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PROPONENT FOIl Tobias librarian named to state e - Page 3B :ecutive board. July 21, 2010 * Page 1B BY JASON GORDON rl'~seasoe way the summer 7-on-7 n started for Hays High, no one quite knewwhat to expect ofthe young Rebels. By the time it ended, however, Hays was playing its best, and that should bode well once two- a-day practices begin on Au_g. 2. After finishing one pass and two ymds away from a berth in the State 7-on-7 touma- ment during its own qualifying tournament late last month, the Rebels finished up the regular season strong. Hays knocked off Class 5A Bowie in the r~gular-season tournament semifinals 34-27, before falling 40:26 to a talented Dripping Springs team in the finals last week at Shelton Stadium. The Rebels made alot of progress throughout the sum- mer, which sa'v Hays suffer a couple oflopsidedlosses in early-season toumament~ "It was very clear that we came a long way as a team," Hays coach Trace Shelton sai~l. "Beating a team like Bowie who had beaten us earlier in the sea- son was a big step for our gu~ I thought we had a shot to win our last tournament, but Drip- ping Springs was a team that seemed to have our number all year. I think ffthe season would have lasted a week or two more, we would have been the best team in our league." Against Bowie, Hays scored on its first five possessions to take command of the game. With co-starting quarterback Mason ~out oftm~ on vacation during the final tournament, Caleb ICunbm two touchdown passes to Michael Romem, and a TD each to Kurt Ilmmons, Ty Gt~een and ]ackson SchaUbhut to help the Rebels take a commanding 34- 20 lead late in the game. Against Dripping Springs, after Hays' Francisco Matin picked off a pass on defense, Ilmmons made a terrific grab in, traffic for a touchdown to tie the score 20-20 at halfdme. Dripping Springs took control in the second half, though, and cruised to the regular-season tournament championship. Still, no one on the Hays side was too disappointed with the effort, considering the strides the team made. "I feelwe not only got better skill-wise, but our team chem- istry grew;" ICunbm said. "We started out s]owbecause this was all kind of new to us. After we started to learn we could compete with the higher-levi teams we really started to gel. Cervenka agreed that the Hays players really came to- gether on the field over the sum- mer. "You had alot of sopho- mores and juniors that had never played at the varsity level before," Cervenka said.~It took STAFF REPORTS ' The Hays Shooting Stars Softball T-baU team .qualified for the Pony Nation- al Tournament at Old Settler's Park in Round Rock. The team is one of only five from the CentraI Texas area to qualify for the tournament. A total of 16 teams from multiple states will be represented. The Shooting Stars will participate in a National Qualifier Parade at Dell Diamond on July 27, 'and the tournament gets :: underway on July 28. "Getting this far is excep- tional and our coaches and children have put in many i: it hours of practice and touf~! i!i:i;- nament play," said Shooting Stars coach Nathan Har- rington. "It has been wonder- ful coaching these ladies and I am very proud of them. They have represented our league very well." season on PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Senior Kurt Timmons (pictured) and his Hays 7-on-7 passing league teammates steadily improved through- out the summer. The Rebels finished one play away from qualifying for the state tournam~ent three weeks ago, and then wrapped up the 7-on-7 season with a second place finish in the final toumamemt of the summer last week at Shelton Stadium. Two-a-clay practices will officially begin for the 2010 Rebels on Aug. 2. us awhile to get used to playing . with some of our seniors and to get used to playing at the speed of the varsity game. When things started coming together for us, it was a lot more fun out there later in the season. I think we're ready for two-a-days. Hopefully we showed the coaches we can pass the ball and score. That will give us one more weapon to go with our great running game and great offensive line." Trace Shelton said he was proud of the two quarterbacks who will be fighting for the start= ingjob on varsity this fall "Both quarterbacks made huge leaps forward," he said. "By the end of the season, they were really reading defenses and not making some of the mental errors they made earlier on. When Caleb was out on vac/ltion, Mason did a great job two weeks ago. Caleb did the same when Mason was gone last week. They really compli- ment each other well and bring alot of skill to the field." ICunbm said now with the 7-on-7 seasoffofficially over, he can't wait until the Rebels step onto the field for the first of-' tidal day of summer two-a-day workouts Aug. 2. "It's all I've been thinking about," Kimbro said. '2 can't even go to sleepy com COURTI~Y.,PI,IOTO Shooting Stare at the Lake Travis tourney include: