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,e Section B HaysFreePress. Cl.0SET Hays CISD nonprofit works to find every student's glass slipper. ' - Page 3B April 12, 2017 Page 1B I PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Ruby Ranch resident Frank Dickey, 85, clears 7' 6" on his second attempt Sunday at the State Senior Games in San Antonio to claim the world record for his age group. Dickey, who took a 60 year break from the sport, said he is more proud of this accomplishment than any awards he received in high school or college. BY MOSES LEOS III news@haysfreepress.com "1 would say I'm more proud of that than any of the awards I got in high school or college." - Frank Dickey, Buda resident end world-record pole vaulter By cleating 7-feet, 6-inches in San Antonio, Dickey broke the outdoor men's pole vault world record for the 85- to 89-year-old division. His mark surpassed a record that had been in place for more than 20 years. It was all the culmi- nation of a three-year quest for an athlete who returned to the sport 60 years after his prime. "I would say I'm more proud of that than any of the awards I got in high school or college," Dickey said. Early success Dickey's love affair with pole vaulting began in high school in Missouri. He said watching others participate in the event "looked like so much fun." Soon, he entered the sport and began to excel. Dickey's success eventu- ally drew the eye ofthe University of Missouri at Columbia, which offered him a scholarship in the sport. Success continued into college, where Dickey fin- ished second at the 1954 Texas Relays; he then finished in a tie for first at the 45th Drake Relays with a height of 13-feet, 6-inches. All of that was done when participating in the pole vault was a dangerous proposition. FRANK DICKEY, 2B Few people can say 85 years old could be beneficial for them. For Buda resident and active pole vaulter Frank Dickey, turning the age Jan. 7 signified moving up into a different age bracket in the World Masters Athletics com- petition. With the move came different (i.e. lower) records to surpass. And so on Sunda5 roughly 92 days after naming the spry age of 85, Dickey put himself into the history books. PHOTO BY GWOKO PHOTOGRAPHY Hays High catcher Abbie Blackwell reaches to snag a pitch high in the strike zone during Friday's district game against the Lehman Lobos at Lehman High. BY LOGAN MCCULLOUGH news@haysfreepress.com The Hays Lady Rebels remained undefeated in district play following a nine strikeout perfor- mance from sophomore pitcher Maxine Valdez in a 6-1 victory Friday over the crosstown rival Lehman Lobos. With the win, along with a loss by Lake Tra- vis to Wesflake Friday, the Lady Rebels essen- tially clinched at least a share of the 25-6A district title. The young and relatively inexperienced Lady Lobos got off to a slow defensive start as they allowed three Rebel runs on four hits, including back-to-back- to-back RBI singles in the first frame. The Rebels hitting barrage extended into the second inning as they tacked on three more hits and one run to pad their lead to 4-0. Lehman head coach Lydia Baggett said that the real struggle isn't the defense, it's hitting the ball. "We have a great defense. We really do," said Baggett. "Yes, you're going to have hiccups, you're going to make mistakes - that's the sport - we just have to find a way to hit the ball." Things began to trend in the Lobos' fa- vor in the third inning. After an early pitch- ing change, the Lehman defense forced the Rebel lineup to go in order in the top of the third. That momentum carried into the bot- SOFTBALL, 2B PHOTO BY NATHAN LATSHA Hays Rebel Tristain Peevey (left) races back to second base after he was caught in a rundown in Saturday's dis- trict series finale against the Vista Ridge Rangers Saturday. PHOTO BY NATHAN LATSHA A Westlake Chaparral leaps over the foot of Lehman High catcher Nathaniel Garcia (right) in order to step on home plate Friday at the Lobo baseball field. The Lobos succumbed to the Chaps 8-4. BY MOSES LEOS lU In addition, the win news@haysfreepress.com kept Hays three games ahead of Wesflake in the race for the fourth When the Hays Reb- and final playoff spot in elsneededastopper on25-6A. the mound Saturday, Highlighting the Reb- Jacob Trujillo answered el offense were Clayton the call. Cathey and Cole Irby, A stellar 4.2 inningwho both hit home outing in relief from runs in the contest. Trujillo, along withTrujillo, who earned timely offense, helped the win, gave up only Hays power past the two runs and struck out Vista Ridge Rangers in a three batters in his out- critical 9-8 come-from- ing. Hays' Aidan Marti- behind win at home. nez earned the save. Hays' win helped theHays will close the Rebels avoid a three- regular season on the game sweep at the road at Vandegrift Fri- hands of the Rangers. day and Saturday. + iii iii