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Website © 2019. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal. LOCKDOWN DRILLS Hays High students participate in training videos about Iockdowns. "Page 3B May 8, 2013 Page 1B _+_ PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lady Rebel Maddy Shannon attempts to tag out a Cedar Park base runner in Hays' 8-2 win on Friday. Hays advances to play Dripping Springs in the third round of the playoffs. BY MOSES LEOS III for a second straight season, where run in the top of the third, with catch- straightaway center field. they will face off against another Hays er Haleigh Madden bringing in an RBI Yet the Lady Rebels mounted one mses@haysfreoPress'cm County team, Dripping Springs. with a single to left field,final surge in the seventh. With two The torrid pace of the offense be- Cedar Park mounted their rally in on base, Gonzalez pulled a scream- The Lady Rebel softball team got gan on Thursday in Game One, which the bottom half of the third, as Court- ing groundball down the right field one step closer to their ultimate goal saw the Lady Rebels mount a late rally ney Curlknocked an RBI double to left foul line. Two runs scored on the hit, of reaching the UIL State Tournament. to earn what many on the team called field to cut Hays' lead to 3-1. Two in- with Gonzalez, who ended up with a An explosion of efficiency at the plate a thrilling 7-4 victory, nings later, Cedar Park's offense found triple, scoring on a Cedar Park throw- helped Hays complete a two-game First baseman Clarissa Gonzaiez their stride, driving in three runs on ing error. Pitcher Sarah Leal provided sweep of Cedar Parkin theArea round helped the Lady Rebels jump out to two hits in the bottom of the fifth to insurance later in that inning via a of the UIL playoffs last weekend. Hays a 2-0 lead, as she walloped a two-run take a 4-3 lead. Jessica Elder high- line drive RBI double to left field, giv- now advances to the Regional Quar- home run to right center field, striking lighted the Lady Timberwolves scor- terfinal (third) round of the playoffs the scoreboard. Hays added a third ing salvo with a two run RBI single to See HAYS SOFTBALL, pg. 2B BY MOSES LEOS III Hays CISD will be well represented at the upcoming UIL State Track and Field meet at Mike Myers Stadium in Austin, as three athletes will compete against some of the state's best. Hays sophomore pole vaulters Meagan Gray and Rebekah Pogue, and Lehman senior high jumper Ariana Gallegos all advanced after a rainy and cold Regional competition on April 26 and 27 at Alamo Stadium. All three found the conditions at the Regional track meet a challenge in their respective sports. Both pole vaulters had difficulty measuring their marks - the number of steps they take prior to planting their pole in the launch box. "It was a pretty bad situation," said Pogue. "Our marks were slipping and moving because of the rain." Gusty 15- to 23-mile per hour winds and slick track conditions also creat- ed problems for all three athletes. "Windy conditions are never good, because it can knock the bar off and force you to redo your jump," Gal- legos said. The inability to obtain sound trac- tion on the track became an issue, particularly for the pole vaulters, who must travel down a lengthy runway at top speed before vaulting. Yet it was the cold that made the largest impact, as temperatures reached no higher than 66 degrees. "If you are cold, you are tense and you cannot jump at the best of your abil- ity," Gallegos said. Despite the challenge, all three qualified for the State competition and said they are eager to compete on the big stage. Getting to this point has been an exercise in progression for Hays' Gray. Since seventh grade, Gray has been involved in pole vaulting, go- ing to and attending meets across the PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Hays High pole vaulters Rebekah Pogue (left) and Meagan Gray mark their poles at the Don Shelton Relays earlier this year. Both athletes are headed to the state meet at the University of Texas in Austin on Friday. country, including the Junior Olympics. The lessons learned from those experiences have helped her grow as a pole vaulter. "Meagan has gymnastics background and speed, which are big attributes (in pole vault)," said Kris Allison, own- er of Lone Star Pole Vault out of New Braunfels and personal coach for Gray and Pogue. Al- lison has coached numerous Hays pole vault athletes over GALLEGOS the past decade, including State champions lessica Doyle and Britni Lawerence. "Meagan has that progressed through many different poles and her technique has really started to come around." According to Allison, Gray's ability to grow from the analytical side of vaulting has aided her in the latter portion of her career. Thus, the sophomore is no stranger to per- forming on the big stage. In March, she competed at Myers stadium in the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, finishing tenth with at a height of 12'00.75". The experi- ence of performing at competition is something she hopes will aid her in her quest for a state title. "Jumping at