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Page 2B SPORTS Hays Free Press June 19, 2013 + Hays Top Ten Continued from pg. 1B playoff appearances. Null understood the shoes he had to fill, and was eager to begin work with the Rebels. "When you replace a legend, you have to maintain the level of excellence, but you also have to do it in your own way," Null said. "Coach Ragsdale brought a winning tradition to the baseball program that our team will ben- efit from. It will be my job to keep the winning tradition alive." With the assistance of an experienced group led by seniors Adrian Acosta, Devin Niles and Granger Studdard, along with the arm of sophomore Tyler Wood- mansee, Null saw his ball club perform well during the season, eventually earning a share of the 27-4A district title with Kerrville Tivy and Alamo Heights. The momentum from their finish during the district season helped Hays advance to the Regional Semifinal round of the playoffs, marking only the fourth time a Hays team had gone that far. Ultimately, Null was proud of the finish his team produced in his first year. "I have a great group of guys. I had many of them four years ago (as freshmen). I knew the talent that was here. I knew we could make a run in the playoffs. I believed it all along," Null said. "I couldn't have asked for a better group in my first year." Hays finished the season with a 21-10 record, 9-5 in district. 8. Lady Rebel basketball claims share of district crown Excellence on the hardwood continued for Danny Preuss and his Lady Rebels, as the team claimed a share of the 27-4A district championship, along with a third straight trip to the ~layoffs in 2013. Leading the Rebel charge were seniors Lindsey McCurdy, ]ennifer Colonnetta, Kamryn Kent and Rachael Calabrese. All four provided a strong presence on offense, with McCurdy, Calabrese and Kent hitting shots from the perimeter, with Colonneta working in the paint. Defense was the key for the Lady Rebels' success. In 2013, Hays allotted an average of 35 points per contest; strong defensive play from post lordyne Duggar helped keep opponent's offenses at bay. As a result of their strong play, the Lady Rebels constantly stayed in contention for the top spot in 27-4A. As the regular season PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Hays' Victoria Ratliff jostles for possession of the ball against a Lean- der Rouse defender in the Lady Rebels' Area round playoff game on April 2. drew to a close, Hays reeled off five straight wins, including an upset of state-ranked Schertz Clemens on ]an. 25. The win over Clemens helped the Lady Rebs acquire a share of the district crown with Schertz Clemens and Kerrville Tivy. While the Lady Rebels' season ended at the hands of powerhouse San Antonio Brackenridge, the experience was one to remember for Preuss and his team. "Winning a district title was one of our goals before the season, and we did ac- complish that," Preuss said. "We knew there were good teams night in and night out, and we always had to bring our ~ game." Hays finished the season with a 25-9 record, 11-3 in district. 9. Rebel and Lady Rebel soccer shine on the pitch Another year, another season of excel- lence for both the Hays Rebel and Lady Rebel soccer teams in 2013. The Lady Rebels completed a strong campaign with a 17-3-3 record, finishing second in district with an 8-1-3 mark. Hays began the year with a bang, as they claimed the Marble Falls Classic Tourna- ment, then followed with winning the Lady Rebel cup. From there, the Lady Rebels began to take down opponents, using strong play in the scoring third to overwhelm oppo- nents. Led by seniors Lindy Mendoza and Savannah Derrick and sophomore Mila Bustos, the Lady Rebels often put on scoring clinics during the regular season. Hays' defense was equally as strong, along with sound goalkeeping from senior Sarah Sellstrom. Highlighting the Hays season were the three ties of the season. Two of the ties occurred during the series against Lehman. The final draw of the season oc- curred against Bastrop on March 8. Hays and Bastrop finished with a 0-0 tie, a draw which ended the Lady Bears bid for a perfect season. Hays opened the postseason with a 2-1 win over Georgetown East View, before falling 3-2 to Leander Rouse in the Area round. The Rebel boys soccer team also completed a strong year, finishing 8-3-1 in 49-4A play, mak- ing another appearance in the postseason. Led by the strength of center-midfielder John Hin- nekamp and forwards Christian Chavez and Omar Rangel, the Rebel closed out district play with a 3-0-1 mark. Hays finished the season in the bi-district round, where they fell to George- town East View. 10. Lady Rebel volleyball reaches Regional Hays Volleyball completed a strong 2012- 2013 campaign with a 30-16 record and an appearance in the Regional Quarterfinal round of the UIL playoffs. Much like many of the athletic programs during the season at Hays, a strong core of senior leaders led the volleyball team. NatalieValdez, CourtneyW'flcox, Rachel Normand, Emily Frazeil, Dezaray Garner and Hannah Ramsey all played an integral role in the success of the team. With a 12-2 mark in 27-4A play, Hays took their momentum into the postseason. Hays cruised to a three set win over San An- tonio Lanier in the bi-district round, then swept past Vandegrift in Area. The Lady Rebels fought hard against Cedar Park in the Regional Quarterfinal round, but fell to the Lady Timberwolves for the second straight season in four sets. Despite the disappointment, coach EricaWalther was pensive regarding the assistance the senior class made to Hays' success. "I'm grateful to the players we're losIng to graduation,"Walther said. "They definitely helped us set a foundation for the future." ()RT!:IOi)f)NT1 ( ;S 3310 B FM 967, STE #Al10 Buda, Texas 78610 Near the corner 01FM 1626 ~nd 967 512-523-8 0 We are now exclusively in Buda to accommodate your orthodontic needs. .... i'ili i at S,udder Primary! !ilili TuigiOn~baeed PreK program open to all r~olds in Hays county area~ $46& per mo,th; s Enrolling now, iimi d COURTESY PHOTO Fusion Select claims three tournament titles In May, the Fusion Select O0 D1 Girls soccer team claimed their third straight Alamo City Youth Soccer Organi- zation (ACYSO) U13 tournament championship. The squad finished Day One of competition in first place, and earned a trip to the finals in Day Two. In the Final game, the Fusion team won the championship 3-1, defeating a team from the North Texas Soccer Association San Angelo. The Fusion Select team consisted of (front row, left to right) Liz Salmeron, Tay Cooper, Miranda Uribe Grande (middle row, left to right) Kamden Broussard Savan- nah Guerra, Mariah Gonzales, Ari Allison, Keely Smith (back row, left to right) Lexi DeLeon, Isha Martinez, Sierra Ramos, Leah Girard, Baylee Endsley and Lexi Spears. Not pictured are Chas Haas and staff, Manuel Gomez and Dan Allison. COURTESY PHOTO D Squad Select wins two tournaments Thus far in 2013, the D Squad Select Girls team from Buda and Kyle has won two tournaments, and recently finished 3-1 in a showcase tournament in front of college scouts. Members of the team include (left to right): Angel Cruz, Olivia Marzullo, Bria Cheatham, Kayla Johnson, Haley Rohde, Ashley Stephens, coach Frederick Coy, Cheyenne Morgan, Starr Rivers and Roslyn Walker. Not pictured are: Lauren Fowler, Karsholyn Brown, Ariana Gallegos. LEHMAN C 2013 i /i ( ( i Lehman High School Project Graduation Board Members would like to thank the faculty, administration, parents, student body i il and most of all our AWESOME 9FONgO S for their support and generosity. Thank you for he!ping make this year's 2013 Project Graduation the BEST! THANK YOU AWESOME VOLUNTEER5! WE APPRECIATE YOUR 9UPPOET & DONATIONS!