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Page 2B SPORTS Hays Free Press May, 29 2013 + Lehman Football: Big plays highlight spring game Continued from pg. 1B ways; it is all about going out there and making the play." Defense also played a big role in the scrimmage, as first team varsity forced two fum- bles early in the game. The increased aggression and ex- perience of the defense helped the Lobos improve during the spring season. "On the defensive side, it has been real positive this year," said defensive back Malcolm Turner. "We now have the ex- perience on the feld, and we are flying around, making tack- les." Yet, the big play capabil- ity was in full force, as later on during the scrimmage, quar- terback/running back Paul Matthews powered his way for a 70-yard touchdown run up the middle. Matthews also tossed a 40-yard touchdown to running back Stephen Hidrogo mid-way through the practice. According to Raymond, the frequencies of big plays were a direct result of Lehman's off- season workout program. "Through our offseason pro- gram, our kids are getting more "Through our offseason program, our kids are getting more explosive. We now have the ability to make the big play. Obviously, we want to grind it out, but we also knew we were putting on a show for the fans." -Todd Raymond, Lehman head football coach explosive. We now have the sive than in the past." ability to make the big play," Also impressive were the Raymond said. "Obviously, we junior varsity and freshman want to grind it out, but we teams, which played with the also knew we were putting on a same intensity and aggression show for the fans. That allowed as the varsity team. us to roll the dice and take some Following the evening's chances on plays like that; we theme, Lehman closed out the hit some, we missed some, but scrimmage with a rousing play. we are definitely more explo- Schilhab connected with Jon Herrera for a 50-yard strike to close out a successful spring season. Overall, Raymond was im- pressed with his team's perfor- mance in the spring season, particularly the players' in- creased physicality and aggres- sion. Despite some injuries, most notably to star athletes Tyler Dodero and Paul Brown, Raymond is confident the team will be healthy going into 2013. "We did get kind of beat up. That's the catch-22 of spring football; you want to teach kids how to play physical. However, the aftereffect is that there will be injuries," Raymond said. "Luckily, it is spring, so it gives everyone a chance to heal and get better. I was proud of our work ethic; our kids had great energy and went to work every day." Running back Brett Wag- ner was also impressed with how the team progressed this spring. "I think as a team, we are getting better," Wagner said. "We are going to have a great team next year." Hays Baseball: Season ends with 6-1 loss to Moody Continued from pg. 1B batters. The velocity of Saenz's the adjustment," said head his pitcher in the early, going. pitches, which consistently coach David Null. "In the "[Woodmansee] is one hit above 80 miles per hour all excitement of the moment, of those guys who's got an game, were difficult for Hays when the adrenaline is arm that doesn't stop. He batters to adjust to. flowing, we over swung a bit. can throw a ton. That wasn't "It has been a long timeOffensively, we never really the problem," Null said. "He since we've seen a pitcher executed our game plan."started the game too amped throwthatfast,"saidStuddard. The latter issue took effect up, and he was overthrowing "Adjusting to his speed caught in the top of the second, as a little bit." us off guard." Moody opened up for fourDespite their woes in the Saenz's ability to make runs in the inning. Moody first early going, Woodmansee every pitch seem the same baseman Johnny Gonzales and the Rebel defense played was another reason for Rebel began with a solo home run sound baseball the rest of the batting struggles, to left center field, giving the way. Hays kept Moody off of "(Saenz)wasverydeceptive. Trojans a 3-11ead. From there, the board with five innings Everything he threw [looked] the Trojan offense levied a of shutout baseball, allowing exactly the same. He delivered salvo on Rebel pitcher Tyler only four more Trojan hits. the same, even when he Woodmansee, scoring three In addition, a 6-4-3 double changed speeds," said senior more runs on three in the fourth and a 4-6-3 designated hitter AdrianWoodmansee, who struck double play in the sixth kept Acosta. "We faced a goodout three in a six-inning effort, Moody runners from reaching pitcher." was initially taken aback by scoring position. The Rebels' inability tothe raucous Moody crowd.However, unlike the execute their game plan of "We were no1 expecting Clemens game, Hays could "short and quick" swingssuch a crowd," Woodmansee not reawaken their bats. hindered them. said. "It was reallyloud at field Saenz was equally sound, as "I don't think we executed level." he pitched six shutout innings our game plan. [Saenz] is Past playoff experience for the rest of the game. As a throwing 87 to 88 [MPH]; he's Moody was apparent for Null, result, Hays only managed popping it and we never made who described the unease of one hit and got one runner on third base after the first inning. Despite not reaching their ultimate goal of the state tournament, Null was proud of the team he fielded in his first year as head coach. "I have a great group of guys. I had many of them four years ago (as freshmen). I knew the talent that was here. I knew we could make a run in the playoffs. I believed it all along," Null said. "I couldn't have asked for a better group in my first year." The moment was also bittersweet for the ten graduating seniors. "This was a great experience," Acosta said. "I