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mimRi ltlJ UIl JlJlllUl Ulttnlml .... Page 2B SPORI Hays Free Press March 9, 2011 + VISIT THE HAYS COMMUNITIES Y TODAY - FREE! + BY JASON GORDON Hays now must concentrate on its final two district games, freepresssports@yahoo.com the last of which will be against cross-town rival Lehman Fri- The Hays girls soccer team day night at Barton Middle proved it could definitely play School beginning at 7:45 p.m. with Bastrop, but came up just short in its quest for a district tide. The Lady Rebs took the lead twice Friday night against the first-place Lady Bears at Shel- ton Stadium, but each time Bastrop scored the equalizer in what turned out to be a 2-2 tie. Hays needed a win over Bas- ~z~spto tie the Lady Bears for t place in the District 49-4A "These are the last two dis- trict games I'll be playing for Hays High School," New said. "I don't want this team to be a memory but to create a leg- acy." To do that, Hays must ex- cel in the playotts once it gets there. "Going "re, to the playoffs, I know well be competing against the best but we are a strong team," New said. standings. The Lady Rebs are "I know we are capable of a undefeated in all their other lot. If we play to each other's 49.4A games, strength there's no telling what Bastrop has now all but we cando." clinched the league tide, and Manor, Elgin or Pflugervllle Hays will likely finish second. Connally will likely be Hays' The Lady Bears came into the first-round playoff opponent game undefeated and untied when the postseason starts in district action. March 24-26. "Both teams fought until the Hays head coach Cole Reyn- final whistle," said Hays senior olds is looking forward to the Lena New. "I think we left it all playoff run he feels his team on the field. It was a great high can make. school soccer game." "I'm really excited about the Hays took a 1-0 lead in the potential this team has in the first half on a goal by fresh- playoffs," Reynolds said. "The man Bracie Harris, but Bastrop game against Bastrop showed came back to tie the score 1-1 me a lot. We played very well at h~e. as a team and that should give Kelli Uresti gave the Lady us a very big boost heading Rebs a 2-1 lead with a goal in into the playoffs. We just need the second half, but once again to finish this final week of the Bastrop tied it up. regular season strong." ! ! ~i! i~ii =ii~ :zill i PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Kelli Uresti scored a goal in the second half against Bastrop to give Hays a 2-1 lead Friday night at Shelton Stadium, but the Lady Bears cams back to make it a 2-2 final to clinch the distdct title. Hays is already as- sured a playoff spot and will try to wrap up second place in District 49- 4A this week. The Lady Rebels host Lehman at Barton Middle School Friday night, starting at 7:45 p.m. Bobcats named All-: , team prepares for tourney FROM STAFF REPORTS Bobcat seniors Tony Bishop and Ryan White were named to the 2011 All-Southland Conference Men's Basketball team. Bishop, a senior co-captain, earned his first conference honor as he was selected to theAll-SLC second team. A leader on-and-off the court, in conference games Bishop finished ninth in the league in scoring (15.3 ppg), fourth in rebounding (8.6 rpg0' third in field goal percentage (.608 FG pct.) and third in blocked shots (1.3 bpg). Bishop is the only player in the league to rank in the top 10 in all four categories in league games only. In just two years at Texas State, Bishop currently ranks fifth all-time in ca- reer blocks with 54. He has a career- high of 27 points and 16 rebounds and finished second in the league with 10 double-doubles. White was named to the AII-SLC third team. He finished 14th in scor- ing (14.0 ppg), third in assists (4.9 apg), sixth in free throw percentage (.847) and fourth in steals (1.8 spg). White became an instrumental fac- tor for TexasState at the free throw line as the season wound down. In the past 14 games, White has con- nected on 55 of 59 free throws (93 percent) in the last five minutes of the game. He is currently tied for sec- ond in career games played with 115, third in steals (153) and is second in all-time assists (404) for the Bobcats. This is the fast time Texas State has had two players selected to the all-conference team since 2005 when Anthony Dill and Josh Naylor received second and third team hon- ors. The No. 4-seeded Bobcats open the Southland Conference Tourna- ment with a chance to qualify for the NCAA Tournament on the line Wednesday in Katy with a first- round game against Southeastern Louisiana. The winner will play the winner of the McNeese State-Nicholls State game Thursday in the semifinals. Tipoff for both games is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. The championship game is scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. It will be televised on ESPN2. PHOTO OOURTESY OF "rEXAS STATE UNIVBI~ Texas State teammates Tony Bishop (above) and Ryan White were named to the All-Southland Conference team this week. The ~ts enter the SLC Tournament In Katy as the No. 4 s~8:'They will open play in the sight-team toumey against Southeastern Louisiana Wednesday night. Lehman Soccen Lobos retain second place spot Continued from pg. 1 B the game," Lehman head coach Jay Sansom said. Porche, a first year player on the Lobo squad, opened the scoring with one of the wildest scoring plays that Sansom can remember. While attempting a throw-in to a teammate on an Out-of- bounds play, Porches pass deflected off Elias Delgado and into the net for the first score of the game and a 1-0 Lehman lead. "It obviously wasn't some- thing that Richard planned but it took a fortunate bounce in our favor," Sansom laughed. "We'll take goals any way we can get them." Five minutes later, Martinez took a pass and dribbled down the right sidelines and un- leashed a shot that found the net from an almost impossible angle for Lehman's