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Website © 2019. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal. MEMORIAL MEMORIES Lobo cheerleaders excel at UT summer camp. -Page3B August 4, 2010 Page 18 Lobo football looks for more success in 2010 BY MARK CAUL Yes, it was going to be early. Sure, it was going to be scorching hot. But this is precisely the way most high school football coaches want it and Leh- man head football Coach Steve Davis is no exception. "It's the most exciting time of the year for everybody associated with high school football," Davis said. "This is when you get to see who's been putting in the work during the sununer." Two-a-day workouts began on Monday for the Lobos, who axe hoping to improve on a season that saw them collect their first district win in school history in a home blowout victory over Elgin. The Lobos will go through a series of conditioning drills in helmets and shorts for the first four days before don- ning full pads for the first time on Friday. Lehman newcomer Levi Medley, a senior transfer from Tennessee, who was the talk of the summer amongst the Lobe coaches during the 7-on-7 passing league, has already grown acclimated to becoming a Lobo and appreciates the work ethic of his new teammates. "The only difference between my old high school and Lehman is that we were a bigger school and there were always more people in the weight morn," Medley said. "But the work ethic is basi- cally the same. We have put in a lot of strength and conditioning work over the summer, so I think we're definitely ready (for two-a-days)." With temperatures expected to hover around the century mark this week, Davis and his staff are fully prepared to execute guidelines that all Texas high school coaches must follow. In Texas, See LEHMAN OTB , pg. 2B PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER LehrTlarl quarter- back Matt Anguiano ready tofirea pass during two-a-day workouts on Tueeday. The Lobos annual Sil- ver and Blue scimmage is Saturday evanlng at Lehman. osln season in BY JASON GORDON As the Hays High varsity football team stepped on the practice field Monday morning for its first official two-a-day session, team members were ready to put last year's disap- pointing campaign far behind them. The Rebels are trying to rid them- selves of the memory of their first los- ing season since the mid- 1980s, after going 4-7 in 2009. "Oh man, last season was like a nightmare," said Hays senior center and team captain Alex Rocco. "To be on the first losing Hays team in 25 years hit a lot of us hard. I think the team you see out here today wants to work hard to get back to the winning culture of Rebel football we're all used to." Fellow captain, senior tight end Billy Tabor, agreed he expects a rejuvenated Rebel team on display this fall. "We made a commitment to each other in the offseason that we're in this together," Tabor said. "No matter ffyou're a sophomore, a junior or a senior, we're all committed to the same goal. We expect to win." Hays junior receiver Michael Romero said Hays players are already thinking about what challenges lie ahead this season. "We know our district will be tougher than it was the last two years," Romem said. "We have two state ranked teams, Smithson Valley and Alamo Heights, and we know Canyon and Clemens should be tough as well. There won't be any easy games, but that's why from day one we have the mindset that we need to work very hard to get back on top." Hays sophomore quarterback Caleb Kimbro said it was definitely exciting PHOTO BY JASON GORDON Hays quarterback Caleb Kimbro hands the ball off to fullback Tony Garza as (left to fight) receiver Michael Romero, tight end Billy Tabor and center Alex Rocco fire out to block during a drill on the morning of the first two-a-day practice session Monday. to walk onto the field for the summer's first practice. "This is what we've all been waiting for," Kimbro said. "You get an emotional high on the first day of two-a-days after preparing for so long for this moment." Longtime Hays head coach Bob Shelton was pleased with what he saw out of his team on the first day. "It's always a good feeling to get back out there," Shelton said. "Everyone al- ways looks forward to it. It's hard to tell a lot when we're only out here in shorts and helmets, but it looks like everyone came back in shape and ready to go, and that's all you can ask for." Hays will continue to practice in shorts and helmets until strapping on full pads for the first time on Friday. "It's always a different story when we have full pads on," Rocco said. "Then you can actually get away with hitting someone." Hays has its first scrimmage of the season on Aug. 14, at DelValle, begin- ning at 9:30 a.m. The Rebels will host Temple for their final scrimmage of the preseason at Shelton Stadium on Aug. 21, beginning at 9 a.m. Hays opens the regular season on Aug. 27 against Akins at Burger Sta- dium, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Rebs start District 27-4A