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+ @hfprebelsports @hfplobosports CHECK UP Hays CISD board approves audit for 2017-18 school year. - Page 3B March 8, 2017 Victory over Vista Ridge sends team to postseason BY LOGAN MCCULLOUGH news@haysfreepress.com While things didn't always go according to plan for the Hays Rebels girls soccer team Friday, big plays in big moments carried the program to a key 2-0 win over the Vista Ridge Rangers. With the win, Hays (8-5-1, 6-5) punched its ticket to the postseason by clinch- ing a playoff berth. It marks the first time since the 2013-2014 season Hays wiLl reach the postsea- son. The Reb- els dosed the regular season with a [RESULT]. Two 40- yard passes transitioning from the Rebels defense to senior forward Maya Hood were the difference in a highly contentious district matchup on senior night. "That isn't something we practice, but that is something that happens when you got Maya Hood up top," said Rebels head coach Brent Holcomb. After technical difficul- ties prior to the game, it only made sense the mayhem translated on the pitch. A combined 16 shots on goal, including two shots that caromed off the crossbar, a yellow card and an exceptional goalkeep- ing all occurred in the first 40 minutes. Hays goalkeeper Alexis Spears kept Vista Ridge offthe board with two critical saves in the first half. Spears' first save came when she dove and used an outstretched "That isn't armto some+ n"--,u deflect a flee kick from we practice, Vista Ridge sophomore but that is Kaltlyrm something ]ones. Two min- that happens uteslater, an outlet pass when you got sentRanger senior Erynn Maya Hood Jones led to up top." abreakaway chance, where - Brent Holcomb, Spears made Rebels head coach her second diving save of the game. "This was the game of her life," said Holcomb. "We had some excellent play from a few players, and she was the player of the game." The Rebels took advan- tage of a golden scoring chance as the half came to a close. Rebel defender Jenna Sheeley booted a 40-yard LADY REBS, 2B Hays High's Sydney Franklin (9)jostles with a Lake Travis Cavalier player for possession of the Soccer ball while Rebei Jenna~, Sheely (8) watches in the background in Friday's district game at Shelton Stadium. PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Above: Six Hays Rebel powerlifters flexed their muscle last weekend by participating at the regional meet. Earning their way to region were seniors Memory Seale and Cassidy McMahon and junior Morgan Fitzgerald, with teammate Delani Jackson drawing the alternate slot. On the boys side, juniors Ryan Leal and Rick Reyes took region slots and will compete at Burleson High School for the right to advance to the state meet. Right: Lehman High powerllifters Alexis Ysla, Rubylee Perez and Evelyn Ramirez pose with medals and honors won at the Texas High School Women's Powerlifting Association regional event held at Del Valle High. Ysla, Perez and Ramirez, who each claimed first place in her respective class, are three of seven Lobes who qualified for the 6A state meet at the Extraco Events Center on March 18. Others going to state include Julissa Gonzalez, Mia Dolin, Mia Palomoarez and Maddie Cruz. PHOTO BY LYNDSAY YSLA BY MOSES LEOS III news@haysfreepress.com For eight innings Tuesday; the Hays Rebels and Lake Tmvis Cavaliers stared each other down in a scoreless pitching duel. But a leadoff solo home run in the ninth inning gave Lake Travis the momentum to roll away with a 4-1 win to open the best-of-3 series. Lake Travis, which struggled to find con- sistency against Rebel pitching, broke the stalemate by pounding out four runs on four hits in the ninth frame. Cavalier Hunter Salinas opened with a solo home run to right center field that gave Lake Travis a 1-0 lead. Cavalier bats followed with three more runs on three hits, aided by an RBI double by Gabe REB BASEBALL, 2B Hays Rebel sophomore pitcher Aidan Martinez rears back to deliver a pitch during Tuesday's district tilt with the Lake Travis Cavaliers. PHOTO BY GWOKO PHOTOGRAPHY BY LOGAN MCCULLOUGH news@haysfreepress.com It's a new day and new dawn for Lehman softball as a new head coach takes the helm in 2017. Lydia Bagget, a Texas native and University of Houston graduate, was hired over the winter to take over the Lobo softball program. Baggett, whose coaching career began when she was in the eleventh grade, was asked in 2005 to return to her high school and help revamp a program that had significantly declined. In the 10 years Baggett was a part of the program, she managed to improve the team and help them make the playoffs in nine of the 10 season. She capped it offwith a district championship in her final year. Last season, Baggett was at Galena Park High where she was a varsity assistant. She said she came to Lehman seeking a change. Both Baggett and her husband accepted jobs at Lehman. Baggett said that she brings an energy that allows an athlete to remember why they fell in love with the game in the first place. "That little spark that they had when they started out and what it "Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, the win becomes the goal and what's forgotten is the foundation that was laid to get there. I'd like to help rebuild that appreciation for the foundation and help pave a new path for the Lady Lobes Softball Program." - Lydia Bagget, Lady Lobo coach has become, now that they are older," said Baggett. "Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, the win becomes the goal and what's forgotten is the foundation that was laid to get there. I'd like to help rebuild LOBO SOFTBALL, 2B +