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+ HaysFreePress.com FISH WINGS Hays and Lehman high schools each open freshmen centers, -Pa0e 3B August 3, 2011 Page 1B Lehman football play- ers (I-r) Gavin Brown, Nate Mercado and Charles Williams go through a warm-up ddll during two-a- day prac- tices Monday moming. The team will showcase its talent this week in the Lobo Kickoff scrimmage Saturday night. The kickoff is free for fans to attend. PII070 BY JNDI BXIIBON BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com Senior Matt Riojas looked out over the Lehman High practice field Monday morning and noticed more Lobo team- seniors, we know we'll never have this chance again. We're a team that's ready to prove what we can do." -Matt Riojas, Lehman varsity receiver and defensive end mates than he ever has before during his career as a varsity football player. "It's an amazing feeling to be back on wiilkicknffatTp.m.onSaturdayandafter He also took notice that this will be the the football field again as a team," Medley the Lobo band and cheerleaders perform last chance he and 26 other Lobo seniors said. =I think this is the team that can take have a chance to make a lasting impact Lehman to the playoffs for the first time. on a football program that is still trying Focus and teamworkwill be the key." to establish a gridiron foothold in Central Junior fullback/comerbackAJ Armonta Texas. said the summer didn't last long. '7~s seniors, we know we'll never have "It seems like two-a-days got here this chance again," said Riojas, who will pretty fast, but we were all ready though," P, welay receiver and defensive end this fall. Armonta said. "Now we can't wait until 're a team that's ready to prove what Friday." we can do." Friday is when Lehman will have its Fellow senior Levi Medley, whom head first full pads practice. The Lobo Kickoff coach Steve Davis predicts will have a scrimmage will take place Saturday at the big year as running back for the Lobos, Lehman practice field. agreed. The freshman and junior varsity teams in between games the varsity will kick off at 8:30 p.m. The Lobo Kickoff is free to attend. "When we strap pads on our chest is when football really starts," Armonta said. "That's when we find out who wants to hit and who doesn't." Lehman head coach Steve Davis is also looking forward to this weekend. "When we put the full pads on it separates the men from the boys," Davis said. "We really want a good turnout from the com- See LEHMAN FOOTBALL, pg. 2B i BY JASON GORDON freepresssportsOyahoo.com New Hays High head foot- ball coach Blake Feldt left little doubt about what he expects from his players after the first two-a-day practice on Mon- day. The Rebels were running and gunning from the start. "We don't use two-a-days to get into shape," Feldt said. "We use two-a-days to get ready to win football games. All our practices are up-tempo boca.use !hat's the style offoot- ball we're going to play." Hays High junior quarter- back Caleb ICunbm was pleased with what he saw out of his teammates on the first day. "We have toget used to this pace because that's how we're going to be pta ng Friday nights," ICunbm said. "I think ev- eryone work~l hard in the sum- mer to get ready for this day." Feldt said he could tell his players didn't spend their summer slacking. "I can't tell you just how proud I am of the hard work the kids put in over the sum- mer," Feldt said. "They were committed to staying in shape and it showed today. I'm also very pleased at how much they retained from the spring. I don't think our first day could have gone any better. ~ Receiver Mason Cervenka agreed team speed and quick- ness will be the key as the team adjusts to Feldt's spread offense and attacking defense. "We know we have to prac- tice faster all the time," Cer- venka said. "This kind of tempo will get us ready for the speed that's expected of us during games." Hays will practice in hel- mets, t-shirts and shorts through Thursday, before put- ting on full pads Friday. Linebacker Michael Pieprzi- ca said that's a day most play- ers look forward to. PHOT0$ BY m GORDON Members of the Hays High varsity football team spdnt toward the goal line during an end-of-practice running drill. The Rebels will be running new head coach Blake Feidt's lest-paced spread offense and attacking defense this fall. Hays will take on former district foe Del Valle in its first scrimmage