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Page 2B 81~R1"$ Hays Free Press April 10, 2013 BY MOSES LEOS III a great challenge. "(It meant) keeping a good head on our moses@haysfreepress.com shoulders, keeping a good bal- ance of basketball and school, Balancing constant tests, as well as keeping our priori- game after game after game, ties straight," Colonnetta said. and life in general - that's a The task was made more real problem for high school challenging as the teammates athletes, described what a normal day Yet, four Hays Lady Rebel consists of during the basket- basketball players made the ball season. "We are here in grade this year, as Kameryn the morning and after school Kent, Lindsey McCurdy, Jen- for practice, in between, tak- nifer Colonnetta and Rachel ing extremely rigorous class- Calabrese earned honors for es," said Colonnetta, mention- their outstanding academic ing that all four of the seniors achievements, were involved in dual-credit On April 1, McCurdy, Col- or Advanced Placement (AP) onnetta and Calabrese were courses. "Then, we go home, named to the 2012-2013 Tex- where we have homework to as Girls Coaches Association complete. We are busy all day (TGCA) All-Academic team long." in Class 4A. All four students Finding time to unwind were named to the 2012-2013 and relax amidst the constant Texas Association of Basket- workload is an arduous task. ball Coaches (TABC) All-Ac- Yet, finding ways to keep their ademic team. Both achieve- minds away from school helps ments require that students belay the stresses they face on maintain an overall average a daily basis. "We alllike to get of 90 or above for the entirety together to have sleepovers, of their senior years, with the watching movies," Calabrese TGCA requiring an average of said. "That helps us relax, get- 94 or higher to qualify for Aca- ring our minds off of the work demic All-State honors, we have been putting in." "It is an honor for us to keep "We're a big family. Team a 90 average through sports bonding is so important for and everything," Kent said en- us," said Colonnetta, with thusiastically. Kent adding, "We are a goofy Forailfourgirls, theabilityto group, it's always exciting find that ever-difficult balance around us." between keeping their skills Perhaps the proudest per- honed on the court, as well as son of all was Hays head in the classroom proved to be coach Danny Preuss, who has PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Hays High seniors (left to right) Kameryn Kent, Lindsey McCurdy, Jennifer Colonnetta and Rachel Calabrese were named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Academic team. witnessed all four seniors' de- ketball team made the 2013 Texas, while Kent will attend she was our defensive stop- velopment both on and off Academic All-District list as Texas State. Ail are looking for- per. Lindsey provided lots the court. "They are very in- well. "I'm proud of my whole ward to continued academic of offense; she was a great telligent girls, and that intel- team." success at the next level. "I three-point shooter. Jennifer ligence spills over onto the College is the next destina- think we have all developed was awesome on the boards, basketball court," Preuss said. tion for the LadyRebel seniors, good study habits," Calabrese and had great intensity. And "They know where to be, they Of the four, only McCurdy will said. "We are going to carry Kameryn has the 'hate to lose' know what to do; they are continue her role as a student- that through to college." attitude; she was a true team very coachable. They will be athlete as she attends SMU The four players meant aleader," he said. "Theyarefour missed." on a full-ride golf scholarship, great deal to the program, girls that are hard to replace; Preuss also said nine mem- Colonnetta and Calabrese are Preuss said. "Rachel led our you cannot replace them. They bers of the Lady Rebel bas- off to the University of North team in three categories; are great kids, great leaders." + Lobo Boys Soccer: Historic run ends with close loss to Connally Continued from pg. 1B Not helping matters for the Lobos was the team's straggle to maintain possession in the scoring third. Often, the Lobos were one touch off, or passed the ball just a little too long, allowing Connally's defense to re-adjust and take away mo- mentum from the Lobos. At the hall both teams compiled numerous miles run, but nei- ther had a goal to show. In the second half, Con- nally's offense started out on a roll, increasing the pres- sure on the Lobos' back line. At the 35-minute mark, Con- naUy obtained, a golden op- portunity, nearly scoring the game's opening goal. How- ever, heady goalkeeping from Mike Torres kept the game scoreless, as he clove to make a vitally important save. Con- nally continued to threaten, but the Lobos met the Cou- gars' pressure, and clogged their passing lanes. "It was a team effort to keep (Connally) locked down," said defenseman and captain Chris Piedra, describing how Lehman tried to keep Con- nally's offense at bay. "We needed everybody to keep marking their man. The team did their best to keep pres- sure and to mark." Lehman's play on defense proved to be an asset, as their defense allowed for counter- attacks on the offensive end. "We threw an extra man up top," Piedra said, describing how the Lobos initiated their counter-offensive. "Our job (as a defense) was to pass him the ball, to keep him running. That gave us a better oppor- tunity to score." The Lobos' offense tactical- ly