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Page 2B Sports Hays Free Press June 21,2017 BY MOSES LEOS III Equity among baseball and softball felds at Hays CISD high schools hit the board of trustees dais Monday. The discussion came as the district reviewed a proposed list of approved architects and delivery methods for 2017 bond projects. One of the items the district is working on is the $3.6 million baseball/soft- ball complex at Hays High, which was part of Proposi- tion 2 of Hays CISD's May bond initiative. Stantec, which Hays CISD used to design the Lehman High baseball and softball fields, is the lead architect in the proj- ect. Carter Scherff, Hays CISD acting superinten- dent, said the plan for the district it to construct Hays' new complex similar to what is currently being built for the new third high school on FM 967 in Buda. Those two stadiums are currently being designed to accommodate 6A high school play. Scherff es- timated the capacity at the baseball field at 1,000 seats, while seating at the softball complex would be DEANDRE CARSON - LEHMAN A phenomenal four- year collegiate career at Texas A&M Commerce came to a close this spring for DeAndre Carson. Over the course of four seasons, Carson played in 111 games and made 50 starts for the Lions, according to the Commerce athletics website. Carson, who set the Lehman High record for points during his time as a Lobo, finished col- lege with a 38.4 shooting percentage from the feld. Carson hit 35 percent of his three-point shots while at Commerce and had 224 approximately 500. "It should be fairly ad- equate for some tourna- ments," Scherff said. He added if the district begins on the project immedi- ately, the new complex at Hays would be open for the 2018 season. Whenever Hays CISD builds a fourth high school campus, the district will look at constructing a district-wide athletic com- plex, Scherff said. Such a venue would house a football, baseball, softball and soccer field, as well as a track. "It will be designed to host district-wide events and state wide tourna- ments," Scherff said. When asked about parking, Scherff said there are 50 parking spaces planned at Hays' baseball, softball complex. Addi- tional parking would be directly behind the cur- rent Hays High band hall, which is within walking distance to the fields. The "long-term" goal is to turn the area where Hays Highs current baseball field is lo- cated into a supplemental parking lot. Board trustee Vanessa Petrea said citizens have concerns that the district has, in the past, underbuilt ALUMNI total assists in his career. In his senior season, Car- son played in all 30 of the Lions' games and helped the team reach its sixth NCAA Division II berth in program history. KRAIG SHEILDS - LEHMAN A change in scenery helped Lehman High alumnus Kraig Shields, who saw action in basket- ball during his first year at St. Edward's University in Austin this season. Shields, who was sat out a season after transferring from North Dakota, played in 16 total games and had two starts in 2017. Shields shot 75 percent from the field arise projects in order to save revenue. She wanted to ensure the district wasn't short- sighting baseball and softball athletes. "My intention is to spend every penny of the $3.6 million and spend it very wisely to get as much as we can for Hays High School," SCherff said. However, Scherff said the fields at the district's new third high school will be larger than those at Lehman High. Board trustee Teresa Tobias said district leaders were told the field at High School No. 3 would be "comparable" to Lehman's. "I did not realize the dif- ference when we started the process," Scherff said. Scherff said the district will "go back later" and replace the grass at Lehm- an's baseball and softball field with field turf. Other changes will extend the stands, as one of the chief complaints at Lehman is line-of-sight issues. But Tobias wanted to make sure changes to ' Lehman athletic facilities wouldn't be set aside. "I just want to make sure we're being fair to all of the schools," Tobias said. Board trustee Holly Ray- BRIEFS and snagged 1.3 rebounds per game during the Hill- toppers' 2017 campaign. MEAfiAN GRAY- HAYS In her second full season in Norman, Okla., Hays High alumna Mea- gan Gray set her indoor and outdoor collegiate best heights in the pole vault. Gray, who claimed 2015 UIL Class 5A state championship in her se- nior year, set her personal best outdoor height of 13-feet, 9.75-inches at the 2017 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin. Gray set her indoor personal best came at the Tyson Invitational, where mond said one way the district could pay for such changes is to use funds from the operations and maintenance budget. She said she also understood that "people are watching" when it comes to equality of fields. Trustee Esperanza Orosco forwarded con- cerns about the district using the same architect who designed the Lehman baseball and softball fields. She said small grandstands and the field being too close together as safety concerns. Scherff said the district is "very involved with the process" and that Betsy Russell, Hays CISD director of student activi- ties, makes certain