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Section B HaysFreePress.com 2011 LEH AWARDS Students awarded for "Achieving Excellence as Integrity, Wisdom, and Pdde." - Page 3B One with July 6, 2011 Page 1B Hays picked fourth in district by prestigious publication Texas State's Sibley named PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Hays High slot receiver Michael Romero leaps high in the air to snare a pass, The returning First-Team All-District player will be one of many weapons the Rebels are counting on offensively as the Head Coach Blake Feldt era begins. The Rebs will be locking to outperform their Texas Football Magazine fourth place pick in District 27-4A. BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com Despite the fact the Hays High football team retums 12 starters from a team that finished second in District 27-4/t a season ago, Texas Football Magazine predicts the Rebels will only finish fourth in 2011. Althougti that would be good enough to earn the Rebels a playoff spot, it's not where Hays players and coaches expect the team to finish. Texas Football Magazine predicts defending champion Smithson Valley will finish first, Ala- mo Heights will finish second and Canyon will finish third. "I think they picked us fourth last year too," said Hays receiver Mason Cervenka. "It moti- vates us a lot because we know we can do better than fourth. That's mediocrity and we're striving for perfection this year. Our goal is to play for the district title in our last game of the season. Hays slot receiver and return specialist Mi- chael Romero agreed. "It definitely makes us want to work harder during two-a-days this summer," Romero said. "It also makes us want to beat the teams ranked ahead of us." Hays quarterback Caleb Kimbro said no mat- ter what the magazine says Hays will be moti- vated. "It gives us some extra motivation," Kim- bro said. "But you can't look into that stuff too much. We expect to do very well th~s season." Hays will return six full time starters on of- See HAYS HIGH PICK FOR FOURTH, pg. 2B Aledo's Jonathan Gray and Texas A&M's Cyrus Gray don the cover of the annual Texas Football Magazine in 2011. The maga- zine always sparks debate during the dog days of summer as high school fans await the first day of two-a-day practices on August 1. Hays is picked to finish fourth and Lehman ~i~ District 27-4A this season. of the Year FROM STAFF REPORTS Texas State second base- man Tyler Sibley has been named the2011 Southland Confer- ence Baseball Student- Athlete of the Year. Addi- tionally, Bobcat left fielder/ SIBLEY pitcher ]eft McVaney was selected to the SLC All-Academic First Team, giving the Bobcats two players on the first team. Sibley became the second baseball player in Texas State history to earn the award, which began during the 2002-03 academic year. Paul Goldschmidt is the only previ- ous Bobcat player to win the award, doing so for both the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Combining all sports, Sibley's recognition is the 19th time that a Texas State student-athlete has been named student-athlete of the year, tied for the second most of any current Southland Con- ference university. Sibley, an accounting major with a 3.89 GPA, was a Co- SIDA Academic All-America Second Team this season after also being named 2011 Texas State Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. Named to the 2010 CoSIDA Academic All-District VI Team, Sibley also earned 2010 Southland Conference All-Academic First Team acco- lades. The junior has received the Oak Farms Dairy Aca- demic Award each year from 2009 through 2011, the Cream of the Crop Award winner for a 4.0 GPA in three semesters and been named to the Dean's List each semester since his freshman year. On the field, Sibley posted e BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com The Lehman High Lobos are confident this will be the last year Texas Football Magazine has a reason to pick them to finish last in district play. The Lobos went winless in District 27-4A a season ago, but head coach Steve Davis said the fact the Lobos will be fielding a talented team this fall will have Lehman challenging for a "I think that any time you see a prediction like that it has to motivate you as a competitor" -Lehman head football coach Steve Davis playoff spot. varsity team ever at Lehman. We need to use "I think that any time you see a prediction what some people think about us as a moti- like that it has to motivate you as a competitor," vating factor and turn that into wins in district Davis said. "This will be the most talented team play." we've ever had here, but we know that winning Riojas said there will certainly be other fac- on the football field is what matters and thats tors that will determine whether Lehman in- what we have to do to earn respect." deed starts a winning trend on the football field Lehman linebacker/receiver Matt Riojas said he wasn't the only Lobo player that took note Of the last place prediction by Texas Football