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Website © 2019. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal. TEACHERS OF THE YEAR Hays CiSD announces its outstanding educators for the 2012-2013 school year. - Page 3B May 15, 2013 Page 1B BY CHARLES DEE bases. Cleanup hitter Dalton pitch and reached second us- Niles, as he has done so often ing a sacrifice btmt by Devin in his Rebel career, delivered as Palm. Nate Scott's double offthe surely as the gathering storm left field wall scored Niles and Thestormstartedearlyforthe clouds west of the stadium left Scott in scoring position. Hays Rebels in their single game would stop the game a few min- The Justins, Diaz and Montana, series against Dripping Springs utes later, by stroking a gapper provided a pair of singles that FridaynightatBurgerfield. After double that drove in two. Niles moved Scott through third to starter Tyler Woodmansee, now would later score on an Adrian score. The Rebs added a rtm in 11-2 on the year, made quick Acosta single to spot the Rebs to the 5th when Montana was the work of the visiting Tigers in the a 4-0 lead. Then the rain. benefit of four Rebel walks to top of the first, the Rebs struck The game resumed Saturday push across a run. The Rebs ad- quickly. Leadoff hitter Alex Rob- evening with Woodmansee, vance to the third round for the leswalked and moved to second who struck out eight, work- third time in the last five years via a Jose Cerda hard ground ball ing well into the 4th. The Tigers and will face Schertz Clemens that was misplayed by the Tiger used a double and three singles in a two out of three series to be second baseman. The ever dan- to tighten the score at 4-2. But played at Smithson Valley High gerous Granger Studdard was the Rebs got to their turn in the school beginning Thursday intentionally walked to load the bottom half. Niles was hit by a night at 7. Justin Diaz slides into home defeat Dripping Springs 8-2. PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON on Saturday as the Hays Rebels Lady Rebels softball advances to Regional Semifinals BY MOSES LEOS III As torrential rains swept through the Austin area on Friday evening, so went any thoughts of a three-game series between Hays and Dripping Springs. Despite both coaching staffs petition- ing to extend the series to Monday, UIL rejected the offer. Per UIL rules, results had to be recorded by midnight on May 11. As a result, both teams under- stood only one game could be played to determine who advances to the next playoff round. When the skies cleared and the field dried, both teams were engaged in a tough pitcher's duel on Saturday night. Hays' Sarah Leal and Dripping Springs' Brandi Needham dominated the circle, setting up and sitting down opposing hitters with powerful performances in the circle. However, timely hitting, aggressive base nmning and taking advantage of errors aided the Lady Rebels in a hard fought 3-0 win. The victory was an his- toric one, as the Lady Rebels trek into the Regional Semifinals is the deepest playoff run in program history. Hays will play Corpus Christi Moody in the Regional Semifinals next week. Hays eamed a 1-0 lead in the first inning, as the Lady Rebels manufac- tured the rtm on a two out rally. Center fielder Hannah Ramsey and first base- man Clarissa Gonzalez both singled to reach base. Hays catcher Haleigh Mad- den followed their lead by making it to first via an errant throw by shortstop Cory Shelley. On the ensuing at-bat, right fielder Brayden Pinckard knocked a ground ball between first and second base. However, instead of becoming the third out of the inning, Pinckard out-ran the second baseman's throw, allowing Ramsey to score. Yet, the Lady Rebels powerful of- fense could not take advantage of a bases loaded situation. Dripping Springs' Needham quelled the Hays rally, ending the threat with no more damage done; a theme that continued for most of the contest. The pressure then fell upon the shoulders of pitcher Sarah Leal, who faced off against an offense that had scored 19 runs in threeplayoffgames. Despite going up against the second ranked team in Class 4A, Leal put forth a remarkable performance. In seven complete in- nings, she struck out seven, allowing only three hits and four total base run- ners in the shutout win. "She stepped up to challenge to- night," said Hays head coach Aaron Fuller. "(Sarah) knew that facing the number two team in the state would not be easy. She kept battling and executed her pitches when she needed to." Leal