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Section B + SWEEPSTAKES ALL OVER Hays CISD middle school bands earn multiple awards. - Page 3B March 23, 2011 * Page 1B | ,t BY JASON GORBON If you think the Hays High boys soccer team might be due for a letdown after two weeks off heading into the playoffs, all you need to do is look at the back of their T-shirts. The shirts have the motto, "Who's next?" on them, which seems appropriate for a squad that went 21-1-1 in the regular season, including 12-0 in dis- trict play. Hays' only loss was to Georgetown, a Class 5A team ranked in the top 30 in the na- fion. The Rebels play at Manor in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs Friday night, begin- ning at 6 p.m. "The shirts mean we know we're prepared going into every game," said Hays senior Jared Herselman. "It sends a positive message that we are excited for what the playoffs have in store." Hays head coach Jason Bur- nett said he sees no signs that his team is slowing down. "I think some teams over the course of a season that dates back to November get tired or start settling for something less than their best," Burnett said. "I told them last week that the team that's going to win state is out on the practice field before their coaches get there. We had a practice scheduled for 8 a.m. well in the postseason." Burner said he believes PLAYOFF TiME Hays has a solid chance to not Both Hays and Lehman only advance past the regional quarterfinals, a feat no other boys and girls soccer Rebel team has accomplished, teams begin playoff trek. but to win state. Hays High hasn't had a state champion in a team sport since Monday morning. I got there opening in 1968. at 7:45 a.m. and by the time I "I've been watching Class 4A got on the field our team had and Class 5A soccer for a long already warmed up and were time, and I'm not sure if any- into an 8-on-8 drill. So I deft- one in Class 4A can play with nitely would say this team is them," Bumett said. "The back still motivated." of our T-shirts, that's our men- Burnett said he actually tality." thinks the long break between If Hays wins Friday night the games will help the Rebels. team will play the winner of the "I think the break rejuve- Travis-Vista Ridge in the area nated them," he said. 'And I round of the playoffs on Tues- believe we're going to do very day at a site to be determined. PHOTO BY CYNDY ~.0VAK-BARI~ Q Jesus Ramirez uses a bicycle kick to block a pass earlier this season. The Rebels begin the playoff season Friday at Manor begin- ning at 8 p.m. BY MARK CAUL Tx~inse3fve been through it all in their ur seasons at Lehman High- the , the losses, the injuries and the chilly early morning practices. Three seniors who have been instru- mental in building Lchman's soccer pro- gram will play their final game in the Lobe blue-and-silver this year. After beating Bastrop in a double- overtime shootout thriller Monday night to earn the district's No. 2 playoffseed, Leh- man will open the playotts by hosting Elgin Friday night starting at 7 p.m. But whether or not Lehman is hoisting the Class 4A state soccer championship trophy in Georgetown in mid-April or falls a few rounds short of its goal, it's dear seniors Oscar Martinez, Oscar C_arcia and Corey Bergstrom have all made a huge impact on the Lobe soccer program. Martinez and Garcia have both made their mark on the offensive end while Bergstrom has made his contribution defensively. 'All three of these young men have been a bik part of what we have accomplished over the last four years," Lehman head coach Jay Sansom said. "It's going to be very difficult to see them go because they have been great leaders for this team." In their first two seasons, the trio was a part of Lehman's first-ever playoffteam in 2007 and returned to the post-season again in 2008. They were fortunate to have played with several upperclassmen who helped shape the direction of Lobe soccer in Jesus Chavez, Amie Nieto, Femando Castro, Tanner Riojas and Juan Gordillo. "Those guys all had winning attitudes," Bergstrom said. "They made sure every- body was on the same page. If you didn't work enough they would let you know about it." Bergstrom was also named Homecom- ingvarsiK~oand was a place kicker on the otban team this season as well. "Corey has always been a great defen- sive player and has brought that intensity every season he's been here," Sansom said. Oscar Martinez has been the vocal leader of the Lobes ever since he stepped on the Lehman campus. The quick-footed, skilled socceT striker has become the personality of the team and has always allowed the Lobes to compete on the field because ofhis ball handling skies and leadership. When both Maninez and Garcia were lost to season-ending injuries in 2010, a PHOTO BY VAJ.ERIE GUERRA (Left-to-nght) Oscar Gamia, Oscar Martinez and Corey Bergstrom have helped set the foundation for Lehman High boys soccer for a long time. The