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Page 2B EDUCATION Hays Free Press August 19, 2015 U| Lindsey McCurdy STAFF REPORT Current SMU junior and former Hays High golfer Lindsey McCurdy took a high- ranked women's amateur player to the brink of elimi- nation at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship in Portland, Ore. McCurdy's upset bid fell short as Hannah O'Sullivan, the eventual U.S. Women's Amateur Champion, defeated McCurdy 1-Up in Friday's Match Play quarterfinal. McCurdy, who was ranked 490th in the Women's Ama- teur Golf Ranking, held a two hole lead after ten holes on O'Sullivan, who entered the competition ranked 7th in the WAGR. O'Sullivan, who won the tournament and earned an exemption to the Ladies Professional Golf Associa- tion, rallied late and held off a late McCurdy rally down the stretch. McCurdy won the 2012 UIL 4A girls individual state championship as a junior at Hays High. She played in 12 tournaments during the 2014-2015 season in her sophomore year at SMU. She averaged a score of 75.51 and had three top-20 finishes, and seven top-25 finishes. Hays Football Continued from pg. 1 B he took offense to a Mad- early on. The group ison defensive lineman regained their senses as tackling Rebel quarter- the scrimmage pressed back Braeden Kent after forward. Big plays, such the whistle, as an interception by Pool said the skirmish- DaDa Crayton in the es were result of players untimed part, helped being "overly emotional" boost confidence. Brown and that they were pro- said the energy went up tecting their teammates, in the second half of the as was in his case. scrimmage. "I've been through "That motivated Us my entire football career and got us going," Brown with Braeden. He's like said. my brother," Pool saide Hays' offense worked "When the whistle blows to push the tempo and someone hits him, it during the timed angers me." portion. Hays utilized the But for Pool, who un- throwing ability of Kent, derstood his foul would along with the running have caused a penalty, ability of Cody Gandy. keeping composure and "It's great to have playing between the Cody, who's escapability whistles is imperative, and power when he runs "I just lost my cool," he is crazy," Poole said. He said. "It was a mistake on added that the Rebels' my part." new blocking system During the live quar- helped generate holes for ters, Madison took the Gandy to run through. opening possession and But as the Rebel marched 56 yards, aided offense maintained by a pass interference drives, they couldn't call on Hays' defense, find ways to close them. But the Rebel defense Twice in the first quarter held, limiting the Mavs Hays did drive into the to only a 31 -yard field red zone, with Hays goal. The Mavericks led unable to put points on 3-0 but couldn't generate the scoreboard. much more momentum Bruno attributed from there, struggles to fatigue and Hays' defense stymied penalties. Pool said the Madison offense, conditioning played holding the Mavericks a factor, as the Rebels scoreless the rest of the worked to speed up their way. It was Hays' defense high-tempo offense. that scored a safety, giv- "We have to work on ing Hays its only points conditioning, work on of the scrimmage, getting faster, getting Linebacker Coby downfield," Pool said. Brown said the defense "We need to be able to started off a little slow stay fresh, to keep in PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Hays Rebel senior wide receiver Brandon Hunter (left) makes a reception over the outstretched arms of a San Antonio Madi- son Maverick defensive back in the back of the end zone in Friday's scrimmage at Hays High. there and finish." a lot faster, and ready On defense, Brown for what's coming next said tackling will be before the other team important moving on. does." "We had a rough Hays will travel to time with that, and scrimmage Pflugerville conditioning," Brown Hendrickson on Friday at said. "We have to be 6:30 p.m. FARMERS' 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 @ Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Your Business & Referrals Are Appreciated August 30 ...... m. for ages 10-14 for ages 15-18 with questions at Lobo Volleyball Continued from pg. 1B to set. Sophomore Natalie as a unit," said Senior class work. "My expectations will Herrera also said the key Natalia Barajas. "We're "We're student ath- be set high and I know to coming together ismeshing a lot better than letes for a reason," said they're ready for that," communication, we did last year." Barajas. long as we Wart said. More than half of The upcoming school get what we have to get Sophomore Kaylee Lehman's varsity volley- year means even more done in the classroom, Wipff said "talking louder ball team comprises of practice for the Lady everything will fall into [on the court] and com- underclassmen. Lobos. Coach Warr and place on the court." ing together as a family .... There's a lot of young some of the players are Lehman will host Aus- will improve the team's players, and we're learn- confident the team cantin High at 6:30 p.m. on game this year. ing how to come together juggle volleyball and Tuesday in the Lobo Den. Rebel Volleyball Continued from pg. 1B first set as Hays main-ness, she'll get that ball sloppy" in the first and tained stride with the down," Coates said. "Isecond sets. Lady Tigers. The Lady was excited for her and Lady Tiger outside hit- Rebels rallied from a Kaitlyn Krafka on the ter Morgyn Greer said the slim 8-5 deficit, tying the outside. They did a great heightened excitement of match at 10-10. Soon job." the match, along with the both teams swapped Defensively, the Lady low ceiling in the gym, points, going back-and- Rebels worked to limitplayed a factor. forth, the success of Greer. But the Lady Tiger of- Consistency in serve- Coates said the team fense found their rhythm receive, along with worked to serve to Greer, and began to play in playing more relaxed and forcing her to pass. system. Greer said the focused, was the message "We also changed up team began to pick up on from Hays High head our blocking schemes the lower ceiling, using coach Stephanie Coates a little, to take away her it to help speed up their prior to the match, shot," Coates said. offense. Mackenzie Coates said On the opposite end, Getting AshleyWaggle the team's success started Dripping Springs over-involved in the offense, with adept passing, came a sluggish start, go- Kane said, was impor- "It always starts with ing on a 5-1 run to close tant in setting the tone. serve-receive," Mackenzie the first set. Waggle finished with 12 Coates said. "If we have The Lady Tigers woke kills in the match. a good pass, 90 percent up in the second and On defense, the Lady of the time, we'll put the third sets, powering past Tigers focused on the ball down. It always starts the Lady Rebels for the Lady Rebels' tendencies with first contact." win. at the net. Kane said the Aiding Hays' effort Several elements led to defense made adjust- was the hitting ability of the Lady Tigers' sluggish ments in the third set, Krafka and junior Hailee start, according to head taking away Hays' "tips Morton. coach Michael Kane. One and shots they were scor- "When (Hailee) goes of those was a defenseing on us." up and she mean's busi- that he said was a "little '~fter the first set, we figured it out. We were terminating balls. Our defense and our serve- receive was better," Greer said. "We definitely picked up after that first set." Despite the loss, Coates lauded her team's effort against a state ranked opponent. "Sometimes, you say when you lose you win, and when you win you lose," Coates said. "We lost tonight, but tonight we won. As a team, we won and moved forward in what we're trying to do." The Lady Rebels now prepare to head into the Fraulein Tournament in New Braunfels, where they will be matched in a pool with 6A power San Antonio Churchill. 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