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Hays one act play closes season at area competition. - Page 3B HaysFreePress.com April 141 2010 * Page 1B Victorykeeps Rebel baseball team in first-place tie PHOTO BY JOEL SAN MIGUEL Hays catcher Justin Heath gets set to rip into a pitch during the Rebels' victory over Del Valle Tuesday night. The win keeps Hays in a tie for first place with San Marcos in District 17-4A. BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com Hays head baseball coach Doug Ragsdale likes his team's version of a letdown. In a game that the Rebels eas- ily could have come out flat, they instead coasted to a 4-1 home vic- tory over Del Valle Tuesday night. It came after the most thrilling win of the season Friday night at San Marcos, which deadlocked the top of the District 17-4A standings between the Rattlers and Rebels. "This had trap-game written all over it," Ragsdale said. "I was re- ally worried about a letdown af- ter the emotional high of the San Marcos win." It did take Hays (16-6, 7-1 17-4A) awhile to get things going against Del Valle, but Stefen Navarro woke the crowd up with a three- run blast over the left field fence in the bottom of the third inning to give the Rebels a 3-1 lead. "Stefen gave us a spark," said Hays centerfielder Trace Gandy, who made two spectacular defen- sive plays in the game. "Once he hit that home run, it seemed like everyone on the team gained a lot of confidence." Hays starting pitcher Sam Brey- fogle found his groove and al- lowed Del Valle no earned runs while scattering four hits on the night. He also struck out eight batters, including Daniel Reyna to end the game. "I think even though we're in first place we're still a team that can improve," Breyfogle said. "That's definitely our goal head- ing into the final two weeks of the season." Friday against San Marcos, Phillip Abreo proved to be Mr. Clutch again for the Rebels, nail- ing a solo homer in the top of the sixth inning to give Hays a 3-2 lead. Reuben Miller followed with an RBI-double to score Shelby Sherman, and Hays became the first team in 17-4A this season to beat Rattlers' ace Bagley. Dylan Morrow l in relief in the fit nings, striking out batters, to pick up came on to pitch ning for the save. "It was one heck Ragsdale said. "I v proud of my guy: was very good ag victory over him was thrilling." Hays is back in night at Elgin. T Dripping Springs il game on Saturda' 11 a.m. pitcher Blake itched brilliant h and sixth in- five San Marcos the win. Abreo the seventh in- of a ballgame," ras enormously Blake Bagley in, so to get a t San Marcos action Friday e Rebels host i a non-district beginning at I Kicking it to a higher level Hays, Lehman athletes make 1st team All-District BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com " ays and Lehman were well represented on the AllDis trict 51-4A soccer squads. The Hays boys team, which tied its deepest postseson run in school history by adncing to the regional quarterfinals, landed six players on.eie the first or .... second team: , Haymidfieldrs loeGarcia and Jared/r!ersetman, and'forward : Parker Thornton were first-team- ers, and Rebel goalkeeper Luke Adams, nfidfielder Robbte Clev- enger and defender Chace Sparls " all made second team. Midfielders AndrewWristen, Hipoito Pa- -: dron and Keegan Fischer were all named honorable mion. . ,, Every single one of bur players': : played an important role in our playoff success this year," Hays ' boys head coach Jason Burnett : said. "But it's always nice to be recognized for youtefforts, Asa : four-yearstarterioeGarciahas : : wowed us with his gifts. He has truly been our ESPN highlight reel. We'll truly miss the seniors like Joe, Luke, Robbie, Andrew, Hipolito and Keegan, and the oth- ers we're losing, but are excited about the future of the program with players like Iared, Parker and Chace coming back." Despite the fact they missed the playoffs for the first time in four years after an injury-plagued season, the play of Lehman boys first-teamer JuartGordiltoi a senior midfielder, and sec0nd-team .... selection Cory Brgstrom, a junior defender, stood;ut. Also for the Lobos, defenders Jose Rangel and Christian Sepulveda, and mid- fielder Erick Dieguez were named honorable mention. "Juan was a four-year letterman as well as captain and he played like it," Lehman boys head coach Jay Sansom said. "Cory was also a captain and anchored our defense. I'm glad he's back for one more year." The Hays girls team, which fin- ished third in District 51-4A, had three players on both the first and second teams. Karlie Junot, Lena New and Stephanie Segovia were named first-teamers, Laura Vogt, Saman- tha Gonzalez and Kelli Uresti were named to the second team, while Lady Rebels Alyssa Christian, Both Lehman's Amara Smith (above, left) and Hays' Stephanie Segovia (above, dght) were selected to. the first-team All-District soccer squad. Both the Hays and Lehman boys and girls teams were well represented, with both Rebel playoff teams landing three spots on the District 51-4A first team. Hays star midfielder Joe Garcia (right), a four-year varsity starter was named to the first team. Savannah Derrick and Natasha Anderson were named honorable mention. "Karlie was a great spark plug in the midfield," Hays girls head coach Ryan Race said. "Stephanie was our leading goal scorer for the season and was a force up front, and Laura played a great defensive wing." The Lehman girls team didn't accomplish its