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Page 2B SPORTS Hays Free Press May 18, 2016 PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN FREE Lifeline Service i Available for Income-Eligible Residents ~ If you participate in public assistance progrSms or meet monthly income level guidelines, you may qualify for ~* a free phone" + 250 Minutes & Unlimited Texts. To apply visit www.enroll.accesswireless.com Lehman Lobo baseball pitcher and first baseman Zach Sendejo, joined at the official table by his mom, Tracy Sendejo, and head baseball coach Toby Robinson, signed his collegiate Letter of Intent to play ball at Cisco College next year. Rebel Softball: Eagles fly past Hays Continued from pg. 1B close the game. Saturday's game two of the series was eventful for reasons beyond softball. The game, originally scheduled for College Station, was moved to Mumford, a Class A school with a turf field, in anticipation of rainy weather. After arriving at Mumford, torrential rains came about an hour before game time, and the two teams attempted to wait until the weather moved through. The rains, however, never stopped and the decision was made to move game to Waco Mid- way High School. But Atascocita, which was ranked fourth in the nation at one point this year by USA Today, burst from the game with six runs in the first inning. Hays had an imposing mountain to climb, but was unable to mount a comeback. Hays' first run of the game came courtesy of a booming solo home run to left field by senior PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN With smiles on their faces, Hays Lady Rebels (left to right)Karina Rocha, Nadia Netek, Illyanna Cisneros, Madison Allen and Maria Arroyo show off words of encouragement and guidance prior to Saturday's game regional quarterfinal game against the Atascocita Eagles. Despite nearly coming away with a win on Friday, Hays saw their deepest playoff run in two seasons conclude in a two-game sweep to Atascocita. Karina Rocha in the top of the second inning. Atasocita, whose lead was cut to 6-1, responded by putting the game away in the bottom of the in- ning. The Eagles tallied an- other half-dozen runs in the bottom of the second frame. The Lady Rebels scored another run in the fifth, but could not make up the difference. Hays, who advanced to the third round of the playoffs for the first time since reaching the state tournament in 2013 and 2014, finished the season with a 21-13 record. Not again... Hail Protect your Vehicle with a Heavy Duty PANTHER CREEK CARPORT Heavy duty galvanized Steel Rated at 90mph winds Easy to assemble. Fits all passenger vehicles $887 " Perfect Protection for spring Storms Call 1-800-643-8728 OD Funk Mfg. Inc. Since 1976 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................ i ii! i!i i i iii!iiiii!i!i!iiiii !iiiiii i ii!i!i! i i! ! ii! i i!i!i!i! !ii iiii ! !i! iii !iiii i Lobo Football: Look to rebound during summer Continued from pg. 1B + "We are trying to get the kids to understand there isn't a higher level of football in the coun- try, in their age group," Raymond said. "We have to prepare full time, year around...to take that next step. That's where we have to go." Focusing on improv- ing physical strength was the goal for the Lobo coaching staff, Raymond said. It's one of the main reasons why the program decided against taking part in spring workouts on the field. Obtaining an extra scrimmage during the preseason also played a factor in the decision. "It was focusing on just getting physically stron- ger for the upcoming sea- son," Raymond said. "In this new 6A district we're in, it's tough We re- ally felt like we're going to take the time in the spring to focus on the weight room." Ray- mond said the team is currently working to perfect its scheme on offense and defense during the athletic periods. Under- stand- and physical. PHOTO BY CHAPARRAL PHOTO Lehman High running back Bryan Mendoza (right) attempts to run past an Austin High de- fender as he speeds toward the sideline during the two teams' game on October 29, 2015. Mendoza will be one of the up to 15 returning players who will make up the Lehman Lobos roster in 2016. "It's a focus on fine tuning the mental aspect, so in August when we go out there with pads on, (the scheme) will already be taught to them." -Todd Raymond ing techniques, such as blocking assignments and footwork on the offensive line or nmning"crisp" wide receiver routes, could help the Lobos as against Westlake, Lakeand CameronWhited. they ready for summer Travis, Vandegrift, Vista Raymond also said the football, Raymond said. Ridge and Leander and Lobos will return four of The play- rival Hays. their five starting often- ers are alsoWesflake, Lake Travis,sive line. preparing toVandegrift and Vista Ridge On the defensive side, take part in a all reached the area round returning players include 7-on-7 league, of the playoffs or beyond Abel Longoria, Carl Fergu- which they in 2015. Lake Travis was son and Tristan Hernan- will host over state runner-up in 6A last dez, along with linebacker the summer, season. Austin Lakey and defen- "It's a focus "We've got to develop sive back Edward Arana. on fine tuning depth and numbers so we Raymond said he the mental as- can try to match up with hopes a year playing in pect, so in Au- those guys," Raymond 6A will help "slow things gust when wesaid. down" for his returning go out thereAiding the Lobos next players. with pads on, season is a roster that "When you play 6A ball, (the scheme)returns up to 15 start- and you're young and will alreadyers from a year previous, inexperienced, the world be taught toRaymond said the team is moving fast," Raymond them," Ray- has "caught back up with said. "Hopefully things mond said. numbers" when it came slow down for them a bit." One of the to senior players. But making sure his primary chal- Providing assistance for team"wins the close lenges facing the Lobos will be quar- games" is something the Lehman will be the depth terback Jacob Zamora, team will focus on next and talent of its opposi- running back Bryan Men- year. tion. doza and wide receivers "We have to beat those District 25-6A playTyler Henderson, Chastin people we should beat," will see the Lobos go up Evans, Grayson Steineger Raymond said. LONG ORTI:IOI)()NTICS 3310 B FM 967, STE #Al10, Buda, Texas 78610 Near the comer of FM 1626 and 967 We are now exclusively in Buda to accommodate your orthodontic needs. 512-523-8680 Iongortho.com Submit your ad by Thursday, May 26 to run in the June 1 edition of the Hays Free Press ii i i i I I i li I I I ii ii I[