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J lllllOI]liJli I .,,~" FAMILY TRADITION Hays High's Adam Rayo completes family - Page 413 sweep of excellence. June 8, 2011 Page 1B Head S helton retiring, Feldt hiring tops the list BY JASON GORDON Let's take one final look back on a 2010-2011 school year that will not soon be forgotten in the world of Hays High Sports. The top three Rebels sports stories of the year were: 1. Shelton retires, Feldt hired The only head coach Hays High School has ever known walked off the Clemens High football field after a mid-November playoff loss to Ker- rvifie Tiv~ The tears that began welling up among Shelton's family members and longtime assistant coaches weren't the kind you'd normally expect, even after a season-ending defeat Then with five simple words, Shel- ton summed up the moment. "This is it for me," Shelton said. After coaching football at the same school lon- ger than anyone in Texas history, Shelton decided to call it a career He had coached at Hays since it opened in 1968, and at Buda FELDT High school four years before that. "I knew this would be difficult, but it's just time," Shelton said at the l~ne. "I've enjoyed every minute of it " Shelton, who led Hays to the Class 4A Division I state championship game in 1996, made the announce- ment to a locker room ftill of his var- sity players shortly after the playoff loss to Tivy. "I'll still be there watching you play," Shelton said. "I'll always be a Rebel." Superintendent ]eremy Lyon said his goal was to bring in a new head football coach and athletic coordina- tor to Hays High School that would compete for state championships year in and year out. The man who accepted the job in February has already accomplished that mission once during his .career. New Hays athletic coordinator Blake Feldt was named statewide coach of the year in 2009 after leading Pilot Point to the Class 2A Division I state championship. Feldt beat out 85 other applicants for the job. "I can't tell you how excited my family and I are," Feldt said when he was hired. "I've known about Hays High and the job Coach Shelton and his staff has done for a long time. We want to continue that winning tradi- tion. Our goal is to win champdon- ships and we'll do everything within our power to get that done. I d,on't know if I can make it 43 years llike Coach Shelton did. That is an un- believable record. It says a lot about Coach Shelton as a man. It's an honor to be the person who comes in after him." 2. Hays boys soccer team nearly perfect in regular season The Hays boys soccer team rolled thxough its competition during the regular season, compiling a 21-1-1 record before knocking off Manor 5-1 in the opening round of the playoffs. Dining that impressive run, the Reb- els, led by head coach Jason Burnett, went undefeated in district play and lost only to Class 5A Georgetown, which was ranked in the top-40 in a national poll. "This is a very special group of hard working players," Bumett said. See TOP 3 HAYS STORIES, pg. 2B PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Hays senior dared Herselman was named the district's Most Valuable Player this season for the 22-2-1 Hays boys soc- cer team, which won the Rebel Cup and beat Manor in the playoffs before falling to Vista Ridge in the area round. Here are our top three stories of 2010-11 in what was at times a very exciting school year at Lehman High: 1. Iehman baseball eeps Hays , ugh for Lehman to end a five-year losing streak to Hays back in March, the Lobes repeated the feat in early April. The Lobos did it in dramatic fashion in March, soar- ing three runs in the top of the sev- enth for a 5-3 comeback win at Rebel Field in the District 27-4A opener for both teams. "It's an amazing feeling," said Lehman shortstop Nick Cerda. "I've wanted to beat Hays ever since my freshman year." Hays High appeared to have the upper hand when it took a 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning on Nick Cavazos' double off the wall in deep right field that plated Victor Ruble. Although Hays was three outs away from another victory over Lehman, it was apparent the Lobes weren't going to quit. "Even when we were losing~ I knew we had the fight in us to come back," Cerda said. "I could see it in every- one's eyes in the dugout." Three of the first four Lehman bat- ters, Braxton Rico, Xavier Soliz and Rudy Martinez, singled in the top of the seventh inning to load the bases with one out. Cerda drew a walk that brought Rico home to tie the score 3-3, and JustinVajgert's sharp grounder for a single scored Soliz to give Lehman the lead 4-3. Chris Tello's RBl-groundout to shortstop allowed Martinez to score an insurance run for the Lobos. When the Lobos repeated the feat at Lehman in April, they acted like they had been there before. Lehman rallied for an 8-6 victory at Lobe Field that put the team right back in the thick of the playoff race, and virtually D" ended Hays' chance of a fifth straight district title. "We expect nothing less now," said Cerda, who shut down Hays late in the game with three solid innings of, pitching. "We're starting a tradition.' to earn their losing to tamntea in the first round. PHOTO BY JUOY COOPER Lehman track star Justin Torres ran the 300-meter hurdles in 39.73 seconds.and finished third at the regional meet despite suffedng a hamstring injury in his qualifying heat the day before. 