goal of a repeat trip to the playoffs, but senior forward Dominique Jaquez was named to the first team and sophomore midfielder Amara Smith earned second-team honors Also, Kyra Meaux, Melinda Perez and Valeria Murillo were named honorable mention for the Lady Lobos. "Domino Jaquez is an outstand- ing athlete that is capable of playing any position on the field," Lehman girls head coach Nauri Garcia said. "Amara Smith is our multisport athlete Most of her time at Lehman is spent getting from one practice to another. We look forward to her magic in the midfield for two more years." PHOTO BY RUDY GONZALEZ PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Joe Garcia Penelope Kittle (right) and her mixed doubles partner, John Martin, will be among four Lehman tennis players headed to regionals. BYJUDY COOPER Lehman tennis players qualify for regionals BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com The Lehman tennis team is back. Back in the regional to arnament, that is, where the Lobos hopq tmdiiou in-which the- coming an area power in1 The Lobos finished sec trict 17-4A tournament Ia and will be sending four regional tournament next "We have come a long period of time and I cou er of this group of kids," coach Orlando DeLaFue: have worked very hard to are and it's starting to p It's an amazing accompli: Lehman finished seco to continue a Lre quickly be- he sport. and at the Dis- ,t week at Hays, athletes to the week. way in a short dn't be proud- Lehman head zte said, "They get where they y off for them. hment". d behind state- ranked San Marcos. The Rattlers captured iine of the 16 individual and doubles t regional spots and both district championships. Nonetheless, the LoboS were still able to make their mark and Will be well-rep- resented in the regional tournament. Sophomores Adolfo Gonzales and Desiree Kittel in singles, long with the mixed doubles pair of John Martin and Penelope Kittel were all able to secure district rifles at the two-day event. Gonzales, the defending boys state runner-up, was outstaring in van- quishing both of his district opponents in straight sets. The sophomore sensa- tion beat San Marcos Robert Lee hand- fly to win his second consecutive district boys singles title. Desiree Kittel defeatedIClalre Dennis of San Marcos to win he first girls sin- gies district title. I The senior mixed duo oMartin/Penel- ope Kittel made easy worl of their semi- final and finals opponent to advance to the regional tournament a well. though my team isla little disap- pointed they didn't win a district title, they are still excited about the Opportunity to advance to regionals and play for a chance to go to the state finals," DeLaFuente said. "I'm expecting all four of Our kids to do well in the regional tournament." The regional toumamen will be played April 21-22 atW'fllis High SchOol in Houston. Lobo softball slugs Lockh.art in historic Win PHOTO BY ADAM REYNA Monique Johnson came up with the key hit to give Lehman a shocking 3-1 upset win at state- ranked Lockhart last week. BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com The Lady Lobo softball team re- sponded to their most emotional loss ever by earning one of the most impressive victories ever posted by a Lehman High athletic team. Just a week after they squan- dered an 8-0 lead in a home loss to cross-town rival Hays, the Lady Lobos handed state-ranked Lock- hart its first home loss in three years. The perennial power Lady Lions came into the game ranked No. 12 in Texas in Class 4A. A pair of clutch singles by Leh- man's Monique Johnson and Feli- ciana Tortes highlighted a three- run sixth inning in the Lady Lobos' 3-1 win at Lockhart on Tuesday night. The Lockhart loss stunned a capacity crowd looking on at Li- ons Field. The jaw-dropping vic:tory not only marked the first home loss for Lockhart in three seasons but also knocked the defending dis- trict champion Lady Lion,s out of a first place tie with Elgin in the 17- 4A standings. "I'm just so happy right now for these girls because of what they went through last week (against Hays)," Lehman head coach Ni- cole Herrera said. "They came out and played great defense and re- ally put the pressure on Lockhart. They are a team that is used to putting up a lot of runs, so when our defense kept them from scor- ing, I think they started to press a little bit. We're very excited. This is something our seniors will always remember." Trailing 1-0 to the Lady Lions, Lehman finally broke through against Lockhart ace pitcher Bob- bi Schulle (10-2). Cydney Ervin doubled to lead offthe top of the sixth. Tortes then ripped a single down the left line to drive home the speedy Ervin and tie the game 1-1. After Lehman's Liz Valderaz sin- gled to put runners at the corners, Johnson continued her recent hit- ting tear by lining a double up the middle to plate both Torres and Valderaz to give the Lady Lobos a 3-1 lead. Lehman pitcher Ashleigh Hil- debrand dominated Lockhart. She threw seven inningS, giving up only four hits while I striking out five batters. ! More importantly the same defense that committed eight costly errors a week before in the disappointing loss tO Hays was outstanding against the normally hot-hitting Lady Lions (17-6, 6-2 17-4A). No defensive play was bigger than Johnson's running catch to quell a Lockhart rally in the fifth inning with the Lady Lions threat- ening to increase their lead at the time with runners in Scoring posi- tion and two outs. See LOBO SOFTBALL, pg. 2B