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Page 2B SPORTS Hays Free Press March 6, 2013 + It's odd that in today's world of sports, what you do now su- percedes any success you've had in the past. A perfect example? Texas Longhorn basketball team and its head coach Rick Barnes. With only a handful of games remaining in the 2013 season, Texas can finish no better than one game over the .500 mark and will suffer its first losing record in Big 12 play tender the tutelage of Barnes. In addition, the confusing situation with guard Myck Kabongo and the NCAkA sanctions levied against him have placed doubts on Barnes' coaching abilities. Perhaps the most shocking aspect is that 2013 could usher in the end of an era for Long- horn basketball. Unless Texas can win the Big 12 postseason FROM THE tournament, the Longhorn basketball team will not partic- ipate in the NCAkA tournament for the first time in Barnes' 15- year tenure. That's the dividing line for many Texas basketball fans. Despite years of unmitigated success, some fans are re- ally perturbed by the slump in 2013. Some fans have gone so far as to call for Rick Barnes to step down- or be fired. That would be a huge mis- take. For one thing, Barnes' influ-Perhaps the biggest reason tend. All the time. ley, Tristian Thompson and ence on UT basketball cannot Barnes deserves a mulligan But with stellar recruiting l'Covan Brown all left school be expressed only in wins and (and what may be his greatest also comes the unsavory as- early to join the NBA since losses. He has placed the team challenge going forward) is the pect of collegiate basketball - 2007. back on the map, so to speak, recruiting aspect, primarily the fact that Barnes I firmly believe this role has something many felt would People tend to forget that, has lost many of his stellar made Barnes take a step back be lost when Tom Penders re- prior to Barnes' tenure on the recruits to the infamous "one- in his recruiting practices. He signed in 1998. Forty Acres, the Longhorns and-done" rule that plagues doesn't seem willing to go af- In addition, Barnes has ex- have not had notable brand- NCAA basketball, ter big name recruits, when posed Texas basketball fans to name players make an en-The nile, instituted by the the program constantly gets a world not realized in previ- trance in the Erwin Center. NBA in 2005, forces all high burned by defections. ous coaching administrations. TJ. Ford, Kevin Durant, Daniel school athletes to compete at Barnes' greatest challenge Never has a Longhorn coach Gibson, LeMarcus Aldridge, least one season at the colle- will be to continue maintain- been so successful in keeping Royal Ivey, D.J. Augusin are just giate level before become draft lug success. He can do this, but Texas fans' interest beyond a few of the UT players who eligible in the NBA. For coach- changes must be made and he the month of February. Heck, successfully transitioned from es like Barnes, the rule has must become more forceful in it seems 'that most of the dis- the University to the NBA. done more harm than good, as recruiting. appointment stemming from Barnes' penchant for stellar it has destroyed team chemis- But, Barnes' consistency in this season can be attributed recruiting has brought a boon try within programs. Players coaching, as well as his drive to to Barnes' success. Had he not to the Longhorn basketball are no longer willing to stay the win, should be enough for him compiled a current winning complex. High school students course and finish school, to keep his job. percentage of 43% overall, 46% no longer see UT as a "football As a result, Texas has strug- But, in today's "what can you in conference play, most fans first" school anymore. They gled to regain balance after do for me now" sports world, would not even be up in arms. expect the Longhorns to con- Augustin, Durant, Avery Brad- nothing is ever certain. BY CHARLES DEE Acosta battled to leave with pionship going away. Niles the game tied in the fourth, and Devin Palm added two Matt Requenez and Wood-hits apiece to the cause. mansee closed things out Now 9-3 on the year, the The Rebels closed out a recording five strikeouts in Rebels are led offensively perfect week with a pair of their three innings of work. by Studdard, .487 avg, and wins in the Judson tourna- The Rebs jumped on JeffNiles, .432, with Scottat.386. ment on Friday, 12-2 over SA early with four runs in each Rebel pitching has a very re- Jefferson and 5-4 over Jud- of the first three innings on spectable team ERA of 2.97, son and followed those with the backs of Niles' three hits having given up four runs or a 10-1 