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Page 2B Sports Hays Free Press May 24, 2017 J: From the Sidelines Continued from pg. 1B Survey says they may not be successful this sea: son either, what with how LeBron James and the Cavaliers are playing. But the true tragedy of San Antonio's playoff exit is the sadness many had watching Manu Ginobili walk offthe AT&T Center floor for what could be the final time. Ginoboli, along with Tony Parker, who was lost to injury earlier in the playoffs, are the final two pieces in San Antonio's dynastic title run. Even as their age be- gan to show, Parker and Ginobili at times this playoff season ran circles around their younger op- ponents. Ginobili's stellar block on Houston Rocket James Harden earlier this month is exhibit number one. Alas, the good times can only last so long. Basketball players' bodies can only take so much. It seems likely one, or perhaps both, could join fellow teammate Tim Duncan in retirement this summer. They're a group who showcased how funda- mentals, teamwork and sacrifice go far beyond the flash and decadence of today's NBA super- stars. Should they leave the game, Ginobili and Parker take with them the way basketball ought to be played. If there's a bright side, the trio could find the time to craft those wacky H-E-B commercials on a regular basis. And that would be a win-win for everyone. PHOTO BY JOSH KIRKLAND Members of the Lehman High offensive and defensive lines participate in tug-of-war at the Marion Lineman challenge held at Marion High last week. Lehman's trench warriors emerged from the Marion lineman challenge with first place honors. Enix Offensive MVP Cole Irby, Hays First team Pitcher Weston Wolf, Hays Shortstop Tristain Peevey, Hays Braden Sullins, Lehman Utility Edque Hernandez, Hays First base Courteney Curry, Lehman Second team Pitcher Aidan Martinez, Hays Second base Ben Gettig, Lehman Pitcher Jacob Trujillo, Hays Designated hitter Elijah Saldana, Hays First base Luis Delgado, Hays Lehman High senior Crystal Montoya May 11 signed on to continue her basketbal career at Kansas Christian College in Overland Park, KS. Montoya, a four-year starter at Lehman, finished her Lobo career by earning second team 25-6A All-District honors in 2017. Kansas Christian College participates in the National Christian College Athletic Association PHOTO BYJIMCULLEN Biking: Lobo pedals to his future Continued from pg. 1B FARMERff 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@ austin.rr.com Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Your Business & Referrals Are Appreciated Thyme ............... .................. %,...~L, % .~:..:~, ~i'+ Lehman High, entered the Texas High School Mountain Bike League (THSMBL) as an indepen- dent competitor. Paul said Justin trained with the San Marcos Mountain Bike team at the time. The first time on the trails was "a little scary" for Justin, who didn't "know what I was doing on the trail." He got his first intro- duction to the competitive sport when he competed in his first race, which was a 12-mile event. He real- ized endurance is what he needed to work on, as the furthest distance he had ridden up to that point was six miles. He finished 24th out of 28 competi- tors. "It definitely woke me up to what I needed to work on for the future," Justin said. "Just because I was faster than my dad, I wasn't the fastest one out there." From that point on, Jus- tin said he began to ride longer distances and build up his skills on the course. During the process, he also realized how much he enjoyed the sport and how it was an escape from school and other stresses. "Varsity is tough, you're racing 20 miles. You're going at your intense level all the time ... Being able to race with people like that, it helped me with what lines I was choosing and how I was racing." -Justin Greenfield, Lobo cyclist "I stopped thinking about school and just fo- cused on the trail and how much fun I was having," Justin said. He continued to com- pete at the junior varsity level until 2017. During that time, Justin competed as an independent racer, followed by racing with the Hays County compos- ite team, which is made up of competitors from Lehman, Hays, Live Oak Academy and Whnberley high schools. The turning point was last year, when he finished fifth out of 70 competitors in a race and avoided any mechanical problems or crashing out. "It was just me and the racers around me," Justin said. Once at the varsity level, Justin overcame bad luck in his first three starts to find success toward the end of the season. He understood how much effort he had to put in to be successful at the varsity level. "Varsity is tough, you're racing 20 miles. You're going at your intense level all the time," Justin said. "Being able to race with people like that, it helped me with what fines I was choosing and how I was racing." But competing against the best also opened his eyes to the possibility of a career in mountain biking. He began that pursuit during his search for colleges. Justin looked for a school that not on/y offered mountain biking, but also studies in zoology, based on his love of ani- mals and the outdoors. Mars Hill University is where Justin found equi- librium. He said it was "weird" that he was one of the first Hays County ath- letes to sign with a school for mountain biking, but understood the sport is young in Texas. He hopes the sport continues to gain mo- mentum in the state in the future. Over the past four years, Paul said the THSMBL has grown from 240 participants statewide to over 1,000. Justin also hopes to ex- cel at road bicycle racing, which he hasn't competed in since he was 12. That sport requires a"com- pletely different mental- ity" from mountain biking. But he also hopes for the potential to make mountain biking or cycling a career. While it can be difficult to secure a sponsor to race full-time, being able to do so could be the foot-in-the-door for Justin. "He's taken it beyond what I ever did," Paul said. 'Tm living vicariously through my son. 1never raced and never desired to, but he's taken a liking to it." AG EQUIPMENT AUCTION e~gl~w~ 350+ Items sell Regardless of the Price! 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