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.............. L.,,* ,,,. u, ,Ju.nunurl  ] III]HIINIIIIIIIIIILI HaysFreePress.com ACTING UP Hays One Act reaches Region, Lehman wins honors. - Page 3B April 27, 2011 Page lu Hernandez's homers keep Lehman playoffhopes alive BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com On the eve of one of the most important games of the season for the Lehman High baseball team, it was one of the two se- niors honored prior to the con- test who helped keep the Lobos' playoff hopes alive. Senior outfielder Ioey Heman- dez slugged a pair of home runs to lead Lehman to a 7-6 win over Clemens on Senior Night at Lobo Baseball Field on Friday. Hernandez and outfielder Chris Tello are the lone seniors for Lehman this season. "Our seniors don't want this season to end with. out mak- ing the playoffs," Lehman head coach Toby Robinson said. Lehman can now clinch a playoff spot with a win Friday at Lockhart. The Lobos will also make the postseason with a loss against Lockhart ff Clemens beats Alamo Heights on Friday. The win came after the Lo- bos had been held to a total of one run in consecutive losses to Smithson Valley and Alamo Heights. "The kids took thosd losses personally," Robinson said. "They worked hard this week and it paid off at the plate." Against Clemens, Hemandez's first home run tied the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the third in- ning. ]acob Urea promptly followed up Hemandez's blast with one of his own. The back-to-back jacks gave Lehman a 3-2 lead. The Lobos added three more runs in the fifth inning as Her- nandez ripped a pitch over the outfield wall off of Clemens starter Tyler Corvalli to extend the lead to 6-3. Junior starter Justin Vajgert scattered four hits and only gave up three earned runs in five in- nings of work on the mound for the Lobos. "R was a must win," said Va- jgert, who picked up the pitch- ing victory. "Now we want to take care of business on our own next week. We don't want to have to worry about what anyone else does." Lehman beat Lockhart last year in its final game of the sea- son to clinch its first-ever playoff spot, where the Lobos were even- tuaUy knocked out by Class 4A state champion Brenham in the first round. "We are in the same position we were in last year," Robinson said. "Win and we're in the play- offs. It will be the biggest game of the season." PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Joey Hernandez blasted two home runs deep into the night air at Lobo Field Friday night to help give Lehman a 7-6 win over Clemens in a key 27-4A matchup. Hot shot Hays golfer McCurdy tops in Texas for 4A BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com Danny Preuss first wandered upon Lindsey Mc- Curdy hitting golf balls about five years ago. Every shot was pure. He was the golf coach at Lehman High School at the time and asked the man standing beside Lindsey what grade she was in. "She's in sixth grade," said Kevin McCurdy, her father. After pausing a few seconds in disbelief, Preuss then asked what high school zone she was in. The answer was Hays High. Fast-forward to 2011, and McCurdy is a sophomore and is the top-ranked Class 4A golfer in Texas and Prau J tha haad gall eaaeh at I-h High. McCurdy recently finished second at the Class 4A Region I.Tournament at Pecan Valley Golf Course in San Antonio, and her next stop will be the UIL State Toumament at Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin. "I was so impressed with her at regionals;" Preuss said. "She normally drives the ball between 260 and 300 yards, but they had the course set up with hazards so she couldn't do that. She had to tee offwith irons on some holes and rely on her short game, but she still shot scores of 72 and 74 and made it to state." McCurdy's progress certainly doesn't surprise her father, who's been her only swing coach since first placing a club in Lindsey's hands at age four. "She started hitting in the back yard about that time," said Kevin McCurdy, who taught golf classes at Valdosta State University in Georgia at the time. "She entered her first nine-hole tournament at age 10 playing against girls as old as 13. She shot a 51 and finished second. Golf always seemed to come naturally to Lindsey." A job at Texas State University as a professor in the Health and Human Performance Department brought the family to Hays County, and Lindsey has continued to impress on the golf course ever since. During summers, she has competed on the Texas See TOP-RANKED GOLFER, pg. 2B PHOTO BY JASON GORDON Hays sophomore Lindsey McCurdy is ready to make her attack at the UIL Class 4A State Golf Tournament May 9-10 at Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin