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+ + HaysFreePress.com Why do 50 percent of college students drop out without adegree? - Page 1D ~a~S ~J[re~ress March 20, 2013 Page 1B BY MOSES LEOS III news@haysfreepress.com Timely hitting and strong pitching helped the Hays High Lady Rebel soft- bail team defeat Seguin 7-4 on Thurs- day. The victory boosted the Rebels' claim to second place in Class 4A statewide poll, released by the Texas Gifts Coaches Association Monday. Hays dove into action in the sec- ond inning, as Lady Rebel Haieigh Madden reached first base on an er- ror. After a Brayden Pinckard double, Karina Rocha hit into a fielder's choice to score the games' first run. Junior Sarah Leai followed with a bunt down the first base line, scoring Pinckard to give Hays a 2-0 lead. The Rebel offense stepped up again in the bottom of the third. After Seguin cut the Hays lead to 2-1 in the top half, the Rebels countered with big hits from Maddy Shannon and senior Hannah Ramsey, who slapped a triple into center field to score Shannon. Hays led to 3-1. "It was all about getting the run in. I was focused on hitting the ball hard and getting the bail into the gap," Ramsey said. Seguin challengeed the Rebels defensively in the fourth and fifth innings. The Lady Matadors pen- chant to string together hits, along with a few Rebel miscues, allowed Seguin to place runners in scoring position. Seguin took advantage in the fifth inning, scoring two runs to force a 3-3 tie. The Rebels took that speech to Hays High head coach Aaron Full- heart, as they left Matadors on base er said he sensed the momentum in the fourth and fifth innings. The shift, saying he understood his team pitching of Sarah Leal, was key as she needed to relax and play the game. "I pulled the Lady Rebels out of numer- told the kids, 'things are going to hap- ous jams in the contest. Leal's cool pen, you're going to get bad hops in demeanor kept the Seguin rally in the a game.' Seguin is a good team. They fifth to only two runs. put a lot of pressure on the defense; "Starting off with first pitch strikes they are going to score runs. I told was key. I also knew that my defense (the team), 'we're not out of it. Just be- was behind me today. The main part cause they are putting the ball in play, of pitching is pounding the strike putting pressure on us, hops are not zone. All I could do was to pitch my going your way, we're making mis- takes, we're not out of it'," Fuller said. See HAYS SOFTBALL, pg. 2B e BY JOSHUA YOUNG sports@haysfreepress.com And so the regular season ends, much the same way it started, for the Lehman boys soccer team, with a victory over the Akins Eagles at Lobo Field. This time, though, it was against the Akins varsity squad instead of the IE, and the weather conditions were about 40 degrees warmer. The Lobos held Akins to just eight shots on goal and two second- half goals, and captured a 3-2 victory in their last regular sea- son match of the season. The Eagles were the first to find the net in the game when ' a rebound found the foot of an Akins forward to give them a 1-0 advantage. The Lobos struggled early in the game to find rhythm offensively until freshman Diego Garcia got a free kick chance with less than three minutes to play in the first half, rocketing a 25-yard strike into the upper left cor- ner of the goal. With that goal, Lehman found its offensive identity and began to attack the mid- field. Eventually; senior cap- tain Eli Guajardo, dribbled up the middle and into the box and fired a shot past the Akins goalie for a 2-1 lead. Ten minutes later, Guajardo again penetrated into the Akins box and scored on a breakaway for a 3-1 lead. After another scor- ing opportunity by Guajardo missed just to the right of goal, Aldns went on the counter at- tack and scored to make the final tally 3 -2. The Lobos' goal scoring tan- dem of Guajardo and Garcia has become one of the most formidable duos in the Cen- tral Texas area. On the season, the two forwards for the Lobos have battled back and forth for ~e team lead in goals. Enter- i:j PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Senior Eli Guajardo (facing camera) hugs teammate and freshman Diego Garcia after scoring his second score of the night, bringing the Lobos to 3-1 against Akins. The scoring duo helped the team take first in district, the first district championship in Lehman High's history. The final score against Akins was 3-2. ing the game, they were tied gether and everybody wants both say an individual record with 20 a piece, with Guajardo to see the team succeed above is not as important as team now holding a 22-21 advan- anything." success. tage. The two players have a Guajardo was instrumental "I just want the team to rapport and always want to in the Lobos' playoff run last succeed first, and if Diego or feed each other the ball. year, and noted how different I break the record, that's nice "For a little guy, Diego's a the team is over the two sea- too. But, winning the next monster. He's so quick and he sons. game is our goal right now," can go left, he can go right, he "Both teams have a simi- Guajardo said. makes defenders look foolish lar style of play, we play quick Up next for the Lobos is an when