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Page 2B Shootout SPORTS victory brinos Lobos one game shy of playoff spot BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com The Lehman baseball team just wouldn't quit. Down to their last few outs with a potential playoff berth hanging in the balance, the Lobos still found a way to get it done. As a result of their 13-12 shootout win over Elgin, the Lobos put.themselves in prime position to become the first baseball team in school history to get a taste of the postseason. The Lobos need only one more win to secure a playoff berth with Hays and Lockhart left on the district schedule. Michael Andrade shut down the Wildcats in order in the seventh for the final three outs of the game that put Lehman solidly into fourth place with only two games remaining. "This team showed a lot of guts, fire and determination tonight," Lehman head coach Toby Robinson said. "They are a bunch of guys that really want to make the playoffs. We battled down to the final out. Now, we control our own des- tiny. We still have to take it one PHOTO BY JACOB TORRES Orland Banda hurls a pitch toward home during Lehman's 13-12 slug- fest wiq against Elgin. The Lobos need only one win in their final two games 1o make the playoffs. game t a time." 10 on a run scoring single by ChriTello's two-run double Tyler Scott. inthebttomofthesixthinning The Wildcats also led 5-3 in put the Lobos ahead to stay af- the top of the third inning. ter Elgi briefly reclaimed their Cesar Omelas and TeUo each secon lead of the contest 12- had three hits for Lehman while Tre Abeita and IP Flores contributed two hits apiece in the win. Flores singled in a pair and Abeita drove in a run as Leh- man opened up an early 3-0 lead at the bottom of the first inning. "We did a good job of find- ing holes early and that helped us get off to a good start," Rob- inson said. "It was a game that went back and forth." Elgin bounced back to score five runs in the third off of Lobo starter Flores to take a 5-3 lead. From there, Tello and Or- nelas both drove in runs to put Lehman in front 9-5 in the bot- tom of the fourth inning. Abeita is excited about the opportunity to be a part of the team that may finally get to embark on a playoff run this season. "It would be awesome to get into the playoffs because it's something we've worked so hard for all season," Abeita said. "We just have to want it more than everybody else." The Lobos face Hays on the road Friday night before clos- ing the regular season at Lock- hart on Saturday. i Lobo girls OQI ends with regional tourney BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com To schedule an appointment, call 512-694-1746 The COURTESY PHOTO Cecilia Ortiz, Vanessa Hernandez, Lizzy Shelton, Nadia Hernandez, and Alaina capped off an impressive season with a seventh-place finish at the Class 4A Region III tournament in The Lehman girls team made a successful return to the Class 4A Region III golf tournament in Huntsville last week. Despite facing highly regard- ed squads from the likes of Mag- nolia and Wtllis, the Lady Lobos came away as the seventh best team in Region III. "I told the girls going into the regional tournament that they had already accomplished a great deal and anything they did would be gravy," Lehman head coach Danny Preuss said. "There were a lot of outstand- ing teams at the regional tour- nament but I was very proud of the gifts for their hard work to get to this level." The Lady Lobes, who cap, lured their second consecutive district championship a few weeks ago, were able to improve on last year's regional scores by shooting single-day totals of 414 and 408 against more es- tablished programs. The Lehman girls shot a 433 and 407 last season at the re- gional tournament. Senior Lizzie Shelton led the way for the Lady Lobos with a 198 tw$-day total. Other members of the back- to-bacl district champions who h tlped exceed last year's regiomL! scores were Vanessa Herum tdez, who shot a 94 on day tw, ) of the competition, and Alaina Marfinez, Nadia Her: nande:: and Cecilia Ortiz. Preu;s said he believes the lel00 Lehman Tennis Content furore is indeed bright for an up- and-coming program that has the potential to grow with two of the five performers (Vanessa Hernandez and Marline'z) set to return next season. "We have a lot of talent and they will learn from this experi- ence," Preuss said. "But I think we will be up for the challenge Continued from pg. 1B Both Martin and Kittel have been mainstays of the Lehman tennis pro- gram since they were freshmen. The Martin/Kittel duo dominated No. 4 seed Texas City 6-4, 6-4 in the first round before going on to defeat No. 6 seed Foster 6-3, 6-2 in the quar- terfinals. "We went into the seeding meet- ing thinking our strength of schedule would be enough to get a seed and some protection for at least one round but it just didn't happen," said DeLa- Fuente. "The kids took that as a sign of disrespect and played their best tennis of the year which made the result even sweeter." Meanwhile, Adolfo Gonzalez, the odds-on favorite to defend his boys singles regional title, was forced to re- tire in the semifinal round because of back pain that plagued him the entire tournament. "Adolfo just had a bad day and it's too bad because we we were fully New Hays Basketball C ach expecting him to get back to state," DeLaFuente said. "Unfortunately, his back began to bother him and he just ! could not find a rhythm. But I told him what he accomplished last year made this year possible. He made us believe it can happen. He is just a sophomore and I predict will be stronger than ever I next year." ! Sophomore Desiree Kittel who bowed out in last year's regional girls singles final, was eliminated in the quarterfinals in three sets although she was a match point away from ad- vancing. "The timing just wasn't right for