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Section B 4- HaysFreePress.com BMIW F011S0NE FD RUIM.? Hays and Lehman high schools gear up for a competitive fall season. See schedules and rosters inside. - Page 2B August 24, 2011 Page 1B BY WES FIERGUGON news@haysfreepress.com The Lehman Lobes could see the frus- tration on their coach's face on Thursday night. As the players kneeled on the turf at Bob Shelton Stadium, head football coach Steve Davis called them out for a litany of blunders during the home scrimmage against the Canyon Lake Hawks. It was supposed to be the final tuneup leading into a special season for a rising program. Instead, Davis said, the scrim- mage was doomed by penalties, broken assignments and missed connections be- tween the quarterback and receivers. "We've got a lot of work to do," Davis told his players. "Let's see what you want to do. This could be a season to remem- ber, but it starts now." Afterward Davis said he had seen some good team efforts and good individual efforts during the scrimmage, but those bright spots could not overcome the team's miscues. "We had too many personal fouls where we got frustrated and just created more problems for ourselves with not playing smart," Davis said. "You just can't make followed by two simulated goal line situa- tions and ending with two quarters of live action. The Class 3A Hawks scored the only live touchdown of the night. On third down from his opponents' 28-yard line, quar- terback Brandon Berger threw a high fade pass to a Hawks' receiver in the end zone with 3:53 left in the first quarter. those type of penalties and back yourself The Lobes never could get going on of- into a hole. Fifteen-yard penalties will kill fense, but they had one last chance to tie you." With his senior leaders rallying their teammates, Davis said he expects a dif- ferent mindset when the Lobes open the season at 7:30 p.m. August 26 at St. Mi- chaers Academy in Austin. "We've just got to stay together and quit doing so much bickering back and forth, and play together as a team," he said. The scrimmage began with both teams taking 15-play reps from the 30-yard line, the game following a big defensive play by linebacker Charles Williams. On third down with 1:45 left in the scrimmage, Williams sacked the Hawks' quarterback, forcing apunt that traveled a mere five yards from the line of scrimmage. "Charles Williams is definitely our most aggressive player on defense, and I think he played from sideline to sideline to- See LEHMAN FOOTBALL, pg. 2B PHOTO BY ERIC GUBIRERO L.~man running back Levi Medley and the Lobe football team will be look- ing to exact a measure of revenge on Austin-St. Michael's, which beat the Lobes to open the 2010 season. II BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com The last time a new head coach walked the sidelines at Hays High School the average price of a new home was just under $15,000 per the first Big Mac was sold, and price for a gallon of gas L retired last fall, after a state at the same school, when it takes on Akins. "It win be strange not seeing Coach Shelton down there," said Mark Jones, Hays County Commissioner, Precinct 2. =It will be strange not visiting with Bob before the game, but I'm also eXcited about a fresh approach. The main thing is I'll still hope we win ev- ery game just like I have for the last 40-plus years." Jones, who has missed just five Hays games in the history of the school, added he doesn't think the school will see a drop in support. Shelton Stadi- um is widely known as one of the best venues to watch a high school football i~r0 BY JA.~lfl dIRD~ Hays head coach and athletic coordinator Blake Feldt will open a new era in Rebel football history when he becomes the second person to coach a football game at the school since it opened in 1968. Feldt took over for Bob Sheiton in March. The Rebs open the regular season Fdday night against Austin-Akins. