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~J=~MJ~l]allPqLIl'll~RllPtll | [ [ L I;JLJlll~ -k- CHANGE OF COMMAND Hays JROTC recognizes seniors. - Paoe3B May 11,201 1 * Page 16 BY KERRY BARBOZA For the second year in a row, Leh- man's baseball season has come to an end much sooner than the Lobos would have liked. Last year - Lehman's first ever ven- ture into the basehag playotfs - the Lobos fell to eventual state champs Bmnham in the opening round. This season, the Lobos were swept in the first round by Boeme Champion, a team that boasts 11 batters hitting .400 or better. Champion's hitting prowess was on display in the best-of-khxee series as the Ch, ers knocked out 31 hits, scored 29 runs and collected 28 RBIs in nine innings at the plate. Champion won the first game Thursday night in Lockhart, 19-3, behind 20 hits, including four home rum and six doubles. On Frida~ the Chargers dosed it out at home with a 10-0 victory in 4.5 innings on 11 hits. Lehman coach Toby Robinson said his Lobos have drown tough op- ponents to start the playoffs in each of their two postseason appearances. "We got to play a great team last year in Brenham, and this year coach (Chuck) Fosters _,g~, ,up at Champion is excellent as well,' he said. "Hope- fully that will motivate the team to move up the rankings and not have to play a No. 1 (seed)." With eight freshmen and sopho- mores, along with five juniors on its 16-man phyoff roster, Robinson said he hopes the experience they gained this year will help the team heading into next season. "You can't get too mad because we're ver~ Very young," he said. "Hopefully they had a great experi. ence and learned a lot." Robinson started fieshman Justin Penney on the mound Friday and Penney held the Chargers in check early. Champion was up 3-0 in the second, but the Lobes missed a few opportunities to score in the first two frames that might have made things even tighter. In the first inning~ the Chargers turned a double play after Joey Her- nandez reached on a single to get out of the inning. In the second flame, Chris Tello was walked andJustinVajgertreached on an error to give the Lobos two run- ners on with no outs. The next batter, Rudy Martinez, moved the runners over a base with a sacrifice hunt, but from there, Champion pitcher Josh Holcomb struck out the next two to retire the side. Robinson said if they could have scratched for a run or two in either inning that might have changed the tone of the game. "it would have been a little mo- mentum," he said. "When we didn't get those runners in it kind of took the breath out of them, but they did a great job, I can't complaiI~" Champion busted the game open in the fourth with a huge inning. The Chargers sent 12 batters to the plate and recorded six hits and seven runs for the 104) lead. Penney left the game for precau- tionary measures in the fourth after he was grazed in the head by a sharp- ly hit ball up the middle. Nick Cerda entered in relief and finished out the inning. Aaron Sheckler had Lehman's oth- er hit in the game, a single in the top of the ~ to go along with Heman- dez's shngle in the fizsL The three seniors for the Lobos are Braxton Rico, Hernandez and Teno. "We have ~ seniors that work , .h~d and are great examples for our kids, Robinson said. "If everybody works as hard as the seniors do, wdve got nothing to worry about." PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Lehman p her Justin Penney was taken out of game two of the Lobos' P~fffor precau- Uonary measures after being grazed by a line drive. Lehman was swept in the sedes by the power-hit- ting Boeme Champion Chargers. BY JASON GORDON The Hays High pole-vaulting crew didn't hesitate when asked what the single most important influ- ence has been on their athletic careers and the building of a Rebel dynasty in the sport. Kris Allison and his Lone Star Pole Vaulting Club, now housed in New Braunfels, is unquestionably the key reason Hays can boast three current vaulters headed to state and a decade worth of dominance in the event. "Kris is the main reason we're all here," said senior Daryl Burrell, who will be making his first trip to the state meet. "He gives us the mindset that we're the elite, but he also lets us know how much hard work we have to put in to maintain that status because it can be taken away so easily if we get complacent." Burren will be joined by fenow Hays vaulters senior Chaney Tumey, who made state the past two seasons, and junior Meredith Driskell, who is mak- ing her first trip to the prestigious event. They will compete in the Class 4A UIL State Track and Field Meet at My- ers Stadium on the University of Tex- as-Austin campus on May 13. Turne~ who won silver at state last year, agreed with Burrell that the Lone Star Pole Vaulting Club has been a piv- otal part of her life. "It all starts from here," Tumey said. "Kris is such a good coach that some people have to travel three or four hours to get here. We're lucky he's so close." In the last nine years, Allison has coached Hays' Britni Lawrence to gold medals at the Class 5A state meet and the Texas Relays in 2003 and 2004, ]es- sica Doyle to state all four years of her high school career and gold medals her junior