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Page 2B ~ Hays Free Press June 8, 2011 + Top 3 Hays Stories: Foolball, soccer state.qualifiers Continued from pg. 1B Unfortunately for the Rebs, their dream of making a first-ever appearance in the state tournament was dashed on a blus- tery night at Shelton Stadium in the area round of the playoffs when Vista Ridge beat Hays 2-1. Still, the Rebels ended the season with an impressive 22-2-1 record. ',It's disappointing because I know we were capable of going further," Hays cap- tain Iared Herselman said after the playoff loss. Herselman was named the district's Most Valuable Player, while Rebel junior Parker Thornton was named Offensive Player of the Year. Other Hays players to make the first team were sophomore Omar Rangel and seniors Ian Allison, Jose Martinez and Chase Sparks. Rebel second teamers included senior Julian Salas-Por- ras, junior Billy Bolton and sophomores Christian Varela and Taylor Herselman. "We're going to miss all our seniors," Bur- nett said. "They were a special group that accomplished a lot for us. We have a solid bunch coming back, though, so we're not expecting the pmgrarn to have a drop off." 3. Four Hays athletes qualify for state in the spring season Three Hays High pole vaulters and sophomore golfer Lindsey McCurdy qualified for UIL state competition. Despite blustery conditions that hindered golf- ers all tournament long, McCurdy parred the final 13 holes she played on the second McCURDY day of competition at Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin to card a 2-over 74. That was an improvement on her first-round 78 and left the talented Lady Rebel, who came into the tournament ranked the top female golfer in Class 4A, tied for fifth in the event. "Even though I knew I wasn't leading I was going to do my best," McCurdy said. "It felt real good to finish with 13 straight pars." McCurdy teed off on the back nine Tuesday and got her lone birdie after an 8-iron landed 30-feet left of the pin on the 133-yard par-3 12th hole. She made the bomb of a putt and that kick-started her impressive round. "Some of the holes she parred down the stretch Lindsey really had to scramble," said Hays golf coach Danny Preuss. "She got up and down from tough places several times then made the par putt. We're very proud of her. I know she wanted to win it, but she's always going to fight for the best score no matter what." At the UIL State Track and Field Meet at Myers Stadium in Austin, things didn't go quite as planned for Hays High pole vaulters ChaneyTttrney, Meredith Driskell and Daryl Burrell, who all had medal aspirations going into the event. First, 2010 Class 4A state s'flver medalist Tumey failed to clear her opening height of 10-feet, 6-inches and was immediately eliminated from the competition. Then fellow Rebel and medal favorite Driskell had a pole snap in two while at- tempting to clear 12 feet. She would go on to clear 12 feet on a later jump, but the clearly shaken Driskell missed her next three attempts at 12-6 and finished fifth in the competition. Hays senior Daryl Burrell, who cleared 16 feet in setting a Rebel boys record at the PHOTO BY JASON GORDON (I-r} Daryl Burrell, Kfis Allison and Chancy Tumey give Meredith DriskeU a boost during a ram break in a Lone Star Pole Vault Club workout session. All three Hays vaulters qualified for state in May. Texas Relays in April, topped out at 15 feet later that evening and also finished fifth. Tumey, who will vault for Rice Uni- versity next season, and Burrell, who will vault for the University of Texas-Arlington, ended their Hays careers at state. Driskell, who will get a chance to return her senior year in 2012, said she will try learn from her experience this year. "That's pole vaulting/she said. "You always end on a miss. It was disappoint- ing but I think I have a good chance to get back to this level next year and win it or definitely medal." Top 3 Lehman Stodes: Baseball, Irack, tennis Continued from pg. 1B onds about a secqnd 9ffhi ll0[laill time, and still qualified for the finals. Torres came back with a surge on Tues- day, finishing third in the 300-hurdies in a time of 39.73 seconds. Only the top two finishers moved in to the UIL State Track and Field Meet in Austin, leaving Tortes as the alternate for the squad in the event. "He's always been a kid that never gives up," Lehman head track coach Michael Laney said. "To come back from an injury that we thought would keep him out to end up as the state alternate was pretty impressive." Torres, who plans to walk on to the track team at the University of Texas-San Antonio, will certainly be missed at Leh- man. "He was the heart and soul of our team the last three years," Laney said. "He had the best work ethic of anyone we ever had on the team. He taught others that same work ethic. He was never going to lose a race because someone out-worked him." Rc,civc ~5 o[rlmrcltasc o/.