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ELECTION 2017 Hays CISD board candidates talk growth, proposed bond at forum. - Page 3B HaysFreePress. April 19, 2017 Page 1B BY MOSES LEOS III to a series sweep overthat limitedVandegrift Vandegrift, which heldbats to three total runs. Expecting, embracing the second place spot in TheVipers entered the and overcoming adversity the 25-6A standings. With series averaging five runs is advice Hays High base- the wins, Hays (18-7, 11- per game. ball coach James Howard 7) completes the regular Aidan Martinez, imparts to his team, season by thrusting itself Weston Wolf and Jacob based on lessons learned into the thick of the play- Trujillo, who were Hays' from the late David Null. offrace, starting pitchers in the So, when various lem- "There's going to be aseries, each went more ons were pitched to the lot of movement in thethan five innings on the Rebels in its three-game next few weeks becausemound. series against the Vandeg- the top teams are play- Howard said Martinez rift Vipers last week, Hays ing against each other," is a "competitor" who responded by making Howard said. "It's huge piched with a "lot of lemonade, for us to take a (series) confidence" and hit his Three wins over a two- win against these guys." spots in game one. Wolf day period, including a Carrying the Rebels and Trujillo, who started dramatic walk-offvictory during the course of its April 12, catapulted Hays sweep was a pitching staffREBEL BASEBALL, 2B PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Hays Rebel baserunner Clayton Cathey (right) slides over the outstretched arm of a Vandegrift Viper player who attempted to place a tag a home plate April 19. (Browse and buy photos at bartonpublications.smugmug.com.) PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Huddled in a circle near the scoreboard, members of the Hays Lady Rebel softball team have a post game discussion after defeating the Vandegrift Vipers 13-0 in five innings. The result was bittersweet as the 13 runs scored corresponded with the jerseynumber of teammate Brynn Aylor, who was killed in a car accident roughly a month ago. (Browse and buy photos at bartonpublications.smugmug.com.) BY MOSES LEOS III Tears welled in the eyes of Hays Rebel head softball coach Lisa Cone when she realized just how emotionally sig- nificant Tuesday's 13-0 run-rule win over the Vandegrift Vipers was for her team. Hays' 13-run bom- bardment of Vandegrift capped off a regular season that culminated with the 25-6A crown. It also helped the Rebels "1 know we had a little extra angel out there. I know that's what the girls are thinking. We got some help tonight." -Lisa Cone, Hays softball coach shake off their only dis- trict loss to Vista Ridge which was suffered late last week. Perhaps more sym- bolic, Hays' run total Tuesday corresponded to the number worn by Brynn Aylor, who was tragically killed in a car accident roughly a month ago. It was a bittersweet moment for Cone, who understood the range of emotions her team has experienced. "I know we had a little extra angel out there. I know that's what the girls are thinking. We got some help tonight," Cone said. "The kids have worked hard this year and played through things that you couldn't quite imagine." REBEL SOFTBALL, 2B BY LOGAN MCCULLOUGH man Alyssa Martinez took her coach's words An all-around team to heart, understanding effort lifted the Lehman the trust forged among Lobos over the West- teammates. She fulfilled lake Chaparrals 6-4 on that trust by drilling a Senior Night Friday at base hit with two outs in Lehman High. the fifth inning. The Lobos were first "There were two outs, tO tally a run after junior sO I felt like it all comes pitcher Kaylee Wipffhit down to me at that an RBI double in the point," said Martinez. bottom of the first. "It's either going to be After 3.2 hitless in- three outs or it's go- nings pitched from ing to be a base hit - so Wipff, Westlake senior with that mentality I'm shortstop Juliana Brown not thinking I'm gonna rifled an RBI double to crush the ball, I'm just tie the game at 1-1. gonna go out there and The Chaps made get a base hit." consistent contact at Martinez's base hit the plate in the top of was then followed by the fifth inning, earning four straight two-out three runs on three hits Lobo singles up the to give them a 4-1 lead. middle of the Chaparral After losing the defense. lead they had held for "I got to put it in my four innings, Baggett team's hands and I did preached perseverance and they came out. and to her team. had my back as well "I just said whatever - we had each other's you do don't give up," backs," said Martinez. said Baggett. "Don't be With the bases thinking about how loaded, Lobo senior left many innings are left fielder Elexianna Artiaga - go out in this inning made the play of the right now and you get gmne with a three-RBI the job done. Be aggres- triple to clear the bases sive when you're taking and give Lehman back your lead, stay in diving the lead. distance and don't be "I just kept my eye scared to run. If you on it, judged it my best, think you've got it- go. Senior third base- LOBO SOFTBALL, 2B Lehman Lobo Bria Arrant (far left), Hays Rebel Camille Dickson (center) sprint to the finish line of the girls 100-meter dash April 19. (Browse and lications.smugmug.com.) PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III and a Westlake Chaparral buy photos at bartonpub- BY MOSES LEOS III Over 20 Hays CISD athletes punched their tickets to the area meet after making the cut at the 25-6A District track and field meet held at Vandegrift High. But it was the Hays High varsity girls track team that stole the show by claiming the 25-6A district title. The girls track team, which will send 13 athletes to the area meet at Judson High this week, held off second place Vandegrift by scoring 147 points. The Lehman girls track and field team, which finished fourth out of seven teams, will send eight athletes to the area meet. Hays' boys varsity track and field team, which will send eight athletes to area, finished third in the standings. The Lobo boys track team will send two athletes to area. HAYS GIRLS AREA TRACK QUALIFIERS: Brianna Kaminski, BreajeeMcMillian, Anaise Lahue, Sam Sloat, Camille Dickson, Alexa McFadden, Alyssa Blanks, Nicole Lewis, Trinity Wells, Lauren Sikoski, Reaga~asey, Natalie Effiom and Cameron McFadden, LEHMAN GIRLS AREA TRACK :QUALIFIERS Bria Arrant, Samirah Cunningham, Seauanna Watson, Jaytin Busby, Breanna Deleon, Miranda Castillo, Briana Garcia, Ironesha Walton HAYS BOYS AREA TRACK QUALIFIERS Sam Gonzales, Robbie Woodworth, Damien Fiscal, Cade Powell, Darian Moore, Travis Selby, Dillion Baker, Tristan Tate, Manny Galvan. LEHMAN BOYS AREA TRACK QUALIFIERS Ty Roaches, Tracy Malrey,