victory over Bastrop and two each by Justin Mon- less in the six-win streak. in the championship game tana and Granger Studdard. The Rebs opened district on Saturday. Against Judson, Nate Scott Tuesday night with a 13-0 Hays head coach David led the offense with a triple win over Lockhart. Wood- Null credited the pitching and three RBIs, including the mansee struck out 11 in the team of Dalton Niles, Justin gamewinner in the sixth. Jose shutout victory. Studdard Diaz, Tyler Woodmansee and Cerda helped the cause with led the way with two hits and Adrian Acosta. Niles con- a home run to tie the game in three RBIs. Niles and Palm trolled Jefferson, surrender- the fourth. In the champion- also garnered two hits. The ing only three hits in the win. ship, the Rebs used doubles Rebs are now 10-3 on the Diaz mystified the Bear hit- by Alex Robles and Studdard year and will return to play ters, scattering two hits in his in the sixth to stretch a 5-0 March 12 at home against six innings. Against Judson, lead to 10 and win the cham- Schertz Clemens. Lehman High Soccer: Max Soto breaks scoring goal Continued from pg. 1B me happy was the ability to a brand new way of playing would want leading my team, play soccer," Soto said. soccer, that person would be Max," Her soccer career began "It is a learning experience said Garcia, who has the Lo- with recreational leagues, but (at Lehman). You could have bos on the verge of earning a she would progress to club played soccer since you were postseason bid. level, joining Hays Fusion, by four, but the style of play we Former record-holder the age often. Though, com- have here, the way we do Jaquez, who continues to ing from Chicago, Soto did things--you have to relearn communicate with and guide not know what to expect at the game. You have to learn Soto, was elated when she the next level, much less what the way (Garcia) wants his finally was able to "give her it was. 'players to play on the field," cleats company" in the Le- Soto eventually learned Soto said. hman High athletic trophy what to expect at the club Despite the learning curve, case. level. Soto attributed her Soto's savvy play and intellect "It is really awesome that success to one of her first helped her achieve many of she broke my record. I am a coaches, Demond Johnson, the goals she set out to ac- little sad that it fell, butifthere who taught Soto a better complish, were someone who I wanted feel for the game, "(Demond And, she credits her team- to accomplish that, it would Johnson) started me offin the mates with a lot of support, be Max," laquez said. "I hope midfield, though I was not especially on the day she she continues to work hard entirely confident there. He broke the record, and accomplishes everything thought that I was a strong fit "Mybestfriend on theteam, she sets out to do." (at that position)," Soto said. (senior) Mariah Tamayo, said Soto could not underes- During her time with Hays before the Cedar Creek game, timate the pride and joy her Fusion, and then moving up 'this is something we are go- accomplishment has brought to the Lone Star Soccer Club ingtogetforyou, this is some- to her parents, who have been and State Classic League of thing we can do for you. We supportinghersinceherstart. the South Texas Youth Soccer will pass you any through ball On the day she broke the Association, Soto obtained an we can. We are going to make record, Soto's parents con- understandingofhowtoexcel, this happen,'" Soto said. "My structed a large sign to com- "Playing club soccer helped teammates knew what I was memorate the occasion. Soto me, because the speed of play going for; they have been so said she will fondlyremember is much faster. Once I entered supportive all during this pro- that sign for a long time. high school, my confidence cess. I appreciate them very Only a junior, Soto, aspir- level was much higher. I think much for that." ing to reach 70 by next year, just having that background, Soto realized that the drive now has an opportunity to having that knowledge made provided by the Lehman head smash the career goal-scor- it easier to strive for the (Lobo coach has been one of the ing record. With three games scoring) record, and to break factors to her success."Garcia remaining this season, Soto it." has always pushed me to stay has 29 goals, and now eyes At Lehman, Soto was under up top every game to score the single season scoring re- the tutelage of head coach goals." cord of 31 set by laquez in Nauri Garcia, who instilled "If there were someone I 2009. To schedule an appointment, call 512-694-1746 + Lehman Baseball Continued from pg. 1 B innings. However, two