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Page 2B + B Hays Free Press July 6, 2011 II FROM STAFF REPORTS The UIL Baseball State Champion- ships wilI have a home at Dell Diamond for years to come, the University Inter- scholastic League and the Round Rock Express announced recently. The agreement secures Dell Diamond as one of the hosts for the UIL Baseball Championships through 2017. Dell Diamond has served as host for the UIL State Championships since 2000. "We're excited to have entered this agreement with the Round Rock Ex- press," said Dr. Mark Cousins, U[L Direc- tor of Athletics. "This allows for the most cost-effective option for our member schools. Playing on a field like this gives these student athletes the opportunity to play at one of the best venues in the country." The new seven-year deal starts this year, 2011, and runs through 2017. The five UIL classifications will play the semifinal and championship games at both UFCU Disch-Falk Field on the University of Texas at Austin campus and the Dell Diamond. "We consider our facility one of the best in Texas and feel it is a natural fit to bring some of the best high school talent into our stadium," Express General Man- ager George King said. "We are very excited we get to host UIL games at our stadium for many years to come." This season, Dell Diamond hogted 12 of the 15 games of the UIL Baseball State Championships. Continued from pg. 1B 2010 Southland Conference All-Academic First Team selection, McVaney is a three- time Oak Farms Dairy Aca- demic Award winner and has earned Southland Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll recognition each spring. On the field, McVaney finished the season tied for second on the team with 10 home runs, including a three-home run game against McNeese State that tied the Texas State single-gamd home run record. He also posted a .319 batting average, 53 runs scored, 47 RBIs and 12 stolen bases in 64 games. McVaney also served as a relief pitcher out of the Texas State bullpen where he had a 2.08 ERA to go along with a Texas gtate slngle- season record nine saves. Established in the 2002-03 academic year, the conference honors one student-athlete from each of the 17 champi- onship sports who achieves excellence in academics, athletics and community/ campus service. The student-athlete of the year, selected by the league's awards committee, must have PHOTO COURIESY TEXAS STA'I1E UNIVIB~ Texas State second baseman Tyler Sibley has been named the 2011 Southland Conference Baseball Student- Athlete of the Year. Sibley, an aocounting major with a 3.89 GPA, is only the second Bobcat baseball player to win the award. attained athletic achieve- ment for at least two years at the nominating institution, possess at least a 3.20 cumu- lative GPA and demonstrate extracurricular service at his campus and or community. The all-academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic/compliance administrators from each Southland universi . Student- athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have com- pleted one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team's competi- tion to qualify for the all-aca- demic squad. Bobcats receive ABCA honors Continued from pg. 1B BaseballAmerica Freshman All- home runs during the season, ond, 2.52), shutouts (tied for Regional All-Tournament Team, American along with claiming The 6-foot-5 tight handefs ERA third, 3) strikeouts (fourth, 223), Kubitza was named to the All- All-Southland Conference Sec- and strikeouts this season were wins (fled for seventh, 19) and Southland Conference First ond Team honors, both ~-season bests for the innings pitched (seventh, 218). Team for the second straight For his career, Sibley is the Texas State baseballprogram. Smith was drafted bF the Seattle season this year. Texas State leader in runs In addltion to collecting I.~u- Mariners in the eighth mund of ~rhiseareer, Kubitzamnksas scored (183) while ranking tied isville Slugger All-America Sec- the MLB FirstYear Player Draft. the Bobcat leader in walks with for third in doubles (39), fourth ond Team honors this season, A three-year starter for the 125 and is second in ~ State in hits (222), fourth in stolen he was named the Southland Bobcats, Kubitza finished the history in both home runs (27) bases (41) and eighth in batting Conference Pitcher of the Year 2011 season with a .310 batting andRBIs (145). He has also estab- average (.343). Sibleywas draft- for the second consecutive sea- averagetogoalongwithlOhome lishedhimselfinthetop-lOintri- edintheS0thmundoftheMLB son. Three national publications nms,66RBIs,59nmsscored, 16 ples(fiedforthird, 10), hits (sev- First Year Player Dmft by the St. dubbed Smith their national stolen bases, 12 doubles and enth, 181), nms scored (seventh, Louis Cardinals. player of the week after a career- a team-high seven triples. His 142) and doubles (tied for ninth, This season, Smith was the high 14-strikeout performance 66 RBIs were the fifth most in a 33). I(ubiv_a became the high- ace of the Texas State pitching earlier this season against UTSA, single-season in Texas State his- est Bobcat draft pick since 2000 staff, finishing with a 9-3 record, andhewasnamedthesouthland to~, while his sever~ triples tied when he was selected in the third 1.99 ERA and 129 strikeouts in Conference Pitcher of the Week the single-season record. Kubit- round by the Atlanta Bmves. ateam-highll31/3inningson