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Section B GOVERNOR WHITE State mourns former governor, education crusader, - Page 3B August 9, 2017 Page 1B new season BY MOSES LEOS III Effort is something Hays Rebel head vol- leyball coach Stephanie Coates knows doesn't show up on the stat sheet. By improving effort on the little things, Coates believes it could add up in a big way to help Hays not only reach a higher level of play, but potentially compete for a district title in 2017. "We've set our goal to win a district champion- ship. We're not shying away fromWestlake or Lake Travis or Vandegrift. It's a tough district from "We're not shying away from Westlake or Lake Travis or Vandegrift. It's a tough district from top to bottom ... The girls have the right mindset to take a shot at that." - Stephanie Coates, Rebel head volleyball coach top to bottom," Coates said. "The girls have the right mindset to take a shot at that." Leading the Rebels is a core group of return- ing outside and middle hitters that have varsity- level experience. Seniors Kaitlyn Krafka and Kacie Halt, as well as juniors Catherine Croft and ]amie Agnew, who are all 5-feet, 10-inches or taller, each saw action on the court last year. The group will be tasked with replacing the play of Hailee Morton and Mackenzie Coates, who both graduated over the summer. In the back row, junior libero Kayla Tello and defensive specialist Mor- gan O'Donnell aim to fill the void left by graduates Anise LaHue and Ashley Slovak. Coates said Croft and Krafka could see ac- tion on the back row due to their defensive and offensive capabilities. "It's been a seamless transfer because they LADY REBS, 2B PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Hays Rebel Alex Castillo crouches down to dig the ball during the team's weekend scrimmage at Bales Gym. J + With a new coaching staff on hand, Lehman High's football team wasted little time starting off the 2017 preseason practice schedule when they hosted the program's inaugural "Midnight Madness" event. The practice began at 12:01 a.m. Monday, had athletes go through the first of a four day "acclimation pe- riod," which is required by the UIL. Lehman continues practice this week and will hold its annual Lobo Kickoff Saturday. Above, chased by several of his players, Lehman High head coach Josh Kirkland (center) sprints downfield during a rip-and-strip fumble drill. Right, two Lehman Lobo offensive lineman square off in a balance and technique drill. Below, a Lehman Lobo run- ning back leads the pack of athletes participating in a cone drill. cross cou BY MOSES LEOS III Sports and the culinary arts are two topics that rarely intertwine. For Hays High head cross country coach Traci Hightower, baking a cake is the analogy she uses to describe what makes a strong athlete in the sport. "There are those small ingredients that you don't taste that are key in the baking process," Hight- ower said. "Those small details are just as impor- tant as a major workout in cross country." For Hightower, seeing her 2017 cross country group put in the work necessary this season could lead to Corpus Christi and the Class 6A, Region IV meet. Leading the girls' team is a handful of juniors and seniors who have been a part of the program "and are ready to perform," Hightower PHOTO BY MOSES LESS III Hays Rebel runner Gabby Bosquez (center) speeds off the line at the start of the 2016 UIL Class 6A state championship meet in Round Rock. Bosquez is one of a handful of returning Rebels who will lead the cross country team in 2017. said. One of those is se- said. "Cross country is freshman years. nior Gabby Bosquez, who a sport where you don't Hightower said long- returns after reaching the know who's going to time members of the state meet in 2016. develop." team aim to reach the Bosquez's success has Joining Bosquez will postseason after missing bred additional excite- be Keeley Smith, Meagan out in 2016. She said not ment for the program, Garram and TrinityWells, reaching regionals "left a Hightower said. who all have been a part hole in them." "It attracts people to of the Rebel cross coun- come join us," Hightower try program since their REBEL CROSS COUNTRY, 2B "There are those small ingredients that you don't taste that are key in the baking process... Those small details are just as important as a major workout in cross country." - Traci Hightower, Hays High head cross country coach BY MOSES LEOS III It's a new athletics year and with it brings a new athletic coordinator, a new level of excitement and even a new logo for Lehman High in 2017. With seven return- ing players to the roster, however, the look of the Lehman Lobo volleyball team hasn't experienced the same level of change,, said head coach Kathryn Legh-Page. Instead, Legh-Page believes a focused work ethic is the key for Lehman to compete in a vaunted 25-6A district this fall. "These kids are great, they give their all day in and day out," Legh-Page said. "The kids here work hard. It's fun to see the kids play and have so much heart." Legh-Page said the im- proved work ethic came as a result of the team's experiences in district play last season. She said the take-away was under- standing how much work her players had to put in the offseason. "We got after it this off- season and they got after it this summer," Legh- Page said. "They saw the level of competition and we can compete at it. They made sure to put the work in to do that." Guiding the Lobos will be an experience-laden roster led by senior hit- ters Sarah O'Neal, Kaytlin Mendoza and Hannah Starnes. Legh-Page said Men- doza worked hard during the offseason and im- proved her arm swing. O'Neal, who was one of the key offensive compo- nents last season, returns her leadership qualities, as well as her height, Legh-Page said. Stand- ing at 5-feet, ll-inches, O'Neal is one of the taller players on the Lobo roster. Behind them are junior hitters Madison Webb and Madelyn Bowen. On the back row, junior defensive specialists Seryna Avalos and Mariah Pastrano return for the Lobos. Lehman will put its skills to the test against a handful of district oppo- nents that will have a size advantage. Speed and serving will be the two compo- nents that could not only bypass a height disadvan- LADY LOBOS, 2B