runs ing 19 Lobo batters. While the scored in the top of the twelfth Lobo offense remained aggres- allowed Heights to defeat Leh- sire at the plate all evening man 2-0 in twelve innings, long, the savvy pitching of Mi- For most of the ball game, neo proved to be too much for the pitching staffs ruled the the Lobos to overcome. diamond, with both teams' "(Mineo) was able to hit his starters keeping the opposi- spots tonight, which kept us tion's offense off balance. Lobo guessing. I felt that we could starting pitcher Hunter Leh- have done better at the plate, man completed seven innings especially with two strikes. of shutout baseball, giving up However, (Mineo) pitched a only one hit while striking out great game," said Lobo head nine batters, coach Toby Robinson. Lehman attributed his suc- Neither team was able to cess to his supporting cast. manufacture any offense until 'A pitcher cannot pitch well the 12th inning. Heights loaded without a good defense," he the bases on two walks and said. This point, was made in a hit, before Mineo hit into a the third and seventh innings, fielder's choice at third base. where the Lobo defense helped Despite a strong throw by Mark Lehman escapesituationswith Garcia from third to home runners in scoring position, plate, the ball was jarred loose The highlight would come in from the Lobo catcher's hands, the third inning, via an unas- allowing Heights to score the sisted fine drive double play by two go-ahead runs. second baseman Xavier Solis. With the loss, Lehman falls However, Heights pitcher to 0-1 in district play. The Lo- CameronMineowasequallyup bos will look to rebound from to the task, as he was able to go the Heights loss in the Austin ten innings, giving up one hit, ISD tournament, which runs while striking out an astound- from March 7-9. BOX SCORES SOFTBALL: Floresville Tournament Lehman 8 - Poteet 2 Lehman 5 - Floresville 4 Lehman 12 - SA Highland 2 Lehman 7 - Devine 6 Clemens 5- Lehman 0 Georgetown Tournament Hays 4 - Pflugerville 3 Hays 13 - Lanier 0 Hays 12 - Longview 2 Hays 7 - Georgetown 4 Hays 19 - Tivy 1 SOCCER, GIRLS: Bastrop 1 - Lehman 0 BASEBALL: Comal ISD Tournament Lehman 2- Canyon Lake 1 Lehman 7 - Akins 5 Smithson Valley 13 - Lehman 1 NB Canyon 7 - Lehman 2 COURTESY PHOTO Lady Lobos lake second place in Floresville tourney The Lady Lobo varsity softball team captured second place in the Floresville softball tournament this weekend. The Lobos defeated Poteet 8-2, Floresville 5-4, Highland 12-2 and Devine 7-6 before losing to Clemens 5-0 in the championship game. Lehman player Angel Cruz was 8 for 14 with 9 RBIs and pitched four of the five games with a 3-1 record. Aleza Ruiz was 5 for 9 with three doubles and four RBIs. Irene Maldonado hit a three-run walk-off home run to defeat Devine and Jules Hernandez was 2 for 3 with a double in the championship game. Lobo Boys Soccer Continued from pg. 1B break. A light tap sent the ball over the Bears' goalie and into the net. The Lobos were continu- ally attacking. The Lobos' drives ended with a direct shot towards the goal or with an offsides call. The attacks by the Bears usually ended with the Lobos taking the ball away or with the Lobos dif- fusing the Bear attack in some other way. Despite that, the Bears, man- aged to score on a penalty kick at the 17:35 mark. The Lobos continued to ap- ply pressure, drawing a foul that earned a Bastrop player a yellow card with eight seconds left in the first half. Guajardo cashed in the free kick, but his kick went over the goal post. At half time, the score stood at Lehman 2, Bastrop 1. Lehman came out of half time applying pressure again, but Bastrop tightened their defense around the goal. De- spite their battening down the hatches, Guajardo managed to beat out the goalie to score the first Lehman goal of the half at the 35:18 mark. Lehman put on more pres- sure and drew a foul just out- side the bo)~ Through some fancy footwork, Fabian Man- tilla, who was to the right of the wall, kicked in the goal. On a different drive, Garcia centered the ball to Guajardo who scored off the assist at the 22:14 mark, giving Lehman the lead 5-1. Guajardo would score one more time for Lehman by kick- ing the ball into the far corner of the Bastrop goal. Bastrop responded with a late score at the 15:41 mark. After Bastrop scored, Leh- man shut down the Bastrop of- fensive efforts and took over the game. There would be no more scores by either team, although Lehman players would contin- ued to take shots at the Bastrop goal until the buzzer. The final score was Lehman 6, Bastrop 2. 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