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HaysFreePress.com 'MOBILE MINDS' Lehman's New Arrival Center uses iPod Touches as teaching aids for students who are learning English as a second language. - Page 3B June 23, 2010. Page 1B Lobos pick Coy from Hays coaching ranks to lead lady hoops BY JASON 60RDON freepresssports@yahoo.com ess than a month ago, Hays grabbed someone off the Lehman coaching staff to lead its girls basketball team. It didn't take/he Lady Lo- bes long to return the favor. Hays assistant coach Jamie Coy was selected as Lehman's new head girls basketball coach after Danny Preuss left the position to take over at Hays for recently-retired Denny McDonald. Coy was the junior varsity basketball coach at Hays. "We think Jamie will do an excellent job for us," Lehman athletic director Steve Davis said. "We loved the enthusi- asm and energy she showed during the interview process, and I think that will carry right over to our girls basket- ball team." Coy has been in the Hays CISD her entire nine-year career. She first coached at Dahlstrom Middle School before moving to Hays High. Coy beat out nearly 20 other coaches who applied for the job at Lehman. "When I got the call it gave me a real feding of ac- complishment," Coy said. "I TURN ABOUT IS FAIR PLAY Lehman picks a Hays coach to lead its girls hoops program had mixed emotions - both excitement and fear. It will be tough to leave behind my friends on staff and the students at Hays, but I know there will be great opportuni- ties at Lehman." Coy, who said she likes to run a fast-paced offense and a pressing man-to-man de- fense, said she has lofty goals for a Lehman program that's only advanced to the playoffs once during five years as a varsity squad. "I want to be the best at what I do," Coy said. "My goal will be to coach the girls to rise above and beyond their expectations." Former longtime Hays head coach McDonald said he feels Coy will do a solid job at Lehman. "Her goal always was to be a head coach, so I'm very happy for her," McDonald said. "She definitely works hard and knows the game. I think she'll do a good job over there." Hays all-state performer and current Texas Tech player Lindie Kimbro, who played for Coy at Dahlstrom, agrees. "I really enjoyed playing for COach Coy," Kimbro said. "She was always enthusiastic and had a positive attitude. I'm very excited for her and I think she'll do a great job." Coy said the fact she's go- ing to be the new head coach at Lehman started to sink in during the early morning hours. "I was lying in bed at 3 a.m. and questions like how exactly I want to run my pro- gram started going through my head," Coy said. "I think that's when I finally realized I'm a head coach." PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Forrller Hays assistant Jamie Coy will take over as the new gids head basketball coach at Lehman High. Coy coached the Lady Rebel junior varsity last season. Star pitching Former Hays ace Rocha.pitches OU to win in College World Series COUR1T:SY UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA er two rain delays total- gmore than six hours, the University of Oklahoma watched as its relievers, Jeremy Erben and Ryan Duke, worked out of bases-loaded situations in the eighth and ninth innings to hold off South Carolina 4-3 in the College World Series on Sunday night. Sooners ser and for- me Hays Hi ace pitcher Michael Rocha (8-2) went six i ,r, gs tqpiekupthe. :: That was'not an easy day," Oklahoma head coach Sunny Golloay said. '1 kept look- ing at my watch during the delay and thinking we left the hotel at 10 o'clock, and we were at the 10-hour mark at one point. It's a good thing the student-athletes were per- forming. I don't know that my body would have allowed it after that long of a delay." Caleb Bushyhead homered and drove in the go-ahead run, and Garrett Buechele hit a deep drive to left in the eighth to give the Sooners a two-run cushion that allowed Duke to survive a bases- loaded walk to Gamecocks' slugger lackie Bradley in the ninth. When Duke got Adrian Morales tO fly out to end the game, he had his 12th save of the season and school record- tying 28th of his career. South Carolina coach Ray Tanner said both teams handled the challenge of the stop- and-start game. "It's just part of baseball. You have rain delays, and that was a tough one," Tanner said. "But it was the same for both teams. And we came out fighting to the end." Oklahoma (50-16) was scheduled to play the Clem- son-Arizona State winner on Tuesday night, with South Carolina (48-16) meeting the loser of that game Tuesday afternoon. The start of Sunday's game PHOTO COURI1ESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA Former Hays ace Michael Rocha picked up the win for the University of Oklahoma in the College World Series on Sunday night. The Sooners had to battle weather conditions in Omaha, as two lengthy weather delays caused the game to finish more than 10 hours after it started. was delayed 4 hours, 15 min- utes, and play was halted for an additional 2:01 by rain and lightning in the middle of the sixth inning. "Our team is so mentally tough, and we knew we would continue the game no matter what," Buechele said. "We went into the locker room, goofed around, told stories and didn't get too bogged down about how it's raining our first