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."~=~,."--~.~Hitl,V.mWILJ llJ II HlllIJlllllll I- + WITH INTEGRITY, WISDOM AND PRIDE Lehman High School Totem honorees join great tradition. - Page 46 May 25, 2011 Page 1B BY JASON GORDON and of Ohio Universitywhere she was Griffin said building a Lehman tions where they can get involved in an All-Mid-American Conference se- team that has never made the vol- club and play year round." lection three times and helped lead leyball playoffs into a contender Griffin has already started on an- her team to the NCAA tournament wouldn't be an overnight project, other important aspect of Lobe vol- When athletic coordinator Steve twice. "I fully understand it will be ajour- leyball. Davis handed the Lehman High var- "We couldn't be more pleased hav- ney," she said. "But we have a good "It has to start with our middle sity head volleyball coaching job to ing Megan as our head coach," said group of girls here and I fully believe schools and feed its way up to the Megan Griffin, he knew the Lady Lo- Davis. "She's been a winner at every we can get there.' varsity level," Griffin said. "A big part bos were going to be in the hands of level and that comes through in her Griffin will have the luxury of some of it is getting allofthe coaches on the a winner, attitude and her coaching style. I'm players returning with varsity experi- same page from the middle school Griffin has known only winning confident she's going to lead our vol- ence this fall, like twins Vildd Smith on up. I want to be able to share my her entire career, leyball program to the next level." (setter) andAlexSmith giber,o), as well knowledge, and things like my lineup At Seton High School in Cincin- Griffin coached the Lehman junior as Imani Fairman (outside hitter),.Kar- style, anything at all that can help our nati, Ohio, Griffin was a two time all- varsity last season, sholyn Brown (middle blocker) and 7th and 8th graders." state selection. She led her volleyball "This is definitely very exciting," Ariana Gallegos (middle blocker). Griffin is ready for the challenges team to the Division I state tide as a Griffin said. "I just graduated from Griffinsaidtwokeyelementswould that lie ahead during her first season senior in 2005, notching 23 kills in college a year ago, so this has been help Lehman build its volleyball pro- as varsity coach this fall. the state championship match, and a whole new experience for me. I ai- gram. "We have to get mo~e of our "I learned so much last year about was named a ways knew I wanted to stay close to kids playing club ball," Griffin said. how to coach," Griffin said. "It feels All-American and tabbed the School the volleyball world after college, so "They are missing out on hundreds like a fresh start in the sport and I'm Sports Magazine Player of the Year. this is an excellent opportunity for of totai games they could be playing, ready to see what we can accomplisb She started all four seasons at Mi- me." We have to find them affordable op- as a team." PHOTO BY SADIE WYGANT New Lehman High head varsity vol- leyball coach Megan Griffin is ready to bring success to a Lady Lobo team that will be seamhing for its first-ever playoff appearance this fall. BY GORDON fmepresssports After a three-year stretch of 7-on-7 dominance from 2004- 2006 Hays High looks to have the talent to reach that level again this summer. Those three swaight state tournament appearances in the middle part of the last decade peaked in 2005 when the Reb- eis won two games at the state tourney with the likes of ~tar quarterback Nash McPheeters scrambling and throwing the however, Hays High has made only one state 7-on-7 appearance in 2009. But now, with the team re- turning several key skill players who phyed significant varsity minutes last fall, the Rebs are looking forward to a successful 7-on-? summer season. The Tuesday night league season, in which teams play double headers at Shelton Sta- dium, began on May 24 and runs until June 28. In between, Hays will play state-qualifying tournaments at Lake Travis June 4 and at Alamo Heights June 18 before hosting its own tournament Iune 25. The top two finishers in each tournament will qualify for the State 7-on-7 Tournament in College Station July 15-16. "I think we'll be back this year," said Hays 7-on-7 coach o~yearsSbeltorL "We had a couple where our best athletes were in baseball, and we had trouble getting some of our best phyers to the tournaments last year, but this is a very dedicated group this season." Michael Romem, Caleb Kimbm, Mason Cervenka, Tav- en Mayberry, Jaxson Schaub- hut, JT Sivils, Dalton Johnson, Granger Studdard, Mark Old- ham and Taylor Hough were all key contributors for Hays' playoff team last fall and re- turn for the Rebs this summer. "We will have a lot of lead- PIIOIO BY ERIC C~IBqBw Lehman quarterback Matt Angui- ano will try to help lead the Lobes to 7-on-7 success this summer with many returning varsity team- mates by his side. PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Dalton Johnson (26) and ,IT Sivils (81) team up on a quarterback sack dudng the 2010 football season. They will be two of several key returning varsity players including Michael Romero, Caleb Kimbro, Mason Cervenka, Taven Mayberry, Jaxson Schaubhut, Granger Studdard, Mark Oldham and Taylor Hough who will try to team up to get the Rebels back to the State 7-on-.7 Tournament in College Station July 15-16 this summer. ership on the field," Cervenkaenjoyed learning the new of_ said. "I think getting to state lense in football class this this slimmer is a realistic goal. spring. We're going to try and go out "It's more of a spread offense and qualify during our first with some no huddle," Cerven- tournament." ka said. "We'll be mnn a lot Hays will also be running of the same plays this summer new head football coach and that we could be mnning in the athletic coordinator Blake fall, and that will definitely help Feldfs fast-paced offense this us get in synch with our timing summer, and route running." "A lot of the