and senior year, Ionathan Johnson and Tumey to state in 2009 and 2010, and he hit the trifecta with Tumey, Burrell and DriskeU this year. "I had no clue about Hays until I met Britni," Allison said. "When I first STATE-BOUND POLE VAULTERS, pg. 2B 0-r) Daryl Burrell, Kris Allison and Cheney Turney give Meredith Driskall a boost during a rare break in a Lone Star Pole Vault Club workout session. Burrell, Turney and Driskell will all be going for the gold at the Class 4A UIL State Track and Field Meet Friday at UT-Austin's Myers Stadium. They will try and follow in the footsteps of former Hays state gold medal winners in the pole vault Britni Lawrence and Jassica Doyle. Since Lawrence made her first appear- ance in 2003, Hays High has had at least one athlete compete in the state pole vaulting meet, all of whom were coached by Allison. Tumey is pictured vaulting (bottom left), Burrell is pictured (bottom right) and Driskell Is pictured on log. 2B. 1TriM PHOIO BY J~ON ~IIX~ INDMDUJIi. PHOTOS BY OYNDY ~.OVAK-B~TON PIIOTO BY JASON m Hays sophomore IJndsey McCurdy finished tied for fifth at the UIL Class 4A State Golf Tournament held at Austin's Jimmy Clay Golf Course Monday and Tuesday. She got off to a rough start with a 6-ovar 78 Monday, but rallied to par her final 13 holes Tuesday, when she carded a 2-over 74. McCurdy finishes in top 5 at state BY JASON GORDON Hays sophomore golfer Lindsey McCurdy has always taken pride in the fact she never quits no matter what the cir- curlmtances me. So when she found herself well back of the leaders within the second round of the two-day 4A UIL State Golf Tourna- ment at Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin, McCurdy didn't sulk- she was nearly at her best. Despite blustery conditions that hindered golfers all tour- namant lon~ McCum~ parred the final 13 holes she played on Tuesday to card a 2-over 74. That was an improvement on her first-round 78 and left the talented Lady Rebel, who came into the tournament ranked the top female golfer in Class 4A, tied for fifth in the event. "Even though I knew I wasn't leading lwes going to do mybest: McQndy said. "It felt real good to finish with 13 straight pa~" See Mc~DY IN TOP 5, log. 2B BY JASON GORDON game in the top of the seventh in- ning with three runs. Casas was relieved by Nick Cavazos, who allowed two run-scoring singles. Uvalde ace ~evor Belicek lived Trevor Ragsdale came in to re- up to the hype as he allowed Hays cord the final out of the inning for only one base runner over seven Hays, but the Rebels went down in innings in a 4-0 win that eliminat- order in the bottom of the frame We didn't kick it away, wejust got beat by a very goodpitchingperformance." - Doug Ragsdale, Hays baseball oaoh ed the Rebel baseball team from and their season came to an end. Uvalde the best of luck the rest of pieces and rally with many im- the playoffs Friday night at Wolff "I'd say he was the best pitcher the way." portant wins during district play. Stadium. we faced allyear, TrevorRagsdale Hays head coach Doug Rags-"We went through a lot ofadver- The hard-throwing lefty had a said. "He moved the ball around dale said it was tough to be dis- silty this year but we never seemed no-hitter going until the fifth in- and he hit his spots." appointed in his team's perfor- to fold," Casas said. "We lived by Hays finished the regular sea- mance, the motto, 'never st6p fighting' ning, when Hays High's Stefen Na- varro singled to right-center field, but the Rebels could do no further damage off Belicek, who also had pinpoint control. Hays pitcher Matt Casas matched Belicek nearly pitch for pitch for awhile in the one-game playoff series, allowing only four hits, two of which were bloop sin- career," Casas said. "We had some were proud of what they accom- gies and another that took a bad solid at-bats but the hits just plished during an up and down hop off the mound, didn't seem to drop. He pitched season that saw Hays lose twice Uvalde finally broke open the a phenomenal game and I wish to rival Lehman but pick up the son on a high note, knocking off "In a classic baseball game the and that showed in the way we state-ranked Smithson Valley to hottest pitcher usually wins," played this year." secure District 27-4A's second Doug Ragsdale said. "We played Coach Ragsdale agreed that his playoff seed, but Belicek was able errorless baseball for six innings te ,a{n never gave up this season. to kill the momentum the Rebs and only gave up six hits. We didn't I am extremely proud of this had going into the postseason, kick it away, we just got beat by ,a, g~oup of young men," Ragsdale "Belicek is one of the best verygood pitching performance, said. "It seems that we constantly pitchers I've seen in my baseball Despite the loss, the Rebels played with some kind of adversi- ty hanging over our shoulder but our kids never gave in. This is a lesson they will always have to fail back on during their lives." I~0TO BY UZt ~ JmR~ffA Hays' Nick Cavazos gave up two ran-scoring singles in the seventh inning, but the real sto- ry was the dominance of Uvalde pitcher Trevor Be- licek, who allowed the Rebs only one base runner in a 4-0 win. The one-game bl-distdct playoff ended Hays' season. +