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Page 2B Sports Hays Free Press March 8, 2017 s on senior nl BY QUIXEM RAMIREZ Lehman soccer coach Brad Baker wished his team would be less like goldfish and more like elephants. All too often, Baker said, the Lobos jump out to a lethargic start early in the match and have to play catch-up in the second half. Friday's 3-1 loss to Westlake followed a famil- iar trajectory. The Chapar- rals scored the first goal seven minutes into the match, putting the Lobos in comeback mode. Baker likened his team to goldfish based on the belief they have a short memory span. He prefers a team that embodies the mind of an elephant, which has one of the best memories in the animal kingdom. "They are a bunch of goldfish out there. We've played these teams before and they forget what they do," Baker said. "It takes them 10-15 minutes to fig- ure it out, then I give them general observations that the kids take it to heart. They are really good at listening; they just have a hard time remembering." After Westlake took a 1-0 lead, Lehman fought to rally back Lehman's Elijah Barrien- tos rebounded a deflection afterWestlake's goalkeeper stopped the first shot at- tempt, and pinged the ball into the back of the net for the tying goal. But Westlake added two quick goals, one from Ike Petrik and the other from captain Robert Vassilev, in a span of 90 seconds to take a 3-1 lead late in the first half. Petrik scored on a one- hop pass, while the 6-foot, 3-1nchVassilev muscled a shot into the goal from more than 10 yards away. Again, the Lobos were afflicted with short-term memory loss. PHOTOS BY GWOKO PHOTOGRAPHY Above: Lehman High senior goalkeeper David Hernandez keeps a close-range shot from a Westlake Chaparral in Friday's district Lehman High senior Daniel Palacios (left) races to a free biall with in tow Friday at Lobo Field. his eye on the ball following game at Lobo Field. Below: a Westlake Chaparral player "We've played these teams before and they forget what they do ... It takes them 10-15 minutes to figure it out, then I give them general observations that the kids take it to heart. They are really good at listening; they just have a hard time remembering." - Brad Baker, Lobo soccer coach "That's been the carbon copy all season long," Baker said. "We either go down in the first half and it's a scoreless sheet in the second half. We are a second half team through and through." Once the second half re- sumed, Baker had a better feel for his team. He asked his wing players to oscil- late between offense and defense more frequently to put additional pressure on the Chaparrals. Baker believes the tactical adjust- ments played a part in the scoreless second half, in whichWestlake attempted just five shots. "We needed a win," Baker said. "We had good opportunities, but we were halfa step behind in finishes. If we could have called a fimeout in the first half, it would have prob- ably been a different game. But that's the nature of soccer. It's a fluid game." The loss dropped Lehman to 6-9-4 overall and 4-7-1 in district play, good for sixth place in the standings. On a big picture-scale with the playoffs a long shot, Friday night was the last opportunity for the 2017 senior class to play at home. Eight players from this year's 17-man roster are seniors. Baker knows the senior class well as he selected them all to the varsity team. "This class is special. This is probably the first batch of seniors that I have coached from star1 to end," Baker said. "Thi: is the group that I molded the most. It's the last of the Old Era or the first of the New Era. This is my first batch out the door, so it's nice to see them play so well." Lady Rebs: Clinch playoff berth Continued from pg. 1B outlet pass, sending Hood on a foot race with two Rangers. Hood then exhibited both speed and grace as she ran past the two defenders and floated a rainbow over the Vista Ridge goalkeeper. "It's unusual to find somebody of her stature that's got the speed but also has that last little bit of touch," said Holcomb. The intensity present in the first half translated to some hostility in the second half. Aggressive slide tackles, pushing after the whistle and two more yellow cards were handed OUt. The second long-range boot from the Hays de- fense came with just over 28 minutes remaining in the game. After a failed header attempt from the Rangers' defense, Rebel defender Isa Hemandez's 40-yard pass landed in the lap of Hood, which led to her second goal of the game. W'lth five minutes re- maining in the game, Vista Ridge earned another one- on-one opportunitywith the Hays keeper; Spears came up big yet again solidifying her shutout. %lexis denied not only those but had ridiculous saves off really good shots," said Holcomb. "This game easily could have been 9-2, and when you say that, you feel it and you know it; Alexis Spears - fantastic." PHOTO BY NATHAN LATSHA. Hays Rebels Isa Hernandez (front row, left) high-fives team- mate Sydney Franklin while (back row, L-R) Maya Hood, Jen- na Sheely and Nicole Lewis join in celebration following a goal scored in Friday's district game at Shelton Stadium. DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Charles Bohannon Senior, Hays LEHMAN FIRST TEAM Tracy Malrey Senior HAYS SECOND TEAM Matt Rindahl Senior LEHMAN SECOND TEAM Cameron Jones Senior HONORABLE MENTION Dre Green Junior, Hays Reb Baseball Continued from pg. 1B Garvens. have to take advantage Hays, which equally of it." labored to find an