will remember this for the rest of my life." Setting up the table for future teams also hit home for Studdard. "We didn't reach our goal for state. But we set the bar high," Studdard said. "We had a heck of a season." JOB FAIR ESC Region 13 Monday, June 10, 2013 5:30-8:00 p.m. ESC Region 13 5701 Springdale Rd. Austin, TX 78723 Central Texas School Districts Professional Attire Attendance-FREE Minimum of 35 Resumes is Recommended i !ili iii! :ii~ 4 Hays Softball: 4A state tournament begins Friday at noon Continued from pg. 1 B driven in on a double hit by play. In the confusion, Pinck- enth, with two outs on the The final score of the game HaileyMacKay, which brought ard ran in and scored as did board, Haleigh Madden hit a was Hays 4, Leander 3. The the score to Hays 1, Leander Leal, who dove head first into single that went just over the road to the playoffs had been 2. home. At the end of the sixth Leander second baseman'slong, driving crazily through At Hays' turn at bat, Brayden inning, the score was Hays 3, head. Desiree Wainright came Texas in search of a dry field, Pinckard got on base, fol- Leander 2. in as designated runner for but the Lady Rebels pulled out lowed by a Sarah Leal single Leander responded with aMadden. Pinckard came tothe win to head to the state as she took first. Pinckard next triple by Lakin Carpenter. She bat, hitting a double. With tournament. stole third base and Leander's later scored on a sacrifice fly runners on second and third, Fuller, speaking to the Lady throw to third was bad, ad- and tied the game at 3. The Gabi Albarez hit a single, with Rebels after the game, said, vancing Leal to second base. Lady Rebels kicked up their Wainright scoring on the hit to "As long as we still have outs, At bat next was Rocha, who hit defense and held Leander to give the Lady Rebels the lead we're good.., never give up... a textbook squeeze bunt. Le- the single run. in the bottom of the seventh I cannot tell you how proud I ander seemed confused by the At the bottom of the sev- inning, am of you!" + Rowing Prodigy: Hays High student makes waves Continued from pg. 1B "I did not fully grasp what rowing was until (that day) last summer," Demmer said. "When I saw it, I told myself, 'that's what I want to do.'" That one moment changed Demmer's athletic outlook for good. She decided in January to put softball on hold, trad- ing a mitt for an oar. It was a decision she has welcomed ever since. "[The decision] came down to what I wanted to do for the rest of my life," she said. "I felt that I could excel in rowing over what I was doing in soft- ball." On February 8, Demmer began her training. For two weeks, she trained within the "1 did not fully grasp what rowing was until (that day) last summer. When I saw it, I told m 'that's what l want to do.'" -Emily Demmer, competitive rower from Hays High School times 18 hours. The coach 24, Demmer and her team saw how hard she trained in won first place in the Novice the scull, admiring her work 8+ member race. Despite a recreation rowing program at ethic, lack of experience, her perfor- the Texas Rowing Center in "l have coached rowing for mance helped Demmer bond Austin. over ten years and I have nev- with the group. Her competitive spirit er seen another person learn "The girls in my boat con- motivated her to strive for [the sport] so quickly," said gratulated me on helping something more. After only Nelson in a letter to Emily's them win State," Demmer two weeks in training, she ap- mother, Nancy Demmer. said. "Though they all were proached rowing coach Moni- Nelson had so much con- baffled that I did so in a short ca Nelson, wanting to join her fidence in Demmer, she al- amount of time." Novice team. lowed her to compete in a Demmer credits Nelson 'Tkfter two weeks, I felt I was single scull during a March 2 with giving her a chance to good enough [to join]," Dem- competition. In less than one make an impact on that team. mer said. "I told (Nelson), 'I month, Demmer was able to "(Nelson) knew I could be a want to join; I'm competitive, finish second in her heat, fin- good fit. That's why she placed Please let me do this.'"ishing in fifth place overall, me on the team." Despite a prerequisite of A few weeks later, Demmer In her final competition on one full semester of rowing qualified for the eight-person May 3-4 in Oklahoma City, with the Texas Rowing Center, A level rowing squad for the Demmer found herself on the Nelson agreed to allow the ea- State Championship Regatta. bow, or steering position, on a ger Demmer on the team. Demmer unseated a seasoned B-level four-person, or Quad. The first day of training was member of the squad who boat. Having never rowed admittedly not the smoothest had helped the team win the in this position, Demmer for Demmer- she flipped out silver medal at State a year learned the spot in the span of of her scull, twice, previous. 24 hours, navigating the boat Yet, Nelson kept the faith "Initially, some girls were down 2000 meters of water in and took her under her wing. angry," Demmer said. 29 mile-per-hour winds. Demmer trained with Nel-However, at the State Cham- Demmer said the rush she son six days a week for some- pionship Regatta on April 23- gets from rowing surpasses any athletic sport she partici- pated in before. "(Rowing) was overwhelm- ing at first," Demmer said. "But I have played sports all of my life. I have never had as large a passion for a sport as I do in rowing." "Rowing is not an easy sport, yet (Emily) was deter- mined to learn the technique in order to compete against experienced rowers," Nelson said. "Emily's determination, intelligence, athleticism and passion came together and she breezed down the race course ahead of her competi- tion." 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