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II IOIIIlllJ HaysFreePress.com CHANGE OF COMMAND Hays JROTC recognizes seniors. - Page 38 May 11,2011 Page 1B Boerne Champion too much for Lobos in playofFsweep BY KERRY BARBOZA freepresssports@yahoo.com 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 baseball playoffs - the Lobos fell to eventual state champs Brenham 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-three series as the Chargers 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 runs and six doubles. On Friday, the Chargers closed it out at home with a 10-0 victoryin 4.5 innings on 11 hits. Lehman coach Toby Robinson said his Lobos have drawn 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 group 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 playoff 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 ve very young," he said. Hopefully they had a great experi- ence and learned a lot." Robinson started freshman Justin Penney on the mound Friday and Penney held the Chargers in check early. Champion was up 3-0 in the second, but the Lobos 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 loey Her- nandez reached on a single to get out of the inning. In the second frame, Chris Tello was walked and JustinVajgert reached on an error to give the Ibos two rtm- ners on with no outs. The next batter, Rudy Martinez, moved the runners over a base with a sacrifice bunt, but from there, Champion pitcher Iosh Holcomb struck out the next two to retire the side. Robinson said ff 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 complain." 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 10-0 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 fifth to go along with Heman- dez's single in the first. The three seniors for the Lobos are Braxton Rico, Hemandez and Tello. "We have three seniors that work hard and are great examples for our kids," Robinson said. "If everybody works as hard as the seniors do, we've got nothing to worry about." PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Lehman pitcher Justin Penney was taken out of game two of the Lobos' playoff sedes for precau- tionary measures after being grazed by a line drive. Lehman was swept in the series by the power-hit- ting Boerne Champion Chargers. It's in the Vault Hays pole vaulters continue decade of dominance at state BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com he 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." Burrell will be joined by fellow Hays vaulters senior Chaney IXLrney, 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 OIL State Track and Field Meet at My- ers Stadium on the University of Tex- as-Austin campus on May 13. Turney, 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," Turney 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, Jonathan Johnson and Tumey to state in 2009 and 2010, and he hit the trifecta with rney, Burrell and Driskell this year. "I had no clue about Hays until I met Britni," Allison said. "When I first STATE-BOUND POLE VAULTERS, lag. 2B (I-r) Daryl Burrell, Kris Allison and Chancy Turney give Meredith Driskell 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 Jessica 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 dght) and Driskell is pictured on pg. 2B. TEAM PHOTO BY JASON GORDON INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON PHOTO BY JASON GORDON 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-over 78 Monday, but rallied to par her final 13 holes Tuesday, when she carded a 2-over 74. Hays golfer . McCurdy ' finishes in top 5 at state BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com Hays High sophomore golfer Lindsey McCurdy has always taken pride in the fact she never quits no matter what the cir- CUlTlstances are. So when she found herself well back of the leaders within the second round of the two-day Class 4A UIL State Golf Tourna- ment at Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Anstin, McCurdy didn't sulk- she was nearly at her best. Despite blustery conditions that hindered golfers all tour- nament long McCurdy 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 I was ging t d mybest" McCurdy said. "It felt real good to finish with 13 straight pars." See McCURDY IN TOP 5, pg. 2B Uvalde's Belicek pitches a gem to e] iminate Hays fim,m i ,Jayoffs BY JASON GORDON freepresssports/ahoo.com Uvalde ace Trevor Belicek lived up to the hype as he allowed Hays only one base runner over seven innings in a 4-0 win that eliminat- ed the Rebel baseball team from the playoffs Friday night at Wolff Stadium. The hard-throwing lefty had a no-hitter going until the fifth in- ning, when Hays Highs 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- gles and another that took a bad hop off the mound. Uvalde finally broke open the game in the top of the seventh in- ning with three runs. Casas was relieved by Nick Cavazos, who allowed two run-scoring singles. Trevor Ragsdale came in to re- cord the final out of the inning for Hays, but the Rebels went down in order in the bottom of the frame and their season came to an end. "I'd say he was the best pitcher we faced all year," Trevor Ragsdale said. "He moved the ball around and he hit his spots." Hays finished the regular sea- son on a high note, knocking off state-ranked Smithson Valley to secure District 27-4A's second playoff seed, but Belicek was able to kill the momentum the Rebs had going into the postseason. "Belicek is one of the best pitchers I've seen in my baseball career," Casas said. "We had some solid at-bats but the hits just didn't seem to drop. He pitched a phenomenal game and I wish We didn't kick it away, wejust got beat by a very goc pitcbingperformance." - Doug Ragsdale, Hays baseball coach Uvalde the best of luck the rest of the way." Hays head coach Doug Rags- dale said it was tough to be dis- appointed in his team's perfor- mance. "In a classic baseball game the hottest pitcher usually wins," Doug Ragsdale said. "We played errorless baseball for six innings and only gave up six hits. We didn't kick it away, we just got beat by a very good pitching performance." Despite the loss, the Rebels were proud of what they accom- plished during an up and down season that saw Hays lose twice to rival Lehman but pick up the pieces and rally with many im- portant wins during district play. "We went through a lot of adver- sity this year but we never seemed to fold," Casas said. "We lived by the motto, 'never st6p fighting' and that showed in the way we played this year. Coach Ragsdale agreed that his team never gave up this season. "I am extremely proud of this group of young men," Ragsdale said. "It seems that we constantly p3ayed 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 fall back on during their lives." PHOTO BY UZA ANNA AMEZQuITA Hays' Nick Cavazos gave up two run-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 hi-district playoff ended Hays' season.