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+ TOY 2016 Hays Education Foundation announces Teachers of the Year - Page 3B @hfplobosports May 25, 2016 BY MOSES LEOS III Hays High seniors Bryce Symmes and Josh Bumett have never known the game of baseball without each other on the same team. From their T-ball days with the Manchaca Diamondbacks to play- ing with the Hays Rebels, Symmes and Bumett have shared a friendship they say is more of a brother- hood. As both players ready for college, they will continue to take the field together as they play at Coastal Bend College in Beeville next season. "It's funny, because we had coaches along the way who said, 'you won't play together after (high school),'" Bumett said. "It's funny that we're keeping the dream alive of that 'deadly combo,' as I "It's funny that we're keeping the dream alive of that 'deadly combo,' as l picture it in a way." - Josh Burnett, Hays High Senior picture it in a way." Their friendship began when they both played T-ball together with the ManchacaYouth Optimist League. Burnett said out of all of the kids on the team, the two "sort of clicked." Soon the two have been "brothers ever since," Burnett said. "People have mis- taken us for actually being brothers [when we were younger]," Symmes said. They continued that friendship as they rose through the ranks of little league baseball. Symmes said most of the time, both of their fathers were head coaches or assistant coaches of the team. But it was their fathers who Burnett said contin- ued their friendship. "They went under the radar a bit to get us on the TEAMMATES, 2B COURTESY PHOTO Bryce Symmes and Josh Burnett OP/ED victims this time around, From the Sidelines by Moses Leos III seems Baylor may or may not have taken a .step this week toward attempting to save face as an ongoing major sexual assault scandal continues to rock the campus. Chip Brown ofhomsdl- reported Tuesday the school's board of re- gents fired Baylor president: Kenneth Starr as a result of how the school has handled MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Karina Rocha - Ha~,s CO-NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR Maxine Valdez - Hays FIRST TEAM Illyanna Cisneros Sydney Belvin Alyssa Martinez SECOND TEAM Abbie Blackwell Nadia Netek FIRST TEAM Kynslee Noriega SECOND TEAM Loren Pizzini Clarissa Rayos Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu, were convicted of sexual assault in 2015. Baylor, however, re: ..... leased a statement soon after saying it wouldn't respond to the rumors or reports until official news is available. They expect an announcement on lune 3. The school's board is reviewing findings of an investigation compiled by law firm Pepper Hamilton into the school's response into the sexual assault al- legations. Meanwhile, an ESPN re- port last week shed light on possible unknown allega- tions of sexual assault and domestic violence against Baylor football players, where some school of- ficials and coaches knew about the incidents. According to the story, police in one 2011 case "took extraordinary steps" to keep that case from public view, with it being placed in a locked office. All ofthis adds to the distresffmg tale of a success- ful football program that's seemingly had a remalkable lack of institutional controL As sports fans and media members wait to discover the fate of ctm nt Baylor head football coach Art Briles, the fact remains FROM THE SIDELINES, 2B Repu ta t, n Is No 3 great locations near you" Austin Dripping Springs Kyle 11740 Manchaca Rd. 3990 Highway 290 21681 IH-35 292-1060 894-3888 262-101: Check the status of your vehicle +