2. Lehman's Torres battles back from injury to narrowly miss trip to state Lehman's track and field squad took a hit right out of the blocks at the regional meet in San Antonio, as team leader Justin Torres hit the sec- ond hurdle in the 300-meter hurdle event and injured his hamstring. Tortes finished the race in 40.57 sec- See TOP 3 LEHMAN STORIES, pg. 2B PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Lehman senior center fielder Joey Hemendez was an All-District performer and leader for the Lobe baseball team, which swelpt two games from Hays this season and made the playoffs for the second consecutive ,year. PHOTO BY JOEL SAN MIGUE/. Former Hays slugging catcher Nick DeSantiago was picked by the Atlanta Braves in the 5th round of the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday. Rocha selected in MLB draft BY JASON GORDON Two former Hays High School standouts were selected in the first 10 rounds of the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday. Nick DeSantiago, a 2009 HHS graduate, was selected in the 5th round with the 176th overall pick by the Atlanta Braves. DeSantiago spent one year at the University of Texas before transferring to Blinn College in 2010. DeSantiago, a power-hitting left-handed catcher, hit .313 this season at Blinn with 31 runs scored and 19 runs batted in. He was also drafted in the 33rd round by the Washington Nation- als in 2009, but decided to sign with the Longhorns instead. See MLB DRAFT, pg. 2B STAFF REPORT son ties a program record set in 2009. After coming back to tie the Texas (45-16) went on to game in the top of the ninth win the regional and advance inning, the Bobcats had their to a super regional where the regional championship aspira- Longhorns will take on Arizo- tions dashedSundayafternoon na State. when No. 5 Texas answered "I thought it was a great with a walk-off single in the college baseball game," Tex- bottom of the ninth inning to as State head coach ~ Har- eliminate Texas State from the rington said."] thought we had Austin Regional 4-3. a good enough performance The loss ended the Bobcats' from Colton Turner pitching 2011 season as the teamposted wise. I thought we played good a 41-23 record and won both enough defense to put our- the Southland Conference reg- selves in position to try to win ular season and tournament a game. I thought both teams championships. Texas State were playing at a very high lev- made its fifth NCAA Regional el in a demanding game. I was appearance in the program's verypleasedwithoureffort." hismry thls season and won its A home run from junior first regional game since 2000. Kyle Kubitza put the Bob- The Bobcats' 41 wins rids sea- cats in the lead early, but the PHO'ro BY ASHUEY LANOIS, ~ STAllE Al1~ Texas State beat Princeton 3-1 on Saturday in an elirmination game at the Austin Regional behind a stellar pitching performance from Michael Pitts, The Bobcats went on to lose to the host Longhorns ion Sunday to wrap up their impressive season with a 41-24 record. Longhorns came back to score span to take the lead. Texas three runs over a two-inning State then tied the game in the top of the ninth after Bret At- wood led off the frame with a single and moved all the way to third base after a throwing error by the Texas catcher on Atwood's stolen base attempt. The stolen base was Atwood's team-leading 21st of the sea- son and also gave him 49 for his career, a new Texas State record. Two batters later, Ku- bitza lined a shot to right field that was deep enough to allow Atwood to score the Wing run and make it 3-3. In the bottom of the ninth, Texas led off the inning with a bunt single before a sacfihce bunt moved the runner into scoring position. An inten- tional walk put runners on first and second, and then, head coach Ty Harrington went to the bullpen and brought in junior all-American Carson Smith for just his second ap- pearance out of the bullpen this season to try and get out of the one-out jam. But a walk loaded the bases and set the stage for Kevin Lusson to hit a walk-off single over the head of Jeff McVaney in right field for the game winner. Earlier in the double-elimi- nation regional, Texas State lost to Kent State 4-2 in 11 innings on Friday before rebounding to beat Princeton 3-1 behind Mitchell Pitts' stellar pitchimz peflormance in an elimination game on Saturday. Atwood and Kubitza were both selected to the ll-man Austin Regional All-Tourna- ment Team.