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Page 2B Sports Hays Free Press August 16, 2017 PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III More than 170 6th-gth grade football players had one of their last chances to show off their gridiron skills prior to the start of school last week as the annual Hays Rebel football camp was held at Hays High. The camp, led by the Rebel football coach- ing staff, instructed the athletes on the fundamentals, as well as offense, defense and special teams. The sights and sounds of football returned to Hays High and many other schools Monday as the lead up to the 2017 Texas high school football season is now in full swing. Hays was one of a handful of Central Texas schools that started pre- season practices this week, as required by the UIL for programsthat participated in spring drills. The Rebels will go through the UIL required four-day acclimation period before they bring out the pads Friday. Hays' annual intersquad scrimmage will be held Saturday morning. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III , ~i ~ ~i,ii ~i~iiiii~i~ ii~ili ii~ i~i~ , PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Hays Rebel junior Jamie Agnew (left) and senior Kacie Hall (right) combine to block a kill attempt from Dripping Springs Tiger senior Graceyn Tippens Monday. Rebel Volleyball Continued from pg. 1B ping Springs was led byread the passes and set up senior Graceyn Tippens, the block. who finished with 13 kills, Krafka said the Rebels along with junior Alexis pushed each other to play Haydt, who finished with better and win the game. five kills. "This is our last time "I expected this to be to play Dripping Springs, a war. On Saturday, we especially for the seniors. played them to perfection We're never going to be and took them out of the on this team again," Kraf- their game," Tiger head ka said. "Coates put that coach Michael Kane said. in our minds. We needed "We did the same philoso- to put that effort on the phy in this match. The court." same intensity, the same Hays kept working and thing, the same result." found its bearings to win On the Rebel side, Hays in set five. Coates said the was unable to consistently Rebels kept going and generate points on of- pushing forward, espe- fense, and struggled to cially in the final set. defend at times. Kaitlyn "Volleyball is a funny Krafka, Hays' senior out- sport. The tides seem to side hitter, said the team change when you just was "going through the don't give up," Coates said. motions." Hays' marquee win "We were there, but we closes a furious stretch weren't really there (men- where the Rebels played tally)," Krafka .said. eight matches over a four- But Dripping Springs day period. That included suddenly lifted its collec- taking on the likes of Class tive foot off the gas pedal. 5A powerhouse Prosper, Hays quickly took advan- as well as 6A state con- tage. tender Richmond George The Rebels' comeback Ranch, and Dripping bid began with a hard- Springs twice. fought 25-19 set victory. The Rebels now pre- The Rebels then hung pare to head to the Frau- on late to tie the match lein Tournament in New 2-2 and force a fifth and Braunfels, where they'll decisive set. Helping Hays take on New Braunfels, was serving tougher dur- North Crowley and Bren- ing the course of the rally, ham in pool play. Rebel sophomore Ryann Coates said the team Torres and junior Cath- aims to top last season's erine Croft each finished top five finish at Fraulein. with three aces apiece; Krafka said the tourna- Hays finished with eight ment is another step in aces in the match, helping the team ready for As a result, Coates said district play. the Tigers' setter wasn't . "We're trying to get bet- able to distribute the balls ter for district," she said. effectively, which led to "Everything we're working the Rebels being able to for now is for district." Lobo Footbalh There's a new mindset in town Continued from pg. 1 B ing the course of the two- hour intrasquad scrim- mage. At the center was an up-tempo Lobo offense that ran roughly 150 to 200 plays during the scrimmage. Pacing the offense was Romero, who bowled past defenders and sped his way to at least four touchdowns in the scrim- mage. Romero credited his offensive line for the success, but also cited the work he put in to reach the starting job as a soph- omore. "It's just putting in work all day and never taking breaks," Romem said. Surrounding Romero is a Lobo offense that returns only a handful of starters from last season. Much of the experience extends to the wide re- ceiving position, which includes seniors Braden Sullens and Chastin Evans. Senior Ethan Roach is expected to be the start- ing quarterback, but a slight injury paved the way for backup O'Neal to have time under center Saturday. O'Neal said the Lobos aim to change the view teams have of them this year. Helping is a coaching staff that features several former collegiate football players, including Mack Leftwich, who played at UTEP, and Chris Whaley, who played at Texas. "They set examples for us and take us through drills they had when they were pros," O'Neal said. On the opposite side, Lehman's defense, which remms only four start- ers from 2016, will center on its linebacklng corps, which will be helped by senior Josh Weusi-Barrera. On the defensive line, ju- nior Terry Maher-McGee and Jake Cude could make an impact this season. But Kirkland realizes the team has plenty of youth at many positions, including defensive back. "These kids are going to be really good. They're young, but we're trying to change the mindset," Kirkland said. "We're try- ing to create a winner mentality inside of them. That happens in practice and doesn't necessar- ily happen in a game or overnight." Ensuring staff "comes with juice" and continues to motivate players is how Kirkland hopes to keep momentum going into the second week of practice. "The more excited and the more teaching we're doing, the more the kids are going to respond," Kirkland said. "The main thing is we come out ready to go at every prac- tice and every game." PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III While it took almost half of the defense, a pack of Lehman Lobo defenders converged to bring down running back Bran- don Waldrop (center) during a play in Saturday's Lobo Kickoff. Debbie Thames Insurance Agency AUTO HOME LIFE BOAT HEALTH 251 N. FM 1626 #2C Buda, TX 78610 Office: (512) 312-1917 Fax: 312-0688 Email: dvthames @ austin.rr.com Monday-Friday,r 9am-5pm Your Business & Referrals Are Appreciated 11.726 Manchaca Rd.. Austin, TX 78748 [ m (On thecornq ,) 51 Visit: ii