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DISCOVER DRIFTWOOD Refine your senses with fine local wines. - Page 3B HaysFreePress.com July 28, 2010 * Page 1B transition in senior season BY MARK CAUL gargantuan 6-foot-3 inch, 235- pound frame and it's easy to see freepresssports@yahoo.com why the guy can never hide- on or off the field. Unlike many offensive line- "My size has defmitely been men playing high school foot- a big advantage to me on and ball, Kevin Ibanez has never off the field," Ibanez said. "Off been able to live in the world of the field, there haven't been too obscurity, many people who were willing The fact is, there's nothing to challenge a guy my size even bordering on the boundaries though they are usually older of anonymity when it comes to and stronger than me. And on Lehman's former starting tight the field, I have been able to use end. my size and strength to my ad- Especially when he'll most vantage as well." likely be the only offensive line- Lehman head football coach man on the team who can suc- Steve Davis views Ibanez's size cessfiflly catch a pass or two and strength as a positive head- without hesitation and who ed into a new district where will probably have the freshest they will be competing against legs in the fourth quarter going bigger, more physical teams against bulkier, but slower de- such as Smithson Valley and fensive linemen. Canyon, which will strategical- Take one look at Ibanez's ly shuttle players in and out of 104 yards and a touchdown in allydon'tgetalotofrecognition ARE YOU READY? 2009 and was also a member of unless they commit a costly the Lobo power lifting squad, penalty, Ibanez has embraced Practice for high school Senior quarterback Harvest the change with open arms. football, volleyball and Trammell may be losing one "I just want to help the team cross country officially of his most reliable targets in win," Ibanez said. "That's how begins Aug. 2. Ibanez but is happy to be gain- I look on it. Whatever I needed ing a hard-nosed teammate to do to help the team, that's who will be protecting his left what I wanted to do, so if they the lineup hoping to capitalize side when the season begins, wanted me to become a line- on the Lobos' thin depth. "Kevin has great hands and man, then that's what I'm going "Kevin will be one of our knows how to get open," Tram- to do. There will be some things more experienced guys this mell said. I have to learn but I'm ready to season even though he will be "We didn't really pass a lot do what it takes." learning a new position," Davis last year but he was always Ibanez said he's not sure if said. "Moving him to offensive somebody I could throw to he'll play a role in Lehman's tackle was something we had when I really needed a first passing attack this fall, but thought about after we saw down or had to scramble. But I he spent most of his time this the lack of size we had coming thinkbecause of his size, he will summer catching passes on back this year. He will have to make a good lineman. I know I the Lobo's 7-on-7 squad as a get used to blocking every play will feel very comfortable with receiver. rather than going out into the him there." "It's all about getting pre- flat catching passes." Although he understands Ibanezcaughtninepassesfor that offensive linemen gener- See LOBOTIGHT END, pg. 2B PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Lehman's Kevin Ibanez will try to help the Lobo football team with a switch from tight end to left tackle on offense this season. Kimbro overcomes knee operations to at Tech BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com I indic Kimbro was a atural basketball layer from the rain- ute she opened one of her Christmas presents when she was five years old. Out came an orange bas- ketbaU she origi- nally thought was meant for one of her broth- ers. When she learned it was her~;Kimbto has seemingly been on the basketball court ever since. From her days shooting baskets with her broth- ers, former Hays KIMBR0 High quarter- backs Kyle and Ryan and current Rebel sophomore quarterback and all-district hoopster Caleb, to her youth in the Little Dribblers organization, to the days at Dahlstrom Middle School when oftentimes she'd only play one half due to the fact her team was so far ahead of its opponent, Lindie was always in the gym. She once scored 26 points in a single quarter during a seventh grade game. Just as Kimbro was looking forward to her freshman season at Hays in 2004, a pattern that would plague her athletic career began. Kimbro tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her knee for the first time the summer before her freshman year. She had surgery and was still able to recover in time to make a great impact on a Hays varsity team that finished the season 31-2. Kimbro's knee regained strength throughout her sophomore year, and by the time she was a junior, she led the state in scoring in Class 4A with an aver- age of more than 27 points per game. Kimbro capped off her all-state junior year with an incredible per- formance in the playoffs against Lake Travis, scoring 42 points, grabbing 20 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists before the Lady Rebels ultimately fell to Pflugerville Connally in the next round. Kimbro and her Hays team- mates looked to be set to make a run to the state tournament her .... ~eniOx3tear. Fate r '~" would step in, though, as she tore her ACL again right before the summer be- tween her junior and senior year. "I was very surprised," Kimbro said. "I felt as healthy as I ever did before it tore again. I was hoping that it