Lobes will face Elgin in the first round of the playoffs and the three seniors are a big reason Lehman is back in the postseason after missing the big dance in 2010. Head coach Jay Sansom said it will be tough not seeing the three team celbtains on the field next season. The Lobes will host Elgin Friday night beginning at 7 p.m. once promising season quickly spiraled into one in which the Lobos missed the playoffs. "R was hard watching my teammates lose games and not be able to help them," Marline= said. "As soon as the doctor cleared me to pla~ I started working to get myself ready for this season." See LOBO LEADERS, pg. 2B BY MARK CAUL ran0 BY ERe 6UERkmo Valeriz OrUz and the Lehman girls soccer team are back in the play- offs for the second time in school history but they face the daunt- ing task of playing undefeated Hendrickson in the first round Thursday night in Bastrop. Although the journey has been filled with more gripping twists and rams than a suspense novel, Lehman head coach Nauri Gar- cia has his troops back in the giris soccer playoffs after a one-year absence. "We thought we would be in the playoffs last season so it was very disappointing not to make it," Garda said. "But we are happy to have accomplished our goals this season." Garcia could hardly suppress his laughter when he chronicled the numerous injuries and road- blocks that his team endured to secure the district's fourth place spot and a date with undefeated Pflugerville Henddckson om Thursday night in Bastrop. LADY LOBO SOCCB, pg. 2B BY MARK CAUL freepresssports~/ PHOTO BY JUDY ~ Two of Lehman's best play- ers took it upon themselves to break the Lobes out of their two-game district slide. Pitcher Justin Vajgert did it withhis arm and scintillating shortstop Nick Cerda with his bat as the Lobes blanked Del Vane 7-0 Monday night at Lobe Field in non-district action. Vajgert held the Cardinals to two hits and stluck out seven in six innings of shutout work for Lehman Higlx Cerda went 2-for-3 at tho:i~ including a towering ~-rt~ shot that Chris Tello and the Lehman base- gave the Lobes a comfortable ball team dominated Del Vallo in 3-0 lead at the bottom of the non-district action after two straight sixth inning. 27-4A losses. The Lobes will try to Hunter Lehman recorded get back on track in district play Friday vs. Alamo Heights. See LOB0 ~ pg. 2B on wmnln F Victor Rubio and the Hays baseball team have reeled off four straight wins since a loss to Lehman. The Rebels are now 12-4 overall and 3-1 in Distnct 27-4A. PflOTO BY UZA ANNA AMEZQUITA BY JASON GORDON Hays High head coach Doug Ragsdale predicted Lehman's first-ever win over Hays two weeks ago wouldn't have a lin- gering effect on his team. He certainly was correct. Since then, the Rebels have reeled off four straight wins, in- cluding three in District 27-4A, to climb back in the thick of the league race. "The loss to Lehman was toi~gh, but we knew we had to keep Competing," said Hays pitcher Matt Casas. "We have no doubt that we still have a chance at a district tide." Last night, Hays beat Lock- hart 7-4 toimprove to 12-4 over- winning track after the loss to Casas' four-hit pitching over six all and 3-1 in District 27-4A. the Lobes with an 8-5 victory at innings. Cavazos came on in the Chase Brunnemann nailed Alamo Heights. seventh to pick up the save. really come together and our goal now is to win another dis- trict fide." Hays has won four district titles In a row for the second ~rne in Ragsdaie's career and is going for its fifth straight. The Rebels got back on the a three-run double with two Hays jumped out to a 4-0 At the plate, Miller was 3-for- out in the top of the seventh to lead in the first inning on RBI 3 and Navarre delivered the big snap a 4-4 tie to lead Hays to singles by Masen Gully, Nick shot in the game, a monstrous victory over the Lions. Reuben Cavazos, Casas and Rubio. three-run homer to left-center Miller's two home runs in the The Rebels added three field in the third inning to give game for the Rebs helped Hays more runs in the top of the the Rebels the insurance runs come back from an early 3-1 third as Miller led off with a they needed. deficit, double, and Gully and Rubio "The l~OSt important thing "I think the loss to Lehman followed with RBI singles that with this team has been con- motivated us," saidHays catch- scored Miller, Stefen Navarre sistency," Ragsdaie said. "The er Victor Rubio. "The team has and Trevor Ragsdaie. ' kids have really grooved their Hays next took on Del Vane swings and we're hitting the in non-district action and ban hard, and our pitchers axe knocked off the Cardinals 5-1 throwing strikes. Defensively, behind the brilliant pitching of we're making all the routine starter Thomas Shannon and plays and some of the spec, reliever Trevor Ragsdale. tacular ones, and that's what Fridaynight against Clemens, you have to do to play winning the Rebs prevailed 5-2 behind baseball."