Top row (left to fight):Lauren Tanner, Felicity Moon, Crystal Lindahl, Kasey Martinez, Katelyn Thurman and Kassidy New. Front row ~eft to right): Reagan Wick, Akaysha Rodriguez, Kendra Lewis, Kafyanna Rios, Isabell Harrington and MakaylaRodfiguez. BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo. When the high school basketball season begin, early December, the Leh man High boys team ma have a steep climb as tht battle for playoff positio: in the new District 27 4-, But.after a competitiw summer schedule in whi they gained valuable exr ence despite playing wit their best post player an senior captain during th summer elite campaign, future indeed looks brig] The Lobes will prob- ably have three seniors i the starting lineup on o]~ ing night next school ye~ Among them will be Tars Murry, who was again fo to miss the entire summ :O iT Y LiI :h ~r LO f. l en- x. le :ced season because of a cou]"h'leis of injuries, and will ente last season at Lehman w ith a clean bill of health and ready to contribute after struggling through one nagging i@ zry after another for much [ his /ill ~art lng re ua- he first ted Lobe career. When healthy, Murry most likely play AAU bas ketbail during the early 1 of the fall campaign and continue to work on add muscle to his flame befo the Lobes begin play in December. With the grac tion of three key seniors, now becomes the team's scoring option. In addition, the proje PHOTO BY ADAM REYNA Lehman guard De'Andre Carson was one of the leaders on the Lobe Elite basketball team, which wrapped up a successful summer season recently. starting senior tandem of Dane Peddycoart and Adam Woodworth will join Murry in the fray after seeing limited action in the sum- mer league. Both will still be counted on to log heavy minutes this season for the Lobos in crunch time. On a positive note, the Lobos were able to showcase several players who will be in the mix this season at the guard slot, which will be one of the questions Acker's crew must address this fail. Two of the bright spots this summer for Lehman See SUMMER HOOPS, pg. 2B BY MARK CAUL ! 1 g Not even a disappoint ing first round loss to Bo Nie in the league's final post- season tournament coul~ dampen the excitement generated by a very com] tive 7-on-7 campaign for )eti- the. Lehman Lobes. The Lobes .fell 26-18 in a first-round match-up th= brought their most prodl m- tive 7-on-7 season in school history to a grinding halt4 After Bowie jumped oui to a quick 19-6 haiftime/ advantage, senior Harvey, Trammell and junior re- ceiver Matt Riojas each scored on long touchdown passes in the second half to close within 19-18 before the Bulldogs added an insurance score late to clinch the vic- tory and advance. "We obviously didn't play our best game but I don't want our guys to focus how the season ended," Lehm an 7-on-7 head coach Don Meshell said. "I want the] to remember how succes they were this summer a~ he proud of how far they' come this year." It was a summer that fi tured a much more focus and hungrier pack of Lob thumping crosstown riw PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Lehrnen's Peter Gutierrez (left) and Richard Porche run down the field in tandem before breaking in different directions on their passing mutes during a recent 7-0n-7 game. nament. Many of the veteran Lobes had very little trouble buying into Meshell's fiery coaching style and the results were extremely positive. "Coach Meshell is very n intense and he let us know iful from the first day of prac- td tice that we were going to te be more than just a football team, we were goingto be ad like a family," Trammell said. "He always kept us focused as and made sure everybody came out and played hard. Hays 32-6 during their f'mai By the end of the first week match-up of summer league play. There were also two eye- opening wins in the state qualifying tournament which included surpris- ing victories over Class 5A schools Bastrop and Akin,. 'Everybody on this tea~a wanted to come out and[ prove that the Lobes wer~ ready to play some football this summer," said senior Kevin Ibanez. "Hopefully, the success We had this summer will give us a lot of confi- dence going into,the fall." Much of that success could be attributed to last year's successful summeri, campaign in which the Lobos advanced into the semi-final round of the Hays state 7-on-7 qualifying toUr- of games, he had us feeling like we could beat anybody." Lehman head football - coach Steve Davis believes the Lobes are on the right track but lamented the fact that his squad was missing a couple of key components that will be vital to their suc- cess in the fall. "I would have liked to have seen Matt Angiuano (last year's starting QB} participate this summer to get some work on running our offense," Davis said. "We also didn't get a chance to see ]aylon Hardaway (who was out with an injury), who will play a big role in our of- fense this season." One of the bright spots See LEHMAN 7-0N-7, pg. 2B