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+- Hays Free Press July 29, 2015 SPORTS Page 2B Hays High volleyball player Mackenzie Coates (left) prepares to deliver a kill at the net between two defenders during a match in the 2014 season. Meanwhile, a Lehman Lady Lobo volleyball player (below) digs the ball during a match last season. The 2015 Hays CISD athletic season begins anew next week as both the Hays and Lehman volleyball teams will hit the court. Monday marks the first day for UIL varsity volleyball programs to begin pre-season practices. Volleyball scrimmages will begin on Aug. 7, with ev- erything culminating at the first official game day on Aug. 10 when the volleyball season kicks off. Lehman will be helmed by first year head Coach Candice Warr, who takes over the program after working as the head coach at Paredes Middle School in Austin. Hays is led by second year head coach Stephanie Coates, who guided the Lady Rebels in their first foray into the 6A ranks. "t's been nearly eight years since Craig Big- gio cracked the 3,000 hit club in what was his last MLB season in 2007. And still, the memory of him setting the milestone continues to give me goosebumps. Perhaps it was the fact that after a storied career, Biggio had just that one moment to obtain. He had already done so much for the franchise, which did its best to build success around him. But as Astros fans well know, success often times ebbs and flows. Not so with the domi- nant "B-G-O." For two decades, Biggio was the face of the franchise. His consistency made him a household name; not only in Texas but across the baseball landscape. It's one reason why Astros fans rejoiced last weekend when Big- gio was inducted in the Baseball Hail of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. What makes it all special is the knowledge that he becomes the first Hous- ton Astros player to be selected to Cooperstown. Quite the achievement considering the Astros have been a major league franchise since 1965, with Houston having a baseball team since 1962. Ask any Astros fan, and they probably wouldn't be surprised. Having grown up watching Biggio, there From Ule Sidelines by Moses Leos III were few play- ers that were as dynamic and wide-ranging as he was. Only the legendary Jose Cruz commands that kind of notoriety from the fan base. From playing behind the plate, to taking the reins at second base, to eventually taking roost in the outfield, Biggio was that one player that did it all. He did so with a workman-like attitude. No excuses, just get the job done. It may be one reason why he's such a likeable figure in the Houston community. His blue- collar attitude appealed to the everyman, even in oil-rich Houston. For years, he and team- mate JeffBagwell, created havoc for opposing pitch- ers, earning them the nickname the Killer B's, which fans used regularly. But it was his ability to stick to baseball and avoid many of the social ills other players couldn't thatendeared him to the masses. While his career ended right as theheight of social media began, rarely did anyone catch a soundbyte of BIggio bashing teammates, be- rating the front office or casting blame. The guy went out there and did his job. He also avoided many of the social ills other players of his generation couldn't. His offthe field perso- na was a thing to watch. His on the field exploits were the stuff of legend. His penchant to consis- tently get the big hit was most memorable. Getting hit by the baseball is what many will remember of Biggio as well. During his career, Biggio was hit by a pifch 285 times, which ranks second all-time in MLB history. Understandably, Biggio probably had his share of detractors during his career. Perhaps due to the large elbow pad that he wore, which always seemed to be in the way of the baseball as it reached the plate. 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