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F + HaysFreePress.com CAREER DAY Tobias students learned about a variety of professions during Career Day. - Page 3B May 29, 2013 Page 1B BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com At the 2013 spring football game, Todd Raymond, Lehman High head football coach, and his Lobos proved how much they have improved in the span of a year. On the opening kickoff, Kelton Pow- ell returned it 90 yards to the house, in a display of fluid movements and re- markable speed. "That was the first time the varsiW held a kickoff return in a live setting," Raymond said. From there, the Lobos stomped on the gas pedal, speeding through a litany of plays through their varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams. Increasing tempo and fine-tuning the offense was Raymond's goal for "We now have the experience on the field, and we are flying around, making tackles." -Malcome Turner, Hays defensive back the Lobos. Last season, he felt the team only "scratched the surface" in offensive capability. The spring game rectified those is- sues. On the first drive for the varsity offense, they drew up a lengthy drive, culminating with a 23-yard touch'- down pass from quarterback ]eremy Schilhab to Powell in the back of the end zone. For Schilhab, the spring session is helping him make the transition from junior varsity to varsity play. "(The transition) has been good," Schilhab said. "There is an added pressure, but it is just the same as al- See LEHMAN FOOTBALL, pg. 2B Lehman quarterback Jeremy Schilhab evades a defender during the Lobos' spring football game on May 21. The game caps off the 21- day spring practice season for the Lobos. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ sports@haysfreepress.com The rain last week played havoc on the location of the game. The origi- nai location was supposed to be at Elgin High fora three-game playoff. Due to the Weather, the location was changed to a single game playoffthat, then, was to be played at Weimar High School. Once again, the rain forced one last change to Kerrville's idyllic Schreiner University campus. A loud and boisterous crowd turned up to the oft delayed game and'watched the Hays High Lady Rebels pounce and defeat the Lean- der Lady Lions 4-3. The Lady Rebels will play Aledo at noon Friday at the Red McComb stadium at the University of Texas in Austin. The Lady Rebels victory on Satru- day over Leander did not come easy. The Lions scored on their first at- bat on an RBI triple by Hailey Mac- Kay. The Rebels answered during their turn at bat, as Maddy Shannon scored on an RBI double by Clarissa Gonzalez, bringing the score to 1-1 at the bottom of the first inning. The next few innings were quick in and out affairs. Both teams played outstanding defense and managed to keep the opposing teams from scor- ing any additional runs. Hays High softball head coach Aar- on Fuller took a few moments to fire up the team by telling them that they needed to compete and battle it out every time they were at bat. The team took that advice to heart. of the fifth inning, At the bottom Karina Rocha hit a line drive that went over the Leander second base- man's head and landed in no-man's land in front of the right fielder. Rocha was safe at first base. Traci Green went in as des- ignated run- ner for Rocha. Maddy Shannon Hays right fielder Brayden Pinckard (left), pitcher Sarah Leal in the Lady Rebels' 4-3 win over Leander on May 25. The Lady Rebels Ms long as we still have outs, we're good.., never give up... I cannot tellyou how proud I am of you/" -Aaron Fuller, Hays head softball coach Green and Shannon advanced into scoring positions. Clarissa Gonzaiez came up to bat for Hays and was walked. With the bases loaded, Haieigh Mad- den came to bat, but did not make contact. The Rebels left the bases loaded and missed the opportu- nity to score. At the top of the sixth inning, Lean- der's Shelby Iflbeck got on base with a double. She later scored Leander's second run of the game, hit a bunt and got on first base. A squeeze play followed with a bunt from Addie Vayas. Vayas was thrown out at first, but both See HAYS SOFTBALL, pg. 2B PHOTOS BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ (center) and shortstop Maddy Shannon (right) celebrate after scoring a run will face off off against Aledo in the state semifinal on May 31. Lady Rebel pitcher Sarah Leal dives into home plate to avoid a tag in Hays' 4-3 win. The Lady Rebel softball continued their historic run, making the state tournament for the first time in program history. COURTESY PHOTO Hays High junior Emily Demmer shows the gold medam she helped her eight- person sweep ,rowing team win at the Texas State Championship Regatta on April 23-24. BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com Excelling on an athletic level is nothing new for Hays High junior Emily Demmer. A former member of the Hays softball team, she has always done well when it comes to sports. However, not even Dem- mer envisioned the way her life would transform after a day on Austin's Town Lake last summer. Demmer and her family were no strangers to kayaking and ca- noeing. Yet the young athlete was inspired when she saw a man rowing in a single scull, making his way down the pristine waters under the Lamar Street Bridge. See ROWING PRODIGY, pg. 2B + BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com One week ago, the Hays High Rebel baseball team completed one of the more remarkable moments in the history of the program. Hays' comeback win over Schertz Clemens gave them the chance to get one step closer to the state tournament. But there was no magic comeback, no rally for the ages, in the regional semifinal round against Corpus Christi Moody on Saturday night. Stellar pitching by Moody left- hander Kenny Saenz stymied the Rebels, who only managed two hits in a 6-1 loss. Just arriving at the game was a challenge for both Moody and Hays. In what was supposed to be a three- game series, torrential rains in San Antonio trimmed the series to a one- game, winner take all showdown. Both teams tried to start the series on Fridaynight, but ultimatelysettled for the one game at Uni-Trade Stadium in Laredo, after working through several alternate sites because of the weather. The Moody offense showed their offensive capabilities from the get-go. In the top of the first, with runners on first and second and one out, Moody catcher Michael Cantu rolled a slow ground-bail to the left side of the infield, forcing a Rebel throwing error. The error allowed the Trojans to score an unearned run, giving them a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Tres Luna singled, bringing in another run to make the score 2-0. Hays battled back in the bottom haifofthe first, asAlexRobles reached first base on a walk. Justin Montana then moved nobles to second via a sacrifice bunt, bringing up center fielder Granger Studdard. On a full count pitch, Studdard slapped a double to left field, bringing in nobles to cut the Moody lead to 2-1. That was the last time Hays had any success at the plate. From then on, it was the Saenz showcase. The lefty ace from Moody kept Hays in check, going the full seven innings, striki~ out nine Rebel See HAYS BASEBALL, pg. 2B PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Rebel short- stop Justin Montana turns a double play during Hays' Regional Semi- final against Corpus Christi Moody at Uni- Trade Stadium in Laredo on May 25. Moody proved to be too much, as the Rebels' season con- cluded with a 6-1 loss. ~t