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+ Hays school district hosts graduation for 1,155 seniors. - Page 3B HaysFreePress. J: ree June 7, 2017. Page 1B PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS III Hays High stL~dents chose to get some air the minute school let out for the summer June 1 when they participated in the annual Hays Ultimate Frisbee tournament held at Hays High. Nine teams made up theTield with the Potential Grizzlies taking the first place prize. The Unbribables took second place, while the Greatest of All Time Squad (G.O.A.T.) finishing third. ] ! i! i! ! ...... op moments 1. HEAD COACHING CHANGES DEFINE LAND- SCAPE AT LEHMAN HIGH Perhaps no other story gen- erated as much buzz this sports season as the depar- ture of Todd Raymond, who was hired to become the Leander ISD athletic direc- tor in mid-March. Raymond, who was hired by Hays CISD in 2012, helmed Lobo Athletics and led the Lobo football program. More than 70 propsective appliants threw their hats into the ring before the district chose Joshua Kirkland as the new athletic coordinator and head football coach Kirkland was previously the athletic director and head football coach at El Paso Parkland High. The coach- ing carosel continued to turn in mid-May when Nauri Garcia, head girls soccer coach at Lehman, stepped down from his position. Hays CISD officials have not named a successor to Gaircia at this time. 2. LEHMAN GIRLS POW- ERLIFTERS PERFORM AT STATE The tradition of powerlift- ing success continued in 2017 for the Lehman High girls powerflifting team, which sent six athletes to the Texas High School Women's Powerfliting Asso- ciation state meet in Waco PflOTOS BY MOSES I.EO5 III The departure of Lobo's Todd Raymon (top) made way for Joshua Kirkland (inset). in March. Lehman High's Evelyn Ramirez capped off her senior season with a fourth place podium finish in the 220-pound weight class. Ramirez lifed a personal best 985 total pounds at the meet. Joining Ramirez was Alexis Ysla, Rubylee Perez, Julissa Gonzalez, Mia Palomarez, Maddie Cruz and Mia Dolin. 3. LOBO BOYS BASKET- BALL STUNS HAYS IN FINAL SECONDS Facing a ten point fourth quarter deficit to the Hays Rebels in late Janurary, Lehman Lobo head coach Michael Whitten never asked his team to stop be- lieving. His wish came true as the Lobos rallied to force overtime and eventually top the Rebels in a 66-65 come-from-behind win at the Lobo den. Leading the way was senior Tracy Mal- rey, who sunk two key free throws at the end of regula- tion to force the overtime session Lehman's win over Hays was the program's first since Jan. 15, 2013. LOBO'S BIG 10, 2B 1. HAYS SOFTBALL PLAYS IN MEMORY OF A FALLEN TEAMMATE Few, if any, teams in the history of Hays CISD showed as much grit, determination and guile as the Hays Rebel softball team did in the 2016-2017 season. Guided by the memory of teammate Brynn Aylor, who wa~ tragically killed in a car accident in Buda in March, Hays rolled through 25-6A en route to the school's first district title since 2014. In addi- tion, the Rebels powered through the first round of the playoffs, sweeping San Antonio Madison before finishing in the area round. Seven Rebel players were named to the 25-6A All District team, with pitcher Max Valdez named as MVP and head coach Lisa Cone named Coach of the Year. 2. REBEL VOLLEYBALL, GIRLS SOCCER AND GIRLS BASKETBALL REACH THE POSTSEASON Girl power was on full display at Hays High this sports season as the Rebel girls volleyball team, as well as the Lady Rebels soccer and basketball teams all reached the postseason. Rebel volleyball, which reached the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, fin- ished as bidistrict finalists PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS III Hays Rebel senior Hailee Morton pushes the ball past two Westwood Warrior players during a toumament in August 2016. after a 25,21 season and a Vipers to close the regular 6-6 mark in 25-6A dis- season in April, the Hays trict play. The Lady Rebel Rebel baseball team basketball team extended secured the program's its playoff streak to nine seventh straight trip to the straight seasons after they postseason earlier this finished with a 20-14 over- year. Hays, which finished all record and third-place in 18-9 overall and bidistrict district play. The Hays girls finalists, used the sweep soccer team returned to the over Vandegrift, which held playoffs in 2016-2017 after second place at the time, a two year hiatus, to catapult into the second place playoff spot in 25-6A. The Rebels have reached 3, REBEL BASEBALL the playoffs in back-to- POWERS ITS WAY TO THE back years under second PLAYOFFS year head coach James Howard. By virtue of three critical wins over the Vandegrift REBEL'S BIG 10, 2B 'i i i !