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+ HaysFreePress.com HCISD teachers participate in Central Texas Writing Project. -PageZ June 29, 2011 Page 1B II BY JASON GORGON freepresssports@yahoo.corn AbS the current crop of Lehman aseball players continue o build the foundation of a Toby Robinson said. "They were a huge part of our program here and it's great example for our current players to see our former athletes doing so well at the next level." Kellner's path to success was against defending national cham- . definitelylook to become a pitch- pion North Greenville University ing coach at the collegiate level. pitching on only two days rest. Miles batted .341 and smacked "After my surgery at Cisco, things five home runs as Temple's full time weren't looking too good," Kellner catcher this past season. said. "But I stuck with it and things He said playing under Temple College head coach Craig Mc- paved with many roadblocks, are going great now. There were strong program for years to come, He first signed with Cisco College times when I doubted I would ever Murtry was a blessing. out of high school where he devel- make it back, but I found a place I "I learned so much there," Miles two former Lobes are excelling at the collegiate level, oped a bone spur in his elbow that really like and we helped put our said. "McMurtry's a former Major Thomas Kellner, a 2007 Leh- required surgery, school on the map." League Baseball player and he man graduate, recently pitched After rehabbing his arm he made Kellner is looking forward to his taught us all so much about the OklahomaWesleyan University to a short stop at SulRoss University senior season at Wesleyan next year game." the National Christian Collegiate before finally finding a baseball andhopestohe,athis name called Miles saidgetting to the Jtmior Athletic Conference World Series home at Wesleyan in the spring of during next ]une s Major League College World Seties in 2010 was tide. Chad Miles, a 2008 LHS grad, 2010. Baseball draft, also a big confidence booster. just finished up a strong season at Temple College, where he helped the team to a 2010 Junior College World Series appearance, and re- cently signed a Division II baseball scholarship with West Texas A&M University. "I'm really proud of both of these guys," Lehman head baseball coach After a sold season in 2010, Kell- "I'm definitely looking forward to "The College World Series was a ner thrived this year, going 9-5 with seeing what our team can accom- great experience," he said. "I really a 2.31 earned run avera[~e, plish after the great season we just enjoyed everything about my time He saved his best pertormances had," Kellner said. "From a person- playing at Temple. for last as Kellner pitched two corn- al standpoint, I think I have a shot Miles also has big league aspira- plete games in the National Chris- to get to the next level and play tions and hopes his time at West tian Collegiate Athletic Conference professionally. If it doesn't happen, Texas A&M will lead him closer to World Series. He was on the hill I have made a lot of great contacts in the series-clinching 4-1 victory the last couple of years and will ~ ALUMNI ATHLETES, 13g. 2B PHOTO~M~RLICKEL Former Lehman catcher Chad Miles hit 341 with five home runs for Temple College this season. He helped lead Temple to the Junior College World Series in 2010 and recently signed to continue his baseball career at West Texas A&M University. Lehman proves it can play with some of area's best teams in 7-on-7 tourney BY JASON GORGON freepresssports@yahoo.com n a day where Lehman lplayers went through as many twists and turns of emotion as the most exciting roller coaster at Fiesta Texas, the Lobes proved they can play with some of the areas best teams at the Hays State Qualifying 7-on-7 tournarpent Saturday. After dropping a heartbreak- ing 26-20 decision against fellow District 27-4A foe and eventual tournament champion Alamo Heights in the first game ofpool _ play, Lehman rebounded for a 33-26 victory over Class 5A Round Rock before falling to Class 5A Bastrop 38-37 in double overtime. The officials didn't make things easy on Lehman, as three of the Lobes' top players were ejected in the second half against Round Rock. On a play in which receiver Charles W'llliams was clearly un- dercut by a Round Rock defender and no flag flew for unnecessary roughness, Lobes Matt Riojas and AI Armonta were ejected from the game for leaving the bench area. On the next playW'dliams was ejected for pushing off a Round Rock defender while running a passing route. '~myone that's ever been kicked out of a game wishes ey could do things differently, Riojas said. "We were just reacting to what we felt was a bad call and were trying to stick up for our teammate." Making matters worse, after allowing Riojas, Armonta and W'fl- liams to play the first half of Leh- man's loss to Bastrop in the final pool play game of the day, officials decided since the three had been ejected in the earlier game against Round Rock they couldn't play any more in the tournament and the trio had to sit out the rest of the game against the Bears. "It was pretty bizarre," Riojas said. "But I'm proud of the guys that were in there during the Lehman's Matt Zamora tries to get away from an outstretched Round Rock defender Dragons Saturday during toumament action. The culture has changed at Lehman. I was very proud of the way the kids showed up at each and every practice this summer. That kind of work ethic and dedication will serve them well this season." - Lee Perry, Lehman 7-on-7 Coach