was chal- lenged by the Dripping Springs offense at times. Often, batters were patient, forcing her to recover from behind in the count. Leal used the adversity to stay one step ahead. "Each inning, my thoughts were, 'get stronger, stay on top, be the leader, be that pitcher,'" said Leal. "When I'm out there, noth- ing comes in my "Fuller told us head. I knowwhat I'm doing in order before the game towin this game." Strong defense that this will be also kept the Lady Tigers from a pitcher's duel. bringing any rims across. On the oc- He told us that casion Dripping Springs placed whoever has the the ball in play, a fielder was there, best defense and doing her best to ensure an out was makes least amount made. Hays' Ram- sey attributed the of errors will get the Lady Rebel defen- sive efforts to rep- We made sure efition and a de- termined fielding that we played well mentality during practices. behind Sarah, who "Fuller told us before the game did a great job." that this will be a pitcher's duel. He told us that who- -Hannah Ramsey, ever has the best Hays center fielder defenseandmakes least amount ofer- rors will get the win," said Ramsey. "We made sure that we played well behind Sarah, who did a great job." While the pitching and defense PHOTOS BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ Hays shortstop Maddy Shannon slides into home during the Lady Rebels 3-0 win over Dripping Springs May 11. triumphed, the offense for the Lady the Lady Rebel offense off-balance. Rebels struggled. Dripping Springs' "She was throwing a lot of off-speed Needham was equally as impressive pitches," said second baseman Addle in the circle, as she struck out five in Vayas. six innings of work. Most impressively, For Fuller and his team, an aggres- Needham was able to stymie a pow- sive attitude on the base paths was erful Hays offense, which had scored necessary. The Lady Rebels attempted 27 runs in their previous three playoff three steals in the game, with shortstop games. Hays had runners in scoring Maddy Shannon successful on two of position in the first, second and sixth innings, yet Needham continuallykept See HAYS SOFTBALL, pg. 2B PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Hays sophomore Meagan Gray hit a height of 12' 9", winning a silver medal at the May 10 state meet. BY MOSES LEOS III Friday's torrential rainstorm wasn't enough to douse the enthu- siasm of the Hays CISD track and field teams as three of its athletes competed against the best at the UIL State Meet at the University of Texas Myers Stadium in Austin. Lehman senior high jumper Ari- ana Gallegos, who was the first to compete on Friday morning, said adjusting to the changing weather conditions and shifting schedules created more pressure. "I was grateful it was not rain- ing when I jumped," Gallegos said. "However, after the rain stopped, it got really hot and humid at field level. It made me a little nervous." Weather delays created a time crunch and forced simultaneous boys and girls high jump competi- tions. This added to the intensity of the moment, which Gallegos said was "a little intimidating." Yet, the experience of perform- ing on the grandest of stages was an experience she will always hold on to. See STATE TRACK RESULTS, pg. 2B Hays CISD spring football training BY MOSES LEOS III With shoulder pads and helmets strapped on tight, both the Hays and Lehman high school football teams are preparing themselves for the upcoming 2013 fall season with spring training. Per UIL rules, schools may trade the first full week of summer prac- tice (Aug. 5-10) for 18 workout days during the spring semester; these workouts are particularly helpful for both programs, offering a chance to implement new strategies and plays. New strategies are important for the Hays Rebels, who are prepar- ing for their first season under new head coach Neal LeHue. The spring schedule allows athletes to better acquaint themselves with a game plan under the LaHue regime. "I am pleased with how (spring workouts) have gone. The team has been very receptive and are working hard every day," said LaHue. "I think the transition has gone smoothly." What LaHue aims to continue at Hays is to maintain the team's up- tempo style. This is evident in spring workouts, as the pace of practice is quick, frenetic and upbeat. "The tempo out here is fast and upbeat; you are never resting, you never walk," said sophomore offen- sive lineman Connor Lanfear. "You are playing at your best 100 percent of the time." See FOOTBALL PREVIEW, pg. 2B