day here in Omaha." Bushyhead's homer broke a 1-1 tie in the second, and he singled into the right- field comer to make it 3-2 in the fourth before Buechele slugged his team-leading 17th homer to deep left off subma- rine-style reliever Jose Mata. South Carolina was within a run in the ninth after Duke walked Bradley on four pitches with the bases loaded. Considering Bradley, batting .371, had homered earlier in the game and is on a 17-game hitting streak, the waLk wasn't such a bad thing. "It wasn't adeal where we wanted to say we're going to pitch around him," Golloway said. "But I wasn't disap- pointed to give him a base on balls." South Carolina starter Blake C_oper (12-2), eight days after his pitching hand was hit as he shielded himself from a foul ball, was sharp for five innings but left with his team behind 3-2 when the second rain delay came. Cooper al- lowed three runs on six hits and a walk, and he struck out five. Kobe moves up the ranks k. Let's get something straight. The debate is over. It's done. Through. Finished. With another NBA Cham- pionship in the bag, to go along with his second Finals MVP trophy, there can't pos- sibly be a doubt about Kobe Bryant. He's No. 2. Everyone knows Michael" Jordan is the indisputable No. 1 NBA player of all time. But while scanning the pages of various sports mages and listening to the talk show hosts make their rounds on the television circuit, I saw that there Was a fair amount of debate among retired NBA players as to where Bryant should rank among the all- time greats. He's undoubtedly a better long-range shooter than ]ordan, and also a little more skilled all-around offensively. As big a fan as I am of Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Bill Russell, Julius Erving and the other greats from the past, they just aren't in his class. Bird won three NBA titles but wasn't the all-around player that Bryant is. Magic was a charismatic entertainer and a wonderfully creative offensive player, but he didn't play top-notch defense or carry his team single-mind- ediy the way Bryant does. And Russell isn't in the same conversation as Bryant of- fensively. Funny, isn't it? We spent the entire NBA season watch- ing Bryant and LeBron James compete and asking the question "Who's better?" Well,/ames has no titles, and has no business in that discussion until he gets one. Bryant got some separa- tion from those guys in this year's playoff run. With his team facing elimi- See THE LAST gAUl., pg. 2B Lobos defense falters in pair of 7-on-7 losses Lehman's Matt Riojas Oeft) gets ready to swat the football away from a receiver during Tuesday night 7-on-7 action at Shelton Stadium. BY MARK gAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER What a difference a week makes. After handing rival Hays one of their worst setbacks of the summer only seven days earlier, the Lehman Lobes failed to capitalize on any momentum that vic- tory produced as they were dealt a pair of blowout losses in 7-on-7 passing league action on Tuesday night. Wimbefley scored on.each of their first five possessions of the game en route to an easy 34-24 win over the Lobes. "I told the guys earlier that we played tonight just like we practiced," Lehman head coach Don Meshell said. "We were very sluggish and didn't work hard enough in practice and it showed tonight.Wimber- ley has a very talented team but we didn't give ourselves much of a chance with the way we played defense." After the Texans built a quick 14-0 lead, the Lobes closed the gap briefly 14-6 af- ter Ryan Wagner found a streaking Devin Fox down the sidelines on a 40-yard sprint, pass for a touchdown. WLrnberley added another pair of short range touchdowns to pad their lead again at 28-6 before Lehman's Levi Ridley scored from five yards out on a slant pass across the middle just before the half ended at 28-12. Lehman managed to mount a late charge with Harvest Trammell and An- drew Longworth each scoring touch- downs to help the Lobos pull closer late in the contest, but a late interception helped to secure the win for the Texans. The Lobos also lost to Akins 35-13 ear- lier in the night after beating the Eagles in the first game of the summer a few weeks ago. After such an impressive win last week over the Rebels, the Lobos were left searching for answers with the annual Hays Invitational Tournament only a few days away. "We just have to start communicating better out there," Wagner said. "I think we got a little big-headed after last week." Senior Kevin Ibanez also lamented the lack of focus from his teammates. "We have to start making plays on both offense and defense," said Ibanez. "There just weren't enough people concentrating out there. We need to work on those things before this weekend." The Lobos knocked off Lockhart, Stony Point and the Lake Travis/V in last year's tournament before falling to Hays in the semifinal round. "It's really up to these guys how success- ful they want to be this weekend," Meshell said. "I'm hoping we'll go back to work at practice and will be ready to play on Sat- urday." Pool play games at the Hays tourna- ment will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The winner of each of the four pools will advance to the noon semifinals. The two finalists will advance to the state 7-on-7 tournament at College Station, which be- gins July 9.