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Section B FROM KYLE TO CARNEGIE Lehman High School graduate receives national recognition for artwork. - Page 3B com June 30, 2010 ,, Page 1B McNeil intercepts Hays trip to 7-on-7 tourney BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com Just when any hope of a trip to the state 7-on-7 tournament seemed lost, the Rebels came back with hur- ricane force. Trailing McNeil 27-18 late in their tournament semifinal game against McNeil at Shelton Stadium on Sat- urday, Hays rallied as Caleb Kimbro found Ty Green with a touchdown pass and then hit Billy Tabor with an extra point throw to cut the gap to 27-25. Desperately needing a stop on de- fense, JT Sivils made a solid defensive play on third down to give the Rebs the ball back with under a minute to play in the game. Mason Cervenka hit Kimbro with two deep passes to position Hays at the 2-yard line with less than 15 seconds left, but McNeil picked off a pass in the end zone to squash the threat. A Hays win would have sent the Rebels to the state 7-on-7 tourna- ment in College Station in July, as the toumament's two finalists advanced. Georgetown went on to knock off McNeil in the Hays toumament finals. "It's tough when you're in a game and lose to a team you know you can beat, but I told the guys not to hang their heads," said coach Trace Shelton. "I don't know if I've ever been more proud of a group of guys. They've come a long way this sum- mer, and to only wind up a couple of yards away from state is pretty im- pressive." It was a day of comebacks for the Rebels, who put themselves in a bad spot early with a double-overtime loss to Victoria East during the first game of pool play. That meant Hays had to win its next two games and have certain scenarios unfold on the other field to advance to the semifinals. SO CLOSE * Rebs come tantalizingly close to qualifying for state 7-on-7 tourney That's exactly what happened, as the Rebels first knocked off Austin- Travis 34-21 after Cervenka's late scoring pass to Ty Green, which was tipped up into the air before it was snared, sealed the victory. Hays then beat Lake Travis, and despite five touchdown passes from quarterback Baker Mayfield to re- ceiver Blake Harvey, the Rebels were able to outscore the Cars 39-33. Sivils' late interception in the game against Lake Travis, and Kimbro's 35-yard scoring strike to Jackson Schaubhut, assured the Rebel win. Minutes later, Austin-Travis' win against Victoria East in overtime sent Hays to the semifinals. "I think after that first loss, our in- tensity level really picked up," Kirn- bro said. "We realized from that point on it was win or go home." Hays defensive back Francisco Marin was proud of his team's effort. "We could have given up after we lost to Victoria East," Marin said. "We came back and stayed in it. I actually think the early loss sparked us." Cervenka said he hopes some Of the positive momentum Hays gener- ated on Saturday translates to suc- cess in the fall. "We need this to carry over," Cer- venka said. "That's what we're out here for. We want to learn from our mistakes and build on our success- es." Hays head football coach Bob Shelton was proud of what he saw from the stands. "I think we made a lot of progress this summer," Bob Shelton said. "I'm proud of the way they came back and had a chance to win and get to state." PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Hays defenders JT Sivils (8) and Francisco Marin (2) leap high to break up a pass dur- ing 7-on-7 tournament play at Shelton Sta- dium against Victoria East Saturday. 3rd and last? Texas Football sets tone for the season. BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com Both the Hays and Lehman football teams have some- thing to prove, according to Dave Campbell's 2010 Texas .Football Magazine. The magazine, which for years has been the signal to Texas football fans the new season is finally near, recently" hit newsstands. Hays was Selected to mish :: third and Lehman was picked last in the new District 27-4A. Smithson Valley was picked to win the district and Alamo Heights is supposed to finish second, according to Texas Football Magazine. The new district, which also includes Clemens, New Braunfels Canyon and Lockhart, is sure to be more competitive than Hays and Lehman's old District 17-4A. Lehman contended for a playoff spot last year, but has still won only one district game in four seasons of var- sity play heading into the 2010 season. The Lobes will return eight offensive starters, including quarterback Matt Anguiano (482 yards passing, seven touchdowns), fullback Charles Williams (287 yards rush- ing, five touchdowns), and receiver Matt Riojas (194 yards receiving, two touchdowns). Lehman will also return four defensive starters from last year's squad. "We're over using being a new school as an excuse," said Lehman head coach Steve Davis. "We have to step up and start winning some district games. We have to prove to the sports writers we can do that, until we can we'll continue to be picked low." Davis said he hopes seeing predictions like this will help fire up his players. "I hope this gives them motivation," Davis said. "You think as young men you'd want to go out find prove gOla .... TEXAS RELOADS TM for another 9CS bowl run The SoutllweSt's Leading Football Source Since 1960 TexasFootba!l.com Best in C,USA A trio of quarterbacks FROM TXAS will pile up wins, yards and awards in 20!0 II00loli Both the Hays and Lehman football teams have something to prove, according to Dave Campbell's 2010 Texas Football Magazine. Hays was picked to finish third and Lehman last in the new District 27-4A during the season this fall. them wrong." Davis added there's no