onthmedifferentoccssions, za also walked M times during ~N'lth four phyers voted to the mound. Smith held oppo- During his two-year career, the season, the second highest ABCA All-South Central Region nents to a .216 batting average Smith has already climbed into totalin the team's history. Teams, the Bobcats were tied collectivelyandallowedjusttwo the top-10 in career ERA(sec- Recently named to the Austin with Rice for the most selections. Hays High picked fourth in district Continued from pg. 1B fense - Kimbro, Cerven-can best you deep and un- ka, Romero, wide receiver demeath,"Feldtsaid."Trevor Granger Studdard, tight end/ is a possession-type guy who running back Charlie John- runs good routes and fits in son and offensive lineman reallywellwiththekindofof- Iosh Pessina. fense we run. It's going to be The Rebels will also have a fun group to watch." the luxury of moving multi- Defensively, Hays will re- talented junior Taven May- turn six starters, including berry from the defensive side linebackers Mark Oldham, of the ball to starting slot re- and Nate Paez, nose guard ceiver and fellow junior lax- Kyle Williams, and defensive son Schaubhut, a part-time backs Dalton Johnson, IT Siv- starter last season, will be a ils, and Taylor Hough. full-time running back this "I've been on the often- year in new head coach Blake sive side of the ball coaching Feldt's spread offense, most of my career, but I'm Feldts son Boone, a senior definitely one who believes who was an All-State per- you win,,champions~ps with former at Pilot Point High defense, Feldtsaid. 'It's hard School last year, will take to win ballgames outscor- over the Rebels' starting cen- ing people every week. You ter spot. win by not turning the ball "I really like the way we over and getting big stops on looked on offense in the defense. I think we have the offseason," Feldt said. "We kind of players on defense have a chance to be a very that are going to be able to explosive team. Kimbro will move around a lot and apply be one of the fastest quar- terbacks in the state and his ann strength is really good, Romero is the kind of player I don't see how anyone can tackle in open space, and Mayberry has a chance to be one of the best players in the district as well." Feldt is also excited about his two tall receivers Cer- venka and Studdard and his possession receiver Trevor Ragsdale. "Cervenka and Studdard are two big, fast guys who a lot of pressure with their speed, which is exactly what I'm looking for." Feldt said he's not too wor- ried his team was picked to finish in the middle of the District 27-4A pack. "If we were picked first or fourth it doesn't matter," he said. "You take things like that with a grain of salt. I think we have a chance to win the district championship and our goal is to win the district championship. I think we have that kind of team." Lehman picked last Continued from pg. 1B Lehman returns eight starters on offense- quarter- back Matt Anguiano, running back Levi Medley, center Cruz Banda, offensive linemen Ethan Martin, Bobby Limon and Kenny Higgins, tight end Julio Besa and Riojas. "Matt Anguiano has to be a leader at quarterback and he's shown he's capable of that with the things he's done in the offseason," Davis said. "Medley didn't do a lot in the offseason last year but this year he's really stepped it up as well. I think he'll be in much better shape and with his speed and explosiveness he has a chance to break ev- ery rushing record we have at Lehman if he can stay healthy." Davis said the size of his offensive line would also be an asset in 2011. "We'll be bigger up front on offense than we've ever been," he said. "Tharis some- thing that's a must in the dis- trict we play in." Defensively, Lehman re- turns five starters - safety Charles Williams, linebacker Mark Trevino, defensive back Cole Williams, cornerback Bradley Braxton and Riojas. "I think our secondary will be much improved over last year," Davis said. "We won't be as susceptible to people throwing deep on us. Linebacker can be another strength of this team." Davis said one question mark heading into summer workouts would be the de- fensive line. "We will have three new starters there and they really need to step up and prove they can play at this level," he said. "When you face the teams we do in district that are capable of lining up and playing power football, you have to have a strong defen- sive line." Davis said once again it's time Lehman proves it can win district football games. "We have to win," Davis said. "I'm proud of the staff we've built here and the way they've stuck with build- ing our program, and I'm proud of the commitment our players have made. We had a great freshman class numbers-wise last year and we will again this year. It's a great time to be at Lehman, and now the challenge is to perform consistently on Friday nights in the fall and start earning some wins. I'd be disappointed if we aren't a playoff team this year." We're growing and moving to Kylel ~~ucBuda closed 8-10 to make the location July move. Open in Kyle on July llth ,,-., ~, 121HallProfeuiondCirole lifo z,, s., s.,. ~...,' ~ The Palm care end Dornlno~ Pt~ anon store i " !i:~ . Educational resources, supplies & decorations - Pre K & Up! Arts & crafts, gift items and MORE! Teachers. Paten= 8 Ev~nel FARMER Debbie Thames Insurance Agency AUTO * HOME LIFE BOAT EIEALTH 251 N. 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