels, the defending Re- gion III champions who were looking to make a repeat trip to the state tour- nament in Austin, missed six of their final seven free throws in the fourth quarter and their first three in over- time. "We just didn't block out and we couldn't make free throws," Hays head coach D0tm00j NIcD0000006 "It's very disappointing because I thought we had it, but things we're usually pretty good at we didn't do well tonight." Major led Huntsville (25-7) with 22 points. Angeleigh Davis led Hays with 16 points. PHOTO BY RUDY GONZALEZ Hays' Angeleigh Davis led the Lady Rebs with 16 points but it wasn't enough to keep her team from %rg ,- in double- overtime against Huntsville in the regional quarterfinals.