De- siree this season," said DeLaFuente. "She is a very talented player and I know she'll make another run next season since the top four seeds in her draw were all seniors." The state tennis tournament will be held on May 10-11 at the World ofTen- nis at Lakeway. our new district will bring." Shelton thinks the bar has been set for the Lehman golf pro- gram. "We are the first team at the school to win back-to-back dis- trict championships in any sport," Shelton said. "That is something all five of us will remember for the rest of our lives." Hays Baseball Continued from pg. 1B with the key hit, a two-run single up the middle to score Gully and Shelby Sherman and Hays led 8-0. That was more than enough run support for Breyfogle, who threw five innings of three-hit baseball, striking out seven bat- ters. Dylan Morrow came on to close out the final two innings in relief for the Reb- els. "We feel like when anyone gets a hit, it sets off a chain reaction and we all start hit- ting," Breyfogie said. "We're playing great teambtLsebaU right now." Hays knows it will play either Waller or Montgomery in the first round of the play- offs, but Ragsdale is more concerned with the Rebels finishing off the regular season strong. Hays will have a weekiong layoff without a game due to TAKS testing. "We're going to try and keep the kids sharp by putting them in pressure-type game situations this week in practice," Ragsdale said. "Having back-to-back games next weekend doesn't bother me. We'll be ready." Continued from pg. 1 B their final eight games after starting the season 2-14. "With all five starters coming back, it's going to be exciting to see what we cab accomplish in the next few years," McMullen said. 'Tm really looking for- ward to the new opportunity and challenge." McMullen said his coaching philosophies are simple. "With a small-school back- ground,. I base everything I do on the fundamentals of the game," he said. "We'll get back to basics. We'll be a team of great shooters and passers, and we'll make good decisions. I like to run an up-tempo of- I fense ]epending on our ath- letes,  nd I like to push the de- fense   the way up the court. We'll s :art out in man-to-man and ailjust as the game goes on." Mcl Iullen added that he ex- pects :o implement his sum- mer p] ogram at Hays as well. "I u ;ually like to coach the fiflh-gaders in summer and have a paren t I can teach our systen coach the sixth grad- ers," iV cMullen said. "The mid- dle sc] tool coaches will coach the sm enth and eighth graders in sun [mer and of course run the sm ae system we're running at the i aigh school. By the time i they're freshmen, the kids will be very familiar with what I do at the high school level." McMullen said he definitely knows about the success the Lady Rebel basketball program has enjoyed, with two trips to state since 2001. 'Tve heard about the gifts program here and that's very exciting," he said. "I think success builds confidence throughout the years. I'd love to bring the guys to that level at Hays. I hope we compliment each other and build the entire program in that aspect." McMuUen won't officially be voted in by the Hays CISD school board until its May meeting at the earliest, but one board member called the approval a "mere formality." Although he will finish out the school year at Pflugerville Connally, McMullen said he hopes to meet the players in the Hays basketball program after TAKS-testing week, which runs April 26-30. "I'm looking forward to vis- iting with the players and the assistant coaches," McMullen said. "It will be important to tell them about my coach- ing philosophies and to set a plan for the rest of the school year." Hays Free Press * April 28, 201 0 Lobo Tradition i Continued from pg. 1 B was a fullback and lineback- er for cross-town rival Hays in the early 1980s. Their un- cle Steve was one of the best football players ever to wear the Rebels uniform, rushing for more than 2,192 yards during his senior season in 1994. Their cousin Dominique, currently a senior at Lock. hart High, is a two-time state champion in powerlifting and is an all-state performer in both football and track. The two brothers are still remarkably close and R], now a freshman at Texas State University in San Mar- cos, can usually be spotted at nearly every sporting event Jaylon is participating in. "He is one of my biggest supporters, along with my parents," said ]nylon. "It feels good to always see them in the stands cheering me on. It motivates me." RJ is hoping his younger brother can follow the same path he blazed as a Lobo. "I want ]nylon to be better than me," RI said. "He works hard and I know he has the talent. I'm always going to be in the stands pushing him." In his sophomore season, Jaylon has given his family a lot to cheer about. He was third on the team in recep- tions and receiving yards de- spite missing the final three games after suffering a knee injury in football. While on the track, ]nylon blazed his way to a school record 50.99 in the 400 meter dash to accomplish some- thing in two years that his older sibling failed to do in his four-year stay at Lehman - win a district title. "He has gotten progres- sively better with each meet this season," Laney said. %nd I still don't think he has reached his full potential. He will be a force in both track and football for the next two years." ]nylon has yet to shy away from the comparisons to his older brother, but admits that the pressure to live up to his accomplishments fuels his competitive fire. "Sometimes I feel like have to be as good as my brother in every thing I do, but my coaches just tell me to just concentrate on being myself and good things will come," said ]nylon. "But the fact that RJ was a great athlete will al- ways push me to be the best athlete I can be." a ---- ............ 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