at 8baiton Stadium August 13 and will open the regular season August 26 against Aldns at Sheiton Stadium. =You really get to let loose in fu#pads. There's no feeling like hitting someone and knocking the air out of them." --Michael Piepl-/.k~, Hays High Ilnobaoielr "Fridays a day everyone's been looking forward to since we hung up the pads last year," Pieprzica said. "You really get to let loose in full pads. There's no feelinglike hiUing someone and knocking the air out of them." Hays High senior center Boone Feldt, who was a mem- ber of his father's 2009 Class 2A Division I state title win- ner at pilot Point, said he's been impressed with his Rebel teammates. "N'mety-five percent of the team_ _wod:~l out together all summer, Boone Feldt said."We ran together, we lifted together. We worked harder than any oth- er team I~e been a part of and that will definitely help us dur- ing two-a-days and this falL" Hays Highs' first scrimmage will take place at Shelton Sta- dium against Del Valle on Au- gust 13. The Rebels open the regular season at Shelton Sta- dium against Akins August 26. Hays line- backer Mark Oldham (left) and defensive end Kyle Cox have their eyes focused on Rebel defensive coordinator Doug Rags- dale during a two-a-day practice drill on Monday. The Rebels will continue to practice in helmets, t-shirts, and shorts until full-pad workouts , begin Friday. Pit01ro BY JASON 80RIX]IN Lehman setter Vikki Smith and her Lady Lobe teammates are excited about summer work- outs beginning with new head coach My~:.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.~n. ~ Lady Lobes scrimmage August 6 at Canyon Lake High and August 9 at Del Valle before opening the season with the Austin ISD Tournament August 12. BY JASON GORDON fleep .com Megan Griffm wasn't ner- vous as she opened her first two-a-day camp as Leh- man's head volleyball coach Monday morning. "I'm more excited than I am jittery," Griffin said. "Tryouts are always tough for coaches and players, but it's a great time to be asso- ciated with this program. We have a lot more kids to choose from than we did last year." Lehman had just under 50 girls come out for volley- I.BIK~I YOM_/=YBJKL, 10g. 2B season Hays seniors Emily Clark (left) and Kelsea Sadler team up for a block during a workout on Monday. The Lady Rebs will scrim- mage at New Braunfels High Friday before open- ing the sea- son August 9 at LaGrange. I~J/WOHm BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com There was energy in the air during Hays High's first two-a-day volleyball workout Monday morning. Both players and coaches alike were excited about the fact the Lady Rebs have plenty of returning varsity talent to mix few showed up a little out of shape but we gave them a good conditioning workout in the morning. Overall # was a great first day. I expect big things from my varsity this year." -Erica Walther, Hays High varsity volleyball coach with younger players that are full of po- tential. "It's really nice to be on the court with nant," Clark said. "We have to push each everyone again," said Hays setter Hannah other in practice and during the non- Ramsey. '3,lot of us haven't seen each oth- district season to reach our goal of being er most of the summer. It's going to be a district champion. It's a very excifihg time fun year because I really thinkwe can con- to start my last two-a-days as a senior. I tend for the district title because we have think this team is going to surprise a lot of .so much talent. It's up to us now to work people." hard to get better every day." Kaylea Beck, a senior outside hitter, said Hays High finished third in to t~h:Dis- she can already tell this Hays team has a trict 27-4A last season, but seniotmiddle blocker Emily Clark said that isn't going to be good enough this year. "I think we have a chance to be domi- younger kids what it's like on varsity. I can already tell we're a confident team that's ready to get the season started." Lady Rebel senior defensive specialist Lauren Burke said she could tell her var- sity teammates worked hard during the summer. "We hit the ground running today," Burke said. "I think we all walked in the lot ofchemis~, door and said, 'It's finally here[' We were =We have a good mix of older players all looking forward to two-a-days and are + and young talent," Beck said. "It's great to be one of the veterans that can teach the HAYS VOI.LJEYBALL, pg. 2B