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Section B + See photos of Hays, Lehman and Live Oak high schools over the past weekend. - Page 3B June 12, 2013 * Page 1B Led by head coach Jay Sansom (top the collegiate level. left), the Lehman Lobos boys soccer team claimed the schools first team district title. The offense was led by senior Eli Guajardo (top row, center) who has since signed COURTESY PHOTO to play soccer at BY MOSES LEOS III The 2012-2013 school year saw numerous firsts for many athletic teams at Lehman High. From inspirational indi- vidual to team efforts, the Lehman fan base had plenty to cheer about over the past year. Ten moments come to mind, which showcase how well Lehman did on the ath- letic spectrum. I. Lobo boys' soccer claims first team district title A tremendous year of firsts for Lehman was capped off with the school's first ever team district championship. The Lehman boys' soc- ce~teamr headed by 49-4A Coach of the Year Jay Sansom, plowed through the regular season and district play, com- pleting a stellar 19-2-1 record and winning district with a mark of 11-1. During the season the Lo- bos went on a tear, compiling a 15-0-1 mark in their first 16 games. In addition, the Lobos powered past rival Hays, sweeping the season series with the Rebels. Leading the Lobo cause was a dichotomy of expe- rience and youth. Senior forward Eli Guajardo led the charge on offense, while ju- nior defenseman and captain Chris Piedra helmed the de- fensive backfield. Freshman forward Diego Garcia pushed forth the youth movement, scoring 22 goals and acquir- ing 16 assists. The play of the tandem duo of Guajardo and Garcia garnered high praise from Sansom. "Eli shared his accomplish- ments with Diego (Garcia); their complementary attack set records," Sansom said. "They were out there to have fun playing the game." In postseason play, Lehman defeated Manor 3-2 in the bi- district round, then followed with a 3-1 victory over Reagan in Area. In the Area round, the Lobos put forth a valiant ef- fort, but were felled by Cedar Park in a tough 1-0 loss. "We did a good job this sea- son," Sansom said after the loss to Cedar Park. "We will learn from this loss - to take that little bit of bitterness into next year and see what we can build on." 2. Lady Lobo soccer reaches Area round of the playoffs Going into the 2013 season, Lady Lobo soccer head coach Nauri Garcia and his team were eager to surpass the 16-6 record posted in 2012. Lehman eclipsed the mark in 2013, compiling a 17-5-2 record, 8-2-2 in District 49-4A play and making the furthest trip into the postseason in program history. The Lady Lobos' season was highlighted by the play of forwards Mariah Tamayo and Max Soto. The duo, along with midfielder Pressley Bailey, heralded a goal scoring ma- chine. Defense was also a big key for the team, as the play of the back line helped spur numerous counter-attacks for the offense. The Lehman/Hays soc- cer series once again proved to be a large highlight for the squad. Over a two game stretch, Hays and Lehman fin- ished the season series with two hard fought draws. As a result, both Lehman COURTESY PHOTO The Lady Lobos soccer team made it to the Area round of playoffs this year for the first time, under the guidance of head coach Nauri Garica. His team compiled a 17-5-2 record for the season. and Hays finished the season tied for second place in 49- 4A. However, due to district tiebreakers, the Lady Lobos finished with the third place spot for the postseason. In the bi-district round, Le- hman overcame injuries and a 3-0 first-half deficit to Pluger- ville Connally to advance to the Area round. While the Lady Lobos' season ended in a 7-0 loss to State semifinalist Cedar Park, Garcia was ultimately proud of his team's efforts. "I am happy of what we accomplished this year, especially with losing Max (Soto) during the playoff run," Garcia said. "What we did [against Connally], it was magical. This year was fun. To win a playoff game, to have your team represented in the Area, it's magical. But we tasted that success and want more. Our girls want more." 3. Lady Lobo basketball posts COURTESYPHOTO Bria Cheatham was one of the se- niors leadng the Lady Lobos bas- ketball team, as it posted its best season in program history. best season in program history 2013 proved to be a ground breaking year for Jamie Coy and her Lady Lobo basketball team. After having won 21 total games over the past two seasons, Coy and her squad finished with a stellar 18-18 mark, nearly at- taining the first playoffberth in program history. Led by a senior-laden lineup, the Lady Lobos stayed with the pack in 27-4A, contending for a playoff spot all season long. Leading the team were seniors Ashley Stephens, Karsholyn Brown and Bria Cheatham. Lehman's trium- virate of seniors played a large role in their success, providing strong play in the paint. With the help ofAriana Gallegos and Olivia Marzullo, the team also held a strong presence from the perimeter. Lehman found themselves fled for fourth place in district at the end of the year, forc- ing a tiebreaker with Boerne Champion for the final playoff spot in 27-4A. Despite a tough two-point loss, the Lady Lobos understood the importance of their season. "I'm proud of our season; it was one of the best seasons in girls' team history," Marzullo said, after the season ending loss to Champion. "It is dif- ficult to know that we will not make the playoffs, but I am proud of how my teammates worked this year.., how we all worked so hard to get to where we are now." See LEHMAN'STOP 10, pg. 2B iiiii,l,i,i , :):ilI BY MOSES LEOS III Entering his first foray into spring workouts at Hays, foot- ball coach NeLl La Hue under- stood how tough a coaching transition could be, especially following the success of Blake Feldt, who left for the greener pastures of Odessa Permian. Yet, La Hue soldiered on during the spring workout ses- sion, culminating in a quasi- scrimmage/workout in the fi- nal week of May. Despite the change in the playbook, players appear re- ceptive toward La Hue's style - an up-tempo, high-energy offense reminiscent of the pre- vious regime. La Hue praised his players' ability to learn the nuances of the offense and progress dur- ing the spring. "They are exactly where I though they would be," he said. "They are hardworking kids." La Hue expressed his desire to incorporate the popular "pistol" formation in the Rebel playbook; something he used during his time at San Antonio Roosevelt. "We went to pistol [forma- tion] over the last couple of years [at Roosevelt]. It cleans up protection issues and it keeps teams off balance," La Hue said. Finding a replacement for Caleb Kimbro on offense will be the focus of summer workouts. "Quarterbacks have the hardest transition. They have the most to learn," La Hue said. "However, they have all done a good job of picking it up." On defense, a new coordina- tor is on the horizon, but play- ers seem eager to work hard prior to the arrival of the new defensive doach. "It is a little difficult to grasp hold of all the new plays," said Cole Camey, junior defensive lineman. "You try to learn as quick as you can on learning the new signals on the field." COURTESY PHOTO Hays High's head coach Nell La Hue takes his team through workouts in the spring, culmihating in a scrimmage game last in May.