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March 6, 2003 Spore Page 9 Tbe Free Press Break out the brooms? Hays soccer boys shoot for perfect district season BY BILL PETERSON Editor YS CISD-Entering this sea- n, Hays High School boys soccer coach Larry Mathys had never beaten Westlake. This year, he's beating everybody. He's even beaten Westlake twice. '`i have to admit, it is fun beat- ing those guys" Mathys said. With another two wins last week, including their second victo- ry this year against Westlake, the Rebels are set for a perfect District 25-5A season if they can beat Akins Saturday at House Park in a 10:30 a.m. start. The Rebels pulled through the last week in prototypical style for their season, gelling the job done with clutch defense and just enough offense. With two shutouts, the Rebels extended their season record to 12. The Rebels went to Westlake last Friday knowing the Chaparrals faced possible elimination from a playoffbezlh for the first time since the school started soccer in 1978. 'or us, the the motivation was self-inspired," Mathys said. "It was Westiake we were playing" The Rebels and Westlake bat- tied through a scoreless first half before one ten-second stretch in the second half turned the game. Working off a comer kick, Westlake hammered a shot to the right side of the goal, where Aztemio Lopez deflected the shot. However, the ball rolled to another Westiake player, who fired another shot on goal. Will Mannella cleared the ball and it eventually ended up in the hands of Hays goalkeeper Travis Reynolds, who punted deep into Westlake territo- ry. Reynolds' kick cleared the Westlake defense and went to Dustin Pazk, who passed to a Wide-open Barrett Robbins. Working one-on-one against the Westlake goalkeeper, Robbins scored to give the Rebels a 1-0 lead. The Rebels held on for a nar- row victory. After all that, the Rebels played at home Tuesday night against Seguin. "It was very difficult to moti- vate our kids, and it showed" Mathys said. In addition, the field was in poor shape from wet weather. The combination made for a close game, with Seguin generating more attack against the Rebels than any other team this season, Mathys said. But the Rebels still put togeth- er three good scoring opportunities in the first half, though they could- n't score off therm Finally, two minutes into the second half, Arturo BertadiUo hit a hard. shot 20 yards from the goal. The ball deflected off a Seguin defender and into the goal, giving the Rebels another 1-0 victory. Following Saturday's game, the Rebels will have to wait for the first round of the UIL playoffs to shake out. It could be up to two weeks before the Rebels open their playoff season, and they still have no idea who they will play. The bracket says the Rebels will play the winner of a first- round game between the runner-up in District 27-5A and the third place team in District 28-5A. But five teams still are in the hunt for those spots. ''It looks to possibly be the San Antonio O'Connor and East Central winner" said Mathys, attempting to predict the future. "But they both have two games left in the district against teams right in the thick of things." Right now, the Rebels are well past the rest of their district and well past the thick of things. But they'll be back in the thick, if not especially soon. Late heroics push Hays baseball recordto 5-2 BY BILL PETERSON Editor AYS CISD-If you're a base- ball coach, you're idea of fighting isn't swinging an elbow or knocking a guy on his back. It's more subtle. It's the pitcher refusing to give in to the hitter. It's laying down a drag bunt with the game on the line. It's the kind of action Hays High School baseball coach Doug Ragsdale saw last week- end, when the Rebels won three of four games at the Converse- Judson baseball tournament. "I think we made a lot of strides" Ragsdale said after the Rebels raised their record to 5-2. "The competitive nature of this team really seemed to mold itself in the course of the tournament" The Rebels opened the tour- nament last Thursday with a 7-4 win against Converse-Judson. Keith Crabill went the distance, surviving a three=run fourth inning. Survival came fairly easi- ly, because the Rebels had scored five in the third to take a 5-1 lead. The Rebels scored two runs in the seventh to put away the game. Third baseman Justin Weatherford homered for the Rebels against Converse-Judson, with Adam Froeschl and Josh Flores each hitting doubles. The Rebels had to come from behind in their next game last Friday for a 5-4 win over San Antonio Central Catholic. Not only did the Rebels score a run in each of the last two innings, but Hays pitchers struck out five of six hitters during that span. The Rebels won it with a nm in the top of the seventh. After a single by Joe Weaver and a walk put nmners on first and second with one out, Justin Cain laid down a "perfect" drag bunt, Ragsdale said. The bunt went down so well that Cain beat the throw to first base, loading the bases. Next, Flores worked the count to 2-1 before a wild pitch allowed Weaver to score. The Rebels came out flat the next day against Victoria Memorial, which scored at least one run in ever inning for a 7-2 win. However, the Rebels came back later that day for a 9-8 win against San Antonio O'Connor, which is regarded as one of the better teams in San Antonio. Weatherford started the Rebels with a two-ran homer in the first inning. However, it was- n't going to be that easy. Through the first five innings, every half inning except one ended with either the game being tied or the lead changing hands. The Rebels went to bat in the top of the fifth, trailing, 7-6. But they loaded the bases and Justin Villegas doubled off the left field wall, moving to a 9-7 lead. Cain allowed only one run in the bot- tom of the fifth, then Crabill pitched a scoreless sixth inning to preserve the victory. Next up for the Rebels is the Victoria Memorial Tournament this weekend. The Rebels were to open today against Laredo i JACKSON HHNUT" TAX SEIVDOE What you don't know can cost you. Our overege refund is $400 more than the ac'a IRS refund!  Tax experts who know the latest tax law changes. We find the haM-to-find deductions. Accurate, computerized returns. ca. 1-800-234-1040 for the location nearest you. United South and Port Lavaca Calhoun. Saturday, they'll play two more games in the tourna- ment. In between, the Rebels will come home Friday to practice. But they'll also be running the Hays Junior Varsity Tournament, during which games will be played day and night Thursday through Saturday. Javier Ledesma Independent Owner 311 Cheatham St. San Marcos, TX 78666 (512) 392-0207 905 N. 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