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Section B F -,b HaysFreePress.com WINN WiNS AWARD Negley teacher wins ADL 'Excellence Education Award' - Page 3B jr1 June 22, 2011 Page 1B PHOTO BY CYNDY SL.OVAK-BARTON Caleb Kimbm and his Hays team- mates reeled off three lopsided wins in a row at the Alamo HeigMs 7-on-7 tournament to qualify for the State tournament in mid-July in College Station. BY JASON GORDON in 2009, so I definitely wanted m get in the second half. down receptions. back there my senior year," said Hays ]ared Rodriguez, Christian Rodri- JT Sivils and Travis Noey also had freepresssports@yahoo.com receiver Michael Romero. "It means a guez, Mark Old_ham and Paez were standout games defensively. lot to us." standouts defensively against Heights. "It's nice m qualify early because the When the Hays 7-on-7 team lost to In the semifinals against Alamo "State is pretty difficult to make and pressure is off of us to qualify for state the Alamo Heights junior varsity 25-24 Heights, Hays set the tone on defense we are excited to get there," Kimbro in our own tournament," Cervenka during its first tournament game Satur- when Nate Paez recorded a safety by said. "The hard work we put in during said. "I'm really proud of how hard all day things looked bleak, stopping a Mules receiver behind the the offseason has everyone committed of our players have worked. It s really It turned out to be the wake-up call line of scrimmage on the very first play to winning which allowed us to achieve paying off this summer and wig deft- the Rebels needed, of the game to give the Rebels a 2-0 this goal." nitely pay off in the fall. We had a lot of Hays proceeded to roll past Class 5A lead. In Hays' second pool play g~ame players step up and make big plays this schools Clark and Madison in pool play Hays continued to surge as Mason against Clark, one of the tournaments weekend." before knocking off host school Alamo Cervenka, Taven Mayberry, ]axson favorites, the Rebels rocked in a 46-24 Hays will continue to play regular Heiiht's varsity team 50-28 in the semi- Schanbhut and Romero all caught victory in which Rob Shelton, Adam season games in the 2hesday night enals. touchdown passes from quarterback Castro, Schanbhut, Mayberry, Cerven- 7-on-7 league at Shelton Stadium. The mp two teams qualify for state,Caleb Kimbro and the Rebels led 30-12 ka and Romero all caught touchdown The Rebels will host a state-qualify- so although the Rebs lost to San Ante- at halftime, passes from Kimbro. hag tournament Saturday. Only teams nlo Johnson in thermals they have their The Rebels scored on their first seven Against Madison, Hays won 46-36 as that haven't qualified for state can ad- ticket punched to the State 7-on-7 Tour- possessions in the 50-28 win, as Cer- Dalton Johnson returned an intercep- vance past pool play and into the semi- nament in College Station in mid-July, venka, Romero and Schaubhut all add- tion for a touchdown and Mayberry led finals. The tournament's two finalists "I was on the team that made state ed touchdown receptions from Kimbro the way offensively with three much- will qualify for state. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::~::::::::~::::::~::::~::~:::::~:~:~::::::~:~::v~x~~.~~:~x~::~:~:~v~~x~:7:~x~:~:x~:~:~:~x~x7~7::x~:~::~7:~?~:::~:~::~:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::.:~::~:~:~:~::::~::~:~ ": :-:'2:~:'~ :::=:'::':.'%: ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::':~: I Cerda becomes Lehman's first All-State player in a team sport BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com Lehman couldn't have picked pt=a=ntative for All-State player. Nick C.erda, who will be a se- nior next season and led the Lobe baseball team in almost every major offensive camgory as a junior, was named the second- team (:lass 4AAI1-State shortstop by the Texas High School Base- ball Coaches Associate" rL Cerda batted .449 with a Cen- tral Texas leading 10 homecs and 47 rims batted in this season. He helped lead IPAtman to its first two playoff appearances in 2010 and 2011. "This is definitely a huge hon- or for Nick, our baseball program and our school," Lehman head baseball coach Toby Robinmn said. "It shows the dimetfon going as a team. You see some of the other guys that made All- State on teams that went three or four rounds deep in the playoffs and to the state tounmmenL To be honored by coaches around the state says a lot." Cerda was also an Academic All-District performer: "He's the ~ example of a student-athlete, Robinson said. "He put in alot of late nights not only working on his baseball game but on his studie~ His hard work in and out ofthe classroom is what got him to where he is now." Cerda said he was honored when he learned he made All- State. "It was a great feelin~ but I think it's more of a team award," Cerda said. "I'm glad something like this helps put Lehman on the map. It feeis real goud m be able to do something for your school and your program. I hope this helps show what Lehman is all about." Robinson said Cerda is the kind of player who can change a game at any ~ne. "He's just a total team player," Robinson said. "If we need him m drive in rims he can hit a home