action Sept. 24, when they will be considered the home team at Shelton Stadium against Hays CISD rival Lehman. team' new season BY JASON GORDON The anticipation for Monday's first of- ficial practice of the season grew stronger for Hays volleyball players as each July day peeled away from the calendar. "This past week has been pretty unbearable," said middle blocker Jessica Williams. "We were all just waiting for Monday to come around. It's a great feel- ing to be back out here today." Fellow front-line player Kelsea Sadler agreed the Lady Rebs had their game faces on the moment they stepped on the court. "It's really good to get back into it," Sadler said. "I was an~ous and nervous at first, but once you get on the court all that goes away. I'm really excited we're back and practicing again." After four straight seasons with playoff success, the Lady Rebs are coming off a year in which they were knocked out in the first round of the postseason. "We're looking forward to starting something with this group of players," said Hays outside hitter Kaylea Beck. "We're ready a new chapter. I think we have the talent to go a lot farther than the first round of the playoffs this year." Hays head coach EricaWalther will first have to mold a group ofvarsityveter- ans with several talented newcomers. "I'm excited because we have alot more depth at every position on the court than we've had in my previous two years at Hays," Walther said. "There will be some healthy competition for playing arne. Those battles will make us stronger in the long rim. I definitely don't have a set starting lineup right now." Walther said she is very pleased with her team's attitude in the early going. "The dynamic of our team is really great," she said. "Our goals, as always, are to do well in district and peak in the play- offs.We have a tough non-district sched- ule and district will obviously be difficult, but we have the toots in place to be a very competitive team ffwe continue to work hard and stay motivated." Starting sophomore setter Hannah Ramsey will be one of the younger varsity members counted on to play a big role this season. See HAYS VOLLEYBALL, pg. 2B PHOTO BY JASON GORDON Hays outside hitter Kaylea Beck tries to power the ball through the block of team- mates Jessica Williams (left) and Kelsea Sadler during two-a-day workouts on Mon- day. The Lady Rebels are scheduled to scrim- mage at New Braunfels High on Friday. PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Ylissa Munoz (left) and Imani Fair- man will be two returning varsity players who will help the Lady Lo- bos this fall. Lehman started prac- tice on Monday and will scrimmage at Weetwoo~d o~ Frid~~ .... ~ Lobo volleyball has new coach BY MARK CAUL Although the start of the new school year is still three weeks away, summer vacation has officially ended for the Lady Lobo volleyball team. First year head coach Gloria Sandoval was on hand to put her troops through the first of their early morning work- outs. Sandoval replaced Nikki Shuler, who was at the helm of the program for four years, earlier in the summer. Shuler opted to become a fuU-time mom after giving birth to her second child last sulnmer. A few weeks later, four-year assistant Kirsten Lewis, who guided the team through the early part of the 2009 cam- paign during Shulefs absence, accepted a job at San Marcos High School, and Sandoval was handed the reigns to the Lady Lobo program. Sandovalprevi- ously coached Jm'do~r Lehman. Sandoval's laid-back persona was on display as she stepped in to address the players be- tween drills and sprints. "I am grate to get the opportunity to lead this great group of girls this season," Sandoval said. "It will definitely be a challenge for us being inexperienced in such a tough district but I know our team will embrace the challenge and prepare to be the best team they can be." Sophomore Imani Fairman was the team's best offensive player last season along with senior setterYsidra Munoz. "I was ready to get out here and play some volleyball," Fairman said. "We're trying to develop chemistry and work on the things we need to work on." Munoz, a team captain, is optimistic about 2010 despite a tough finish last season. "We have a much better team this year and we really want to make sure that we stay focused," Munoz said. "There were a couple offirnes last year where I thonght we could have won a few matches and we just didn't do what we needed to do." SmithsonValley. Hays and i~- always talented Canyon High will be tabbed as favorites in the new District 27-4A, but the Lady Lobos will look for improvement this season. Sandoval sees a lot of poten- tial in this year's returning crop LEHMAN VOLLEYBALL, pg. 2B Kyle Juniors AUGUST 8 iiiiiiiiiiii@ Host an Exchange Student Today !" (for 3, 5 or 10 months) Make a lifelong friend from abroad. Enrich your family with another culture. Now you can host a Ages - 14 & 15 high school exchange student gam-I2pm !ilia!if?' 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