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/' + ACC COMING ACC breaks ground for Phase II of Hays campus. - Page 3B HaysFreePress. May 10, 2017 Page 1B BY MOSES LEOS III Kirkland, who is originally from the Lubbock area, describes himself as an "educational leader through athletics who emphasizes character building." While making his way to the 2014 UIL state basketball tournament, Joshua Kirkland never forgot how "gorgeous" the Kyle and Buda area were to him. "I told my wife, 'If I get the opportunity to come By 7 a.m. the next Kirkland said he's often here to work, I'll take it,'" morning, Kirkland in- seen "running around Kirkland said. "It has ev- formed his previous team practice," and at times, erything you want to do." at E1 Paso Parkland High "jump in the drill" Three years later, Kirk- of his decision to leave, with students. land was sure to made By 10:30 a.m. that day, Kirkland proved that good on that promise. Kirkland had turned in his point when he raced a On Thursday, Kirkland gear to Parkland, picked student while pushing was officially hired as up his wife and children prowler sleds on Lobo the third head coach and in their car and traveled Field last week. athletic coordfnator at the 10-hour trip to Kyle. "I told him, if you beat Lehman High. His hiring, "I was ready," Kirkland me, you're good. They which was approved by said. "It's May 8, so we're looked at me like I had the Hays CISD board of behind and I had to get lost my mind." Kirkland trustees during a special here and get rolling."said. "They seemed to called meeting, fills the From the moment he enjoy it. It's one of those void left by Todd Ray- met his new football team deals where I won't ask mond, who left to take the and athletics program them to do something I athletic director role at staff, Kirkland stressed his can't do." Pflugerville ISD. focus on building char- Kirkland is also meet- The focus now lies on acter in athletes. He said ing with coaches individ- preparing a Lobo football the Lobo football teamually, where he's giving team that's won only four was attentive and excited them an idea of what games in three seasons, about what Kirkland was he's expecting. Kirkland has wasted little bringing. He said time on this undertaking. That mentality was he's looking "I'm really excited to forged during his time as at who's be here and I'm fired up an assistant at Dainger- currently about where we're head- field High in far northeast working at ed," Kirkland said. Texas before going to E1 Lehman Kirkland was at his El Paso. and look- Paso home when he got "You focus on the in- ing at the call from Hays CISD side of the child and if what's officials regarding his hir- you get those things right, needed. ing. the outside takes care of Strat- While he knew his itself," Kirkland said. "YOu egy on name was being brought try to intrinsically make the before the board of trust- kids into better people, field ees, Kirkland didn't know You try to use athletics what to expect, to make better men and Once he got the word women." he was the new coach, A high-energy, "ener- Kirkland didn't waste getic and very positive" time in readying himself approach is what Kirkland for the job. also brings to the table. could center on the run game, which Kirkland found success at while at Parkland. Focusing on what the Lobos can do, and not on anyone else in the district, is the key. "We're going to focus on what we do and use getting better and not focusing on who we're go- ing to see," he said. Joshua Kirkland who was the head coach and athletic director of El Paso Parkland was officially hired as the third head coach and athletic coordinator at Lehman High, filling the position formerly held by coach Todd Raymond. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Hays Rebel baserunner Karl Louk slides into second base as a San Antonio Brennan in- fielder collects a throw in Game 3 of the best-of-3 series played at Converse Judson High. BY QUIXEM RAMIREZ With one out and bas- es loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, Hays' Maxine Valdez stepped up to the plate with a chance to win the playoff series against the Brennan Bears in game two. Hays appeared to be in good hands at the time. Just one run sepa- rated the team from ad- vancing to the regional quarterfinals of the 2017 6A softball playoffs. But it wasn't meant to be as the Rebels, who struggled to generate offense in key situations Saturday, saw its 2017 campaign conclude in heartbreaking fashion. Valdez was perhaps the best bet to ac- complish the feat, too, considering her perfor- mance in the series at that point. She pitched REBEL SOFTBALL, 2B PHOTO BY GWOKO PHOTOGRAHPY A San Antonio Reagan Rattler baserunner attempts to dive back to first base as infielder Jackson Massey collects the ball Saturday at Hays High. BY MOSES LEOS III Struggles in finding rhythm against stout San Antonio Reagan Rattler pitching brought the Hays Rebels' 2017 campaign to a close in a two-game sweep in the bidsitrict round of the playoffs last week. Reagan began by de- feating Hays 7-1 Friday, aided by the arm of Cal Carver who threw five strikeouts and walked only five in a complete game, three-hit effort. Hays, however, gained the upper hand by tak- ing a 1-0 lead after two and a half innings. Reagan took the lead REBEL BASEBALL, 2B