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HaysFreePress. Burke Center expansion to help at-risk boys. - Page 3B August 16, 2017 Page 1B BY MOSES LEOS III The Hays Rebels proved Monday it's not always howyou start, but how you finish. Despite falling into an early 2-0 hole against the in-county rival Dripping Springs Tigers, Hays, an- chored by a 14-kiU effort from senior Kaiflyn Krafka and junior Catherine Croft, rallied to secure a come-from-behind 15-25, 19-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-9 victory. Perseverance in the clutch is what head coach Stephanie Coates believed helped Hays pull off a key early-season win. "They just refused to die," Coates said. "We got close to dying, but they refused to die. They kept working until it worked out." Hays' early match woes were a carryover from the team's lethargic final day at the ]ohn Turner Classic toumament in Pearland. Hays closed toumament play by falling in two straight sets to Dripping Springs Saturday. The lack of energy carried into the first two sets Monday as Dripping Springs easily jumped out to a commanding 2-0 match lead. Consistency in attack- ing the middle of the court paid dividends for the Tigers Monday. Drip- REBEL VOLLEYBALL, 2B With Dripping Springs Tiger Avery Kalsu (12) providing defense, Hays non-district, in-county showdown at Bales Gym. "Volleyball is a funny sport. The tides seem to change when you just don't give up." - Stephanie Coates, Rebel volleyball head coach PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Rebel junior setter Sierra Dittmar attempts to tip the ball over the net during Monday's NN Lobos show new mindset at annual scrimmage BY MOSES LEOS III Any doubt of the cul- ture change taking place on the gridiron at Lehman High was dispelled min- utes into the team's an- nual Lobo Kickoff scrim- mage Saturday. During one of the first few plays, two linemen engaged in a small scuffle that went beyond the whistle. Within seconds, coach- es came in to break up the scnun. Players.whooped, fans hollered and the two linemen dusted them- selves offfor the next play. But for head coach ]osh Kirkland, such a scene shows the intensity he envisions for a program that's managed four wins in the past three seasons. It's that increasing inten- sity, along with a focused work ethic, he hopes translates to wins for a Lobo team that aims to prove it can hang with the big boys in 25-6A in 2017. For Kirkland, it's im- pressing on his players to treat practice as if it's a game- that everything matters. "Everything they do out here matters. Every snap, every sprint, every up-down, everything we do matters. We beat that into them," Kirldand said. "They come out fir- ing on all cylinders and sometimes end up in those scuffles. That's what brothers do; we break them up and keep play- ing," Perhaps the biggest challenge for Kirkland is trying to reshape the im- age of Lehman football. The big thing, he said, was letting not only fans, but players know they can win Lehman High assistant coach Chris Whaley (left) shows a big smile prior to the start of Saturday's Lobo Kickoff at Lobo Field, PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III as Lobo football players emerge from the inflated tunnel "We're trying to create a winner mentality inside of them. That happens in practice and doesn't necessarily happen in a game or overnight." - Josh Kirkland, Lobo football head coach and it's possible, note of Kirkland's coach- was a lot of slacking off. "They have all of the ing style and his penchant Once Kirkland came tools they need and for change. Lobo sopho- in, the dynamic changed. they've got all of the abil- more running back Diego It started with Kirkland ity," Kirkland said. Romero said prior to Kirk- stressing the importance Players quickly took land's hire last April, there of attending summer power camps. Lobo quarterback Daniel O'Neal said he and Romero were two of 20 people who never missed a workout over the sum- mer. "When he came in, we put in work and we showed out," Romero said. The Lobos showed much of that ability dur- LEHMAN FOOTBALL, 2B TM & 2017 Arby's IP Holder, LLC Now available at Buda Arby's 270 Old San Antonio Rd. Buda, Texas 78610 + il ; ii 1