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+ SENIOR WALK Lehman seniors share one final walks with Fuentes - Page 3B @hfplobosports of their students. June 1,2016 PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lehman High alumnus and Kyle native Tre Abeita (left) meticulously works on the hair of fellow Lobo alumnus Jordan Mora at the Ladies and Gents Professional Hair Services. From his teenage days to working at the Ladies and Gents salon in Kyle, Abeita's passion for cutting hair has led him to interact with rap and sports moguls and travel to different locales. Lobo football, baseball alum lives haircutting dream BY MOSES LEOS III news@haysfreepress.com Amid the constant buzz of hair clippers, laughter, smiles and discussions are always ever-present in the Ladies and Gents salon near Lehman Road. Such a scene is welcome for Lehman High alumnus Tre Abeita, who has had a passion for cutting hair since he began doing so in the garage of his home as a teen. And though his passion has led Abeita to cross paths with sports and hol- lywood elites, the Kyle na- tive continues to cut hair in his hometown to give back to his community. "Being from Kyle, it started off as a small town and it's now grown into what it is," Abeita said. "Being able to service not only my friends, but their younger brothers and dads, it's an honor." Abeita's start in the world of haircutting began as a hobby. The idea came after Abeita wanted to cut his own hair after he got his haircuts "messed up" when was younger. He soon realized how popular his ability was with his friends and Lehm- an football and baseball teammates. He soon had the trust of his peers, to where many of them vis- ited the garage in his home in the Steeplechase subdi- vision to get their hair cut. But Abeita was soon drown to the business as- pect of his enterprise. Abe- ita said many of his friends were willing to donate and "pay toward my service." "When I saw people ac- tually wanted to translate my time into money, it was a good way to not only meet people, but to make some side cash," Abeita said. Kasey Oghaa, a friend of Abeita's older brother, came to Abeita's garage by way of a reference. "He cut me up and it was fresher than the bar- ber than I was going to," Ogbaa said. "I was blown away. I told him, 'you're going to cut me from now on.' For years, everyone started to come into the garage." Afterward, Ogbaa said he often saw the garage was "flooded and packed" with people who clamored for $5 haircuts. He keeps coming back to Abeita as he said his hair cuts look "like photoshop" and they're "crispy." Abeita continued to cut hair in his garage until he went offto college at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. After his freshman year, Abeita's network of clients soon grew to new heights when a friend referred former Texas Longhorn wide re- ceiver and U.S. Olympian Marquise Goodwin for a cut. "I cut him once and we've been cool ever since," Abeita said. "He put me on the map a lot. Word of mouth was the best kind of advertisement for myself." Soon, with the help of his education from A&IVI Corpus Christi, Abeita learned how to market himself through various forms of social media, including Instagram and Facebook. His popularity "snow- balled" as he became well known within the Univer- sity of Texas at Austin net- work. He was able to build relationship with players such as Goodwin and former Texas and current New Orleans Saints defen- sive back KennyVacarro. The network grew to include famous celebrities such as actor and comedi- an Cedric the Entertainer and rappers DJ Khaled and Eminem. Along the way, Abeita said local events such as South by Southwest and the Austin City Limits music festivals helped "build other A-list clientele." His ability has made Abeita into such a com- modity that he is flown out to perform hair cuts on his clients. In February, Abeita trav- eled to Santa Clara, CA and Super Bowl 50. Abeita cut the hair of a client who was a member of the Carolina Panthers football team. "It was surreal," Abeita said. "You grow up think- ing, 'I want to go to a Super Bowl,' but actually being there with my client and his family, friends and teammates, it was a real opporttmity." His most interesting trip took him to Puerto Rico. While he didn't speak a "lick of Spanish," it was an "experience" to be the first of his family to go overseas and see "different cultures and different hairstyles." While his hobby has taken him to new places, Abeita continues to service people in Kyle. He goes back to Lehman High every year during the school's "Cuts for Cancer" campaign and also gives back to local pep rallies. He also has the abil- ity to reminisce with his teammates on a consis- tent basis. Lehman High alumus Jordan Mora, who is a regular at Ladies and Gents, said Abeita is the "only person that cuts my hair." "It's awesome that he's cutting famous people's haft," he said. "Coming from a small town, that's good news." Ogbaa said Abeita's de- sire to help his community "gives us hope." "I don't think anyone in Kyle has the accolades he has," Ogbaa said. "It gives us hope. That he's one of our own. That we raised him. His success is almost our success and it gives us inspiration to follow our dreams." PHOTO BY CHAPARRAL PHOTO Hays High quarterback Issaac Castilleja (17) drops back in the pocket during an away game played in the 2015 season. Castilleja and two others, Tyler Conley and Gentry Braugh, will fight for the starting quarterback position next season. BY MOSES LEOS III news@haysfreepress.com Molding an influx of young players is the focus for Hays High head coach Neal LaHue as the Rebel football program looks ahead to play in District 25-6A. While the Rebels didn't pursue spring football this season, the offseason was a chance for the staffto begin prepping younger play- ers for fall workouts. "There are a lot of guys who haven't played varsity football, but this is their time," LaHue said. "That's what it's all about. They'll group up fast. We'll get them ready be- fore district." Filling the gaps left by the nearly 60 seniors that graduated has been the focus for the Rebel coaching staff. LaHue said the team had a"great" offseason and that the team was able to make gains in the weight room. "When they left (Tuesday), we told them they still have eight weeks this summer to transform yourself," LaHue said. He added players were told to work on strength, along with speed and agility. During the spring, the Rebels worked on the fundamentals, along with "piecing" the offensive and defensive packages together, La- Hue said. He also said the team went through a "spring phase," which "Them are a lot of guys who haven't played var- sity football, but this is their time. That's what it's all about. They'll group up fast. We'll get them ready before district." -Neal LaHue, Rebel football coach saw the team practice non-contact 7-on-7 and 11-on- 11 drills without pads. "I thought we got a lot out of it. The tempo was good," LaHue said. "We won't know about some of (the younger guys) until after we scrimmage. It's hard to gauge. We had a lot of young guys come on. It's exciting." Guiding Hays will be a "good nucleus of starters," LaHue said, which starts with re- turning running back Cade Powell. Last season Powell ran for seven touch- REBEL F00TBALL, 2B IN MAKI NG Network Assessment Strategic Planning Advocating Needs " BUSINES& .0 (512) 531-0510 [ BackToBusinesslT.com @ Implementing & Training Managed Services Partnering For Success ...... =~:!i!~ I ii I