Magazine. "We all read it together," Riojas said. "I was disappointed but we're going to change that perception. We have to change it. There's no doubt I think we have the talent to be the best this season. "Staying disciplined is number one," he said. "We need to continue what we've worked to- ward in the offseason and listen to our coaches. We've worked very hard to get to where we want to be and we expect that to continue this sum- mer and fall." See tg.B l PICI D LAST, pg. 2B PHOTO BY ERIC GUERRERO Lehman running back Levi Medley has a chance to have a special season this fall. He and his Lobe teammates will try to prove Texas Football Magazine's prediction, of a last place finish in District 27-4A wrong this year. a Texas State record 30-game hitting streak earlier this year, the third longest in the nation this season. This season, he became the Texas State leader in career runs scored (163) while rank- ing tied for third in doubles (39), fourth in hits (222), fourth in stolen bases (41) and eighth in batting average (.343). He had a .340 batting average, six home runs, 12 doubles, three triples, 62 runs scored, 37 RBIs and 20 stolen bases from his second base position. His 62 runs scored were the fourth most in a single season in Texas State history, and 20 stolen bases tied for fourth most all-time. Sibley was drafted in the 50th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. McVaney, a management major with a 3.58 GPA, earned CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team honors, mark- ing the first career CoSIDA award for the left fielder. A STUDENT ATHLETE, og. 2B :.:~:.~:.z~:.:~;:~::~x:~:;:~`~::::~:~.;~;~`:~..:::~:::~;~:~z~:7~.~..~:~.~:~.~:.:~:~:.~.~.:::::~`~:~:~:;~:;:;~:::::;~.:::.:.~:.:..~:::::.:...:;~:.:.:.:.:~.::.;::..:.;.:.`:...~.....~z:~:.:.:.::::..:..:...~:;.:..:.:..~:~....~..........:.~:.:..... 7::::::::::':.'::::':::/ --:7:::::::::::::::::: :``:.-:::::::::::::::.:::.:.::.:.~:::.::.:~:.:::.:~:.:::::::::.:::~::..:..~..::..:.~...:;..:.;:...::.::.:.:~::::~:`.::..:.::..:.:......:.:..:...::.....:..::..:....~:.::.:.:::....:..:.:..:....:..:.:..:.......:.~.:.. 7: :: ::: ~:::::::::.:::::::::::::::::::::::.::::~;:.::~:::.:::::::~::::~.:.::::7~7::.~:::.:::~:~.:~:: , cla" gion Casey Kalenkosky was named an American Baseball Coaches Association All-America Third Team selection. He led the Bobcats in home runs (21), doubles (17) and runs batted in (69) this season and was named the MVP of the Southland Conference Tournament. PHOTO COURTESY "I1EXAS ~TATE UN~ TAFF REFORT Baseball coaches across the Unit- ed States showed their appreciation for the season that junior first base- man Casey Kalenkosky had as they voted him an American Baseball Coaches Association All-America Third Team selection. Kalenkos~, who was also an ABCAAll-South Central Region First Team selection, becomes the third Texas State player ever to earn ABCA All-America honors and the second Bobcat All-American this season. Three other Bobcats joined Kalen- kosky with all-region accolades as second baseman Tyler Sibley and pitcher Carson Smith were voted to the ABCA All-South Central Region First Team, whae third baseman Kyle Kubitza collected ABCA All-South Central Region Second Team honors. Smith was voted a Lou- isville Slugger All-America Second Team selection earlier this season. Kalenkosky earned his first career all-Amer- KALENKOSKY ica recognition after putting up unprecedented power numbers for the Bobcats in 2011. The San Antonio native joined the Bobcats this season after spend- ing two years at Cisco lamior College and made an immediate impact for Texas State, leading the team in home runs (21), doubles (17) and RBIs (69) while also posting a .327 Washington Nationals in the 13th batting average with 59 runs scored round of the MLB First Year Player and six stolen bases from the middle Draft. oftheorder. Sibley began the season with a His 21 home runs were the sixth Texas State-record 30-game hitting most in the nation leading up to streak and continued to get on base the NCAA Regionals and set a Texas throughout the season from the top State single-season record, surpass- of the lineup. The Bobcat lead off ing the previous mark set by Luke man finished 2011 with a .340 bat- Cannon in 2006 and tied by Paul ting average, six home runs, 12 dou- Goldschmidt in 2009. Kalenkoslofs bles, three triples, 62 runs scored, 160 total bases were also the second 37 RBIs and 20 stolen bases for the most in a single season, while his 69 season. RBIs rank tied for third onthe single- A CoSIDA Academic All-America season chart SecondTeam selection, Sibley earned ' An All-southland Conference All-SouthlandconferenceFirstTeam First Team selection, Kalenkosky honors in addition to Southland was named the ire of the South- Conference All-Tournament Team land Conference Tournament as accolades. As a freshman, Sibley he led the Bobcats to their first SLC was named a Louisville Slugger and Tournament championship since 2000. Kalenkosky was drafted by the BOBC~]S BB3EIVE ~ ll0fl0BS, P9. 2B