~25 or more with lids ad! 3. Lehman tennis trio nearly reaches state tournament Lehman had looked like it would have at least one representative at the UIL ten- nis meet yet again. Iuni0r Adolfo Gonzalez, who ad- vanced to the state boys singles final as a freshman, came a up match short in his bid for a repeat trip to the state tournament as a muscle cramping issue slowed his prog- ress in the regional final loss to Lake GONZALEZ Travis's top-seeded Dustin Axcher 6-7, 6-4, 6-3. Unfortunately, the fingering pain was so severe that Gonzalez was forced to retire in the second place playback match later on in the day against Alamo Heights' Russell Naumann, whom he had beaten just a week before for the District 27-4A rifle, The fact Gonzalez wasn't able to con- tinue in the playback match meant Archer and Naumann received the bids to the UIL Class 4A State Tournament in Austin. The playback rule comes into effect ff a player reaches the semifinals and loses to the top seed in the tournament. Since Naumann lost to top-seeded Archer and Gonzalez didn't have to play Archer en route to the finals, Naumann was able to request a playback match against Gonza- lez for the right for the final singles spot at the state tourney. '?Molfo played a beautiful match but ! J It jtlgt 6tlldt t overcome the pare, Leh- man head tennis coach Orlando DeLa- Fuente said. "He battled as hard as he could considering he wasn't really at full strength. It was extremely disappoint- ing." Gonzalez defeated Charles Horse- man of Gregory-Porfland 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals and then breezed past Scan Spiesman of Austin LBJ in the semifinals, Gonzalez believes his second consecu- tive loss in the regional finals will moti- vate him for one final run next spring. =Honestly, I think I was on the top of my game and I think right now 1 am definitely above the level that I was as a freshman when I went to the state final," said Gonzalez. Meanwhile, the outstanding mixed- doubles duo of John ~ and Desiree Kittel also fell short in their bid for state tournament appearance as they lost in their second place playback game to a duo from Lake Tmvis 6-3, 6-2. Martin reached the state quarterfinals last spring with Desiree's older sister Pe- nelope where they lost in three games. "The fact that we had three medal- ists in such a strong ret]i,'on is something we can all be proud of, said DeLaFu- ente, ~",What ream] stands out is how our student athletes represented our school and communi~. They competed with compassion and class. All three of these kids left a lasting impression for sure." Athletes and Scholars Congratulations to our local Pop Warner All-American Scholar winners for 2011: Zane Kuykendall, 5th grade, 2nd team and David Yancey, 6th grade, 2nd team. Awesome job guys. Keep up the good work in school and your community! 203 Railroad St. Behind City Hall Buda, Texas 78610 295-3670 www.eliteeducationtx.com Educational resources, supplies & decorations - Pre K & Up! gift items and MORE! T Mm Pm att & Ev r n ! MLB Draft: Three Ex-Rebels picked in MLB Draft Continued from pg. 1B "Oh yeah, I'm going to sign with the Braves this time," DeSantiago said. "I got the call right before they picked me. I was definitely excited." Brooks Pinckard, a 2007 HHS graduate, was also selected last June in the 18th round by the Chicago Cubs but decided to return to Bay- lor. He was picked in the t0th round by the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. Pinckard,who said he also plans to sign a MLB contract soon, was a dual threat for the Bears, using his speed to steal 36 bases this season, but it's his arm that will be utilized in the majors. He was 10-7 with a 3.69 earned run average, notching 16 saves in three seasons at Baylor. Late Tuesday, former Hays ace pitcher Michael Rocha, a 2007 HHS graduate who was 10-3 with al.75 earned run average for the Oklahoma Sooners was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 26th round. "I'm real proud of those guys," Hays head coach Doug Ragsdale said. "We always talk about getting to the next level and working hard once you get there and Brooks, Nick and Michael obviously did that. Getting drafted is a very big honor and I wish them the best." glllllll[~ IqlOlO Blue Crush earns first place honors Blue Crush, a girls softball T-bail rec team from the HaysYouth BasebalVSoftball Association (with some help from 3 Purple Crush players), won first place at the Central Austin Youth League (CAYL's) 4th Annual Cinco de Mayo Tournament in Austin recently. The girls played seven games over the weekend. They were awarded the championship trophies on Mother's Day after winning the championship game 13-22 over Round Rock. Players include (left to right, back row) IsabeU Harrington, Taylor Geeson, Katelyn Thurman, Kendra Lewis, isis Rivera; (middle row) Garlic Bartsh, Akaysha Rodriguez, Reagan Wick, Alyssa Haughton; (front row)Syndey Wagner and Aroara Lee; and Bethany Moore, not pictured. The ladies are coached by Nathan Harrington (Head Coach/manager) and his assistants: David Lewis, Jeff Thurman, Scott Wick and Roxanne Sanchez. 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