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4 Page 2B SPORTS Hays Free Press May 25, 2016 PHOTO BYJIMCULLEN Lehman tennis player wins CATA MVP award Lehman High junior Daniella Pena garnered top honors at the 21 st annual Capital Area Tennis Association Banquet on Sun- day as she was named the 2016 Most Valuable Player. Pena thanked her coaches, which included Lehman head tennis coach Orlando De La Fuente and assistant coach Daniel Cis- neros. 'Tm just happy to be out there playing," Pena said. 'Tm blessed to have so many positive influences in my life." From the Sidelines Continued from pg. 1B he should have taken a much more prominent role in addressing these allegations. What's worse is just how seemingly ignorant Briles has been to the whole situation, even after the reports of sexual assaults against his play- ers became public. Briles may have known about certain allegations, as was reported by ESPN, but tragically did little to nothing about it. While the investigation into this scandal contin- ues, it's hard to imagine Baylor continuing to stay put with a head football coach who's allowed a pall to be cast on the school. If firing Briles is the way Baylor chooses to go, I will be one of many who advocate for them to take that path. Briles must be fired. There isn't a scenario that would allow him to stay without the school taking any sort ofbacklash or pro- test from the student body. Perhaps more impor- tantly, we in the media should also focus on how Baylor plans to address helping the current victims who have been violated as part of this entire scandal. Victims who have had their voices stifled by a university that's put ath- letics and revenue before women's rights. Sadly, they have in effect become victims for a second time, hurt by a group of people who should have been looking out for their well being. People who should have taken them serious- ly and who should have done the right thing and stepped up to the plate and adequately investi- gated those allegations. Baylor should step up and assist those victims whom it failed to help the first time around. Doing so would be a start for the school to begin writing the final chapters to a shameful saga in its history. PHOTOBYJIMCULLEN Reb golfer Roberts heads for Hesston College Hays High School standout Rebel Golf team member Chandler Roberts, the son of Jessica and Doug Roberts, has signed a national Letter of Intent to play for Hesston College next year. Hesston College is located in Hesston, Kansas, and is an NJCAC Division II team. Chandler will be playing for the Hesston College Larks, wearing their maroon and gold for Coach Chris Frantz. PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Lobo soccer standout MarUnez heads for Schreiner Lehman High School Soccer standout Luis Martinez has signed a national Letter of Intent to attend and play for Schreiner Uni- versity's Mountaineers next year. Schreiner, located in Kerrville, Texas, plays in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. An All-District 2nd Team honoree this season, Luis was described by Coach Brad Baker as "a very strong defensive presence for our team this year, helping us stay in the playoff hunt." Baker and Coach Ramez Antoun noted they "wish Luis the best of luck as he travels to attend Schreiner." Celebrating the letter of intent signing are (I-r) dad Luis Martinez, honoree Luis, mom Irene Martin, and sister Maria Del Barrio. Not Call 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 Protecffon for spring Storms 1-800-643.8728. OD Funk Mfg. Inc. 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In addition, the two soon began to view the challenges of playing a higher level. Symmes said moving into high school baseball was a "lot more upbeat and intense." "Growing up, it was okay if you made an error," Symmes said. "But when you got to high school, everything changed. The little things that didn't matter when you're younger mattered a lot." Bumett said the move to high school baseball was "overwhelming," as the duo quickly learned the speed of the game. "It does change pretty drastically, especially from freshman to junior varsity, and JV to varsity," Bumett said. But through it all, the two continued their broth- erhood on and off the field. Working as throwing partners before a game, which was a practice they had employed when they were younger, helped, Bumett said. He said it re- laxed both of them as they prepared for games. A level of competitive- COURTESY PHOTOS From their days on the little league baseball field to the dia- mond of Hays High and now Coastal Bend College, Iongtime teammates and friends Bryce Symmes and Josh Burnett have shared a brotherhood that's spanned the test of time. ness also helped spur them along. Symmes said they help push each other along, which was the "main thing." Bumett said even though their competitive nature is mostly humor- ous, they also help each other when they have an offday. "We mess with each other and talk crap to each other," Symmes said. "It's an always friendly com- petitiveness." Continuing their trek through baseball into the college ranks wasn't a sure thing, however. While both players were looking at colleges, neither was sure where they would end up, Bumett said. Once Burnett com- mitted to CBC, Symmes made the decision to follow suit. Burnett said it was a "blessing" that both will continue to be on the same team through junior college. Both said they hope to continue playing on the same team after two years at CBC, wherever they may go. "It's a plus," Symmes said. "Out of all the things that come with baseball, having your best buddy there to get to be around and get through that first year of college is key." And even after their baseball careers conclude, the two hope to pass along the same life lessons base- ball and their fathers gave them. They want to make sure their own kids play on the same fields. "It's keeping the tradi- tion alive and passing [baseball] along to our kids," Burnett said. LONG ORTI[ODONTI(2S 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 =1 II I I I I II