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F + @hfplobosports A CUT ABOVE Lehman cosmetology teacher brings experience - Page 3B May 13, 2015 Page 1B PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Hays High pole vaulter Meagan Gray clears the bar during an attempt at the 2013 UIL 4A Girls Track and Field state meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Aus- tin. By virtue of clearing the highest mark of all third place finishers at region two weeks ago, Gray earned a wild card spot to compete at the 2015 UIL Girls state track meet Saturday. Gray, who won a 4A silver and bronze medal in the last two years respectively, will vie for a gold medal in Class 6A. Browse and buy photos online at under the photos link. BY MOSES LEOS III In her 31 years as a teacher and coach at Hays High, Debbie Cook has seen how much tennis has grown both in complexity and popularity. But through all the changes and growth she's seen, Cook has maintained her stance of build- ing character athletes on and off the court. As she prepares for retire- meut at the end of the school year, Cook continues to stress her mantra of using adversity on the court to build character, regardless of the outcome. "I've had a lot of ldds play for me. I hope when they move on, that's one thing they remember more than anything is to have integrity in yourself and having good sportsmanship," Cook said. Cook's start in coaching stems from her college days at what was Southwest Texas State Univer- sity (SWT). For two years, she helped coach the SWT tennis team. It wasn't until she obtained her master's Hays High. At the time, Cook coached volleyball and tennis. Cook said she enjoyed the thrill of coaching both sports; despite the unique differences each offered. "When I coached volleyball, I jumped on the bench and ran up and down the court. It gave me that out," she said. "In (high school tennis), it's classy, it's clapping and not yelling. It's different." But her first year introduced her to a"whole new world both off and on the court. Offthe court, Cook dealt with the rigors of lesson planning and teaching classes. It was on the court where she realized the coaching style she learned in college didn't fully translate to high school. Where college fea- tured a pressure to win, high school was much more laid back. For Cook, realizing winning wasn't the main objective was quickly understood. COACH COOK RETIRES, 2B she made the move to PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Hays Rebel catcher Cole Irby (far right) chases down and ultimately succeeds in tagging Pflugerville Panther bas- erunner Alex Shillow out along the third base line during the ninth inning of Saturday's bi-district playoff game at Pflugerville High School. A walk-off RBI base hit in the tenth inning propelled Pflugerville to a 1-0 win, eliminating Hays from postseason contention. Browse and buy photos online at under the photos link. ose BY MOSES LEOS III AND SPENCER SPILMAN For nine innings Samrda the Hays Rebels and Pflugerville Panthers were deadlocked in the baseball equivalent of a staring match. The Rebels were the first to blink. An RBI single from Panther Stephen Pena in the tenth in- ning broke a scoreless pitching duel as Pflugerville claimed a 1-0 win in game two of the best of three bidistrict playoffseries. With the win, PflugerviUe sweeps Hays 2-0 in the series and eliminates the Rebels from the playoffs. Despite the loss, Hays senior Mike Gonzales lauded the team's effort to surpass expecta- tions. lot of people didn't expect us to be here. We proved a lot of people wrong with the waywe played," Gonzales said. "We may not be the most talented group out there, but we have a lot of hard working guys." Pitching duels were the theme on the weekend. It began Thursday with Pflugerville edg- ing Hays 3-2 in a thrilling game one affair. Thursday's game featured a PHOTO BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ Hays Rebel third baseman Brandon Hunter applies a tag to Pflugerville Panther baserunner Stephen Pe~a as he attempts to dive back into third base during Friday's first game of the two teams' best of three series at Hays High. A walk-off RBI base hit from Pefia in game two catapulted Pflugerville to the area round. pitching duel between Hays' David Riojas and Pflugerville's Johnny Panatex. Riojas went the distance and pitched a complete game, while Panatex was taken out after 5.1 innings. The game was scoreless until Rebel bats came alive in the fourth. Josh Bumett hit a leadoff single and was eventu- ally brought home by a Mike Gonzales RBI s'mgle to put the first run on the board. Hays added another run in the fifth inning. Hays' Trey Dick- erson hit an RBI single to bring Brandon Hunter across the plate after he started the inning with a leadoffbase hit. Trouble for the Rebels came in the top of the sLxth inning when Pflugerville's bats came alive. The Panthers used their speed on the base paths to manufacture runs. HAYS BASEBALL, 1 B Despite adverse weather condi- tions this past week, the Lehm- an Lobos con- tinue to march on during their spring practice sessions at Lobo Field. Lehman's spring practice will culminate in the team's spring game on May 26. Next week, we'll up date the prog- ress of spring football for the Lobos, and we'll also provide a look into Hays High's offsea- son and their preparation for summer work- outs. Browse and buy photos online at www.haysfree- under the photos link. Lehman Lobo wide receiver Christian Gonzales stretches out his entire body to make a play on a pass thrown during a spring practice scrimmage at Lobo Field on May 8. 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