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+ HaysFreePress.com II Search firm gathers input for Hays CISD new superintendent. - Page 1D March 6, 2013 Page 1B BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ sports@haysfreepress.com It was a battle for control of the mid- field that would see the de facto dis- trict champion Lehman High Lobos victorious over the Bastrop Bears by a score of 6-2. This is the first district champi- onship for any Lobo team since the founding of Lehman High School. From the beginning whistle, both teams came out to establish domi- nance over the midfield. More often than not, the Lobos would come out of the midfield with the ball and on the attack. Lobos' Diego Garcia was the first to score, at the 29:21 mark of the first half. The Bastrop Bears tried to respond with a goal of their own, but all of their efforts were thwarted by the Lobos' de- fense. The Bears never quite could put together an effective attack against the Lobos, as they were outgtmned and outplayed by the Lobos. Eli Guajardo would score the Lobos' second goal at the 26:46 mark on a fast See LOBO BOYS SOCCER, pg. 2B i! ~ii: i i The Lehman boys soccer team celebrates its clinching of the 49-4A district title. The Lobos defeated Bastrop 6-2 on Friday, clinching their spot in athletic district championship in any team sport. Head coach Jay Sansom (top row, far left) and assistant coach Ramez Antoun (top row, far right) with the team after Friday's game. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lehman High history as the first celebrated the accomplishment PHOTO BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ Hunter Lehman winds up for a pitch against Alamo Heights on Tuesday. Despite nine strikeouts from Lehman, the Lobos fell 2-0 in 12 innings. in BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com Over the past weekend, the Leh- man baseball team participated in the Comal ISD tournament, with the Lobos finishing with a 2-2 re- cord, defeating Canyon Lake 2-1 and Akins 7-5. But the chance to put a district win in their record wasn't to be on Tuesday, when Lehman squared off against Alamo Heights in the first district contest of the season for both squads. It would be a memo- rable one, as both pitching staffs extended the game well into extra See LEHMAN BASEBALL, pg. 2B BY MOSES LEOS III ics, the Lady Lobo soccer program moses@haysfreepress.com and her own personal goals. "It is a big step (for the program) that I ara only the second person to Lwehman Lady Lobo junior for-break the record. I really wanted to ard Max Soto smiles - big. She get into the trophy case, to have my grins from ear to ear, with one of cleats alongside Jaquez. To be the those smiles that encapsulates hap- next person to set the record is such a piness and pride, big thing for me," Soto said. Perhaps it was due to this one sire- But, focusing on soccer was not a]- pie truth: Soto is now a part of some- ways an easy task for the Lady Lobo thing great; she would forever be forward. When she was ten years chronicled in Lehraan High School old, Soto's family moved from the lore. bustling metropolitan city of Chi- On Feb. 26, Soto broke a Lehman cago, Illinois, to the rural landscape High soccer scoring record that had of Kyle, Texas. The move was not been remotely touched since something Sotohaddifficuity 2010. On the heels of a 10-0 victory dealing with. "Initially, I over Cedar Creek, Soto scored three did not like living in this goals which increased her career total area. I was not happy. to 54, breaking the previous record of It was just my par- 51 set by Dominique ]aquez. ents, brother, Thee importance of the momentsister and I.We wasn't lost on Soto, but her confi- had no other dence to set the record was excep- family living tionally high. After all, breaking the in Texas," she career scoring record has been a goal said. of Soto's since her freshman year at But the Lehman. game of soc- Soto said she has been in touch cer helped her with the former record holder, and cope with the once sent her a message. "I've been changes around keeping in touch with (]aquez), and her. "The only I have let her know, 'That record is thing that made mine, that record is mine. I'm coming in and I'm going to take it'," said Soto, See LEHMAN with a grin. HIGH SCORER, Soto, though, remains cognizant pg. 2B of how important this moment is. Lehman is still in its infancy as a var- sity athletic program, she said. Soto knows how important breaking the goal scoring record is to Lobo athlet- PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III -t- BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com eplacing a legend is always a