terminology is Hays has had little trouble different, but the concepts are getting players to come out for similar," Shelton said. '~ lot of 7-on-7 so far. what we do will be at a faster "The last time we had more pace." than 20 players on the team Cervenka said the team has was 2006," Shelton said. "This year we had 23 at one pmc- "We are very excited about rice. They have not only been this summer," Kimbm said. conscientious about showing "But our main goal is to get up, but they've been showing ready for a great season this up early. This is by far the best fall." group I can remember having Shelton agreed that the 2011 everyone show up each and ev- fall football season is what ely time. I remember when we 7-on-7 is all about. flrststarted7-on-7havingtogo "We really want to get the to houses to wake players up team better for the fall," he for tournaments." said. "Thafs always our goal as Although a trip to the state coaches. We try not to get too tournament this summer in caught up in wins and losses in College Station would be nice, the summer, but that said, we the main focus is always to get do feel like we have a chance ready for the upcoming fallsea- to be pretty a pretty successful son. 7-on-7 team." BY JASON GORDON Lehman High finally has the numbers 7-on-7 coach Perry feels the Lobes need to be a mpetiti squadthis am, After havLng to play many athletes on beth sides of the ball in recent years, with num- NUMBERS GAME Lehman has record number of players come out for 7-on-7. The Lobos will have full varsity, JV and freshman squads. a lot of people will be very surprised when they see just how hard our athletes have worked in the weight room this offseason. We have much better size and strength than we have before" Lehman will have several key players lining up this summer during 7-on-7 that played key minutes on varsity last fall, in- duding Levi Medley, Matt Anguiano, Matt bers as low as l2 total players last season, the canbeequalwithmostofitsopponent~" Riojas, hyion Hardawa~ Julio Besa and Lobes had 32 show up for 7-on-7 p~ctice: As of now, Lehman is planning on only Ch,,~es Wdliam~ "We had to cut the varsity to 18, Perry playinginthemgolarTuesdaynightdouble- 'This team has so much continuity," Per- said. "It was pretty ~ The junior var- header season at Shdton Stadium w~hich ry said. "We don~ have individuals feeling sity and freshman teams are completely full lasts May 24 until lune 28, and will play in like they need to win games for us by them- as well. It will be an interestng ,,s nmer. o onestate-qualifyingtourusment-ilune selves. They realize it takes everyone on the We've never had this problem before. 26 also at Shelton Stadium. field, and they are ready to win." Perry said the luxury of only playing the In 2OO9, the Lobes came wit~ one win Riojas agrees Lehman should have suc- Lobosononesideoftheballwou]dbekey. of advancing to the State 7-on-7 Tou~na- cess this summer that will carry over tothe ment in College Station, but lost to :rival fallseason. Hays High inthe semifinals of the qualify- "Kids get tired when they are out there the whole game,,,whether ~s, in the sum- mer or in the fall, Perrysaid. It'sobviousty a huge plus when you don't have to do that. We have a full offensive side and a full de- fensive side with four backups each. Thafs how it should be at the Class 4A and Class 5A level and I think it's groat Lehman is fi- nally getlmg to the numbers level where it Ing tournament. The Lobes have knocked off Hays in the Tuesday night league once in each of the past two seasons. "I honestly think Lehman can match up with anyone" Perry said. "We have a lot of great athletes at the skill posli ons. I think "It's great that we have a lot of talent and those phyers want to work hard," Riojas said. "I think with as much work as we've put in during strength and conditionin~ and the success have in 7-on-7 wig get us ready to win in the falL I think wdre going to give a lot of teams a challenge in ~mct this y~l~." U(~UKI~0F~=EU Bobcat pitcher Anne Made Taylor was sharp against the No. 3 Long- horns Fnday at the NCAA Regional in Austin, but Texas State lost two straight games to see its season come to a close. STAFF REPORT Sophomore pitcher Anne Marie Taylor was solid in the circle Friday night, but the Bob- cats were unable to top cross- town foe Texas as it dropped a 2-0 decision in Austin at Mc- Combs Field in the NCAA Aus- tin Regional. Texas State had a chance to rebound in the double-elim- ination regional on Saturday, but were eliminated after los- ing to Louisiana-Lafayette 11- 2. The Bobcats came into the tournament on a high note after winning the Southland Conference Tournament in Huntsville the previous week- end. "It's obviously not the way you want to finish the season," Texas State head coach Ricci Woodard said. "It's one of those deals when you're happy to be here, but not happy with the way it ends." Against the Longhorns Fri- day night, Texas took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on what was initially called an il- legal pitch, but to the Bobcats 'dismay Amy Hooks connected for a homerun over the left field wall to take the early edge. illegal pitches seemed to be the trend for Taylor as she was signaled for four of them in the first four innings. Taylor con- tinued to battle in the circle, but thanks to incoming bad weather was stopped the game in the top 0fthe fifth with Texas State's McKenzie Baack facing a 2-2 count. Baack returned to the plate after the delay to become the first batter for Texas State to reach base after getting hit by a pitch, lenna Emery came up to bat next and laid down a sacri- rice bunt and made it safely to first on a fielders choice whae Baack advanced to second. But Baack then was called out at third as Emery stole sec- ond. But despite the fact the Bobcats continued to move runners as former Hays star Anna Hemandez recorded Tex- as State's first hit of the game with a blooper over the first baseman's head, they failed to score in the inning. "When you only get one hit TEX.~ STATE SOFIBAI.L, pg. 2B