he's dribbling. Oh, and to the outside and work back unnamed opponent from Dis- hecanfinish from anywhere on through the midfield to attack, trict 50-4A in the first round the field," Guajardo said about What sets this team apart is of the UIL playoffs. The Lobos his freshman teammate, the chemistry we have from have about a week to get some Garcia was a little more re- playing indoor soccer togeth- rest and healwounds, but Leh- served about his own abilities, er throughout the offseason man is definitely not going but also pointed out the bene- because it allowed us to trust to be just "happy to be there" fits ofhavinggreatteamchem- each other and know each come playoff time. This group istry and not being selfish, player's strengths," he said. of footballers has only been "Everybody plays together Both Guajardo and Garcia defeated once and tied once on this team. They trust me to are within striking distance of all year, and they have plans make plays and I trust them to the Lehman season record of for some real play in the next make plays. We play well to- 25 goals, set last year. But they few weeks. make hmlm/ as state runners up It was all smiles this week at Lehman High as the Lady Lobes made history as state runners up in power lifting. The team includes (left to right) Coach Trey Rose, Alys- sa Gaitan, Kat Mohle, Natalie Guerra, Jessica Gonzalez and Coach Eric Ray. Blanca Villegas is also a member of the team. The Lobos com- peted at the THSWPA State Championships in Corpus Christi on Friday. State qualifiers included Gonzalez, 105 Ib weight class; Gaitan, 114 Ib; Mohle and Villegas, 165 Ib; and Guerra, 220 lb. The three Lobo medalists included Gaitan and Guerra in second place and Gonza- lez in third place, placing the Lobos as 4A State Runner Up to Port Lavaca Calhoun which won its eighth con- secutive state title. COURTESYPHOTO PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Lady Rebel Samantha Gordon (#14) drills home a goal inside the box past the Giddings keeper Tuesday to close out Hays High's regular season play. The Lady Rebels wilt be moving into the playoffs next week. Details to follow on all Hays CISD playoff games online at www. haysfreepress.com. r BY MOSES LEOS III Gilmore connected on both corners, with Gilmore lofting sports@haysfreepress.com the ballin front of the net, and Gordon heading in both shots On an emotional Senior on goal to give the Lady Rebels Night at Shelton Stadimn, a 3-0 halftirne lead. the Hays Lady Rebels closed In the second half, the Lady out the regular season by Rebels continued their domi- defeating Giddings 4-0. The nance over the Giddings de- victory extended the Lady fense. The team had mnltiple Rebels' undefeated streak to opportunities to score, but seven games, while also keep- strong play by the Lady Buf- ing their opponent scoreless faloes senior goalkeeper Vic- for the third straight contest, toria Schimank kept the Lady The Rebels attacked early, Rebels at bay. moving forward and pressur- The Lady Rebels added one ing the Giddings back line. more goal in the 33rd minute The Lady Rebels got their first of the second half, as Bus- goal at the 32-minute mark, as tos scored off an assist from Jessica Cruz received a Mila Tabitha Rodriguez to give Bustos pass in front of the net, Hays the 4-0 victory. pushing the ball into the net The Lady Rebels worked for a 1-0 lead. the ball around the field, with Hays struck twice more in adept footwork, to beat Gid- the first half, taking advan- dings. tage of the smaller Giddings "Passing the ball around defense to score on corner was the key to tonight's win. kicks. The tandem of Saman- tha Gordon and Mercedes HAYS GIRLSSOCCER, pg. 2B m BY ROBERT WHITMER terful on the mound, Hunter struck out nine Lions while sports@haysfreepress.com only walking one on 95 pitch- es. Neither team mounted On Tuesday night the Leh- any offence as the Lions nev- man Lobos baseballteam de- er got a runner past second feated the Lockhart Lions 1-0. base. Hunter finished off the The Lobos evened up their game in the 7th inning with a record at 13-13 for the season quick thinking play on a ball and 2-2 in district with the back up the middle. win, keeping the momentum The Lions pitching was towards aplayoffposition, also almost unhittable as The flags, unlike the pre- the visiting pitcher gave up vious home games, were two hits and struck out eight. falling limp as the Lehman The lone run in the game was Lobos took the field against in the bottom of the 5th in- the visiting Lockhart Lions. ning when Lobo Ben Flores The weather was as ideal as was able to get to first on it could get for the middle of a dropped strike three. He March in central Texas with then advanced on a sacrifice a game time temperature in bunt by Jacob Penney and a the mid-70s. Hunter Lehman single by Xavier Soliz. Run- took to the mound looking ners were at the corners with for another win for the Lobos 1 out and Jacob Urea came and he was as close to unhit- up to bat. Flores scored on table as possible, the following wild pitch and Hunter pitched a complete that was the difference mak- game four hitter Tuesday, er in the game. which would end up being The Lobos face Schertz the key to the game. Mas- Clemens on Friday. + !