difficult prospect in the world of )orts. Hays High sports teams have undergone recent changes, but few imagined a switch in the baseball program. That was the case last summer when long-time Rebel head coach Doug Ragsdale retired, ending a stellar 17-season career, culminating in nine district championships and 14 playoff appearances. David Null was tabbed as the Rebel baseball head coach in August 2012. He knows he has to maintain the same high standards for this program. "When you replace a legend, you have to maintain the level of excellence, but you also have to do it in your own way. Coach Ragsdale brought a winning tradition to the baseball program that our team will benefit from. It will be my job to keep the winning tradition alive," Null said. Null said that working with Ragsdale gave him experience to step in as a head coach. "When I first started coaching, one of my goals was to learn something from every coach I worked under. Coach Ragsdale was a great mentor in so many ways both on and off the field. Very few people realize the commitment it takes to be a high NULL school coach." Despite the change in position - moving from assistant to head coach - Null will be working with familiar faces. He thinks that, having coached the up-and-coming young players in the past, he will be able to keep the Rebel winning tradition. "I coached the juniors and seniors on this team when they were just freshman. Therefore, I look forward to seeing all the improvement they have made both on the field and off in the last three to four years," said Null. The 2013 Hays Rebel program he inherits will be a particularly seasoned one. The team retains six regular starters, including three 2012 first team All-District standouts in third baseman Dalton Niles, second basemanAlexRobles and centerfielder Granger Studdard, who signed on to play for Ty Harrington next year at Texas State in November. However, Null recognized that his program must play beyond the accolades and statistics to contend this season. "We need for our returning starters to continue with the success that they experienced last year. Alex Robles, (shortstop) Justin Montana, Dalton Niles, (catcher) J.C Cerda, (pitchers) Alec Swofford and Tyler Woodmansee all started for us at some point last year. These players need to be great leaders," he said Ultimately for Null, keeping the tradition of Hays baseball success intact is the key, particularly in district play. Hays will be up against four playoff contenders from 2012: Schertz Clemens and Alamo Heights from 27-4A, Kerrville Tivy from 28-4A and Seguin from 25-5A. Even so, Null remains adamant that he want for his Rebel squad to finish in the playoffs in 2013. "Our goal is to get into the playoffs and make a good playoff run. If we get hot, and our pitching stays healthy, we have the ability to do just that." BY JOSHUA YOUNG sports@haysfreepress.com After a successful weekend in Flo- resville bringing home second place, the Lady Lobos softball team wel- comed Boeme Champion to Leh- man on Tuesday night for their sec- ond district match. The Lady Lobos were looking to even their district re- cord after an opening loss to Hays last Tuesday. Behind the strength of one big inning and strong pitching, the Lady Chargers took home a win, 6-3. After a scoreless first inning for both teams, Champion broke through in the second with a run, then brought in four runs on a pair of two-run sin- gies in the third inning. The Lady Lo- bos loaded the bases in their half, but were only able to get one run home on a walk to bring the score to 5-1. In the fifth, Lehman sophomore shortstop Aleza Ruiz turned a dou- ble play in the top half of the inning, then followed that up with a leadoff triple and scored on a wild pitch. The Lady Chargers would add one more run in the top of the seventh on an inside-the-park homerun to gain a 6-2 advantage. However, the Lady Lobos had one more rally in their haft as senior Jules Hernan- dez smashed an RBI triple to right centerfield. That momentum was short-lived and Champion was able to fmish off the next hitter and es- cape with a 6-3 victory;. Lehman head coach Bill Holmes acknowledged his team let a close one slip away. and recognized a few aspects of the game that he feels his young team can focus on. "We just need to learn to be more aggressive at the plate, swing at good pitches, and take the ball to right field more," said Coach Holm- es after watching his team take sev- eral called strikes and not advance runners in critical situations. The Lady Lobos make the drive to Alamo Heights on Friday as they seek their first district win and confidence heading into a difficult string of games over Spring Break.