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4- Section B HaysFreePress. POLLY THE PUG Hays CISD students help disabled dog find new life. - Page 3B May 3, 2017. PaplB BY MOSES LEOS III p.m., while Game 2 is set finished the series going 7 The Mavs tallied two for Saturday at noon. If for 10 at the plate, runs in the second in- Rising to the occasion necessary, Game 3 will be Lisa Cone, Hays High ning, followed by scoring last week helped the Hays at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. All head softball coach, said three runs in the fourth Rebel softball team power games will be played at the team can "count onframe. Madison loaded its way into the second ludson High. anyone to get a rally go- the bases with two outs in round of the playoffs. Big plays in the clutch, ing." the fourth frame. Madi- An aggressive approach both on offense and de- "Once they get started, son's move came as Hays at the plate, mixed with fense, carried the Rebels they feel those emotions was without Rodriguez strong pitching, allowed in its bidistrict round about getting on the and starting pitcher Max- Hays to eliminate the San series, ball, and that helps us in ine Valdez, who dealt with Antonio Madison Mav- They began Game I the dugout," Cone said. illnesses midway through ericks 10-5 and 13-3 in a with a seven run outburst "They get behind each the game. two-game sweep, in the first inning where other when they get a But Cone stressed to With the wins, Hays 12 Rebels went to the rally going." her team to relax during advances to play San plate. But Hays' offense wentthe Maverick comeback. Antonio Brennan in a Leading the way was cold for the next four"I said, 'We need to best-of-3 area round Brianna Rodriguez, whoinnings. Madison took relax and play our game playoff series. Game 1 is went 4 for 5 in Game 1the opportunity to strike scheduled for Friday at 7 with two RBIs. Rodriguez back. REBEL SOFTBALL, 2B PHOTO BY BECKY TENNEY Members of the Hays Rebel softball team gather for a pre game huddle prior to the first game in their best-of-3 series with the San Antonio Madison Mavericks. Lobo goalkeeper earns all-state athlete title BY LOGAN MCCULLOUGH goalkeeper for Lehman Highs varsity girls soccer team. She then decided it NewYear's resolutions would be cool if she set a are renowned for their NewYear's resolution for short time span and lim- her new endeavor. ited results. It was at that point However, for people she stuck a sticky note who are willing to dedi- to her bedroom mirror cate themselves, these that read, "Be the best hopes and dreams can goalkeeper in the state of turn into realities. Texas." Lehman High senior That dream came true Maya Erwin is one of last week when Erwin these people, was named as a second In the winter before her team selection to the freshman season, Erwin was named the starting ALL-STATE, 2B PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS !11 While soccer wasn't her first sport of choice, Lehman High senior Maya Erwin quickly grew a fondness for the beautiful game. After a stellar four year career between the pipes as a goalkeeper, Erwin was named as a second-team All-State selection. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Hays High senior track and field athlete Camille Dickson (right) lunges forward toward the finish line as a Brownsville Hanna runner and Lehman High senior Bria Arrant (left) follow during the girls 100 meter dash finals at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio. School and personal records were broken last week as a handful of Lehman and Hays athletes completed their track and field seasons at the Region IV, 6A meet held at historic Alamo Sta- dium. Lehman High shot-putters Ty Roaches and Seauanna Watson each broke school records during the meet. Roaches set the record with a toss of 49-feet, 2-inches. Watson, who finished third in the shot-put, set the school record with a throw of 39-feet, 10-inches. Lobo runner Bria Arrant set school records in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Hays High senior Camille Dickson collected a third place finish in the girls 100 meter dash and a fourth place finish in the 400 meter dash. Rebel freshman Reagan Casey finished third in the girls jump. GIRLS Hays Camille Dickson (100m dash finals) - 12.47 Camille Dickson (200m dash finals) - 25.17 Hays 4x200m relay (finals) ~- 1:42.65 Alyssa Blanks (Discus finals) - 94'7" Reagan Casey (High jump finals) - 5'3" Lauren Sikoski (Pole vault finals) - 10'6" Lehman Bria Arrant (100m dash finals) - 12.81 Bria Arrant (200m dash finals) - 26.25 Seauanna Watson (Discus finals) - 92'2" Seauanna Watson (Shotput finals) - 39'10" BOYS Hays Hays 4x200m relay team (prelims) - 1:31.03 Hays 4x400m relay team (prelims)- 3:28.04 Dillon Baker - 21 '2" Lehman Tracy Malrey (800m finals) - 2:00.57 Ty Roaches (Shotput finals) - 49'2" PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lehman High junior thrower Seauanna Watson unfurls a throw during her first of three attempts in the Region IV, 6A shot-put finals. II BY MOSES LEOS III After a two-year hia- tus, the familiar sounds of spring football echoed in the bleachers of Shelton Stadium at Hays High last week. But as players work to acclimatize themselves to practice five days in, Hays head coach Neal LaHue and his staff began to focus on the fundamentals for a program that is projected to return 14 total starters next season. "I like spring football. 'It's one of those things where I feel like we ben- efit," LaHue said. "We don't set the depth chart, but we at least start it and have a good idea." LaHue, who enters his fifth season at Hays, brought spring football back in order to limit how much competition his team has prior to the grind of the regular season. By going through summer drills for the past two seasons, Hays has had roughly three weeks of practices and two scrimmages to work with. But with drawing a week 11 bye the last two seasons, Hays played 12 straight games, including scrimmages. Going through spring ball, LaHue said the Reb- els lose a scrimmage, but gain 11 more practices they wouldn't have dur- "The first three days, they're excited, it's spring. But then they say, 'what are we working for. You have to remind them we're trying to get better as a team and better at our techniques and fundamentals." -Neal LaHue, Hays head football coach ing the summer. "The other thing is we still have too many unanswered questions going into the scrimmag- es and we didn't answer them well enough," La- Hue said. "We'll try to do that now in a controlled setting." For coaches, LaHue said the staff needed to act like a "new staff coming in," which meant changing approaches when it came to weight- lifting, speed and agility training. LaHue said the staff is also opening up competition on the field and they're not going to follow the "status quo." "We're not going to say, 'oh my gosh, we have a tough district.' To heck with that," LaHue said. He added the staffwent and studied strength, speed and flexibility training and got ideas. The idea has been to gear the students toward spring ball, which they hope will be followed with the Rebels' power camp in the offseason. "We have to come in to camp in shape because we've got seven less practices than we did last year. But we gained 18 practices in the spring, so we're still ahead of the game," LaHue said. On the field, improv- ing techniques and fundamentals is the goal, even though play- ers aren't working for a game, but a "beneficial outcome in the end," LaHue said. On offense, LaHue has been pleased with the play of Cade Poweli, Thailand Mayberry, Dal- lin Roberts and Martin Shoemaker. All four quarterbacks playing during the spring, including Gentry Brawith and Tyler Conley, who saw action during the 2016 campaign, have REBEL FOOTBALL, 2B + : T