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I I llilill|l li Section B STATE BOUND Lehman, Hays choirs sending big contingents to competition. - Page 311 March 9, 2011 Page 1B BY JASON GORDON the Rebels came back to win "Even when we were losing, seventh to take a 5-3 lead. 12-10. I knew we had the fight in us Although the first two bat- "Our players remembered to come back," Cerda said. "I ters were quickly retired by 30-10, and they remembered could see it in everyone's eyes Lehman freshman reliever If you happen to see a gi- Hays coming back on us here in the dugout." Justin Penney in the bottom ant red and blue gorillal_'~n.g last year," said Lehman head Three of the first four Leh- of the seventh, Hays got some around behind the Hays High coach Toby Robinson, whos man batters, Braxton Rico, life when J.T. Rye reached on baseball field the Lehman Lo- been a part of the Lobo base- Xavier Soliz and Rudy Marti- an error and Granger Studdard bos left it there Tuesday night, ball program all six of its var- nez, singled in the top of the singled to right field. But Vic- For the first time in school sity seasons. "This is definitely seventh inning toload the bas- tor Rubio grounded sharply history, the Lehman baseball a big win. I think getting to the es with one out. back to Penney, who flipped team beat Hays. The Lobos did playoffs last year was our top Cerda drew a walk that the ball to Tello for the game- it in dramatic fashion, scoring accomplishmentasateam, but brought Rico home to tie the sealing third out and Lobo threerunsinthetopofthesev- this is a very close second." score 3-3, and ]ustin Vajgert's players and fans jumped as enth for a 5-3 comebackwin at Hays appeared to have the sharp grounder for a single high as they could~ high-fired Rebel Field in the District 27- upper hand when it took a 3-2 scored Soliz to give Lehman and screamed so loudly they 4A opener for both teams, in the bottom of the sixth in- the lead 4-3. probably heard it back in Kyle. "It'sanamazingfeellng/'said ning on Nick Cavazos' double Chris Tello's RBI-groundout "Well it had to happen even- Lehman shortstop Nick Cerda. off the wall in deep right field to shortstop allowed Martinez tuaily, didn't it?," Hays head "I've wanted to beat Hays ever that plated Victor Rubio. to score an insurance run for coach Doug Ragsdale said. since my freshman year." Although Hays was threethe Lobos. "They've played us tough be- Last year, Hays beat Leh- outs away from another vic- In all, Lehman sent eight fore. We didnt make a couple man 30-10 at Lobo Field, and tory over Lehman, it was ap- men to the plate, collected four of plays late and they made although Lehman led %4 at parent the Lobosweren't going hits and three runs off three those plays. You have to give the Hays diamond last season, to quit. Hays pitchers in the top of the them credit." PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Lobo starting pitcher Hunter Lehman jumps off the mound to make a play at first base during his team's historic 5-3 win at Hays Tuesday night. It was the first time the Lobo baseball team has beaten Hays. Edson Rayea and the Lehman Lo- bos hold a narrow lead on Second- Bastrop 'in District 49-4A With a k~:~InO r~up Hays looming Friday night. +, BY BJUtK C~IL After the Lehman High boys soccer team secured an important win over Lockhart last week to retain its hold on second place in District 49-4A, the Lobos were all business. They broke their post-game huddle, grabbed their belong- ings and exited Lobo Field ~owing that a very important final week of the district season was jim aZmad with Hays looming this Friday hight. The Lobos host Hays in what is likely to be a tough-as-nails matchup in the regular-season finale. Last year, the two squads got into a bench-clearing brawl at Shelton Stadium. Hays has already clinched the district tide and Lehman has sealed up a playoff spot, but that doesn't make the game any less meaningful. In the keywin ~t Lock- hart, senior co-captain Oscar Martinet and Pdchard Porche provided the Lobos all of the offense they would need as Lehman blanked the Lions 2-0. "We played very well on defense and did a good job of taking their best player out of See LEHMAN SOCCER, [:~. 2B PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Billy Bolton (right) and the Hays High boys soccer team continued a neer-flawlass season by clinching the District 49-4A tRla with a week to play in the regular season. It marks the first district title in head coach Jason Bumett's 12-year coaching career. The Rebs play at rival Lehman to close out the season Friday night. Hays will likely face off against Manor or Taylor in the first round of the playoffs March 25. amazing season BY JASON GORDON The Hays High boys soccer team has had the attitude all season long that they aren't backing down against anybody. The Rebels have mowed down op- ponent after opponent to the tune of an amazing 19-1-I record and as a result of Friday's hard-fought win at Bastrop, Hays can now call itself district champ. With a week remaining in the season, the Rebels have clinched the District 49- 4A crown. "We were completely stoked," said senior captain Iared Herselrnan. "R was such a big deal for us to clinch the title early." against a familiar playoff foe, Lake R was a first for ]ason Burnett, who Tmvis, in the second round. Lake Tra- claimed his first district title in 12 years vis knocked Hays out of the playoffs in as a head coach. 