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Page 2B SPORTS Hays Free Press April 14, 20 0 / ! COURTESY PHOTO Members of the Lehman girls golf team, which recently captured its second straight district title are (left to right) Cecilia Ortiz, Nadia Hernandez, Coach Danny Preuss, Alaina Martinez, Lizzy Shelton and Vanessa Hernandez. Lehman girls golf team defends district title to earn regional berth BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com The Lehman girls golf team entered last year's regional tour- nament playing with house money. Never before had head coach Danny Preuss been in position to have a full squad to com- pete in tournaments during his previous four seasons at the school. Now, one year later, the Lady Lobos have loftier goals. After dominating play at last week's District 17-4A tourna- ment - beating second place San Marcus by 75 strokes in the two-day event, the Lady Lo- bus certainly have momentum heading to next week's regional tourney in Huntsville. It marks the second straight year the Lehman girls have claimed the district rifle. 'Anytime you win back-to- back titles with the same girls, you've accomplished some- thing," Preuss said. "We defi- nitely came out strong and played some of our best golf. I wasn't expecting it to be that easy but we were pretty focused on what we wanted to do." Veteran players Lizzy Shelton and Cecilia Orriz have helped Preuss build the foundation of the Lehman girls golf program. SophomoresVanessa and Na- dia Hernandezjoined the squad last year to help give the Lady Lobos much-needed depth, and Alaina Martinez came aboard this spring to give Lehman its best team in school history. Now, they will get a second chance to improve upon a 12th place finish at last spring's re- gional tournament. They will square off against the likes of highly regarded schools such as Magnolia andWlUis at regionals. "It's going to be different from last year because we un- derstand what we have to do to be successful at regionals," Shelton said. "I think we were a little nervous last year and didn't play our best golf. But we know what to expect now so there won't be any surprises when we get there." Preuss cited the long course atWaterwood National Resort in Huntsville as one that his team struggled with in the early going at regional play last season. "It was an extremely tough golf course so the conditions were a little tougher than we were used to," said Preuss. "But we wanted to represent our- selves well and I think we did that." Going into last year's regional tournament, the Lady Lobos had posted team scores of 407 and 433 at the two-day district event. But after a slow start in regional play, the Lady Lobos could only muster a 438 in the first day of competition which lead to a disappointing finish. Although the regional tour- nament in 2009 dicin't go as well as Preuss would have imagined with the Lady Lobos finishing 12th out of 16 schools, he be- lieves the results will be a bit more positive this time around fqr his squad. |"Everything gets easier the scond time around so I know we'll perform a lot betlter and be able to build on what: we did last year," he said. "Our perfor- mance on the second day was much better than the fitrst day. We were more comfort;able as the day went on." Ortiz is excited for a second stab at a regional rifle. "We're extremely excited to be able to accomplish something as big as back-to-back district championships," Ortiz sd. "It's geat for our school and gives pgople an idea of the talent we have at this school. We want to go up there and win it this year. We want to make the most of tiffs opporttmity." I MEXICAN RESTAURANT 108 N. Austin St. Budo 512.295,6043 NOW OPEN 7 DAYS New Hours: Mort. 7-3 p.m., : LIVE MUSIC 6-8 RM. 1st Wednesday of Month Wed. 7 a.m.-9 p.m : .................................. for another title run Bully Unit Box- ing Team out of San Marcus will be competing in the 2010 Regional Ju- nior Olympic Box- ing Tournament in Kingsvllle April 16- 18. ]arren Saldafia and Roman Ruiz brought home the championship in 2009 and are ready to do it again. 18U, 16U, 14U TEAMS 830-379--889 WWW.BASEBALLBYBOWIECOM COURTESY PHOTO Bully Unit Boxing Club members include (left to right) Jarren Saldafia, Josiah Reyes, Coach Jorge Rincon, Coach Joe Salda, Coach and former NABF flyweight champ Mike "rrejo, Isaac Martinez and Buda Elementary student Roman Ruiz. (not pictured) Ilene Pacheco. Local tennis player turning heads on youth circuit STAFFREPORTS Local tennis sensation, 9-year-old Sydney Colleen, has been working hard and playing hard for two years in USTA tournaments. She started playing 'tennis three years ago in pee-wee class- es and, when she turned seven, she got a little more serious. Colleen played in the girls 10-year-old division and won many USTA tournaments despite playing against girls sometimes two years her se- nior. Then, at only eight years old, she won first place in her first-ever age-12 division tor,rcrl.-fz trzrd  C'dITI" Champ division player. That was an unexpected but huge accomplishment. Over the past several months, Colleen has been training hard and playing in tourna- ments, trying to earn enough points to make it to the next division During this time she wa two consolation brackets and made it to the semifinals in the main draw once. But she still needed to win three con- secutive matches in a tourna- ment to reach the girls 12 Sa- per Champ division. This past weekend, Cd- leen participated in a USA Georgetown CMZ tournament in the girls 12 Champ division. She needed to make it to the finals to achieve her goal. It was a challenge for her because her opponents were usually 11 and 12-year-old gfak who are bigger and ha ve been playing tennis and com- peting much longer. But that didn't seem to slow down Col- leen, despite playing a gruel- ing three-set second match, she won the three matches needed and advanced to the i :iii! .... ! i!i I COURTES;Y PHOTO Sydney Colleen finals in Georgetown She will now be compet- ing in the USTA Super Champ girls 12 division. We lomk for great things in the futur,:e from Colleen, who is cmrrently ranked No. 6 in Texas rand No. 43 nationally for fourtht-grade girls. Hays High junior goal ke U.S. Soccer Developmel game against Lehman e Hays, joins prestigious program BY SANDY SOLI Special to the Hays F Hays High Schoo goal keeper Ian Allis, pl/ys on the club te Fusion 94 $2, will soc U.S. Soccer Develo] Academy program ot Antonio. The Developmenl emy is a partnership U.S. Soccer and the t clubs around the whose purpose is to Lobo Softbal Continued from pg. "Our defensive takes really cost game against Hays," rera said. "Tonighl really buckled dowr focused on makin plays we were suppo make. We showed a heart to come back that tough loss." With the win, the Lobos (19-8, 4-4) themselves in a thre tie with San Marco: Del Valle for the dis fourth and final p spot. Lehman went beat Manor Tuesday to even its district re The Lobos will fa against both teams d the last week of the r season. Valderaz admits th spite the improbabh the Lady Lobos will to maintain their foc the remainder of th son if they are to rea playoffs. "This was a hug for us but we kno we still have to win more games to ma playoffs," Valdarez "We know we have tc San Marcus and Del to give ourselves a ch We just need to sta cused." i PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BAR" )N .'per lan Altison, who plays on the club team HYSA Fusion 94 $2, will soon join tal Academy program. Allison is seen here making a leaping save during a Hay rlier this season. 00occer player Allisor S ee Press junior m, who n HYSA n join a )mental of San Acad- tween youth ountry )rovide the best youth players in the U.S. an everyday environment designed to produce the next generation of National Team players. "Ian is a quality keeper that has always had lots of poten- tial since he was a wee boy. He has a strong, command- ing presence in the box and is highly motivated to strive for perfection in his perfor- mances on the pitch," said John Harding, Ian's coach for four years. Allison said he's looking forward to the unique opp, tunity to improve his skills. "I learned that you do have to be on a high le team to understand how hard work can get you. about actually wanting to 1 better and be willing to w( for it," said Allison. "I'll m! the connections I had wi my coach and teammal that I have known and play, with for six years. 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