run or a double into the gap. If we need him m get on base he does that. He even sac- rifice bunted when we needed him to move guys on the base pads in the first game against Hays this year and that helped us take the lead." Lehman third baseman/ pitcher Justin Vajgert said Cerda PHOT0~ BY JUDY COOPER Nick Cerda, who will be a senior at Lehman next season, was named the sacond-team Class 4A All-State shortstop by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Aasoctation. He led the Lobe baseball team in almost every major offans~ivs category as a junior, batting .44g with a Central Texas leading 10 homers and 47 runs batted in this season. was deserving of the honor. Robinson said he challenged "I'm real happy for him," Cerda to not get complacent af- Vajgert said. "He does a lot for ter being named All-State as a our team. He's a guy a lot of the junior. younger players look up to as a % lot of guys stop woddng role model. Nick deserved this." when they do well as juniors and dor/t have good years as seniors," Robinson said. "Nick promised me hds not goring to stop work- ~.g." Cerdasaid there's no chance he won~ be motiv~ated as a senior. "Next year my goal is m be first-team All-State," Cerda said. "My goal has always been m work hard, be a team player and let eveqtthing fall into place and that's not going m change" Texas Slate pitcher Smith named Louisville Slugger All-American FROM STAFF REPORTS Junior pitcher Carson Smith became the third Texas State baseball player in the program's history to earn All-American honors when Col- legiate Baseball released its national NCAA Division I selec- tions. The 6-foot, SMITH 5-inch right-handed pitcher from Midland was named to the Louisville Slugger All- American Second Team after a vote from the Col- legiate Baseball staff. A Louisville Slugger ~reseason All-American Third Team selection this season, Smith adds All- American accolades to an already impressive r~sum6 that includes being named the Southland Conference Pitcher of,the Year for the second straight season and a national player of the week award. A three-time Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week dur- ing the season, Smith was also named a Preseason All-America Third Team se- lection by College Baseball Lineup. Smith compiled a 9-3 record with a 1.98 ERA and 124 strikeouts in 104 1/3 innings on the mound. The junior has tossed a pair of complete games this season, while holding opponents to a .213 batting average. Smith's 1.98 ERA is the best single-season earned- run average in Texas State histor~ topping Justin Fiske's mark of 2.01 in 2007. Also, with nine victories this year, Smith is tied for ninth on the single-season See ALL-AMERICAN, pg. 2B Kaylea Beck and the rest of the Lady Rebel volleyball team have a chance to accomplish great things this fall. Hays lost only three seniors off of last year's play- off team. PHOTO BY CYNDY SUWAK-BARTON BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com The Hays volleyball team will be a group full of players with varsity experience this fall. After getting knocked out of the playoffs in the first round each of the last two years, head coach Erica Walther is confident her team won't have that occur this season. "I think we can contend for the district title and do well once we get to the playotts," Walther said. "That's definitely our goal and I think we have the players that can get us there. They are really a great group of hard working kids." The Lady Rebels only lost thiee seniors off of last year's team and will return setter Hannah Ramsey, outside hitter Kaylea BecL outside hitter Kelsea &adler, middle blocker Emily Clark, outside hitte|r Natalie Valdez, outside hitter Deza y Gar- ner, libem Lauren Burke, middle blocker Rachel Normand arad defen- strong players that have varsity ex- Wakher said. "The competition at pedence and some good ones com- the varsitylevel is so strong across the ing up from Tv:'. ' board now, especially in our district, Walther was very #eased with that you really need m play as much the way her team worked in the off- volleyball as you can year round." scion this spring. &adler, who will be a senior this sea- We absolutely got stronger in the son, agleed Hays will be in great shape offseason," Walther said. "We did oncetheseasonbeginsinAugust. a lot of strength and conditioning "We're coming back strong with workin our class, and some are even many returning starters," Sadder sire specialist Stephanle ~ attending a power camp this sum- said."There's anintense competitive In addition, talented sophomore mer. We're looking great as a team." atfitude on our team and everybody outside hitter SydneyParad,anxwill Walther said most of her play- has the same goal of breaking our give the Lady Rebs more fire power ers are on dub teams this summer, streak of losing in the first round of on the front line. which she feels is a must to build a the playoffs. The seniors know the "Our strength will not ,only ~ stmng high school program,only option for us is to go far in the our starting lineup but our' depth, "A couple of the girls are on dub Walther said. "We'll have ~ lot of teams that qualified for nationals," See HAYS VOLLEYBALL, pg. 2B +