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But ,the Rebels are missing that familiar ring on offense this year, returning very little established fire power for the first time in three years. Last year, the Rebels brought back quarterback Kyle Kimbro and tailback Tyrone Calvin as seniors after each had begun see- ing varsity action as sophomores. This time around, the Rebels are looking to reload offensively behind senior quarterback Tommy Garcia and senior tailback Tristan Mayberry. Mayberry last year gained 664 yards on 92 carries, a handsome 7.2 yard average that indicates explosive potential for the top role. Garcia completed 10 of 11 passes for 180 yards and carried seven times for 73 yards last year, demonstrating competence with the offense. Ryan Kimbro will back up Garcia and work out of a running back position, from which Shelton said he should be effective as a pass catcher. A.J. Lopez also will take turns as a halfback, with Kris Beasley and Chris Moore at fuil- back. However, the offensive line also will be substantially retooled. Among last year's leaders in take- down blocks, only center Matt Posey returns. Shelto.n figures he'll surround Posey with Andy Preuss on the left guard and Eric McFerrin on the right guard, while Justin Weatherford is projected as the right tackle. However, Shelton said, he hasn't decided on a left tackle to block the quarterback's blind side. The leading candidates at wide receiver are John Maldonado and Adam Cuellar. Defensively, the Rebels return Travis Reynolds for his third varsi- ty season at defensive end, while Shawn .Armstrong is back for his third varsity season at free safety. The leading returning tackler from last season, Ryan Greeson, will anchor the linebacking corps. Shelton said Zach Miller and Jonathan McCorkle will play with Greeson on the second line of defense. Casey McDonald is scheduled to play the defensive end opposite Reynolds, while Ryan Peterson will start at one defensive tackle. The other defensive tackle is yet to be decided. Kyler Lindsey and Darius Glaspar will man the comers, with Richie Gromm at free safety. Opening a remodelled Bob At the end of another exhausting Bill Peter son) Shelton alter a $2,5 million fa?elift last season, the Rebels broke through the gate in disappointing fashion with an error-fdled loss to Killeen Ellison. They ended up losing thek first four home games. Playing in an expanded District 25-5A, the district season came upon the Rebels last year before they could adjust to their new home or take the mistakes out of their game. AS has usually been the case, the Rebels played good football over the last five games of the sea- son, though they won only three of them. But one of the losses, 13-7 at Westlake, mained in doubt until the end. And they outscored Austin High, 14-6, in the second half of the other loss. Unfortunately, anguishing losses to Bowie and San Marcos at the front end of the district sched- ule came up on the Rebels too quickly, which persuaded the coaching staff to change approach this year. Instead of conducting spring training, as they had for the last two years, the Rebels opted for Rebel netters look for playoff return BY DANIEL MICHAEL Staff Writer 'AYS C1SD-The Hays .High School . yolleybali team is preparing for another winning season, as is the pro- gram's custom. The Rebels have been prac- ticing this week at Oran Bales Gymnasium in anticipation of their regular season opener next Tuesday against Boerne.. After seven seniors graduat- ed from last year's team, the Rebels are stopping short of designating this season as a rebuilding year. The team is young, but enthusiastic.. This year's team has six returning seniors, three sopho- mores, two juniors and one freshman, said Jo McCabe, wlio will bgin her 13th season as head coach of The Rebels. "We're young," McCabe said. "Not a lot of experience, but we have a great attitude. We're going to come around." The team is regrouping this year after a second-round play, off loss last seas0fi' tb Sit Antonio Clark. Among the Rebels' District 25-5A competi- tion, they lost last season only to Westlake. Senior captains Jordan Elliott, the setter, and Anjelica Jamez, defense specialist, will have to lead the way if the Rebels expect to do as weli as last year. Jamez, in her second year on the varsity team, is optimistic about this season. "I think we will be a better team than what people think we are, as long as we work hard," Jamez said. McCabe said she is especial- ly excited about the play of sophomore Anna Breyfogle. Breyfogle, standing at 6-foot-l, is certainly capable of slam- ming the ball, and should be/t weapon. The Rebels continue to fine- tune their skills in scrimmages "flt weRefid when the' travel to Leander and Austin. The team will scrimmage Friday at Leander, where it will also play Round Rock and Westwood. The team will have another scrimmage Saturday at Austin McCallum, where Leander and Pflugerville also will provide practice opposi- tion. McCabe said the scrim- mages are very informal games, and that she did not want the players to keep score. Instead, she wants them to focus on developing their skills. Following next Tuesday's 7:30 p.m. opener at home against Boerne, the Rebels will play at Pflugerville Connally on Aug. 23, with games against Connally and Stoney Point. practice session, the Hays High School varsity football team runs off the field for a night, of rest. (photo by an extra practice week and an extra scrimmage in the fall. "Compared with where we were last year at this time, we're further ahead," Shelton said. "We feel the extra week in the fall will help us prepare. We're getting back to doing it the Way we used to do it and, with the ft district game coming up against Bowie the third week of the season, we think it makes sense." The Rebels will scrimmage Saturday at 3 p.m. against Gulf Coast Academy of Houston at 3 p.m. The freshmen and junior var- sity will scrimmage at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The Rebels will scrim- mage at home against Lockhart on Aug. 23, with the varsity begin- ning at 9:30 a.m. The final varsity scrimmage will take place on Aug. 29 at Pflugerville Connally begin- ning at 7 p.m. The annual .Red and Blue Barbeque will take place next Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Hays High School, Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the program set for 8 p.m. Before we Invest your money, we Invest our time. At Edward John,, we do mo than buikl ptfolioi. We build laltirlll relationships. The way we see R, plannlnll your hJture ts hover just about making investments, It about knowing you and uin( your drums. Janet Ross Investment Representative 251 N. 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