question making a playoff run in District 27-4A will be a challenge. "The competition level is definitely a step up," he said. "We not only have one extra team, but you have the likes of Smithson Valley, who I've been told will have 70 on varsity, including 50 seniors. Our guys will have to work much, much harder in tlxis new district." Hays was accustomed to being picked first in 17-4A, See TEXAS FOOTBALL, pg. 2B PHOTO BY JOEL SAN MIGUEL Former Hays teammates (l-r) Brandon Lawrence, Colten Boothe and Jon Gonzales are coming off solid freshman baseball seasons in college and are now leading the Austin Gold Sex to success this summer. Former Hays trio continues winning tradition BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com It's been a year since they played their final high school baseball game at Hays High, but some things never change. Jon Gonzales can still hit a baseball a mile. Brandon Law- rence is still snagging every- thing in sight in centerfield and Colton Boothe is slfll as steady as can be. The only difference is now the trio is doing it at the next level as a part of the Austin Gold Sox of the prestigious Centex Collegiate Baseball League. After very successful fresh- man campaigns in college, they were all recruited heavily .by Gold Sox General Manager Wayne Elliott, who has been a major figure in the near two- decade run of one of the most successful summer baseball franchises in Central Texas. "We have had a great deal of success in our eighteen years," Elliott said. "We have been for- tunate enough to able to at- tract some of the best talent in the area." The Austin Gold Sox were formed in 1992.as a part of the Zaragoza League to give local collegiate players who wanted to stay closer to home and play summer baseball a place to compete against some of the best players in the state. "The name Gold Sox was % chosen because the sponsor- ship money that came from Capital Beverage came from the Coors Extra Gold brand," Elliott said. "We thought that Gold Sox was a better baseball sounding name than the sug- gested Gold Crush." The Gold SOx qualified for their first National Baseball Congress World Series in 1994 and have been a permanent fixture at the event. They have only missed out on the World Series just one season (in 2003). Currently, the Gold Sox boast a league-leading 12-2 re- cord in the eight-team league that includes teams from Aus- tin, Round Rock and San Anto- nio and are aiming for another deep run at the NBCWorld Se- ries in Kansas, where some of the best collegiate players from all over the nation will be com- peting August 1-15. Gonzales, who led the state in homers in high school last season with 17, remains an of- fensive force for the Gold Sox with a .407 average, pacing the team with 23 RBIs to go along with four home runs in only 15 games. Boothe has played a variety of positions including outfield and first base during the sum- mer season while Lawrence, the team's starting center- fielder, has played in 14 of the See WINNING TRAI)mON, pg. 2B Lobos start strong, then drop a pair in 7-on-7 football qualifier Levi Ridley tries to defend a Bastrop receiver during the Lob0s' victory over the Bears in 7-on-7 pool play. Lehman lost its next two games and failed to advance to the semifinals. PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com The Lehman Lobes got off to a strong start with an impressive win over Bastrop in their tournament opener but then couldn't quite get over the hump in a pair of losses to Dripping Springs and Temple in last weekend's 7-on-7 state quali- fier at Hays High School. "We played very well in the first game but just didn't make enough plays to continue the mo- mentum," Lehman head coach Don Meshell said. "We played in a very tough bracket but the kids peamnce in which they swept through their pool before losing to rival Hays in :the tournament semifinals. Lehman got off to a good start as Harvest Trammell and Levi Ridley each scored touchdowns to stake Lehman to an early lead against Bastrop before the Bears closed the gap with a pair of touchdowns of their own. Clinging to a slim lead, Matt Riojas hauled in a 20-yard scoring strike from Ryanwagner to extend the Lobos advantage to 21-12. Ridley added another score late to give Lehman a command- hag lead and their first win of pool played hard enough to win." play. The Lobos were trying to du- :,.(;Wecameoutstronginthefirst plicate last year's semifinal ap- "'game against a good team," Tram- mell said. "But we didn't take ad- vantage of the oppommities we had in the last two games." Temple presented a formidable challenge to the Lobos with a le- thal mix of speed and athleticism. The Wildcats got off to a good start as they scored on touch- down strikes of 35 and 25 yards to take an early lead that they never relinquished in a 27-13 win. Lehman dosed out pool play with a match-up against familiar foe Dripping Springs, who swept the Lobos in their two matchups. this summer. In a nip-and-tuck affair earl the Lobos used a 15-yard touch- down pass to Ridley to pull ahead briefly before Dripping Springs scored the last two touchdowns of the contest to advance to the semifinals, where the tigers lost to Georgetown. "For the most part, the effort was there but we need to be con- sistent for more than a couple of plays," Meshell said. "We want to finish this summer out on a posi- tive note and get these guys ready for two-a-days." Lehman will face Dripping Springs and Bowie to close out 7-on-7 league play before prepar- ing for next week's post-season tournament to close out summer eague pay. "We have some things we still need to work on before we start two-a-days," said Tmmmell. "So we need to come out and battle in these last few games."