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+ HaysFreePress.com gOMPErE AT STATE Five local high school art students have earned the fight to compete at the recent Visual Arts Scholastic Event meet in San Marcos. - Page 3B March 16, 2011 * Page 1B soccer com Hays and Julian Salas-Porms finished off a per- fect [~stfict 49- 4A seeson with a 2-0 win over Lehman Friday night. The Reb~ will play at Manor in the first round e on March 25. Lehman will face either Elgin or Pfluge Con- nafly in the post- season, pending the outcome of a matchup with Bastrop Monday that determines who gets the district's No. 2 playoff seed. PIIOT0 ~ CWaff SUIIW~-IMBt~ BY MARK GAUL fmepresssports@yahoo.com Tv~ueintensitywas high for aHays- hman soccer game that was ally meaningless in the dis- trict standings with the Rebels having clinched the 49-4A crown a week be- fore and the Lobos already having se- cured a playoff berth of their own. PLAYOFF NON0 Both the Hays and Lehman boys soccer teams are headed to the playoffs after the Rebels' 2-0 victory over the Lobos ended the regular season. blemished record in district is un- believable. These kids have accom- But it was still a heated rivalry plishedsomuch.We'veaccompllshed game between two teams loaded everything we wanted to in the mgu- with very competitive players. It lax season. Now it's up to them what ended with Hays pulling off a season we accomplish in the playoffs." sweep with a 2-0 win at Lobo Field. It also capped a perfect 12-0 run through 49-4A for the Rebels, who improved their incredible regular season record to 21-1-1. "What these guys have accom- plished is surreal," Hays head coach Jason Bumett said. "Having an un- Hays advances to play in the first round of the playoffs at Manor on Friday, March 25, beginning at 8 p.m. Lehman fell into a second- place tie in 49-4A and is scheduled to play at Bastrop's Memorial Stadi- urn on Monday at 6 p.m. to see who gets the district's second seed in the playoffs. The winner of that match- up plays Elgin in the first round of the playoffs and the loser will face Pflugerville Connally sometime be- tween March 24-26. Against Hays, Lehman head coach lay Sansom said he expected a tough battle. The Lobes could have avoided the one-game playoff with Bastrop with a win or tie against the Rebels. "Every time we play those guys it's going to be intense because these kids know each other so well," San- sore said. "It's for community brag- ging rights so it doesn't really matter what the records axe or where the two teams are in the standings. Both teams wanted to win the game very badlF" Hays beat Lehman for the fourth straight time, dating back to last season when the Rebels also swept the Lobos during the regular season. Lehman's last win over Hays was a 2-0 decisioh in the Rebel Cup championship match last season. Prior to that, the Lobos dominat- ed the series with a five-game win- ning streak against Hays. Friday night, opportunities to score came few and fax between. But in the second half, Hays su- per senior Parker Thornton finally got the Rebels on the board, taking a pass from Chase Sparks and then finding the net to give the Rebels a 1-0 lead. Sparks sent a beautiful crossing pass to Omar Rangel who scored a few minutes later to give Hays the cushion it needed in the victory. "They played with a lot of inten- sity on defense," Sansom said. "We played well for most of the game but Hays is an outstanding team and they will go a long way in the playoffs." Pllllm BY JUfff g001~ Ju in Lahman baseball team was riding high after a win over Hays and four victories at the AISD Tournament over the weekend, but Canyon was up to the challenge in~ 18-7 victory over the Lobos Tuesday night, BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com The Lehman Lobos carried a five-game winning streak into Tuesday night's District 27-4A tilt with hot-swinging Canyon. Rut after the dust settled some three hours later, it was the Cougars who emerged with a wild 18-7 win at Lobo Field. Canyon scored 11 runs in the final inning. "We made a couple of bad pitches and they made us pay for them," Lehman head coach Toby Robinson said. i ne game was a lot closer than the score indicated." The Cougars smacked six home runs in the contest, LEHMAN BASEBALL, pg. 2B PHOTO BY DOMINIC MARTINEZ Lehmen's KeKe Holmes lines a single to center field during the Lady Lobes' 15-10 win at Hays time Lehman has ever beaten Hays in softball during the six-year history of the series, Lehman which the Lady Lobes lost an 8-0 lead to the Lady Rebels in the late innings at Lobe Field. Friday night. It marked the first avenged a loss last season in Lady Lobos continue historic week for Lehman athletics BY JASON GORDON Field, and three days after the Leh- Lehman shortstop Cydney Ervin man baseball team beat Hays for the ~ the Lady Lobes were ready freepresssports@yahoo.com first time in school history, for this moment. It also marked the first win for the "It's a phenomenal f~.~,ling and it's T ehman High School continued Lehman softball team over the Lady about time, Ervin said. 