every drawing the district got is "looked at very thor- oughly." Russell also flagged sev- eral changes in the first set of drawings for the field with the help of Hays' soft- ball and baseball coaches. Russell said she con- tacted Hays High coaches and gathered feedback immediately after the dis- trict met with architects two weeks ago. After that, Russell provided a sum- mary to the architects. she hit a height of 13-feet, 7.25-inches. BRAYDEN PINCKARD- HAYS After an injury side- lined Brayden Pinckard in her freshman year, the Hays High alumna surged her way into the starting lineup at Texas Lutheran University. During her red- shirt junior season in 2017, Pinckard started 32 games and notched 26 RBI's. At the plate, Pinckard hit .296 and had four doubles, four triples and a home run. On defense, Pinckard had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. FARMERS' Debbie Thames Insurance Agency AUTO HOME LIFE BOAT HEALTH 251 N. FM 1626 #2C Buda, TX 78610 Office: (512) 312-1917 Fax: 312-0688 Email: dvthames @ austin.rr.com Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Your Business & Referrals Are Appreciated Thyme .............. ~. '~ ;~ .~.~.,.'~ LPGA Hopeful: Looking for professional career Continued from pg. 1 B + The proverbial "ah-ha" moment came during the summer prior to her ju- nior year at SMU in 2015. That summer, McCurdy reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women Ama- teur Open tournament, where she took on some of the best amateurs in the game. "If you could make it here, you could do well in the pros, too," McCurdy said. She used success in the open as a springboard during her junior year. Mc- Curdy, who won the Kan- sas State tournament that year, had three rounds in the 60's, which according to the SMU website is tied for the second lowest in program history. McCurdy maintained momentum during her senior season, where 33 of the 34 rounds she carded counted toward SMU's team score. She also registered the lowest all-time single sea- son scoring average SMU with a 72.18, while finish- ing her career with the third best career scoring average. "That was a turning point in my career," Mc- Curdy said. "I felt like I could compete at that point." Ironically, winning the Southern Amateur was McCurdy's first win this season. It was a feat that was a relief, as it was a confidence booster to best a field with competitors from Arkansas, Georgia, North Texas and other schools. Having graduated with a degree in advertising, McCurdy said she is going to try to continue her goal of playing golf profession- ally. McCurdy believes her advertising background could pay dividends if she could play professionally. "It could help me even as I'm trying to play golf. A big part is promoting yourself and ge ng spon- sorships early on," Mc- Curdy said. "It could help me in making connections with brands and compa- nies." Even as she readies for the next stage of her career, McCurdy said she still receives support from those who remember a golfer who practiced at the Plum Creek Golf Course with her father. "It's nice to see people who are still following me and how I'm playing," Mc- Curdy said. "It's nice and I think the Hays area has been supportive and it's a lot offtm to see that." From the Sidelines Continued from pg. 1 B different. Head injuries in contact sports isn't a new phenom- enon, nor is it something that will go away with the advent of technology. Constructing helmets that make football players look like the Great Gazoo from "The Flintstones" may not.help curb the concussion issue. We also can't seem to es- cape tragedies that befall those who choose to make a career in the contact sports. Last week, Canadian UFC fighter turned boxer Tim Hague died several days after he was knocked out in the ring. Hall of Fame NFL line- manWarren Sapp earlier this week chose to donate his brain to science, citing issues with his memory after a long and arduous career on the gridiron. Similar stories come from those who have also played their respective sport, but are also battling some sort of brain injury. It's becoming a chal- lenge for American sports fans to continue to sup- porting our favorite teams, knowing full well the dam- age it's causing athletes. Part of the issue is we at times see players as the on-field product, rather than the human that's underneath the layers of protective padding. But the big multi-mil- lion dollar question seems to be will people turn away from contact sports - foot- ball, hockey, soccer, box- ing- due to the injuries suffered by players? Conventional wisdom says no, at least not in the near future. But 50 years from now, the tone of such a question could take on different meaning. In my mind, boxing, for all of it's Hollywood glory, may not survive the next two decades. Concussions may not be the primary factor for the sports' de- dine, though. Soccer, which has more concussions than one might assume, could one day require all players to wear some sort of protec- tive headgear, at least at the younger levels of the sport. For as much as we clamor for football, asking young children to hit the gridiron could one day be an outdated practice. 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