McCurdy is currently the top-ranked female Class 4A golfer after finishing second at the Class 4A Region IV Tournament at Pecan Valley last week. She also fin- ished second in the first tournament she ever played at age 10, going up against girls three years older than her. Lindsey's father Kevin, a professor at Texas State University, is the only golf coach she's ever had. Canyon rolls to win against Rebels BY JAMES HOLLAND freepresssports@yahoo.com The last time Hays High played Canyon High, the Cou- gars led 9-0 before the Rebels even came to bat. Hays put on a tremendous rally that night at Rebel Field late last month to come back and win 12-11. Thursday night, Hays once again gave up a huge inning to Canyon, but this time couldn't find the momentum to catch the Cougars. The result was a 12-4 loss at Cougar Field that gives Canyon a chance to run Hays down and tie the Rebels for second place in District 27-4A. Hays (7-4 in 27-4A) plays its final game of the regular See HAYS BASEBALL, pg. 2B Lobo tennis trio ends season at regionals BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Lehman junior Adolfo Gonzalez fell just short in his attempt to reach the UIL Class 4A State Tennis Tournament for the second time in his high school career. Though they put themselves in great position to advance to the state tournament it just wasn't in the cards for three Leh- man I.obo tennis players at last weelds regional tournament at the Blossom Athletic Center in SanAntonio. Junior Adolfo Gonzalez, who advanced to the state boys sin- gles final as a freshman, came up a match short in his bid for a repeat trip to the state tourna- ment as a muscle cramping is- sue slowed his progress in the regional final loss to Lake Travis' top-seeded Dustin Archer 6-7, 6-4, 6-3. See LEHMAN TENNIS, pg. 2B Lady Rebel softball falls short of postseason competition PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-SARTON Canyon's Andrea Robson slides safely in front of Hays catcher Dani Alvara- do dudng the Cougarettss' 5-3 win Thursday night. Hays still had a chance to clinch a playoff berth on Friday night, 10ut fell 7-3 against Alamo Heights after the Lady Mules ended the game with a dramatic walk-off grand slam. BY JAMES HOLLAND freepresssports@yahoo.com The Hays High softball team had two chances to claim a play- off berth on Thursday and Friday nights at Canyon High School. The Lady Rebels battled hard in both contests, but ultimately fell short of their bid for a post- season spot. After losing 5-3 to Canyon Thursday night during their final regular season game, the Lady Rebs were in a tie with Ala- mo Heights for District 27-4A's fourth and final playoffberth. Hays and Alamo Heights squared offFriday night at Can- yon High for the right to that postseason spot. The Lady Rebels looked to be in excellent shape after scoring two runs in the top of the sev- enth inning to take a 3-1 lead when singles; by Hannah Ram- sey and Emily Opheim scored Maddy Shananon and Ramse)6 but things felll apart for Hays in the bottom offthe seventh. Several pop-ups fell to the ground that could have ended the game for the Lady Rebs, and after Alamo Heights tied the score 3-3, Katlin Sehres put the finishing touch on the rally by nailing a laser shot into the wind over the centerfield fence with the bases loaded. The walk-off grand slam sent the Lady Mules to the playoffs with a 7-3 win and ended Hays' season. "It's definitely ve very disap- pointing" Hays head coach Joan- na Farr said. "There's not a whole lot to say. You could see it on the girls' faces how tough it was for them. We just want to take this into the offseason and make it the driving force for what we want to accomplish next year." Against state-ranked Canyon on Thursday night, Hays had an early lead when Kelsea Sa- dler hammered an RBI-double that scored Emily Opheim, but Baylor University-signee Sarah Crockett tied things up with a homer for the Cougarettes that knotted the score 1-1. Canyon went on to take the lead for good with a rally in the bottom of the fourth inning. "We played some really close games, but we just didn't finish those must-win games down the stretch," Farr said. "That's something we're going to have to leam to do next year. We're a young team that's losing only two senior starters (third base- man Ashley Miller and catcher Dani Alvarado) so we really feel the future is going to be great for our program. We also have a IV team that lost only three games all year. Those players will bring a lot of talent to the varsity mix next.season." The Class of 2011 Keepsake Graduation Edition will be distributed May 25 for Jack C. 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