happened early enough so I could have surgery and be back for my senior year." After surgery and a stepped up rehab sched- ule, Kimbro's high school career would come to an unfortunate end as she tore her ACL a third time during a tournament at Canyon High sever weeks into the season. "I was very sad," she said. "I just remember thinking that my high school career was over and I would never get to play with my teammates again. I really thought we were going to make it to the state toumament. That was a time I was very thankful for (Hays head coach Donny) McDonald, my family and my faith." There was one bright spot to Kimbro's tragic chain of events- she had committed to play basket- ball at Texas Tech Univer- sity during her junior year. Texas Tech honored that See COMEBACK KID, pg. 2B PHOTO COURllESY OF TIB(AS TECH UNIV1ERSITY Former Hays all-state basketball player Undie Kimbro has ovemome four major knee operations during her career. She was voted a team captain as a red- shirt freshman on the Texas Tech University team. Kimbro, who once scored 42 points in a postseason game for the Lady Rebels, hopes to see her playing time increase as a sophomore at Texas Tech. iris have practice nears BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com Hays senior and defending cross country district cham- pion Lena New can still vividly remember the trip to the state meet the Lady Rebels made two seasons ago. New, now the captain of the girls cross country squad, would like nothing more than to end her senior season with the team once again in Round Rock at the State meet. 'Ifs hard to put into ified; we ll'sulited screaifm" had such a great time and to end my career the same way would be fantastic There's noth- ing like being on a stage with all the best runneas ~ around [ . See HAYS X.COUNTRY, pg. 2B PHOTO BY RYAN DOMINGUEZ Hays senior captain Lena New captured the district title last sea- son. The Lady Rebels have their sights set on making a retum trip to state this year. Lehman improve boys optimistic to on regional finish BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com When coach lay San- som's cross country squad re- convenes for pre-season work- outs in the blistering August sun on Monday, they will be looking to improve upon last year's eighth place finish at the Class 4-A Region Ill regional meet Last season, the Lobes were able to secure the school's first-ever top-ten ranking af- ter peaking at No. 8 toward the latter part of the season with a bevy of experienced seniors leading the way including de- parted four-year letter winner Juan GordiIlo (Texas Luther- an). The Lobos were able to cap- ture tides at last season's Zilker Park, Cedar Park and Texas State Invitafionals as well as top seetm x-c0umm, pg. 2B PHOTO BY RYAN DOMINGUEZ Eddie Chabarria will be one of the key reasons the Lehman boys cross country team is expecting big things once again in 2010. t- Former Hays High and University of Houston star pitcher Donnie Joseph is quickly making his way through the Cincinnati Reds minor league system as one of the organiza- tion's best young talents. PHOTO COURTESY OF LYNCHBURG HILLCATS BY ANDREW AFRICK And in 2010, his stats tellthe Dayton, and posted a micro- like it." same tale. Joseph started the scopic earned run average of And his current coaches like Lynchburg Hillcats season in the minor leagues 0.78. Through 20 appearanc- it too. with the Low Class-A Dayton es with Lynchburg, his ERA is "He's an exciting pitcher," When Donnie Joseph takes team and struck out 40 batters 2.19, and he has nine saves in Hillcats manager Pat Kellysaid. the mound, he says he only in 23 innings. Since his promo- 10opportunities. "He gets a lot of swings and has one thing on his mind - a tion to the Advanced Class-A But entering ballgames in the misses and I think that's what strikeout, team in Lynchburg on May 29, ninth inning to slam the door you're looking for in your ma- rie doesn't care if the batter he's still averaged almost two on games wasn't always some- jor league bullpen." is swinging through one of his strikeouts per inning pitched, thing Joseph had in mind.And in terms of when 93 mile-per-hour pitches, or The reason? He says it's his When he was a junior at his major league debut will watching one go straight into slider, the University of Houston, ]o- be, Kelly says it's up to Joseph the catcher's mitt. "My slider is my best pitch," seph started the season in the himself. But Cincinnati Reds "Of course, the most impor- Joseph said."I like to get ahead rotation. He made one start pitching coordinator Mack Jen- tant thing is getting outs, but of hitters so I can put them before moving to the bullpen, kins says that it could happen a certain goal that I have is to away with it." "Early in the year, I didn't pretty quickly. strike people out," said Joseph, a At Dayton and Lynchburg, know what role I would be in,~ ~e's )ust got to ng'nten former Hays High star who was Joseph has excelled in the im- Joseph said. "I started a couple up his delivery and trust his drafted in the third round by portant closer's role he also games and figured out with my fastball more," Jenkins said. the Cincinnati Reds in 2009. "It thrived in during his college pitching coach that the clos- "When that happens, I'm sure helps me stay focused and helps years at the University of Hous- ing role was where I fit best. the people of Lynchburg will be me attack the zone and throw ton. I moved to that role and had reading about this guy pitching every pitch with intensity." Joseph posted six saves at success so I stayed there and I in Cincinnati."