'It's nice to I a week of breaking down long- Rebs in the six-year history of the do it here at Hays, especially when .L.Jtime barriers Friday night, serie~ we had more fans here than they This lime it was the Lady Lobo Lehman players and coachesdid. It's going to feel even better softball team that traveled across the didn't seem a bit surprised aRer the when we beat them again next time highway and took it to Hays in a 15= game, however, art our place." 10 win =it Lady Rebel Field. "We felt like we were the better Lehman, which improved to 1-1 It came one yeax after Lehman team," Lady Lobo head coach Nicole irt District 27-4A, set the tone early, squandered an 8-0 lead against Hays Herrem sakL "It was defirdtely a in thelate innings at LadyLobo well-deservedwin andit feels great"HISTORY WEEK, pg. 2B COURllESY TEXAS ~rATE UNIV1ER~ Texas State senior point guard Ryan White had a career-high 26 points in the Bobcats' SLC tourney quarterfinal win against Southeastern Louisiana. "rXST fell the next night in the sornifi- nais to top-sasded McNeeea State, a loss that ended the team's season. Bobcats fall in SLC semifinals in Katy FROM STAFF REPORTS One of the most exciting seasons in years for Texas State Uulversity men's basketball fans came to an end with a 91-83 loss to top-seeded McNeese State in the Southland Conference Tournament semifinals. McNeese State, who received a bid to the NIT Tournament, went on to fall to Texas-San Antonio in Saturday's SLC Tournament finals. The Roadrunners received a bid to the NCAA toumamenL McNeese State steadily built on a 37-29 half- time lead and led the Bobcats by 20 points with just under four minutes to play in the game, but Texas State didn't go away quietly. A pair of 3-pointers by Eddie Rios brought energy to the Bobcat offense, and five consec- utive points by Brooks ~erva cut the lead to 10 with less than a minute to go, but it would not be enough as the Bobcats fell short McNeese State came out after ~e and hit a quick three-pointer to take an ll-point advantage, and a three-point play by CJ. Col- lins with 7:50 left to go in the game stretchedj the Cowboys lead to 17 points. Travis Jones four-point play for the Bobcats when he was fouled on a made three-pointer, stopped a 7-0 run by McNeese State ~ctlt ~e gap to 66- 54, bLtt '~g~S Stat~ n~ a serious push to i~eaten the. r"~'~:- ~~:~ In the first half, it was all Tony Bishop and Cameron J olmson for the Bobcats as the duo IZxAs STATE tmellt4ttt, pg. 2B P BY JASON GORDON March 24-26. Both games will who looked Uke she was going said. "They were the differ- freepresssports@yehoo.corn be played at sites yet to be de- to advance and take a shot. She ence during the last 25 min- termined, instead niftily tucked the ball utes of the game." Hays head coach Cole backward and bumped a pass Reynolds allso got a huge el- The Lady Rebel gifts soc- Reynolds said it was not only to Bracie Harris, who nailed a fort out of his freshman goal cer team managed to pug off important to head into the left-footed shot into the right keeper MalloryWlllis, who re- something few Hays teams postseason with momentum, side of the net 15-minutes coided a shutout. axe doing these days - avoid but to also keep the Lady Rebs' into the seeond half. "Mallo~ did a great job," a first-ever loss against Leh- soccer win streak against Leh- "It was a real nice goal," he said. Tl~ey had several man. man alive. Reynolds said. "We showed chances to t~e the score but The Lady Rebs closed out "You don't ever want to lose great patience and ball move- she stopped every one." the district season with a 1-0 to Lehman ff you're at Hays, ment as a team." Hays senior captain and victory over the Lady Lobos especially heading into the From there, Lehman had four-yeax starter Lena New Friday night, playoffs," Reynolds said. "I several chances to score the gave Lehman credit for a well- Hays had the second seed was very interested to see how equalizer, but the Hays de- played game. "It was a high-intensity bat- in the District 49-4A playoff our girls would respond know- fense was up to the task each de throughout and they gave race locked up headed into hag we had our playoff spot time. the contest, and finished 10- locked up, and I was pleased. Five Hays defenders - Ra- us a tough test, New said. 1-1 in league play. Lehman played a very good chel Pitts, ]essica Crockett, "It was nice to keep our un- The Lady Lobos also quali- game and they had several Samantha Gordon, Dylan defeated streak alive against fled for the playoffs for the chances to tie the score, but Devine and Leslie Simoneau them. We never lost to them second time in school history, we responded." - all played instrumental roles in my four years here,, and I Hays will play Hutto and After a scoreless first half, inmakingsuretheLadyLobos didn~t want that to end.' Lehman will take on Pfluger- Hays meticulously advanced never tied the score. New said it's also important ville Hendrickson in the first the ball down the field before "We had key efforts out of round, sometime between it found its way to Kelli Uresti, all our defenders," Reynolds See GIRLS SOCCER, lag. 2B PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Hays' Lena New pelt) trlas to go on the offensive as Lehman's Malinda Perez defends during the Lady Reb- els' 1-0 victory Friday night. Hays takes on Hutto and Leh- man will play uge lk He~lrickson in the opening round of the next week. +