changed as well, as the team tried to outflank the Cougars with their speed and agility. "At halftime, our coaches told us to play the ball out wide," Guajardo said. "We noticed that their outside backs were weak; that's where we tried to attack." Connally struggled to con- tain the Lobos on that front, as Lehman's offense began to take form mid-way through the second half. Team speed, along with precise passing and control in the midfield, allowed Lehman to earn scor- ing chances. "We went to the outside and found some success," said Sansom. "It gave us a lot of opportunities on the left side towards the end of the game." Lehman's best chance to take the lead occurred at the 24- and 17-minute marks, as forward movement al- lowed the Lobos to have the PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Forward Diego Garcia drives to the goal against Pflugerville Connally. In a tight game, Connally scored with six minutes remaining to snatch the playoff dream from the Lobos. ball right in front of the net. The pace was frantic, as the For Sansom, Friday evening Unfortunately, both instanc- Lobos desperately tried to brought an end to a remark- es saw the Connally defense concoct a game-tying goal. able season. As he and his collapse on the ball, block- However, it was not to be. Un- coaches reminisced on their ing every shot attempt, with like the Reagan game in the history making season, they the Lobos coming up empty Rebel Cup at the start of the now focus on next year. both times. "They had every- season, the Lobos could not "We did a good job this body in the back, to protect find magiclate. Their historic season," said Sansom, pen- the net," said Guajardo, who run had come to an end. sive on the season that was. took multiple shots with 17 Despite the disappoint- "We will learn from this loss minutes to go in the game. ment, the Lobos held their - to take that little bit of bit- "Sometimes that happens,heads high as they thanked ternessinto next year and see That's soccer." the fans that made the 30 what we can build on. If we As time ticked away, both minute journey northward, learn from that lesson, we've teams became desperate to While tears were shed, the improved. If we don't, then score that golden goal. The team understood just howwe go back a step. lnathletics, latter moments of the con- important their run was to you see people bounce back test saw tough play from both Lehman High. For the first from a loss like this. Tonight, sides, as the squads pushed time in school history, a team we will have to regroup, think and shoved each other to gain from Lehman won a district about what we could have better positioning, as welt as championship. They, the Lo- done differently or changed possession, bos boys' soccer team, will up, and look forward to next Yet, Connally found a way forever hold that distinction, year." to successfully string togeth- "Every game, everyone was Lehman completes the er runs in the final 15 min- pumped. No matter the situa- 2013 campaign with the best utes. After missing on a few tion, no matter the opponent, record in program history, close calls, the Cougars of- we were ready to play every finishing the season with a fense broke through with six game," Piedra said. "Nobody 19-2-1 overall record, 11-1 in minutes to go in the game. got their head down. Never district play. The team's fin- With fleet passing and quick did we doubt each other. It ish in the Sectional round reflexes, Blay-Tofey wound was a team effort, from the is the deepest playoff run in hiswaytothefrontofthenet, players, all the way to the program history, withtheLo- taking the ball and shooting it coaches, who pushed us hard bos claiming the first team beyond Torres' outstretched during morning practices. It district championship in the hands, was all to make us better." history of the school. "Coach (Ramez Antoun) said that (Connally) had two of the best forwards in the state this year," said Sansom, characterizing how much respect Connally's forwards were given on the night. "They scored a goal on the back sideline. We just came out unlucky as far as that goes. That's the nature of the sport." Lehman mounted one final effort to equalize the score. FARMERS' Debbie Thames Insurance Agency AUTO HOME LIFE BOAT HEALTH 251 N. FM 1626 #2C Buda, TX 78610 Office: (512) 312-1917 Fax: 312-0688 Email: dvthames @ ausfin.rr.com Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Your Business & Referrals Are Appreciated PHOTO COURTESY OF TREY ROSE On March 23, Lehman powerlifter Kenny Higgins placed second in the Super Heavy Weight class at the Texas High School Powerlifting Association's state meet in Abilene. Higgins totaled 1900 pounds on his squat, bench and deadlift. This marks the third consecutive year that a member of the Lobos boys powerlifting team has placed third or higher at the state meet. Hays Baseball Continued from pg. 1 B pitch strikes. That helped me '~.gainst Boeme Champion, settle down and get outs." we must quickly jump on One more run was tallied them like we did (to Seguin) in the Rebels' favor, as they this evening and record a big ran away with a 16-0 victory, win." Moving forward, the team The Rebels improve to 7-3 is focused on finishing out in district play, placing them the regular season on a win- in a three-way tie with Alamo ning note. "We hold our own Heights and Kerrvllle Tivy destiny for the playoffs. We with four games left in the need to make sure we keep season. 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