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t- Page 2B Sports Hays Free Press May 17, 2017 + FARMERS" Debbie Thames Insurance Agency AUTO HOME LIFE BOAT HEALTH 251 N. FM 1626 #2C Buda, TX 78610 Office: (512) 312-1917 Fax: 312-0688 Email: dvthames @ Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Your Business & Referrals Are Appreciated juniors wm Lehman High juniors and seniors squared off in the annual but fun, game saw the juniors dominate with an 18-0 win. Powder Puff Football Game PHOTO COURTESY OF ERIN POWELL at Lobo Field. This year's hard-fought, NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR Eric Gordillo Guaderrama - Lehman FIRST TEAM - LEHMAN Victor Aponte Daniel Palacios FIRST TEAM - HAYS Even Barker SECOND TEAM - LEHMAN Jose Armando Ezequiel Gallegos SECOND TEAM - HAYS Gerardo Rodriguez PHOTO BY TRACY STIRMAN Above: Hays Rebel goalkeeper Even Barker dives for the ball during a district game played against Westlake High in 2017. Inset: Lehman High's Daniel Palacios works downfield during a district game at Lobo Field at Lehman High ear- lier this season. PHOTO BY BECKY TENNEY It's Abou Thyme (...,, ~. ,~...~ -~,--~ ~..~, %: ":: ......,....~ ...~,.:..~:...:.:~..~ ~:-~ :~Ji:'~ ...... ::~ii:~': )[ 748 PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Rebel Dickson signs with Penn State Surrounded by her family and friends, Hays High sprinter Ca- mille Dickson signed her colle- giate Letter of Intent to run for the University of Pennsylvania earlier this month. Dickson was a four-year performer on the track and, early on, Cross Country. Three of her four sea- sons, she was a regional quali- fier in the sprints, missing only one year due to injury. Pictured celebrating the signing are (L- R) dad John Dickson, Camille, sister Catherine Dickson, and mom Robin Dickson. Rebel Softball Continued from pg. 1B Lulu Arroyo's ability to call time and settle the team down in the circle during key moments in the game. Cone said the two knew howto handle almost any situation. "I think for the most part, they're quiet, but on the field, they get pumped up," Cone said. "I think they know when to help the younger kids a little." Finding a way to bring out a high level of play from her team was one fac- tor of success for Hays. Cone said she felt the team could play at a high level from what she saw at practice. She also believed it could be challenging for district opponents to keep up "if we played our game." Cone realized the pos- sibility when her team notched several come- from-behind wins early in the season. Helping was the ann of sophomore MaxVal- dez, who Cone said is coachable and is willing to listen. She saidValdez communicated well with catcher Abbie Blackwell. "It helped build our confidence as well," Cone said. "Winning those games made the girls real- ize they could do this." Playing for fallen team- mate Bryrm Aylor, who passed away in a car crash in March, was the largest motivating factor for the Rebels in 2017. It was a challenging experience for Cone, who like her students, never had expe- rienced the loss of a mem- ber of a team. "I don't think I under- stood how hard it would be or understood how hard it was on the girls when we played," Cone said. "I tried to love them and be strong for them, because they were very strong and they helped each other out." Cone said playing in Aylor's memory guided Hays to a 12-0 start in dis- trict play this year. "It meant a lot to them and it had a lot to do with their Success as well," Cone said. Readying for next sea- son will be Hays' focus as the school year closes. Cone said one aspect the Rebels will look to im- prove upon is "not being afraid to get dirty" in criti- cal junctures. Rebel Baseball Continued from pg. 1B stress they were under," Howard said. "But they didn't. They got the job done and I was proud of that." Focusing on who is projected to return next season is the next step for Howard and the coaching staff. Returning players in- clude Nick Shimkus, who was a"great defensive player and is real range-y," Howard said. The Rebels are also slated to return Andrew and Darren Cisneros, who both had arm issues during the course of the season. In the infield, Jackson Masse3 who had several key base hits during the season, is expected to return at first base, while Drew Cooper could "eat up alot of innings" on the mound. "We have a great group of sophomores that will be juniors next year," Howard said. "We're young and that's something I feel comes with playing time," Cone said. "The more you play and the older you are, the more you realize how important it is to steal a hit away from someone when your team needs it the most." Working on small ball is also a plan to focus on for next year, which was at times a struggle for the Rebels. "Those are things in sit- uations if we're not hitting the pitcher well, we can move ruuners around," Cone said. 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