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30p.m. president and Iongtime local resident Lamont Ramage agrees. "Change is inevitable," Ramage said. "Bob Shelton is an icon around here and always will be, but that doesn't Coach Shelton. "We're doing everything we can to have the best product possible on the football field every Friday night," Feldt said. "We're excited about the opportu- game in Central Texas. "I think Kyle and Bud,,a will continue take anything away from Coach Feldt nity, excited about our team and we're the scrimmages and great in the first to support the Rebels, Jones said. "I and what hes trying to build. I think ready to get things started." game. I think we've prepared the kids think the kids are workinghard and the he's a very capable coach and I think it Feldt added that he never quiteknows as well as we can and I think they'll be crowd will be excited to see the team will be a very exciting season." what to expect on opening night, focused and ready to go." Coach Feldt puts on the field." Feldt said he expects the Rebels will "You never know exactly whatKickoff Friday is scheduled for Former Hays CISD school board have the same support they did under you're going to get when you turn 7:30 p.m. those bright lights on Friday night," he said. "I've had teams that looked real good in the scrimmages and then didn't look good in the opener, and I've had teams that looked good in runner-up in copper bracket at Fraulein BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com After a rough first day at the Fraulein Volleyfest in New Braun- fels, the Hays High volleyball team rallied to finish runner-up in the Copper Bracket. The Lady Rebels won four oftheir final six matches Friday and Satur- day in the 40-team tournament. "I thought we played great those last two days," Hays head coach Erica Walther said. "We improved throughout the tournament, and that's what you want to see this time of year." Friday, Hays started off the day with a loss to Pfiugerville High, but rallied to beat Canyon 22-25, 25- 22, 25-18. Kaylea Beck led Hays with 17 kills and 15 digs, and Sydney Pa- radeaux added 15 kills and five ser- vice aces. Dezaray Garner totaled 12 digs for Hays defensively. The Lady Rebs followed that victory with a two-game sweep of Mansfield Summit, 25-13, 25-18. Paradeaux pounded down nine kills and Beck added five in the win, while Courtney Rogers had 16 assists. On Saturday, Hays easily got by San Antonio Warren 25-12, 25-12, a team they lost to the previous week in the Northside ISD Tournament. "We were proud of the way we were able to bounce back and beat Warren," Walther said. "The girls See HAYS VOUYBALL, pg. 2B BY JASON GORDON the 2001 Class 4A Division I State Title. He is a high-energy coach that isn't freepresssports@yahoo.comafraid to get in your face if he deems it necessaw to ge~ his point across. BlakeFeldtwont be the only new por- "Coach Gambs has the same coach- z)nonthefootballcoachingstaffatHays in_g philosophy I do," said Feldt Hays' ~OffensiveSChool this year. new head coach and athletic coordina- coordinator Bill Gambs, de- for. "He knows how to build a program ens'we secondary coach Chris Ellis and and he's a great addition to our stal]~ He's reshrnen quarterbacks coach Robert a differencemaker." ;omez will all be making their oflidal ElliswasheadcoachatlowaParkHigh lebel coa~ debut this week. School before he spent the 2010 season The Hays varsity team hosts Akius as anassistant at BasU~p. ~ridaynight and the freshmen team will Ellis was a fairly easy choice when Ellis led Iowa Park to the Class 3A re- gional finals four times fabm 1998-2005. "Chris ~ is a great football coach," Feldt said "He's one of those guys that has so much kno e e about the game. We are lucky to have him over here at my " Feldt said be feeis Gomez has alot of potential as a coach. "Robert is a you ,, coach thafs going to be a great coach,' Feldt said. "His dad is a well known head coach in the valley, so he's been around coaching his whole life. He's very enthusiastic and he deft- ravel to Akins for its opener Thursday it came time to add staff members at nitely wants to be a head coach some Gambs,t. Hays. day." most recent coachin~ stop When Ellis was at lowa Park and Feldt Gambs saidhe's fuedup about being ~ coach at .!~ller ~ School, was head coach at Breckenridge ~ on Feldfs staff at Hays. ~i~he ~ ~iveFme coach thetwosqual~ioffthreefimes-andEl- Fl~ae 200~ton ~ team ~at won lis posted a 3-0 record against Feldt. See NEW HAYS COACltlBS, pg. 2B mlOTll M JA~II r~llm New Hays football coaches 0-r) defensive secondary coach Chris Ellis, offensive coordi- nator Bill Gambs and freshmen quarterbacks coach Robert Gomez will join head coach Blake Feldt as new faces on the Rebel sidelines this season.