of- Hays' bats also fensive rhythm, fought struggled to decipher to rally back into con- Lake Travis starting tention in the bottom pitcher Landon Ausley, of the ninth, who Howard said was With a runner on able to use his velocity first and two outs, and mix of pitches to Hays' Erique Hernan- keep Hays off-balance. dez kept the game While the Rebel of- going with a base hit fense had some strug- up the middle. That gles, Hays' defense and was followed by an pitching staff thrived RBI single from Tristan against a potent Lake Peevey, which cut the Travis lineup. Cavalier lead to 4-1. Behind the arm of "In the ninth, we starting pitcher Aidan kind of had our hearts Martinez and reliever ripped out of us, play- Weston Wolf, Hays ing a good game and limited Lake Travis to they hit a home run only four hits in the and get a couple more first eight innings. runs. But we came Howard said Mar- back, we were right tinez is a "bulldog" there, two outs and we and was successful in start battling back," mixing his pitches and Hays catcher Cole Irby hitting his spots, along said. with his competitive But Hays couldn't se- attitude. cure a hit in the clutch Marfinez said he to take advantage of followed Irby's lead its opportunities, said behind the plate and Rebel head coach received help from the James Howard. "senior core" of infield- The Rebels had base- ers around him. nmners on second and Doing so allowed third base in the ninth, Martinez to notch key but a pop-up fielded by strikeouts in the sec- the catcher behind the ond and third innings, , plate ended the game. forcing Lake Travis to Hays left seven runners leave runners stranded stranded on the bases in scoring position. in the game. "For a sophomore, While the Rebels being able to compete have several players against a team like that don't have much Lake Travis and to limit varsity experience, them to no runs when Howard said they have he came out in the so far stepped up to sixth inning, that's a "fill some pretty big quality start," Howard shoes." said. "We had some op- Hitting the ball hard pormnities, we just got is priority for Hays as to learn how to capi- it closes the series with talize," Howard said. Lake Travis on Friday "These guys have got and Saturday. to learn to find ways "We have to score to win.., great teams some runs. I think we find ways to win. We can do that with this definitely had some group of guys," Marti- opportunites. We just nez said. Lobo Softball: New coach builds a new foundation Continued from pg. 1B that appreciation for the to the other players and the score starts the ability to play 3 to foundation and help pave working just as hard and running up and no matter 4 positions. She also a new path for the Lady that they all do their job what you do, it gets away emphasizes the small-ball Lobos softball program." and are all needed to from you. The pitchersideology for her team. The coaching function, work hard and the 'As an ex-player, philosophy Baggett While the spring defense is right behind sometimes it feels like believes in is that it's season started with "athem, it has just worked the weight of the game always about the athlete, few bumps" for Lehman,itself out in a way that did is on you and have to As far as the athlete Baggett said despite not favor us." get that amazing hit that goes, only three returning all the changes the Although Baggett is brings everyone in," said starters, Kaylee Wipff, chemistry is working well optimistic, she is still a Baggett. "It doesn't always centerfielder Gabby and the team seems to coach, and believes there have to be that. A base hit Rodriguez and shortstop be meshing in a way that is room for improvement, here, a base hit there, one Seryna Avalos, return, works. For Baggett, the most steal and a RBI - it's a new Baggett believes that "I like that they don't important aspect to ballgame!" to say any one particular get down on themselves," work on is depth. She Working on the mental athlete stands out said Baggett. "It's tough wants to be able to have part of the game is also a amongst the rest is unfair when you're in a game each of her players have focus for Baggett. She said at the end of the game, teams that consistently her team should be both do well, but just in being physically and mentally in the district for a few exhausted, months, talking with our She just wants to make athletes, talking to other sure that the young ladies coaches both here and that make up the program in the general area, we learn what it means to sometimes get the short have each other's back. end of the stick on what She wants to instill in her our full potential can be," team that the game is Baggett said. "Things are important, often "assumed" and I Bringing a level of hope to change that. I respect to Lobo softball have told my athletes that and Lobo athletics is her they need to embrace the goal. target that stands in their "We have our spurts way and above all, win of success and we have the moment." If you had a Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II hip implant removed and replaced before Dec. 19, 2016, you should contact us today. You must be enrolled to be part of this settlement so you must take action now or miss out on getting financial compensation. Call us today for professional insight. EXPERIENCE COUNTS Lawyers laitt~, more than l OO year~ combined expertise. Ryan/L Krebs, M.D., J.D. Doctor-Lawyer in l~ull-time Law Practice Dodd, LC. Tnnothy K Cappolino, PC. 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