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Page 2B Sports Hays Free Press March 22, 2017 + Lehman High powerlifter Mia Dolin executes a successful lift during the January. Dolin, along with six other Lobos, took on the state's best at the HAYS FREE PRESS FILE PHOTO Hays Rebel powerlifting meet at Joe Graham Gym in state powerlifting meet in Waco last week. STAFF REPORT Powerlifting Association class and a personal best of 860 total pounds in state meet in Waco last 985 total pounds lifted the 148 pound weight The Lehman High weekend. Lobo Evelyn on the day. Lehman's class. Also lifting at the girls powerlifting team Ramirez capped off Alexis Ysla, who finished state meet were Rubylee took on the state's best her senior year with aseventh out of 18 Perez, Julissa Gonzalez, in the Class 6A Texasfourth place finish incompetitors, finished Mia Palomarez, Maddie High School Women's the 220-pound weight with a personal best Cruz, and Mia Dolin. (L-R) Brianna Salas, Raven Hamilton, Diego De La Fuente tournament in February. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARK CISNEROS and Alexandra Rivera pose for a photo after a San Marcos tennis D BY MARK CISNEROS news@haysfreepress.com The Lehman junior varsity and varsity Lobo tennis teams traveled to San Marcos in February and came away with ten total medals scored over a two-day period. The Lobo junior varsity team scored six medals, including two for freshmen Tegan Snllins and Connor Webster. The pair reeled off four more match wins and their third straight boys doubles tournament win. Senior Andrew Guadarrama and sophomore Savannah Gardner fought hard in their mixed doubles draw for a 3rd place finish. And after losing their first match of the day, sophomores Nailea Udave and Danna Hernandez won 3 straight to win the consolation ladder in mixed doubles. Lehman's varsity team earned four medals. Sophomore Diego De La Fuente won his second tournament of the season, losing only one game the entire day en route to a boys singles victory. ]unior Alex Rivera earned a hard-fought PHOTO COURTESY OF MARK CISNEROS Lehman Lobo tennis players Danna Hernandez (left) and Nailea Udave pose for a photo after claiming medals at the San Marcos tennis tournament in February. second place in girls singles. In the quarterfinals, Rivera dropped the first set 2-6 before fighting back to win the second set 6-3 and the third set super tiebreaker 10-6. Rivera won her semifinal match against an opponent from Hays High. Senior Brianna Salas and junior Raven Hamilton won three straight matches to enter the finals in girls doubles against a stout Wimberley team. The two teams were evenly matched, but Salas and Hamilton stood strong, winning a first set tiebreak 7-5. The duo seemed to frustrate the Wimbefley team in the second set, and at a crucial moment in the match, Salas hit an amazing volley-winner at deuce to take a 5-2 game advantage that proved to be the nat in the coffin. Salas and Hamiilton closed the match out in the next game to earn their first tournament win of the season. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lehman Lobo third baseman Elexiana Artiaga prepares to whip a throw across the diamond during a district game against the Hays Rebels earlier this month. BY MOSES LEOS III news@haysfreepress.com Struggles in gen- erating offense with runners in scoring position hampered the Lehman Lobos in a 6-2 loss to the Lake Travis Cavaliers March 13. With the loss, Lehm- an falls to 1-3 in district play as the team nears the midway point of the district slate. Lobo head softball coach Lydia Baggett said the loss to Lake Travis was "heartbreak- ing" as they couldn't generate the runs they needed. "We had runners in scoring positions more than just a few times," Baggett said in an emailed response. "But we couldn't pull off the runs to even the score up." The loss is the third district defeat in a row for Lehman, following a lopsided 10-2 win over the Vandegrift Vi- "We had runners in scoring positions more than just a few times ... But we couldn't pull off the runs to even the score up." -Lydia Baggett, Lobo head softball coach pers earlier this month. Baggett said the team is working hard and the "games we play are really a lot closer than the score reveals." "We just have to keep our heads up and keep working hard," Baggett said. "Every- thing will fall into place," Lehman traveled to Westlake Tuesday and hosts Leander Friday. Continued from pg. 1B With a 6-4 lead in hand, Hays turned to its pitching staff and defense to Stymie Lobo bats. Hays pitcher Roman Ruiz, who earned the win by pitching in relief of starter Aidan Martinez, went four innings and gave up three hits while strik- ing out three batters. Behind him, the Rebel defense make key plays in the field to limit the Lobo offense scoreless in the final four frames. "Roman did a great job. It was obvious Aidan didn't have his great stuff tonight," Howard said. "Roman workd ahead in counts and got the ball in the play. The defense be- hind him made plays when they needed to." Lehman's pitching staff, however, was un- able to halt the Rebel offense. Hays tallied three combined runs in the fifth and sixth innings and finished the game with 13 total hits. While Howard said there are things to clean up on defense, gathering a win in dis- trict was imperative. "There's not a bigger game than one in this district," Howard said. win against Lehman is as big as a win over Wesflake. If we focus on the fundamentals, good things will happen." From the Sidelines Continued from pg. 1 B Connecticut Huskies in the loss column. UConn hasn't lost a game since the year before the dinosaurs roamed the earth. To be exact- and eliminate hyperbole- UConn has won its last 109 games. While it'd be nice to see Texas team put that historic streak to rest, chances are UConn will easily float to another national rifle. Speaking of floating, Texas State's basketball team's run in the Collegeinsider.com Tournament (CIT) is about as exciting as a summertime tube excursion on the San Marcos river. While the CIT doesn't have the notoriety and flair of the NCA/(s or the National Invitational Tournament, it does give plenty of exposure for up-and-coming squads such as Texas State. The work Danny Kaspar has put in during his fourth season in San Marcos has Texas State primed for big things down the road. With only three seniors on the roster, the Bobcats could use 2017 as a launch pad for years to come. i I i ii/