same stadium helps a lot, as it gives me an idea of where the wind is coming from. I also know how fast the runway is," said Gray. "This year, there were a few athletes that competed at Texas Relays that are competing at State. That will help me because I know how they approach their jumps." Like Gray, Pogue started pole vault during middle school, but did not truly begin in the sport until her eighth grade year. From that point, she has grown and progressed. How- ever, according to Allison, where Gray is a "daredevil" pole-vaulter, Pogue's approach is purely analytical. "Rebekah is very analytical when it comes to vaulting. She has a tenden- cy to over-think things," Allison said. "The fear of being injured, the fear of failure have held her back in previous years. It is difficult for athletes that run into those psychological hurdles to overcome them. Rebekah has over- come quite a bit." Overcoming injury and bad luck have been obstacles Pogue has had to work beyond in the last year. After healing from a stress fracture in her back suffered from the strain of pole vaulting, Pogue was involved in a No- vember 2012 car accident that left her with a concussion. Pogue was able to persevere be- yond those trials, but had bad luck strike again in the Regional meet. Be- fore the meet began, Pogue had five of her warm-up poles taken away, as they did not meet the required weight rating. Despite the series of setbacks, Pogue was able to hit 11'6" at Region- als to qualify for State. "I am really excited, as I did not ex- pect to make it to State," said Pogue, who understood just how much she has overcome. Both Hays athletes also said train- ing with Allison has been a tremen- dous help because the competitive atmosphere Allison brings to his gym See STATE TRACK CONTENDERS, pg. 2B m two BY CHARLBS DEE It took only two games for Hays High to put down the Burbank Bulldogs, as the Rebel baseball tean~ moves further into the playoffs. Friday night at Rebel Field. Gibson Hatch shut off a Burbank rally in the sixth inning to help the Hays Rebels hang on for a tough 9-7 victory over the Burbank Bulldogs to sweep the series and move on to the area round against Dripping Springs. The game against Dripping Springs is at Burger Center in Austin and begins 7 p.m. Friday. Last Friday, Hays started early with a double by Alex Robles in the first, followed by a walk to Granger Studdard, a single by Dalton Niles and RBIs by Nate Scott and Justin Diaz to close the 1st with a 3-0 lead. Burbank center fielder Nick Canas homered in the second to get the Bulldogs on the board. The 3-1 score stood through the fourth when Justin Montana reached first with a bunt single. Robles then ripped a fast ball into the parking lot to add two more. Feeling the fire, Studdard and Niles singled and Devin Palm delivered the second big hit of the inning with a bases clear'rag triple to right center. Nate Scott's single drove in Palm to give the Rebs a 8-1 margin. Canas again provided the fuel to a Burbank rally with a double in the fifth and a triple in the sixth to take advantage of six walks issued by Rebel pitchers and plate six runs. Using another hit bv Niles single and Palm's double, the Rebs hung tough in the bottom of the sixth to get a much needed insurance run. Hatch, who relieved winning pitcher Alec Swofford and first reliever Adrian Acosta, pitched two strong outs in the seventh before giving the ball to Tyler Woodmansee, Thursday's winner, for the final out. Offensively, the Rebs were paced by Dalton Niles 3-4, Devin Palm 2-4, Nate Scotts two hits and Justin Montana's 3 hits. The Hays-Burbank first game on Thursday ended in a 10-1 stomping by the Rebels. With the wind howling and the temperature dropping, the Rebels used hot pitching and timely hitting to bombard the Burbank Bulldogs in the first game of the two out of three Bi-District series in San Antonio. The Rebs used a walk to Cerda and a towering double off the right field wall by Studdard to set the stage for Nlles' RBI sacrifice fly to stake Woodmansee to a first inning 1-0 lead. Woodmansee proved that was all he really needed by hurling seven strong innings, limiting the bulldogs to 4 hits, striking out 9 and walking only one. The Rebel defense squashed any hopes of Burbank rallies in the first, third and sL-~i= with great defensive plays by Niles and Montana, and a smooin 4-6-, double play started by Robles. The Rebel offense was no: satisfied. With Robies on noarc in the third, Cerda unleasheo screaming line drive RB1 triple down the right field line zmd courtes\ nmner Hatch tagged ana scored on Niles' second sac fly to center, ip the fifth Cerda and Studdard drew walks which Palm made good with a towering fly" ball to right that the wind blew fair at the last moment tbr a base hot to drive in a ran. Afie,: walking the bases loaded in the slxxl~. the Bulldogs brought Stuadard t{, the plate with nowhere to put t]iw. Studdard proved worth\, Dlastln~ fastbaU deep into me pd~nt oeit,.m right center field Ior a grand sla':: The Rebs closed out the scorn:. in the seventh, using Pack to aac_ triples by Acosta and Montana t, post an even 10 for the game.