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HaysFreePress.com THE CHOSEN ONE Camino Real teacher chosen for prestigious summer academy. - Page 3G May 4, 2011 Page 1B Chaney Tumey cleared 12 feet to win the Class 4A Region IV girts pole vault com- petition Monday at Alamo Sta- dium, Hays teammates Meredith Driskell and Daryl Burrell also qualified for state in competi- tion pole vault. PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON BY JASON GORDON Field Meet will take place May 13- 14 at Myers Stadium at the Univer- freepresssports@yahoo.com sity of Texas-Austin. The girls Class 4A pole vaulting The Hays High School track and event is set to begin at 3 p.m., Fri- field team dominated the pole- day May 13, and the boys event is vaulting competition as expected scheduled to begin later that day during the Class 4A Region IV at6p.m. Track and Field Meet Monday and Hays' Mason Gill still has a Tuesday at Alamo Stadium. chance to qualify for state in the Three Hays vaulters will try and pole vault. He cleared the same follow in the footsteps of former 14-foot, 6-inch mark as BurreU, Rebel state pole vaulting champi- but finished third at regionals on ons Britni Lawrence (2003, 2004) misses. and ]essica Doyle (2007, 2008). This is the first year the highest Seniors ChaneyTurney, who fin- overall third place finisher in the ished eighth as a sophomore and state in each event will receive a second as a junior at state, Mar- wild card entry to state. edith Driskeil, and Daryl Burrell all "It was a really strong day for the qualified for the state meet by fin- Hays track and field team," coach ishing first or second at regionals. Mitch Phillips said. "It was cold, The Class 4A UIL State Track and windy and rainy, but our athletes ON TO STATE Hays pole vaulters Chancy Turney, Meredith Driskell and Daryl Burrell will all vie for gold on May 13 at the UlL State Track and Field Meet overcame that with a lot of mental toughness." The Rebels had several others finish in the top-six at regionals. Taylor Hough triple-jumped 43.25-frier and finished fifth, ]alea- sa Jones high-jumped 5-2 and fin- ished fourth and Tyler ]ames fin- ished fourth with a discus throw of 154 feet. Mariana Sigala qualified for the finals in the 800-meters where she finished third in a time of 1:20. She still has a chance to earn the wild card spot in state. "The younger kids on our team trained with these athletes who represented us so well at regionals, and saw the leadership qualities they possess," Phillips said. "I'm proud of everyone who competed here and I think it will do a lot for the future of our program." Phillips added he expects Tur- nay, Driskell and Burrell to finish in the top three and medal at state. "I think we'll have three medal winners," he said. "They are all so competitive. They rise to the level of their competition and I expect them to do that at the state meet." Turney said she hopes to turn See REGIONAL TRACK, I~. 2B BY JAMES HOLLAND freepresssports@yahoo.com Twice this season Hays has suffered what could have been demoralizing district losses, but each time Matt Casas made sure those defeats didn't turn into long losing streaks. Prlday night's victory was the biggest of all, as Casas tossed a six-hit complete-game shutout against Smithson Valley, the sixth-ranked team in Class 4A in a 2-0 win at Rebel Field. -Thewin-~me-off hhe heels'of a 12=4 loss to Canyon last week, but Friday night's victory wrapped up second place in District 27-4A for Hays. A loss would have meant the Rebs ~vould have had to play Canyon again Monday for the right to the district's second playoff seed. "Nobody likes Mondays," Casas said. "We def- initely didn't want to play then." Hays advances to play Uvalde in a one-game playoff in the bi-district round Friday night at Wolff Stadium in San Antonio. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. PllOTO ~SY OF TEXAS ~'ATE UNIVBWTY Texas 9fa~e senior ~ird baseman Jenna Emery came up big against the University of Texas-San Antonio last weekend, batting .500 for'the sedes with a homer and three RBIs. Texas State salvages senior softball day against Roadrunners BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com "Tonight Matt said, 'Coach just give me the ball, I've got this,'" Hays head coach Doug Rags- The Texas State softball team celebrated dale said. "He's got a lot of courage and was out- standing tonight." Senior Day with a 4-1 win over Interstate-35 Previously, after a second straight loss against rival UTSA on Sunday as Bobcat junior ace Chandler Hall earned her thirteenth victory rival Lehman, Casas picked up a key win over Alamo Heights for the Rebels. He threw a one- of the season while striking out eight batters hitter earlier this month against the Mules that in going the distance for the Bobcats. kick-started a three,game district winning streak The Bobcats (27-22, 18-9 SLC) slugged during the final weeks of the league season, three home runs in the contest, with Haley Friday night, he handed a Smithson Valley Lemons, Hall and Jenna Emery all going deep team averaging nearly nine runs per game in dis- for Texas State. trict, its first 27-4A loss. The Rangers fell to 27-7 Lemons' two-out solo blast over the right on the season. Hays finishes the regular season field wall gave the Bobcats a 1-0 lead in the 8-4 in district, bottom of the third inning, which proved to "Before the game, no one was talking to Matt," be all the offense her team needed with Hall Hays catcher Victor Ruble said. "We knew he in the circle. It was Lemons' first long ball of was getting into it mentally. He went out and did the campaign. what he had to do." Texas State then used a three-run fifth Hays also played excellent defensively behind inning to put the game out of reach as Hall Casas, as each infielder, first baseman Chase blasted a shot deep over the right field wall to Brunnemann, second basemanAaron Martinets, extend the Bobcat lead to 2-0. shortstop Adrian Acosta, and third baseman Ste- Three batters later, Emery launched an- fen Navarre made at least one outstanding play other home to left field to drive in McKenzie in the field, as did center fielder Masen Gully. Baack, who had doubled for a 4-0 Texas State Offensively. Hays got all the runs it needed in advantage. the first inning as Trevor Ragsdale scored on a Five Bobcat seniors - Emery, Baack, Allyse SmithsonValley error and Navarre followed with Rother, Lindsey Mott and Amye Patrick were an RBI single to plate Nick Cavazos. PHOTO BY LIZA ANNA AMEZ~ITA recognized after the final game for Texas "This was an extreme confidence booster," MattCasashaspitchedtheHaysbasebai~teamt~tw~hugewinsth~s~eas~n~Hays~2-~win~verN~6Smiths~n State. Casas Said. "I expect us to build off this momen- Valley wrapped up the second seed in District 27-4A Fdday night. He~ will start the Rebels' one-game bi-district rum in the playoffs." p~ayoff sedes against Uvalde Fdday night at Wolff Stadium in San Antonio starting at 7 p.m. See TEXAS STATE SORBAI.I., pg. 2B +- C0URI1E~ PII010 Fusion heads to state competition Hays Youth Soccer's Fusion 98 Girls are going to State next weekend in Houston. They won 2nd place this pas~eekendf at the Western Distdct Championship. The team includes trainer Armando Jaramlllo, Pamela Lasprilla, Alyssa Schubne, M kayla Tumaie, Maya Erwin Camille Brown, Gabfielle Pulido, Sabdna Escamilla, ~ Vslas,quez, Laura Munoz, Haylee Cowan, Cristal Trejo, Alexis Jaramillo, Dezeray Lerma, Juliana Sampson, Dynah Ramos, Sarah Hoffman, Alyssa Tijerina and coach Stefan Cowan.