second goal of the game. Lehman~ Femando Ortiz tal- lied a shutout in goal in his first varsity game, turning away a couple of late shots to preserve the Lebos shutout. It was a must win for the Lobos, who were coming offa road loss to Bastrop a few days earlier that left the two teams in a two-way tie for second place with only two games remaining in district play. Sansom believes that wins over Giddings and Hays would solidify their playoff seeding once the post-season com- mences after spring break. "These last two games are critical for us because it will af- fect who we will play in the first round," said Sansom. "We want to try and fudsh as high as we can to put ourselves in the best position possible." LADY LOBOS STILL ALJVE IN PI.AYOFF RACE The Lady Lobo soccer team is also still fighting for a playoff berth of their own despite dropping a narrow 3-1 decision to first-place Bastrop last week. Currently, the Lady Lobos are solidly in fourth place with two games remaining. "We can still accomplish our goals if we win one of our next two games," Lehman girls head soccer coach Nauri Garcia said. "This is the time of year that you have to be playing your best soccer." The Bears (9-0-1) are on the verge of clinching their first tht FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTHY LIVING FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Join the Y and enjoy a wide variety of classes like Zumba, Pilates, Body Pump, Aqua Zumba, and more! Members also receive discounts on additional programs like Swim Lessons, Camp, Afterschool, and Youth Sports. s op byor to print a visitor pass! Questions? Call 523-0099. See you soonl 465 Buda Sportsplex Drive 78610 PIIOTO BY DOMINIC MARTINI:'/ Mariana Filipi and the Lehman girls soccer team have a grasp on Dis- tnct 49-4A's fourth and final playoff spot but the Lady Lobos have to finish the season strong to secure a postseason berth. district championship since 2003 and its second in school history. Lehman will close out the regular season with a home game against Giddings and then a road game at Hays on Friday, The Lady Lobos made the school's first-ever playoff appearance two years ago but exited in the first round following a loss to powerhouse Pflugerville Hendrickson. A fourth place finish is still within their grasp, but the Lady Lobos will have to win at least one of their last two games to have a realistic shot at the district's final playoff berth. "Our girls have been looking forward to this for a while," said Garcia. "Now we just have to go out and do it." Striker Haley Parsons is also confident that the Lady Lebos will be in the post-season. "It will be very exciting to do what the team two years ago did," said Parsons. "It would be a good way for the seniors on this team to finish out our last year." Girls & Boys Grade: 2-5 Please call Registration ends March 15tht for more information. www.texastopflight.com Lehman Softball: Lions lick Lobos Continued from pg. 1B Lockhart (I0-9, i-0) took control early as they explod- ed for three runs in the bot- tom of the first inning with Amanda Capello lining a two-run single into left field to plate Mackenzie Goebel and Taylor Rives, who had both walked to load the bases off of senior Monique Johnson. Lehman head coach Ni- cole Herrera inserted John- son after freshman starter Alexis Trotter had walked three of her first four batters to begin the inning. "We just didn't do a good job of throwing strikes tonight," Herrera said. "Whenever you walk people, you won't win very many games." It was a far cry from the outstanding pitching performance that the Lady Lobos got from former ace Ashleigh Hildebrand (now at San Antonio Clark) who only surrendered four hits while striking out six batters last season. Lockhart added two more runs in the second inning to take a 5-0 lead buoyed by a 2-run single by Chelsea Capello and then scored five more in the fifth inning keyed by a 2-run triple by Mackenzie Flores to end the game because of the mercy rule. "We didn't come out focused tonight and we didn't hit the ball," Johnson said. "I thought we would be ready to play because of how we played last year but we weren't." Taylor Rives struck out nine batters and gave up only two hits for Lockhart. "It was really disappoint-. ing for us to lose the way we did last year and we wanted to make sure it didn't hap- pen again," said Cone. Lehman travels to Hays on Friday for their first match-up of the season. Disldct Soccer Champs Continued from pg. 1B at the half the first time the two squared off, the Rebels were in a dogfight all game long. Hays took a 1-0 lead 25 minutes into the game when Omar Rangel flipped a pass over a defender to Christian Nonetheless, Hays was able to control the game in the second half and took a 2-0 lead on Herselman's pen- alty pick. ...... Although the Bears dosed to within 2-1 with 13 minutes to go, they didn't seriously Varela, who chipped it over threaten the Hays goal again. the Bast/op goalkeeper from "Every game this team 10 yards out. seems to surprise me," Bur- Hays keeper Ian Allison nett said. "Every game some- came out of the penalty box one different steps up and to try and knock a loose ball makes something happen. I away from an oncoming Bas- was very proud of this win. I trop forward inside the final told the team on the bus ride minute of the first half. He up it was going to be a tough received a red card for what game.Iknewweweren'tgoing the referee called overly-ag- to be cruising up 3-0 at half- gressive play. time again, but they found a That meant Hays was not way to get the job doue." only playing a man down in Hays will close out the reg- the second half, but Burnett ular season with a game on had to use Talon Homesley the road against cross-town as goalkeeper, a position he rival Lehman Friday night. hadn't played since middle Kickoff is scheduled for 7:45 school, p.m. DRIVE Check out our Great Inventorv! Individua Trusts Sam C. Coo +