second half and overtime against Bastrop. I think we really showed we have the talent to play with anyone today." Against Round Rock, Levi Med- ley and Cameron Baird caught two touchdowns apiece from quarter- back Matt Anguiano and Riojas caught another in the victory. Against Bastrop in a game RIII0 BY JIl~ g001~l during the Lobes' 7-on-7 victory over the neither team led by more than seven points, Iaylon Hardaway, Medley, Baird and Derek Jackson all caught touchdown passes of 30 yards or longer from Anguiano as the two teams finished regulation tied at 25. After a discussion of more than 10 minutes, officials finally decid- ed to allow Lehman and Bastrop to head to overtime in the pool play game even though Alamo Heights' victory over Round Rock meant the Mules were heading to the semifinals out of the Lobes' pool In the first overtime, Lehman See LEHMAN 7-0N-7, pg. 2B STAFF REPORT Texas State softball had a league leading four student-athletes selected to the 2011 South- land Conference All- Academic teams. Anne Marie Tay- lor, ]enna Emery, Chandler Hall and former Hays High star Anna Hernan- dez all received honors. Earning first team honors was sopho- more pitcher Anne8ERKaJ)EZ Marie Taylor. The distinction is the first for Taylor, who is an interdisciplinary studies major with a 3.14 GPA. The Houston native has received SIC Commissioner's Honor Roll honors every year and was named to the Dean's List in the spring of 2010. Taylor has also been an Oak Farms W'mner since 2010. A native of Sugar Land, Texas, Emery is a three-time all-academic honoree, as she was named to the second-team. The senior third baseman holds a 3.17 GPA and is set to graduate in May with a degree in respiratory care. Emery has made the SLC Commissioner's Honor Roll every spring semester and has been an Oak Farms Winner since 2007. Hall, a native of Baytown, Texas, was selected to the second team. The junior all-region pitcher/outfielder is study- ing fashion merchandise and has a 3.06 GPA. Hall was named to the Dean's List for the spring of 2011 and has been an Oak Farms Winner since 2009. Hernandez, a sophomore second baseman, was selected to the all-aca- demic second team. The Buda native has a 3.29 GPA in exercise and sports science. Hernandez was named to the Dean's List in the spring of 2011 and has been selected to the SLC Commis- sinner's Honor Roll every year she's been at Texas State since graduating from Hays in 2009. EX-REB NAMED ALL-ACADEMIC, pg. 2B + BY JASON GORDON Mason Cervenka. "That first loss made the tournament for the Rebs. us mad so we did what we needed to do. "Our defense played outstanding freepresssports@yahoo.cornWe played well the next two games to get today," Cervenka said. "Our offense just ready for the state tournament." didn't show up in the first game, but we The Rebels got off to their typical slow Rebel quarterback Caleb Kimbro finally got it going." start in its own 7-on-7 State Qualify- agreed the Rebels needed to continue Against Champion, Kimbro threw two ing Tournament at Hays High Saturday to make progress with the state touma- first half touchdown passes to Cervenka but rallied to knock off two 2010 playoff ment in College Station July 15-16 on the and another to Castro to guide the Rebels horizon to a 19-7 halftime lead. teams in pool play. ...... We were playing for pride and to get In the second half, Kimbro hit Rob After a 20-14 loss to TempJe to start me day, Hays thumped Boerne Champion better for sta-te,"- Kimbro said. "It took Shelton on a 10-yard pattern to the left 31-13 before winning a close 33-26 con- awhile to adjust to Romero not being side of the end zone for a score, and after test against Class 5A Georgetown. there because he's such a playmaker, but Jared Rodriguez tipped a pass defensively " 't guys like Adam Castro really stepped in to help the Rebels finish off a goal fine The Rebels knew going m they., couldn and did a great job. stand, Kimbro found Cervenka with a advance to the tournament semifinals since they already qualified for the State Hays defense played its best tourna- 30-yard strike down the right sideline to 7-on-7 Tournament the previous week- ment of the season, which is another round out the scoring for the Rebs. end at Alamo Heights. great sign for the Rebels heading toward Against Georgetown, Kimbm again found Cervenka with two touchdown Hays also was playing without Mi,'chael state. Romero, a first-team All-District seJecuon "Our defense kept us in every single passes and bit Castro and Taven Mayber- ~, " last season, game," Kimbro said.,','They played great ry with a scoring pass each m the vlcto In the Alamo Heights tournament, all tournament tong. We want to be playing our very best Hays also lost its opening game of pool Dalton ]ohnson returned an intercep- at state," Cervenka said. "We know we re play before rallying to win three straight tion for a touchdown against George- going to run into some very tough corn- games to qualify for state., , town. In addition, ]aredRodriguez, petition there, so everything we do from "I don't know wnat it is our we always Christian Rodriguez, Shawn Leerson and here on out is to get ready for the state seem to start out slow," said Hays receiver ]axson Schaubhut all had interceptions in tournament." PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Rebel receiver Jaxson Schaub- hut tdes to find open space during the Hays State Qualifying 7-on-7 Tourna- ment Saturday at Shelton Stadium, The Rebs went 2-1 but couldn't advance to the semifinals since they already qualified for the state tourna- ment. +