2009 before the Rebs turned the tables "The majority of the guys on this and beat the Cavs in 2010. Cedar park team are three or four year lettermen," is another possible second-round op- Burnett said. "it's been so fun to watch portent. them go through the system. This year's "I don't want to start thinking too far team has been such a great, coachable ahead, but I think we can do as well or group. I think they realized what they better than last year's team," Hersel- were capable of after we got to tl~e re: man said. "Obviously everyone wants glonal quarzerf~zals last year." ~,: ~, :,* to make the state tournament. It's the As district champs, Hays will take on place to be April 14-16. Ultimately that's the fourth-place team from District 50- our goal and I think we have a really 4A, likely Manor or Taylor, in the first good chance to get there." round of the playoffs most likely on Against Bastrop, a team Hays led 3-0 March 25 at a site to be determined. A win there could pit the Rebels See DISTRICT SGOCER CHAMPS, pg. 2B RtfflO BY JW gOOPB! Monique Johnson and the Leh- man softball team couldn't repeat its magical win at Lockhart, as the Lady Lions ru~n-rulad the Lady Lo- bos 10-0 Tuesday night. revenge on BY MARK CAUL It was hailed as one of the biggest upsets in Lehman sports history and Lock- hart head coach Lisa Cone made certain her entire team read all about it prior to their rematch with the Lady Lobos in Tuesday night's season opener. Last May, a Lehman softball team that was on the brink of teetering out of the playoff picture early following a dis- appointing loss to rival Hays, came to Lockhart and stunned the Lady Lions to break their 24-game home winning streak with a 3-1 victory. But if the Lady Lobes had any thoughts of duplicating that feat, Lockhart quickly erased them as the Lady Lions took advantage of 10 walks issued by Lehman pitchers to post a 10-0 shutout win on Tuesday night. "I wanted to make sure our girls read the article that was written last year about it being the biggest sports story of the year for them," Cone said. "It motivated our team to come out and do what they did tonight." See LEHM/~I $OFTBAU., pg. 2B BY JASOR GORGON ticipate in spring pracdce this year, you look for wben _tl~_,o_ughafewthings, whichisreallyaU Junior Mason Cervenka said the which will give Hays an added week you come to a we re allowed to do right now. The one competition is already starting be- of practice time this summer, new place is the thing that stands out is the work ethic tween players. =We're probably not going to do work ethic of the ofthekids. I've been very pleased." "Everyone is working hard and try- New Hays High head footbail coach spring ball," Feldt said. "It was go- coaches. They Hays sophomore Caleb Kirnbro ing to earn a spot," Cervenka said. and athletic coordinator Blake Feldt ing to depend on if I was going to be knowwhat it takes said it's an exciting time on campus. "During weights, we are constantly said he couldn't be happier after his able to get some s~ in here that we to build a great , "There is anew energy and everyone movinlg after every set. It's pretty in- first week at the helm. need, but we havent been able to do .program and i~ee :ts working hard," Kimbro said., We are tense, 19ut its been real good so far." After meeting with his coaches and that yet. It's something that needs to been pleased with ready to learn the new system. Between now and the end of school workingwith'hisnewfoothallplayers, get done and we're working on it, but ,allofthem." : lunior Michael Romero, a first- Feldt said he also wants to work on the the former Pilot:Point High School ifs difficult right now wi,,th the hiring ' In . football ' teamall-districtselectionlastseason, athletic department handbook that ap- head coach has hit the ground run- freeze and budget issues; class, Feldt has _,,__ ~ iis looki~_,g forward to learning Coach plies to players and parents and the ath- ning at Hays. , Feldt added that hes been im- mainly had ne~v :~! Fe!dtsoffense. lefi, c department coaches handbook. "Everyone's been great, Feldt said. pressed with the coaches at Hays. players workin~ :,~ :~ ~! :'I think it s going to be high-paced 'These are things that are depart- "I've been trying to meet as many "They are ready to roll up their on s~e, ngth and condltidning, like Oregon's, so that s exciting," ment policy that tie in with school people as l can and everybOdy's been sleeves and get to work," he said. "It's "Were trying to get bi,,gger, faster Romero said. ;'Coach Feldt is expect- and district policy," Feldt said. "We so nice around here. obvious that Coach (Bob) Shelton did and stronger," Feldt said. 'Friday we ing next year s seniors to be leaders just need to review them and see what Feldt said he decided not to par- a great job because one of the things did go outside and talked and went and that's what we're doing." changes we might want to make."