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+ Juvenile Center program lets students create their story - Page 3B ! @hfplobosports July 8, 2015 Page 1B BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com Decked out in a jersey with a Team USA crest on the front, Kyle resident Sam Aguirre wasn't shy in showing who his rooting interest was in Sun- day's Women's World Cup final. Aguirre, along with a hand- ful of local soccer fans inside of Centerfield Bar and Grill in Kyle, made up the roughly 20-million viewers who rooted on Team USA in its quest for the World Cup. For Aguirre, getting a chance to watch the team inevita- bly claim the World Cup that eluded them in 2011 was a gratifying experience. "They've been there, an opportunity to make it to the finals, and now they've finally did it," Aguirre said. "They proved it, by the way they're playing. They deserve to be here." Aguirre's history with the World Cup stems from the team's last attempt in 2011, when the U.S. fell to Japan in the World Cup final in penalty kicks. But for Aguirre, that's when he said he began to follow the team more closely. In 2014, Aguirre said he attempted to catch as many games as he could. But one PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Kyle resident Sam Aguirre raises his hands in celebration as he and other patrons at Centerfield Bar and Grill in Kyle watched U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd scored her second of three goals in the Women's World Cup final match on WORLD CUP, 2B Sunday. Aguirre was one of 26 million people who tuned in to watch the women's team win the World Cup. BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com The grass is becoming much greener for the City of Kyle Parks and Recreation Depart- ment as it nears completion of its Parks Improvement Project. Despite struggles to germi- nate grass at several fields, the PARD's initiative to improve the city's four major parks is nearing 95 percent comple- tion, according to director Kerry lJrbanowicz. The project, totaling $390,000, encompassed several improvements. Those included adding shaded and covered pa- vilions, and improving softball and baseball fields at several of the city's parks. One of the primary focuses was improving soccer and football fields, something advocated by Mayor Todd Webster when he took office in June 2014. Fields at Steeplechase and Gregg-Clarke Park were "scraped and contoured," ac- cording to Urbanowicz. The move was done to accommo- date irrigation systems and new turf for the fields. But several factors have caused slight setbacks with the improvement to the soccer and football fields. One issue seen at Steeple- chase Park was the use of the soccer field prior to the city PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III A pair of ultimate frisbee players compete in a match during the 2015 Women's College Centex Ultimate Frisbee Tournament held in Kyle in March. The field used by tournament organizers, which is adjacent to Seton Medical Center Hays, could be part of the city's plan to developed areas of undeveloped parkland in the future. (Browse and buy photos at bartonpublications.smugmug.com) opening it for use. Players hop- have taken the heaviest toll on planted in the football fields at ping fences and playing on the the parks. Steeplechase and Gregg-Clarke field in April caused damage to With the city going through Parks struggled to germinate. the turf and irrigation systems, the "wettest six months of all But the recent heavy rainstime," Urbanowicz said seeds PARKS, 2B From the Sidelines by Moses Leos III After 5,800-plus days, span- ning just over 140,000 hours and roughly 8.4 million minutes, the U.S. Women's soccer team on Sunday reclaimed the title as World Cup champions They did so without seemingly breaking a sweat. In what was a truly dominating performance, the U.S. put the pedal to the metal and crushed Japan 5-2 in Sunday's World Cup Final in Vancouver. But perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that Team USA muscled and scrapped its way to a World Cup title. After all, they, unlike any other team inthis year's tournament, had the most to prove. Ever since the 1999 team last hoisted a World Cup title, subsequent Team USA squads have had to live in their shadow. While many of the teams were successful, they couldn't quite live up to the expectations set in front of them. None of them could replicate the success. It was perhaps due to cohesion that many of those squads couldn't replicate from that 1999. Sure, they had a variety of talented players. But it just never seemed they could put it all together, all in one package to lead to success. The closest model oc- Curred in 2011, when the team only succumbed to Japan in the World Cup final that year. The teamwork and cama- raderie Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Brianna Scurry and others showed in that summer of 1999 was some- thing to behold. And for a short while this summer, it seemed the 2015 team was on the verge of falling into the same trap. A shaky 2-0-1 mark in the opening stage led to some doubt that the U.S. could make a deep tourna- ment run. Despite the team holding Sweden and a gutsy Nigerian squad scoreless. But bulletin board mate- rial provided by Colombia in the first round in the knockout stage seemed to provide the right motiva- tion. An impressive 2-0 win catapulted the U.S. to greater heights. Before you knew it, Team USA was on a roll, shutting out China and FROM THE SIDELINES, 2B DDS Specialist in Orthodontics WWW.LONGORTHO.COM Celebrating our 5th year in Hays County! 3310 FM 967, Ste. 110 Buda, I"X 78610 Watch for patients through Call Today! 512.523.8680 SPLASH INTO SUMMER WITH A NEW SMILE! +